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Minutes of

March 21, 2013

MEMBERS PRESENT: Kathy Behm, Marietta Bell-Scriber, Steffany Chleboun, Nicholas Guehlstorf, Andrea Hester, Koung Hee Leem, Leah O'Brien, Gertrude Pannirselvam (Chair), Ron Schaefer, Joe Schober, Doug Simms, Jerry Weinberg

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Marcus Agustin, Scott Belobrajdic, Poonam Jain, Terry Yan

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

I. Announcements

A. Graduate School Announcements

Associate Dean Morgan announced that Majid Molki, Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, has been awarded the Distinguished Research Professor. She also reminded those present that the Spring Symposium will take place on Tuesday April 2nd.

Associate Dean Lynn Maurer added that there will be 25 student poster presentations at the Symposium. She added that the Competitive Graduate Award winners for 2013-14 will be announced tomorrow.

Associate Provost Weinberg announced that the sequestration will have an impact on ICR funds.

Gertrude Pannirselvam announced that Nic Guehlstorf had replaced her on the dean's annual evaluation committee. She also shared a set of Operating procedures with the Council that she drafted.

B. Other Announcements

There were no other announcements.

C. Course Review Committee Report

The reports were posted on SharePoint.

II. Approval of Minutes of January 17, 2013

The minutes were approved as amended after a typo was discovered on page 3.

III. Report of the Executive Committee

The committee met. It discussed next year's chair, and when to hold the May meeting. Chris Kessler will conduct a survey to find a good time to meet on May 3rd.

IV. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Program Review Report: Public Administration, MPA

The faculty members are very collegial and enthusiastic about the program and the students. The faculty members' community presence and engagement reflects the program's mission. The program meets a unique need in the community and is responsive to industry and community needs. The program was successfully accredited recently by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and there has been a steady growth in enrollment. The internal review team recommended improvements in student advising, course offerings to help students have access to elective courses, and additional faculty resources. Discussion included issues of rigor, the appearance of grade inflation, and using grades for program assessment.

The Programs Committee voted "program is in good standing." It unanimously rated the Public Administration graduate program in enrollment as "intervention needed due to exceeds capacity." The Programs Committee found that the degree completion rate needs intervention.

B. Program Review Report: Marketing Research, MMR

The program is "one of only a handful in the country, and it has an excellent national and international reputation." Over 90% of its students are fully supported either by internships or GAships. The internship program is rigorous and provides crucial real-world experience. Members of the program have created an Advisory Board of industry professionals who provide support and feedback to the program. Graduates of the program have a high rate of success in terms of job placement. The faculty members are passionate about the program and deeply engaged, and the students are bright, thoughtful, and equally engaged. The average time in the program is sixteen months. Discussion included spreading out the teaching and mentoring among more faculty members, adding more electives, and easing the administrative burden on the graduate program director.

The Programs Committee voted the program "in good standing" and found that the enrollment is sustainable and the degree completion rate is satisfactory.

C. Interim Program Review Report: Environmental Sciences, MS

The graduate program has grown in faculty and facilities. The Programs Committee was concerned about the overloaded faculty and shift toward undergraduate education but accepted the report.

D. Program Review Report: Economics and Finance, MS, MA

The program is accredited, the students develop good skills that are useful for their market and are quite well placed. The faculty members are very productive in their research. Discussion included recommendations that the program should encourage collaborative research opportunities with graduate students due to such a short time in the program, improve selection of elective courses, improve admission standards and mentoring of students, particularly international students, reevaluate commitment to M.A. (thesis option), work with other departments and Library to purchase additional data sets, and work with ITS to improve technology in the classrooms.

The Programs Committee unanimously rated the graduate program in good standing. It also unanimously agreed that its enrollment is sustainable and its graduation rate is satisfactory.

E. Program Review Report: Accountancy, MSA

The program is very well managed even with limited resources, the faculty is committed to teaching excellence and on students' learning and success, and the students have a high pass rate in the CPA exam. There were reports of difficulty with student awareness of job opportunities. Discussion included issues of resources, such as additional faculty, and travel funds to assist with training faculty on international accounting standards.

The Programs Committee unanimously rated the graduate program in good standing. It also unanimously agreed that its enrollment is sustainable and its graduation rate is satisfactory.

F. Form 91A - Pharmacy Education Specialization (PHAR-13-15)

The professional program wishes to drop the two credit-hour course PHEL 762 (Assessment Strategies) from its requirements for the specialization. It has increased PHEL 760 (Orientation to Teaching) from 2 to 3 credit hours, and has increased PHEL 761 (Instructional Design and Strategies) from 2 to 3 credit hours, and has changed its name to Instructional Design and Assessment Strategies to reflect the additional content in the course. The total credit hour requirement has not changed.

G. Form 91A - Speech Communication (CAS-12-118)

Since an increasing number of students are pursuing applied projects as an exit option for the M.A program, the graduate program would like to add SPC 598 to the "Treatise Plan" to distinguish this option from SPC 599 thesis. The department has added a number of SPC courses they would like to reduce the number of out-of-department courses, independent studies, and 400-level courses that count for the program from 9, 6, and 6 to 6, 6, and 3 respectively.

H. Form 91A - Speech Communication/Public Relations (CAS-12-122)

The graduate program would like to add a concentration in Public Relations (PR) to the M.A. program. The undergraduate program track in PR has been very successful; students from this program would like to have an opportunity to continue their graduate studies. Survey of undergraduate students and responses from alumni indicate interest in this track. The track would need the addition of four new courses SPC 551, SPC 552, SPC 553, SPC 554, which have been approved. This track would require three required courses (SPC 550, SPC 551, and SPC 552) and 12-15 hours of electives. Two courses, SPC 553 and SPC 554, have been added for electives in this track.

I. Form 91A - Mathematics (CAS-12-130)

The program had been offering 2 of their content courses as MATH 590d and STAT 590. These courses have been offered successfully and have been approved as MATH 534 and STAT 535.

J. Form 91A - Chemistry (CAS-11-91)

The program would like to change the TOEFL requirements for the M.S. degree to reflect the changes in TOEFL and the Graduate School admission standard. "For international students, a minimum score of 550 on the paper based TOEFL test, 79 on the internet based TOEFL test, or Overall Band of 6.5 on IELTS, is required."

Steffany Chleboun made a motion to adopt the Programs Committee's recommendations; Nic Guehlstorf seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Report of the Research Policies (ERP) Committee

A. Export Control

Changes were made to the draft approved by the Graduate Council April 2, 2012, including limiting the scope of the policy to scholarship activities within the Graduate School.

B. Admissions Policy (1E1)

Changes were made to the policy beginning under heading "Graduate Students" to address the incorporation of a section with the heading "Professional Programs," which included updates to the School of Dental Medicine requirements and incorporation of admissions requirements for the School of Pharmacy.

A question arose about whether the International Section needs to be revised based on the TOEFL and ILTS test methods.

Leah O'Brien made a motion that the language should duplicate the language submitted by Chemistry (IV.J. above); Steffany Chleboun seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Pannirselvam pointed out that the Curriculum Council will also have to review this change so she will take this to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.

C. Externally Sponsored Industry Projects at SIUE (1M2)

This policy was updated to make sure the terminology was inclusive of the kinds of work sponsored (example: scholarly activities instead of either publications or research) and improve clarity. Under Item IG, for example, the sentence "The University receives no funds to cover business risks," was changed to "The University will not cover business risks" for clarification.

D. Academic Integrity in Scholarship and Research (1Q5)

Language was reviewed to clarify procedural sections. "Has the responsibility" was changed to "should" in the INTRODUCTION section and in section 1 under PROCEDURES FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT IN SCHOLARSHIP AND RESEARCH. The ERP committee also changed "If no breach has occurred, the case shall be considered closed. If so, all written records should be sealed…" to "If no breach has occurred, the case shall be considered closed and all written records shall be sealed…"

E. Graduation Requirement (1F1)

Sections were inserted to reflect the inclusion of the professional programs.

F. Doctoral Policies Update

The subcommittee continues to meet.

Joe Schober made a motion to adopt ERP recommendations; Marietta Bell-Scriber seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VII. New Business

There was no new business.

VIII. Adjournment

Nic Guehlstorf made a motion to adjourn; Steffany Chleboun seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 3:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Gertrude Pannirselvam, Chair of the Graduate Council and
Associate Professor, Management and Marketing

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