Minutes Approved at the 559th Meeting - April 3, 2006

558th Meeting
March 6, 2006

MEMBERS PRESENT: Blickhan, Bose, Brovelli, Carnahan, Changnon, Curry, Factor, Gowen, Gupta, Harris, Jackson, Johnson, Karonis, Lieberman, Lockard, Odoms-Young, Richgels, Sims, Waas, Willis

MEMBERS ABSENT: Abdel-Motaleb, Arado, Barbe, Beguin, Hurych, Miranda, Morrissey, Singh

OTHERS PRESENT: Arntz (Assistant to the Vice President for Research), Osorio (University Libraries), Smith (Catalog Editor/Curriculum Coordinator), Wright (Secretary)

Rathindra Bose, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, called the meeting to order at 10 a.m.

Carnahan moved approval of the February 6, 2006 minutes with the following correction: In the Standards Committee section the word “humanity” will now read “humanities” Blickhan seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

Committee Reports

Dissertation Completion Fellowship Committee:

Willis stated that 16 students were awarded fellowships, 6 part-time and 10 full-time. The letters will be going out to students announcing the awards within a week.

Standards Committee:

Waas presented two motions for the committee to vote on.

Motion 1: When evaluating baccalaureate degree transcripts from recognized foreign institutions for the purpose of admission to NIU graduate programs, the Graduate School will consider degrees obtained from countries participating in the “Bologna” process to be equivalent to U.S. baccalaureate degrees. Such applications will be forwarded to the relevant NIU graduate program for further evaluation. Applications received from non-Bologna participating countries will continue to be treated as they have been in the past (i.e., with a presumption that they are not equivalent) unless a specific case can be made that they are equivalent to U.S. baccalaureate degrees for the purposes of matriculation into a graduate program. The Graduate School will continue to monitor developments with the Bologna process including student admission data and academic progress, and the response of U.S. universities, transcript evaluation organizations, and accreditation associations.

The committee discussed the motion in great detail. Bose agreed that the Graduate School should continue to monitor the Bologna process, including how other universities are handling Bologna degrees. Factor seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

Motion 2: To be inserted into the 2005-06 Graduate Catalog, page 35, paragraph 3.

(New language underlined; deleted language struck through.)

A student who has formally begun the dissertation or its equivalent must register in course number 699 (doctoral dissertation). Once a student has begun registration in course number 699 (doctoral dissertation), the student must continue to register in course number 699 in each subsequent term until the dissertation is submitted to and formally approved by the Graduate School. Students must complete a minimum total of 6 hours of course number 699 for the doctoral degree.

The rationale for the minimum of 6 hours in course number 699 is to ensure that student work devoted to the doctoral dissertation is appropriately documented. Bose questioned whether 12 hours of 699 should be required. Willis responded that the sciences are required to take more dissertation hours than humanities are. Bose inquired how this motion would affect international students. What are the IBHE guidelines in regards to post-candidacy students? Further committee discussion followed. Lockard seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

Curriculum Committee:

Harris moved to approve the committee recommendations from the February 13, 2006 Curriculum Committee meeting. Karonis seconded the motion, which carried unanimously. The following new courses, course deletions, course revisions, and other catalog changes in catalog copy were approved:


Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education

CAHA 500 (course addition)
Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations

EPS 501, 613 (course revisions)
Certificates of Graduate Study - Foundations of Education (18) -
History of Education (revisions)

Department of Literacy Education LTRE 591, 618 (course revisions)
Certification at the Graduate Level (revisions)
Department of Industrial Engineering IENG *422 (course revision)

School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences

FCNS 591, 593 (course additions)
FCNS 594, 595, 597 (course revisions)
Master of Science in Applied Family and Child Studies - Admission (revisions)
Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy - Requirements (revisions) Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics - Admission - Requirements (revisions)


Department of Chemistry CHEM *496 (course addition)
Department of Sociology

Master of Arts in Sociology (revisions)



School of Art

ARTE 699 (course addition)


Fellowship Committee:

The Fellowship Committee will meet the week after Spring Break.

Colloquium Committee:

The Colloquium Committee will meet the week after Spring Break to evaluate the proposals submitted.

Honorary Degree Committee:

This year there were three nominations received for Honorary Degrees. The committee met and carefully reviewed each nomination and concluded that the recommendation made to the President would be that none of the nominees met the criteria to receive an honorary degree.

New Business

PeopleSoft Implementation:

Factor briefly discussed the PeopleSoft system that is being implemented on campus. The system runs through Internet Explorer. The plan is to have the system for admissions and recruiting in place by August 2007, the financial aid system in place by January 2008 and the Bursar Office system in place for March 2008.


Associate Dean Search:

Blickhan reported that the search committee was interviewing the final candidate for the position and the committee will meet to forward their recommendations to Bose. Blickhan commented that this search committee has been the most collegial group that he has had the pleasure of working with. The search committee was composed of the following individuals: Charles Blickhan (chair of the committee), Kris Campbell (graduate student MATH), Jon Carnahan (CHEM), LaMetra Curry (graduate student, CAHE), Heide Fehrenbach (HIST), Lyndon Perkins (Grad school staff rep), Jean Pierce (LEPF), Mary Pritchard (HHS), Simon Song (MEE), Michael Spires (SPS representative, CHEM), Greg Waas (PSYC), and Lemuel Watson (CAHE). Blickhan also thanked Wright who helped organize meetings and schedules for the search. Bose stated that this search was handled excellently by Blickhan, who managed to do a great job of keeping everything on schedule.

Deadline Changes:

Willis proposed changing the January 1 application deadline to turn in supporting materials to December 1. This change would decrease the amount of mail that piles up over the holiday break and help the graduate school staff with the distribution of work load. This issue will be discussed further at the next meeting.

Bose announced that the Division of Research and Graduate Studies will be coming out of the budget deficit a year earlier than expected. By the middle of next year the Division will have up to $200,000 to invest in enhancing research activities that would generate additional indirect cost. Bose desires to see this money help secure more extramural funding for the University. Bose proposed that departments write proposals to obtain up to $50,000 from the Division of Research and Graduate Studies for three years. Letters soliciting proposals will be sent out to departments very soon.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m.