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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes of
January 12th, 2007

MEMBERS PRESENT: Seran Aktuna, Rakesh Bharati, Mike Crider, Gary Denue for Jay Starratt, Dave Duvernell, Steve Hansen, Jean Harrison, Chair, Stephanie McAndrews, Steve McCommas, Michael Shaw, Kim White for Rita Arras, William White, S. William Whitson, Duff Wrobbel

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic

GUESTS: David DeWeese, Graduate Program Director, Teaching
Laura Fowler, Assistant Professor, Historical Studies
Christa Johnson, Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies and Research
Kevin Johnson, Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Janice Joplin, Graduate Program Director, MBA
Jo Ellen Moore, Graduate Program Director, CMIS
Linda Morice, Graduate Program Director, Educational Administration
Ronald Schaefer, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research
Randy Smith, Chair, Curriculum and Instruction
Mary Weishaar, Assistant Dean, School of Education

I. Announcements

A. SAGE Awards

Seven graduate programs submitted eight proposals to Project SAGE (Strategic Advancement of Graduate Education) requesting a total of $66,641. After two proposals from Public Administration were combined into one, six proposals were awarded a total of $51,013. Each of the following graduate programs is required to give an oral progress report to the Graduate Council on April 6, 2007, and a final report to the Council on September 7th, 2007.

Chemistry, Building Bridges: A New Master of Arts for In-Service Teachers, $12,217;

English, Creating New Learning Options in TESL, $9,150;

Physics, Physics Masters Site Visit Program, $8,574;

Political Science, Feasibility Study to Establish a Cooperative Masters of Arts Program in Political Science Between SIUE and SIUC, $3,800;

Public Administration, Creation of Multiple Certificate Programs, $9,972; and

Social Work, Enhancing Graduate Social Work Education through Community Involvement, $7,300.

B. Other announcements

Steve Hansen announced that the deadline for submitting materials for the Distinguished Research Professor Award is January 16th. He also said that the St. Louis Metropolitan Grants Conference that was co-sponsored by SIUE and Washington University had just concluded. Hansen added that all the credit for the success of the event belonged to Christa Johnson.

II. Approval of Minutes of November 3, 2006

The minutes were approved as submitted.

III. Report of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee met to discuss the proposal that the Graduate Council had previously sent to the Faculty Senate. The proposal was to reduce the tuition waivers for partial assistantships (25%) by 50%, while continuing to grant full waivers for 50% assistantships. The Faculty Senate did not understand how the proposal would increase revenue and felt that it may harm enrollment. Dean Hansen will attend a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate in February to present requested information and to answer questions from the committee.

IV. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Form 91A - CMIS: Prerequisite (BUS-06-28)

The graduate program wishes to remove CMIS 462 as a prerequisite to enter the program.

The request passed unanimously.

B. Form 91A - CMIS: Fourth Option (BUS-06-27)

The graduate program wishes to include CMIS 230: Java as an acceptable prerequisite course to enter the program. This change will allow applicants to choose two of four (instead of three) programming languages to fulfill their application requirements.

The request passed unanimously.

C. Form 91A - CMIS/MBA: Project Management concentration (BUS-06-22)

The MBA program and the CMIS graduate program wish to add a concentration (option) in Project Management. Six of the twelve hours of required courses are already being offered, and the School feels that it has significant expertise in this area. Students enrolled in this concentration will be required to meet the other retention and exit requirements for their graduate programs. This option would replace twelve of the fifteen hours of the required electives. The purpose of the proposed new option is to meet a demand in the market for qualified business professionals with project management skills. The graduate programs may consider offering a post-baccalaureate certificate in this field if this option is successful.

The request passed unanimously.

D. Form 91A - History / Museum Studies (CAS-05-127)

The graduate certificate program wishes to allow its students to take IDLT courses as electives to enhance their marketability in the museum profession.

The request passed unanimously.

E. Three Year Review - MAT

The Curriculum and Instruction department receives a high number of inquiries about the Master of Arts in Teaching program, and although several changes were implemented in its first year, it remains a rigorous program that fulfills a need in the region. David DeWeese said that they have a lower number for the current cohort than expected, but that may be due to the program's rigorous admission standards. Regarding the competition, DeWeese wrote, "… we continue to face competition from competing teacher preparation programs that have proliferated in the Metro-East area in recent years. Many of these programs offer expedient pathways to employment, pathways we are not willing to follow."

The report was unanimously accepted.

F. Progress Report - Education Administration

As has happened in the MAT program, competition for qualified students in the Educational Administration graduate program has increased. The graduate program has taken steps to address concerns raised in 2004 during the last program review cycle. Those concerns included low admission standards, a need to revise the exit portfolio to "better illustrate student research and writing skills," access to smart classrooms, forming a "vision for the program" that surpassed the NCATE standards, increasing rigor, and monitoring adjunct faculty.

The report was unanimously accepted.

G. Form 91A - Educational Administration: 39 to 36 hours (SOE-06-246)

The graduate program wishes to cancel the change that it made in 2005-06 which would have increased the required program credit hours from 36 to 39, which would have introduced a redundancy. In addition, the program wishes to remove the requirement that applicants have two years of teaching experience. This prerequisite has been detrimental to the number of applications to the program. The students receive the two years of experience to meet the ISBE teaching standard while they are in the program.

The request passed unanimously.

H. Form 91A - Educational Administration: General Adm. (SOE-06-243)

The program wishes to remove the requirement that applicants have two years of teaching experience. This prerequisite has been detrimental to the number of applications to the program. The students receive the two years of experience to meet the ISBE teaching standard while they are in the program.

The request passed unanimously.

I. Form 91A - Educational Administration: Superintendent (SOE-06-244)

The program wishes to remove the requirement that applicants have two years of teaching experience. This prerequisite has been detrimental to the number of applications to the program. The students receive the two years of experience to meet the ISBE teaching standard while they are in the program.

The request passed unanimously.

J. Form 91A - Speech Language Pathology (SOE-06-239)

The graduate program wishes to drop SPPA 555 as a program requirement and add SPPA 547 as a program requirement. The course hours would be adjusted so that the student would not be required to take extra credit hours to earn the degree.

The request passed unanimously.

K. Three Year Review - Environmental Science Management

In his introduction to the report, Kevin Johnson wrote, "The Environmental Science Management program is a new kind of master's degree, a Professional Science Master's (PSM). The PSM is a degree in science or mathematics for students interested in a wider variety of career options than provided by current graduate programs in the sciences and mathematics and it prepares students for work in fields such as research management and technology transfer….

The challenges facing this program is (sic) that we need someone to maintain contact with local industry representatives. We can reestablish those that we currently have or had and then allow this person to help in the placement of interns. Currently, we are more discouraging to students than encouraging, when it comes to enrolling in this Professional Masters degree. With the addition of an additional faculty and/or staff member we could launch this program and increase its and SIUE's visibility."

The report was unanimously accepted.

V. Report of the Educational and Research Policies Committee

A. Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

ERP recommended that the Graduate Records office use a student's program GPA to determine retention and graduation in cases in which the cumulative GPA is insufficient to allow a student to remain in the graduate program or to graduate. The Graduate Council accepted ERP's proposal unanimously.

VI. Enrollment Trends Presentation by Madhav Segal

Professor Segal gave a presentation on graduate enrollment trends in the regional area. His study looked at why students choose a graduate institution. The top reasons why potential graduate students choose SIUE are affordability and accessibility. SIUE should seek ways to position itself to be perceived in the community as an institution of high quality.

After the presentation, Duff Wrobbel asked the Council, "Who is the customer?" He felt it may be appropriate to think of the students as the product rather than as the consumer. He also asked whether SIUE should move closer to what potential graduate students believe is "quality" instead of trying to convince them that our definition of "quality" is right. Dean Hansen felt that the Graduate Council needs to discuss how to use the results of Professor Segal's survey. To pursue this matter further, the Council suggested that Barbara O'Malley and Beth Giese from University Marketing and Communications be invited to attend a Graduate Council meeting in the future. Michael Shaw suggested that SIUE hold a graduate fair, or an in-service event to acquaint area college administrators with graduate studies at this university.

VII. Old Business

There was no old business.

VIII. New Business

There was no new business.

IX. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 3:50 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen L. Hansen, Dean
Graduate Studies and Research

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