Friday, October 23, 2009 - 10:00 a.m.

325 Graff Main Hall


Members Present:        Rob Dixon, Kasi Periyasamy, Vijendra Agarwal, Glenn Wright, Michele Thorman, Abdulaziz Elfessi, Tom Krueger, Jim Finch, Carol Angell

Consultants Present:    Charles Martin-Stanley, Ray Abhold, Chris Bakkum, Bruce May

Members excused:        Bernadette Taylor, Kristin Van Vleet


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


1.       Announcements

a.       Rob Dixon assigned the following faculty to review graduate faculty applications

                                                   i.      Dixon & Elfessi to CLS

                                                 ii.      Thorman & Finch to SAH and SBA

b.      VJ announced a request of $40,000 to the Academic Initiatives Allocation Committee

c.       VJ reviewed graduate student RSEL numbers

2.       Academic Appeal

a.       Abdulaziz Elfessi (Motion) and Tom Krueger (Second) to move into close session under s. 19.85 (1), Stats., to consider an appeal

                                                   i.      Role Call vote (8-0-0) to move to closed session

                                                 ii.      M/S/P to approve completed 12 credits as a graduate special student (8-0-0)

                                                iii.      M/S/P to allow the student to complete the class that she is currently taking (3 cr) as a graduate special student (8-0-0)

3.       Open Session

a.       Glen Wright (Motion) and Tom Krueger (Second) to return to open session (8-0-0)

4.       English Proficiency

a.       ESL policy currently defined for the undergraduate level. Rob Dixon distributed proposed language for ESL Admission Policy and Probation & Retention Standards for a first reading.

b.      Recommended clarification of “after nine credits” in the Probation & Retention Standards for points 2 & 3 to read “upon completion of nine credits”

c.       Recommended in #4 of Probation & Retention Standards to change “after nine credits” to read “upon completion of nine credits.”

d.      Need to add that an individual who graduates with a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. school can have the requirement waived.

Meeting adjourned:  11:00 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Rob Dixon & Michelle Thorman



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