MINUTES OF THE GRADUATE COUNCIL
The regular meeting of the Graduate
Council was held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 in 111 AIME
MEMBERS PRESENT: Dr. Silas C.
Blackstock, Dr. Catherine E. Davies,
Dean Francko welcomed everyone and
introductions were made. Dean Francko asked if there were corrections to
the April 24, 2007 minutes and none were mentioned. Opening statements
were made regarding this great new year with many big issues to tackle
including doctoral residency.
Although the final census has not been released, the Graduate School had approximately 3900 last year and over 4000 this year. This is an increase to 2.6% from 2.3% last year. The need to increase recruiting and matriculation is going to be very important for the coming year and programs should not stay static. Dean Francko researched and completed an analysis of the Doctoral Program Graduates at the University of Alabama versus other Alabama Universities. In the attached analysis, the University of Alabama is way ahead of all other colleges/universities in the State of Alabama.
Graduate School Catalog was online as of today. This would be a “living” catalog that would be constantly updated. Any changes would be quickly posted and there will be a limited number of hard copies. Currently, the Graduate School webpage is being redesigned and would be up soon. For recruiting needs, a new brochure was being printed.
Membership representation for the Graduate Council is set through the Graduate Council bylaws. The number of representatives is determined by the number of students to the number of faculty.
Dean Francko was working on increasing
the hard money and soft money for graduate students as the UA enrollment
increased to 28,000. The number of graduate students must increase with
the number of undergraduates.
Committee on Admissions & Recruitment - Silas Blackstock represented the committee and the issue that is under consideration. The committee wants to look into accepting 3-year baccalaureate degrees from the international (49 countries) community. India is not accepted unless they have a master’s degree. The one exception is Great Britain. Currently, we accept 3-year baccalaureate degrees from England. There is a higher standard to be admitted in most European Universities. High School goes from grades 1-13 and then 3 years for a baccalaureate degree.
Committee on Financial Aid -
Vivian Wright represented the committee and stated that the Creativity
Round would begin in January. Currently we are giving a $15,000 stipend,
full tuition and health care. On the website, tips will be posted to
help the faculty to write better letters and this will go out to all of
the chairs. Currently, we need to increase the number of awards by
maximizing the number of graduate students. Next year, we are going to
try to increase the stipend again. This is a great recruiting tool. The
question was asked regarding quotas and there are not any quotas set in
the decision making process. However, there is a front end limit of
nominations. It was asked that the Graduate School calls the department
before the alternate student was submitted.
Natalie Adams discussed the discontinuance of the Future Faculty Fellows. The Graduate School replaced each one with the McNair Graduate Fellowship. This scholarship is funded for two years and then the department must fund the student for two more years. The database for all Undergraduate McNairs Scholarships is online and approximately 4,300 students across the US are listed annually. Both a student and department can nominate individuals. However, the student must have a letter of support. Issues were discussed regarding disabled students and the commitment of two years for the departments. This is to further develop with McNair Scholars and the requirements are approximately the same as the Future Faculty Fellows. The intent is for Ph.D. only.
John Schmitt discussed the online
catalog. An Organizational Chart has been added for both the students
and departments to use. There is also a message online in the new
section that students can use. The list will consist of all Graduate
Faculty - full, associate and temporary. The Plan of Study is online,
and the Council was reminded that doctoral students now must have a Plan
of Study approved by the Graduate School by the time that 30 hours of UA
and/or transfer course work for the doctoral degree are completed. The
Graduate School is working on web forms to be submitted with without
paper, and one form will be up and running soon.
IV. Old Business
V. New Business
Dr. David A. Francko adjourned the
meeting at 4:30 p.m.