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October 11, 2010

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:  Richard Gee, Jess House, Russ Morgan, Gordon Rands, Joe Rives, Lance Ternasky

Ex-officio:  J. Dallinger

Others Present:  G. Sullivan

 

I. GRADUATE CURRICULUM

A. Economics

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

a. ECON 408, Economics for Decision-Makers, 3 s.h.

This item was tabled for revisions on September 13, 2010.  No new information was submitted and this item remains tabled.

B. Educational Leadership

1. Request for a new graduate course

a. EDL 507, Data for School Leaders, 3 s.h.

Dr. McQuillan opened the discussion by asking Dr. House if there was a course offered in the Mathematics department that might be comparable to the proposed course.  Drs. House and Montalvo indicated there was most likely no connection between the two as the focus of this course is analyzing data by school principals which will enable them to make informed decisions.  The proposed course involves action research, whereas, it is not likely that the Mathematics course would.  Dr. McClure indicated to Dr. House that the Council typically would like the proposals to include a statement of support from departments that may offer similar coursework.

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

C. Management & Marketing

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

a. MGT 483, Managing Organizations for Environmental Sustainability, 3 s.h.

Dr. McNabb questioned how the rigor of the graduate work will be measured as the proposal states that graduate students will be expected to demonstrate a “greater depth and sophistication of analysis” than undergraduate students.  Dr. Rands indicated the graduate students will complete an additional paper and will overall add a higher level of learning to the course as they will bring work experience to the classroom.  Following a lengthy discussion concerning the assessment of graduate student performance in the course, the Council asked Dr. Rands to include in future proposals clear articulation as to the level of performance expectations for undergraduate and graduate students in 400G-level courses.

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

D. Manufacturing Engineering Systems

1. Requests for new graduate courses

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

b. TL 525, Technology Management, 3 s.h.

c. TL 535, Technology Leadership and Training, 3 s.h.

d. TL 545, Design of Experiments, 3 s.h.

e. TL 555, Value Stream Leadership for Sustainability, 3 s.h.

f. TL 565, Innovation, Research and Development, 3 s.h.

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

These items were tabled on April 26, 2010 and September 13, 2010.  No new information was submitted and these items remain tabled.

E. Music

Dr. Locke indicated that all of the course proposals pertain to the Music Education track which is the School of Music’s largest and longest-standing program.  Music Education primarily serves full-time workers who generally complete courses in the summer.  He noted that the changes are aimed at providing courses that enable in-depth study of critical topics and contemporary issues in music education.

1. Requests for new graduate courses

a. MUS 533, Contemporary Assessment Techniques in Music Education, 3 s.h.

Dr. McClure asked Dr. Locke to elaborate on the library resources available for this course as the form did not address this concern.  He indicated the appropriate sources are presently available.

Motion:  To approve request.  (Montalvo/Bean).  MOTION CARRIED 8 YES - 0 NO - 0 AB

b. MUS 534, Models of Instruction in Music Education, 3 s.h.

Dr. Montalvo indicated a concern that the bibliography did not include a variety of models of instruction to be presented in the course.  Dr. Locke, who will not be the instructor of this course, and the Council reviewed the bibliography and determined there were a few sources indicated that would provide multiple models of instruction.

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

c. MUS 539, Advanced Methods and Literature Review of K-8 Music, 2 s.h., repeatable to 4.

Dr. McClure asked for clarification on the library resources for this course, and Dr. Locke indicated the resources are already available.  Dr. Locke noted this course topic has previously been taught under the independent study heading, however, many graduate students who are teachers of non-performing ensembles would benefit from a more focused general or exploratory music course such as this one.

Two corrections were noted to the request form.  Total class hours should be listed as 25 rather than 2, and the correct date of first offering is Spring 2011.

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

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

A correction to the form was noted to include changing the effective date from Fall 2010 to Fall 2011.

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


II. OLD BUSINESS

A. Petition Form Review

The Council discussed possible changes to the draft revision of the petition form.  Suggested changes include minor revisions of placement of directives given on the form.  Ms. Sullivan will provide a second draft at the next meeting.

B. Syllabus Policy Update

Dr. McNabb provided an updated University Course Syllabus Policy that was recently passed through the Faculty Senate and later approved by President Goldfarb.  Editorial changes were made to make the policy inclusive of graduate students.

C. Proposed Mission Statement of the University – Dr. Joe Rives

Dr. Rives presented a proposed change in the University’s Mission Statement which would change the current statement from:

By enacting our values and supporting the synergy between instruction, research, creativity and service, Western Illinois University prepares and supports a socially responsible, diverse student, faculty, and staff population to lead in the global society.

and replace it with:

By enacting our values and creating a synergy between instruction, research, creativity and service, Western Illinois University prepares and supports a socially responsible, diverse student, faculty, and staff population to lead in the global society.

Motion:  To endorse the proposed change to the University’s mission statement. (Bean/McClure).  MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB


III. NEW BUSINESS

A. Continuous Enrollment for Graduate Programs

Dr. McClure introduced the topic of continuous enrollment as it had recently been discussed in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Not only are faculty concerned with students who do not finish their degrees in a timely fashion, but there is also a liability concern about students who are not enrolled in courses and may be working in laboratories while doing thesis research.  Dr. Morgan continued that there is a concern that faculty are not recognized for working with students who are not enrolled but doing research for their thesis.  Another concern is that when students are not enrolled, they do not have access to the library/journal systems needed for research work.

Dr. Dallinger provided a brief history of the continuous enrollment issue in the Graduate Council.  The Council previously reviewed the possibility in 2006 and 2009, including surveying faculty and peer institutions, and voted against pursuing it both times.  However, she indicated the liability issue is a new concern not previously addressed.  She suggested the Council provide a clear definition as to what ‘continuous enrollment’ means to the Council.  Dr. McNabb agreed and suggested the Council is looking at providing the option to departments who would like to require continuous enrollment once the exit-option/capstone courses have begun.

The Council further discussed related issues such as how this would affect international students, if this would be a mandatory policy for all departments, and if this course would be offered with 0 or 1 semester hour attached to it.  Dr. Gee provided research information on continuous enrollment courses noting that research shows that students are less likely to default on student loans when they are continuously enrolled.  He questioned whether 1 s.h. of this type of registration could be considered full-time enrollment for those students in their capstone courses. 

Dr. McNabb suggested an alternate letter grade be used to recognize this course as regular grades would not be issued for it.  It was noted that the Educational Leadership doctoral program requires their students to be continuously enrolled in dissertation hours.  The Council noted a concern with the added out-of-pocket expense for students.

After a lengthy discussion, the Council requested that representatives from the Registrar’s Office and the Center for International Studies be invited to attend their next meeting to further the discussion on this topic.  This item was tabled for further discussion.

Meeting adjourned:  5:05 p.m.