The University of Alabama

September 25, 2001


The regular meeting of the Graduate Council was held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 in the Forum Room of the Ferguson Center.


MEMBERS PRESENT:       Dr. Martin Bakker, Dr. Carol Cassel,

Dr. Michael Dugan, Dr. Barbara Fischer,

Dr. Susan C. Fleming, Dr. Michael L. Freeman,

Dr. Marsha L. Houston, Dr. D. Jeff  Jackson,

Dr. Laura G. Klinger, Dr. Richard G. Lomax,

Dr. Michael D. Murphy, Dr. Yorgo Pasadeos,

Dr. Martha J. Powell, Dr. David R. Roskos-Ewoldsen,

Dr. Nancy J. Rubin, Dr. Edward J. Schnee,

Dr. Marietta P. Stanton, Dr. Paul H. Stuart,

Dr. Min Sun, Dr. Cynthia S. Sunal,

Dr. Stephen J. Thoma, Dr. Carol L. Tieso,

Dr. John M. Wiest, Dr. S. Allen Wilcoxon


MEMBERS ABSENT:         Dr. Bruce E. Barrett, Dr. Ida M. Johnson,

Dr. Sharon O’Dair, Dr. Joseph S. Thrasher,

                                    Dr. Harold J. Weber




MEMBERS PRESENT:       Dean Louis A. Pitschmann, Dean Ronald Rogers



PRESENT:                 Ms. Samantha Briggs, Mr. Frederick Mackey





PRESENT:                 Dr. Pat Harrison, Associate Dean,

                                    Dr. John F. Schmitt, Associate Dean,

                                    Ms. Louise Labosier, Admissions Officer


Dean Rogers opened the meeting by asking if there were corrections to the April 24, 2001 Graduate Council minutes. With no corrections noted, the minutes were approved.

Dean Rogers called for the reports from various committees.

I.                   Reports from Graduate Council Committees

A.               Admissions and Recruitment

Dr. Edward Schnee, chairperson, reported that the committee had met to review revisions to admissions standards made over the past several years. The committee concluded that the admission changes had been well received and were serving their intended purposes. Dr. Schnee advised the Council of the changes in the structure of the general test of the GRE, noting the replacement of the analytical portion by an analytical writing element. The committee will address guidelines for departments to use in evaluation of the new score reporting system.                     

B.               Financial Aid

Chairperson, Dr. David Roskos-Ewoldsen, indicated that the committee planned to address the criteria for selection of research fellowships, making the criteria more specific to assist departments with the preparation of nominations. He called attention to the handout summarizing the 2001-2002 awards and deadlines. Dean Rogers reported that Graduate Council Fellowships have not been affected by proration.

C.        Program and Degree Requirements

Dr. Steve Thoma, chairperson, directed the Council’s attention to the committee’s handout concerning the College of Education’s request to allow courses delivered through IITS at both the Tuscaloosa campus and the Gadsden Center to satisfy doctoral residency requirements. The committee expressed several concerns with the recommendation: 1) the lack of distinction between the Ed.D. and Ph.D. requirements, 2) the establishment of no upper limit on hours accepted via IITS courses, and 3) the current existence of an alternative doctoral residency for Gadsden students. Recognizing the firm foundation that residency requirements play in doctoral study, the committee recommended a negative vote on the proposal. It was moved and seconded that the Graduate Council not accept the College of Education’s proposal as presented. The vote was unanimous.

D.        Research and New Programs

Dr. Mike Freeman, chairperson, reported that the Committee on Research and New Programs had met with Dr. Allen Wilcoxon regarding the proposed certification in School Counseling sought by the Program in Counselor Education and recommended to the Council acceptance of the proposal. It was moved and seconded to accept the Committee’s recommendation and the motion passed unanimously.

Dean Rogers reported that the proposed Ph.D. program in Anthropology had received approval by the University Board of Trustees and was currently under review by ACHE.

II.                Reports from the Dean’s Office and Academic Affairs

Dean Rogers requested that a graduate student representative be appointed to standing university committees that represent graduate student interests. Dr. Yorgo Pasadeos, Chairman of the Committee on Committees, will work with the Graduate Student Association to identify those committees with vested graduate student interests and graduate students willing to serve on committees.  

Dr. Rogers reported that the Graduate Council’s response to the System Office’s Strategic Planning Initiative, adopted at the April 24, 2001 meeting, had been referred to an ad hoc committee of the Faculty Senate.

Dean Rogers informed the Council of a request by the Student Government Association to publish, via the web, quantitative data regarding faculty and course evaluations. In his review, UA attorney, Sandy Gordon, has determined that such information is consistent with the definition of public record. Discussion revolved around the inclusion of graduate teaching assistants, evaluation tools, and privacy and the right to know issues. Dr. Rogers suggested that the Council might wish to formulate a resolution at its next meeting.

Dr. Rogers reported that the University Committee on Merger or Discontinuance of Academic Units requires three representatives from the graduate faculty. It was agreed that Dr. Rogers would contact Dr. Barbara Godorecci, Dr. Brian Gray and Dr. Carol Pierman in an effort to find two individuals willing to join Dr. Allen Wilcoxon, who currently serves on the committee.

Associate Dean John Schmitt recognized and thanked those Graduate Council members who are serving on the Program Review Committees this year – Dr. Marsha Houston, Dr. Edward Schnee, Dr. Michael Murphy, Dr. Michael Freeman, and Dr. Bruce Barrett. The Committee for Teaching and Research Awards will meet early in the spring semester. Dr. Schmitt distributed a handout for the Graduate School website, encouraging faculty and students to make use of its resources and asking for suggestions for website improvement.   

Associate Dean Pat Harrison reported that Graduate School Preview Day would be September 27, 2001. She called attention to the 2001-2002 recruitment plan contained in the handout material. Dr. Harrison also reported that a new area on the website is under development that will highlight noteworthy news for graduate faculty and students.

III.       Reports from Standing University Committees

Dr. Yorgo Pasadeos, Chairman of the Committee on Committee, indicated that forms will be sent out early in the calendar year for faculty to indicate an interest in serving and that the committee would follow-up with appointments to university committees.

IV.              Old Business

Dr. Martin Bakker inquired about graduate students holding research assistantships in the summer without registering for classes and maintaining access to university facilities. Dr. Harrison will respond to this issue at a future meeting.

V.                 New Business

There was no new business.

Dr. Rogers adjourned the meeting at 3:55 p.m.