Graduate Council Meeting Minutes

November 1, 2006

GBB 202, 12:10-1:00 p.m.

Members Present: A. Borgmann, T. Cossitt, D. Erickson, C. Fiore, M. DeGrandpre, L. Hayes, T. Herron, J. Hirstein, R. Malecki, M. McClintock, N. Moisey T. Thibeau, G. Stanley

Members Absent/Excused: N. Hassanein

Ex-officio members Present: Dean Strobel, Arlene Walker-Andrews

Guest: Rick Vandenpol


Chair Hayes called the meeting to order at 12:10p.m.

The minutes from 10/25/06 were approved by unanimous consent




  • The two student members, Ron Malecki and Travis Cossitt were welcomed to the committee. Members introduced themselves.
  • Another letter of support was received for the Speech Pathology program from the Montana Speech-Language & Hearing Association (MSHA) with 128 signatures. Chair Hayes passed this around for members to review.

Unfinished Business


  • Discussion of the program review template was postponed in consideration to Professor Vandenpol.
  • Professor DeGrandpre presented the follow-up consent agenda for the Science Subcommittee. The items added to the summary with an "OK" comment were approved. Health Science would like to eliminate the UG status for HS 325 and Public Health's curriculum committee is considering the Council's recommendation with regard to PUBH 599. Still pending is the graduate increment for BIOL UG 464 and the Level II proposal for Computational Science and Speech Language Pathology. Professor Hirstein indicated that the Mathematics Department will be meeting with the Computational Science Steering Committee next week.
  • Professor Fiore presented the Social Science Subcommittee curriculum follow-up. Acceptable graduate increments were received for most of the pending items except PSC 450 and 453. Professor Hassanein is still waiting for a response to the concerns regarding SOC 577. The following items were approved:

                        COMM UG 421, 422, 423, 424
                        PSC UG 444
                        SOC UG 421, 444, 494, 545,
                        New Sociology Option:  Inequality and Social Justice


New Business

  • Professor Erickson presented a document listing how the new Speech Language Pathology proposal addressed the Council's concerns from last year. The Schools Subcommittee recommends that the proposal be approved.

    Professor Vandenpol addressed some of the issues. This is the fourth time efforts have been made to bring the program back to campus. In terms of space, the basement of the Curry Health Center is ideal. This is where the program was located before and where the Western Montana RiteCare Language and Literacy Clinic is currently housed. There are observation rooms and a PA system. The Rural Institute on Disabilities will be displaced by the program; however it understood from the beginning that the office space assignment was temporary.

    The hope is that the program will be allocated one-time-only workforce development money. There are federal grants available in the field as well. The estimated numbers of students seem unrealistic (30 undergraduate and 35 graduate students).

    There was concern that 5 new faculty would be able to teach 30 new courses. It was clarified that there will be 6 faculty including the chair and a few of the courses exist in other departments.

    The timeline suggests hiring would start in the summer 2007 and the first students would start in fall of 2008. Will this be enough time? There were also questions regarding the expertise to hire for the program. Professor Vandenpol indicated that individuals in the field around the community are willing to serve on the selection committees.

    The issue of Graduate Teaching Assistants was not addressed in the proposal. Dean Strobel indicated that the Graduate School has tried to give all new programs one teaching assistant. The reallocation process has changed and budgets will now be established based on data.

    The state made a good faith effort of training speech pathologist through the Idaho State program, but the cost for Montana students was $6,000 per year. The state hopes for training at a lower cost to students.

    The question was called with the caveat that TA funding and hiring procedures would be clarified. The motion was approved with 8 in favor, 1 opposed, and 3 abstentions.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 p.m.