GRADUATE COUNCIL MEETING
Minutes-Monday, February 11, 2002-9:00 a.m.
325 Graff Main Hall

Members Present:   T. Dodge (Student Rep.), D. Duquette, Chair, G. Gilmore, C. Graham, K. Harbst, T. Kernozek, L. Oganowski, T. Uphoff

Members Excused:  T. Krueger, G. Walsko

Members Absent:   G. Arimond

Consultants Present:  M. Anderson, K. McLean, C. Martin-Stanley

Consultants Excused:    J. Finch

Consultants Absent:   D. Schumacher  

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Dan Duquette, Chair.

1.            Approval of the minutes of February 1, 2002

M/S/P to approve the minutes of February 1, 2002.  (7 yes, 0 no)

2.            Review of Graduate Faculty Policy.

            a-Dan informed the Graduate Council that he contacted the Council of Graduate Schools in regards to policies and procedures for Graduate Faculty Membership.  He has not received a response.

             b-Dan and Tom Kernozek gave a review of their meeting on Thursday, February 7, 2002 with faculty from the various colleges.  Some of the groups concerns and opinions are:

 Concerns/Opinions

 1.         Length of time, the opinion was once you have Graduate Faculty Membership, it should be in place the length of time faculty is at UW-L.

 2.            Graduate Faculty Membership should vanish.

 3.            Certain areas (e.g. thesis, projects, research)  need Graduate Faculty Membership, however the teaching side should not be included.

 4.            Streamline process with a checklist.

 5.            Connect the review of Graduate Faculty Membership with other reviews.

 6.         The department is qualified over the Graduate Council to decide who should receive Graduate Faculty Membership.

 7.         Is there a need to distinguish between having Graduate Faculty Membership and not having Graduate Faculty Membership?

 8.         Should the criteria be changed?  The council cannot make changes without compelling information.

Because of the diversity of opinion, the Graduate Council discussed ways in which they could educate the various departments on why there is a need for Graduate Faculty Membership.  The conclusion the Graduate Council  agreed upon is:

 1.         To find out when the various departments meet and get on their agenda.

 2.         Compose a script, so all questions ask will be consistent and arrange for small group discussions in each department.

 Dan requested the Graduate Council e-mail all suggestions for a script to duquette.rode@uwlax.edu as soon as possible.  The Graduate Council agreed to the need of education of faculty, in regards to Graduate Faculty Membership.

 Dan informed the council he would be sending a letter to the Faculty Senate in reply to their charge in April.

Dan has ask for volunteers (2) to read the Graduate Student Research applications.  (The due date for the applications is February 25th)   

A discussion was opened regarding the due dates of Graduate Student Research Application.  It is the general opinion of the council the dates should be changed, so more students would have the opportunity to apply.  This item will be discussed at a future meeting.

Meeting adjourned:  10:10 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Fran Temp
Recording Secretary

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