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Graduate Council - March 2009 Minutes

GRADUATE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES


March 5, 2009
PRESENT: Marshall Anderson, Leon Arriola, Scott Bradley, John Chenoweth, Will Drago, Paul Gregory, Glenn Hayes, Thomas Jeffery, Denton Marks, Anene Okocha, Manuel Ossers, Tracey Scherr, Carol Scovotti, Shannon Stuart, Alvaro Taveira, Tony Truog, S-A Welch, Kelly Witte, Linda Yu, and John Zbikowski.
ABSENT: Paul Adogamhe, *Robert Gruber, James Jaffe, *Hephzibah Kumpaty, *Crista Lebens, *Pete Mesner, Amy Palecek, Tim Reutebuch, Steven Sahyun, Carrie Schuknecht, Lauren Smith, Max White, and David Wilcox.
GUESTS: Carol Elsen and Don Zahn

*Previously notified.


John Stone called the March 5, 2009, meeting to order at 2:18 p.m.

 

Tony Truog moved to approve the minutes of the January 29, 2009 meeting. Carol Scovotti, noting that they were a piece of work, seconded the motion. Motion carried.


Announcements

  1. The Graduate Assistantship deadline is March 13 th, 2009. The applications will be dispersed to the colleges shortly after that date. The allocations will remain the same as last year.
  2. Graduate enrollment for the summer 2009 term is up 31.5 FTE as compared to the same point in time last year.  Enrollment as a whole is up for summer 2009 as compared to last year. 

Information Only Items

Manuel Ossers moved to approve Information Only items A through K on the agenda.  Glenn Hayes seconded the motion.  With no questions or concerns, the motion carried.  Items included:

  1. Curricular Action:  Requisite Change from the Department of Management:  MANGEMNT 719:  Operations Management
  2. Curricular Action:  Requisite Change from the Department of IT/BE:  ITBE 775:  Business Telecommunications
  3. Curricular Action:  Requisite Change from the Department of Accounting:  ACCOUNT 656:  Cost Management II
  4. Curricular Action:  Requisite Change from the Department of Accounting:  ACCOUNT 751:  Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
  5. Curricular Action:  Requisite Change from the Department of Accounting:  ACCOUNT 761:  Accounting & Management Information Systems
  6. Curricular Action:  Number Change from the Department of Special Education:  FROM:  SPECED 682  Current Topics in Special Education:  Pre-Institute  TO:  SPECED 785
  7. Curricular Action:  Number Change from the Department of Special Education:  FROM:  SPECED 683  Current Topics in Special Education:  Institute  TO:  SPECED 786
  8. Curricular Action:  Number Change from the Department of Special Education:  FROM:  SPECED 684  Current Topics in Special Education:  Post-Institute  TO:  SPECED 787
  9. Curricular Action:  Title and Number Change from the Department of Special Education:  FROM:  SPECED 607 Foundations of Autism  TO:  SPECED 707  Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  10. Curricular Action:  Title and Number Change from the Department of Special Education:  FROM:  SPECED 608 Teaching Methods of Autism  TO:  SPECED 708  Methods for Teaching Children with Autism
  11. Curricular Action:  Administrative Action:  Remove Praxis II completion as requirement for admission to MSE-Special Education-Cross Categorical

NEW BUSINESS ITEMS

New Business items were then considered. Scott Bradley moved, with a second by John Zbikowski, to approve items A and B on the agenda, the proposals from the Special Education Department. Shannon Stuart explained that these changes merely reflect the course number and name changes approved earlier in the meeting. With no further discussion, the motion was approved.


Tony Truog moved to approve the policy change for UW-Whitewater seniors enrolling in graduate credits, effective with the fall 2009 term. John Chenoweth seconded the motion and considerable discussion followed. There was some concern about seniors not being ready to enroll in the MBA coursework, with instructors preferring that MBA students first have some real world experience before enrolling in their MBA courses. On the other hand, some programs use this mechanism as an incentive for UW-W seniors to continue on in their graduate program. Questions were raised about the approval process, and it was noted that approval first comes from the program and so there is really already a built in mechanism for controlling which students are eligible to enroll in graduate work. Scott Bradley then moved, with a second by Tony Truog, to amend the original motion to include “Graduate Program Coordinator.” The amendment was approved. Satisfied with the policy as amended, the motion carried.


FROM:

Seniors Taking Graduate Courses.UW-Whitewater undergraduate students with senior status may be allowed to take at most six graduate units at UW-Whitewater provided they have completed at least 90 semester units with at least a 2.75 overall grade point average (or 2.90 over the last half of their course work), have the written recommendation of the department chairperson of their undergraduate major and have a graduate application on file in the Graduate Studies Office. Students may download this form here. Eligibility for this privilege must be established with the Graduate Studies Office and is not available to seniors at other institutions or students who already possess a bachelor's degree. Seniors may not use graduate-level units to satisfy requirements for the bachelor's degree, and undergraduate fees will be charged for their graduate-level work.

TO:

Seniors Taking Graduate Courses.

UW-Whitewater undergraduate students with senior status may be allowed to complete up to nine graduate units at UW-Whitewater provided they have completed at least 90 semester units with at least a 2.75 overall grade point average (or 2.90 over the last half of their course work), have the written recommendation of the department chairperson of their undergraduate major and have a graduate application on file in the Graduate Studies Office. Students may download this form here

With no further business to discuss or act on, Will Drago moved, with a second by Carol Scovotti to adjourn the meeting at 3:40 p.m.

Eligibility for this privilege must be established with the Graduate Program Coordinator and the Graduate Studies Office and is not available to seniors at other institutions or students who already possess a bachelor's degree. Seniors may not use graduate-level units to satisfy requirements for the bachelor's degree, and undergraduate fees will be charged for their graduate-level work.

Next, Tony Truog moved for approval of a proposal to convert the present graduate grading scheme to parallel the undergraduate grading scheme, effective fall 2010. Manuel Ossers seconded the motion. The anticipated lively discussion followed, with arguments for and against. Manuel Ossers then introduced an amendment, seconded by S-A Welch, to approve the same grading scheme as the undergraduates, but that would omit the D+ and D- grades. Tony interjected that this would not alleviate any ambiguity involved with the grading scheme and opposed the amendment. After more discussion, the amendment failed. Dean Stone then called the question on the original motion. The original motion failed on a six to eleven vote. The graduate grading scheme will remain in its present scheme.

With no further business to discuss or act on, Will Drago, with his bag of peanuts long since emptied, moved to adjourn the meeting at 3:15 p.m. Carol Scovotti seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Sally Lange

Secretary