Friday, September 25, 2009 - 10:00 a.m.

325 Graff Main Hall


Members Present:        Rob Dixon, Carol Angell, Bernadette Taylor, Kasi Periyasamy, Vijendra Agarwal, Glenn Wright, Michele Thorman, Abdulaziz Elfessi, Tom Krueger, Kristin Van Vleet, Michelle Stertz, Jim Finch.


Consultants Present:    Charles Martin-Stanley, Ray Abhold, Chris Bakkum, Amelia Dittman (for Bruce May)


Guests:                           Kathleen Enz Finken, Jay Lokken, Michelle Tyvoll, Diane Sasaki


The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Rob Dixon.


1.      M/S/P (12/0/0) to approve the minutes from the September 11, 2009 meeting with the amendment that Charles Martin-Stanley’s name is removed from the list of consultants present.


2.      Announcements

VJ announced that an informational presentation about graduate programs will be made to the UW-L Foundation Board this afternoon by VJ Agarwal, Rob Dixon, Mark Sandheinrich and John Porcari.


3.   M/S/P (12/0/0) to approve funding the two graduate professional travel grants submitted for the September 18, 2009 deadline in the full amounts requested.


4.          TOEFL score requirements for admission to UW-L graduate programs.


A discussion was held to assess whether a change in policy is needed because there have recently been multiple granted requests for waivers of the UW-L TOEFL score requirements.  Rob Dixon presented TOEFL requirements in the UW-L Graduate Catalog, documents that compare TOEFL scores to other test scores such as IELTS and an article highlighting the difference between academic and conversational language proficiency.  VJ presented TOEFL score requirements at peer institutions. 


M/S/P (12/0/0) to retain the TOEFL score requirement of 550 as written in the International Student Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. 



Meeting adjourned:  11:02 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Bernadette Taylor



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