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The University of Montana

Graduate Council Meeting Minutes


September 17, 2008

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

Members Present: L. Ametsbichler, R. Baker, R. Bolton, L. Frey, T. Herron, J. Hirstein, M. McGuirl, K. Meusel, N. Moisey, M. Moore, G. Quintero, G. Stanley, C. Watson, C. Winkler

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

Ex-officio members Present:

The meeting was called to order at 12:10 p.m.

The 9/10/08 minutes were amended and approved.


Communication:

The new student members were welcomed to the committee and members introduced themselves.

Business Items:

  • The Science Subcommittee reported on the proposed graduate admissions standards for Mathematical Science. The subcommittee suggests minor revisions, which the department will make. The revised document will be available next week.
  • Council members reviewed the IIP report and recommendations. There was some discussion regarding faculty serving on student committees. They should have a doctorate degree. There was concern that this might exclude professionals from the community. The actual language under the program on the web site states:

All members of the doctoral IIP committee must hold a doctorate degree - one member must be from a doctoral program. The Dean of the Graduate School or the Dean's designee from a doctoral program will serve as an ex officio (non-voting) member of the committee.

Chair Moisey recalls that at one point the recommendations had more detailed description of the student's committee.  He will review his files.  

  • The Council reviewed the recommendations in the MIS report. The report will be sent to Associate Provost Brown for input and future discussion with the Council.
  • The UG course designation and gradate increment is an issue that the Council has discussed repeatedly. Graduate increment follow-up is constantly required during curriculum review. There was a subcommittee that reviewed the issue last year and made several recommendations. Camie will send this document to the Council members. The following is included in the Council's guidelines for program review:

Rationale for program including/excluding courses (if any 300-level courses, why; if 400-level courses, why) - comparison of program to other University programs of similar nature.

A few years ago there was discussion regarding dual listing of courses in a program.  Could this be an alternative to UG courses?  How do other universities handle the issue?

Camie will ask the Registrar for a count of 300 and 400 level UG courses.

Good and Welfare:

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


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The University of Montana

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