GRADUATE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
November 7, 2013
PRESENT: Paul Ambrose, Scott Bradley, Nick Bentz, Jessica Callaway, Sang Choi, Shannon Cummins, Corey Davis, Colin De Mers, Will Drago, John Frye, Glenn Hayes, Sarah Hessenauer, Kimberly Knesting-Lund, Denton Marks, Lopa Mukherjee, Carol Normand, Manuel Ossers, Mark Schroeder, Kelly Witte, John Zbikowski, and Wenquan Zhang.
ABSENT: Paul Adogamhe, Marshall Anderson, Jeff Cook, Michael Gueno, *Pete Mesner, Amber Moulton, *Kim Naber, Lauren Smith, Shannon Stuart, Gautam Wadhwa, Ozgur Yavuzcetin, and Jianzhou Zhu.
GUEST: Carol Elsen and Alvaro Taveira
The November 7, 2013, meeting was called to order at 2:18 p.m. by Dean Stone.
Glenn Hayes moved, with a second by Manuel Ossers, to approve the minutes of the October 3, 2013 meeting. With no comments or corrections, the motion carried.
- A. A final report of Degree Qualifications Profile project was distributed with the agenda. The HLC project was a direct assessment of the difference in student abilities at different levels – associate, senior and master’s levels. The four participating programs were special education, communication, accounting, and psychology. The study found that there was little statistical difference in abilities at the associate and senior levels. However, there was significant difference in the master’s level and the other two levels.
- B. The MS-Applied Economics degree was recently approved and will begin admitting students for the fall 2014 term. The DBA degree is expected to be approved sometime in January of 2014 and will begin admitting students for fall 2014.
- C. There are a few potential graduate programs being discussed; e.g., MS-Computer Science and MS Social Work from the College of Letters & Sciences; Technology and Learning from the College of Education and Professional Studies.
- D. Two deans are being evaluated; namely, Chris Clements and John Stone. Look for a survey in your e-mail soon.
Information Only Items
Sang Choi moved to approve the lone information only item on the agenda. Carol Normand seconded the motion. Sang indicated that the title change will more accurately reflect the course content. The motion carried.
- A. Curricular Action: Title Change from the Department of Occupational, Environmental Safety & Health: SAFETY 753 FROM: Legal Aspects in Occupational Safety TO: Environmental Safety & Health Law
Glenn Hayes moved to approve items A-E on the agenda, all proposals from the Department of OESH. Sang Choi seconded the motion. Alvaro Taveira explained that the program will be refocused to the needs of practicing safety professionals. The admission criteria will be changed, as well as the delivery format (all on-line, eight-week courses). The 30 credit program can be completed in two years. With no discussion, questions or concerns, the motion carried.
A. Curricular Action: New Course from the Department of Occupational, Environmental Safety & Health: SAFETY 701 Research Methods in ESH
- B. Curricular Action: New Course from the Department of Occupational, Environmental Safety & Health: SAFETY 712 Disaster Planning and Response
- C. Curricular Action: New Course from the Department of Occupational, Environmental Safety & Health: SAFETY 779 Advanced Topics in Industrial Hygiene
- D. Curricular Action: New Course from the Department of Occupational, Environmental Safety & Health: SAFETY 784 Advanced Ergonomics
- E. Curricular Action: Change in Major from the Department of Occupational, Environmental Safety & Health: MS-Safety:
- Change the program denomination FROM: MS in Safety TO: MS in Environmental Safety & Health
- Change the number of units required for graduation FROM 36 TO 30
- Revise the curriculum
With no further discussion, Glenn Hayes moved, with a second by Kelly Witte, to adjourn the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 2:32 p.m.