Graduate Studies

Graduate Council Minutes - April 25, 2011

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

Members Present: R. Bauerly, M. Bean, L. Kilmer, B. Locke, J. McNabb (Chair), J. McQuillan, G. Montalvo (Vice Chair)

Members Absent: K. McClure

Guests Present: Ray Diez, Cindy Dooley, John Drea, Dinesh Ekanayake, Jessica Harriger, Tej Kaul, Peppi Kenny, Russ Morgan, Jill Myers, Gordon Rands, Mike Romano, Lance Ternasky

Ex-officio: J. Dallinger

Others Present: G. Sullivan

I. INTRODUCTION OF NEW GRADUATE COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR 2011-2012

A. Dr. Amy Patrick Mossman, English and Journalism, College of Arts & Sciences

B. Dr. William Polley, Economics and Decision Sciences, College of Business & Technology

C. Dr. Jill Myers, Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, College of Education & Human Services

Dr. Myers was present for the introduction. Drs. Mossman and Polley were unavailable to attend due to teaching obligations. The Council welcomed all new members.

II. GRADUATE CURRICULUM

A request was made by Dr. John Drea to reorder the agenda so that the Business Administration requests could be heard first as he needed to leave for the Quad Cities to teach a class. A unanimous vote allowed the reordering of the agenda.

A. Business Administration

1. Request for a new graduate course

a. BAT 611, MBA Outcomes, 0 s.h.

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

MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

Motion: To approve the request to add BAT 611 (0 s.h.) to the program requirements. (Bean/Bauerly)

MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

B. Accounting and Finance

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

a. FIN 496, Seminar in Investments, 3 s.h.

Dr. McNabb asked Dr. Kenny if “or permission of the instructor” should be added to the prerequisite of the course. Dr. Kenny indicated it should be added.

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

MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

C. Biological Sciences

1. Request to change graduate program requirements

a. Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Zoo & Aquarium Studies

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

MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

D. Curriculum and Instruction

1. Request for a new graduate course

a. RDG 590, Literacy Coaching Practicum, 3 s.h.

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

 MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

a. Reading

Dr. Dooley indicated the department is requesting to add an area of emphasis to the Reading program so students could now choose from Reading Specialist or Reading Teacher emphases. She noted that the Reading Teacher option does not require students to complete the Literacy Coaching Practicum (RDG 590). Dr. Dooley responded to questions from Council members.

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

MOTION CARRIED 6 YES – 0 NO – 1 AB

E. Economics and Decision Sciences

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

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

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

MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

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

Dr. McQuillan noted an inconsistency among the syllabi presented with the course request. Dr. Kaul indicated the page number requirement for the paper should be 10 and it will be corrected.

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

MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

c. ECON 487, Econometrics, 3 s.h.

It was noted that the prerequisites should include “or permission of the instructor.”

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

MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

Dr. McNabb thanked the department for submitting course requests that clearly described differences in graduate and undergraduate student requirements in the 400G courses.

F. Engineering Technology

Dr. McNabb reminded the Council that they should be referring to the updated emailed documentation sent to them by Dr. Dallinger on April 21, 2011. The department made revisions to their original requests to include withdrawing the new course requests for TM 545 and 565, and changing the proposed prefix of TM to MES for the course requests for 515 and 525. Additionally, the request to change graduate program requirements should be amended as they do not wish to change the program title at this time.

Dr. McNabb noted the department had submitted a similar request in April 2010 and at that time the requests were tabled in hopes of further dialogue between the colleges in regard to course overlap. Dr. Diez indicated he had only spoken with the Department of Management. Dr. Montalvo indicated the course requests had not been shared with Department of Instructional Design and Technology. Dr. Diez noted he was unable to attend the April 2010 meeting and was not apprised of the necessity to share the course content among colleges.

1. Requests for new graduate courses

a. TM 515, Technological Visualization, Assay and Discourse, 3 s.h.

Dr. McQuillan indicated significant concerns from constituents in his college as the proposed title seemed too vague and some were not comfortable with the content of the course and were concerned there may be course content overlap among the departments. The initial discussion focused on adding a modifier to the proposed title to include ‘Engineering’.

Following a lengthy discussion, the Council suggested the following changes to the course request: (1) lengthen the abbreviated title from ‘TECH VIZ’ to ‘ENG TECH VIZ’ or something more descriptive, (2) remove a piece of the first sentence in the course description so that the description reads as, ‘The development of a foundation and strategy for using digital and conventional applications for implementing research documentation and scholarly dissemination in engineering technology.’ and (3) change the course title to ‘Engineering Technology: Research Design, Visualization, and Dissemination.’ Dr. Diez was agreeable to the suggested changes.

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

MOTION CARRIED 5 YES – 0 NO – 2 AB

Ms. Sullivan requested Dr. Diez to submit an updated form with signatures to the Graduate School.

b. TM 525, Management of Technology, 3 s.h.

Motion: To table the course request to allow for communication between Engineering Technology and Computer Science concerning the course content. (McQuillan/Locke)

MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

c. TM 545, Design of Experiments, 3 s.h.

This course request was withdrawn from consideration per the department.

d. TM 565, Innovation, Research and Development, 3 s.h.

This course request was withdrawn from consideration per the department.

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

Dr. Diez indicated the department will be pursuing a feasibility study as they would like to change more than 50% of the program from its current state. This will be classified as a new program request rather than a change to graduate program requirements. Dr. Diez asked that this request be withdrawn from consideration.

G. Management and Marketing

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

a. SCM 480, Seminar in Supply Chain Management, 3 s.h.

As the course request was incomplete, Dr. Rands asked that it be withdrawn from consideration.

III. GRADUATE FACULTY – FULL MEMBERSHIP

 A. Susan Czechowski, Associate Professor, Art

Motion: To approve the application/nomination. (McQuillan/Bean)

MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

B. Dinesh Ekanayake, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Motion: To approve the application/nomination. (McQuillan/Montalvo)

 MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

C. Winthrop Phippen, Professor, Agriculture

Motion: To approve the application/nomination. (McQuillan/Bauerly)

MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

D. Melissa Stinnett, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

Motion: To approve the application/nomination. (Montalvo/Bean)

MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

IV. OLD BUSINESS

A. Continuous Enrollment for Graduate Students

Dr. McNabb noted this topic will be further discussed in the fall. She asked for an implementation sub-committee to head this discussion beginning Fall 2011. She indicated the new chair of Graduate Council will act as the point person but would like at least two current members of Council on the committee and an additional new member. Dr. Russ Morgan from the College of Arts and Sciences offered to be on the sub-committee as well as Dr. Locke.

Dr. McNabb indicated that Fall 2012 is the implementation goal for this new policy.

V. NEW BUSINESS

A. Election of Chair and Vice Chair for 2011-2012

Dr. McNabb submitted Dr. McClure’s name as a nominee for the position of Chair in Dr. McClure’s absence. She indicated she had gotten approval from Dr. McClure for this nomination. Dr. Locke was included as a nominee as well. A secret ballot vote resulted in Dr. McClure being elected as Chair and Dr. Locke as Vice Chair by acclamation.

VI. ANNOUNCEMENTS

A. Electronic Timecards for Graduate Assistants Beginning Fall 2011

Ms. Sullivan indicated a positive time reporting mechanism will be in place, similar to that of the faculty time reporting, beginning Fall 2011. Supervisors will be required to confirm their graduate assistants time reporting. It was noted that the time reporting is not directly connected to payroll processing for graduate assistants. This is being implemented per an internal audit finding in recent years. All supervisors will receive written instructions on the timecard approving process via email.

B. Electronic Theses Submissions Beginning Fall 2012

Dr. Dallinger reminded Council members to encourage departments to begin submitting theses online rather than in hard copy format as the online requirement will begin Fall 2012.

C. Dr. McNabb thanked all Council members for their time and efforts devoted to graduate education this past academic year. Dr. Bauerly, speaking on behalf of the Council, thanked out-going Chairperson McNabb for her dedication to graduate education and the Council members applauded her efforts.

Meeting adjourned: 4:20 p.m.