Graduate Studies

Graduate Council Minutes - April 1, 2013

3:00 p.m., Horrabin Hall 60/QC Campus 114

Members Present: R. Filipink, L. Kilmer, B. Locke (Chair), J. McQuillan, A. Mossman (Vice Chair), W. Polley, T. Walker

Members Absent: J. Myers

Guests Present: Dale Adkins, Dan Yoder, Ruth Kelly, William Hoon, Mike Murray, Laura Kieran, Josh Averbeck, Angela Lynn, David Deboeuf, Greg Woodruff, Gary Schmidt, Ray Diez, Dean Zoerink, Janet Wigglesworth, Cindy Piletic, Andrea Hyde, Russ Morgan, Tej Kaul, Sam Thompson, Karen Sears

Ex-officio: N. Parsons

Others Present: A. Schulz

Dr. Locke requested that the Council consider adding a Request for Full Membership in the Graduate Faculty to the agenda as item III. D. Motion: To add the item to the agenda. (Mossman/McQuillan). MOTION CARRIED. 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

Dr. Kilmer requested that the Council move the Student Appeal to the beginning of the agenda instead of the end as the student was already present at the Quad Cities location. Dr. Locke noted that all guests would be required to leave the Macomb location during the appeal. Motion: To reorder the agenda with the student appeal being the first item. MOTION FAILED. 2 YES – 5 NO – 0 AB

I. ANNOUNCEMENTS

A. Academic Integrity Incident Reports Filed in the School of Graduate Studies, February 2013

Ms. Schulz reported that there were no academic integrity incident reports filed during February.

B. Graduate Council Election Status

Ms. Schulz informed the Council that the deadline for nominations from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Services, and Fine Arts and Communication was Friday, March 29. Ballots will be mailed out on April 2 to the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and Education and Human Services with a return deadline of April 12. The College of Fine Arts and Communication only received one nomination and therefore a ballot is not needed. New Council members will be invited to attend the April 22 meeting.

C. Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Award Recipients

Ms. Schulz announced that fourteen spring/summer applications were awarded funds totaling $6,093 from the Graduate School's Graduate Student Research and Professional Development award program.  She indicated that the list of award recipients may be found online at wiu.edu/grad.

II. GRADUATE CURRICULUM

A. Accounting and Finance

1. Request for a New Graduate (500 or 600-Level) Course

a. FIN 575, Portfolio Management, 3 s.h., repeatable to 6

Drs. Deboeuf and Woodruff were present from the department to answer questions. Dr. Deboeuf gave the background of the course proposal. He explained that the course would function similar to that of an investment club and focus on stock portfolios. Students would use real money and gain hands-on experience through software, teamwork, presentations, etc. Dr. Locke questioned the prerequisites listed as well as the request for it to be a one semester course that is repeatable instead of two courses. Dr. Woodruff responded that the idea is to have the first half of the first semester be theory-based with the second half more application. The second semester would be heavy application. Dr. Polley asked if the course would need to be taken in sequence. Dr. Deboeuf answered that yes, real money is being used plus there is the learning curve aspect. Dr. Locke recommended resubmitting the request as FIN 575 and FIN 576 with FIN 575 serving as the prerequisite for FIN 576. Dr. Woodruff asked to withdraw the request at this time for further departmental discussion.

B. Broadcasting

1. Request for a 400-G Level Course

a. BC 499 (G), Field Work in Broadcasting, 3 s.h. (Resubmission)

Drs. Murray and Hoon were in attendance to present changes made to the sample syllabus. Dr. Parsons noted that the undergraduate portion should be 120 hours and the graduate portion should be 150 hours plus the paper instead of the opposite. Motion: To approve the request. (Polley/Walker) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

C. Curriculum and Instruction

1. Request for a New Graduate (500 or 600-Level) Course

a. SPED 556, Methods in Autism and Language Disorders, 3 s.h.

Dr. Kieran was present to answer questions. Dr. Locke questioned the long-term goal of the course in terms of program requirements. Dr. Kieran responded that the course will be a directed elective. Motion: To approve the request. (Polley/Kilmer) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

D. Economics and Decision Sciences

1. Request for a New Graduate (500 or 600-Level) Course

a. ECON 509, Fundamentals of Economic Theory, 3 s.h.

Dr. Kaul presented the request to the Council. He stated that the purpose of this course is to combine the content of ECON 330 and ECON 331 into one course at the graduate level to eliminate graduate students taking these courses as deficiencies. Dr. Polley added that there are two objectives with the course. The first is for recruiting and retaining international students. The second is the pedagogical side; graduate students have to sit through two slower paced undergraduate courses to meet their deficiencies. This course provides an accelerated option for the graduate students. Dr. McQuillan questioned the use of semicolons in the prerequisites. Dr. Kaul will correct and submit a new form to the Graduate Office so that the prerequisites read as follows: ECON 408G or ECON 231 and ECON 232 or equivalent; STAT 171 or equivalent with grade of “C” or better. Motion: To approve the request. (Filipink/McQuillan) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

E. Engineering Technology

1. Request for a New Graduate (500 or 600-Level) Course

a. ETL 535, Engineering Technology Leadership, 3 s.h.

Dr. Diez was present to answer questions from the Council. He stated that this is the third attempt to offer this course after several modifications. The department has a new faculty member that has experience with this type of course and a new book was found that is more focused on engineering technology. Letters of support from departments with similar courses were included with the request packet. Motion: To approve the request. (McQuillan/Mossman) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

2. Request to Change Graduate Program Requirements

Motion: To approve the request. (Mossman/Filipink) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

F. Foreign Languages and Literatures

1. Request for a 400-G Level Course

a. FR 438(G), 20th Century French Literature, 3 s.h.

Dr. Schmidt was in attendance to answer questions. The department felt there was a need for this graduate level course even though the department does not have a graduate degree. The department is hoping to add more G level courses in the future. Motion: To approve the request. (Filipink/Polley) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

G. Kinesiology

Motion: To move this item down the agenda to allow representatives from Kinesiology to be present. (Polley/Mossman) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

H. Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Mossman presented the requests together. The addition of LAS 695 will allow students to really prepare for their internships. The change to the program requirements includes the other items being requested. Dr. Mossman noted that if all requests are approved, LAS 665, Directed Readings, will be dropped.

1. Request for a New Graduate (500 or 600-Level) Course

a. LAS 695, Internship Preparation, 3 s.h.

2. Request to Increase Credit Hours

b. LAS 667, Thesis, 3 s.h. to 1-6, repeatable to 6 s.h.

3. Request to Change Graduate Program Requirements

Motion: To consider the requests together. (Filipink/Polley) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB
Motion:
To approve the requests. (Filipink/Polley) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

I. Psychology

1. Request to Increase Credit Hours

Dr. Kelly presented the requests together. The department feels that the amount of work and the topics covered justify the credit hours increase. The students spend sixty hours a semester in area schools during the first two practicums and seventy-five hours a week in the next two plus regular classroom time.

a. PSY 541, Practicum I: Orientation to School Psychology, 1 s.h. to 3 s.h.

b. PSY 543, Practicum II: Counseling and Assessment, 2 s.h. to 3 s.h.

c. PSY 544, Practicum IV: Evaluation and Intervention, 2 s.h. to 3 s.h.

Motion: To consider the requests together. (Polley/Filipink) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB
Motion:
To approve the requests. (Polley/Filipink) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

2. Request to Change Graduate Program Requirements

a. School Psychology Program

Dr. Kelly gave a brief overview of the changes in the program requirements. The department wants to be more specific with the directed electives. Dr. Locke pointed out that letters of support are not required from other departments for this type of proposal but it is helpful to hear details of the discussions. Motion: To approve the request. (McQuillan/Filipink) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

b. Clinical/Community Mental Health Program

Dr. Kelly noted that the additional courses that were approved are better fits for the program. Motion: To approve the request. (Filipink/Polley) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

G. Kinesiology

1. Request for a New Graduate (500 or 600-Level) Course

a. KIN 576, Lifespan Motor Development, 3 s.h.

Drs. Wigglesworth and Piletic were in attendance to answer questions from the Council. Dr. Wigglesworth stated that the course is designed as an expansion to existing courses on motor development within the department. Motion: To approve the request. (Filipink/Polley) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

2. Request to Change Graduate Program Requirements

Dr. Wigglesworth noted that the graduate curriculum in Kinesiology has not changed in several years. This proposal repackages current courses to focus on two tracks and give students a chance to focus their coursework. The idea is to focus in two of the four concentration areas. The non-thesis option allows a few more elective choices while the thesis option is a very focused path. Motion: To approve the request. (Polley/Filipink) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

J. Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

1. Request for Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Program

Drs. Yoder and Zoerink were present to respond to questions. Dr. Yoder stated that an integrated program would allow exceptional students to complete both degrees earlier. Dr. Kilmer questioned if all 400G courses would be available at the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. Dr. Zoerink responded that yes, the majority of these courses will be offered in both locations. The extensive list allows students to focus on their area of interest. Motion: To approve the request. (Mossman/Walker) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

III. GRADUATE FACULTY – FULL MEMBERSHIP

A. Sunita George, Associate Professor, Geography

Dr. Thompson was in attendance to represent Dr. George. Dr. Thompson stated that the need for full graduate faculty status is due to several students wanting Dr. George to chair their thesis committees. The Council questioned the dates of the most recent publications and presentations as well as the list of non-refereed versus refereed items. Discussion was held. Motion: To deny the request. (Polley/Filipink) MOTION LOST 3 YES – 3 NO – 1 AB

The Council asked for additional clarification regarding the need in the department and Dr. George’s area of expertise. Motion: To approve the request. (Walker/Filipink) MOTION CARRIED 5 YES – 2 NO – 0 AB

B. Curt Dunkel, Associate Professor, Psychology

Dr. Sears was present to represent Dr. Dunkel. The Council asked for clarification regarding the refereed versus non-refereed publications. Motion: To approve the request. (McQuillan/Polley) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

C. Jonathan Hammersley, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Dr. Sears was in attendance to represent Dr. Hammersley. Motion: To approve the request. (Polley/Filipink) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

D. Josh Averbeck, Assistant Professor, Communication

Dr. Averbeck was present to respond to questions from the Council. Motion: To approve the request. (Polley/Filipink) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

IV. OLD BUSINESS

A. Policy Review: “D” Grades

Dr. McQuillan provided a recap of the discussion from the previous Council meeting. Dr. Filipink asked if there was a reason that grade replacement had not been implemented at the graduate level. Dr. Locke stated that he was unaware of it ever being brought forward to the Council. Dr. Lynn noted that it would take some time to implement in terms of the programming that would need to be done. She also reported that she has researched other institutes and seven out of the sixteen benchmark schools have grade replacement in place. There are also six or seven other Illinois schools that are using grade replacement. Dr. Parsons questioned how many courses could be retaken? Dr. Lynn replied that at the undergraduate level up to twenty hours could be replaced and a course could not be retaken more than twice. Dr. Locke asked what the possible downside could be of this change in policy. Discussion followed. Dr. Polley questioned how many of the benchmark schools do not have “D” grades. Dr. Lynn responded that she did not see any schools that did not have “D” grades. Dr. Polley asked if it would be possible to implement this on a petition basis. Dr. Parsons noted that the “C” rule would also have to be taken into consideration. Dr. Lynn pointed out that a change in policy could positively affect overall graduate enrollment. Motion: To form a sub-committee in the fall to research this topic and create a possible proposal. (Filipink/Polley) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

V. OTHER BUSINESS

None reported.

VI. STUDENT APPEAL

A. Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies

1. Request to waive the 6-hour “C” rule

The student and Dr. Hyde were present to answer questions. The student stated that she is currently enrolled in the remaining courses needed to complete her degree. She is receiving treatment for the health issues that contributed to the low grades. Dr. Hyde spoke on the student’s behalf and noted that one low grade was due to an incomplete that passed the deadline. Discussion was held by the Council. Motion: To approve the request. (Polley/McQuillan) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

Meeting adjourned: 5:30 p.m.