The University of Alabama
November 26, 2002

The regular meeting of the Graduate Council was held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2002 in the Forum Room of the Ferguson Center.

MEMBERS PRESENT:               

Dr. Natalie Adams, Dr. Martin G. Bakker,
Dr. Sharon E. Beatty, Dr. Barbara Fischer,
Dr. Laura G. Klinger, Dr. Richard G. Lomax,
Dr. Michael D. Murphy, Dr. Martha J. Powell,
Dr. Eric E. Roden, Dr. Nancy J. Rubin,
Dr. Edward J. Schnee, Dr. Forrest R. Scogin,
Dr. B. Joyce Stallworth, Dr. Marietta P. Stanton,
Dr. Stephen J. Thoma, Dr. Pieter B. Visscher,
Dr. Harold M. Weber, Dr. John M. Wiest,
Dr. S. Allen Wilcoxon, Dr. Elizabeth K. Wilson

MEMBERS ABSENT:               

Dr. Bruce E. Barrett, Dr. David W. Cordes,
Dr. Timothy A. Haskew, Dr. Marsha L. Houston,
Dr. D. Jeff Jackson, Dr. Jordan I. Kosberg,
Dr. Sharon O’Dair, Dr. Yorgo Pasadeos,
Dr. David R. Roskos-Ewoldsen


Dr. Ronald Rogers,
Dr. Tavan T. Trent

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT:                           

Ms. Antonia S. Mead


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 September 24, 2002 Graduate Council minutes. No corrections were noted and the minutes were approved as written.

Dean Rogers called for the reports from various committees.

I.                     Reports from Graduate Council Committees

A.                Program and Degree Requirements

        Dr. Steve Thoma, Chairman of the Program and Degree Requirements Committee, introduced a draft of a proposal for making the option of article- style dissertations available to departments. Recognizing the need for such an option, the Graduate School developed the proposal after reviewing similar dissertation provisions at comparable institutions. Discussion revolved around authorship, both intellectual and written, multiple authorships, and the time period during which the articles should be produced. Individual departments will notify the Program and Degree Requirements Committee if they choose to offer this option to doctoral students. A motion to accept the proposal as written was made and seconded. The motion passed.

        Dr. Thoma reported that the committee, in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, would be soliciting information from departments regarding a possible graduate student exit survey. Faculty suggestions or concerns should be directed to department chairpersons.

II.                   Dr. Catherine Prince, Counseling Center

                    In response to the concerns of faculty members regarding the occasional need to find emotional health services for students, Dr. Rogers invited Dr. Catherine Prince of the Counseling Center to address the Graduate Council.  Dr. Prince discussed the counseling services and outreach programs offered by the Counseling Center to students, faculty and staff.

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

                    Dr. Taven Trent reported that the Reallocation Task Force has met frequently this fall. Priorities are being determined and at this time no program closures have been discussed.  

IV.                Reports from Standing University Committees

There were no reports.

V.                  Old Business

There was no old business to be discussed.

VI.                New Business

No new business was introduced.

Dr. Rogers adjourned the meeting at 3:40 p.m.