February Minutes

February 20th, 2020


Voting: Professors V.P. Anand, N.D. Dennis, J. Gigantino, V. H. Hunt, J.W. Murry, K.L. Needy, J.C. Rupe, J.D. Webb, A. Zajicek; Ms. A. Phillips; Ms. A. Romero

Non-Voting: Professors A.E. Ellstrand, L.L. Lennertz, P.R. Koski


Voting: Professors P.C. Calleja, T.P. Cronan, A.G.P. Dowling

Non-Voting: Professors J. Hulen, K. Mamiseishvili, L.J. Robertson; Dr. L.M. Yingling

SECRETARY Terri Fisher

GUESTS Professors F. Bowles, M. Hale, M. Hevel, L. Vandermark

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

  1. Minutes for the January 16thth, 2020, Graduate Council meeting stand approved, as no changes were suggested. (Graduate Council Minutes)
  2. Professor P. Koski announce that Dean Needy was the featured speaker in a Webinar on international enrollment hosted by the Council of Graduate Schools.
  3. New Business: The following program proposals were approved unanimously and will go next to the Faculty Senate for vote (presenter’s name is in parentheses):
    1. Proposal to modify the Master of Athletic Training program (ATTRMA) by deleting EXSC 3393 and EXSC 3353 as program prerequisites, adding several new program prerequisites, adding ATTR 5253 as a required course, and increasing overall program hours by three (Professor L. Vandermark);
    2. Proposal to change the doctoral program in Higher Education (HIEDED) from an Ed.D. to a Ph.D. including changes to course requirements (Professor M. Hevel);
    3. Proposal to delete the nurse educator concentration from the master of science degree in Nursing (NURSMS-NUED) (Professor P. Koski);
    4. Proposal to create a new master of science degree in Construction Management (CSMGMS) (Professor M. Hale)

    Program change proposals and new program proposals may be viewed at Program and Unit Changes Page or in Attachment A.

  4. New Business: The proposal contained in Attachment B from the English as a Second Language Committee (EASL) was approved unanimously. The proposal will allow the Graduate School to accept for admissions purposes two additional measures of English language proficiency for non-native speakers of English and will allow one supplemental assessment. Professor F. Bowles attended as Co-Chair of the EASL Committee to answer questions.
  5. The Council discussed the potential interest in having a mechanism by which students could earn two doctoral degrees simultaneously. The representatives from GPSC were asked to poll students on their interest in such a policy.
  6. The Council was asked if they would support a change in policy by which graduate faculty representatives would become the associate deans from the academic colleges who serve on the Council. After discussion, we agreed to gather more information.
  7. The course change reports contained in Attachments C, D, E and F were approved unanimously. Course reports in Attachments G and H were for information only.
  8. The graduate faculty recommendations contained in Attachment I were approved unanimously.

There being no other business, the Council adjourned at 2:50 p.m. The Council will meet next on March 19th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.