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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

MINUTES

March 20th, 2009

MEMBERS PRESENT : Linda Carlisle, Ayse Evrensel, Laura Fowler, Jane Gilllespie, Chair, Steve Hansen, John Hunt, Gameli Kumasi, Steve McCommas, Diane Sol, Valerie Yancey

MEMBERS EXCUSED : Scott Belobrajdic, Laura Fowler, Andrzej Lozowski, Stephanie McAndrews

GUESTS : Carl Bentelspacher, Graduate Program Director, Social Work
Martha Combs, Chair, Curriculum and Instruction
Ralph Giacobbe, Chair, Management and Marketing

I. Announcements

There were no announcements.

II. Minutes of February 13th, 2009

John Hunt made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted; Gameli Kumasi seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Form 91A - Master of Arts in Teaching (SOE-09-482)

The graduate program wishes to offer its 36 credit hours of graduate study in three 12-hour blocks (Summer, Fall and Spring) instead of the current format (6/9/12/9) over four terms (Summer, Fall, Spring, and Summer). This change does not reduce or alter the content of the graduate degree, but allows "students to graduate in May and compete for jobs with other May graduates." There are no anticipated adverse affects on faculty and no anticipated budgetary effects. The committee noted that there is an error in the admission criteria. This will be amended prior to being passed to the Graduate Council.

Valerie Yancey made a motion to accept this request as amended; John Hunt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Form 91A - Marketing Research (BUS-09-028)

The graduate program wishes to change the program of study from 15 credit hours in required program courses and 15 hours of elective courses to 21 hours of required graduate credit and 9 hours of electives. It also wishes to clarify that MKTG 550, usually the last course taken, is "an integrated experience" in which a written report is defended orally. These changes will "[streamline] program courses and [clarify] exit requirement." There are no anticipated adverse affects on faculty and no anticipated budgetary effects.

Ayse Evrensel made a motion to accept this request; John Hunt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Form 91A - Social Work (CAS-08-168)

The graduate program wished to change the focus of its regular and advanced standing programs to reflect community (macro) and individual (micro) levels of service. The regular standing students graduate program hours increase from 57 to 65 hours, and the advanced standing students increase from 30 to 32 hours. Students who have not earned a BSW within six years must apply to regular standing, a program track which takes two years to complete. Those who have earned a BSW within six years may apply to advanced standing status. Advanced standing students can earn their MSW within one year. During the fall semester of the advanced standing courses, the student takes a generic skills course, in the spring they practice in the field in areas such as criminal justice, child welfare, etc.

Laura Fowler made a motion to accept this request; Valerie Yancey seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VII. New Business

There was no new business.

VIII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 2:38 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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