|The regular meeting of the
Graduate Council was held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 22,
2005 in the Forum Room of the Ferguson Center.
Dr. Natalie Adams, Dr. Elizabeth S. Aversa,
Dr. John Baker, Dr. Sharon E. Beatty,
Dr. Robin K. Behn, Dr. Sheila R. Black,
Dr. David W. Cordes, Dr. Martyn R. Dixon,
Dr. Timothy A. Haskew, Dr. Diane E. Johnson,
Dr. Olivia W. Kendrick, Dr. Jordan I. Kosberg,
Dr. Carol J. Pierman, Dr. Eric E. Roden,
Dr. Nancy J. Rubin, Dr. Edward J. Schnee,
Dr. Forrest R. Scogin, Dr. Roy Ann Sherrod,
Dr. Loy A. Singelton, Dr. Pieter B. Visscher,
Dr. Elizabeth K. Wilson
Dr. Bruce E. Barrett, Dr. Robert G. Batson,
Dr. Kari Frederickson, Dr. Jerry Lee Rosiek,
Dr. B. Joyce Stallworth, Dr. John M. Wiest
MEMBERS ON SABBATICAL:
Dr. Marsha L. Houston
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT:
Dr. Ronald Rogers
Dr. Louis A. Pitschmann
GRADUATE SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT:
Dr. John Schmitt, Associate Dean,
Louise Labosier, Admissions Officer
Dean Rogers opened the meeting by asking if there were corrections to the November 16, 2004 minutes. No corrections were noted and the minutes were approved as written.
Dean Ron Rogers began the meeting by asking for reports from Graduate Council Committees.
I. Reports from Graduate Council
The second issue brought before the
Council was a revised proposal for the International Bridge Program,
initially approved by the Graduate Council at the November 2004
meeting. Provost Bonner had requested two changes, 1) replace “30+”
with “30” course credits required for the bridge year, and 2) allow
more flexibility for coursework in UA’s general curriculum areas, if
needed for a major field. The latter change was due to the state’s
articulation agreement that has resulted in restriction in courses
that carry official core designations. After discussion, a motion
was made and seconded to accept the committee’s recommendations for
revisions to the International Bridge Program. The motion was passed
by unanimous vote.
Dr. Schnee reminded Council members that programs which have been approved for a modification in the admissions requirements are reviewed every four years. This year reports from General Human Environmental Sciences, Human Nutrition, Health Studies, and Physics were reviewed by the committee. The committee voted to recommend that modifications in the admissions test requirements for these programs be continued. The Council concurred.
B. Financial Aid
C. Teaching and Research Awards
Dr. John Schmitt announced winners of the Outstanding Thesis and Outstanding Dissertation Awards. The winners are:
IV. Reports from the Dean’s Office and Academic Affairs
Dean Rogers announced that the Burnum Award Ceremony will be March 16, 2005. This year’s recipient is Charles “Skip” Snead from the School of Music.
Dr. Rogers encouraged members to announce to their departments and areas that faculty should report the number of thesis and dissertation students they supervise in addition to their number of course hours when reporting teaching loads.
At the request of President Witt, a task force on graduate student health insurance has been established. Dr Rogers reported that approximately three-fourths of top research universities pay health insurance for graduate assistants. A Standing University Committee and the Faculty Senate are also considering this issue.
Dr. Natalie Adams reported that the Benefits Committee is establishing a University wide task force to study maternity and family leave. If Council members know of someone interested in serving, please forward those names to her.
V. Old Business
VI. New Business