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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

November 9th, 2007

MEMBERS PRESENT: Laura Fowler, Jane Gillespie, Steve Hansen, Christopher Herndon, Stephanie McAndrews, Steve McCommas, Michael Shaw, Chair, Valerie Yancey

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic, Anthony Denkyirah

MEMBERS ABSENT: Sarath Rajkumar, Jay Starratt

GUESTS: Craig Miner, Graduate Program Director, Special Education
Wayne Nelson, Chair, Educational Leadership
Geoff Schmidt, Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Randall Smith, Chair, Curriculum and Instruction
Carol Wesley, Practicum Director, Social Work

I. Announcements

There were no announcements.

II. Minutes of October 12th, 2007

Valerie Yancy made a motion to accept the minutes; Laura Fowler seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

III. 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.

Jane Gillespie made a motion to approve the request; Stephanie McAndrews seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

IV. Form 91A - Educational Administration MSEd (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.

Jane Gillespie made a motion to approve the request; Stephanie McAndrews seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

V. 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.

Jane Gillespie made a motion to approve the request; Stephanie McAndrews seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

VI. 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.

Jane Gillespie made a motion to approve the request; Stephanie McAndrews seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

VII. 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."

Jane Gillespie made a motion to approve the request; Stephanie McAndrews seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

VIII. 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 requested permission to add new electives without submitting forms 91A to the Graduate Council.

Steve McCommas stated that he was concerned about allowing programs to have that much flexibility. Steve Hansen suggested that Mike Shaw, the Chair of the Programs Committee, write a memo to the Graduate School giving blanket permission to accept new electives upon the request of the graduate program. The memo will be included in the form 91A packet for the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor.

Stephanie McAndrews made a motion that the committee approve the request with the friendly amendments that #2 is removed from the Program of Study catalog copy, that Mike Shaw sends the memo suggested by Hansen, and that language pertaining to additional course in the program of study section be dropped. Laura Fowler seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

IX. 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. After some discussion of the proposed catalog copy, Professor Schmidt agreed to send a clarification of catalog text language.

Valerie Yancey made a motion to approve the request with the condition that the criteria be included in the catalog copy; Stephanie McAndrews seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

X. 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.

Laura Fowler made a motion to approve the request; Valerie Yancey seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

XI. 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 committee noted that the department needs to obtain a letter of collation from the School of Education to include SPE 400.

Steve McCommas made a motion to approve the request; Christopher Herndon seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

XII. Old Business

There was no old business.

XIII. New Business

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.

Valerie Yancey made a motion to approve the request; Christopher Herndon seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

XIV. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 2:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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