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Minutes of

January 13, 2012

MEMBERS PRESENT: Scott Belobrajdic, Steffany Chleboun, Dean Cody for Kathy Behm, Carole Frick, Jie Gong, Nicholas Guehlstorf, Roberta Harrison, Poonam Jain, Shrikant Jategaonkar, Koung Hee Leem, Lynn Maurer for Jerry Weinberg, Gertrude Pannirselvam (Chair), Ken Witt


GUESTS: Therese Poirier, Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy

I. Announcements

Lynn Maurer announced that the Graduate School Symposium will take place on Monday, April 9th. She added that applications for the Competitive Graduate Award (CGA) are due today. The Graduate School held workshops this week to assist graduate students in writing proposals for the Research Grants for Graduate Students competition this spring.

II. Minutes of December 15, 2011

Carole Frick commended Chris Kessler on the minutes. Ken Witt made a motion to accept the minutes as submitted; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Form 91A - Pharmacy (PHAR-12-02)

The professional program in Pharmacy would like to add an elective specialization in education. This will help to "make these students more marketable for teaching positions upon completion of post-graduate training." The specialization consists of 6 hours of didactic teaching courses and 6 hours of advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE). SIUE is the only school in the country that has a teaching track. While this is the only specialization proposed, the program will develop a research specialization in the future.

There are no anticipated effects on faculty or budget. The program requests this change be effective for April 2012.

Carole Frick made a motion to approve the request; Poonam Jain seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Continuing Business

A. Form 92A - Healthcare Informatics, M.S.

If approved, this proposal for healthcare informatics will be the first interdisciplinary graduate degree offered by SIUE. Faculty from the Schools of Nursing and Business, and Computer Science developed this master's degree to meet the educational needs of healthcare personnel in the bi-state area. While it was developed with the specific objective of educating students from Barnes-Jewish-Christian (BJC) Hospital through SIUE, the curriculum can be offered to other qualifying SIUE students as well.

The proposal was developed as a cost-recovery model. For each course taught, SIUE will receive $23,000 from BJC. Approximately 65% (about $13,000) will be split between Educational Outreach, ITS, and the School or College. The remainder will go to SIUE's general fund. SIUE is "not seeking funding from the State of Illinois to support the implementation" of the degree.

The committee reviewed the changes made to the proposal as outlined in the minutes of the December 15th meeting. In part 3 of the proposal, on page 12 of 14, the references to "thesis" are confusing. The Programs Committee would like clarification on the program's intention, and suggested the program consider leaving out the word "thesis" altogether. The Committee had continuing concerns about the feasibility of promoting frequent changes of the directorship of the program to rotate the service between the units.

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

V. New Business

There was no new business.

VI. Adjournment

Poonam Jain made a motion to adjourn; Ken Witt seconded. The meeting adjourned at 10:18 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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