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Graduate Council Minutes - April 21, 2014

3:00 p.m., Horrabin Hall 60

Members Present: J. Averbeck, V. Diehl, J. McQuillan, A. Mossman (Chair), J. Myers, W. Polley (Vice Chair), M. Stinnett, T. Walker

Guests Present: Davison Bideshi, Tej Kaul, Chris Merrett, P.K. Babu, Shane Sanders, John Gruidl, Katharine Pawelko, Janet Wigglesworth, Sterling Saddler, Gloria Delany-Barmann, John Wozniak, Dave Hunter, John Drea, Russ Morgan, Lori Baker-Sperry, Ray Diez, Chris Morrow, Sam Thompson

Ex-Officio Present: N. Parsons

Others Present:G. Sullivan

I. ANNOUNCEMENTS

A. Introduction of new Graduate Council members for 2014-2015

1. Dr. P.K. Babu, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
2. Dr. Shane Sanders, Economics and Decision Sciences, College of Business and Technology
3. Dr. Katharine Pawelko, Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration, College of Education and Human Services

Drs. Babu, Sanders and Pawelko were present for the introduction. The Council welcomed the new members.

B. Election of Chair and Vice Chair for 2014-2015

Dr. Pawelko and Dr. McQuillan were nominated and elected by acclimation for the positions of Chair and Vice Chair, respectively.

C. Graduate Council Meeting Dates for 2014-2015

Dr. Mossman announced that the meeting dates for 2014-2015 could be found online at the Graduate School’s website, wiu.edu/grad.

D. Academic Integrity Incident Reports Filed in the School of Graduate Studies, March 2014 (1)

1. Resolved at instructor level (1)                              

E. A Model for an Integrated Degree with a Private College/University

Dr. Drea devised the model as an example to use when discussing integrated degrees with other institutions. Dr. Parsons explained the process for external integrated degrees. The student would pay tuition at the home institution for the “B” courses before transferring to WIU. Dr. Polley questioned the logistics of working with the other school and how coding would work. Dr. Parsons responded that it would be similar to that of the current integrated programs. Dr. Morgan noted that there are concerns with Psychology doing such a program with the thesis being an issue because of the length of time to do it. Dr. Mossman pointed out that the faculty at the other institution teaching a “B” course would apply to the Director of Graduate Studies for an “affiliate” faculty title. This was an informational item only.

F. Graduate Program Assessment

Dr. Baker-Sperry presented the information to Council and stated that the process was longer this time because of the focus on the fourth step – impact. Dr. Parsons noted that programs that have not submitted their assessment reports will not receive Provost approval on curriculum items.

II. GRADUATE CURRICULUM

A. Economics

1. Request for a New Graduate Program

a. M.S. in Applied Statistics and Decision Analytics

Motion: To approve the request. (McQuillan/Mossman) MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

B. Educational Leadership

1. Request for a New Graduate (500 or 600-Level) Course

a. EDL 556, Principal Internship, 2 s.h.

Dr. Delany-Barmann noted that she would like to add a “I” to EDL 555 and a “II” to this course. Dr. Parsons stated that total hours needed to be indicated on the form as well.

Motion: To approve the request with amendments. (Mossman/Diehl) MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

b. EDL 656, Superintendent Internship, 2 s.h.

Dr. Delany-Barmann indicated that the same additions of “I” and “II” to the titles of EDL 655 and this course would be made.

Motion: To approve the request with amendments. (Polley/Mossman) MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

C. Engineering Technology

1. Request to Change Graduate Program Requirements

Motion: To approve the request. (Polley/Mossman) MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

D. English and Journalism

1. Request for a 400-G Level Course

a. ENG 489G, Grant & Proposal Writing, 3 s.h.

2. Request for a New Graduate (500 or 600-Level Course)

a. ENG 584, Research Methods in Writing Studies, 3 s.h.

b. ENG 670, Applied Project, 1-3, repeatable to 6 s.h.

3. Request to Change Graduate Program Requirements

4. Request to Change Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program Requirements

a. English: Literary Studies

b. English: Professional Writing

c. English: Teaching Writing

Motion: To consider all request together. (Polley/Mossman) MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

Motion: To approve all requests. (Diehl/Mossman) MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

E. Geography

1. Request for a 400-G Level Course

a. GEOG 406G, Spatial Statistics in GIS, 3 s.h.

Motion: To approve the request. (Polley/Averbeck) MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

F. Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

1. Request for a New Graduate (500 or 600-Level) Course

a. IIRA 510, Leadership, Community Organizing, and Decision-Making, 3 s.h.

b. IIRA 511, Advanced Economic Development Practice, 3 s.h.

c. IIRA 514, Advanced Community Development Theory and Practice, 3 s.h.

d. IIRA 595, Special Topics in Community and Economic Development, 3 s.h.

e. IIRA 598, Independent Study, 1-3, repeatable to 6 s.h.

f. IIRA 599, Workshops in Community and Economic Development, 3 s.h. (repeatable to 12 s.h. with permission of graduate coordinator)

g. IIRA 697, Internship, 1-6, repeatable to 6 s.h.

h. IIRA 698, Applied Project, 1-6, repeatable to 6 s.h.

i. IIRA 699, Thesis, 1-6, repeatable to 6 s.h.

2. Request for a New Graduate Program

a. M.A. in Community and Economic Development

Motion: To consider all requests together. (Polley/Mossman) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 1 NO – 0 AB

Drs. Merrett and Gruidl were present. A clarification was made that the program would be offered as hybrid, not hybrid classes. Dr. Parsons asked for clarification on the number of courses offered face-to-face versus online. The program is hoping to begin in Fall 2015. Dr. Diehl asked for more elaboration on IIRA 511 and the core competency. Dr. Merrett gave specific skill sets for the course.

Motion: To approve all requests. (Walker/Myers) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 1 NO – 0 AB

G. Kinesiology

1. Request for a 400-G Level Course

a. KIN 470G, Gender and Sport, 3 s.h.

b. KIN 493G, Sport and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities, 3 s.h.

2. Request for a New Graduate (500 or 600-Level) Course

a. KIN 567, Exercise Psychology, 3 s.h.

3. Request to Change Graduate Program Requirements

Motion: To consider all requests together. (Polley/Mossman) MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

Dr. Wigglesworth provided the purposes of each course and that they would be used in both the Kinesiology and Sport Management programs. All courses are electives. Drs. Diehl and Averbeck questioned support for KIN 567 from the Psychology and Communication departments. Dr. Wigglesworth responded that she would ask for letters of support from each and submit them to the Graduate School.

Motion: To approve all requests with KIN 567 pending letters of support from Psychology and Communication. (Polley/Mossman) MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

H. Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

1. Request for Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Program

a. B.S./M.A. in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

It was noted that the title and first date of offering needed to be amended on the request form.

Motion: To approve the request with amendments. (Polley/McQuillan) MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

I. Sociology and Anthropology

1. Request for Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Program

a. B.A./M.A. in Sociology

Drs. Bideshi and Wozniak were present. They stated that this would be a way to capture the best students and potentially create linkages with other institutions. It was noted by the Council that a sentence on page 5 of the request needed to be removed as it did not pertain to students that would be eligible for this program. Dr. Polley questioned the higher GPA requirements of the program.

Motion: To approve the request with amendments. (Polley/Myers) MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

 III. OTHER BUSINESS

No other business reported.

V. STUDENT APPEALS

A. English

1. Request to waive the 6-hour “C” rule

Student was present and answered questions from the Council regarding grades earned, remaining coursework, and thesis status. Discussion was held by Council.

Motion: To deny the request. (Polley/McQuillan) MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 1 NO – 1 AB

Liberal Arts and Sciences

1. Request for late withdrawal

Student was not present. Discussion was held by Council.

Motion: To deny the request. (Averbeck/Stinnett) MOTION CARRIED 5 YES – 1 NO – 2 AB

V. GRADE APPEAL

A. Health Sciences

The grade appeal subcommittee provided a handout to the rest of the Council stating their recommendation. Discussion was held by the Council.

Motion: To deny the appeal. (Polley/Diehl) MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

Meeting adjourned: 4:55 p.m.