Graduate Studies

April 28, 2008 Minutes

University Union Board Room, 3:00 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: T. Cody (Chair), e. Hassan, B. Locke, M. Maskarinec (Vice Chair), M. Mossman, K. Pawelko, M. Romano

MEMBERS ABSENT: B. Cupples

GUESTS: Mark Boley, Tawnya Adkins Covert, Roberta Davilla, Bradley Dilger, Cindy Dooley, Hoyet Hemphill, Leaunda Hemphill, Vivian Incera, Warren Jones, Pete Jorgensen, Penny Kelsey, Sue Martinelli-Fernandez, Jennifer McNabb, Jim McQuillan, Bill Polley, Shazia Rahman, Fred Randolph, Miriam Satern, Aimee Shouse, Larry Wall, John Wozniak

OTHERS: B. Baily (ex-officio), G. Sullivan

I. APPROVALS FROM THE ACADEMIC VICE PRESIDENT

A. Information Systems and Decision Sciences

1. Request for a new graduate-level course

a. DS 535, Applied Data Mining for Business, 3 s.h.

Dr. Cody read the curriculum approvals from the last Council meeting.

II. Remarks from Dr. Jack Thomas, Provost and Academic Vice President

Dr. Cody announced that Dr. Thomas was unable to attend due to a schedule conflict. His visit will be rescheduled for the fall semester. Any questions for Dr. Thomas should be given to the new chair of the Graduate Council.

III. GRADUATE CURRICULUM

A. Business Administration

1. Requests for new graduate courses

a. BAT 501, Integrative Business Foundations, 3 s.h.

Dr. Wall presented the new course request noting this course will assist in making the MBA program more competitive in the Quad Cities area to potential students who do not have a business background. He indicated this course provides exposure to key theories and concepts in an integrated business environment by utilizing a highly realistic computer simulation. The students can see the results of decisions made and how these business principles are applied.

Motion: To approve the request for a new graduate course, BAT 501. (Romano/Locke). MOTION APPROVED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

b. OM 551, Integrated Global Operations Management, 3 s.h.

Dr. Wall presented the new course request and responded to questions. He indicated this course is one of three (SCM 539 and SCM 549 being the other courses) to be included in the Integrated Operations and Supply Chain Management concentration contained in the MBA program. A suggestion to strike “new Integrated” from item (b) of the justification for the course was made and approved by Dr. Wall.

Motion: To approve the request for a new graduate course, OM 551, with an amendment to strike wording as described above. (Maskarinec/Hassan). MOTION APPROVED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

c. MKGT 576, Decision Making for Global Markets, 3 s.h.

Dr. Wall presented the new course request and responded to questions. Because of possible overlap in material with MKGT 566 and 586, a request was made to add the following to the course description: “Not available to students with credit in MKTG 566 or MKTG 586.”

Motion: To approve the request for a new graduate course, MKGT 576, pending submission of wording changes to include stipulation that students with credit in MKTG 566 or MKTG 586 cannot use MKGT 576 toward a degree plan. (Mossman/Romano). MOTION APPROVED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

2. Requests to change graduate program requirements

a. Business and Technology – change to MBA pre-requisites

Dr. Wall noted this change adds the recently approved BAT 501 course in the list of pre-requisites and provides increased flexibility for students with undergraduate degrees other than business.

Motion: To approve the request to change graduate program requirements. (Romano/Locke). MOTION APPROVED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

b. Business and Technology – change to II. Focus Areas for a Changing World, B. Global Perspectives

Dr. Wall noted that the addition of MKTG 576 to the list of Global Perspectives courses will provide an additional course under the Focus Area for a Changing World.

Motion: To approve the request to change graduate program requirements. (Maskarinec/Mossman). MOTION APPROVED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

B. Communication

1. Request for a new graduate course

a. COMM 603, Research Paper, 1 s.h.

Dr. Jorgensen presented the request for the new course which he identified as a third exit option for the graduate program. He explained that this exit option will meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population who is seeking a more generalist understanding of the communication field, as well as possibly increasing the number of students who complete their degrees in a timely manner as they are required to remain on campus for their final semester.

Motion: To approve the new course request, COMM 603. (Locke/Hassan). MOTION APPROVED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

Motion: To approve the request to change graduate program requirements by allowing a third exit option, Research Paper, which requires a total of 34 semester hours for degree completion versus 33 semester hours for the Thesis and Creative Project options. (Hassan/Mossman). MOTION APPROVED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

C. Curriculum and Instruction

1. Requests for new graduate courses

a. C&I 574, Assessment and Differentiation of Instruction, 3 s.h.

Dr. Dooley presented the new course request indicating this course will enable teachers to use formative assessment as a tool for planning instruction.

Motion: To approve the request for a new course, C&I 574. (Mossman/Locke). MOTION APPROVED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

b. SCED 563, Science Inquiry: Physical & Earth Science, 3 s.h.
c. SCED 564, Science Inquiry: Biological & Environmental Science, 3 s.h.

Dr. Dooley noted these courses will meet the needs of elementary and middle school teachers by developing their ability to integrate inquiry skills and strategies into their teaching of physical and earth sciences. Dr. Baily suggested adding “elementary and” to the course description so that it refers to elementary and middle school teachers.

Motion: To approve the new course requests, SCED 563 and 564, with the amendment to the course description as noted above. (Romano/Hassan). MOTION APPROVED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 1 AB

D. English and Journalism

1. Requests for new graduate courses

a. ENG 530, Forms, 3 s.h.
b. ENG 532, Literature and Place, 3 s.h.
c. ENG 536, Critical and Theoretical Movements in Literary Studies, 3 s.h.
d. ENG 540, Literary Traditions and Influences, 3 s.h.
e. ENG 549, Issues in Literary Studies, 3 s.h.
f. ENG 550, Film Theory, 3 s.h.
g. ENG 552, Pedagogy, 3 s.h.
h. ENG 554, Research Methods, 3 s.h.
i. ENG 559, Issues in Disciplinary Studies, 3 s.h.
j. ENG 570, History of Writing Studies, 3 s.h.
k. ENG 574, New Media Studies, 3 s.h.
l. ENG 589, Issues in Writing Studies, 3 s.h.
m. ENG 680, Capstone Course, 3 s.h.

Members of the English and Journalism graduate committee presented the course requests and elaborated on the proposed changes to the graduate program. Drs. Mossman, Kelsey, Dilger, and Rahman discussed the course requests with the Council. The Council noted the simplicity of some of the course names (such as “Forms”, “Literature and Place”, and “Pedagogy”) may cause confusion to students due to the general titles. The committee noted that each course has an “ENG” designator in front of it which will provide students with the general knowledge that all courses under that designator are related to English. Additionally, it was noted that they purposely chose vague names so that the course could be taught using different topics depending on who the instructor of record is at that time. Dr. Baily suggested they consider the multiple-titled option for some of the new courses, which would allow a specific title/topic of the course to be included on the student transcripts. The committee clarified for the Council that these course are not repeatable unless noted on the request. The department was asked to submit two updated form requests: 552 with a suggested title change to “Pedagogical Issues in English Studies”, and 680 with a change to the hours to include 3, repeatable to 6.

Motions: To approve the new course requests pending suggested revisions. (Each request was reviewed individually and a motion was made for each course.). MOTIONS APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB (For all courses other than ENG 559), 5 YES – 2 NO – 0 AB (for ENG 559)

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

The English and Journalism graduate committee presented a thorough rationale for revising the graduate program in English which involves replacing the two options (literature and language, and writing) with individualized programs that are more focused on individual student academic needs. Students will develop and customize a written plan of study in consultation with the graduate coordinator in English and a faculty mentor. The foreign language requirement will be removed and replaced with three semester hours of elective coursework. The two seminar exit option will be replaced with a capstone course exit option which will conclude the students’ studies with a rigorous academic project. The total program hours will remain at 30 s.h.

Motion: To approve the request to change graduate program requirements. (Romano/Hassan). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

E. Instructional Design and Telecommunication

1. Request for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

a. Technology Specialist

Dr. Hemphill indicated the objective of this proposal is to prepare students to apply for the Illinois Type 10 (L12) Technology Specialist endorsement for certified teachers. He noted this program will be the first one offered of its kind in the state of Illinois. Council members strongly recommended adding “Educational” to the title of the program so that it would be Educational Technology Specialist. Dr. Hemphill agreed to the change. It was also noted that the total program length
(24 s.h.) exceeds the current maximum of 18 s.h. for post-baccalaureate certificate programs.

Motion: To approve the new post-baccalaureate certificate program request for Educational Technology Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology. (Locke/Pawelko). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

F. Physics

1. Request to change graduate program requirements

Dr. Incera indicated the proposed program will reduce the number of core courses to those absolutely necessary in all three options, allowing room for more specialized tracks through carefully advised directed electives. She noted the change will increase total number of required semester hours from 33 s.h. to 34 s.h. which will allow the flexibility to accommodate an integrated bachelor’s/master’s degree program. Dr. Incera responded to questions.

Motion: To approve the request to change graduate program requirements. (Hassan/Mossman). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

2. Request for integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree program

Dr. Incera presented the request and responded to questions. She noted this would be the first program of its kind in the state of Illinois. Dr. Baily noted the integrated program only allows for the thesis exit option. The proposed program contained a maximum of 9 s.h. of bridge courses.

Motion: To approve the request for integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree program in physics. (Romano/Pawelko). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

G. Political Science

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

a. POL 454, Interest Group Politics, 3 s.h.

Dr. Shouse presented the course request and indicated this course fills a void in the graduate offerings in American Government, specifically interest groups. Dr. Baily asked about the status of POLS 455, which the request indicated this course was replacing. Dr. Shouse indicated the course had been dropped.

Motion: To approve the request to add graduate credit to POLS 454. (Maskarinec/Mossman). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

H. Sociology and Anthropology

1. Request for a new graduate level course

a. SOC 500, Proseminar in Sociology, 1 s.h. repeatable to 3 s.h.

Dr. Wozniak noted a correction to the request which should eliminate the wording “repeatable to 3 s.h.” as this course will only be a 1 s.h. course, not repeatable. The Council asked him to define “Proseminar” and he explained that it is their intention that this course will be a professional seminar that attempts to speed a student’s transition from undergraduate work to graduate work.

Motion: To approve the request for a new graduate course. (Romano/Locke). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

The Council noted a correction to the proposed program requirements which would increase the total program hours by one semester hour as well as increase the hours of electives by one semester hour for both the thesis (31 s.h. total/15 s.h. electives) and non-thesis (37 s.h. total/27 s.h. electives) options.

Motion: To approve the request to change the graduate program requirements in Sociology. (Locke/Pawelko). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

IV. GRADUATE FACULTY – FULL MEMBERSHIP

A. David Casagrande, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
B. Richard Gee, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
C. Robert Hironimus-Wendt, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
D. Patrick McGinty, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
E. Susan Masden Moore, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences
F. Renee Polubinsky, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
G. William Polley, Assistant Professor, Economics
H. Oswald Warner, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Motion: To approve the above listed faculty members as full members of the graduate faculty. MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

Dr. Cody asked the Council to also consider four requests from the department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies that were submitted after the agenda deadline. They agreed to add those course requests to the agenda.

I. Gary Daytner, Assistant Professor, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies
J. Katrina Daytner, Associate Professor, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies
K. Yuki Hasebe, Assistant Professor, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies
L. Jim LaPrad, Associate Professor, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies

Motion: To approve the four application listed above as full members of the graduate faculty. (Romano/Maskarinec). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

V. OLD BUSINESS

A. University Withdrawal Policy – additional change recommended from CAGAS

Dr. Baily presented the Council with a minor wording change from CAGAS concerning the University Withdrawal policy.

Motion: To approve the suggested change as presented by CAGAS. MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

B. Graduate Assistantship Allocations

The Council briefly discussed if this item that should remain on next year’s agenda. It was agreed to leave the item on the agenda for further discussion.

VI. MISCELLANEOUS AND DISCUSSION

A. Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund – Evaluation Sheet

Dr. Baily briefly presented the updated Evaluation Score Sheet and Comments. It was agreed that this form will be used in the fall to see if the changes adequately meet the needs of the sub-committee who reviews the graduate student proposals.

B. Announce new members to the Graduate Council for 2008-2009

Drs. McQuillan and McNabb were introduced as newly elected members at the beginning of the meeting. Dr. Montalvo was unable to attend.

C. Election of Chair and Vice Chair for 2008-2009

The Council appointed Dr. Mossman as the Chair and Ms. Hassan as the Vice Chair for the 2008-2009 academic year.

D. Dr. Cody thanked the Council for their diligence this year, and recognized Dr. Baily for all of her contributions to graduate education over the past twenty years and wished her well on her retirement in August.

Meeting adjourned: 5:20 p.m.