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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Minutes of

March 26, 2012

MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Belobrajdic, Steffany Chleboun, Carole Frick, Nicholas Guehlstorf, Shrikant Jategaonkar, Koung Hee Leem, Gertrude Pannirselvam (Chair)

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Kathy Behm, Mary Clabaugh, Jie Gong, Roberta Harrison, Poonam Jain, Jerry Weinberg

GUESTS:
Bette Bergeron, Dean, School of Education
Denise Cobb, Director of Assessment
Erik Kirk, Graduate Program Director, Kinesiology
Curt Lox, Chair, Kinesiology
Florence Maatita, Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies
Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Stephanie McAndrews, Graduate Program Director, Literacy Education
Thad Meeks, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Linda Morice, Chair, Educational Leadership
Alison Reeves, Graduate Program Director, Educational Administration
Bill Searcy, Chair, Curriculum and Instruction
Marta Simidtchieva, Assistant Professor, Music|Emily Truckenbrod, Assistant Professor, Music
E. Duff Wrobbel, Associate Professor, Speech Communication

I. Announcements

There were no announcements.

II. Minutes of February 13, 2012

Carole Frick made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted; Steffany Chleboun seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Program Review - Educational Administration

The internal review committee was composed of Thad Meeks, Psychology (Chair of the committee), McKenzie Ferguson, Pharmacy, Nicholas Guehlstorf, Political Science, and Marta Simidtchieva, Music.

The strengths of this graduate program include how carefully the faculty responded to the 2004 program review. The faculty members are huge assets, with their experience and flexibility. The new EdD program continually received praise, and the program overall provided flexibility for students in the ability to take courses at satellites. Students were complimentary about the internships.

A theme throughout the recommendations was that there was some disagreement about aspects of the graduate program. While the committee acknowledged that the program is going through a lot of changes, the faculty must come to some agreement.

In addition to the issue of faculty communication, there were problems with rigor, the assessment process, the advisement process, and the loss of 80% of students in the principalship program. Although the principalship program is highly regarded, it was forced to make changes by the accrediting agency which resulted in an unavoidable drop in enrollment. The program noted that when the review was being conducted, the program was completing the state application which was submitted in March. The Dean feels that the graduate program is headed in the right direction with the issues of cohesion. It has also expanded efforts to increase enrollment, but noted that the superintendent program may face similar enrollment reduction in the future.

The lack of rigor was reported by both students and faculty. Meeks reported that the data was not consistent as the committee only received 40 responses out of a possible 220. The curriculum does not include a quantitative course.

The graduate program has built in assessment at appropriate points, using data to make decisions, and are assessing as they go. The Programs Committee felt that it is necessary to review the assessment procedure since the faculty "have varied opinions about the quality of assessment procedures…. In addition, all members of the program should be aware of all facets of assessment," which did not appear to be the case.

Although some of the faculty members felt that the graduate assistants were not used well, the department chair felt that it does not need more graduate assistants. It would like, instead, to develop a relationship with ProQuest to make the final research projects fantastic/great.

The program representatives acknowledged that the website needs improvement and the faculty has not had time to address this.

Regarding diversity, the EdD program has three African Americans, 1 Latino, and is over 50% female, per Linda Morice. They come from different environments and cultures and have opportunities for rich discussions.

The program representatives felt that the program has grown and is now maturing, and they are confident in the place it is now. When asked how the satellite campuses are chosen, Dean Bergeron explained that it is a long and complicated process. They identify needs certification within our IBHE region, and can't expand to more campuses because Educational Leadership doesn't have enough faculty. What it currently has is working. The Department of Educational Leadership is also working on adding the graduate program, College Student Personnel.

The Programs Committee felt that losing 80% of principalship students suggests the need to be reviewed again, regardless of other aspects of the review.

The program review committee rated the graduate program in Educational Administration: "in good standing."

Nicholas Guehlstorf made a motion to rate the graduate program: "flagged for priority review"; Ken Witt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Program Review - Literacy Education

The internal review committee was composed of Florence Maatita, Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies (chair of the committee), Koung Hee Leem, Mathematics and Statistics, Allen Hunt, Accounting, and Emily Truckenbrod, Music.

The review committee pointed out a dire need for another faculty member as well as for support staff, especially since the number of students is increasing. The increase in students is caused by the "response to Intervention" federal mandate. School districts are hiring reading specialists. Those who have certification will have an advantage for employment. The Literacy Education graduate program has been functioning with two faculty members to serve 120 students. A faculty member was recently hired. The Department of C&I now have two full time clerical staff.

Sequencing of courses has been rigid due to the demands upon the two faculty members. For example, one course is offered in summer and if a student is not able to take it, she will have to wait a year. It was not possible to adjust this with the small faculty, but the new faculty member will help. The program will be able to offer this course in both summer and fall.

There are issues with advisement stemming from having too few faculty members to serve the student population. The program set up a Ning account to communicate with and advise students, which is partially successful. It is expected to help in the future. The program also has help from a staff member who goes to recruitment events and help with the advising paperwork.

The Literacy Education faculty is addressing the need for more diversity in the discipline. Dean Bergeron pointed out that increasing diversity is a priority in the School of Education, and is included in the long-range (ten year) plan.

The committee rated the graduate program in literacy education "in good standing."

Ken Witt made a motion to rate the graduate program "in good standing"; Koung Hee Leem seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Program Review - Kinesiology

The internal review committee was composed of E. Duff Wrobbel, Speech Communication (chair of the committee), David DeWeese, Curriculum and Instruction, Chris Gordon, Construction, Roberta Harrison, Nursing, and Suman Mishra, Mass Communications.

Although Professor Wrobbel said the review committee's recommendations are cautionary, the Programs Committee felt that several issues needed to be addressed.

The graduate program has effectively used GPA as the sole assessment of core courses, which does not meet the requirements for the assessment process. The program needs to address its assessment process and asked for help from the Office of Innovation and Effectiveness.

The rigor was called into question, partly due to a faculty survey wherein about half the faculty responded that the rigor was lacking. Students' perceptions also brought up this issue. The enrollment for the seminar class is thirty students, which should enroll 6-8 students to be considered a seminar.

The internships need more oversight, and there are advising issues. The faculty seems to be divided between more and less experienced members, and the less experienced need guidance to provide quality advisement.

Other issues arose, such as the same textbooks being used by undergraduate and graduate students, which was corrected by removing the overlap. The program representatives were asked if they had a strategic plan in place, since the continuous and ongoing changes in the program seemed to indicate that they were always playing "catch up." The dean's response is that they have a ten year plan for the School of Education, and trying to foresee the needs of this program is like trying to hit a moving target. The graduate program can be completed in 12 month, 18 month or 24 months. According to representatives from Kinesiology, the one year program is getting a lot of attention. The Programs Committee responded with concern regarding the rigor of a one-year program.

The committee rated the graduate program in Kinesiology: "in good standing."

Poonam Jain made a motion to rate the graduate program "flagged for priority review"; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VII. New Business

There was no new business.

VIII. Adjournment

Nicholas Guelstorf made a motion to adjourn; Poonam Jain seconded. The meeting adjourned at 11:52 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Jerry B. Weinberg
Acting Associate Provost for Research and
Dean, The Graduate School

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