October 19, 2017
Voting: Professors J.R. Chimka, R. Costrell, N.D. Dennis, P.K. Dowe, J. Gigantino, R. Kali, K. Korth, J.W. Murry, J.C. Rupe; Mr. M. Christie; Ms. J. Grove
Non-Voting: Professors M.R. Evans, P.R. Koski, L.L. Lennertz, K. Mamiseishvili
Voting: Professors T.P. Cronan, V.H. Hunt, K.L. Needy, A. Zajicek
Non-Voting: Professors A.E. Ellstrand, J. Hulen; Dr. S. Adams
Secretary: Ms. T. M. Fisher
GUESTS Professors J. Cambria, P. Whitby
The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Chair Patricia Koski.
- Minutes for the August 17, 2017, Graduate Council meeting stand approved, as no changes were suggested. (Graduate Council Minutes).
- Professor Koski announced that two centers in the Walton College of Business are being closed; these are the Applied Sustainability Center and the RFID Research Center. More details about the closures may be found in the September minutes of the University Course and Programs Committee.
- Old Business: The Council unanimously approved striking the word “graded” from the transfer credit policy as shown on the attached (Attachment A)
New Business: The following program change proposals were approved unanimously
and will go next to Faculty Senate. Also see
- Professor P. Whitby presented a proposal to change the admissions requirements for the Master of Education degree in Special Education (SPEDME) by allowing an alternative to the GRE.
- Professor K. Mamiseishvili presented a proposal to inactivate the post-master’s certificate in Educational Program Evaluation (EDEVMC)
- Professor J. Cambria presented a proposal to modify the post-master’s certificate in Educational Psychology (EDPSGC) by changing it to a graduate certificate, reducing the total number of hours required from 18 to 15 and changing the requirement for the two doctoral-level statistics courses
- Discussion: The Council considered whether to modify the graduate faculty classifications to separate the authority to chair and serve on a master’s committee, and to create a separate category for graduate students. (Attachment C). The Council members will poll their constituencies.
- The following resolution was unanimously approved: The Graduate Council recommends that Board of Trustees policy 405.4 be modified to say that termination of a graduate assistant for convenience requires 60 days’ notice (rather than 30 days’ notice) and that when a graduate assistant is terminated for convenience, the student will not be required to reimburse the University for the tuition paid for that semester.
- The course change report from the University Course and Programs Committee was unanimously approved (Attachment D).
- The graduate faculty recommendations contained in Attachment E were unanimously approved.
- The following motion was unanimously approved: For the purposes of graduate faculty status, when a faculty member is in a position where the terms “clinical,” “research” and the like modify the status of assistant professor, associate professor or professor, or when a faculty member is an executive-in-residence or similar status with a multi-year contract, the graduate faculty status will be permanent (i.e. will not be denoted with a T).
There being no other business, the Council adjourned at 2:48 p.m. The Council will meet next on Thursday, November 16th, at 2:00 p.m., in the Upchurch Conference Room of Bell Engineering