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April 4, 2011 Graduate Council Minutes

3:00 p.m., Horrabin Hall 60/QC16B

Members Present: R. Bauerly, M. Bean, K. McClure, J. McNabb (Chair), J. McQuillan, G. Montalvo (Vice Chair)

Members Absent: L. Kilmer, B. Locke

Guests Present: Mark Boley, Virginia Boynton, Greg Hall, Kishor Kapale, Barclay Key, Ann Rowson Love, Russ Morgan, Kathy Neumann, Sam Thompson, Roger Viadero

Ex-officio: J. Dallinger

Others Present: G. Sullivan

I. GRADUATE CURRICULUM

A. Economics and Decision Sciences

1. Requests to add graduate credit to 400-level courses

a. ECON 445, Game Theory and Economic Behavior, 3 s.h.

b. ECON 471, International Monetary Economics, 3 s.h.

These items were tabled until next meeting as they had not yet gone through the formal undergraduate approval process.

B. Environmental Studies (undergraduate program)

1. Request to add graduate credit to a 400-level course

a. ENVR 401, Colloquium on Environmental Studies, 3 s.h.

Dr. Viadero presented the course request indicating Environmental Sciences currently offers a minor in undergraduate studies. He noted the nature of the course would allow graduate students to examine environmental issues in a multidisciplinary setting.

Motion: To approve the course request. (Montalvo/Bean)

MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

C. Geography

1. Request to change graduate program requirements

Dr. Thompson presented the request to add IIRA 501 as an elective in the post-baccalaureate certificate (PBC) program in Community Development. He indicated this course would be especially significant for Peace Corps Fellows in the PBC program.

Motion: To approve the course request. (Bauerly/Montalvo)

 MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

D. History

1. Request to add graduate credit to a 400-level course

a. HIST 402, The Civil Rights Movement, 3 s.h.

Motion: To approve the course request. (Bean/McClure)

MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

2. Request for a new graduate course

a. HIST 698, Non-thesis Written Exam, 0 s.h.

Dr. Hall noted the addition of the written exam is to bring the program in line with peer institutions.

Motion: To approve the course request. (Bauerly/McClure)

MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

3. Request to change graduate program requirements

The department requested changes in their program requirements for the thesis, special project and general plans of study to include the increase in hours from 1 s.h. to 4 s.h. for HIST 500 and the addition of HIST 698 (Written Exam).

Motion: To approve the course request. (Montalvo/Bean)

MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

E. Museum Studies

1. Request for a new graduate course

a. MST 516, Visitor Studies, 3 s.h.

Ms. Rowson Love was present to respond to question concerning the new course request. A Council member asked what clientele this course would serve to which Ms. Love responded that mostly Museum Studies graduate students would be interested in taking the course.

Motion: To approve the course request. (Montalvo/Bean)

MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

F. Physics

1. Request to change graduate program requirements

Dr. Boley indicated it is the department’s desire to change the core course PHYS 555 (Statistical Mechanics) to PHYS 520 (Electromagnetic Theory I) so that it aligns with the core areas as measured by their graduate assessment exam. This change will allow students to get the requisite training necessary for their further career advancement in the job market or future studies in physics.

Dr. McQuillan noted that a change in prerequisite form will be needed for PHYS 555 as it currently lists PHYS 554 as a prerequisite, however, PHYS 554 is not listed as a core requirement. Dr. Boley indicated this was an oversight and the department will submit the required form immediately.

Motion: To approve the course request. (Bean/Bauerly)

MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

II. GRADUATE FACULTY – FULL MEMBERSHIP

A. George Mangalaraj, Associate Professor, Computer Science

Motion: To approve the course request. (Bean/Montalvo)

MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

III. OLD BUSINESS

 A. Revisions to the Academic Integrity Policy

Dr. McNabb referenced the email version of the proposed revisions to the Academic Integrity Policy which she sent. She indicated there will be an additional change to language referencing department chairs/directors to match the wording as listed in the Operating Paper of the School of Graduate Studies. Dr. McClure noted two areas of concern, however, one was due to an oversight in proofing the copy and the other should be taken care of as part of the proposed form that will accompany this process.

Motion: To approve the proposed language changes. (Bean/Montalvo)

MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

Dr. McNabb will share the proposed changes with Dr. William Polley, Chair of CAGAS.

B. Continuous Enrollment for Graduate Students

Dr. McNabb indicated she and Dr. Dallinger recently met with representatives from the Registrar’s Office and Billing & Receivables Office to discuss implementation of a continuous enrollment policy. There were many unanswered questions at this meeting and they will continue to work on this process, however, Dr. McNabb wanted the Council to know it is a more complicated process than first anticipated. One of the key questions to be answered is to whom this policy should apply and when.

IV. ANNOUNCEMENTS

 A. Graduate Council Election and Retiring Members

Mrs. Sullivan informed the Council members that ballots were sent out today to full members of the graduate faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Education and Human Services. Ballots will be due in the Graduate School on April 15. New members will be invited to attend the final Council meeting on April 25.

Retiring members from the Graduate Council are Drs. McNabb, McQuillan, and Montalvo.

B. 2011-2012 Graduate Council Meeting Dates

Mrs. Sullivan announced that meeting dates for the 2011-2012 academic year on now available on the Graduate School website (wiu.edu/grad, click ‘Resources for Faculty & Staff”, scroll to ‘Graduate Council’). Dr. Bean requested she email the Council with the direct link to the dates.

C. Training Mechanism for Graduate Students Applying to the Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Award program

Dr. McClure surveyed the Council to see if there had previously been a training mechanism for graduate students which would assist them in preparing their proposals. Dr. McNabb noted that in years past she and Dr. Mark Mossman had presented a brief seminar, however, now it was up to each department to prepare their students. She indicated the Department of History has a PowerPoint presentation that they share with their interested students.

Meeting adjourned: 3:35 p.m.