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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

MINUTES

April 8th, 2011

MEMBERS PRESENT: Sohyung Cho, Linda Carlisle, Steffany Chleboun, Denise Cobb, Roberta Harrison, Poonam Jain, Lynn Maurer for Jerry B. Weinberg, Gertrude Pannirselvam, Michael Shaw, Chair, Diane Sol, Ken Witt

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic, Carole Frick, Shan Lu

GUESTS: Lynn Bartels, Graduate Program Director, Psychology
Bette Bergeron, Dean, School of Education
David Cluphf, Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Health Education
Chris Gordon, Assistant Professor, Construction
John Hunt, Graduate Program Director, Educational Administration
Krzysztof Jarosz, Chair, Mathematics and Statistics
Erik Kirk, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Health Education
Curt Lox, Chair, Kinesiology and Health Education
Jo Ellen Moore, Graduate Program Director, CMIS
Sorin Nastasia, Assistant Professor, Speech Communication
Trish Oberweiss, Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies
John Pendergast, Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Allison Reeves, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership
Paul Rose, Chair, Psychology
Melissa Thomeczek, Graduate Program Director, Instructional Technology

I. Announcements

Lynn Maurer announced that Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi participated in judging the posters and paper presentations at the Graduate School Research Symposium that was held on March 30th. Their participation enhanced an already excellent experience.

II. Minutes of March 18th, 2011

Gertrude Pannirselvam pointed out that there was a missing comma after the word "Jain" in the "Excused" section of the minutes. She also noted that Poonam Jain was excused, not present.

Pannirselvam made a motion to approve the minutes as amended; Ken Witt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Form 91A - CMIS (BUS-10-29)

IV. Form 91A - Business Administration (BUS-10-30)

The graduate programs, that share a concentration in Project Management, wished to replace one of the electives, CMIS 572 (Rapid Application Development and Prototyping) with CMIS 548 (Program and Project Portfolio Management). The program has dropped 572 and feels that the material in 548 is more useful for the students. There was a minor error on page 3 of the 91A. Instead of "…students must complete either of" the text should read, "…students must complete one of." The program wishes this to be effective in Spring 2012.

Carole Frick made a motion to accept the requests as amended; Ken Witt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Form 91A - Mathematics (CAS-10-88)

The graduate program wishes to convert its four options into specializations. The option in Mathematics would be known as Pure Mathematics; Statistics and Operations Research, Computational and Applied Mathematics and Postsecondary Mathematics Education would retain their names. The change will allow the area of expertise to be noted on the transcript and will help the program keep track of how many students are in each area. Renaming the Mathematics option/specialization will address a concern on a recent program that the option was poorly named. The program wishes this to be effective in Fall 2011.

Ken Witt made a motion to accept the request; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Form 91A - Educational Administration MSEd (SOE-11-698-A)

VII. Form 91A - Educational Administration SD (SOE-11-698-B)

The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Board of Higher Education have implemented new rules for all institutions of higher education that prepare principals. The new programs which must be in place by August 31, 2012 require major curricular changes and are meant to focus on how to promote academic achievement, how to meet the needs of special needs learners, and increased focus on P-12. The internship experience will be more intensive. The faculty loads will remain the same, however the new focus on internships will require more faculty visits to school sites, which will lead to some increase in travel reimbursement expenditures. The graduate program expects the number of graduate students to drop. Faculty may be teaching new courses but those would be within their areas of expertise. The program wishes this to be effective in Fall 2012.

Gertrude Pannirselvam made a motion to accept the request; Steffany Chleboun seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VIII. Form 91A - Kinesiology: Exercise Physiology (SOE-10-653)

The graduate program wished to change the degree from MSEd to MS, and change this option to a specialization. Changing the option to a specialization will allow the graduate program to track its students for assessment and quality control feedback. It also wished to replace nine (9) of its courses, and omit 3 hours of credit for its non-thesis option. The non-thesis option will require 30 hours plus an internship of 100 hours and a comprehensive written exam based on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist. This increases the rigor of the graduate program and the exam is also a requirement for accreditation by the ACSM. There are no anticipated adverse impacts on faculty or budget. The program wishes this change to be effective in Fall 2011.

Steffany Chleboun made a motion to accept the request; Gertrude Pannirselvam seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IX. Form 91A - Kinesiology: Sport and Exercise Behavior (SOE-10-675)

The graduate program wished to change the degree from MSEd to MS, and change this option to a specialization. The graduate program wished to change its program of study. It has clarified that students who elect the thesis option must present an oral defense of the thesis, and adds a culminating project for the non-thesis option to increase rigor. There are no anticipated adverse impacts on faculty or budget. The program wishes this change to be effective in Fall 2011.

Steffany Chleboun made a motion to accept the request; Gertrude Pannirselvam seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

X. Form 91A - Kinesiology: Pedagogy (SOE-10-680)

The graduate program wished to change its program of study. There are no anticipated adverse impacts on faculty or budget. The program wishes this change to be effective in Summer 2011.

Steffany Chleboun made a motion to accept the request; Gertrude Pannirselvam seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

XI. Program Review - Instructional Technology

The internal review committee consisted of Thomas Jordan (chair), Department of Historical Studies, Chris Gordon, Department of Construction, Jia Jingyi, Department of Economics and Finance, and Trish Oberweis, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies.

The committee made the following recommendations:

The IT graduate program must grow;

Address the barriers to online competitiveness;

Create a more uniform structure for advising students prior to the jury stage;

Work to increase visibility at department, school, and university levels; and

Have timely and adequate support for technological needs.

Ken Witt made a motion to accept the committee's report that the graduate program is in good standing; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

XII. Program Review - Psychology

The internal review committee consisted of John Pendergast, English Language and Literature (chair), Lydia Jackson, Lovejoy Library, Ramana Madupalli, Management and Marketing, Sorin

Nastasia, Speech Communication, Nancy Ruff, English Language and Literature, and Ying Shang, Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The committee made the following recommendations:

Increase availability of assistantships;

Increase diversity in the graduate program; and

Expand the department's space to add three labs, one classroom and one conference room, and purchase additional IQ and Achievement test kits.

Mike Shaw made a motion to accept the committee's report that the graduate program is in good standing; Ken Witt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

XIII. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

XIV. New Business

Lynn Maurer, Mike Shaw and others had a discussion through e-mail which culminated in a new procedure for transmitting Graduate Council business to the Provost's office. The chair of the Programs Committee writes a letter to the chair of the Graduate Council. The chair of the Graduate Council will now transmit program reviews to the Provost's office.

XV. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 12:13 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

J

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

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