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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes of

February 17, 2012

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin (Chair), Sarah Bailey, Rakesh Bharati, Dean Cody for Kathy Behm, David Duvernell, Carole Frick, Nicholas Guehlstorf, Roberta Harrison, Poonam Jain, Leah O'Brien, Gertrude Pannirselvam, Joe Schober, Jerry Weinberg, Terry Yan

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic, Steffany Chleboun, Mary Clabaugh, Ron Schaefer

GUESTS: Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Susan Morgan, Acting Associate Dean, Office of Research and Projects

I. Announcements

A. Course Review Committee Report (January)

The Course Review report was distributed on Blackboard.

B. Graduate School Announcements

Susan Morgan announced that the Hoppe proposals will be arriving in the Graduate School for review on March 2nd. The Vaughnie Lindsay proposals are due to the deans on March 2nd and the deans are to encourage promising junior faculty to apply. The STEP subcontracts are due on March 15th. Those STEP awardees with FY12 awards need to spend the funds by June 30th. The SURCI program is available and has been updated to reflect private funding eligibility. Morgan also announced that two SIUE faculty have won prestigious grants: Kristine Hildebrandt, an Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature, received advance notice that her NSF CAREER proposal titled "Documenting the Languages of Manang, Nepal for Local and International Impact" has been recommended for funding, and Eric Lichtenberger, Assistant Professor and Post-doctoral Residential Fellow with the Illinois Education Research Council, with a collaborator from the University of Rochester, received a Spencer Foundation grant to fund their proposal "Seeking Excellence and Diversity: How Stages in the Pipeline from High School to K-12 Teaching Affect the Composition of New Teachers." Morgan also announced that ERP will soon start the process to elect members to the Research and Development Committee, which oversees the STEP proposal review.

Jerry Weinberg announced that the requested specialization in education for Pharmacy has been approved. The Indirect Cost Recovery (ICR) for the second quarter is ahead by $50,000.

Lynn Maurer announced that the Competitive Graduate Award (CGA) applications are due back today from the graduate programs. The Research Grants for Graduate Students (RGGS) competition has received thirty applications for Spring of 2012.

C. Other Announcements

Marcus Agustin announced that the search committee will begin conducting phone interviews for the Graduate Dean position. The committee hopes to bring candidates in around the third week of March.

II. Approval of Minutes of January 20, 2012

The Council removed the language in Section IV.C: "The curriculum can be offered to other qualifying SIUE students as well." Carole Frick made a motion to approve the minutes as amended; Rakesh Bharati seconded. The minutes were approved unanimously.

III. Report of the Executive Committee

The committee did not meet.

IV. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Form 91A - Curriculum and Instruction/Secondary Education (SOE-11-782)

Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary Education wish to combine their graduate programs into one, called Curriculum and Instruction. "The course requirements for the two degrees are almost identical … the Department would like to merge the two degrees to allow for one system of data gathering and monitoring." The nine teaching areas (specializations) currently offered in Secondary Education will be transferred into the Curriculum and Instruction graduate program, which will also offer pedagogy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education. The C&I graduate program will offer eleven specializations. These are: art, biology, chemistry, earth and space sciences, English/language arts, foreign languages, history, mathematics, physics, pedagogy, and STEM education. These changes will not require additional resources. The program would like the changes to take effect by the Summer of 2013.

B. Form 92B - Secondary Education Eliminate Graduate Program (SOE-11-783)

The department of Curriculum and Instruction, which houses the Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary Education graduate programs, wishes to eliminate the graduate program in Secondary Education. The content will be absorbed into the Curriculum and Instruction graduate program as specified in SOE-11-782.

C. Form 91A - Curriculum and Instruction Create Specializations (SOE-11-784)

The graduate program wishes to create two specializations, Advanced Pedagogy, and STEM Education to differentiate it from the nine specializations which originated in the Secondary Education graduate program. These changes will not require additional resources. The program would like the changes to take effect by Summer of 2013.

Items A. - C. passed unanimously.

D. Program Review Report - Mass Communications

The internal review committee was composed of Yuliang Liu, Educational Leadership (Chair of review committee), Olga Bezhanova, Foreign Languages and Literature, Steffany M. Chleboun, Special Education and Communication Disorders, and Nancy Ruff, English Language and Literature. The committee's recommendations included better use of program assessment, including more precise data collection, developing an option for students interested in the practical industrial field, expanding the program to meet student and market demand, standardizing the advising process, providing job placement assistance, and providing more graduate assistantships.

Elza Ibroscheva, the graduate program director, provided the chair's response, while Wendy Shaw wrote the dean's response. They agreed with the recommendation to "continue to work on a consistent and thorough assessment plan." They also felt that offering online classes would not be practical due to the additional faculty and other resources needed to offer them. In fact, the faculty is opposed to teaching online courses. They stated that although there is no job placement service, faculty often "referrals and advise" students on that matter, and while the program wishes to offer more assistantships, the dean's office points out that the "College lacks the means to increase funding for graduate assistantships." Shaw added in her memo that the CAS's commitments to Mass Communications "are a measure of our pride in the excellent programs provided in Mass Communications."

The committee rated the graduate program in mass communications "in good standing." Steffany Chleboun made a motion to accept the report; Carole Frick seconded. The report was accepted unanimously.

V. Report of the Educational and Research Policies (ERP) Committee

ERP met and began to review policies. The ICR distribution policy that was passed in May of 2011 that detailed how multiple units share ICR funds will address the needs of the research centers: Illinois Education Research Council (IERC), Institute for Urban Research (IUR), the STEM Center and the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC). The doctoral policies subcommittee will present its findings at a future meeting.

VI. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VII. New Business

There was no new business.

VIII. Adjournment

Poonam Jain made a motion to adjourn; Gertrude Pannirselvam seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 1:23 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

J

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

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