September 10, 2008
GBB 202, 12:10-1:00 p.m.
Members Present: L. Ametsbichler, R. Baker, R. Bolton, T. Herron, J. Hirstein, M. McGuirl, N. Moisey, G. Quintero, G. Stanley, C. VonReichert, C. Watson, C. Winkler
Members Absent/Excused: L. Frey
Ex-officio members Present: Associate Provost Brown
Guest: Associate Provost Walker-Andrews
The meeting was called to order at 12:10 p.m.
The 9/3/08 minutes were amended and approved.
Associate Provost Walker-Andrews distributed a document providing information regarding program review progress. She is required to give a report to the Board of Regents in November. A sample report can be viewed at:
For this academic year, the Council will be involved with reviewing Physical Therapy and Computer Science. The self-study for these two programs will be available on Blackboard soon. Social Work is also scheduled to be reviewed, however their site visit won't be until 2/10/09.
Many of the reviews are offset to correspond with accreditation visits. Recreation Management has an accreditation visit this fall and Forestry has one in the spring. Often the self-study information will be in a different format for these programs. The Council can ask for additional information if documentation is not provided to address its guidelines.
The timeline for reviews is pretty loose mostly due to the inconsistency of site visits and receiving the external reviewers report.. The Council should try to submit its report within a reasonable time after receiving access to the self-study and external report.
Next academic year three programs in the School of Business are scheduled for review, as well as Modern and Classical Languages and Literature, English, Philosophy, and Health and Human Performance.
After the self-study, the external report, and Graduate Council's report have been reviewed by Academic Affairs, it provides a letter listing commendations and recommendations to the program for the basis of discussion. Then there is a meeting with the Department Chair, Academic Dean, Provost, and Associate Provost of Graduate Education. After the meeting the Provost sends a follow-up letter identifying the action plan. If possible the Council would like to be copied on the letters as a means of follow-up to its review.
Liz Ametsbichler & Robert Baker (co-chairs)
Professor Herron will chair the Schools Subcommittee for program review.
Good and Welfare:
The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
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