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Minutes of

April 5, 2013

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marietta Bell-Scriber, Steffany Chleboun (Chair), Dean Cody for Kathy Behm, Nicholas Guehlstorf, Shrikant Jategaonkar, Koung Hee Leem, Lynn Maurer for Jerry Weinberg, Gertrude Pannirselvam, Allison Thomason, Emily Truckenbrod, Ken Witt

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic, Ron Schaefer, Tim Patrick

MEMBERS ABSENT: Nikith Reddy Gelivi

GUESTS: Chris Bulock, Assistant Professor, Library and Information Services
Denise Cobb, Associate Provost for Academic Innovation and Effectiveness
Jessica DeSpain, Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature
Linda Forbringer, Graduate Program Director, Special Education
Gary Giamartino, Dean, School of Business
Joel Hardman, Professor, English Language and Literature
Janice Joplin, Graduate Program Director, Business Administration
Jo Ellen Moore, Graduate Program Director, CMIS
Joel Nadler, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Anne Powell, Chair, CMIS

I. Announcements

No announcements were made.

II. Minutes of November March 1, 2013

There was an error in section II, reporting on the minutes of February 1st. Steffany Chleboun made a motion to accept the minutes as amended; Emily Truckenbrod seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Program Review Report: Computer Management and Information Systems

The internal review team was composed of Chris Bulock (Chair) Library and Information Services; Nicole Klein, Kinesiology and Health Education; Amelia Perez, Primary Care and Health Systems Nursing; Andreas Stefik, Computer Science; and Jim Wulfsong, Theater and Dance. Jo Ellen Moore, Anne Powell, and Gary Giamartino represented the program, department, and School respectively.

The internal review team identified several strengths of this graduate program. The program has strong assessment protocols in place. Students are pleased with the quality of the program overall but expressed frustration with course schedules. They would like to see more online or hybrid courses. They also dislike the intensive 10-week format as well as the four-weekend format. They felt that they could not retain knowledge as well with this type of schedule. Many students felt that their practicum experience was only "fair." The review committee felt it was unclear whether students had opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills, or whether they could pursue more scholar activities if they wished to continue in a doctoral program. The committee questioned whether the exit requirement provided the "kind of culminating activities that would be expected of scholars at the master's level." It recommended consideration of a capstone project to address this concern.

The CMIS program requires more computing resources than are available from the University-wide IT service. The committee recommends hiring a graduate assistant to supplement ITS's services to meet the graduate program's needs.

The internal review team found this program to be well developed.

The graduate program director and dean responded that they will survey the students to "gather more detailed input … on class scheduling." They are, however, adamant that they are "constrained in changing the format of CMIS courses" because MBA students are required to take CMIS courses. As far as they know, MBA students did not express dissatisfaction with the intensive formats. Jo Ellen Moore stated that more than half of their graduate students are working professionals, and did not seem to feel that there was a way to improve the scheduling to accommodate them. The program takes an average of 18 months to complete for full time students and 2-3 years for working professionals. The survey will also try to clarify the "extent to which the program provides opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills [the students] are learning." Regarding the committee's recommendation to consider a capstone project, CMIS focuses on a "professional product" instead of a scholarly product. They appear to have informal mechanisms for addressing this, such advising an interested student to enroll in MKTG 548 (Research Methods) and to work with CMIS faculty members. The program director is going to discuss its IT needs with the dean. Finally, the faculty need time to develop online/hybrid courses.

The Programs Committee was concerned about the lack of a capstone project. Jo Ellen Moore said that the program lacks the resources to offer it and that the graduate level rigor was in the courses. Students who have to take the internship are "gypped" out of an elective. The committee also felt that the graduate program could not solve their IT issues independently of ITS.

Pannirselvam made a motion to accept the report and rate the program in good standing. Jategaonkar seconded. The Programs Committee unanimously voted "the program in good standing."

Gertrude Pannirselvam made the motion that the program enrollment is sustainable. Jategaonkar seconded. The Programs Committee unanimously rated the program in enrollment as sustainable.

Jategaonkar made the motion that graduation rate is satisfactory. Nic Guehlstorf seconded the motion. The Programs Committee unanimously rated the program in enrollment as satisfactory.

IV. Program Review Report: Business Administration

The internal review team was composed of Kevin Cannon (Co-Chair), Sociology and Criminal Justice; Joel Nadler (Co-Chair), Psychology; Kathlyn Behm, Library and Information Services; Ann K. Shelton, Primary Care and Health Systems Nursing; Ryan Fries, Civil Engineering; Lydia Jackson, Library Information Services; and E. Duff Wrobbel, Speech Communication. Janice Joplin and Gary Giamartino represented the program and School respectively.

The program is seen as a "high quality and affordable option" compared to like programs in the area. The program has taken significant steps to increase its admission standards, perhaps to the detriment of enrollment figures. Janice Joplin pointed out that the market is shrinking due to competition. The program examines its assessment data and processes annually. The program has taken steps to move the program "to a higher level of rigor." The thesis plan has not been used for more than ten years. The review committee recommends consideration of dropping it or channeling students to that option.

One concern were multiple reports from students who had attained their undergraduate degrees at SIUE that some of the course content was duplicated in undergraduate and graduate courses. The program director's response was that courses were "developed by faculty to be significantly different from undergraduate courses in the same areas." Nontraditional students did not report this as a problem. Although the committee obliquely recommended using two different 'tracks' to alleviate this redundancy, the graduate program director and dean dismissed this suggestion, saying that the two different types of students can learn from each other. Some students voiced concern over what they considered to be busy-work in pre-fabricated assignments. Additionally, some students desire a more clearly defined set of options, or 'tracks' involving specific areas of interest, but the GPD and dean believe that so doing would prevent flexibility.

Enrollment numbers have fallen, probably partly due to the absence of a dedicated recruiter. The GPD says that the numbers are incorrect and do not take spring admissions into consideration. Giamartino added that our niche is serving part time students. Joplin estimated the optimum number of graduate students to be 200. Concern was expressed that the faculty do not seem to feel ownership of the program. The GPD suggested that each of the faculty have their "own" programs with which to affiliate, plus the faculty have been caught up in redesigning the undergraduate program. Dean Giamartino reiterated that the graduate program needs a dedicated recruiter. When Maurer said that Admissions is hiring three new recruiters, Giamartino replied, "That won't help."

Marietta Bell-Scriber made a motion that the program was in good standing. Koung Hee Leem seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Ken Witt made a motion that the program's enrollment is below capacity and needs intervention. Emily Truckenbrod seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Shrikant Jategaonkar made a motion that the program's graduation rates are satisfactory; Marietta Bell-Scriber seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Form 91A - Special Education (SOE-13-924)

"To meet national accreditation requirements, all certified teachers seeking an LBS I certificate in special education must participate in a supervised field experience." Candidates for the MSEd or LBS II certificate who are not currently teaching "in a K-12 classroom are required to enroll in a supervised field experience."

For its LBS I certificate, the graduate program wishes to replace EPFR 515 and 520/521 with SPE 578 (Advanced Field Study) and a choice of EPFR 515, 520, or 521. For its LBS II certificate and its MSEd, the graduate program wishes to replace EPFR 515 and 520/521 with a choice of EPFR 515, 520, or 521 and an elective. Those who need the field experience will take SPE 500, otherwise they will take a second EPFR course. Both changes would allow a supervised field experience without increasing the overall credit hour requirements for the degree.

The graduate program wishes to replace EPFR 502 (Qualitative Inquiry) with SPE 500 (Research in Special Education: Preparation for Field-based Research) for both post-masters certificates and the master's degree in order to better prepare students for their action research project.

Additionally, the graduate program wishes to change its post-master's exit requirements from specific tests to state, in more general terms, that "all certification tests" must be passed.

Although these changes (if approved) would take effect in the fall of 2014 according to university policy, the graduate program is undergoing accreditation and requests an exception to have them take effect summer of 2013 to meet accreditation requirements. Pannirselvam asked Linda Forbringer to send her a paragraph about why the request needs to be fast-tracked.

Ken Witt made a motion to approve the request; Bell-Scriber seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Form 91A - English/TESL (CAS-12-95)

The graduate program wishes to provide a practicum experience for its TESL students. Currently, those who elect to do a thesis get no practicum experience, and those who take the exit course receive limited practicum experience in that course. The TESL program wishes to offer a one-credit course ENG 545 (TESL Practicum) three times, beginning in a student's second term. The program also wishes to add two new electives, ENG 417 (Language and Ethnicity) and ENG 418 (Language Endangerment and Death).

Allison Thomason made a motion to approve the request; Truckenbrod seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VII. Form 91A - English/AEL (CAS-12-197)

The graduate program wishes to replace its requirement of one 400- or 500- level course chosen from among six periods of literature, and two "additional 6 hours of course work at the 500-level" with three courses: one before 1700, one after 1700 and one course in world literature. This redistribution will "greatly [broaden] course options so that they mirror changes made to the undergraduate curriculum in 2010," thus offering more flexibility. Streamlining and rearrangement of course offerings will allow faculty to "tailor the topics courses to their specific research interests." The exit requirement would no longer offer the option of an oral exam. It has not been used "in recent memory" and is less appropriate to the "old literary periods curriculum."

Bell-Scriber made a motion that the request be approved; Thomason seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

VIII. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

IX. New Business

There was no new business.

X. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 11:33 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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