February Minutes

February 16, 2017


Voting: Professors J.R. Chimka, N.D. Dennis, J. Gigantino, V.H. Hunt, R. Kali, K. Korth, J.W. Murry, J.C. Rupe, D. Shirey; Ms. L. Morse

Non-Voting: Professors A.E. Ellstrand, P.R. Koski, J. Penner-Williams; Dr. S. Adams


Voting: Professors T.P. Cronan, P.K. Dowe, K.L. Needy, R. Warren; second student representative

Non-Voting: Professor M.R. Evans, L.L. Lennertz

SECRETARY: Ms. T. M. Fisher

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

  1. Professor Koski welcomed two new members to the Council: Professor R. Kali from the Walton College of Business and Ms. L. Morse representing the Graduate Student Congress.
  2. Minutes for the January 19th, 2017, Graduate Council meeting stand approved, as no changes were suggested. (Graduate Council Minutes).
  3. Professor Koski announced that the Academic Appeals Committee met this month and heard one case.
  4. There was no old business.
  5. New Business: College of Education and Health Professions, Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders
    1. Professor J. Penner-Williams presented a proposal to modify the M.Ed. degree in Human Resource and Workforce Development Education (HRWDME) by eliminating the requirement for a standardized test score for admission.
    2. Professor J. Penner-Williams presented a proposal to modify the Ed.D. degree in Human Resource and Workforce Development Education by making changes to course requirements. Editorial changes to the catalog copy were also made.
    After discussion, both proposals were approved unanimously and will go next to the Faculty Senate. The proposed changes may be viewed in Attachment A or at Program and Unit Changes
  6. The course change report from the University Course and Programs Committee was unanimously approved (Attachment B).
  7. The graduate faculty recommendations contained in Attachment C were unanimously approved.
  8. Other Business:  We allow a “published papers format” for master’s theses, but the rule is not clear about how many papers must be included for this option.  The Council clarified that this should be stated as a published paper(s) option, for the master’s thesis only.  This will allow the student to submit a thesis containing one or more papers when the student’s thesis committee considers the paper(s) to be worthy of publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

There being no other business, the Council adjourned at 2:57 p.m. The Council will meet next on Thursday, March 16th, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., in the Upchurch Conference Room of Bell Engineering.