Graduate Council – Minutes

East Tennessee State University

April 28, 2014 1:15pm

President’s Conference Room – Dossett Hall 206

 

Present:  Dr. Karin Bartoszuk, Dr. Stacy D. Brown, Dr. William R. Duncan, Dr. Emmett M. Essin, Dr. Marsh Grube, Dr. Marie Jones, Dr. Karen King, Dr. Lori Marks, Dr. Brian Maxson, Dr. Cecilia A. McIntosh, Dr. Phillip Musich, Dr. Robert Pack, Dr. Martha M. Pointer, Dr. Mitch Robinson, Dr. Marie Tedesco, Dr. Ester L. Verhovsek

 

Absent:  Dr. Russell Brown, Ms. Maria D. Costa, Ms. LaDonna Hutchins, Dr. Jeff R. Knisley, Ms. Billie Lancaster, Dr. Kathleen M. Rayman, Dr. Evelyn Roach, Mr. Joshua Savage, Dr. Janna Scarborough, Ms. Colleen Scott, Dr. Florence M. Weierbach

 

Guests:  Dr. Kelly Reath, Dr. Joel Ryman

 

Approval of March 2014 Minutes:

 

The motion made, seconded and approved to accept the March 31, 2014 minutes.

 

Curriculum Subcommittee report – Dr. Marie Jones:

 

Each of the proposals below was considered using the following characteristics as an element of the appropriateness of the proposal:

Appropriate credit hour assignment

Appropriate discipline-specific best practices

Appropriate purpose and goals of the proposal

Appropriate intellectual/learning outcomes

Appropriate content and topics

Appropriate major assignments

Appropriate class level

Appropriate course type

Appropriate course delivery method

Conflict with other courses or programs

Articulation and transferability of credit to other institutions

 

Revision of Admission Requirements. Social Work:

 

For clarity, please add to end of purpose in TBR document: “consisting of 1) extending the time frame for the BSW degree to be recognized for Advanced Standing admissions; and 2) providing applicants a greater opportunity to present their qualifications in an expanded written essay separate from the essay required by Graduate Studies.”

 

Action taken by council:  approved with the recommendations

 

New Course. BADM-5700. Intercultural Studies for Business. (Study Abroad):

 

Under “other information” copy/paste in the academic misconduct and disability policies. Also, link to the ETSU syllabus attachment: http://www.etsu.edu/reg/academics/syllabus.aspx

 

Action taken by council:  approved with the recommendations

 

 Non-substantive changes to RODP Master of Professional Studies Program (see attachments at end of agenda)

 

Action taken by council:  Tabled to next meeting

 

 

Graduate Faculty Subcommittee report and recommendations – Dr. Marks. 

 

Appointment

 

Applicant

Department

Recommendation

1.      Dickson, Louise

Educational Leadership

Affiliate

2.      Hood, Amanda

Art & Design

Affiliate

3.      Mullins, Mary

Social Work

Member

4.      Powers, Leigh

Nursing, Graduate Programs

Member*

 

* The “Member” status recommendation for Leigh Powers is contingent upon obtaining the appropriate Dean’s signature prior to the April 28 Graduate Council meeting.

 

Action of council:  approved including Dr. Powers for member status

 

Reappointment

 

Applicant

Department

Present Status

Recommendation

1.      Beck, Scott

Sociology & Anthropology

Member

Senior Member

2.      Bitter, James

Counseling & Human Services

Full Member

Senior Member

3.      Liu, Yali

Math & Stat

Full Member

Member

4.      Panus, Peter

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Full Member

Member

5.      Poole, George

Mathematical & Statistical Sciences

Full Member

Member

6.      Slatton, Ralph

Art & Design

Full Member

Member

7.      Schneider, Kent

Accountancy

Full Member

Member

8.      Smith, Mike

Art & Design

Full Member

Member

 

Action of council:  approved

Report from Academic Council – Dr. Marks:

Dr. Marks reported the Academic Council approved the letter of intent for four post-DNP graduate certificates in the College of Nursing.  Also, Dr. Marks stated an agreement between John Cabot University and ETSU has been implemented for opportunities to study abroad. There was no further items discussed that related to the council.

Old Business:

Dr. Bartoszuk conveyed the Annual Graduate Studies Award ceremony was an overall success.  The award ceremony had 200 attendees, awarded eighty certificates and/or plaques, and took 90 minutes.  Also, the departments were invited to give out awards to their student.  A reception was held after the ceremony and many of the recipients and presenters stayed for refreshments and to mingle.   

New Business:

Dr. McIntosh gave a summary of the request for policy review from the College of Public Health.  The request is to review existing GPA requirements, specifically the policy that all grades are used in GPA calculation.  The council discussed items on the handout of ETSU current policy and other universities that offer Academic Fresh Start for Graduate Students.  An ad hoc committee was formed to study the merit of the Academic Fresh Start for Graduate Students and the GPA calculation requirements.  The committee members are Dr. Tedesco, Dr. Robert Pack, and Dr. Phil Musich, Dr. Brian Maxson, and Dr. McIntosh. The committee will present a proposal at the next meeting for review

Other:

Dr. McIntosh inquired if the council will meet in June for the graduate faculty appointments that need to be reviewed and voted.  It was decided the subcommittee will meet June 9 and the council will meet June 16.

Dr. McIntosh stated the online Graduate Faculty applications demonstration will be presented at the Dean’s Council on Thursday.  ETC will show features in the new system.  ETC plans to be ready for beta-testing of the software during the summer.

Adjournment:

There was no further business to discuss; therefore, the meet was adjourned at 2:35 p.m.