October Minutes

October 15, 2015


Voting: Professors V. Anand, J.R. Chimka, N.D. Dennis, P.K. Dowe, K.S. Grover, V.H. Hunt, K. Korth, J.T. Scott, D. Shirey,, F. Spiegel; Ms. B. Mbianda Kemayou

Non-Voting: Professors P.R. Koski, Y. Murphy-Erby


Voting: Professors T.P. Cronan, K.L. Needy, R. Warren; second representative from the Graduate Dean’s Student Advisory Board

Non-Voting: Professors S. Adams, J. Ganson, M.T. Miller, A. O’Leary-Kelly, L.J. Robertson

SECRETARY: Ms. T. M. Fisher

GUESTS Professors G. Beavers, R. Ham, C. Hestekin, C. Murphy, G. Peters

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Chair Patricia Koski

  1. Minutes for the September 17th, 2015, Graduate Council meeting stand approved, as no changes were suggested. (Please review the Graduate Council Minutes).
  2. Professor Koski welcomed a new member of the Council, Professor Debbie Shirey from the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing in the College of Education and Health Professions.
  3. Professor Koski also congratulated Professor Pearl Dowe on being named the interim director of the program in African and African American Studies.
  4. There were no other announcements or reports from committees.
  5. Old Business: With regard to the issue of transcript grades for courses which have been approved to “double count” for an undergraduate and graduate degree, the Council considered a motion to allow grades to show on both transcripts. This motion failed by a vote of three in favor, six opposed and two abstaining. In consequence, the earned grade will show on the undergraduate transcript and a mark of CR will show on the graduate transcript. When a program has been approved to double count six or more hours, the Graduate School will need to be petitioned if a student wishes to take advantage of CR marks for more than six hours, which would be a violation of existing Graduate Council rules.
  6. New Business:
    1. College of Education and Health Professions.
      (1). Professor K Grover presented a proposal to modify the Ed.D. degree in Adult and Lifelong Learning (ADLLED) to allow C grades to be counted toward the degree.
      (2). Professor C. Murphy presented a proposal to modify the M.Ed. degree in Educational Technology (ETECMS) to no longer require a standardized test for admission to the program.
    2. College of Engineering
      (1). Professor C. Hestekin presented a proposal to modify the M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering (CHEGMS) by removing two required courses and replacing them with elective courses, and changing admissions criteria from requiring to recommending a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering.
      (2). Professor C. Hestekin presented a proposal to modify the Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering (CHEGPH) by removing two required courses and replacing one with an elective and removing the other requirement altogether, and changing the total number of required hours from 48 to 42.
      (3). Professor G. Beavers presented a proposal to delete the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and create a concentration under the Ph.D. degree in Engineering.
      (4). Professor R. Ham presented a proposal to modify the M.S.O.M. degree in Operations Management (OPMGMS) by assigning pre-requisites to some courses and not just to the program; adding the statement that OMGT 5003 is foundational to all courses and must be taken in the first term; changing curriculum requirements; and deleting focus areas.
    Following discussions, all proposals were approved unanimously and will go next to the Faculty Senate. Program proposals may be viewed at https://nextcatalog.uark.edu/programadmin/ and in Attachment A.
  7. The course change reports listed in Attachment B were approved unanimously.
  8. The graduate faculty recommendations contained in Attachment C were approved unanimously.

There being no other business, the Council adjourned at 2:50 p.m. The Council will meet next on Thursday, November 19th, 2015, in Upchurch Conference Room of Bell Engineering.

Submitted by: Patricia R. Koski, Chair

Approved by: Kim Needy, Dean