Current Graduate Council

Graduate Council - November 2007 Minutes


November 1, 2007
PRESENT: Leon Arriola, Scott Bradley, John Chenoweth, Carla Corroto, Greg Curtis (for Anene Okocha), Abby Fritz, Robert Gruber, Crista Lebens, Pete Mesner, Jennifer Oehler, Paul Rybski (for Bob Benjamin), Tracey Scherr, William Skelly, Shannon Stuart, Alvaro Taveira, Tony Truog, Susan Wildermuth, and John Zbikowski.
ABSENT: Paul Adogamhe, *Marshall Anderson, Sana Bauman, Will Drago, Rex Hanger, *Glenn Hayes, Jeffery Heinrich, Hephzibah Kumpaty, Seung-joon Lee, *Thomas Mettille, *Stephanie Miller, Andrea Musher, Manuel Ossers, Carol Scovotti, Jim Winship, and Linda Yu.
GUESTS: Don Zahn

*Previously notified.

John Stone called the meeting to order at 2:20p.m.


The meeting minutes of October 4, 2007 meeting were unanimously approved on a motion by Tony Truog, with a second by John Chenoweth.


  1. A summary of the Graduate Research Grant awards for the 2007-08 year was attached to the agenda for the Council to review. There were nine grants awarded for a total amount of approximately $3,500.00. The amount requested by each student was very low in comparison to the $750.00 maximum award possible, so another competition may be run in the spring. A $20,000 funding request has been made to SUFAC for next year’s competition. The outcome of that request is not yet known.
  2. Also attached to the agenda were entitlements to plan degrees from UW-River Falls (MA in TESOL) and UW-Stout (MFA in Art and Design). These are circulated among the academic deans for their review.
  3. John distributed a copy of the Growth Agenda for UW-W. The goal is to add 1000 FTE by 2012, either graduate or undergraduate, of which 40% will be from programs delivered entirely off campus.


Tony Truog moved to approve all New Business items on the agenda. Pete Mesner seconded the motion. John Zbikowski presented a brief overview of the changes to the old MS-C&I program, which will now be an MSE-Professional Development. He indicated that this new degree will now be a 30 credit minimum, down from 36 credits, with the elimination of emphases with low enrollment and the addition of emphases that are in demand. The new degree will also combine project planning with coursework. Paul Rybski questioned whether the Learning in the Early Years emphasis should be eliminated, but John indicated that there are no faculty to support this emphasis, and that the pre-K-6 program is available for those wanting that licensure. With no further discussion, the motion carried. Items included:

  1. Curricular Action: Course Revision, Description Change, Title Change, Credit Change, and Grade Basis Change from the Curriculum and Instruction Department: EDUINDP 789 FROM: Integrative Project TO: Capstone Project Seminar (Syllabus)
  2. Curricular Action: New Course from the Curriculum and Instruction Department: EDUINDP 724 Planning for Change: Seminar in Research, Practice and Voice (Syllabus)
  3. Curricular Action: New Course from the Curriculum and Instruction Department: EDUINDP 726 Capstone Advising I: Project Planning and Review of Literature (Syllabus)
  4. Curricular Action: New Course from the Curriculum and Instruction Department: EDUINDP 727 Capstone Advising II: Data Collection and Analysis (Syllabus)
  5. Curricular Action: Change in Degree from the Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Foundations Departments FROM: MS – Curriculum and Instruction TO: MSE-Professional Development (Summary of Changes)

With no other business, Tony Truog moved to adjourn the meeting at 2:40 p.m. William Skelly seconded the motion. The motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Sally Lange