Graduate Council Meeting Minutes

September 20, 2006

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

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

Members Absent/Excused: M. DeGrandpre, Dean Strobel, Arlene Walker-Andrews


Ex-Officio Members Present:

Guest: Merle Farrier, Educational Leadership Program Director


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

The revisions to the 5/3/06 minutes were approved.  The 9/6/06 minutes were approved. e




  • Cathy Jenni, Chair of Educational Leadership and Counseling responded to the request for Vitae-- Councilor Education is willing to provide any and all information that was in their national accreditation (CACREP), which is in "paper" rather than electronic format and includes CVs. She is also willing to attend a meeting to answer any questions.
  • Professor Farrier informed the Council that Educational Leadership will supply vitae. It will take a few weeks to collect the materials from the faculty.


New Business

  • A workgroup was formed to work on developing guidelines for program review. Members include Professors Moisey, Thibeau and Erickson. The following preliminary list of items will be considered.
  • § Internal Review Materials must include faculty vitae.
  • § Sufficient number of faculty for number of students
    Faculty advising load

            Faculty teaching load

  • § Evaluation of level of courses

            Sufficient 500/600 level

            UG courses

  • § Attrition rate
  • § Completion rate
  • § Thesis / professional paper/ terminal exam
  • § Admission requirements

            Number of students that apply/accepted

            Quality of students: entering GPAs and GRE scores

  • § Clarity of procedures
  • § How students' progress is reviewed
  • § Program Ranking
  • § Are the faculty up to date in the developments in their field?
  • § Success of students after graduation

It was suggested that the group consider big picture, qualitative questions rather than recounting the detail contained in the material.  An example might be: Are graduate students well served by faculty. 

  • In light of the discussions over the IIP program last year, the Council established an ad hoc committee to evaluate the possible need for oversight/guidelines for the Master in Interdisciplinary Program. Professor Stanley has recent experience on a MIS student's committee and is willing to chair the ad hoc committee. He indicated that there weren't many guidelines and the committee frequently called Dean Strobel for assistance. Additional members to the committee will be appointed by ECOS. The Council should at least be provided with data on the program annually. The MIS is scheduled for program review in 2008-2009.
  • The Council considered the graduate increment document and decided that the Program Review Workgroup should consider including the suggestions in the criteria/guidelines for program review.
  • Chair Hayes asked the Council to consider reducing the workload associated with Bertha Morton review by having specialists only review the proposals. This would then mean another mechanism would be needed to determine how many awards are given in each area (humanities, schools, science, and social science).

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