Graduate Council Meeting Minutes

April 25, 2007

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

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

Members Absent/Excused:

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

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

The minutes from 4/18/07 were amended and approved.       


  • Professor Borgmann will be on sabbatical next year, therefore a chair is needed for the Continuous Registration Workgroup. Professor Hassanein will also be on sabbatical, so Professor Fiore volunteered to chair the workgroup. Professor McNulty agreed to join the committee and additional members will be appointed next fall.

Business Items:

Curriculum follow-up

  • The Schools Subcommittee reported its concerns regarding the proposal to create a third option within the Mater of Arts degree in Counselor Education of Student Affairs in Higher Education and associated new courses. There may not be a sustainable need for the program and the additional students likely will put a strain on the four tenure-track faculty members related to student committees. The department does not have faculty to teach the new courses and the additional students could jeopardize their accreditation due to the increased student to faculty ratio. The Council unanimously voted to reject the proposals.

  • Public Health 570 and 597 were reviewed by the Science Subcommittee and approved by the Council.
  • The external review for mathematics is available on Blackboard. History's external review document should be available in 10 days. Professor McClintock, the primary reviewer for History is retiring at the end of the semester. So presumably, a new member will need to be assigned to the review in the fall. The draft documents for EVST, Political Science, and Communication Studies will be available next week.
  • Professor Borgmann provided the report from the Continuous Registration Workgroup. Acquiring accurate data and interpreting it proved to be difficult. Further investigation is needed to equate cost of infrastructure and faculty time to credit. Best practices and reasons behind excessive credits should be collected and examined. The workgroup recommends contracting with a professional organization such as the Yardley Group. It concluded that students with children have the greatest difficulty completing program requirements and that any reform measures be sensitive to this issue and be mindful that the solution of one problem does not aggravate another.

    According to Dean Strobel, the cost of the Yardley Group would likely not be within the budget. He indicated that the President has offered the use of the Office of Planning, Budgeting, and Analysis for the data analysis. He also suggested that the Graduate Student Association survey graduate students to find out the reasons for students taking one credit and going over the credits required for the program.

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

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