March Minutes

March 16, 2017


Voting: Professors J.R. Chimka, T.P. Cronan, N.D. Dennis, J. Gigantino, V.H. Hunt, R. Kali, K. Korth, J.W. Murry, K.L. Needy, J.C. Rupe, D. Shirey, R. Warren; Mr. M. Christie

Non-Voting: Professors M.R. Evans, P.R. Koski, J. Penner-Williams


Voting: Professors M.R. Evans, P.R. Koski, J. Penner-Williams

Non-Voting: Dr. S. Adams; Professors A.E. Ellstrand, L.L. Lennertz

SECRETARY: Ms. T. M. Fisher

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

  1. Minutes for the February 16th, 2017, Graduate Council meeting stand approved, as no changes were suggested. (Graduate Council Minutes).
  2. Professor Koski updated the Council on the progress toward doing background checks for all graduate assistants.
  3. Professor Koski thanked Professor D. Shirey for her service on the Council; Dr. Shirey is leaving the University.
  4. Dean Needy updated the Council on the Eight Guiding Priorities initiative.
  5. Professors Cronan, Dennis and Koski updated the Council on the visit from the Higher Learning Commission and encouraged Council members to attend the town hall meetings on Monday, April 10th.
  6. There was no old business.
  7. New Business: The following proposals were approved unanimously and will go next to the Faculty Senate. The presenter for each item is in parentheses.
    1. Proposal to modify the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Space and Planetary Sciences (SPACMS; SPACPH) by removing SPC 5111L and SPAC 5513 as required courses (Professor P. Koski).
    2. Proposal to modify the Master of Information Systems (INSYMI) degree by modifying admissions requirements and allowing the GRE as a possible standardized test for admission (Professor P. Cronan).
    3. Proposal to change the name of the M.S. degree in Computer Science (CSCEMS) to a degree entitled Master of Science in Computer Science, and to change the CIP code (Professor N. Dennis).
    The proposed changes may be viewed in Attachment A or at
  8. The course change report from the University Course and Programs Committee was unanimously approved (Attachment B).
  9. The graduate faculty recommendations contained in Attachment C were unanimously approved.

There being no other business, the Council adjourned at 2:23 p.m. The Council will meet next on Thursday, April 20th, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., in the Upchurch Conference Room of Bell Engineering.