February 11, 2008

Graduate Council Meeting Minutes

February 11, 2008

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

Members Present: C. Anderson, R. Bolton, L. Frey, T. Herron, J. Hirstein, M. McGuirl, D. McNamer, N. Moisey, M. Moore, G. Quintero, G. Stanley, C. VonReichert, C. Watson, C. Winkler

Members Absent/Excused:

Ex-officio members Present: Associate Provost Brown

The meeting was called to order at 12:12 p.m.

The 2/4/09 minutes were approved.


  • Professor McNamer was welcomed to the committee and members introduced themselves.
  • Next week there will be no Graduate Council meeting. Members should attend the Strategic Planning Town Hall meeting on Graduate Education at 12:00 in UC 326.

Business Items:

  • There has been some dialogue regarding the admissions Standards for Public and Community Health Sciences. However, a clarifying statement has not yet been received by the Science Subcommittee.
  • The Dual Listing Workgroup will meet tomorrow at 2:10 in UH 221. It will elect a new chair and discuss how to proceed.
  • Journalism will be resubmitting a proposal to revise its graduate program. An outline (appended below) of changes was discussed by the Council. Apparently course lists have been shared with affected departments. It was suggested that Sociology be consulted.

Good and Welfare: None

The meeting was adjourned at 12:30 p.m.

Journalism's Revised Program Modification (February 4, 2009)

The School of Journalism plans ask the Graduate Council to consider our revised proposal to offer a Master's Degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism.

We continue to believe this strategic focus will allow us to better serve our students, our state, the campus and the needs of our rapidly changing profession. We plan to offer evidence of strong support for the change.

Otherwise, based on concerns raised by the Graduate Council last semester, we are considering important changes to the details of our proposal.

  • We've broadened our proposed admission policy to include not only journalists and students with undergraduate journalism degrees but also non-journalists willing to take foundational journalism courses that will not count toward the degree.
  • We've increased the required journalism credits from 15 credits to 18, by including a professional externship experience. Including the required 6-credit professional project, students would take 24 credits in journalism.
  • We've reduced the required credits in environmental science and natural resource studies from 15 to 12 and broadened the scope of appropriate courses to include more disciplines. We've developed suggested tracks for students seeking to focus their studies more specifically on policy issues, science, or methods of analysis & representation (GIS, etc.)
  • We've eliminated all 300-level courses from the degree.
  • We've made it clear that journalists applying to the program may have to take foundational courses in environmental science or natural resources studies to meet prerequisites or gain an instructor's consent to take graduate courses outside journalism.