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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

February 8th, 2008

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

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic, Anthony Denkyirah

GUESTS: Michael Costigan, Graduate Program Director and Chair, Accounting
Janice Joplin, Graduate Program Director, Business Administration
Gertrude Pannirselvam, Associate Professor, Management and Marketing

I. Announcements

There were no announcements.

II. Minutes of January 18th, 2008

Steve McCommas made a motion to accept the minutes; Laura Fowler seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

III. Form 91A - Accountancy (BUS-08-22)

The graduate program wished to amend its admission requirements to offer prospective graduate students a choice between two options. One option is the current admission criteria, which includes submission of GMAT scores to be used in a formula with the undergraduate grade point average and the additional submission of GMAT Analytical Writing scores. The new option is to allow admission for those who have "earned an undergraduate accounting degree from a program with separate AACSB accounting accreditation and an overall GPA of 3.6 (on a 4.0 scale)" without taking the GMAT. Applicants who choose to apply under this option must also "submit letters of recommendation from two faculty members at their undergraduate institution." The graduate program believes that this change will make it easier to recruit qualified graduate students to the MSA program.

Stephanie McAndrews made a motion to approve the request; Christopher Herndon seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

IV. Form 91A - Social Work (CAS-07-145)

The graduate program wished to eliminate the admission requirement of GRE test scores. It believes that scores are "not a good predictor of our MSW students' success," and that the expense of the test is detrimental to SIUE's chances of attracting new students when prospective students compare our program to those of University of Missouri at Saint Louis, Washington University and Saint Louis University, none of which require this test.

Valerie Yancey made a motion to approve the request; Gary Denue seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

V. Form 91A - MBA (BUS-08-17)

The graduate program wished to change its program of study. It believes that students had a "very limited quantitative orientation" and lacked interdisciplinary content in courses, and that the program had "limited flexibility" and too much variation in credit hours. The way that it had been designed led to more experienced students taking more courses, and less experienced students taking fewer courses and participating less in class discussion due to lack of work experience. The changes will address these issues and will eliminate the foundation courses. The program will change the list of required courses to two which currently exist, five which will be modified and three new courses. Four electives will be added for a total program of study of 42 credit hours. The electives will allow students to design their own concentration in their field of interest. There are no adverse budgetary effects, because these changes could result in up to ten "fewer sections per year." The resources would be redistributed. There will be no adverse effects upon affected faculty.

Steve McCommas asked why the program was changing the name of some of its courses. Gertrude Pannirselvem stated that for all but one course, they have completely new syllabi and the changes will reflect new content.

Stephanie McAndrews made a motion to approve the request; Laura Folwer seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

VI. Old Business

There was no old business.

VII. New Business

There was no old business.

VIII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 1:46 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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