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April 27, 2009

University Union Capitol Room, 3:00 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: R. Bauerly, e. Hassan (Vice Chair), B. Locke, J. McNabb, J. McQuillan, M. Mossman (Chair), K. Pawelko

MEMBERS ABSENT: G. Montalvo

GUESTS: Matt Bean, Davison Bideshi, Richard Gee, Hoyet Hemphill, Evelyn Hoing, Warren Jones, Tej Kaul, Ruth Kelly, Tracy Knight, Sue Martinelli-Fernandez, Susan Moore, Aimee Shouse, Roger Viadero, John Wozniak

EX-OFFICIO: J. Dallinger

OTHER: G. Sullivan

I. ELECT GRADUATE COUNCIL CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR FOR 2009-2010

Dr. Mossman reordered the agenda so that the new Graduate Council members beginning Fall 2009 could be introduced and a Chair and Vice Chair could be elected. Dr. Matt Bean (College of Fine Arts and Communication) and Dr. Ron Bauerly (College of Business and Technology) will serve three year terms beginning in Fall 2009. Dr. Mossman asked for nominations for the Chair position and Dr. Hassan nominated Dr. Pawelko who accepted the nomination while nominating Dr. Hassan as Vice Chair. The Council voted unanimously to approve those positions for the coming academic year.

II. GRADUATE CURRICULUM

A. Economics

1. Request for a new graduate course

a. ECON 603, Comprehensive Examination, 0 s.h.

This was tabled 4/6/09 for additional information. Dr. Jones was present to respond to questions from Council members. He had provided sample questions from the examination. He noted the department would like this to be a required course, however, there will not be a specific score that students need to achieve in order to pass. Students must register and complete the exam prior to graduation.

Motion: To approve the request. (Bauerly/Pawelko). MOTION APPROVED: 3 YES – 1 NO – 3 AB

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

This was tabled 4/6/09 pending the outcome of the ECON 603 request as it incorporates 603 into the core requirements of the program.

Motion: To approve the request. (Locke/Pawelko). MOTION APPROVED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 1 AB

B. Information Systems and Decision Sciences

1.Request for a new graduate course

a. IS 520, Business Communications in the U.S., 3 s.h.

This was tabled 3/2/09 and 4/6/09 for additional information. Dr. Kaul was present to respond to questions from the Council. A revised request was submitted for consideration. The Council requested to see a bibliography for the course. Dr. Kaul indicated one would be provided to the Graduate School.

Motion: To approve the request pending submission of additional materials. (Locke/McNabb). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

C. Institute for Environmental Studies

1.Request for a new graduate course

a. ENVR 790, Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Qualifying Examination, 0 s.h., repeatable one time

Dr. Viadero presented the course request indicating this will become a requirement of students in the proposed Environmental Studies Ph.D. program. He noted this will help track students through the audit system used by the Graduate School to confirm degree completion. Students will be allowed to take this course twice, as needed.

Motion: To approve the request. (Hassan/McNabb). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

D. Instructional Design and Technology

1.Request to increase credit hours

a. IDT 500, Preseminar, 1 s.h. to 2 s.h.

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

The Council discussed items 1. and 2. simultaneously. Dr. Hemphill noted if the IDT 500 course is increased to 2 s.h., this will make a slight change in the core requirement and as such they will decrease the general electives by 1 s.h. to 3 s.h. Total hours required for this program will remain as 35 s.h.

Motion: To approve both requests. (Bauerly/McNabb). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

E. Psychology

1. Requests for new graduate courses

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

b.PSY 543, Practicum III: Counseling and Assessment, 2 s.h.

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

Dr. Kelly explained that essentially these courses have previously been offered under PSY 586, however, for accreditation purposes and to make the course sequence clearer for students, they have chosen to split PSY 586 into different courses. She noted PSY 542 was previously approved in Fall 2008.

Motion: To approve course requests for PSY 541, 543, and 544. (McNabb/Bauerly); MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

d. PSY 606, Illinois State Accreditation Exam, 0 s.h.

Dr. Kelly indicated the department would like to require that students complete the Illinois State Accreditation Exam prior to completing their degree. She responded to questions from Council members. Students will pay a $50 fee to the state board to take this exam. It was suggested that the department change the abbreviated title to “IL Accred Exam” rather than “IL Type 73 Exam.” Dr. Kelly agreed to this change. Additionally, Council asked if this course is to be graded S/U or with a letter grade. Dr. Kelly indicated it will be S/U and should be included in the catalog description. Ms. Sullivan will make the changes to the form.

Motion: To approve the course request with noted changes. (Pawelko/Bauerly). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 1 AB

2. Requests to increase credit hours

a. PSY 595, Career Assessment in Professional Psychology, 1 s.h. to 3 s.h.

b. PSY 596, Approaches to Substance Abuse Diagnosis and Treatment, 1 s.h. to 3 s.h.

Dr. Knight presented the course requests and explained that because the Counseling department is unable to reliably offer CN 541 (Lifestyles and Career Development) as previously agreed, it is necessary for the Psychology department to increase the credit hours of these courses to meet Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor requirements. It was noted that these courses are not part of the degree program at this time and, therefore, will not require a change of graduate program request.

Motion: To approve both course requests. (Hassan/Pawelko). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

3. Request to change graduate program requirements

Dr. Kelly indicated due to the course approvals above, it is necessary to make an adjustment to the School Psychology program requirements. PSY 586 (7 s.h.) will be replaced by PSY 541 (1 s.h.), PSY 542 (3 s.h.), PSY 543 (2 s.h.), and PSY 544 (2 s.h.). This change will reduce the number of directed electives from 4-6 s.h. to 3-4 s.h.

Motion: To approve the changes to the graduate program requirements with the noted correction. (Locke/Pawelko). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

F. Sociology

1.Requests for new graduate courses

a. SOC 519, Contemporary Sociological Theory, 3 s.h.

Dr. Bideshi presented the course request and indicated this course will bring the department up-to-date with other sociology programs. This course will cover contemporary theories which the program is currently lacking.

Motion: To approve the course request. (Locke/Pawelko). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

b. SOC 694, Graduate Internship, 3 s.h.

Dr. Gee responded to questions from Council members. He indicated this course may be proposed as a potential exit option in the future and students will be given letter grades.

Motion: To approve the course request. (Hassan/Bauerly). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

Dr. Gee noted the department wants to make the program consistent with other programs by offering and requiring both quantitative and qualitative coursework.

Motion: To approve the request. (Bauerly/Hassan). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

G. Women’s Studies

1. Request to change graduate program requirements

a. Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program

Dr. Shouse presented the request and indicated that the courses currently required for the post-baccalaureate certificate are not consistent with those of other comparable programs in the United States. Feminist research methods courses are typically offered as electives rather than requirements.

Motion: To approve the request. (Bauerly/Locke). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

III. GRADUATE FACULTY – FULL MEMBERSHIP

A. Neil Baird, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Journalism

Motion: To approve the request for Dr. Baird. (Bauerly/Locke). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

B. Everett Hamner, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Journalism
C. Timothy Helwig, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Journalism

Motion: To approve the request for Drs. Hamner and Helwig. (McQuillan/McNabb). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

IV. MISCELLANEOUS AND DISCUSSION

A. Extension of Incomplete Grades

Dr. Dallinger reviewed with the Council their request for the Graduate School to contact academic departments to determine which capstone courses, if any, the department would like to grant automatic extensions of incomplete (“I”) grades. Those courses eligible will be capstone or exit-option courses in the degree programs, such as thesis, projects, internships, non-thesis exams, and comprehensive exams. Dr. Dallinger indicated that the Graduate School will contact departments to identify those courses which should be granted an automatic extension of time.

B. Continuous Enrollment in Capstone Courses

Dr. Dallinger presented historical information to the Council noting that the Graduate Council had surveyed graduate faculty in 2005 as well as gathered information on peer institutions. It was found that most master’s programs do not have continuous enrollment policies (requiring students to enroll each semester in a specific capstone course until degree completion), however, doctoral programs generally do have this stipulation. Dr. Dallinger indicated that the College of Arts and Sciences had asked the Graduate Council to revisit this issue. After a lengthy discussion, a motion was made to not create a continuous enrollment policy for master’s degree students. However, Council noted it may take up this discussion in the future.

Motion: To not create a continuous enrollment policy in capstone courses for master’s degree students. (Locke/Bauerly). MOTION APPROVED: 5 YES – 1 NO – 1 AB

C. Academic Integrity Policy for Graduate Students

Dr. Dallinger informed the Council that CAGAS is currently reviewing the Academic Integrity Policy and will share recommended changes with the Graduate Council in the future. She noted areas for the Council to review and possibly suggest changes that will more clearly and succinctly explain the policy. Dr. McNabb suggested the Council create a sub-committee to review the concerns. It will be constituted in Fall 2009.

D. Meeting dates for 2009-2010

Ms. Sullivan provided information to the Council members which identified next year’s Council
meeting dates.

E. Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees

The Council agreed to consider a question presented by Evelyn Hoing, Assistant Director of the Graduate School, concerning whether students enrolled in second bachelor’s degree programs are eligible to enroll in integrated bachelor’s/master’s degree programs. The Council indicated that second bachelor’s students, if eligible per all requirements, may apply for integrated degree programs. The coursework completed in the second bachelor’s degree at WIU must be used when calculating the cumulative undergraduate GPA.

V. STUDENT APPEAL

A. Health Education

Dr. Moore presented the request to waive the GPA admission requirement of the School of Graduate Studies as the student lives out of state. The student has an undergraduate degree from The New School of Florida, which does not assign letter grades and simply tracks mastery of course material, and, therefore, does not have an accumulated GPA for her undergraduate work. Dr. Moore indicated she is a strong student and is a Fulbright Scholar and has served in the Peace Corps. She will need to complete a few deficiency courses, however, she is confident the student will succeed in the program.

Motion: To approve the request to waive the GPA admission requirement for this student. (Locke/Bauerly). MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

Meeting adjourned: 5:20 p.m.