AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY
September 21, 1998
2:00 p.m. Payne Hall Conference Room
Old Business: NONE
New Business: There was discussion of the hiatus during which the graduate council had not met, including descriptions of the current status of graduate studies in the respective colleges.
The composition and membership of the graduate council was examined in light of SACS recommendation 5.1 and the somewhat altered infrastructure of Augusta State University. Representatives of each College shared the procedures of their respective programs with reference to administration, admissions and records.
The need for a graduate policy manual for guidance of graduate programs was discussed, again with reference to the SACS recommendation. The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs volunteered to look into the matter. Steve Hobbs pointed out that the minutes of the old graduate council are on file in the Reese Library, and referred the AVPAA to that archive.
Dean Freeman and others explained how administrators of graduate programs have indeed communicated and met to discuss common issues over the last couple of years. He emphasized the importance of determining a "process for the governance of graduate programs" and reminded the council that SACS "recommendations" are perhaps a euphemism. We are expected to be compliant.
The group then read collectively SACS recommendations 5 and 6, and discussed how best to become compliant.
The committee adjourned at 2:55p.m.