October Minutes

October 18, 2018

Members Present


Professors R. Costrell, T.P. Cronan, N.D. Dennis, C. Hestekin, V.H. Hunt, R. Kali, J.B. Kerr, J.W. Murry, J.C. Rupe, A. Zajicek


Professors A.E. Ellstrand, P.R. Koski, L.L. Lander, L.L. Lennertz, K. Mamiseishvili

Members Absent


Professors A.G. P. Dowling, J. Gigantino, K.L. Needy; two representatives from the Graduate and Professional Student Congress


Professor L.J. Robertson; Dr. L.L. Lander; one representative from Fulbright College


Professors M.R. Butler, R. Ham, K.K. Higgins, A. Lewis, T.E.C. Smith


Terri M. Fisher

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

  1. Minutes for the September 20th, 2018, Graduate Council meeting stand approved, as no changes were suggested. ( Graduate Council Minutes.)
  2. Professor Koski made these announcements:
    • The Departments of Entomology and Plant Pathology have been merged into the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology.
    • A new center, the Center for Advanced Surface Engineering, has been created in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    • The National Office of Research on Measurement and Evaluation Systems (NORMES) has been deleted.
    • The first release of data from the Ph.D. Career Pathways project, funded by NSF and the Mellon Foundation and coordinated by the Council of Graduate Schools, has been released and can be found at (In and Outside Academia, Humanists Say Their PhD Programs Prepared Them Well.) Professor Koski reminded the Council that the UA is a funded partner in this research
  3. There was no old business.
  4. New Business: The following program changes were approved and will go next to the Faculty Senate. Indicated in parentheses is the person who presented the proposal.
    • School of Nursing
      • Proposal to modify the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree by making several curricular changes (Professor M.R. Butler)
      • Proposal to modify the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration (NURSDP-ACNP) by making several curricular changes (Professor M.R. Butler)
      • Proposal to modify the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration (NURSDP-FNPR) by making several curricular changes (Professor M.R. Butler)
    • Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources, and Communication Disorders, proposal to modify the Master of Science degree in Counseling (CNSLMS) by deleting the GRE requirement for admission and changing the timing of the writing sample from application to interview (Professor K.K. Higgins)
    • Department of Chemical Engineering, proposal to modify the Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering (CHEGPH) by changing the requirement for MATH 4423 to MATH 5423 and removing 4000-level electives (Professor C. Hestekin)
    • College of the Graduate Dean, proposal to modify the graduate certificate in Cross-Sector Alliances: Public, Private and Nonprofit Collaboration by adding MGMT 5223 as a requirement for MPA students; moving MGMT 5313 from electives to required courses; and adding several course to the list of electives (Professor P.R. Koski)
  5. New Business: the following new program proposals were approved and will go next to Faculty Senate:
    • Department of Curriculum and Instruction
      • Proposal to create a Master of Education degree in Educational Equity (EDEQME) (Professor T.E.C. Smith)
      • Proposal to create a graduate certificate in Special Education Transition Services (SPTSGC) (Professor T.E.C. Smith)
      • Proposal to create a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESLGC) (Professor K. Mamiseishvili)
    • Department of Industrial Engineering, proposal to create a graduate certificate in Lean Six Sigma (OMLSGC) (Professor R. Ham)
    • Program change proposals and new program proposals may be viewed at Office of the Registrar Program and Unit Changes or in Attachment A.

  6. The graduate student grade appeal process was approved in principle awaiting some edits. The approved edited proposal is contained in Attachment B, which will be placed on the Faculty Senate agenda as an information item, unless the Faculty Senate chooses for it to be a voting item. Changes to the existing Graduate Student Grievance Policy will also be proposed, eliminating the portion of the policy contained in Attachment C.
  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.

There being no other business, the Council adjourned at 2:51 p.m. The Council will meet next on Thursday, November 14th at 2:00 p.m., in the Upchurch Conference Room of Bell Engineering.