Graduate Council Meeting Minutes
October 25, 2006
GBB 202, 12:10-1:00 p.m.
Members Present: A. Borgmann, D. Erickson, C. Fiore, M. DeGrandpre, N. Hassanein, L. Hayes, T. Herron, J. Hirstein, M. McClintock, T. Thibeau, G. Stanley
Members Absent/Excused: N. Moisey
Ex-officio members Present: Dean Strobel, Arlene Walker-Andrews
Chair Hayes called the meeting to order at 12:10p.m.
The minutes from 10/18/06 were approved by unanimous consent
There were comments that the program should be substance driven not procedure driven. Interdisciplinary programs are evolving and responding to the needs in the employment world. Clarity of skills, competencies and progress should be built into the program. This could be an advantage over traditional programs. Students might have a portfolio that provides evidence of their knowledge and ability. Many factors need to be discussed. Enrollment should be limited because of the competition in terms of faculty load. Students rejected from other programs are not candidates for the MIS. Only the better students should be accepted. There should be examples that show success in finding connections between disciplines. Professor Stanley's current MIS student is combining science and art to specialize in scientific illustration where there are employment opportunities.
The Social Science Subcommittee Chair, Professor Fiore disseminated a summary of the curriculum changes. The items listed as OK were approved with the exception of PSC 464, which was withdrawn, and SOC 545 and 577. Follow-up is required on several graduate increments and there are some questions with regard to Sociology's new courses / option and the effects on the Rural and Environmental Change Option.
There are continuing problems with the graduate increment. Many departments are not reading the guidelines. It was suggested that the guidelines be revisited.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
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