Graduate Studies

Graduate Council Minutes - November 11, 2013

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

Members Present: J. Averbeck, V. Diehl, J. McQuillan, A. Mossman (Chair), J. Myers, M. Stinnett, T. Walker

Members Absent: W. Polley (Vice Chair)

Guests Present: Angela Lynn, Kishor Kapale, Holly Stovall, Aimee Shouse, Jim Rabchuk, Rebecca Newgent, Cindy Dooley, Abha Singh, Russ Morgan, Tej Kaul, Iraj Kalantari, John Drea, Anne Gregory, Erik Brooks

Ex-officio: N. Parsons

Others Present: A. Schulz

I. ANNOUNCEMENTS

A. Academic Integrity Incident Reports Filed in the School of Graduate Studies, October 2013 (4)

1. Resolved at instructor level (4)

II. GRADUATE CURRICULUM

A. Counselor Education

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

a. CN 515, Research and Program Evaluation, 3 s.h.

Dr. Newgent was present via CODEC connection to the Quad Cities campus. Dr. Newgent gave a brief background on the standards for the program and the need for this new course to meet accreditation standards. Dr. Mossman asked if the description could be changed to read “This course” instead of “This class”. Dr. Newgent agreed to the change. Dr. Mossman also asked about the lack of prerequisites for the course indicating that it might be beneficial to list graduate standing or a similar prerequisite. Dr. Newgent replied that some students that take their courses, and could benefit from this one, are non-degree seeking students so they would prefer to not have a prerequisite at this time. Dr. Mossman asked for clarification regarding the type of work that makes this a graduate course as opposed to an undergraduate. Dr. Newgent replied that the students will write proposals similar to that of a thesis proposal; are required to follow the code of ethics; and will critique professional literature.

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

b. CN 655, Comprehensive Exit Exam, 0 s.h.                     

Dr. Newgent explained that the program has been trial testing a comprehensive exam for the past three years and is a reflection of what is going on at the national level. By making this a formal course, the Graduate School will be able to track the students that have taken the comp exam on their degree plans. Dr. Mossman noted that if the course is to be graded S/U, then that will need to be added to the description. She also asked if a statement needed to be added that says students must pass by their third attempt. Dr. Newgent replied that she would add “Graded S/U” to the description as well as a statement about passing by the third attempt as long as it was appropriate to do so when the second attempt would not be identical to the first. Dr. Walker questioned the need for the term “exit” in the title of the course. Dr. Newgent responded that it is part of the exit requirement and that they followed other models when naming the course. Dr. McQuillan noted that he thinks of a comprehensive exam as an entrance requirement so keeping “exit” in the title could provide clarity to the timing of the exam. Dr. Diehl asked for clarification regarding the standards for passing the exam. Dr. Newgent replied that students must score within 1.5 standard deviations of the National Mean for Exit Exams for the Total Score. Professor Myers asked for clarification that students have to pass the exam to obtain the degree but will be allowed to take it up to three times. Dr. Newgent responded that that was correct. Discussion was held regarding the scoring of the exam. Dr. Mossman noted that the course could not be a required course until Fall 2014 with an approval of change of program requirements.

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

B. Curriculum and Instruction

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

a. SCED 511, Science through Children’s Literature, 3 s.h.

Drs. Singh and Gregory were in attendance to answer questions. Dr. Singh provided a brief overview of the course. Dr. Mossman asked for clarification on whether new library resources would be required. Dr. Singh replied that existing library resources would be used. Dr. Stinnett noted that this course really makes sense for the students.

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

 

C. Economics and Decision Sciences

1. Request for a 400-G Level Course

a. ECON 410G, Economics of Crime & Punishment, 3 s.h.

Dr. Kaul was present to answer questions. The course was created at the undergraduate level to benefit the department’s and LEJA’s students. They would now like to add the “G” so that graduate students can benefit as well. Dr. Averbeck asked how the project in the sample syllabus will be different from the graduate research project. Dr. Kaul stated that he is not teaching the course but can confirm that there will be a definite difference between the undergraduate and graduate projects in terms of scope of work.

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

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

a. DS 540, Applied Stochastic Models in Business Analytics, 2 s.h.

Dr. Kaul stated that the department submitted a proposal for a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Business Analytics that was approved by the Graduate Council. The proposal was submitted to IBHE where it was questioned as to why it was only a 16 hour program and not 18 hours. The department reviewed the certificate and decided that it would benefit from an additional course. Dr. Mossman suggested an amendment to the course title abbreviation. Dr. Kaul approved the change to APP STOCHASTICS.

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

3. Request to Change Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program Requirements

a. Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Business Analytics

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

 D. Mathematics

1. Request to Change Graduate Program Requirements

Dr. Kalantari was in attendance. He stated that upon review of the program, it was determined that giving more flexibility to the students better prepares them for their chosen interest areas. Dr. Walker asked what would happen to MATH 554. Dr. Kalantari responded that the course would still be offered but would no longer be required as a core course.

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

E. Physics

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

a. PHYS 536, Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, 3 s.h.

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

III. GRADUATE FACULTY - FULL MEMBERSHIP

A. Holly Stovall, Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies

Drs. Stovall and Shouse were present to respond to any questions from the Council. Dr. Shouse stated that this would be a real benefit to the department especially with the number of LAS students that take their courses.

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

IV. NEW BUSINESS

A. Definition of Credit Hour Proposal

Dr. Lynn presented the proposal to the Council. She stated that in 2011, guidelines about credit hour definitions were put into place for financial aid award purposes. They have since been placed in accreditation standards and institutions are now being looked at to see if they have an official policy in place. The university received an official finding because there was not an official policy available. The undergraduate level approved this proposed policy on Thursday, November 7, 2013 with the addition of “U.S.” added in the first paragraph before “Department of Education Program Integrity”. Dr. Mossman stated a concern that there was nothing that accounted for the difference between graduate and undergraduate levels and would like to add the following statement: “It is expected that the academic work required of graduate students will exceed the minimum of two hours of out of class work per credit per week for a 15-week semester, and that graduate internships require a minimum of 50 hours of work per credit hour.” Dr. Parsons questioned where this policy needed to be placed. Dr. Lynn responded that it is posted on the CCPI website within the definition of terms. The School of Graduate Studies will need to find an appropriate place online for the policy and will reference it in the catalog.

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

V. OTHER BUSINESS

Dr. McQuillan reported that a draft on the “D” policy will be presented at the December Graduate Council meeting.

VI. STUDENT APPEAL

A. MBA – Supply Chain Management

1. Request for a late withdrawal

The student and Dr. Drea were present to answer questions from the Council. The student stated that a medical issue during finals week caused her to not be able to focus on all of her exams. Discussion was held by the Council.

Motion: To deny the request. (Walker/Myers) MOTION CARRIED 6 YES –1 NO – 0 AB

B. Liberal Arts and Sciences

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

Student was present to answer questions from the Council. The student stated that he took on more than he could handle during the semester and put everything else before his courses. Student stated that he would like the opportunity to come back to school and finish his degree. Discussion was held by the Council.

Motion: To deny the request. (Myers/Walker) MOTION CARRIED 6 YES –0 NO – 1 AB

Meeting adjourned: 4:26 p.m.