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November 19th, 2009

MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Belobrajdic, Linda Carlisle, Martha Combs for Steffany Chleboun, Carole Frick, Jane Gillespie, Chair, Steve Hansen, John Hunt, Matthew Johnson, Urszula Ledzewicz, Michael Shaw, Greg Sierra, Ken Witt, Valerie Yancey

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Shakti Banwat, Laura Fowler

GUESTS : Bette Bergeron, Dean, School of Education
Susan Breck, Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Jackie Clement, Graduate Program Director, Nursing
S. Cem Karacal, Graduate Program Director, Industrial Engineering
Stephanie McAndrews, Graduate Program Director, Literacy Education
Linda Morice, Graduate Program Director, Educational Administration
Wayne Nelson, Chair, Educational Leadership
Anne Perry, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, School of Nursing
Mary Weishaar, Associate Dean, School of Education

I. Announcements

There were no announcements.

II. Minutes of October 15th, 2009

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

III. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program: Industrial Engineering

The graduate program wishes to clarify its requirements in the program of study. Students in a 33 hour non-thesis option must take at least 18 credit hours at the 500 level. Of those, 12 hours must be in IME. Students in the 30 hour thesis option must take at least 15 credit hours at the 500 level, and of those, at least 9 hours must be in IME. The program will accept 500 level courses from other departments in engineering or mathematics and statistics as part of the plan of study. Regardless, 2/3 of the hours must be in IME courses. There was no letter of collation from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. S. Cem Karacal will speak to Krzysztof Jarosz, the chair of the department. Associate Provost Hansen requested clarification on the catalog copy regarding courses students are allowed to take outside the program.

Carole Frick made a motion to approve the request contingent upon the receipt of a letter of collation from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and a clarification regarding courses outside the department that students are allowed to take. Mike Shaw seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program: Historical Studies (CAS-09-094)

The graduate program wishes to amend its admission requirements. The undergraduate GPA requirement would be changed to a 3.0. It would also require a writing sample and two letters of recommendation, in addition to its other existing requirements, and change the application deadline from the end of spring semester to February 1st for fall admission only.

Mike Shaw made a motion to approve the request contingent upon amending the proposed catalog text to include the required 3.0 GPA. Matthew Johnson seconded. The request passed unanimously.

V. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program: Literacy Education (SOE-09-568)

The graduate program wishes to change its program of study from 39 to 33 hours to make it more competitive while still meeting the "NCATE Specialized Professional Associate (SPA) International Reading Association requirements for reading specialist certification." It will eliminate the general professional core, composed of 9 hours of EPFR (Educational Psychology Foundations and Research) courses, and add one 3 hour course, CI 596d (Field Study in Education), an internship course which would be beneficial to the students to help them complete their action research project. In response to a question about dropping the EPFR courses, long considered core courses to all MSEd programs, Mary Weishaar assured the committee that the change in requirements had the full support of the faculty.

Val Yancey made a motion to approve the request; John Hunt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program: Curriculum and Instruction (SOE-09-576)

The graduate program wishes to eliminate the admission requirement of a teaching certificate "to allow for a more diverse range of students." This will allow students who are not seeking certificates or are seeking initial certification to matriculate. In addition, the program wishes to allow students to have a choice of EPFR 501 or CI 548 to fulfill their research requirement. The graduate program also clarified that its overall GPA requirement for undergraduate work is 2.5. The program of study was reorganized from 9 hours of general professional core and 6 hours of curriculum and instruction core for a total of 15 core courses and 21 hours of emphasis courses, to 12 hours of professional coursework (instead of the core) and 24 hours of emphasis courses. Changes include substituting CI 563 (Curriculum Models) for 561/562 and adding CI 510 (Analysis of Instruction).

Matthew Johnson made a motion to accept the request; Mike Shaw seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VII. Request for a New Unit of Instruction: Doctor of Education (EdD)

The Department of Educational Leadership proposes to offer an EdD through its Educational Administration program leading to a superintendent's endorsement. Students will receive training for district P-12 leadership and for superintendents. This program builds on the existing specialist's degree in educational administration. Four public institutions in Illinois offer the EdD degree and none of them are south of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers a PhD in Educational Administration which is significantly different as its focus is research. An EdD focuses on "identifying and solving complex problems of practice within the complexity of P-12 educational systems." Other institutions in this region that offer an EdD in Educational Leadership are Lindenwood University, Saint Louis University, and University of Missouri at St. Louis. The School of Education conducted a needs survey and found significant need and demand in Southern Illinois. The program would require two additional classes per semester and will need one additional full time faculty member and instructors to teach two sections of course work. It projects maintaining 20-30 candidates in 500 level courses and 1-15 students in 600 level courses.

Admission requirements include a 3.25 GPA and a master of science in education or its equivalent, plus GRE scores. The EdD program consists of fifty-four semester hours of post-master's graduate credit. Students who choose to leave the program after completing the first thirty hours will have completed the accredited specialist's degree. One faculty mentor would advise and guide each student from acceptance to graduation. The program would be delivered primarily with face to face instruction, however the faculty are open to using distance learning in the future. Dean Bergeron explained that the accrediting body did not support online course delivery.

Dean Bette Bergeron stated that there is such a backlog of need in this region, that if the program were in place, they would "easily put 200 students in today." She added that more than half of superintendents in the United States have doctoral degrees, and 97% of superintendents in regions of more than 5000 students have their doctorates.

Professor Valerie Yancey, chair of the internal review committee that evaluated the EdD proposal, stated that the committee was impressed with the needs assessment and felt that it was completely in line. She noted that building on what it already has (the SD program) is an excellent strategy. She said that the faculty were energetic and were willing to grow into the role of doctoral mentoring. Wayne Nelson added that mentoring will shared with other School of Education faculty who are not members of Educational Leadership.

Matthew Johnson expressed concern about the budget of the program and its timing in this economic climate. He let the committee know that he would begin a discussion of this issue on Blackboard.

Mike Shaw made a motion to approve this request pending receipt of the external review report, with the understanding that Valerie Yancey will evaluate that report on behalf of the internal review committee; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VIII. Form 91 A - Request for a New Academic Program: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The School of Nursing proposed a Doctor of Nursing Practice to meet the profession's expectations that the master's of nursing degrees will be replaced by doctorate of nursing practice degrees. The DNP would provide more faculty to respond to a severe shortage in nursing workforce personnel, and increase the advanced practice nursing workforce in southern Illinois. There will be overlap between the master's and the doctoral programs until the master's programs are phased out in 2015. The School of Nursing has courses scheduled to 2017 to phase out the master's programs. The proposal included a budget that would require no additional expenditures for the first four years other than secretarial assistance, a full-time technology specialist and minimal equipment costs. The candidates admitted to the DNP program would either be post-master's or post-baccalaureate. From 2015, all DNP candidates will be post-baccalaureate. The delivery system will be entirely online except for clinical practice courses.

John Hunt, the chair of the internal program review committee, and Ken Witt, a member of that committee, said that the faculty credentials are excellent.

Linda Carlisle had concerns about supporting material. Although the NPR states that "Informatics is a new field in Nursing and the Library at SIUE has begun to purchase relevant journals and books to support this field," Carlisle does not believe that materials are being purchased and believes that LIS might need additional funds for materials to support research and study in informatics. She suggested obtaining a letter from Dean McBride of Library and Information Services indicating whether or not the library would need additional funds.

Urzsula Ledzewicz made a motion to approve this request pending the addition of a letter from the dean of Lovejoy Library regarding materials; Mike Shaw seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IX. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

X. New Business

There was no new business.

XI. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9:55 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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