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Minutes of

October 11, 2012

MEMBERS PRESENT: Kathy Behm, Marietta Bell-Scriber, Steffany Chleboun (Chair), Nicholas Guehlstorf, Koung Hee Leem, Lynn Maurer for Jerry Weinberg, Gertrude Pannirselvam, Tim Patrick, Allison Thomason, Emily Truckenbrod

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic, Ron Schaefer

MEMBERS ABSENT: Shrikant Jategaonkar, Ken Witt

GUESTS: Xin Chen, Graduate Program Director, Industrial Engineering
Kathy Ketchum, Graduate Program Director, Nursing
Erik Kirk, Graduate Program Director, Kinesiology
Melanie Rowbotham, Assistant Professor, Family Health and Community Health Nursing
Myung Sin Song, Graduate Program Director, Mathematics
Erin Timpe Behnen, Director, Drug Information & Wellness Center
Adam Weyhaupt, Chair, Mathematics and Statistics

I. Announcements

Lynn Maurer announced that the Graduate School will be offering expanded TA training for Graduate Assistant and Teaching Assistant Orientation, and will work with graduate programs to find a date that does not interfere with their departmental orientations.

II. Minutes of September 20, 2012

Under item X, for the 91A regarding Industrial Engineering, Lynn Maurer had asked how the changes would affect assessment. Xin Chin did not know the answer, but they have just submitted a new assessment plan to the Office of Innovation and Effectiveness. The committee requested that the information be included in the minutes.

Marietta Bell-Scriber made a motion to accept the minutes as amended; Emily Truckenbrod seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Form 91A: Nursing: Doctor of Nursing Practice (SON-G-12-22)

The professional program wishes to reduce the number of credit hours from 34 to 30 by deleting the course NURS 695b. This will "[streamline] the program, [decrease] confusion over residency versus practicum hours, and [allow] Doctoral project hours" currently assigned to NURS 695c to be "spread equally over final 4 semesters." There are no adverse effects on faculty or budget. The requested effective date is 12/3/12, or Spring of 2013. Committee members expressed concern about the reduction of credit hours in such a new program. How would this compare to other DNP programs? This request was tabled at the previous meeting. The committee requested evidence that comparative doctoral programs require only 30 hours. The program provided the justification that its competitors offer 30 hour DNP programs. Furthermore, the field practice course that was originally offered was not needed. That content is in another course.

The committee asked for clarification of the admission requirements, because those changes arrived separately from the rest of the document. It appeared that the program had eliminated the submission of a narrative, however that admission requirement was absorbed by the Potential Project Form. The committee was satisfied that the admission requirements had not undergone substantive changes.

Gertrude Pannirselvam made a motion to accept the request with the clarification of including the terminal project in the catalog copy; Allison Thomas seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Form 91A - Nursing: PDS/Nursing Education (SON-G-12-23)

V. Form 91A - Nursing: PDS/Nursing Management (SON-G-12-24)

VI. Form 91A - Nursing: PDS/Oncology Nursing (SON-G-12-25)

VII. Form 91A - Nursing: PDS/Pain Management Nursing (SON-G-12-26)

The graduate program wishes to eliminate these sequences due to a lack of interest. The termination of the program and the associated courses will have no impact on faculty or budget. The effective date requested is Fall of 2013.

Allison Thomas made a motion to accept the request; Emily Truckenbrod seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VIII. Form 91A - Kinesiology: Exercise Physiology (SOE-12-845)

The graduate program wishes to add a requirement of KIN 540 (Advanced Human Nutrition and Metabolism) as an elective course, which would strengthen the training. The effective date requested is Summer of 2013.

During discussion, it became clear that Kinesiology does not wish to add 540 as an elective. It wishes to use it to replace its KIN 513 (Clinical Exercise Physiology) as a required course because the faculty member who taught 513 left. Erik Kirk was advised that he did not need to list all the courses that Kinesiology was dropping on the same form as the replacement course within the program. He was advised to revise and resubmit this form 91A to the committee. The new form should not include the list of courses dropped. It should include an explanation of why 540 will replace 513 and where the content contained in 513 is going?

Gertrude Pannirselvam made a motion that the committee ask Kinesiology to resubmit revised paperwork with clarifications; Marietta Bell-Scriber seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IX. Interim Graduate Program Review - Mathematics

Adam Weyhaupt and Myung Sin Song gave a brief overview of the interim review report that they submitted. They noted that although the external reviewer focused on Pure Mathematics, that is their least popular specialization. Statistics and Operations Research are the most popular. The program developed a course on topology as recommended, however only one student enrolled in this course. The program will continue to develop this idea. Weyhaupt noted that use of "research literature in [various] course[s] already occurs." The program has begun to enhance its ties to industry. The rate of stipend for assistantships has not improved. The program will meet with the CAS director of development to explore private funding options. Regarding the recommendations from the internal review, the program has improved its assessment plan to aggregate around the five outcomes. The assessment plan from 2009 with revisions from 2012 will be under review next year. The original recommendation in 2007 regarding enrollment to identify short and long term goals has not been met. The department will "begin a planning process within the next few years to identify department short and long term goals, especially about enrollment." The program states that the secondary mathematics specialization has increased enrollment rather than "hamper the department's ability to offer elective courses," a concern expressed by the internal review committee.

Gertrude Pannirselvam made a motion to approve the report; Koung Hee Leem seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

X. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

XI. New Business

There was no new business.

XII. Adjournment

Allison Thomason made a motion to adjourn; Marietta Bell-Scriber seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 12:11 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Steffany Chleboun, Chair,
Programs Committee and Associate Professor of
Special Education and Communications Disorders

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