February 25, 2008

Graduate Council Meeting Minutes

February 25, 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

Members Absent/Excused: Associate Provost Brown, C. Winkler

Ex-officio members Present:

The meeting was called to order at 12:15 p.m.

The 2/11/09 minutes were approved.


  • There was a good turnout at the Strategic Planning Graduate Education Town Hall Meeting. A summary will be forthcoming from the Strategic Planning Committee. The issue of how teaching assistants are allocated was discussed. The current structure is based on historical allocation. Reallocation would be disruptive to programs so it is currently not being considered. The discussion focus should be on where additional resources are needed. The Council revised the criteria for allocating teaching assistance last year. It was to be given to the new Associate Provost of Graduate Education to consider.

    Town Hall meeting attendees were given a poll to prioritize the list of strategic issues. There were also several open ended questions on the poll. It was suggested that the Council submit a collective response. Camie will send the document to members electronically and collect responses.
  • The Science Subcommittee is currently considering the admissions standards proposal from the College of Forestry and Conservation.
  • Associate Provost Brown met with the Graduate Student Association to discuss the continuous registration policy. The GSA suggested several wording changes. Most of its concerns were addressed by the exception clauses.

Business Items:

  • The revised Admissions Standards for Public and Community Health Sciences were approved.
  • The Council discussed GS 595 Preparation for Statistics and agreed that Chair Moisey should send a letter to the Graduate School outlining its concerns and recommendations regarding this course. He will send the letter to members for input.

    The other courses under Graduate Studies (GS) - Interdisciplinary are 696 Independent Studies, 697 Advanced Research, and 699, Dissertation. The Graduate School is not an academic unit and should not be offering experimental courses. The Preparation for Statistics course is remedial and should not be offered at the graduate level. It would be more appropriate as an add-on. The syllabus is similar to a statistics course and should have appropriate academic oversight preferably from the Department of Mathematics. The current Statistical Methods course sequence is numbered MATH 444 and MATH 445 UG. Students who are unprepared must take prerequisite courses usually not at the 500 level.
  • Professor McGuirl was elected as chair of the Dual Listing Workgroup. She will provide an update next week.
  • The Professional Schools Subcommittee met with the Director of Communicative Sciences and Disorders to clarify issues related to the course submissions. The subcommittee will meet next week and provide the Council with an update.

Good and Welfare:

  • It was suggested that the Council do a better job of communicating issues important to faculty involved with graduate programs. It should consider sending out updates to graduate program directors on Graduate Council business items that would be of interest to programs. It is likely that program directors would not take the time to read meeting minutes.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:55 p.m.