October Minutes

October 19, 2017

Member's Present

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

Members Absent

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.

  1. Minutes for the August 17, 2017, Graduate Council meeting stand approved, as no changes were suggested. (Graduate Council Minutes).
  2. 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.
  3. Old Business: The Council unanimously approved striking the word “graded” from the transfer credit policy as shown on the attached (Attachment A)
  4. New Business: The following program change proposals were approved unanimously and will go next to Faculty Senate. Also see Attachment B.
    • 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The course change report from the University Course and Programs Committee was unanimously approved (Attachment D).
  8. The graduate faculty recommendations contained in Attachment E were unanimously approved.
  9. 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