January Minutes

January 17, 2019


Voting: Professors V. Anand, N.D. Dennis, A.G.P. Dowling, J. Gigantino, V. H. Hunt, J.B. Kerr, J.W. Murry, K.L. Needy, J.C. Rupe, A. Zajicek; Ms. M. Johnson; Ms. K. Moergen

Non-Voting: Professors A.E. Ellstrand, P.R. Koski, L.L. Lander, K. Mamiseishvili, L.J. Robertson


Voting: Professors T.P. Cronan, R. Costrell

Non-Voting: Professor L.L. Lennertz

GUESTS Professor J. Endacott; Ms. L. Mosesso

SECRETARY: Terri M. Fisher

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

  1. Two new members of the Council were introduced: Professor Vikas Anand representing the Walton College of Business and Ms. Kristie Moergen, representing the Graduate and Professional Student Congress.
  2. Minutes for the December 13th, 2018, Graduate Council meeting stand approved, as no changes were suggested. (Graduate Council Minutes)
  3. Dean Needy discussed the implications of the government shutdown for the University of Arkansas; mentioned that the University has identified three signature research areas; and updated the Council on the Strategic Enrollment Management plan under development.
  4. There was no old business.
  5. The following program changes were approved and will go next to the Faculty Senate. The presenters and vote are noted in parentheses.
    • Proposal to modify the Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction (CIEDPH) by making curricular changes (J. Endacott; one abstention).
    • Proposal to modify the Ed.D. Degree in Higher Education (HIEDED) by making curricular changes (K. Mamiseishvili; unanimous).
    Program change proposals and new program proposals may be viewed at Program and Unit Changes or in Attachment A.
  6. Discussion: Should evidence of academic integrity violations be a factor in denying admission to the Graduate School? Following reports from constituencies, it became clear that: 1) there was general approval for this being used as a possible reason for denying admission, but 2) only by the department/program (not the Graduate School) and 3) only if the student has a chance to respond to the charges.
  7. Discussion: May faculty without the terminal degree be awarded group 1 or group 2 graduate faculty status based on qualifying experience? There was considerable discussion but no consensus has yet been reached, although the Council does seem in favor of awarding group 2 graduate faculty status based on qualifying experience.
  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 approved
  10. There being no other business, the Council adjourned at 2:58 p.m. The Council will meet next on Thursday, February 21st at 2:00 p.m., in the Upchurch Conference Room of Bell Engineering.