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Graduate Council - November 2009 Minutes

GRADUATE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES


November 12, 2009
PRESENT: Scott Bradley, John Chenoweth, Will Drago, Paul Gregory, Glenn Hayes, Thomas Jeffery, Anene Okocha, Manuel Ossers, Margaret Phillips, Paul Rybski, Carol Scovotti (for Pavan Chennamaneni), Zhengnan Shi, Rebecca Shrum, Shannon Stuart, Alvaro Taveira, Kelly Witte, Linda Yu, and John Zbikowski.
ABSENT: *Paul Adogamhe, Marshall Anderson, Sarah Beckman, William Bowen, Melanie Floyd, Lynn Hafemeister, Crista Lebens, Denton Marks, *Pete Mesner, Christine Neddenriep, Tim Reutebuch, Mallory Riggs, Mark Schroeder, Lauren Smith, S-A Welch, Max White.
GUESTS: Carol Elsen and Don Zahn

*Previously notified.


The first meeting of the academic year was called to order by Dean John Stone at 2:17 p.m. Members of the Council introduced themselves for the benefit of all new members. The minutes of the May 7, 2009 meeting were then approved on a motion by Glenn Hayes, with a second by Manuel Ossers.


Announcements

  1. A summary of fall 2009 enrollment indicates that it is the highest enrollment since 1975, with a total of 750 FTE.
  2. The graduate student research grants will be available again in the spring, with an application deadline of February 12th.
  3. The number of graduate assistantship awards will be increased for 2010-11 with the restoration of two minority bonus assistantships.

Information Only Items

Paul Rybski moved to approve Information Only items A and B on the agenda. Will Drago seconded the motion. With no questions or concerns, the motion carried. Items included:

  1. Curricular Action: Course Deletion from the Department of Sociology: SOCIOLGY 555: Social Psychology
  2. Curricular Action: Change in Grade Basis: EDUINDP 724 Planning for Change

NEW BUSINESS ITEMS

Will Drago moved to approve New Business items A-D on the agenda. Margaret Phillips seconded the motion. Don Zahn explained the rationale for each of the four changes. With no further discussion, the motion carried.

  • Curricular Action: Change in Submajor: MBA-Management
  • Curricular Action: Change in Submajor: MBA-Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Curricular Action: Change in Degree: MBA: Include 764 Sustainable Management within the Common Body of Knowledge Required Breadth
  • Curricular Action: Change in Degree: MBA: Add Management 761 Supply Chain Systems as one of the possible courses with the Common Body of Knowledge in the Global Management module.

Next John Zbikowski moved, with a second by Glenn Hayes, for approval of the new submajor: Teaching in Alternative Education Settings (TAES) program. John went on to explain the rationale for the new, completely on-line, certificate program. With no further questions or concerns, the motion carried.

Paul Rybski then moved for approval of the new course from the Department of Special Education. Manuel Ossers seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

  • Curricular Action: New Course from the Department of Special Education: SPECFLD 685G Field Study: Infants/Toddlers with Disabilities

And, finally, Will Drago moved for approval of the new language requirement for international graduate students. Paul Rybski seconded the motion, which was subsequently approved.


FROM:
  • Arrange for an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies if English is not the native language. A TOEFL score of 550 paper, 213 computer, or 79 internet-based is required for admission into some degree programs and is strongly recommended by others. or
  • Arrange for admission into the Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI) in Madison, Wisconsin. Students must complete the institute's 700 level, including academic reading and writing, and academic listening and speaking skills, with a rating of "very good" or higher (3, 3+, or 4). Students must arrange to have these results and a recommendation from WESLI forwarded to the Graduate Office. or
  • 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
TO:
  • Arrange for an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies if English is not the native language. A TOEFL score of 550 paper, 213 computer, or 79 internet-based is required for admission into some degree programs and is strongly recommended by others. or
  • Arrange for admission into the Wisconsin English Second Language Institute (WESLI) in Madison, Wisconsin. Students must complete the institute's 700 level, including academic reading and writing, and academic listening and speaking skills, with a rating of "very good" or higher (3, 3+, or 4). Students must arrange to have these results and a recommendation from WESLI forwarded to the Graduate Office. or
  • 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
Applicants are exempt from the TOEFL requirement if they:
  • have earned a bachelor's degree from an English-speaking country (click here)
  • have attended a U.S. college or university continuously for more than one year or have a completed U.S. undergraduate degree.
  • have received an undergraduate degree from a foreign institution where English is the language of instruction.
  • have resided and worked in the U.S. for more than one year without being a student.

Carol Scovotti moved, with a second by Will Drago, to adjourn the meeting at 2:56 p.m. The motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,


Sally Lange


Secretary