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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

MINUTES

September 10th, 2010

MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Belobrajdic, Linda Carlisle, Sohyung Cho, Steffany Chleboun, Roberta Harrison, Poonam Jain, Gertrude Pannirselvam, Michael Shaw, Chair, Jerry Weinberg, Ken Witt

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Carole Frick, Diane Sol

GUESTS:
Joel Hardman, Graduate Program Director, English
Sharon James McGee, Chair, English Language and Literature
Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Susan Morgan, Chair, Civil Engineering
Bill Searcy, Associate Dean, School of Education
Phil Weishaar, Assistant Professor, Special Education and Communication Disorders

I. Announcements

Mike Shaw announced that the Programs Committee would be processing four program reviews this year in instructional technology, psychology, speech-language pathology, and nursing with its four specializations (Family Nurse Practitioner, Health Care and Nursing Administration, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator). There are also interim reviews this year in geographical studies, history, sociology, and social work.

II. Minutes of April 16th, 2010

Ken Witt made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted; Steffany Chleboun seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program: English (CAS-10-18)

The graduate program wishes to change its admission requirement for the American and English Literature specialization from two years of "college-level course work … in the same modern or classical foreign language" to one year. The program does not require two years of foreign language skills from its undergraduate majors; the change would align those requirements. The appropriate courses are not offered at night which presents an obstacle to completion of the graduate degree for many students. Finally, the graduate program believes that although "advanced foreign language courses may be useful to students in particular areas of study or those who plan on enrolling in a PhD program, this is not the case" at SIUE.

The program also wishes to change the admission requirement of the TESL graduate program's foreign language requirements from two years in the same foreign language to two years of foreign languages, since those graduate students may benefit from the two years not being in the same language. The choice would be left up to the student and his advisor. The graduate program would like this to take effect retroactively for Fall of 2010.

Mike Shaw pointed out that the way the request is written allows a graduate student to take four languages in one semester to satisfy this requirement. Joel Hardman replied that that would be acceptable.

Gertrude Pannirselvam asked what the impact would be on the faculty of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. Sharon James McGee replied that most students take that second year of foreign language elsewhere at night and transfer the credits to SIUE. Jerry Weinberg suggested the graduate program acquire a letter of collation from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.

Ken Witt made a motion to approve the request with the understanding that the graduate program would send a letter of collation; Gertrude Pannirselvam seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program: Special Education (SOE-10-609)

The graduate program wishes to change the program of study for its three options and its post masters certificate to "more effectively align with the professional teaching standards for special education and provide students with a more comprehensive and current program." For all options, it would replace EPFR 501 (Research Methods) with 502 (Qualitative Inquiry in Education), modify SPE 595 (Action Research in Special Education), and drop SPE 575 (Service Delivery Models) for all options plus the post masters certificate. For the Professional Development Option, the Second Certificate Option, and the Post Master's certificate, it would add SPE 523 (Instructional Methods for Students with Severe Disabilities). The graduate program would also replace SPE 512 (Advanced Assessment) and SPE 520 (Teaching Individuals with Diverse Needs) with SPE 516 (Instructional and Assistive Technology) and 522 (Instructional Methods for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities) in the LBS II option, as well as adding SPE 511 (Assessment). In the Professional Development Option, the graduate program had specified one course and allowed 6 electives, but wishes to specify four courses (SPE 511, 515, 522, and 523) and require 3 electives.

In addition, the program wishes to change the names of the options in this MSEd program from Professional Development Option to MS in Special Education, from Learning Behavioral Specialist II Option to MS in Special Education: LBS II, and from Second Certificate Option to MS in Special Education: 2nd Certificate.

Although the graduate program states that it obtained a letter of collation from Kinesiology regarding dropping SPE 575 which is taken by their graduate students, the letter was not in the packet. The graduate program would like this to take effect retroactively for Fall of 2010.

Jerry Weinberg asked for the numbers for enrollment in Special Education. The approximate number was unknown. Gertrude Pannirselvam asked if the students would lose theory if the program removes the readings. Phil Weishaar stated that theory content is included in the EPFR 502 course.

Ken Witt made a motion to approve the request; Steffany Chleboun seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Form 91A - Request for Change in Academic Program: Civil Engineering (ENR-10-10)

The graduate program wishes to create two Professional Development Sequences (PDSs) in sustainability engineering to "respond to the increasing demands of sustainable infrastructure in civil engineering professions," and to increase enrollment by attracting working professionals in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The PDSs would also help the graduate program remain competitive in this region, and would appeal to professional engineers who do not wish to earn a master's degree. The graduate program proposed to offer a PDS in Sustainable Planning in Civil Engineering with the courses CE 588 (Solid Waste management), CE 475 (Transportation Planning), and CE 596 (Sustainable Engineering). The second PDS is Sustainable Infrastructure in Civil Engineering with the courses CE 460 (Municipal Infrastructure Design), CE 578 (Intelligent Transportation Systems), and CE 596 (Sustainable Engineering). These courses already contain "sustainable content" however they will be "tweaked a bit." Each of these was designed with a one year completion schedule in mind for fall, spring, and summer enrollment. The admission requirements are the same as those for the master's program in civil engineering. The graduate program anticipates an initial enrollment of five graduate students and an eventual stable enrollment of ten students. There are no anticipated effects on the budget. Some faculty will add advisement duties for these students to their existing load of advisees. The graduate program would like this to take effect during Fall of 2011.

Jerry Weinberg asked why the graduate program wishes to create a professional development sequence instead of a post-baccalaureate certificate. Ken Witt felt this was a common approach to "test the waters." Gertrude Pannirselvam asked whether the program plans to recruit from a specific population. Susan Morgan replied that local professional engineers need this subject matter. Another question that arose was that since a PDS is "untranscriptable" as a sequence, do the courses in these PDSs really help professional engineers? Morgan replied that professional engineers are required to take continuing education courses and that all university courses are recognized as such. In conclusion, Mike Shaw recommended that the graduate program consider creating a post-baccalaureate certificate.

Gertrude Pannirselvam made a motion to approve the request; Sohyung Cho seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VII. New Business

Mike Shaw asked for a volunteer to represent the Programs Committee at the Graduate Council meeting on September 16th since he would be attending the Board of Trustees meeting. Gertrude Pannirselvam volunteered.

VIII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 11:25 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Jerry B. Weinberg
Acting Associate Provost for Research and
Dean, The Graduate School

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