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ANNUAL REPORT 2005
 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

01. LIST OF TABLES
02. LIST OF FIGURES
03. THE GRADUATE COUNCIL
04. STAFF DIRECTORY
05. BURNUM DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AWARD
06. BLACKMON-MOODY OUTSTANDING PROFESSOR
07. GRADUATE STUDENT PROFILES
08. INTRODUCTION AND REVIEW OF THE YEAR
19. RECRUITMENT ACTIVITIES
10. APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS
11. ENROLLMENT
12. AFRICAN-AMERICAN ENROLLMENT
13. INTERNATIONAL ENROLLMENT
14. CREDIT HOURS
15. DEGREES CONFERRED
16. TECHNOLOGY AND THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
17. GRADUATE FACULTY
18. GRADUATE STUDENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT
19. MINORITY GRADUATE STUDENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT
20. GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS
21. WORKSHOP FOR NEW GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS
22. GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS
23. ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET


01. LIST OF TABLES
02. LIST OF FIGURES

03. THE GRADUATE COUNCIL
The Graduate Council is the body responsible for recommending new policies and reviewing existing regulations governing advanced programs at the University. It comprises 25 elected, 6 appointed, and 4 ex-officio members. Each elected or appointed member serves on one of five committees: Research and New Programs, Financial Aid, Admissions and Recruitment, Program and Degree Requirements, or Teaching and Research Awards.

 

 

Judy L. Bonner, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (ex officio)

Ronald W. Rogers, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and

    Dean of the Graduate School (ex officio and chairman)

 

Louis A. Pitschmann, Ph.D., Dean of University Libraries (ex officio)

 

M. Jenice Goldstone, Ph.D., Faculty Senate Representative (ex officio)

 

 

 

 

TERM

Natalie Adams, Ph.D., College of Education

2008

Elizabeth S. Aversa, Ph.D., College of Communication

2007

John Baker, Ph.D., College of Engineering*

2007

Bruce E. Barrett, Ph.D., College of Commerce & Business Adm

2006

Robert G. Batson, Ph.D., College of Engineering

2007

Robin K. Behn, M.F.A., College of Arts & Sciences

2007

Kathleen R. Bindon, Ph..D, College of Commerce & Business Adm

2008

Sheila R. Black, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences*

2006

Silas C. Blackstock, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences

2008

Martyn R. Dixon, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences

2006

Kari Frederickson, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences

2007

Marsha L. Houston, Ph.D., College of Communication & Infor Sc*

2007

Diane E. Johnson, Ph.D., College of Commerce & Business Adm*

2006

Allan V. Kaufman, Ph.D., School of Social Work

2008

Olivia W. Kendrick, Ph.D., College of Human Environmental Sc

2006

Mark R. Klinger, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences

2008

Elaine A. Martin, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences

2008

Kagendo Mutua, Ph.D., College of Education

2006

Janis M. O’Donnell, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences*

2008

Carol J. Pierman, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences

2006

Jerry Lee Rosiek, Ph.D., College of Education

2007

Nancy J. Rubin, Psy. D., College of Community Health Sciences

2006

Edward J. Schnee, Ph.D., College of Commerce & Business Adm

2006

Roy Ann Sherrod, D.S.N., College of Nursing

2007

Loy A. Singleton, Ph.D., College of Communication & Infor Sc

2007

Dr. Charles R. Sox, Ph.D., College of Commerce & Business Adm*

2008

Robert P. Taylor, Ph.D., College of Engineering

2008

John M. Wiest, Ph.D., College of Engineering

2007

Vivian H. Wright, Ph.D., College of Education, Interdisciplinary Teacher Ed

2008

Dennis L. Bubrig, Mr., College of Education**

2006

Kheila J. Holmes, Ms., College of Arts & Sciences**

2005

 

*Appointed    **Student Representative

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04. STAFF DIRECTORY

The Graduate School
102 Rose Administration Building
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0118
Telephone: (205) 348-5921
http://graduate.ua.edu

Dean of the Graduate School Ronald W. Rogers, Ph.D.
        Executive Secretary Kathleen G. Nodine
Associate Dean John F. Schmitt, Ph.D.
Associate Dean Patti L. Harrison, Ph.D.
Director of Administration John E. Chambers, A.C.A.
        Administrative Support Secretary Ineice M. Lee
Director of Graduate Admissions & Recruitment    Carl F. Williams, Ph.D.
Graduate Admissions Officer Louise Labosier
International Graduate Admissions Officer Mary S. Williams
Registrar Beth Yarbrough
        Admissions Assistant Deborah E. Eads
        Admissions Assistant Sheryl T. Tubbs
        Office Associate Kathryn S. Roberts
Programmer Analyst Ashirul Mubin
Records Officer/Publications Coordinator VACANT

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05. BURNUM DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AWARD

Charles G. “Skip” Snead, director of the School of Music and professor of horn in The University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award. Snead was presented with the award during a ceremony on March 16, 2005 in the Recital Hall of the Moody Music Building. Dr. Ronald Rogers, assistant vice president for academic affairs and dean of the graduate school, opened the evening with remarks, and UA President Robert E. Witt presented the award. Snead provided a musical performance, and the evening concluded with a reception.

The Burnum Award is one of the highest honors the Capstone bestows on its faculty. It is presented annually to a professor who is judged by a faculty selection committee to have demonstrated superior scholarly or artistic achievements and profound dedication to the art of teaching.

As a scholar, scientist and mentor, Dr. Rogers embodies the qualities Dr. Burnum wished to honor with this award.

Snead has served as professor of horn since 1988 in the UA School of Music. He was appointed interim director on April 2004 and named director of the School of Music in January 2005.

“The College of Arts and Sciences is blessed with a top-notch faculty,” said Dr. Robert Olin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “The prominence of our faculty members is our greatest strength. Skip Snead exemplifies this not only in his performance and scholarship but also his superior administrative skills. He will represent the prestigious Burnum Award well.”
“Professor Snead is one of the finest horn professors and performers in the world,” said Dr. Ronald Rogers, assistant vice president for academic affairs and dean of the graduate school, who coordinates the nominations. “He not only teaches a large number of students, but he has guided them to winning many national and international awards. He personifies the ideals of the Burnum Award: superior artistic achievements and a profound dedication to the art of teaching.”

Chief among Snead’s accomplishments as performer is his role as a founding member of the TransAtlantic Horn Quartet. Presently this is the preeminent group of its kind in the world. The quartet has performed at Tanglewood in Massachusetts and Wigmore Hall in London. These venues represent the highest level of performance in the world.

He also serves as principal horn with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and Macon Symphony of Macon, Georgia.

In addition to his work as a performer, he is internationally recognized as a teacher and clinician. His teaching residencies include at the Royal Academy of Music and The Royal College of Music both in London, The Royal Welsh College in Cardiff Wales, The Royal Northern College in Manchester England, The Gheorge Dima Academy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and The Tanglewood Music Festival in Lennox, Mass.

He has given master classes and lectures throughout the Unites States, including a recent residency as a Housewright Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair at Florida State University. Snead also serves on the executive board of the American Horn Competition and the Peer Review Board of the Center for International Exchange, Fulbright Senior Specialists Program.

“I am so very pleased and honored to have been selected as the recipient of this year's Burnum Award,” said Snead. “To be included in the company of the previous Burnum winners is a distinction of which I will try to prove worthy. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work among outstanding colleagues at UA who have supported and motivated me to achieve many of the goals in my career.”

Snead continued, “In addition, this award would not have come without the many hours of hard work and multiple impressive achievements by a long list of talented students. I am grateful to all of these people for their roles in making this possible. I am very proud to be able to take my place among the Burnum Award winners and look forward to serving the University for many years to come.”

This is the 25th year the award had been given. The annual award was established by Dr. and Mrs. John F. Burnum of Tuscaloosa to recognize and promote excellence in research, scholarship and teaching. Burnum Award honoree names are permanently displayed on a bronze plaque in the lobby of UA’s Rose Administration Building.
 

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06. BLACKMON-MOODY OUTSTANDING PROFESSOR

Dr. John E. Lochman, professor and Saxon Chair in Clinical Psychology at The University of Alabama, is the recipient of the University’s Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor Award. He was honored in an October 23rd 2005 ceremony at the UA President’s Mansion.

The Blackmon-Moody Award is one of the highest honors bestowed on faculty at the University. Created by Frederick Moody Blackmon of Montgomery to honor the memory of his grandmother, Sarah McCorkle Moody of Tuscaloosa, the award is given annually to a UA faculty member who has made an extraordinary contribution to his or her profession and to The University of Alabama.

“You have brought distinction and recognition to yourself and The University of Alabama in numerous ways,” wrote UA President Robert E. Witt in notifying Lochman of the award. “Your prolific research program on understanding, treating, and preventing aggression and violence in children and youth has earned you national and international recognition. Your colleagues at other universities think you are one of the top scholars in your field.”

Lochman, a faculty member in UA’s College of Arts and Sciences since 1998, specializes in the behavior and treatment of high-risk aggressive children and adolescents. He has conducted extensive research into preventive intervention programs and cognitive-behavioral intervention techniques for high-risk children both at school and in the family.

“Dr. Lochman’s remarkable productivity and highly respected research has brought distinction to the University,” wrote Dr. Robert F. Olin, dean of Arts and Sciences, in his nomination letter. “His research in aggression and violence in children draws great interest nationwide from his esteemed peers as well as from funding agencies and graduate students.”

Lochman co-developed the Coping Power Program, a school-based intervention program for children with aggressive behaviors consisting of structured group sessions and periodic individual sessions for both the child and parent. Studies with children with aggressive behavior in several states and in the Netherlands indicate the program is effective in reducing delinquency and substance abuse rates among youth.

Lochman and his program colleagues currently are training clinicians in Baltimore, with Johns Hopkins University; in New York City, with Columbia University; in Rochester, N.Y.; in New Jersey and in Oregon. Ongoing intervention research is being conducted with the program in other countries, including Spain and Puerto Rico.

“His Coping Power Program has been recognized nationally for its quality and real impact on the lives of children and adolescents,” Olin wrote.

Lochman, who is also an adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center, has published more than 125 journal articles, 60 book chapters and two books, and he has presented almost 200 papers at psychology conferences. He serves as editor-in-chief for Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, is on the editorial boards for Developmental Psychology, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Behavior Therapy, is an editorial consultant for the journal Child Development and action editor for Prevention Science.

Lochman received his bachelor’s degree from the Purdue University and his master’s and doctorate from the University of Connecticut, all in psychology.

Dr. Ronald Rogers, assistant vice president for academic affairs and dean of UA’s graduate school, chaired the selection committee recommending Lochman for the Blackmon-Moody Award.

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07. GRADUATE STUDENT PROFILES
  

"UA was an optimal choice for me to start my graduate education. Not many schools offer a specific Book Arts program in graduate studies. There is so much to learn and UA is helping me to absorb all of the knowledge that I can."

Amy Leigh Pirkle, M.A. student in Book Arts and Graduate Council fellow


"I yearn to become an expert in the sphere of human services and to develop as a specialist in my field. UA’s Social Work program is highly distinguished and being a student here allows me to uphold the dignity of the Graduate School."

Gi Won Cho, Ph.D. student in Social Work and Graduate Council fellow


"The thought of being able to enhance my cultural views and exchange intellectual ideas has always been appealing to me. Attending UA has made the thought into a reality. The American Studies Program at UA places the goal of “real Success” at the fingertips of all of its students."

John George, M.A. student in American Studies and Graduate Council fellow


"Diversity within the program is what attracted me to UA’s Graduate School. Being able to work with specific faculty has helped me to study a broad range of areas in order to tighten my focus and find my strengths."

Khiela Holmes, Ph.D. student in Psychology and SREB fellow


"As a non-traditional student, finding a graduate school that could accommodate my needs was not an easy task. UA offers complimentary courses to my lifetime experiences and gives me the arena to continue my quest for knowledge."

Steven Schwab, Ph.D. student in History and Graduate Council fellow

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08. INTRODUCTION AND REVIEW OF THE YEAR
This Report is issued annually, is published for the purpose of providing as much information as possible about the Graduate School of The University of Alabama, and serves as a primary reference source about and for the Graduate community.

The material is divided into two main sections; firstly, a narrative that covers the highlights from the key areas of our activities during the current and preceding years. In the second section there is a comprehensive set of data tables covering all aspects of our applications, enrollment, degrees awarded, and financial support. In most cases, the sources for the data are computerized databases, however some information is obtained from other University offices, for which the Graduate School is appreciative.

In collating the information presented here many judgments have been made as to inclusion, exclusion, and form of presentation. As always, suggestions, based on actual use of the material, for modifications or corrections are welcome and should be directed to the Graduate School Office. In addition, the data reported this year are compiled from two different records systems in use during this academic year. Consequently, some reports have been amended and some comparatives omitted where “like-for-like” comparisons cannot be made.

Our number of total applications received in the year increased to 6,219 (last year 6,181). Acceptance rates stayed in line with last year at 3,290 compared with 3,227 reversing the small decrease experienced last year.

Applications from international students declined last year due mainly to increased time taken to obtain visas however the level held steady throughout this year and looks set to increase in 2006.

Generally, enrollment levels were around the same level as last year. Total for fall 2005 was 3,693 (last year 3,756) which represented a very slight drop of around 1%. International student enrollment was 538 compared with 553 last year, again at approximately the same level.

A total of 1,165 new students were enrolled this fall (last year 830), an increase of around 40%. In addition, a further 255 students (last year 311) were enrolled who were either former students or who were returning graduates entering a new program. Within new enrollment the overwhelming majority - over 61% (709) - were women.

Our percentage of applicants who were accepted and enrolled for the fall stayed at the same level as in previous years, 65%.

The number of credit hours enrolled stayed broadly at the same level as last year. A total of 62,311 hours were registered against 61,979.

Total financial support for graduate students was $23,781,562 which represented an increase on last year’s $22,632,916 (increase of around 5%). Increased funding for additional fellowships was augmented by an increase in average stipend levels and tuition support for assistantships’ and fellowships.

FIGURE 1: KEY INDICATOR TRENDS

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9. RECRUITMENT ACTIVITIES
As part of an ongoing and continuous cycle of planning for recruitment of graduate students, each year the Graduate School publishes a Recruitment Plan for the coming academic year. As part of the development of the next part of the cycle and the detailed plan for the next year, we also report on the activities and results from the previous year. This serves as both a measure of achievement of past plans and as a basis for preparation of the next part of the cycle. Both each year’s Recruitment Plan and the subsequent Recruitment Activities Report are published on the Graduate School web site. We include here a brief synopsis of the material published in the last Recruitment Activities Report.

During 2004-05 the Recruitment Plan focused on the following areas:
  • Off-campus events and recruitment travel;
  • On- campus events;
  • The use of prospect databases;
  • International student recruitment activities;
  • Minority representation;
  • Published materials, both printed and electronic;
  • Fostering collaboration among graduate, undergraduate, and college activities;
  • Integration with and support of departments and colleges from the Graduate School;
  • Using graduate students in recruitment (Ambassadors);
  • Increasing financial support;
  • Improving closing techniques in order to enhance enrollment.

In 2004-05 the Graduate School’s recruitment staff attended over 35 Graduate and Professional School Day Programs, McNair conferences, and other recruitment events across the Southeast. Our recruiters interacted with over 2,000 prospects during these events. A total of 11 institutions in Texas, Georgia, and Florida were represented. The Graduate School attended 10 McNair events.

On-campus activities in which the Graduate School participated numbered almost 20 and during these events Graduate School representatives interacted with over 600 prospective graduate students. Major activities involved included:

  • Graduate and Professional School Day

  • Annual UA Graduate School Preview Day

  • Annual Minority Student Seminar and Reception.

Bi-monthly Applying to Graduate school seminars, coupled with campus wide advertising and association with on-campus organizations. Speaking engagements included presentations to prospective graduate students from the following organizations:
  • Aerospace Engineering Seminar
  • ELI’s Welcome to UA Day
  • UA English language Institute Information Session
  • NSF Diversity Continuum Program Conferences at UA
  • Criminal Justice Open House
  • Golden Key Honor Society
  • McNair Scholars Program Seminars, and
  • Returning Adult Student Seminar.
Generally, on a daily basis Graduate School staff members conduct admissions and recruitment activities that include phone calls, voice mail messages, mailing applications, responding to written and telephone inquiries, meeting with prospective students, and assisting faculty and departments throughout the application and enrollment process. Compared with the previous year, the volume of activity related to applications has dramatically increased, almost doubling in come cases. During this past year, the Graduate School received, processed, or mailed almost 40,000 pieces of mail related to applications (last year approximately 25,000). The number of students visiting the office with application questions was in excess of 3,900 (last year around 3,500). Admissions staff handled over 9,300 phone calls (last year 8,000) and almost 6,000 emails (last year over 8,000).

In this past year the recruitment activities of the Graduate School have produced some significant successes, including the following:
  • Contact with over 2,600 prospective graduate students through on-campus and off-campus recruitment efforts (target of 2,000 exceeded substantially);
  • Using the GRE Search Service of targeted mailing lists for prospective graduate students contact was made with over 9,000 names;
  • Our enhanced web site continues to grow as our primary source of contact with prospective graduate students and record levels were achieved in July 2005 with a total of 921,957 hits for the month!
  • The implementation of our Graduate Ambassadors Program where carefully selected graduate students from each college are available to respond to email questions directly from prospective students;
  • Graduate School fellowships supported over 150 students with either a fellowship stipend or tuition scholarship or both.
The detailed Recruitment Plans for each year together with a report on the successful outcome of each plan are included on our web site at http://graduate.ua.edu.

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10. APPLICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS
The activities detailed in previous sections have ensured that the levels of applications received and processed are maintained sufficient to support increased enrollment plans. During this past year a total of 5,260 applications were received for degree programs (last year 5,237) despite the continuing problems experienced with processing international students. The percentage of applications received that were completed was broadly the same as last year at 77%.

The number of degree applications completed for admission was 4,050 which was approximately the same as last year. Acceptance rates for completed applications were maintained at 61% compared with 58.9% in 2004 and 60% in the prior year.

For a more detailed analysis of admissions and applications, please refer to Tables 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
 

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11. ENROLLMENT

Enrollment in graduate degree programs moved slightly lower this fall compared with last year – 3,693 against 3,756 – although this continues to be achieved against a background of increasingly tougher competition from other institutions, job markets, and increasingly higher tuition rates.

More encouraging is the data which show that overall the numbers of new students enrolling in graduate programs continue to increase with a total of 1,420 students enrolling as new or as former students in new programs this fall. The same figure for last year was 1,141 which reflects an increase of over 24%. Even more significant was the increase seen within that total in brand new students coming to UA Graduate School where we had an increase of over 40% as enrolment moved from 830 last year to 1,165 this fall.

The breakdown of enrollment between male and female was 41% male to 59% female, or 1,521 to 2,172. The number of female enrollees increased slightly compared with last year by 22.

For a more detailed analysis of enrollment for 2005, please refer to Tables 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. FIGURE 2: FALL ENROLLMENT
 

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12. AFRICAN-AMERICAN ENROLLMENT
Our numbers for African-American student enrollment increased this fall from 390 to 414, an increase of 6.1%. This result flowed directly from those elements of the Annual Recruitment Plan which directly impacted our areas of contact with students from historically black institutions, articles and advertisements in minority publications and journals, as well as the use of targeted prospect databases.

Enrollment of African-American students has steadily increased each year from 81 students in 1987 (or just 3% of on-campus graduate enrollment) by over 5 times to our levels experienced this fall.

To increase minority graduate enrollment and graduation, the University of Alabama Graduate School makes substantial efforts to ensure that minority students receive needed financial assistance. Since 1988, when the earliest special funding programs commenced, the Graduate School has funded minority graduate students for almost $3.2 million in stipends and tuition scholarships. In 2004-05 (summer, fall, and spring terms), a total of 40 students were supported through stipends and/or tuition scholarships.

Several programs are in place to provide financial assistance for minority groups. For example, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Minority Doctoral Scholars program provides stipends for minority students at the University, while the Graduate School funds tuition scholarships. Similar forms of support include the Joint Faculty Development Program and the Future Faculty Fellows Program, through which the Graduate School provides stipends and tuition scholarships to African-American students who plan to become college or university professors. The Graduate School also funds participants in the Joint Faculty/Staff Development Program with Stillman College, a historically black institution in Tuscaloosa. The numerous Graduate School fellowship and scholarship programs are described in detail in following sections. In addition, prospective minority students are directed to external fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, and other sources of financial aid for which they may apply.

The Minority Graduate Student Assistance Office offers a variety of support services for students. The Graduate School provides funds and support for the UA African-American Graduate Student Association, which had been inactive for several years before becoming active again in fall 1998. The group sponsors panel discussions, information fairs, and receptions. The African-American Graduate Student Association remains a very active association on campus. The association’s president serves as a representative to the Graduate Council. The Graduate School provides travel funds for officers to attend the National Black Graduate Student Conferences each year.

FIGURE 3: AFRICAN-AMERICAN ENROLLMENT

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13. INTERNATIONAL ENROLLMENT
The total number of international students enrolled for fall 2005 was 538, comprising 117 new students, 15 students who changed program, and 406 returning graduates. This was only slightly down on last year’s figure of 553 (3% down). The largest contingent of overseas students came from China (159) and India (118). The programs that enrolled the most international students this fall were Chemistry (44), Mechanical Engineering (38), and Physics (27). Please refer to tables 12 and 13 for more information.

The press has reported recently that nationally institutions similar to UA have experienced decreases in the number of international applications of around 32%. This inevitably translates to fewer students enrolling and against this background our attrition has followed this trend.

The impact of administrative and federal changes from the Office of Homeland Security combined with visa restrictions in place in many overseas countries continues to be felt, however this university has countered this with increases in the admission of highly qualified domestic applicants.

Our international recruiting team has also noticed that Australia and Europe are attracting a large number of international applicants with lower costs, shorter programs, credit for previous work, and on-line visa application procedures.

FIGURE 4: INTERNATIONAL ENROLLMENT

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14. CREDIT HOURS
Overall credit hour production increased again this year rising from 61,979 to 62,311. The average number of hours per student enrolled was 17. The greatest production in total hours was from Arts & Sciences (18,381), with Education (10,278) and Commerce and Business Administration (10,156) the next largest.

FIGURE 5: ON-CAMPUS CREDIT HOURS

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15. DEGREES CONFERRED
The 2004-05 academic year saw a bumper harvest in terms of the number of degrees conferred, although this was partially due to the fact that the August 2005 commencement ceremony was canceled and graduating students were offered the option of either walking in the previous May or following December.

However, a greater increase was seen in the number of degrees conferred at the August 2004 ceremony – a total of 546 compared with 398 at the same ceremony in the previous year. Overall, the total number conferred for the academic year was 1,538 which was 209 more than the previous year.

FIGURE 6: DEGREES CONFERRED

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16. TECHNOLOGY AND THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
The Graduate School provides up-to-date information to faculty and students through our website (http://graduate.ua.edu). Copies of all of our principal publications – including this report – are included on the website. In addition, copies of administrative updates, informative communiqués, and other important documents are similarly maintained electronically. There are many links to graduate departments, on-line forms and checklists for students, a graduate school calendar with all the important deadlines, and numerous other documents.

An electronic version of the Graduate School application is available on our website at http://graduate.ua.edu/application/ and this is used by more and more of our prospective students. The ability to pay the application fee online has also enhanced the functionality and effectiveness of our application procedures.

Work is also underway to develop and install two major improvements using technology to further assist our customers. Trials are due to start on using the latest imaging systems to record some of our documentation that we receive from external sources and to make the records available to the departments to assist with processing applications. In addition, we are developing an on-line workflow system for Graduate School and departments use that will compliment the electronic application, payment, and image scanning system.

Technology is used extensively in recruitment, application, and admissions activities; please see the section on recruiting for more information.

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17. GRADUATE FACULTY
The purpose of the graduate faculty of The University of Alabama is to set standards for graduate work and to provide graduate instruction. It is the responsibility of the graduate faculty in each division to elect its representative(s) to the Graduate Council, which acts for the faculty in matters relating to graduate work. There are three categories of members: full, associate, and temporary. Only members of the graduate faculty may teach courses numbered 500 or above, and only members of the graduate faculty may chair thesis and examining committees. Only full members may chair dissertation committees.

Criteria for full and associate members. The dean of each academic division has the annual responsibility of nominating members who meet the following criteria to serve on the graduate faculty:
I.
A.
Hold the Ph.D. or other terminal degree, and
B. Hold the rank of at least assistant professor in a full-time, tenure-track position.
II.
Full and associate members must demonstrate ability and continuing interest in the graduate program and in research or creative activity. Full members must show a strong, continuing record of productive research, publication, creative activity, and scholarly activity appropriate to the discipline. These broad requirements are best interpreted by each department and college considering their unique aspects.

III.
A.
Be recommended by the departmental graduate faculty, department chairperson, and dean of the academic division.
B. The chairperson of the Graduate Council’s Committee on Graduate Faculty Membership will then act upon these nominations, in consultation with the dean of the Graduate School.

Terms of Appointment. Full and associate members are appointed for six-year, renewable terms.

Temporary Membership. Temporary membership may be extended to well-qualified individuals who do not satisfy the above criteria, to perform specific functions for specific time periods, not to exceed one calendar year. The departmental graduate faculty, department chairperson, and dean of the academic division should recommend them. The chairperson of the Graduate Council, the dean of the Graduate School, will then act upon these nominations.

Administrative Appointments. Faculty members currently on administrative appointments, or returning to the faculty from such appointments, are eligible for full or associate membership on the graduate faculty. They should show, at a minimum, promise of satisfying the appropriate departmental as well as University membership criteria. The individual’s record of teaching and research before becoming an administrator should be considered.

Retirement. Members of the graduate faculty are automatically permitted to retain graduate faculty status for one year after retirement. After a graduate faculty member retires, he or she may need to continue to serve as chair or committee member on students’ thesis and/or dissertation committees. These graduate faculty members may be appointed as temporary members of the graduate faculty for these purposes and/or to perform other specific functions. The nomination and appointment procedure for these temporary appointments are the same as those adopted by the academic unit and the University.

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18. GRADUATE STUDENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT
The Graduate School provides a variety of types and levels of support for graduate students. Departments are invited to nominate students for fellowships, scholarships, tuition awards, and travel and research grants. Federal programs specifically for graduate students are monitored and publicized to students to ensure that all possible financial assistance can be given.

In the academic year 2004-2005, a total of $23,781,562 was awarded to graduate students--an average of $9,164 for every qualifying graduate student enrolled on campus.

Perkins Loans and Work-Study Support. In the 2004-2005 academic year, no loans were made to students under this program. Under the work-study support program, 41 assignments were given to graduate students for a total value of $284,556.

Travel and Research Awards. Twice each year the Dean of the Graduate School invites nominations for awards to support graduate research and travel. For research awards, priority is given to thesis, pre-dissertation, and dissertation research. For travel awards, priority is given to (a) graduate students who have been accepted to present personally their own research at the national meeting of their discipline’s major academic/professional organization, and (b) those whose department or college indicates its own support of the student by agreeing to cost share the necessary funding. In 2004-2005, 133 students received awards. A total of $25,700 was awarded to these successful students, representing an average of $193 per student (last year $197 per student).

Graduate Council Fellowships. During the 2004-2005 academic year, 67 graduate students held Graduate Council Fellowships, awarded by the Graduate Council Committee on Financial Aid. Of this total, 12 students held thesis/dissertation fellowships, 7 held research fellowships, 2 held creative activity fellowships, and 44 held regular fellowships. For 2004-05 the level of stipend for each category was $14,000 with an additional full tuition scholarship.

License Tag Fellows. Under the provisions of the National Alumni Association Collegiate License Tag Program, 80% of the proceeds received by the university are endowed, and the income generated is used to support graduate fellowships. In 2004-05 sufficient funds were available to provide 34 fellowships with a stipends ranging from $10,000 to $14,000 each.

Graduate Fellowship Supplements. Each year additional amounts are awarded to graduate students from a special Presidential Graduate Fellowship Supplemental Fund. The fund is financed from logo and licensing fees received by the University’s Office of Auxiliary and Support Services. In 2004-2005 around $32,000 was awarded from this source.

Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship Program. The National Alumni Association also funds a varying number of graduate fellowships in each college or school that offers a post-baccalaureate degree.

Alabama Heritage Graduate Scholarship Program. This is a one year tuition scholarship for Alabama residents who are children or grandchildren of UA graduates. In 2004-05, 22 graduate students received this scholarship.

Minority Support. There are several programs aimed specifically at minority student groups and these are discussed in detail in a separate section of this Report.

Graduate Assistant Stipends. Departments are allocated a budget each year to appoint graduate teaching or research assistants and pay them stipends up to any level that they are able to fund. The Graduate School establishes minimum pay levels dependent upon the assigned work hours and gives guidance on the minimum and maximum number of enrolled hours that each student requires in order to maintain their full-time student status.

For 2004-2005 the minimum stipend levels were the same as the previous year:
0.25 FTE - $4,600
0.50 FTE - $9,200
0.75 FTE - $13,800


For the new academic year 2005-2006 these minimum levels have been increased as follows:
0.25 FTE - $4,900
0.50 FTE - $9,800
0.75 FTE - $14,700


In addition, the Graduate School awards grants equal to the full tuition charge for 0.50 FTE or higher appointments, and prorated amounts for FTE appointments below 0.50 FTE. For fall semester 2005, the total number of 0.50 full time equivalent assistantship awards was 1,181 (last year 1,128). There were 671 teaching assistants (last year 663) and 510 research, administrative, and other assistants (last year 465). 

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19. MINORITY GRADUATE STUDENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT
The Graduate School continues to maximize the amount of financial support available for minority students, primarily though four fellowship programs that support full-time and part-time students. In fall 2005 UA enrolled and provided stipends, scholarships, and assistantships for 40 graduate students on campus in the minority fellowship programs. A large number of additional students received continuing financial support through department assistantships or received tuition scholarships. All fellowship programs place a special emphasis on encouraging graduate students to become faculty members at colleges and universities in Alabama or retaining those already holding college faculty positions within the state.

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) - Alabama Commission on Higher Education Fellowships: The SREB Minority Doctoral Scholars Program encourages ethnic minority students to pursue doctoral degrees and become college professors. The UA Graduate School has held the #1 ranking for number of SREB doctoral scholars during the past few years. Since 1993, the Graduate School has enrolled 44 SREB Minority Doctoral Scholars, and 17 have received their degrees. SREB scholars receive $12,000-$15,000 annual stipends plus tuition scholarships for up to 5 years of graduate study through a combination of SREB, Graduate School, and departmental funding. A total of 19 SREB scholars in 2004-05 were supported with fellowships, scholarships, and department assistantships.

Future Faculty Fellows Program. This program is for African-American students who plan to become college or university professors. Each Future Faculty Fellow receives an annual stipend of $12,000, a departmental assistantship, and a full tuition scholarship for up to four years of full-time graduate study. A total of 33 doctoral students have received Future Faculty Fellowships since 1991, and 17 have received their degrees. In 2004-2005, the Graduate School supported eight Future Faculty Fellows with stipends and scholarships. Similarly, in 2005-06 the Graduate School is supporting six Future Faculty Fellows with stipends, scholarships, and department assistantships.

Joint Minority Faculty Development Program Fellowships. The Joint Faculty Development Program was implemented in Alabama Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for practicing college teachers who do not have a terminal degree. Faculty members participating in this program receive support from their home institution and an annual stipend of $14,000 and full tuition scholarship from The University of Alabama Graduate School. Institutions participating in this program include Alabama State University, Alabama A & M University, and Oakwood College. A total of 30 fellows have participated in the program since 1989, and 11 have received degrees. In 2004-2005, a total of seven Joint Faculty Development Fellowships supported faculty members of partner institutions. Six HBCU faculty members are participating in the Joint Faculty Development Program in 2005-06.

UA/Stillman College Joint Faculty Staff Development Program. The major objectives of the program are to provide support for Stillman College faculty and staff to complete degree requirements for a graduate degree and to provide in-service and staff development. In 2004-2005, the Graduate School provided tuition scholarships for eight faculty and staff members of Stillman College.

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20. GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS
In the fall 2005 semester a total of 1,181 0.50 full time equivalent (FTE) graduate assistantships were awarded compared with 1,128 last year. For this year, the number of assistantships with formal teaching responsibilities was 289 (last year 267), and those who are assisting instructors of record was 382 (last year 396).

Of the total number of students receiving assistantships 939 (948) were supported with university funds and 217 (last year 180) were supported on contracts, grants, or gifts from third parties. A further 25 assistantships were supported on cost-share arrangements.

For a more detailed analysis of assistantships please see tables 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.

The total stipend paid to assistants during 2004-05 was $13,713,762 compared or $13,271,429 last year. Average stipends rose slightly from $10,082 last year to $10,561 for 2004-05, an increase of about one percent.

FIGURE 7: GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

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21. WORKSHOP FOR NEW GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS
The nineteenth annual workshop for new Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) was held at the Bryant Conference Center on August 18-19, 2005. The Workshop serves multiple purposes, including familiarizing new students with the campus and University policies, assisting in new GTAs’ preparation to conduct classes, providing guidance about how to handle various classroom situations, and directing GTA’s to campus resources for ongoing improvement of teaching skills. During the Workshop, University faculty and staff members spoke on a wide range of areas related to teaching. Topics included syllabus and course preparation, conducting lab and discussion sessions, using technology in the college classroom, active and collaborative learning techniques, effective communication in college teaching, and important policies and legal issues for GTAs and professors. Each new GTA received a copy of 2003-2005 Graduate Assistant Guide and numerous handouts on a variety of topics related to teaching.

Graduate Teaching Fellows, who are experienced GTAs recognized for superior teaching in their respective colleges, led seven simultaneous breakout sessions for a full day at the Workshop. The Fellows videotaped the new GTAs who each had prepared a short teaching session. Each GTA received written and verbal analyses of teaching strengths and areas for improvement. The new GTAs also had the opportunity to analyze videos in order to “troubleshoot” some of the most frequently occurring problems in the classroom. The Fellows led the new GTAs in discussions of important issues such as services for students with disabilities, sexual harassment, academic misconduct, academic grievances, and the confidentiality of student records.

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22. GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS
On Honors Day the Dean of the Graduate School presented the following University-wide awards; each student received a plaque and a check for $500.
 
Award Student Division Department
Thesis Mustafizur Rahman ENGR Chemical Engineering
Dissertation Peter Letcher A&S Biological Sciences
Teaching-Master’s Nathan Shepley A&S English
Teaching-Doctoral Jacqueline Shaia CIS Mass Communication
Research-Master’s Christine Newkirk A&S Anthropology
Research-Doctoral Songsong Cao A&S Biological Sciences

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23. ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET
The Academic Common Market is an interstate association of 16 Southern states that permits out-of-state students to enroll in selected programs at participating institutions while paying in-state tuition rates. This program is designed to both help the student by reducing his tuition cost and also the institutions from having to offer duplicate courses. The Graduate School is charged within the University with supervising both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Table 32 shows the current programs and participating institutions.

For the academic year 2004-2005 the data for ACM support were as shown in the table below. The total value of scholarships awarded under this program reached record levels; a total of $1,243,736 was awarded, up 19% on last year’s ($907,335).

 
ACM Support Summer 2004 Spring 2005
Number of undergraduate students 26 116
Number of graduate students 8 19
Total students 34 135
     
Value of undergraduate scholarships awarded $59,906 $459,898
Value of graduate scholarships awarded $18,547 $63,771
Total value of scholarships awarded $78,453 $523,669

 

Most popular ACM majors Summer 2004 Spring 2005
International Marketing 10 28
Apparel & Textiles 3 25
Aerospace Engineering 0 11
Music Therapy 1 8

The numbers of students from each state in the program (ranked by highest 5 states) taking advantage of these awards at this University were as follows:

State Summer 2004 Spring 2005
Louisiana 14 54
Tennessee 7 35
Mississippi 2 12
Georgia 6 11
South Carolina 1 9


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