Friday, March 27, 2009  -  10:00 a.m.

325 Graff Main Hall


Members Present:        Vijendra Agarwal, Glenn Wright, S.N. Rajagopal, Kasi Periyasamy, Dave Reineke, Jim Finch, Carol Angell, Bernadette Taylor-Winfrey, Ashley Olson, Michele Thorman, Kristin Van Vleet, Tom Kernozek

Members Excused:       Rob Dixon

Consultants Present:    Chris Bakkum, Charles Martin-Stanley, Amelia Dittman


The meeting was called to order at 10:04 am by Carol Angell.


1.      Announcements - VJ


a.       Three graduate theses have been submitted to be reviewed for awards.

b.      Council members were invited to attend Research and Creativity Day next Friday, April 3.

c.       Nominations were solicited for the graduate student academic achievement award and it was noted that today is the deadline for such nominations.

d.      The appeal for the MEPD program’s dismissal of Osama Algaidi will likely be re-heard by the Graduate Council on April 10.


2.      Academic Appeal Policy


The GC reviewed and discussed the latest draft of the policy, with discussion centering on the department/program bylaws and if there may be a set of minimum standards that bylaws should include regarding academic appeals.  VJ will have our policy reviewed by System Legal and ask about minimum standards for appeals policies that would protect both the student and the university. 


3.      Probation and Retention Standards


Chris Bakkum reviewed a proposed policy change to the Probation and Retention Standards.  The change was the insertion of the phrase “or two enrolled terms (whichever comes first)” in various places in the standards policy order to accommodate the PeopleSoft software capabilities.


M/S/P (11-0-0) to approve the revised Probation and Retention Standards policy.


4.      RSEL Grants


M/S/P (11-0-0) to fully fund the 7 grant proposals that the subcommittee unanimously recommended for full funding.

M/S/P (11-0-0) to not fund the grant proposal by Bettini.

M/S/P (11-0-0) to not fund the grant proposal by Christnovich.

M/S/P (11-0-0) to fully fund the grant proposal by Johnson.



5.      M/S/P (11-0-0) to move into closed session to take action on Graduate Faculty applications.


M/S/P (11-0-0) to approve all SAH graduate faculty applications.

M/S/P (11-0-0) to approve all CLS graduate faculty applications.


Meeting adjourned:  11:08 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Dave Reineke


C:         Graduate Council Members

            Department Chairs

            Graduate Program Directors

            Faculty Senate

            Graduate Council File