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PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Minutes of

April 6, 2012

MEMBERS PRESENT: Kathy Behm, Steffany Chleboun, Carole Frick, Nicholas Guehlstorf, Roberta Harrison, Poonam Jain, Shrikant Jategaonkar, Koung Hee Leem, Gertrude Pannirselvam (Chair), Ken Witt

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic, Mary Clabaugh, Jie Gong

GUESTS:
Isaac Blankson, Chair, Speech Communication
Shelley Goebl-Parker, Acting Graduate Program Director, Art Therapy Counseling
Edmund Hershberger, Chair, Management and Marketing
Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Audrey Tallant, Chair, Music
Erin Timpe, Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice

I. Announcements

Jerry Weinberg reminded those present that the Graduate School's Spring Symposium takes place on Monday, April 9th. Lynn Maurer announced that the winners of the Competitive Graduate Awards (CGAs) were distributed. Pannirselvam reminded members that the next Graduate Council meeting is on April 23rd instead of April 9th due to the conflict with the Symposium. She also asked the Programs Committee members to think about serving as chair of the committee next year.

II. Minutes of March 26, 2012

Changes were made to the posted minutes clarifying the discussion about the Education Administration program discussion. These changes were presented to the members as a tracked document. In addition, changes were suggested about attendance. Both Poonam Jain and Ken Witt were present, but not counted in the original version of the minutes.

Carole Frick made a motion to accept the minutes as amended; Nicholas Guehlstorf seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

After Shrikant Jategaonkar made an amendment to page 4, asking to strike the line that read "The committee rated the graduate program in Kinesiology "in good standing," Carole Frick made a motion to accept the minutes as amended; Ken Witt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Form 91A - Marketing Research (BUS-12-01)

The graduate program wishes to reduce the credit hours for those who do not have business backgrounds from 24 hours to 9 hours to avoid losing potential students who understand this requirement to make the program longer than it is, and also to reflect the real prerequisite needs of the incoming students. One marketing class and two other business courses at the graduate level are sufficient to ensure that students have the necessary business background. This change is not expected to affect enrollment in the business courses since very few MMR students have to meet the additional requirements. It also wishes to add a requirement for the Internet based TEOFL exam. A committee member requested that a portion of the text that is included at the end of the old admission section of the catalog, "Completion of these courses will not earn academic credit in the MMR program," be carried over to the admission section, in #1 of the new catalog description. The TOEFL score requirement of 80 is higher than grad school requirement of 79. Since the Graduate School only sends applications that meet program standards over to the units this shouldn't be a problem. The MMR program also wanted to remove "examination" in the exit requirement. The exit requirement has always been a client project. They were just taking the opportunity to make the correction.

These changes will not require additional resources. The program would like the change to take effect in the Fall of 2012.

Shrikant Jategaonkar made a motion to accept the request with amendments; Poonam Jain seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Form 91A - Pharmacy (PHAR-12-04)

The professional program wishes to add a non-credit course, PHEP 752 - Performance=Based Assessment III, a pass/fail course, in the third professional year. Their use of Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE) will enable the program to determine whether a student has the minimal competency to progress to the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE). It assesses both the student and the program. In case of failure, the student takes a remediation and retakes PHEP 752 until he/she passes. This change will not require additional resources. The program would like the change to take effect in the Fall of 2012.

Carole Frick made a motion to accept the request as submitted; Steffany Chleboun seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Form 91A - Speech Communication (CAS-11-16)

The department wishes to change its name to Human Communication Studies. This would help reduce the confusion between this graduate program and that of Speech-language Pathology. It would also serve as a direct response to recommendations by its national organization, the National Communication Association, and clarify the graduate program's purpose to potential students, some of whom believe that speech communication means public speaking. In brief, the title "Speech Communication" no longer serves to elucidate the program's objectives. This change requires minimal resources for new letterheads and signage that the department will be able to meet. The program would like the change to take effect in the Fall of 2012.

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

VI. Form 91A - Art Therapy Counseling (CAS-11-101)

The graduate program wishes to change the entrance examination from the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) to the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Most of the other 32 graduate art therapy programs in the country require the GRE, so the students interested in SIUE would not have to take an additional test. The GRE, in conjunction with undergraduate grade point average, is a better predictor of academic performance in graduate school. There were some questions about minimum score requirements for GRE and possible issues with refusing admission to students based on the GRE scores. There are other factors, such as performance in interviews, group and individual, that are used for admission criteria that are given more weight in the admission process than MAT scores and GPA. Admissions decisions based on such criteria have not been an issue in the past. This change will not require additional resources. The program would like the change to take effect "asap."

Poonam Jain made a motion to accept the request as submitted; Ken Witt seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VII. Form 91A - Music Performance: Jazz (CAS-11-70)

The graduate program has requested that its program of study be modified to include MUS 509 (a course, Jazz Composition/Arranging that has been offered thus far as an independent study) as a required course to meet the requirements of the National Associate of Schools of Music (NASM), its accrediting body. The electives would be reduced correspondingly by 2 hours so that the program of study would remain at 32 semester hours. The committee found the submitted changes to the catalog copy not clear about the credit hours for the added course and asked Professor Tallant to resubmit that portion of the request. This change will not require additional resources. The program would like the change to take effect in the Fall of 2012.

VIII. Form 91A - Music Performance: Voice, Chamber Music/Accompanying, and Choral Conducting (CAS-12-01)

The graduate program has requested that its program of study for its voice, choral conducting, and piano majors following the chamber music/accompanying options within its performance specialization be modified to include MUS 539 (Advanced Diction), a course which is already strongly recommended, as a required course to meet the requirements of the National Associate of Schools of Music (NASM), its accrediting body. The electives would be reduced correspondingly by 2 hours so that the program of study would remain at 32 semester hours. The committee found the submitted changes to the catalog copy confusing and asked Professor Tallant to resubmit that portion of the request. This change will not require additional resources. The program would like the change to take effect in the Fall of 2012.

Poonam Jain made a motion to accept the two requests contingent on receiving the revised catalog changes in the Graduate School; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IX. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

X. New Business

There was no new business.

XI. Adjournment

Nicholas Guelstorf made a motion to adjourn; Poonam Jain seconded. The meeting adjourned at 10:22 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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