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Graduate Programs Council

October 12, 2001

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

Dean Deputy was present for the first few minutes to review his charge to the Council, emphasizing the Council´s authority in governance issues. He expects the Council to be run from faculty thoughts/perspectives, but he wants to provide input as needed.

Jackie Millslagle will chair as the Dean´s Office representative and will record minutes. The committee will meet 10:00-11:00 a.m., Fridays, on a bi-weekly schedule for the fall semester, beginning October 19. Other dates are November 2, 16, 30, and December 14.

The committee will operate with consensus as the norm unless none can be reached, at which time a vote will be called. There will be formal voting on curriculum proposals.

Proposals for courses numbered 5000 and above, and any 4000-level course proposed to be offered for graduate credit, will be submitted to the GPC for approval.. Action on 4000- and 5000-level courses will be summarized and forwarded to Academic Affairs for information. All curriculum proposals must be submitted to the Dean´s Office by the end of Friday of the week prior to a scheduled meeting. Lynn Velander will distribute.

There was general discussion among the Council members on the role of the GPC. Proposed revisions (1999) to the M.Ed. constitution were never approved. The Council has already received proposals for 3 new M.Ed. programs that are totally different from the current programs. Even within the current programs, there is a wide range of interpretations of its purpose and goals. The Council agreed that early in our process, some parameters need to be established for collegiate graduate programs so that we can react to new proposals, and review those already in place. A new constitution needs to be developed, and new policies written. To facilitate, Jackie agreed to summarize problems, issues, ideas, and distribute relevant parts of the old constitution.

Meeting adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

The agenda for October 19 will include consideration of course proposals circulated today.

Jackie Millslagle, Recorder