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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes of

November 30th, 2007

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Scott Belobrajdic, Dave Duvernell, Chair, Hiroshi Fujinoki for Jianpeng Zhou, Steve Hansen, Regina McBride, Steve McCommas, Saiprakash Putti, Ena Rose-Green, Michael Shaw, G. Stacey Staples, Erin Timpe, Valerie Yancey

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Laura Fowler, M. Jane Gillespie, Stephanie McAndrews

MEMBERS ABSENT: Sarath Rajkumar

GUESTS: Paul W. Ferguson, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Abdullatif Hamad, Chair and Graduate Program Director, Physics
Christa Johnson, Associate Dean, Office of Research and Projects
Eileen Joy, Graduate Program Director, English
Laurel Puchner, Graduate Program Director, Learning, Culture, and Society
Ron Schaefer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Kathleen Tunney, Graduate Program Director, Social Work

I. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Paul W. Ferguson

Provost Ferguson thanked the Council for inviting him to speak with them. Dr. Ferguson offered to respond first to a series of questions provided from the Council through Dr. Hansen. He initially addressed the Teacher/Scholar model initiative. Provost Ferguson said that the Teacher/Scholar model was intended to be a coordinated attempt to define what we mean by the Teacher/Scholar at SIUE. Dr. Ferguson commented that he appreciated Associate Provost Hansen's efforts in leading the discussion. Ferguson underscored that the Teacher/Scholar discussion did not have any hidden agenda but is hoped to be a defining and visionary document. He asked the Council for their thoughts on the current draft..

Steve Hansen reported that there were two pages of notes on the concerns that arose at the Teacher/Scholar discussion of November 28th. Hansen reported that there were still uncertainties regarding the purpose of the document. A specific concern was that faculty "can't possibly know all pedagogy." Ron Schaefer raised the issue of what the university is going to do with the Teacher/Scholar document. Ferguson said that one of the concepts inherent to the document is that productive scholars/researchers are teachers committed to "deep learning.". He stressed that the document is not intended to dictate to departments how to specifically evaluate their faculty but to identify some basic similarities of the Teacher/Scholar across disciplines. The challenge is to refrain from diluting what the document was meant to do: it is "a visionary document, it's not a manual." Steve McCommas commented that the tone of the current version of the Teacher/Scholar document reads more like a manual. Hansen commented that the revision of the document is still in progress. Provost Ferguson added that there is lot out there to support the Teacher/Scholar model on the SIUE campus.

David Duvernell asked the Provost to address the recent revisions to SIUE's fundraising activities, specifically the new capital campaign. Ferguson replied that SIUE had not had a formal capital campaign until this year. Gary Giamartino, the Acting Vice Chancellor for University Relations, has taken responsibility for this first effort which requires a more organized and aggressive effort. Where SIUE has traditionally raised approximately $5,000,000 a year, this campaign's goal is to raise $10,000,000 per year for five years. The items that will be identified by the academic units for potential funding are "not just bricks and mortar;" but the funds will also promote faculty development and student scholarships. The Capital Campaign will help supplement Academic Affairs budgets.

Regarding faculty equity, Provost Ferguson said that the money to raise salaries is in place, but there have been methodological issues to be resolved in response to a Faculty Senate recommendation. Phil Brown is working on finalizing the plan. He added that last year, the administration was able to add eleven to twelve new faculty positions.

The Executive Committee had asked Provost Ferguson to address the computing needs of the campus. Ferguson said that Jay Starratt has retired. Based upon a diverse set of needs and strategic directions, the position will be divided into two positions. The first will be the Dean of Library and Information Services and the second will be the Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer (CIO). It is hoped that both positions will be filled by July 1, 2008. Both positions will report to the Provost. The CIO will work with campus constituencies to improve, where needed, IT support and capabilities.

Provost Ferguson pointed out the 5 Academic Imperatives on the Academic Affairs website. They include (1) Academic Quality/Assessment, (2) Student Success, (3) Faculty Development, (4) Enrollment Management and (5) Educational Outreach. For graduate education, he would like to optimize enrollment. An important goal for SIUE is to improve the undergraduate retention rate, which is only 46% after 6 years.

Regarding enrollment, Scott Belobrajdic said that Enrollment Management is now tracking incoming freshmen to try to determine who will need courses in the health sciences, and how many of them expect to enroll in pre-professional courses. Belobrajdic is acting as a "bridge-builder" between the university and community colleges to try to anticipate the needs of third year college students. Ferguson stressed the need to monitor gatekeeper courses to "finesse the flow" since science courses are stretched to the limit. New strategies may be in place as soon as Spring of 2008, but the real challenge is how to enact procedures that will help manage enrollment on a long-term basis. This is the role of the reconstituted Enrollment Management Council. He added that graduate programs must be part of the management strategy.

Provost Ferguson said that the mission of SIUE does not include an emphasis on doctoral graduate education ; however there may be future potential opportunities to offer limited doctoral education at SIUE. SIUE is fully evaluating and, where possible, revitalizing current cooperative doctoral programs that SIUE has with SIUC in history, educational administration and engineering. Secondly, in addition to professional doctoral programs such as pharmacy and dental medicine, SIUE might explore the feasibility of a select number of "niche-based" interdisciplinary doctoral programs. The timeline is estimated to be between three and five years to begin consideration of such doctoral programs. Valerie Yancey added that SIUE needs to seriously consider a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) to be in place by 2015,as suggested by the nursing profession .

II. Announcements

Associate Provost Hansen announced that the Graduate School Open House, held on Tuesday, November 27th, was very successful. More than 200 students from other campuses took part, and more than 40 of those applied for admission that day. The Teacher/Scholar discussion was held on November 28th. It was a lengthy and productive exchange. The overall impression was that the document, as written, appeared to be a manual rather than a visionary statement. Hansen said that his task force would be working on revisions. Hansen also said that Christa Johnson will be announcing an initiative on research infrastructure. She has put together a plan which includes the New Investigator Award, an Equipment and Tools competition for which $100,000 has been earmarked, an Assigned Time for Research competition which will be held this spring for next fiscal year, and a multidisciplinary research program.

III. Approval of Minutes of November 2nd, 2007

Mike Shaw made a motion to approve the minutes as submitted; Valerie Yancey seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Report of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee met recently to write a list of questions for Provost Ferguson to respond to. It did not meet prior to the Graduate Council meeting.

V. Report of the Programs Committee

The requests below were presented out of order. Mr. Putti left after seven agenda items were processed, thus the vote for 'ayes' changed from ten to nine in three cases, the English Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Social Work and Physics.

A. Form 91A - English: Post-Baccalaureate Certificates (CAS-07-98)

The graduate program wishes to change the admission requirements to its Post-Baccalaureate certificate to match those requirements of the Master of Arts degree with the exception of the foreign language requirement. Professor Schmidt sent a clarification of catalog text language between the Programs Committee meeting and the Graduate Council meeting.

The request was approved with 9 ayes and one abstention.

B. Form 91A - English: American and English Literature (CAS-07-99)

The graduate program wished to allow its students to take one elective outside of the English department. It also moved ext regarding "no more than 9 hours from 400-level courses can count toward the [AEL] specialization" to a separate bullet point for emphasis.

The request was approved with 10 ayes and one abstention.

C. Form 91A - Social Work: Post-MSW School SW PDS (CAS-07-55)

The graduate programs wishes to create a Professional Development Sequence consisting of three courses totaling 12 hours. It wishes to meet demand for a graduate program featuring School Social Work topics to help existing social workers qualify for an Illinois licensure. Those who complete the program do not have to pass the test for state licensure to receive the PDS. The department obtained letters of collation from the School of Education to include SPE 400 between the Programs Committee meeting and the Graduate Council meeting.

The request was approved with 9 ayes and one abstention.

D. Form 91A - Learning, Culture and Society (SOE-07-364)

The graduate program wished to add four courses to the Cultural Diversity emphasis: ENG 478 (Studies in Women, Language, and Literature), ENG 578 (Women, Language, and Pedagogy), HIST 440 (Women in American Social History), and SOC 542 (Seminar in Gender and Gender Inequality). The graduate program also requested permission to add new electives without submitting forms 91A to the Graduate Council. On behalf of the Programs Committee, Mike Shaw provided a letter to the Graduate School granting authority to the Dean to add electives to this specialization without requiring a form 91A, provided that the department and the instructor give permission to allow LCS students in the course in question.

The request was approved with 10 ayes and one abstention.

E. Form 91A - Physics (CAS-07-103)

The graduate program wished to change the courses available to select in the Computational/Condensed Matter track due to a course in another department being eliminated. It also wished to add electives to the Physics and Astronomy Education Research option to emphasize the research aspect of the track, and correct credit hour ranges for certain Physics courses.

The request was approved with 9 ayes and one abstention.

F. Form 91A - Educational Administration MS (SOE-07-365)

The graduate program wished to delete the admission requirement of the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) standardized test score. The MAT "has been an artificial barrier to enrollment" due to its cost and the program's belief that it obtains relevant information through other means such as GPA.

The request was approved with 10 ayes and one abstention.

G. Form 91A - Educational Administration SD (SOE-07-366)

The graduate program wished to delete the admission requirement of the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) standardized test score. The MAT "has been an artificial barrier to enrollment" due to its cost and the program's belief that it obtains relevant information through other means such as GPA.

The request was approved with 10 ayes and one abstention.

H. Form 91A - Secondary Education (SOE-07-376)

The graduate program wished to delete the admission requirement of the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) standardized test score. The program believes that it obtains relevant admission information through other means.

The request was approved with 10 ayes and one abstention.

I. Form 91A - Literacy Education (SOE-07-362)

The graduate program wished to delete the admission requirement of the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) standardized test score. The program believes that it obtains relevant admission information through other means.

The request was approved with 10 ayes and one abstention.

J. Form 91A - Special Education (SOE-07-361)

The graduate program wished to delete the admission requirement of the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT). The program believes that it has been "an artificial barrier to recruitment of quality candidates."

The request was approved with 10 ayes and one abstention.

VI. Report of the Educational and Research Policies Committee

A. Progress Report: Potential campus-wide RCR Seminar and Requirements

Marcus Agustin reported that the ERP is formulating a draft of a proposal to potentially create a campus-wide seminar on issues regarding the responsible conduct of research.

VII. Old Business

There was no old business.

VIII. New Business

Associate Provost Hansen asked the Chair, Professor Duvernell, if the Graduate Council would be able to meet at 1:30 PM on Friday afternoons during the spring 2008 semester, as the fall semester's meeting time of 3:00 PM was chosen to accommodate Duvernell's teaching schedule. It was agreed that next semester, the Graduate Council would meet at 1:30 PM on Friday afternoons.

IX. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 4:27 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen L. Hansen,
Associate Provost for Research and Dean,
The Graduate School

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