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Minutes of

March 25, 2011

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Sarah Bailey, Rakesh Bharati (Chair), Dean Cody for Linda Carlisle, Dave Duvernell, Roberta Harrison, Gertrude Pannirselvam, Michael Shaw, Jerry B. Weinberg

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic, Steffany Chleboun, Carole Frick, Poonam Jain, Joe Schober, Mariana Solares, Terry Yan


GUESTS: Christa Johnson, Associate Dean, Office of Research and Projects
Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School

I. Announcements

A. Report of the Course Review Committee (CRC) - Informational

The report was distributed. The Council felt that it was unnecessary to distribute the report to the entire Council in the future. The CRC will send the report only to the chair of the Graduate Council.

B. Other Announcements

Acting Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Jerry B. Weinberg announced that the Graduate School is bringing in Bill Smart as its keynote speaker for the Graduate School's Research Symposium to be held on Wednesday, March 30th. Smart will talk about anthropology and computer science. Associate Dean Christa Johnson added that the keynote address will be followed by a faculty panel at 10 AM. Weinberg announced that the STEM center is receiving a $1 million gift to build a center in East St. Louis. STEM hopes to have it running by September. Weinberg also announced that the administration has released The Graduate School's chief clerk position to replace Cindy Fulton. The new hire will take over Tammy's duties regarding program review data collection. He also announced that The Graduate School has gotten excellent feedback on the recent Research and Creative Activities publication. The Chancellor has challenged The Graduate School to find a way to advertise our research. The Graduate School is proposing to hire a "communications coordinator."

Johnson also announced that The Graduate School has awarded $350,153 for New Directions proposals. Of the 31 awards, 15 went to assistant professors, 13 to associate professors and three to full professors. The awards were "nicely distributed across schools." The winners will be posted soon.

Associate Dean Lynn Maurer announced that approximately 60 students would be presenting posters and papers at the Graduate Student Symposium and that Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi would be judging the presentations and giving out awards.

II. Approval of Minutes of February 18, 2011

The minutes were approved as submitted unanimously.

III. Report of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee did not meet.

IV. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Form 91A: English - Teaching of Writing (CAS-09-269)

The graduate program wished to eliminate the requirement of ENG 488 (History of Rhetoric) and add 588 (History of Rhetoric I - The Classical Period to the Renaissance). It also wished to eliminate 487 (Politics of Composition Pedagogy) from the list of optional courses and add two courses, 587 (Politics of Composition Pedagogy) and 589 (History of Rhetoric II - The Enlightenment to Today). For its post-baccalaureate certificate program, the graduate program wishes to eliminate the choices of 487 and 488 and offer three additional choices, 587, 588, and 589. It noted that two courses had title changes: 574 (Basic Writing Theory and Pedagogy) and 578 (Gender, Language, and Pedagogy).

The request was approved unanimously.

B. Form 91A: Speech-language Pathology (SOE-11-696)

The graduate program wished to change its deadline from February 1st to January 15th.

The request was approved unanimously.

C. Review Report: Speech-language Pathology

The graduate program was found to be in good standing. The committee consisted of Valerie Yancey (chair), Kristine Hildebrandt, Gerald O'Brien, and Miranda Wilhelm. The committee found the programs students were focused, passionate and energized. The committee had five recommendations:

1. Review admission, selection, and student orientation activities;

2. Upgrade the Clinic Director's position to reflect the true qualifications of the individual serving in the position;

3. Transfer the clinical assessment rubric to an online delivery rather than paper;

4. Increase diversity; and

5. Add doctorally prepared faculty.

The program was found to be in good standing and the report was approved unanimously.

D. Interim Program Review Report: Geographical Studies

Randy Pearson submitted a revised version of the report to bring it more in line with the questions asked in the template. The questions were out of date since the program review was seven years ago. The Programs Committee felt that Pearson did an outstanding job and noted that this interim report will be a useful tool for the graduate program's next program review in 2013-14.

The report was approved unanimously.

V. Report of the Educational and Research Policies Committee

ERP has began to examine the Graduate Council Operating Papers with meticulous attention to detail.

VI. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VII. New Business

There was no new business.

VIII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9:45 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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