Graduate Council Meeting
April 30, 2001
Payne Hall Basement
Graduate Council Minutes
Present: Ms. Katherine Sweeney (Registrar and Director of Admissions), Dr. Mary Gendernalik-Cooper (Chair of Teacher Development), Dr. Mark Warner (Teacher Development), Dr. Steve Hobbs (Chair of Psychology), Dr. Gerald Thompson (Mathematics), Dr. Richard Bramblett (Assoc. Dean of the College of Business Administration), Mr. Jack Widener (Dean of the College of Business Administration), Dr. Rob Freeman (Dean of the College of Education), Dr. Mark Fissel (Assoc. VP for Academic Affairs), Dr. Betty House (Dean of Arts and Sciences), Dr. Gwen Wood (Director of the MPA program), and Mr. Nathan Relken (Student representative).
Dr. Fissel called the meeting to order at 3:05 pm, and made a brief statement about how graduate education had fared during the recently completed visit of the SACS Self-Study team. He read Recommendations 5, 6, and 7.
It was moved, seconded, and resolved that the Council insert the discussion of the recommendations at the top of the afternoon's agenda items, and explore how these recommendations might be addressed speedily and thoroughly.
In a general discussion which followed, a consensus emerged that all three recommendations were indeed remediable within the extant framework of graduate education. Several members of the Council expressed the opinion that it was important for the Graduate Council to respond promptly and decisively in working to rectify problems identified by the visitation team. A "pro-active" Graduate Council would do much to address the concerns that underlie Recommendation 5.
As background to Recommendations 6 and 7, several councilors pointed out the need for explicit publication and circulation of graduate student requirements, regulations and conditions for remaining in good standing as a graduate student. Policies do exist and are available to students and faculty. However, discussion ensued as to how that information could be made more accessible. It was suggested that the Graduate Council could review and align the various policies regarding probation and conditional admission.
Similarly, it was noted that there exist policies regarding the eligibility of faculty to teach graduate courses. These definitions of eligibility should be made more accessible and be published. Discussion turned to where and how the above-mentioned information should be made more available.
Members of the committee raised broad issues regarding the changing of university by-laws so that the Council could be empowered to address the three SACS recommendations. The curricular responsibilities of the Council were cited and it was emphasized that a policy manual for graduate education should be updated and made available. The uses of a policy manual were outlined.