|The regular meeting of the
Graduate Council was held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27,
2005 in the Forum Room of the Ferguson Center.
Dr. Natalie Adams, Dr. John Baker,
Prof. Robin K. Behn, Dr. Sheila R. Black,
Dr. Silas C. Blackstock, Dr. Martyn R. Dixon,
Dr. Marsha L. Houston, Dr. Diane E Johnson,
Dr. Allan V. Kaufman, Dr. Olivia W. Kendrick,
Dr. Mark R. Klinger, Dr. Elaine A. Martin,
Dr. Janis O’Donnell, Dr. Nancy J. Rubin,
Dr. Edward J. Schnee, Dr. Roy Ann Sherrod,
Dr. Loy A Singleton, Dr. Robert P. Taylor,
Dr. Vivian H. Wright
Dr. Elizabeth S. Aversa, Dr. Bruce
Dr. Robert G. Batson, Dr. Kagendo Mutua,
Dr. Carol J. Pierman, Dr. Jerry Lee Rosiek,
Dr. Charles R. Sox, Dr. John M. Wiest
MEMBERS ON SABBATICAL: Dr. Kari Frederickson
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT:
Dr. Ronald Rogers
Dr. M. Jenice Goldston
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT: Khiela J. Holmes
GRADUATE SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT:
Dr. John Schmitt, Associate Dean,
Louise Labosier, Admissions Officer
Dr. Rogers begin the meeting by asking members of the Council to
introduce themselves and tell about their research interests and
hobbies. Dean Rogers asked if there were corrections to the April
26, 2005 minutes. No corrections were noted and the minutes were
approved as written.
I. Reports from
Graduate Council Committees
A. Program and Degree
Chairperson Natalie Adams reported that the Program and Degree
Requirements Committee reviewed the College of Education’s policy
regarding the time limits extension request for doctoral students.
Finding that the policy had been very successful in the college, the
committee proposed its addition to the University wide policy. The
proposed addition would read “Under compelling circumstances beyond
the student’s control, a student may petition for a one-semester
extension to the seven-year time limit (or eight-year time limit for
the selected program noted above). If the one-semester extension is
recommended by the department head and college dean (if required by
the college dean), and subsequently approved by the graduate dean,
the extension will not require the student to validate any
out-of-date UA or transfer courses previously approved for the plan
of study.” A motion was made to accept the committee’s
recommendation and the vote to approve was unanimous.
B. Financial Aid
Dr. Diane Johnson, Chairperson of the Financial Aid Committee, said
her committee would welcome ideas for a more equitable distribution
of awards between in-state and out-of-state students and to please
contact her with those ideas.
C. Admissions and Recruitment
Dr. Ed Schnee indicated the committee will be meeting later in the
year to consider new University Scholars and International Bridge
Program proposals. No departments are scheduled this year for review
of previously granted waivers of admissions criteria.
Reports from the Dean’s Office and Academic Affairs
Dr. John Schmitt announced the retirement of Graduate School
Registrar Beverly York and loss of Records Officer Dianne Teague to
another position within the University. He noted that much of the
information departments are accustomed to receiving from Bev and
Dianne is available on the Graduate School website.
Dr. Schmitt provided Committee
members with a listing of the 2005-2006 Divisional Awards committee
chairs. He encouraged Council members to encourage faculty in
departments to take the time to nominate students for the six
Graduate School awards. He noted that the Graduate School web site
also contains expanded guidelines for article-style dissertations.
The final report for SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation was
submitted in early September. Approval is anticipated at the
December 6, 2005 meeting of SACS in Atlanta.
Dean Rogers reported that the
Annual Report of the Graduate Council is available on the Graduate
School website. Dr. Rogers told the Council that 13 students
affected by Hurricane Katrina had enrolled in the Graduate School.
The University and the Graduate School assumed most of the cost of
their tuition. Dr. Rogers reported that $500,000 was contributed to
the general fund this year to pay the out-of-state portion of
tuition for research grants and contracts.
Prof. Robin Behn inquired if monies
would be available this year to fund health insurance for graduate
assistants. Dr. Rogers acknowledged that this is an important issue
and one that is being addressed by many committees, including a task
force approved by President Witt to consider available health care
options. The Graduate Student Association has also been very active
in promoting this issue.
Dean Rogers reported that no final
enrollment figures are available at this time but it appears that
graduate enrollment will be very similar to last year’s enrollment.
The programs which increased their enrollments tended to be those
which delivered online or off-campus programs.
There was no old business.
There was no new business.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:10