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Graduate Programs Council

February 11, 2002, 10:00 a.m.

Present: Melanie Shepard, Mark Mizuko, Sue Damme, Ken Gilbertson, Frank Guldbrandsen, Jackie Millslagle.

Discussion of membership and committee chair position. This is a faculty committee, driven by faculty needs, and should be chaired by a faculty member. Associate Dean is ex-officio, but will consult with the chair with regard to agenda, and the Deans office will provide administrative support. Discussion on membership included department vs. program. Also discussed the structure of the Center for Environmental Education.

MOTION/SECOND/CARRIED. The Graduate Program Council will consist of a representative from each department that offers graduate programs, and a representative of any formal organizational structure that sponsors inter-departmental programs. Approved at this time is the Center for Environmental Education.

Any current members not included in this structure were encouraged to participate through the end of this academic year. A faculty chair will be elected at the next meeting.

Draft Constitution. MOTION/SECOND/CARRIED to approve the following ARTICLE in the Constitution.

ARTICLE nn. Governance

Collegiate graduate programs will be governed by the College of Education and Human Service Professions Graduate Program Council (GPC).

Section 1: Purpose

The Graduate Program Council (GPC) serves to stimulate appropriate consistency, congruency, and cohesiveness in policy and procedure across all graduate programs in CEHSP.

Section 2: Authority

The GPC has authority to develop and implement policy and approve graduate curricula to guarantee consistency and congruency across programs. Graduate Program Council will approve all graduate level course curricula and collegiate program curricula, and formulate policy and procedure for the delivery of the collegiate graduate programs. The GPC shall, upon request from the faculty, the Dean, or its own initiative, study and review matters of administrative policy and graduate program development.

Section 3: Responsibilities

The duties of the GPC shall be:

  • to serve as curriculum committee for all graduate-level course proposals and graduate level program proposals;
  • to initiate studies and formulate plans for both immediate and long-range development of the collegiate graduate programs;
  • to develop and establish educational policy affecting the collegiate graduate programs;
  • to provide direction to the Collegiate Graduate Program Director in interpreting and implementing Graduate Program policies related to the instructional, research, and service functions of the masters programs;
  • to give direction to the Collegiate Graduate Program Director on general policies concerning budgeting, faculty personnel, liaison with departments, campus and
  • University groups, state and national organizations and agencies;
  • to review the programs progress in achieving goals (GPC will need to develop a review process).

Curriculum update.

A Master of Special Education proposal will be circulated for consideration at the next Council meeting.

A summary of changes to 5xxx courses was circulated for discussion/action at next meeting.

M.Ed. in School Counseling, Community Counseling, and Psychology have not been implemented pending Deans clearance with VCAA. No Regents action is necessary as the M.Ed. is approved with concentration in any field. There is on-going discussion of a proposal for a Master of Psychology; if the department elects to go this way, the proposal will be brought back to GPC.

Frank Guldbrandsen reviewed on-going work in Education. A graduate program coordinator position has been established. A budget is being developed to seek funds to inload M.Ed. offerings.

Other. Ken Gilbertson asked for procedure to change core requirements in the Environmental Education graduate program. Now that program requirements have been established, existing programs should review curriculum and submit a summary to GPC, including admission requirements, core, electives, final project, etc. Environmental Education will be on the next agenda.

Agenda items for next meeting:

  1. Elect a chair
  2. Pauls suggestions on membership.
  3. Master in Special Education
  4. SPED 5xxx course description changes
  5. Master in Psychology (??????)
  6. Approval process for appointment to graduate committees
  7. Develop plan for continuing work on Constitution

Adjouned, 11:35 a.m.

Jackie Millslagle, Recorder