GRADUATE COUNCIL MINUTES
Friday, March 2, 2007-10:00 a.m.
325 Graff Main Hall
Members Present: Peggy Denton, Tim Donahue, Kasi Periyasamy, S.N. Rajagopal, William Schwan, Steve Simpson, Teri Staloch
Members Excused: Vijendra Agarwal, Lauren Cikara, Gary Gilmore, Yang Il Park, David Reineke
Members Absent: Jonathan Majak
Consultants Present: Lise Graham, Diane Schumacher, Rob Tyser, Janis Von Ruden
Consultants Excused: Chris Bakkum
Others Present: Amelia Dittman
1. The meeting was called to order at 10:06 am. by Bill Schwan
The Graduate Faculty Membership Subcommittee for Spring 2007 will be:
- CLS: Jonathan Majak and S.N. Rajagopal
- SAH: Bill Schwan and Teri Staloch
- The Thesis Award Subcommittee will be Tom Kuffel (representing the Foundation), David Reineke, Vijendra Agarwal, and 2 additional faculty members to be recruited.
3. A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes for the February 16, 2007 meeting. (7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstention)
4. Student Issues draft report for the Faculty Senate
- Kasi Periyasamy presented the draft report to the Council. He highlighted specific issues related to international students and financial support.
- Tim Donahue, another member of the Student Issues Subcommittee, informed the Council that a survey of graduate students will be conducted to find out if there are additional issues that need to be addressed and to start to look for solutions.
- No changes were suggested for the document.
- Vijendra Agarwal is scheduled to present the student issues and recruitment reports to the Faculty Senate on March 29th.
5. Dual degree program changes
- Diane Schumacher presented proposed changes to dual degree programs.
- Slash courses would be eliminated over the next 3-4 years and those courses would just be numbered as graduate level work
- The changes would relieve workload burdens at several levels (classroom, program, college offices, and registrar’s office). The transcript would be changed to be a true reflection of a student’s work.
- There is a potential problem with the calculation of undergraduate GPA for the Bachelor’s degree commencement/graduation honors and with CAPS.
- The change would affect the following dual degree programs: BIO/PTS, PHY/PTS and PSY/O-T. This is similar to a change that was already put through with the 5 year BS/MSE program. Any new dual degree programs would be designed to fit this model.
- The change will begin Summer 2007 for new students, with current students grandfathered into the current program system.
- S.N. Rajagopal made a motion to approve the changes as requested. It was seconded by Tim Donahue. (7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions)
6. Repeating a course policy
· Proposed policy: “a graduate student can repeat a course only once in which a grade of C or lower was earned. The new grade will replace the original grade. Only one attempt will be counted toward meeting degree requirements.”
· Suggestion from the Registrar’s Office: allow students to repeat courses in which they receive a D or an F, since they receive no credit for the course, and average both grades into GPA.
· The sense of the Council is that any change should reflect a comprehensive policy, incorporating both repeating a grade and academic dismissals.
· An email will be sent to all the Graduate Program Directors to solicit their feedback regarding making a change to these policies.
· The Graduate Council Advisory Committee will meet later this month with a representative from the registrar’s office, review the Graduate Program Directors’ feedback, and make a policy recommendation to be presented at a future Graduate Council meeting.
Meeting adjourned: 11:07 a.m.
C: Graduate Council Members
Graduate Program Directors
Graduate Council File