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April 5, 2010 Minutes

3:00 – 5:00 p.m., University Union Board Room

MEMBERS PRESENT: R. Bauerly, M. Bean, e. Hassan (Vice Chair), J. McNabb, J. McQuillan, G. Montalvo, M. Mossman, K. Pawelko (Chair)
GUESTS: Rick Anderson, Richard Gee, Hoyet Hemphill, Jess House, Ruth Kelly, Jeff Laurent, Jim West, John Wozniak

EX-OFFICIO: J. Dallinger

OTHERS: G. Sullivan

I. GRADUATE CURRICULUM

A. Instructional Design and Technology

1. Request to add graduate credit to a 400-level course

a. IDT 480, Advanced Web-Based Instruction, 3 s.h.

Drs. Hemphill and West presented the course request to add graduate credit to IDT 480, Advanced Web-Based Instruction. Dr. West indicated there is not presently an advanced course of this type available to graduate students. This course will continue the development of intermediate principles of creating dynamic and interactive instructional websites.

Motion: To approve the request to add graduate credit to IDT 480. (Montalvo/McNabb). MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

B. Psychology

1. Request for a new graduate course

a. PSY 502, Research Methods in Applied Settings, 4 s.h.

Drs. Kelly and Laurent presented the new course request for PSY 502 indicating it is the intent of this course to replace PSY 500 and 501 in the School Psychology and Clinical/Community Mental Health programs. Dr. Kelly explained that students in these programs rarely engage in traditional research as is the focus of PSY 500 and 501 and that a thesis is not required for those programs. The proposed course, PSY 502, integrates PSY 500 and 501 and focuses more on applied research which students will most likely use and conduct in mental health and school settings in which they will be employed following completion of the respective degrees.

Motion: To approve the request for a new graduate course, PSY 502. (Mossman/Hassan). MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

2. Requests to change graduate program requirements

a. School Psychology

The proposed request would remove PSY 500 (3 s.h.) and 501 (4 s.h.) from the core requirements and PSY 454 from the list of undergraduate deficiency courses. It would add PSY 502 (4 s.h.) to the core requirements, add the optional courses of PSY 442G (3 s.h.) and PSY 600 (2 s.h.), and the directed electives would change from 3-4 s.h. to 6-8 s.h.

b. Psychology – Clinical/Community Mental Health

The proposed request would remove PSY 500 (3 s.h.) and 501 (4 s.h.) and replace those with PSY 502 (4 s.h.). The total semester hours required for this degree program would change from 65-69 to 62-66.

Dr. Kelly indicated that the proposed changes to both programs better meet the accreditation requirements and the needs of graduate students.

Motion: To approve the request to change graduate program requirements in School Psychology and Psychology – Clinical/Community Mental Health. (Bean/Hassan). MOTION CARRIED – 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

C. Sociology

1. Request to change graduate program requirements

The proposed request would add SOC 519, Contemporary Sociological Theory (3 s.h.) to the core course requirements under the thesis plan. This would reduce directed electives from 12 s.h. to 9 s.h., however, the total semester hours for the program would remain as 31. Under the non-thesis plan, in addition to adding SOC 519 to the core, the directed electives would change from 24 s.h. to 21 s.h. with the total program hours remaining as 37.

Dr. Gee indicated the contemporary and classical theory courses are being incorporated into the program to be more consistent with the discipline, and gives more depth and breadth to the graduate students.

Motion: To approve the request to change graduate program requirements in Sociology. (McNabb/Bauerly). MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

II. GRADUATE FACULTY – FULL MEMBERSHIP

A. JiYeon Kang, Assistant Professor, Communication

Ms. Sullivan provided the description of research/scholarly activities currently in progress to the Council members.

Motion: To approve the request for full membership. (Bean/McQuillan). MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

B. Bree McEwan, Assistant Professor, Communication

Motion: To approve the request for full membership. (McQuillan/McNabb). MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

C. Charles McLeod, Assistant Professor, English and Journalism

Ms. Sullivan provided the description of research/scholarly activities currently in progress to the Council members.

Motion: To approve the request for full membership. (Bean/McNabb). MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

D. Peggy Otto, Assistant Professor, English and Journalism

Ms. Sullivan provided the description of research/scholarly activities currently in progress to the Council members.

Motion: To approve the request for full membership. (McQuillan/McNabb). MOTION CARRIED: 8 YEA – 0 NO – 0 AB.

E. Stuart Yager, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership

Dr. McNabb questioned if there is precedence on approving faculty for full membership prior to their begin date. Sullivan indicated it has been done in the past. Dr. Yager has been hired to begin Fall 2010. Dr. House noted Dr. Yager will be expected to begin dissertation committee work at his earliest opportunity.
Motion: To approve the request for full membership. (Bauerly/Mossman). MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

III. NEW BUSINESS

A. Proposed Revision to Undergraduate GPA Calculation for Admission

Dr. Dallinger requested permission from Graduate Council to revise the WIU undergraduate GPA calculation policy for admission to Graduate School. Standard procedure for many years has been to count WIU undergraduate grades of “U” as grades of “F” when computing the GPA for admission to graduate programs. However, “U” grades from other institutions are only counted if the institution has included them in their own GPA calculation.

The change would allow “U” grades to be counted only if they have been counted in the respective institutions GPA calculation.

Motion: To endorse the policy change as identified above. (Bean/Hassan). MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

B. Posthumous Degrees

Dr. Dallinger distributed a copy of the recently approved policy in regard to awarding posthumous undergraduate degrees. She requested that this item be placed on the April 26 agenda for further discussion from the Council.

C. Endorsement of Self-Study for NCA/HLC Accreditation

Dr. Dallinger requested that the Graduate Council review the Self-Study for NCA/HLC accreditation purposes which will be on-campus during the academic year 2010-2011. She asked that this item be added to the April 26 agenda for further discussion. The Self-Study may be viewed online at: http://www.wiu.edu/accreditation/.

IV. MISCELLANEOUS AND DISCUSSION

A. Revised Curriculum Forms

1.    Request for a new graduate course

2. Request for a 400-G course

The Council reviewed the updated forms which are now available at wiu.edu/grad.

B. Graduate Council Election

Ms. Sullivan indicated the ballots for the election of new Graduate Council members will be sent via campus mail to all full members of the graduate faculty on April 6. Hassan, Mossman, and Pawelko will be ending their term this semester. Those colleges electing a new representative include the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Services, and the College of Fine Arts and Communication. New members will be invited to attend the final meeting of the semester on April 26.

C. Graduate Council Meeting Dates for Academic Year 2010-2011

The Council received the meeting dates for the academic year 2010-2011. Those dates are available at: http://www.wiu.edu/grad/resources/gcmeetings.php

D. University-Level Grade Appeal

Dr. Pawelko notified the Council that a grade appeal request has reached the University-level and a sub-committee must be formed to review the materials and offer a hearing to the student and faculty member. Drs. Bean, Montalvo (Chair), and Mossman will comprise the sub-committee. Dr. Montalvo will review the materials first and pass those on to another member. Once the materials are reviewed, the sub-committee will schedule a hearing with the student and faculty member. This hearing will be held prior to April 26. They will then bring their recommendation to the full Council at their last meeting of the academic year on April 26, at which time the Council will vote on the grade appeal.

V. STUDENT APPEAL

A. History

1. Request to late withdraw from Fall 2009

The student was not present at the meeting. Due to frequent illness of her family and herself during the fall semester, she requested to be totally withdrawn from Fall 2009. Medical documentation was included in the petition. It was noted that this will place her back into the history graduate degree program.

Motion: To approve the request to late withdraw from Fall 2009. (Bean/Montalvo). MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

Meeting adjourned: 4:22 p.m.