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November 5, 2007

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

MEMBERS PRESENT: K. Clontz, T. Cody (Chair), B. Cupples, e. Hassan, B. Locke, M. Maskarinec (Vice Chair), M. Mossman, M. Romano

GUESTS: Dale Adkins, Alan DeRoos, Jack Elfrink, Ken Hawkinson, Keith Holz, Vivian Incera, Paul Kreider, George Peek, Reinhard Lindner, Sue Martinelli-Fernandez, Kathy Neumann, Susanna Pendergast, Charles Wright, Dan Yoder

OTHERS: B. Baily (ex-officio), G. Sullivan

I. GRADUATE CURRICULUM

Dr. Baily asked to reorder the agenda to move items A. and B. (Requests for Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s degree programs) to follow item III.A. under Old Business as there are suggested changes to the guidelines that must be approved before considering new program requests. The Council approved the reordering of the agenda.

A. Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies

1. Request to change graduate program requirements

Dr. Lindner was present to respond to questions.

Motion: To approve the request to change graduate program requirements. (Cupples/Locke) MOTION APPROVED 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

B. History

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

a. HIST 482, Topics in European History, 3 s.h. (repeatable to 6, with permission)

b. HIST 488, Topics in U. S. History, 3 s.h. (repeatable to 6, with permission)

These items were tabled at the April, September and October 2007 meetings. No additional information has been submitted at this time. Dr. Martinelli-Fernandez noted the faculty member responsible for the course requests has been ill and will be working to submit updated requests for an upcoming meeting.

Motion: To remove the items from the agenda. (Clontz/Maskarinec) MOTION APPROVED 7 YES – 0 NO – 1 AB. The Council noted it will welcome the updated requests in the future.

C. School of Music

1. Requests to change graduate program requirements

a. Master of Music, core courses

Dr. Locke presented the request to add MUS 595, Twentieth-Century Music (3 s.h.) to the selection of Music History Period core courses.

Motion: To approve the request to change the graduate program requirements. (Hassan/Clontz) MOTION APPROVED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

b. Master of Music, Choral Conducting track

c. Master of Music, Instrumental Conducting track

d. Master of Music, Musicology track

e. Master of Music, Vocal Performance track

Dr. Locke responded to questions from the Council.

Motion: To approve the requests to change the graduate program requirements. (Mossman/Hassan) MOTION APPROVED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

D. College of Fine Arts and Communication

1. Request for a new unit of instruction

a. Master’s degree in Museum Studies

Dr. Kreider addressed the Council providing background information on how the concept for this program was developed between conversations between the Departments of Art and Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration, and the Figge Art Museum in the Quad Cities over the last two years. Dr. Hawkinson provided additional information including a list of the members of the committee who developed the program. He noted there are 186 museums in the region and of those they have surveyed 81 individuals are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in Museum Studies should a program like this be available. Dr. Hawkinson noted both the director and the curator of Figge Art Museum hold Ph.D’s and are highly qualified to teach graduate courses.

Dr. Hawkinson asked to include the request to add graduate credit to Art 496 to the packet. The Council approved the request.

Dr. Clontz inquired about the need for background checks of applicants for this program. Dr. Kreider noted that this is a standard requirement for those who work in museums as they are responsible for valuable artifacts and/or artwork.

Dr. Maskarinec showed concern that other academic departments were not contacted to review the course requests to determine if there were any curriculum overlaps. He would like to see letters of support from the College of Arts and Sciences, Management, Finance, and the University Library.

Dr. Cody asked if the College of Fine Arts and Communication had considered offering this as a post-baccalaureate certificate program rather than a master’s program. Dr. Kreider stated the college wanted to offer a rigorous master’s degree program first and in the future may consider proposing some type of post-baccalaureate certificate.

Dr. Baily noted the course requests indicated an effective date of Fall 2007, however, the original requests will be changed by Ms. Sullivan to Fall 2008. Dr. Hawkinson approved this change.

Motion: To approve the request for a new graduate degree program in Museum Studies pending the submission of letters of support from the College of Arts and Sciences, Management department, Finance department, and the University Library (Archives). These letters should be received in the Graduate School and do not need to be presented to the Graduate Council. Also, to approve the course requests for MST 500, MST 501, MST 502, MST 503, MST 515, MST 520, MST 560, MST 600, MST 601, MST 602, and to add graduate credit to Art 496. (Locke/Hassan) MOTION APPROVED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

E. Accountancy

1. Request for Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s degree program

Dr. Elfrink explained the request is to allow six semester hours of “B”/bridge coursework.

Motion: To approve the request for an Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s degree program in Accountancy. (Locke/Romano) MOTION APPROVED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

F. Computer Science

1. Request for Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s degree program

Drs. Neumann and Maskarinec explained the request is to allow nine semester hours of “B”/bridge coursework. They responded to questions from the Council.

Motion: To approve the request for an Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s degree program in Computer Science. (Romano/Hassan) MOTION APPROVED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 A

II. GRADUATE FACULTY – FULL MEMBERSHIP

A. Martin Coe, Accountancy, Associate Professor

Dr. Cody asked Dr. Elfrink if the applicant has a terminal degree as is required for full membership. Dr. Elfrink indicated that he does not have a terminal degree at this time, however, the University has granted him tenure “by exception” based on his excellent skills and productivity as a faculty member and would hope that the Council would be willing to do the same. The Council inquired as to why he wishes to apply for full membership since Accountancy does not have a capstone experience that would require a full member to chair the thesis/project. Drs. Peek and Elfrink indicated this would allow him to serve on the Graduate Council as well as having the privilege of being a full member of the graduate faculty.

Motion: To table the request until such time that the Graduate Council has the opportunity to review and discuss the need for a “by exception” policy for full membership to the graduate faculty for those without the terminal degree. (Romano/Mossman) MOTION APPROVED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

The Council requested this item appear on the next agenda for discussion.

B. Youngxin Deng, Geography, Assistant Professor

Motion: To approve the request for full membership. (Romano/Clontz) MOTION APPROVED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

C. Igor Shovkovy, Physics, Assistant Professor

Motion: To approve the request for full membership. (Cupples/Hassan) MOTION APPROVED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

III. OLD BUSINESS

A. Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Programs – update on implementation process

Dr. Baily discussed suggested changes to the guidelines as identified by the Implementation Committee. She noted the members of the committee were Alan DeRoos, Donna Williams, and Joyia Greuel of the Registrar’s Office; Bill Bushaw of the Financial Aid Office; Debbie Summers of the Billing and Receivables Office; and Barb Baily, Evelyn Hoing, Sue Tygrett, and Gretchen Sullivan of the Graduate School. Suggested changes include removal of a portion of 2. Definition, clarifying that the tuition plan only extends for one additional year following the completion of the undergraduate degree, inserting a requirement that grades of A or B are required in “B”/bridge courses, and that the “B”/bridge courses will count toward the undergraduate GPA and will only appear on the transcript once. Dr. Baily informed the Council that the tuition and fees assessment piece must be presented to the BOT for their approval. She explained that any bridge course taken will require special permission to enroll and will be given the designator of “B”, such as 400B or 510B to signify this course was taken in the integrated program and will only count toward the undergraduate GPA calculation.

The Council questioned whether the undergraduate +/- grading system would be used for the bridge courses. Dr. Baily indicated those details were still being worked out and would be considered by the +/- implementation committee. She also noted the start date for the integrated programs would be Fall 2008.

Motion: To approve the changes to include a change suggested by the Graduate Council. (Clontz/Romano) MOTION APPROVED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

Following this approval, items I. E and F were up for discussion.

B. Operating Paper of the School of Graduate Studies/Composition of the Graduate Council

This item was tabled due to lack of time.

IV. MISCELLANEOUS AND DISCUSSION

A. Course Revalidation Policy – Dr. Mark Mossman

This item was tabled due to lack of time.

B. Graduate Assistant Stipends – Dr. Mark Mossman

Dr. Baily and the Council discussed identifying benchmark institutions with which to compare assistantship information. Ms. Sullivan will contact the Council of Graduate Schools in search of recent studies or comparisons of assistantship stipends. Dr. Baily and Ms. Sullivan will forward a request to the Director of Institutional Research at WIU asking them to assist with identifying benchmark institutions for graduate programs.

This item was tabled due to lack of time.

C. Medical Leave for Graduate Assistants – Dr. Mark Mossman

This item was tabled due to lack of time.

D. Post-baccalaureate certificate program admission requirements – Dr. Barb Baily

This item was tabled due to lack of time.

Meeting adjourned: 5:00 p.m.