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GRADUATE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES


February 2, 2006
PRESENT: Paul Adogamhe, Marshall Anderson, Leon Arriola, Scott Bradley, Will Drago, David Gordon, Andrea Musher, Brenda O’Beirne (for Anene Okocha), Steven Pence, Anna Rettenmund, William Skelly, Diane Soles, Bambi Statz, Alvaro Taveira, Anthony Truog, S-A Welch (for Barbara Penington), Jim Winship (for Chuck Zastrow), and John Zbikowski.
ABSENT: Kathy Asala, Bob Benjamin, Erica Berry, Robert Gruber, Glenn Hayes, Max Hsu, *Jim Larson, *Crista Lebens, Denton Marks, Pete Mesner, Stephanie Miller, *Manuel Ossers, John Patterson, Jennifer Thibodeaux, and Linda Yu.
GUESTS: Mike Hertting and Don Zahn.

*Previously notified.


John Stone called to order the February 2, 2006, meeting of the Graduate Council at 2:15 p.m.

Noting no corrections or additions to the minutes of the November 5, 2005 meeting, Bambi Statz moved, with a second by Marshall Anderson, for approval. The motion carried.


Announcements

  1. An updated enrollment summary report for spring 2006 was again distributed with the agenda. A review of the summary revealed that enrollment is down a bit, almost to the 2003 level.
  2. The deadline for 2006-07 graduate assistantship applications is March 15, 2006. There will again be approximately 8.5 GPR assistantships which will be distributed as in previous years.
  3. Due to budget cutbacks, there will again be givebacks across campus. There is even discussion about eliminating academic programs, as well as, graduate degree programs. The graduate degree programs may be able to be offered on a PR basis using adjunct faculty. The academic deans, not the graduate dean, will make these decisions.
  4. For anyone who has been living in a cave for the last year, it was announced that the Higher Learning Commission site visit will be March 13-15th. There will be an open meeting with the faculty on Monday, March 13th, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in UC 219. Faculty and academic staff are strongly encouraged to attend.

Information Only Items

Tony Truog moved, seconded by Alvaro Taveira moved to approve items A-H of the Information Only items. The motion was approved. Information Only items included:

(College of Arts & Communication)

  • Curricular Action: Requisite Change from the Department of Art: ARTSTDIO 588: Kinetic Art/Multimedia Design.
  • Curricular Action: Requisite Change from the Department of Communication: SPEECH 702: Seminar in Applied Public Communication.
  • Curricular Action: Requisite Change from the Department of Communication: SPEECH 703: Seminar in Corporate Communication.

(College of Education)

  • Curricular Action: Course Deletion from the Department of Special Education: SPECED 520: Introduction to the Education of Young Children with EEN.
  • Curricular Action: Course Deletion from the Department of Special Education: SPECED 623: Introduction to Working with Infants & Toddlers with Special Needs.
  • Curricular Action: Course Deletion from the Department of Special Education: SPECED 624: Family Focused Intervention.
  • Curricular Action: Course Deletion from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health: SAFTY 686: Safe Handling of materials.
  • Curricular Action: Course Deletion from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health: SAFTY 788: Advanced Human Factors Engineering in Safety.

William Skelly moved to approve items A, B, E and F of the business item on the agenda.  Alvaro Taveira again seconded the motion. These business items are all the result of a new certificate program in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health.  Motion carried. The items included:

  • Curricular Action: New Course from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health: SAFETY 671: Applied Methods in Ergonomics.
  • Curricular Action: New Course from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health: SAFETY 672: Advanced Industrial Ergonomics.
  • Curricular Action: Change in Major from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (MS).
  • Curricular Action: New Certificate Program in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health: Certificate in Occupational Ergonomics.

Tony Truog then moved to approve item C on the agenda. William Skelly seconded the motion. Motion carried.

  • Curricular Action: New Course from the Department of Communication: JOURNLSM 704: Current Topics in Mass Communication.

Finally, John Zbikowski moved to approve the remaining item, item D, on the business portion of the agenda. Scott Bradley seconded the motion. Mike Hertting was present to present the rationale for this proposal. This was actually an existing Madison course that is part of the Educational Leadership cooperative program which will now become a UW-Whitewater course. After little discussion, the motion carried.

  • Curricular Action: New Course from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction: CIGENRL/EDADMIN 728.: Introduction to Elementary & Secondary Educational Administration. (Bibliography) (Syllabus)

New Business

At a previous Graduate Council meeting, the IP grade was approved in an effort to eliminate the confusion between “pass” and “progress.” Since there is no longer a curricular context to award a “P” grade, the Registrar has asked the Graduate Council to formally eliminate the “P” from the grading system. Alvaro Taveira moved, seconded by David Gordon, to eliminate the P grade. The motion carried.

The following Madison English as a Second Language School proposal was approved on a Tony Truog/Andrea Musher motion. The motion carried. The MESLS proposal reads:


MESLS Proposal

International Students could attend the Madison as a Second Language School (MESLS) and substitute an acceptable score from MESLS in lieu of the currently required TOEFL score. Students would need to successfully complete MESLS’s advanced-level (level six) Speaking and Grammar, Reading & Writing, and Speaking & Listening courses, earning, at least, an “AB” average overall, and no lower than a “B” in any single course.

At 2:40 p.m., Paul Adoghame moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Andrea Musher. The motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Sally Lange
Secretary