Graduate Studies

March 1, 2010 Minutes

3:00 – 5:00 p.m., University Union Board Room

MEMBERS PRESENT: R. Bauerly, M. Bean, e. Hassan (Vice Chair), J. McNabb, J. McQuillan, G. Montalvo, M. Mossman, K. Pawelko (Chair)
GUESTS: Rick Anderson, Ginny Boynton, Greg Hall, Jess House, Mark Kelley, Susan Moore, Febe Pamonag, Dan Yoder
EX-OFFICIO: J. Dallinger
OTHERS: G. Sullivan


A. Health Sciences

1. Requests for new graduate courses

a. EM 561, Foundations of Emergency Management, 3 s.h.

Drs. Kelley and Moore presented the new course requests and responded to questions from the Council. Moore indicated EM 561had previously been offered as a workshop and noted that this course is a requirement for the proposed Public Health degree option. Dr. McQuillan noted a correction was needed on all three course requests to indicate total class hours as 37.5 rather than 3.

Motion: To approve the new course request for EM 561 with the minor correction to total number of class hours. (Montalvo/Mossman). MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 1 AB.

b. EM 565, Evacuation Planning and Response, 3 s.h.

Kelley and Moore responded to questions concerning the differences between this course and EM 561 with Kelly indicating EM 561 is general in nature, whereas, EM 565 is more specific in terms of evacuation and planning. Moore responded to a question concerning what type of undergraduate degrees Health Science graduate students possess indicating typically they are PE teachers who are adding the health component or possibly school principals could use this course in the Educational Leadership program. Dr. House confirmed to the Council that this course does not duplicate any courses in their program.

Motion: To approve the new course request for EM 565 with the minor correction to total number of class hours. (Bauerly/Montalvo). MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 1 AB.

c. HS 551, Public Health Epidemiology, 3 s.h.

Motion: To approve the new course request for HS 551 with the minor correction to total number of class hours. (Hassan/Bean). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

2. Requests to change graduate program requirements

a. Master of Science in Health Education with emphases in Community Health and School Health to Master of Science in Health Sciences with options in Public Health and School Health

Dr. Dallinger indicated that while the Council does not usually approve a change of name to the degree (MS in Health Education to MS in Health Sciences), it was included in this packaged request for their information. The request to change program requirements includes the following: change the title of the degree as noted above; move HS 590 Professional Internship from the core courses to the Public Health required courses; add a comprehensive exam exit option; change from emphases in Community Health and School Health to options in Public Health and School Health; increase the total number of program hours from 36 to 42 for the Public Health option; and change the prefixes of all three exit options from HE to HS.

Kelley explained that the department wishes to make such changes so they can evaluate the possibility of offering the options as degrees rather than options in a few years. He responded to a question concerning the impact on students if the hours increase by 6 s.h. by acknowledging that it may impact the full-time students in the program who attend at the Quad Cities campus. He noted that the need for transcripted options is due to the students, mostly international, who need to provide proof of a degree in the specific area.

During discussions concerning HS 602 Professional Paper/Project, the Council made a friendly suggestion to consider increasing the semester hours from 1 to 1-3 which would align this exit option more closely with the thesis and allow more varied experiences for the students. Kelley indicated he would like to discuss this possibility with the graduate faculty in the department.

Motion: To approve the request to change graduate program requirements and to approve HS 602 with either the 1 s.h. or, if the department chooses, 1-3 s.h. (Bean/McQuillan). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

B. History

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

a. HIST 431, Alexander the Great, 3 s.h.
b. HIST 433, Tudor/Stuart England: 1485-1714, 3 s.h.
c. HIST 485, Topics in Asian History, 3 s.h.

Dr. Boynton presented the course requests with Drs. Pamonag and Hall. She noted that the requests had recently been approved as new courses at the undergraduate level and they would like to be able to offer these for their graduate students as well. Boynton asked to amend the request for HIST 485 to read “3, repeatable to 6 with permission” in the credit hours section. The Council praised the department for offering rigorous graduate-level courses and submitting thorough 400-G course requests.
Motion: To consider all three requests at one time. (Hassan/Mossman). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

Motion: To approve the requests to add graduate credit to HIST 431, 433, and 485 with the amendment to the credit hours in HIST 485. (Mossman/Hassan). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.


A. John Patrick Closen, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

Dr. House was present to respond to questions. He indicated Dr. Closen is meeting the department’s criteria for full membership in the graduate faculty.

Motion: To approve the request for full membership. (Bean/McQuillan). MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 1 AB.


A. Standards for 400-G Courses – Sub-committee Report

Dr. McNabb presented the second revised draft of the Request for 400-G Level Course form. The Council agreed to the revisions with one addition: add “and unique learning experiences” to item (b) when describing qualitative and quantitative differences between undergraduate and graduate students in the course. Additionally, the Council would like to add the “Course Objectives” line to the Request for a New Graduate Course form. Graduate School staff will make the changes to the forms.


A. Request to late withdraw from one course, Fall 2009

1. Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

The student presented his appeal indicating that due to the lecture-oriented method of teaching RPTA 483G, he was unable to make up for lost class time due to an on-going illness in the fall semester which included degradation of vision. The student noted that the course materials used in this class were mostly photocopied and of poor quality; there was no textbook. He indicated that he plans to graduate in May and this course was an elective that is not needed for graduation; he will not retake the course. Dr. Yoder spoke on behalf of the department indicating they supported his request and that the instructor supported his request to drop.

Motion: To approve the request to late withdraw from one course, Fall 2009. MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

B. Request to waive the GPA admission requirement

1. Theatre

The Council reviewed the students request to be considered for admission to Graduate School without having earned traditional letter grades. Council noted that Hassan had not marked the appropriate box (approve/deny); she confirmed that was an omission on her part and it was approved at the department level.

Motion: To approve the request to waive the GPA admission requirement. (Bauerly/Mossman). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.


A. Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Dr. Dallinger surveyed the Council to determine if they felt projects and paper capstone experiences should be filed electronically in addition to theses and dissertations. The consensus of the group indicated they should not be filed electronically.

She informed the Council that the Graduate School had recently been notified that the quality of the copy for theses/dissertations that is sent by ProQuest to the student is not the same quality as sent to Archives in the library. Students receive a copy on glossy paper with text printed on both sides which includes spacing/margin errors due to formatting for single page copy. The Council discussed other possibilities besides ProQuest. ERIC database was discussed as it is a free resource, however, other arrangements would have to be made for the binding of the theses/dissertations as ERIC does not produce an end product.

B. Posthumous Degrees

Dr. Dallinger informed the Council that Faculty Senate has recently drafted a policy concerning awarding posthumous degrees to undergraduate students. She surveyed the Council to determine if this is something they would like to consider for graduate degrees. The current policy requires family members to request such degrees be awarded. Council discussion noted that it would be a rare instance when such a degree would be awarded at the graduate level such as if they were in the final stages of their capstone experience.

The Council would like to review the policy for undergraduate students once it is finalized by Faculty Senate.

Meeting adjourned: 4:40 p.m.