GRADUATE COUNCIL MINUTES
April 3, 2006
MEMBERS PRESENT: Abdel-Motaleb, Arado, Barbe, Blickhan, Bose, Brovelli, Carnahan, Changnon, Curry, Factor, Gupta, Harris, Hurych, Jackson, Johnson, Karonis, Lieberman, Lockard, Morrissey, Richgels, Sims, Waas
MEMBERS ABSENT: Beguin, Gowen, Miranda, Odoms-Young, Singh, Willis
OTHERS PRESENT: Arntz (Assistant to the Vice President for Research), Smith (Catalog Editor/Curriculum Coordinator), Wright (Secretary)
Rathindra Bose, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, called the meeting to order at 10 a.m.
Jackson moved approval of the March 6, 2006 minutes, Harris seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Waas presented one motion for the committee to vote on.
Motion: Because non native English speaking graduate students at NIU may be required to complete remedial English course work, it is important to maximize the availability of such courses so that students can complete these requirements early in their graduate programs. Therefore, the Graduate Council recommends that the Graduate School collaborate with the Department of English to investigate alternative methods (e.g., Distance education) for completing remedial English course work, facilitate (e.g., funding) the development of such alternatives, or identify existing non-NIU alternatives.
Rationale: The Standards committee completed a review of the requirements for written English proficiency for international students. This review included a survey of department chairs and directors of graduate studies regarding their perceptions of the requirements and remedial course work, a review of requirements among peer institutions, and a survey of available equivalent coursework at other institutions.
On campus perceptions of current English proficiency requirements are generally positive. Most survey responders indicated support for English proficiency requirements and the current criteria used for identifying deficiencies in written English. There was substantial concern expressed, however, regarding the availability of the required remedial English courses. It was noted that many students delay taking the courses until the end of their graduate programs, often due to scheduling issues, and that off-campus students are at a particular disadvantage for completing these courses in a timely manner. The consensus of the committee was that the current English proficiency requirements are reasonable, and students derive maximum benefit when the required courses are completed early in their programs of study. However, the availability of required remedial courses remains problematic and faces serious logistical challenges beyond the English Department’s current resources to solve. The proposed motion recommends that the Graduate School undertake a systematic collaboration with the Department of English to identify and implement methodologies to overcome these challenges.
Gupta moved to approve the Standards Committee motion, Waas seconded, unanimously approved.
Blickhan inquired as to what a passing score for the TOEFL exam is, since the scores have been altered. Bose stated that the new score will correspond with the old percentile. For example, if a department required an 85% to offer a Graduate Assistantship with the old scoring system, they should still require an 85% with the new system. Blickhan asked Bose if he would make the records officers aware of the new system. Bose responded that he would.
Harris moved to approve the committee recommendations from the March 22, 2006 Curriculum Committee meeting, with the exception of Section A on Page 3 & 4, Master of Science in Education in Educational Administration, which was tabled for further discussion by the committee. Bose referred to page iii of iv, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #7, and asked that the Committee discuss this issue further. This item refers to the Nanoscience doctoral program that will be in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. This issue was tabled due to catalog language that was vague and confusing to the Curriculum Committee. Specifically, the Committee was unsure about the language stating that a student would be required to take two other courses at the 300 or 400 level, but did not state any specific courses that needed to be taken or guidelines as to how a student would select these classes. Carnahan explained that each Nanotechnology student course requirements will vary depending on their field of expertise. The classes that need to be taken are specialized courses, therefore, and cannot be specifically listed in the catalog. Waas suggested adding language stating that committee will supervise which classes a student takes. The members of the Curriculum Committee that were present decided the information presented by Carnahan clarified questions that they had with this item. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #7 was then moved to be approved by the committee, with the understanding that the Curriculum Committee would clarify the catalog language. Abdel-Motaleb seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
The following new courses, course deletions, course revisions, and other catalog changes in catalog copy were approved:
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
|Department of Accountancy||ACCY 682 (course addition)|
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
|CAHA 400 (course deletion)Master of Science in Education in Adult and
Higher Education - Requirements - Non-Thesis Option
Doctor of Education in Adult and Higher Education - Deficiencies
|Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment||ETT 533 (course revision) Certificate of Graduate Study - Advanced Quantitative Methodology in Education|
Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education
|Master of Science in Education in Physical Education - Requirements - General Physical Education|
Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations
|LEEA 586A, 586B (course revision) Educational Specialist in Educational Administration - Admission|
Department of Teaching and Learning
|Master of Science in Education in Special Education - Specialization
in Advance Special Education Practices
Special Education Certificates of Graduate Study - Assistive Technology Specialist (18)
Special Education Certificates of Graduate Study - Behavior Specialist (18)
Special Education Certificates of Graduate Study - Curriculum Adaptations Specialist (18)
Special Education Certificates of Graduate Study - Multiple Disabilities Specialist (18)
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
|Department of Industrial and Engineering||Systems Master of Science in Industrial and
Systems Engineering - Requirements
- Thesis Option - Non-Thesis Option
COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SCIENCES
|School of Allied Health Professions||Master of Physical Therapy (M.P.T.)|
|Department of Communicative Disorders||COMD 528, 529 (course revisions)
Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling
Doctor of Audiology - Requirements
School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences
|FCNS 488 (course addition)
FCNS 489 (course revision)
Master of Science in Applied Family and Child Studies - Requirements - Teacher Certification in Family and Consumer Sciences - Requirements in School
Certificate of Graduate Study - Eating Disorders and Obesity (12)
School of Nursing
|NURS 517, 519, 519A (course revisions)
Grading Policies for Master’s Degree and Certificate Students - Master of Science in Nursing
Admission - Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening
Requirements - Non-Thesis Option
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES
|Interdisciplinary Academic Centers and Courses||Concentration in Southeast Asian
Studies - Southeast Asian Courses
|Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry||Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
Course Requirements Examinations
Department of Economics
|ECON 597, 598 (course revisions)
Master of Arts in Economics
Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
Department of Physics
|PHYS 573, 583 (course additions)
PHYS 699 (course revision)
Master of Sciences in Physics Doctor of Philosophy in Physics - Course Requirements
Doctor of Philosophy in Physics - Core Courses - Distribution Requirements
|Department of Political Science||POLS 507 (course deletion)
POLS 507T (course addition)
COLLEGE OF VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
School of Art
|ARTD 505, 506, 507, 607 (course deletions)
ART 680 (course revision)
Art Education - Master of Science in Art - Specialization in Art Education (33)
Master of Fine Arts in Art - Admission - Limitation of Time
|School of Theatre and Dance||
THEA 490 (course revision)
Gupta reported that 10 students were chosen to receive fellowships and 5 were ranked as alternates. The recommendations have been sent to Bose.
Factor stated that the proposals were due Friday and the committee would meet on April 24 to review proposals. He also announced that the Colloquium Committee was the recipient of an Ally Award.
Assistantship Stipend Limits for Fiscal Year 2006-2007:
Bose stated that last year only the minimum amount was set and the committee agreed that it should remain that way. Blickhan moved, seconded by Karonis, that the minimum amount for graduate student stipends be increased by either the CPI or the amount of increase applied to faculty salaries, whichever is higher. The motion was unanimously approved.
Proposed Graduate School Deadline Changes:
This item was tabled until the next meeting, due to Willis’ absence.
Bose announced that he would like to form an ad hoc committee to evaluate the proposals that departments will be submitting for the Limited Investment for Research to Enhance Extramural Funds (LIREEF). Blickhan moved that Chagnon, Richgels, and Waas serve on the committee. Jackson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously. Bose will select two more faculty members to serve on this committee.
Arntz announced the Responsible Conduct for Scholarship seminar would be held on Friday, April 7, 2006. The Vice President for Research at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Francis Macrina, is the workshop presenter. He has recently published a book on Responsible Conduct of Research. All faculty and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend this event.
Bose stated that the Part II Affirmative Action form for the Associate Dean of the Graduate School has been submitted to Human Resource Services and he was waiting on the okay from Affirmative Action before making an off to the chosen candidate.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m.