Graduate Studies

April 26, 2010 Meeting

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


MEMBERS PRESENT: R. Bauerly, M. Bean, J. McNabb, J. McQuillan, G. Montalvo, M. Mossman

MEMBERS ABSENT: e. Hassan (Vice Chair), K. Pawelko (Chair)

GUESTS: Rick Anderson, Vin Auger, Jim Brakefield, Lynda Conover, Ralph Dirksen, Tom Erekson, Richard Gee, Kevin Hall, Hoyet Hemphill, Dave Hunter, Jim LaPrad, Reinhard Lindner, Brian Locke, Kim McClure, Rose McConnell, Russ Morgan, Carla Paciotto, Mike Romano, Tim Spier, Lance Ternasky, John Wozniak, Darlene Young

EX-OFFICIO: J. Dallinger

OTHERS: G. Sullivan

Dr. Greg Montalvo chaired the meeting in the absence of both chair and vice chair.

I. GRADUATE COUNCIL 2010-2011

A. Introduction of newly elected council members

1. Kim McClure, College of Arts and Sciences
2. Lloyd Kilmer, College of Education and Human Services
3. Brian Locke, College of Fine Arts and Communication

B. Election of Chair and Vice Chair positions

Nominations for the position of chair included Drs. Jen McNabb and Greg Montalvo. Members cast secret ballots that Ms. Sullivan tallied. Dr. McNabb was elected Chair of the Council. Dr. Montalvo was nominated for Vice Chair and was elected by acclamation.

II. GRADUATE STUDENT APPEAL

A. Sport Management

1. Request to late withdraw from Summer and Fall 2009

Due to a scheduling conflict with one of the participants, the student appeal was heard out of order. The student and his advisor, Dr. Darlene Young, were present. The student indicated he supported his stepfather during his medical issues which resulted in his passing in Spring 2010. The student was responsible for caring for his stepfather including numerous visits to hospitals, hospice programs, and other appointments. He is requesting to late withdraw from Summer and Fall 2009 courses as he was not able at the time to complete them successfully due to the family obligations. Dr. Young stated her support of the student’s request.

Motion: To approve the request to late withdraw from the Summer and Fall 2009 semesters. (Bean/McNabb). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

III. GRADUATE CURRICULUM

A. Biology

1. Request for a new graduate course

a. BIOL 595, Graduate Internship, 1-12 s.h. repeatable

Drs. Romano and Spier presented the course request indicating that up to three of the internship hours would be eligible to count toward elective hours in the graduate program. The departmental representatives responded to a question concerning what the internship would entail. It was indicated that students would work for a internship site as approved by the department chair and research committee. The student would be supervised on-site by the agency supervisor who must provide records of the students hours worked, projects/duties and overall work experience. It is expected that this course will serve a small number of interested students.

Motion: To approve the request for BIOL 595. (Mossman/McNabb). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

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

a. ZOOL 408, Field Ornithology, 3 s.h.

Dr. Romano indicated this course is only offered at Kibbe and was originally intended to be offered for graduate credit. He noted this course is not a large course by design as the class requires transportation as a group. The Council voiced a concern regarding the lack of a clear distinction between undergraduate and graduate requirements of the course other than a different grading scale. Dr. Romano indicated there are two graduate students who anticipate enrolling for this course in the summer if it is offered for graduate credit. It was also noted that the abbreviated title must be revised to fifteen or fewer letters/spaces.

Motion: To approve the request to add graduate credit to ZOOL 408 contingent on the submission of an amendment that clearly articulates the differences between undergraduate and graduate credit. (Mossman/McNabb). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

The department will submit the required amendment to Ms. Sullivan who will share it electronically with the Graduate Council for their consideration.

B. Business Administration

1. Requests to add graduate credit to 400-level courses

a. BL 484, Legal Environment of International Business, 3 s.h.

Dr. Brakefield was present to respond to questions from Council members. It was noted that a typo should be corrected on the last page of the request under “Library resources.”

Motion: To approve the request to add graduate credit to BL 484. (McNabb/Bauerly). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

b. MGT 445, Organization Development, 3 s.h.

Council members noted that the total class hours of 37.5 should be inserted on the request. Additionally, it was suggested by Council to include “or permission of the instructor” in the prerequisite section and Dr. Brakefield approved the amendment.

Motion: To approve the request to add graduate credit to MGT 445 with the above noted amendment. (McNabb/Mossman). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

c. MGT 474, Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 3 s.h.

It was suggested by Council to include “or permission of the instructor” in the prerequisite section and Dr. Brakefield approved the amendment.

Motion: To approve the request to add graduate credit to MGT 474 with the above noted amendment. (Bean/McNabb). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

d. MGT 481, Management & Society, 3 s.h.

It was suggested by Council to include “or permission of the instructor” in the prerequisite section and Dr. Brakefield approved the amendment. The Council questioned if MGT 510 will be dropped when 481 is approved. Dr. Brakefield was unsure and would consult the Dean.

Motion: To approve the request to add graduate credit to MGT 481 with the above noted amendment. (Bean/Bauerly). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

C. Counseling

1. Request for a new graduate course

a. CN 544, Counseling Techniques for Children and Adolescents, 3 s.h.

Dr. Ternasky presented the course request. Dr. Dallinger requested the catalog course description be reworded to fall within the 40-word limit.

Motion: To approve the request for CN 544 pending the submission of a revised course description. (Bean/Bauerly). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

The proposed change in graduate program requirements removes CN 444G as a directed elective and replaces it with CN 544.

Motion: To approve the request to change graduate program requirements. (McQuillan/Mossman). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

D. Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies

1. Request for new graduate courses

a. EIS 504, Qualitative Educational Research, 3 s.h.

Drs. LaPrad and Paciotto presented the EIS course requests. The Council requested that the course description be reworded to a maximum of 40 words which the departmental representatives agreed to.

Motion: To approve the request for EIS 504 pending the submission of a revised course description. (Bean/Bauerly). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

b.EIS 547, TESOL Listening, Speaking & Pronunciation, 2 s.h.

Motion: To approve the request for EIS 547. (Mossman/McNabb). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

c. EIS 548, Computer Assisted Language Learning for TESOL, 1 s.h.

Council members noted a spelling correction in the catalog description.

Motion: To approve the request for EIS 548. (Bean/Mossman). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

This request was developed following a two-year comprehensive graduate program review that included analysis of the program’s curriculum offerings, program enrollment, summer school enrollment, program alumni feedback, faculty expertise and evolving social and political landscapes at national, regional, and local levels. Significant changes include adding EIS 504 to the list of core requirements; restructuring the core to include two sections: Educational Research Core (9 s.h.) and Educational Foundations Core (9 s.h.); replacing the current tracks of Adult Education, Bilingual/Bicultural/ESL Education, and General Studies with Cognition & Instruction, Language, Culture & Education, Social Foundations of Education, and Transdisciplinary Studies; and eliminating the portfolio exit option.

Dr. Dallinger questioned if this would ensure that EIS graduates will be completing 50% or less of their degree requirements in 400-G courses. Dr. LaPrad indicated that it would. Council members suggested adding “or Electives” following EIS 599 (1-4) under the Language, Culture & Education track; the department agreed to the amendment.

Motion: To approve the request to change graduate program requirements in EIS with the above noted amendment. (McQuillan/Bauerly). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB .

3. Request for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

a. TESOL Certificate

Dr. Dallinger indicated the department had submitted the required feasibility study and it had been approved by the Provost. Council members noted a typo on page 3 of the request which should read “Monmouth.” The department approved the correction.

Motion: To approve the request for the TESOL post-baccalaureate certificate program. (Bauerly/Bean). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

E. Manufacturing Engineering Systems

1. Requests for new graduate courses

a. TL 515; Technological Visualization, Assay and Discourse; 3 s.h.
b. TL 525, Technology Management, 3 s.h.
c. TL 535, Technology Leadership and Training, 3 s.h.
d. TL 545, Design of Experiments, 3 s.h.
e. TL 555, Value Stream Leadership for Sustainability, 3 s.h.
f. TL 565, Innovation, Research and Development, 3 s.h.

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

Dr. Ternasky voiced concern that other colleges including the College of Education and Human Services had not had the opportunity to review the proposal to determine whether course overlapping is present. He questioned if this was actually a new program rather than a change to the current program as the proposal includes changing all courses but the thesis course. Dr. Dallinger noted concern with the title of the proposed program – Technology Leadership – and expressed concern that it was too vague or could be mistaken for other departments related to the technology field.

Dr. Erekson stated that the proposed program name is in line with the changing nature of the engineering field. Dr. Hemphill noted a quick google search of the title resulted in 90% of the topics being related to the K-12 leadership field.

Dr. Montalvo suggested the entire proposal package be tabled to allow further conversations among the various departments and colleges.

Motion: To table the course and program change requests. (McNabb/McQuillan). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

F. Music

1. Request for a new graduate course

a. MUS 596, Music of the Romantic Era, 3 s.h.

Dr. Locke presented the course request indicating this course was the result of splitting the current content of MUS 594 into two halves for reasons of time allotment and pace. The course will be offered as an elective at this time. He indicated MUS 594 has recently been approved by Dr. Dallinger for title and course number changes.

Motion: To approve the request for MUS 596. (Mossman/McNabb). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

Dr. Locke indicated the request to increase the Choral Conducting track required hours in MUS 510, Conducting (Choral Applied) to 12 s.h. from 9 s.h. and lowering the electives from 5 s.h. to 2 s.h. will parallel current practice among the other applied Master of Music degree programs. Dr. Dallinger suggested removing the word “directed” from directed electives wording as only one course is listed under this heading which would indicate it is a required course.

Motion: To approve the request to change graduate program requirements with the removal of the word “directed.” (McNabb/Bauerly). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

G. Psychology

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

a. PSY 443, Principles of Neuroscience with Laboratory, 4 s.h.

Dr. Morgan presented the course request indicating Experimental Psychology graduate students who may eventually pursue a Ph.D. program currently do not have the opportunity to take a neuroscience course. Council members noted the request lacks the required short bibliography and the course objectives were listed under the section for the outline of the course. Additionally, the Council had concerns regarding the differences between the graduate and undergraduate experiences in the course and would like to see that more clearly articulated.

Motion: To table the request to allow revision by the department. (Bean/Bauerly). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

H. Sociology

1. Request for a new graduate course

a. SOC 602, Comprehensive Exam, 0 s.h.

Drs. Gee and Wozniak presented the request for the comprehensive exam which they would like to propose to become a requirement of the graduate program. Dr. Gee noted a correction to the course description which should change the word “third” to “second” when discussing the number of attempts allowable for the course. The Council suggested removing the wording from the course description which references those students admitted in the fall of 2010 or later. Also, the Council suggested changing the abbreviated title from “COMPEX” to “COMP EXAM.” The department was agreeable to the suggested changes.

Motion: To approve the request for SOC 602 with the suggested changes above. (Bean/Bauerly). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

Motion: To approve the request to include SOC 602 in the graduate degree requirements for sociology. (McQuillan/Bauerly). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

I. Special Education

1. Request to increase credit hours

a. SPED 622, Action Research in Education, from 2 s.h. to 3 s.h.

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

Dr. Conover presented the requests indicating 2 s.h. in SPED 622 doesn’t provide their students with a strong foundation to continue in coursework.

Motion: To approve the requests to increase credit hours in SPED 622 and to subsequently adjust the program requirements to increase the core to 20 s.h. and reduce the directed electives to 5 s.h. (Mossman/McQuillan). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

IV. GRADUATE FACULTY – FULL MEMBERSHIP

A. Davison Bideshi, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Council members noted the application was lacking the required brief description of current scholarly/creative work.

Motion: To approve the application pending the submission of a brief description of current scholarly activities to the Graduate School. (Bean/Bauerly). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

B. Hongxia Guan, Instructor, Chemistry (expected to be Assistant Professor Fall 2010)

Motion: To approve the application for full membership. (Mossman/McQuillan). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

C. Casey LaFrance, Assistant Professor, Political Science

Motion: To approve the application for full membership. (McNabb/McQuillan). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

D. MaCherie Placide, Assistant Professor, Political Science

Motion: To approve the application for full membership. (Mossman/McQuillan). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

E. Craig Tollini, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Council members noted the application was lacking the required brief description of current scholarly/creative work.

Motion: To approve the application pending the submission of a brief description of current scholarly activities to the Graduate School. (Bean/McNabb). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

V. STUDENT APPEALS

A. Economics

1. Request to hold an assistantship as a probationary student

The Council reviewed the student appeal requesting to hold an assistantship contract while a probationary student. The student will be a Peace Corps Fellow on campus. Her GPA of 2.742 falls below the required 2.75 Graduate School admission requirement to be a regularly-accepted graduate student.

Motion: To allow the student to hold an assistantship for one semester as a probationary student. (Bean/Bauerly). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

B. Museum Studies

1. Request to waive Graduate School admission requirements

Dr. Dallinger shared graduate catalog information with the Council members pointing out the policy which requires students to submit transcripts from any college or university from which they have attended. The student participated via telephone and indicated she prefers not to submit additional transcripts as those classes were taken 20-30 years ago and do not show her current level of work. She indicated she took courses from the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa. The student responded to questions from Council members and noted the previous coursework is irrelevant to the Museum Studies degree program.

Motion: To deny the request to waive the Graduate School admission requirements and require that the student submit all official transcripts per the admission policy. (Bean/Mossman). MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

VI. OLD BUSINESS

A. University-Level Grade Appeal Sub-Committee Report

As chair of the grade appeal sub-committee, Dr. Montalvo distributed a written report of the hearing in which he and Drs. Bean and Mossman met with the faculty member and student. Dr. Dallinger indicated she had received a request for the faculty member to be heard in front of the full Council before a decision is made. The Council will hold a special meeting in which both the student and faculty will be granted time to make a statement and respond to questions before the Council will vote on the appeal.

The meeting is scheduled for May 3 at 3 p.m. in HH60.

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

Dr. Dallinger asked for the Council to provide an endorsement of the Self-Study for NCA/HLC Accreditation. They had been asked to review the lengthy document online at http://www.wiu.edu/accreditation. One member voiced a concern over page 248 in which the growth plan of the Quad Cities campus indicates a request for 10.1 million dollars which is doubling their current allotted funding. He was concerned with where the additional monies would come from in order to meet the 10.1 million dollars as his own college is undergoing significant cut-backs in order to meet the administration’s request for a 3.5% reduction in annual budgets.

Motion: To endorse the Self-Study for NCA/HLC Accreditation with reservations to the last section.MOTION CARRIED: 4 YES – 0 NO – 2 AB.

C. Posthumous Degrees

This item was tabled due to lack of time.

Meeting adjourned: 5:55 p.m.