MEMBERS PRESENT: Barbe, Blickhan, Cebula, Cole, Factor, Gowen, Griffiths, Gupta, Harris, Johnson, Lefticariu, Lockard, Lusk, Mini, Montgomery, Musial, Nuzzo, Osorio, Powell, Razvi, Rintala, Rose, Russell, Swanson, Varland, Waas
MEMBERS ABSENT: Schmall, Sivasubramaniam
OTHERS PRESENT: Stelling (Secretary), Van Mol (Catalog Editor/Curriculum
The meeting was called to order at 10:00 by T. Daniel Griffiths, chair. The minutes of the 530th meeting held October 7, 2002 were moved to be approved by Rintala, seconded by Lockard. The minutes were approved.
Griffiths wanted to explain his use of the term “misunderstanding” at the first Graduate Council meeting with regards to discussions of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) on tompaine. He was not criticizing tompaine or anyone in particular. Tompaine serves an important function on campus. However, when discussions get heated there is an increase in the likelihood that there will be misunderstandings or misinformation whether intentional or not from all sides of the issue being discussed.
Graduate Council Curriculum Committee
· New specialization in pedagogy and curriculum development in physical education in the M.S.Ed. in physical educationDuring the summer, the College of Education rescinded its approval of the crosslisted courses CAHE 616/ETT 616X, Adult Learning in the Workplace.
· Deletion of the specialization in sport management in the M.S.Ed. in physical education
· Deletion of the specializations in curriculum leadership, outdoor teacher education, and secondary education in the M.S.Ed. in curriculum and instruction.
Interdisciplinary Courses IDSP *445 (new course)
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
College-Wide Change in mission statement
Department of Accountancy ACCY 622 (course revision)
Change in phase two requirements
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Department of Counseling, Adult and CAHA 659 (new course)
CAHE 616 (course deletion)
CAHC 566, 603, 636 (course deletions)
CAHA *400, 586, 590, 597, 598, 620, 622, 686, 697, 698 (course revisions)
Change in non-thesis option
Department of Educational Psychology EPFE 525 to 625, EPFE 622X (course revisions)
Department of Educational Technology,
ETT 616X (course deletion)
Research and Assessment
ETT 586, 686 (course revisions)
Department of Kinesiology and Physical
Requirement change in specialization in
Education adapted physical education
Department of Literacy Education LTDH *452, *467, *468, *469, 552, 567, 568, 569, 587, 666 (course deletions)
LTLA 542 (new course)
Change in course work offered
Department of Teaching and Learning
TLCI 586C, 590C, 597C, 686C (course deletions)
TLCI 550 to CAHA 555, TLCI 651 to CAHE 651, TLCI 657 to CAHA 657 (course revisions)
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
Department of Technology TECH *412, *414 (course revisions)
COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SCIENCES
Department of Communicative Disorders COMD 593 (course revision)
Change in non-thesis option
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES
College Introductory Section New course designator, WOMS (Women’s Studies)
ILAS *430, *434, 520, 530, 539 to WOMS (course revisions)
Requirement change for certificate of graduate study in women’s studies
Department of Anthropology ANTH *435 (new course)
Department of Communication JOUR *410, *460, *485 (course revisions)
Department of Computer Science CSCI 580C (course deletion)
CSCI 580 N, U (new courses)
CSCI 563, 564, 567, 569, 588, 589 (course revisions)
Change of required courses for M.S.
Department of Economics ECON 640, 642 (new courses)
Department of Foreign Languages and
New Certificate of Graduate Study in
Literatures Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture
FLSP *414, FLTE 594 (course revisions)
Department of Geography GEOG *435 (new course)
GEOG *413, *464, *467 (course revisions)
Department of History HIST *427, *430, *431, *433 (course deletions)
HIST *459 (new course)
HIST *422, *455, *477 (course revisions)
Change in foreign study in history
Department of Mathematical Sciences MATH *402, *412 (course revisions)
Department of Physics Change in M.S. requirements
Change in Ph.D. requirements
Department of Political Science POLS *469 (course revision)
Department of Sociology SOCI *454, *457 (course revisions)
Change in non-thesis option
COLELGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
College-wide New Certificate of Graduate Study in Museum Studies
School of Art ARTH to ART *465, 557, 665 (course revisions)
ARTE *480, 520, 523, 530, 541, 551, 561, 620, 623, 630, 641, 651, 661 (course revisions)
School of Music MUSC *433, *434, 568M, 591V, 660 (new courses)
The following was recorded but further approval is needed before inclusion in the Graduate Catalog:
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Department of Teaching and Learning Deletion of the specialization in multiply handicapped, deaf or vision
The following items, along with those pointed out at the beginning of this committee report, are ready for inclusion in the Graduate Catalog:
COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
School of Art Revisions to ARTE 582
School of Music New teacher certification section
Graduate Fellowship Committee
Montgomery announced the winners of the Distinguished Master Thesis award: Yuzheng Guo, Department of Electrical Engineering, won first place and Robin Watkins, Department of Psychology, won second place. Both winners receive a plaque and first place receives $300 and second place receives $200. The first place winner’s thesis is also submitted to the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools competition.
The committee has also sent out a call for university fellowship nominees.
These awards of $6,000 for 10 months go to non-doctoral students.
The criteria are on the Graduate School Web site. The deadline for
the Graduate School to receive these nominations from departments is February
3, 2003. The committee hopes this early deadline will allow for the
winners to be announced in time for departments to know who to offer assistantships
Griffiths wants discussion to begin on increasing interdisciplinary
research and scholarship via grants. One problem is with indirect
costs. When more than one college is involved there can be disagreements
as to where the “college” portion of the indirect costs go. This problem
needs to be solved, possibly through discussions among the college deans.
Russell commented that work needs to be done on getting more of the indirect
costs to the departments and to the colleges. Griffiths said he received
Dean Kitterle’s break down of other Mid-America Conference (MAC) universities’
indirect costs to colleges and departments. This breakdown did not
whether the colleges and departments have to use their own money to cover what is done at NIU by the Office of Sponsored Projects and by Grants Fiscal.
Mini said her department, Physics, just wrote a grant with Engineering and this problem came up. Musial also commented that the personnel part gets “sticky.” The principal investigator (PI) title is important. If a grant has many experts working on different aspects of the grant then the grant has many co-PIs and a problem comes into play of who has what percentage of the work to perform and who gets how much of the credit. There need to be better titles and better ways to get the work breakdown.
Rintala questioned if there is a way to assure that the money going to all these different entities on campus really goes toward research. Russell also mentioned that merit needs to be looked into. If a person cannot get credit for working on a grant to be counted towards their merit raise or toward their tenure then why should a faculty person bother? Montgomery observed that one potential problem is that personnel policies are department-based; there is no way to assure uniform treatment. Swanson believes teaching should also be involved in any discussion about interdisciplinary research since there have been problems in the past in this area as well.
Illinois Association of Graduate School Fall Meeting
This conference, attended by Griffiths and Montgomery, was held at Eastern Illinois University October 24-25.
Montgomery explained this group was an informal confederation of deans from public and private higher institutions of learning. Montgomery reported on the session given by Diane Gilleland, Deputy Director, Academic Affairs of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. She spoke on assessment and said by 2004 all departments will use assessment; this is the IBHE’s mandate as part of the Illinois Commitment. The weak link about assessment commonly is using the results to improve the program. Gilleland will be brainstorming at the Council of Graduate Schools meeting in Washington, D.C. in December with various deans and associate deans to begin plans for a workshop. This workshop would take place sometime in 2003 and would try to help universities make that last step happen: the step between doing an assessment and using the results to improve a program. Gilleland offered funding from her office for this, an offer the IAGS deans quickly accepted!
Lance Pressl, Vice President for Federal Relations and Public Affairs
for the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) was the other speaker Montgomery
summarized. He stressed the need to get the message out about the
importance of graduate education to outside audiences. CGS is working
on this problem There is now a national concern about terrorism,
which may provide one avenue for highlighting the value of graduate education.
One way this concern shows is how the NIH and NSF fellowships have been
raised; there is some discussion in Congress on raising
them as high as $30,000 a year. This could cause problems with other stipends offered under other grants or non-grant funds. Pressl emphasized that academics are hesitant to deal with lobbyists but they really need to. Griffiths agreed that Pressl’s talk was very informative and it is important for us to be more active in lobbying. NIU has an excellent State and Federal relations office with Kathryn Buettner and Kenneth Zehnder. Pressl also talked about what graduate education can do in areas such as national defense and how the new emphasis on national defense may increase support in science as well as non-science areas.
Griffiths discussed briefly the status of graduate programs available through the Illinois Virtual Campus. One problem right now with the Illinois Virtual Campus is that public access is limited to community college campuses.
Rintala said, in reference to assessment that different groups look for different numbers from assessment. Everyone needs to assess that students are able to grasp conceptual ideas, not just score well on tests. Montgomery said that a common frustration among faculty is that there are no resources to effect program changes identified through assessment as necessary or desirable. Musial agreed with Rintala and said what needs to be assessed is whether the student is better than when he/she began the program; may not have a better score than the last group of students, who may have started from a different level, but has improved from his/her capability at the beginning of the program.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m.