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February 7, 2011
3:00 p.m., Horrabin Hall 60
Members Present: R. Bauerly, M. Bean, L. Kilmer, B. Locke, K. McClure, J. McNabb (Chair),J. McQuillan, G. Montalvo (Vice Chair)
Guests Present: Dale Adkins, Cindy Dooley, Rose McConnell, Russ Morgan, Dan Yoder, Jules Woolf
Ex-officio: J. Dallinger
Others Present: C. Dodson
I. GRADUATE CURRICULUM
1. Requests to add graduate credit to a 400-level course
a. CHEM 451, Applications of Forensic Chemistry, 3 s.h. Effective date: Fall 2011
b. CHEM 452, Forensic Toxicology and DNA Analysis, 3 s.h. Effective date: Spring 2011
Dr. Rose McConnell responded to concerns from the Council members including how these course experiences would differ for undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. McConnell explained that graduate students will complete a project, which is not required for undergraduate students. Dr. Bean questioned the “9 or more absences” language regarding absences in both syllabi. Dr. McNabb noted there was a slight disparity with regard to the proposals for 451 and 452 and their respective graduate syllabi, although the discussion of graduate grading aligned in the materials for 492. Dr. Montalvo questioned if the two syllabi included with this proposal needed alternate grading scales, since other elements of the course would create a different graduate experience. Dr. McNabb responded that departments have the choice of determining how best to ensure differences between the undergraduate and graduate experience; it is their prerogative to decide how many differences are appropriate.
Motion: To approve the request. It was noted that the Council will rely on the department to incorporate the changes to the syllabi for both courses and will not require a revision to be submitted for their review. (Montalvo/McClure). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB
c. CHEM 492, Safety Practices in Chemistry Research, 1 s.h. Effective date: Fall 2011
Motion: To approve the request. (McQuillan/Bauerly). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB
B. Curriculum and Instruction: Special Education
1. Request to Increase Credit Hours
a. SPED 518, Self-Determination and Independence, from 2 to 3 s.h. Effective date: Summer 2011
Motion: To approve the request. (Montalvo/Locke). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB
2. Request to Change Graduate Program Requirements. Effective Date: Summer 2011
Motion: To approve request. (Bean/Montalvo). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB
II. GRADUATE FACULTY - FULL MEMBERSHIP
Dr. McClure asked whether the Council had discussed the establishment of specific guidelines for entrance into full membership of the Graduate Faculty. Dr. Locke responded by pointing out the need for some degree of flexibility, given the variety of professional activities of faculty in different programs. Dr. McNabb responded that the creation of standards could be discussed at a future Council meeting.
A. Christine Anderson, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Dooley was present to answer questions. It was noted that vita was not submitted in required format, and clarifications were needed concerning Dr. Anderson’s publication record.
Motion: To table pending re-submission in amended format with clarifications. (Bauerly/McQuillan). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES - 0 NO - 0 AB
B. Jules Woolf, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Motion: To approve the request. (McClure/McQuillan). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES - 0 NO - 0 AB
C. Marcia Carter, Assistant Professor, Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
Motion: To approve the request. (Montalvo/McQuillan). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES - 0 NO - 0 AB
D. Minsun Doh, Assistant Professor, Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
Motion: To approve pending submission and circulation of statement of scholarly activities in progress. (Montalvo/Locke). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES - 0 NO - 0 AB
E. Rob Porter, Assistant Professor, Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
Motion: To approve the request. (Locke/Bauerly). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES - 0 NO - 0 AB
F. Paul Schlag, Assistant Professor, Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
Motion: To approve the request. (Bauerly/McQuillan). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES - 0 NO - 0 AB
III. STUDENT APPEAL
A. Request to Waive the 3.0 graduate GPA Requirement for Graduate Assistant
Student was present to answer questions from the Council. The petition form indicated department support of the request.
Motion: To accept the petition.. MOTION CARRIED 6 YES - 0 NO - 2 ABSTAIN
IV. OLD BUSINESS
A. Academic Integrity Policy
Dr. McNabb reported that CAGAS continues to address revision of the Academic Integrity Policy. CAGAS will make major revisions, and then ask for Graduate Council insight regarding graduate students. While the anticipation is that the policies for graduate students will follow the revisions by CAGAS for undergraduates, the Council agreed that separate language concerning academic integrity violations on graduate Exit Options should be constructed. A subcommittee comprised of Dr. Montalvo and Dr. Locke will review changes made by CAGAS and consider adding stronger language and possibly additional levels of oversight for graduate students who violate the policy. Dr. McNabb also noted that revisions of the Grade Appeal Policy would follow from these revisions, as many of the procedures in both policies are parallel.
B. Continuous Enrollment for Graduate Students
Dr. McNabb reported that the subcommittee has proposed the implementation of a 1 credit hour course with a University designation for graduate students who have applied for graduation but do not complete their exit options during the semester in which they applied. Departments may petition the Graduate Council to opt out for programs in which continuous enrollment is not tenable. Dr. McNabb and Dr. Dallinger will work together to craft language for the catalog for the Provost’s approval.
Motion: To approve proposal. (Bean/Bauerly). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES - 0 NO - 0 AB
V. NEW BUSINESS
A. Higher Learning Commission Visit -- February 14 - 16, 2011
The Higher Learning Commission will meet on February 14, at 2 p.m. in the University Board Room. Drs. McNabb, Dallinger, Bauerly, Kilmer, Locke, McQuillan, and Montalvo will be present, and Dr. McClure will arrive at the conclusion of her graduate class.
B. Professional Development Fund Award Committee
The committee to review graduate student applications for the Professional Development Award will consist of Drs. Bauerly, Locke, McClure, and Montalvo. The meeting will be held on March 7, at 2 p.m. in Horrabin Hall 60, prior to the March Graduate Council meeting.
Meeting adjourned: 5:00 p.m.