The regular meeting of the Graduate Council was held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 in the Forum Room of the Ferguson Center.
GRADUATE SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT:
Ron Rogers opened the meeting by asking if there were corrections to the
November 26, 2002 Graduate Council minutes. No corrections were noted and the
minutes were approved as written.
Rogers called for the reports from various committees.
Reports from Graduate Council Committees
Dr. Pat Harrison reported that
in January 2003, the committee reviewed nominations for the Graduate Council
Research and Creative Activity Fellowships for 2003-2004. The awards carry a
$14,000 stipend and a full tuition scholarship. Thirty-seven students were
nominated, fifteen fellowships were awarded, and all have accepted. In February
2003, the committee reviewed nominations for Round 1 of Graduate Council Regular
Fellowships. The awards carry a $14,000 stipend and a full tuition scholarship.
Of those awarded, sixteen are new University of Alabama graduate students. Five
of the regular fellowships were designated to receive the $5,000 supplement.
Calls for nominations for Round 2 have been distributed to all department heads
and graduate program directors. The deadline for Round 2 has been extended to
March 3, 2003.
Teaching and Research Awards
Dr. Richard Lomax, reported to the Graduate Council the names of the 2002-2003
winners of Outstanding Teaching and Research awards. The award recipients are as
Program and Degree Requirements
Steve Thoma reported to the Council that the committee, in conjunction with the
Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, continues with their
consideration of a possible graduate student exit survey. At this time, the
opinions of department chairpersons are being sought to determine the
appropriateness and feasibility of the proposed survey. Dr. Thoma reported that
response has been favorable and review will continue.
Dr. Thoma distributed a list of departments who have notified the committee of their decision to make available to their students the option of an article-style dissertation. Dr. John Schmitt indicated that the list of those departments offering the option will be added to The Graduate School web site and will be updated on a regular basis.
Reports from the Deanís Office and Academic Affairs
representative, Mr. Enrique Gomez, distributed to the membership a fact sheet
regarding tax relief for higher education costs. He reported that graduate
students from across the country are working for legislation that would return
graduate scholarships to federal tax-exempt status.
Ron Rogers reminded both student representatives and members that eight
positions exist in the Student Government Association for graduate students. He
encouraged the membership to seek out those individuals who would be willing to
serve in these positions.
Pat Harrison notified the Graduate Council of the March 19, 2003 seminar for
minority fellowship holders to assist them in preparing for the academic
interview process. She presented the question of hosting a similar seminar for
all doctoral students next year. The members responded favorably and made
John Schmitt announced the Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Award Winners
for 2002-2003. Yongjun Chu, of Chemistry, is the recipient of the Outstanding
Thesis Award, and Susan Thompson of Mass Communication is the recipient of the
Outstanding Dissertation Award. The Graduate School website lists all winners
since 1990 and provides procedures and timelines for nominating individuals for
Rogers reported having attended a meeting of the Alabama Commission on Higher
Education. In the past, The University of Alabama has closed nearly 200
programs, a reduction of 42%.
Rogers presented a report on The University of Alabamaís visit to Cuba to
explore graduate educational opportunities. The Universityís delegation
visited with the Vice President of Cuba, The U.S. Ambassador, and many faculty
and administrators at the University of Havana. Having Cuban students attend the
UA is not likely to occur however; the potential exists for workshops, faculty
exchanges, co-teaching and individual faculty research projects. Two projects
proposed before the delegation departed were 1) Social Work, Nursing and medical
students and faculty to visit the University of Havana this summer and 2)
Engineering faculty and students will visit to explore research on waste and
III. Reports from Standing University Committees
Tavan Trent reported that the Faculty Senate voted to recommend a fifteen
percent increase in tuition.
was no old business.
new business was introduced.
Dr. Rogers adjourned the meeting at 4:00.