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					                                      Graduate Council Minutes
                                 The University of Southern Mississippi
                                             May 11, 2009

The Graduate Council met at 3:00 p.m. on May 11, 2009 in McCain Library, Room 203 with Dr. Sabine
Heinhorst, Chair of the Graduate Council, presiding.
The following voting members were present: Dr. Sam Bruton, Dr. John Clark, Dr. David Daves, Dr. Dan
Drane, Dr. Sabine Heinhorst, Dr. Lawrence Hosman, Dr. Ernest King, Dr. Elizabeth Moak, Dr. Michael
Neiberg, Dr. Bonnie Nicholson, Dr. Timothy Rehner, Dr. Sharon Rouse, Dr. Shiao Wang, Dr. Ellen
Weinauer and Dr. Kathy Yadrick.
The following voting members were represented by proxies to constitute a quorum:
Dr. Michael Neiberg for Dr. Lisa Nored and Dr. Sabine Heinhorst for Dr. Mark Peterson.
The following non-voting members were present: Ms. Nancy Kaul for Dr. Carole Kiehl, Dr. Jeanne
Gillespie for Dr. Denise VonHermann, Dr. Susan Siltanen, Dr. William Powell and Dr. Joe Whitehead for
Dr. Rex Gandy.
The following guests were present: Ms. Tammy Adams, Dr. Heather Annulis, Dr. Joyous Bethel, Dr. Alan
Bougere, Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, Ms. Nancy Howell, Ms. Kathryn Lowery, Dr. Jim McGuire, Dr. Rose
McNeese, Dr. Richard Mohn, Ms. Dawn Porter, Ms. Desiree Rodriguez, and Dr. Joe Zhang

1.0    Call to Order
       Dr. Heinhorst called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

2.0    Adoption of Agenda
       Dr. Heinhorst presented the agenda for approval. Dr. Rouse moved and Dr. Rehner seconded a
       motion to approve the agenda. The motion passed.
3.0    Approval of Minutes
       Dr. Heinhorst presented the April 27, 2009 minutes for approval. The April minutes were not
       complete for this meeting. Dr. Neiberg moved and Dr. Bruton seconded a motion to hold an
       electronic vote to approve the April minutes once they were completed. The motion passed.
4.0    Course and Program Proposals
       4.1    All Colleges- No Business

       4.2    College of Arts & Letters
              4.2.1 Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
                     Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to modify FL 690. Dr. Bruton moved
                     and Dr. Weinauer seconded a motion to table FL 690. The motion passed.

              4.2.2   Department of Political Science, International Development & International Affairs
                      Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to modify IDV 726, IDV 727 and IDV 796.
                      Dr. Yadrick moved and Dr. Rehner seconded a motion to request consideration of
                      IDV 726, IDV 727 and IDV 796 as a group. The motion passed. Dr. Bruton moved
                      and Dr. Neiberg seconded a motion to table IDV 726, IDV 727 and IDV 796.
                      The motion passed. Council is requesting the proposal forms for each course as well
                      as the proposal to offer each course online before modification can be approved.
4.3   College of Business
      4.3.1 Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to add MBA 697. Dr. Clark moved and
             Dr. Nicholson seconded a motion to approve the addition of MBA 697.
             The motion passed.

4.4   College of Education and Psychology
      4.4.1 Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to modify 636, 648, 689, 691CA, 693, 694, 695,
             736, 738, 793, 794 and 796 from all departments to offer online delivery. Dr. Clark
             moved and Dr. Neiberg seconded a motion to return this proposal to the college for
             more clarification. The motion passed.

      4.4.2   Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education
               Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to untable the request to modify the M.Ed.
              programs in Special Education to be offered online. The three emphasis areas are: (1)
              Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, (2) Mild/Moderate Disabilities, (3) Severe/Low
              Incidence Disabilities. Dr. Hosman moved and Dr. Neiberg seconded a motion to
              untable the request to modify the M.Ed. programs in Special Education to be offered
              online. The three emphasis areas are: (1) Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, (2)
              Mild/Moderate Disabilities, (3) Severe/Low Incidence Disabilities. The motion
              passed. Dr. Nicholson moved and Dr. Rouse seconded a motion to approve the
              modification of the M.Ed. programs in Special Education to be offered online. The
              three emphasis areas are: (1) Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, (2) Mild/Moderate
              Disabilities, (3) Severe/Low Incidence Disabilities. The motion passed.

      4.4.3   Department of Educational Leadership & Research
              Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to modify the Ph.D. in Educational
              Administration with Emphasis in Building-Level Administration – Modify plan of
              study. Proposed: EDA 620, 700, 704, 708, 710, 736, 898 (12 hours), EDA Electives
              (0-15 hrs). Note: this reduces program hours from 78 to 54-69. Dr. Nicholson moved
              and Dr. Weinauer seconded a motion to untable the request to modify the Ph.D. in
              Educational Administration with Emphasis in Building-Level Administration –
              Modify plan of study. Proposed: EDA 620, 700, 704, 708, 710, 736, 898 (12 hours),
              EDA Electives (0-15 hrs). Note: this reduces program hours from 78 to 54-69. The
              motion passed. Dr. Bruton moved and Dr. Yadrick seconded a motion to return this
              proposal back to the department in light of the Provost’s request to make no other
              changes until July 1st when the department’s name will change.

              Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to modify the Ph.D. in Educational
              Administration with Emphasis in District-Level Administration – Modify plan of
              study. Proposed: EDA 701, 720, 738, 742, 755, 800, EDA 898 (12 hours), EDA
              Electives (0-15 hrs). Note: this reduces program hours from 78 to 54-69. Dr.
              Nicholson moved and Dr. Weinauer seconded a motion to untable the request to
              modify the Ph.D. in Educational Administration with Emphasis in District-Level
              Administration – Modify plan of study. Proposed: EDA 701, 720, 738, 742, 755, 800,
              EDA 898 (12 hours), EDA Electives (0-15 hrs). Note: this reduces program hours
              from 78 to 54-69. The motion passed. Dr. Bruton moved and Dr. Yadrick seconded
              a motion to return this proposal back to the department in light of the Provost’s
              request to make no other changes until July 1st when the department’s name will
              change.
             4.4.4   Department of Psychology
                     Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to modify PSY 880, PSY 881 and PSY 883 to
                     add online delivery. Dr. Yadrick moved and Dr. Weinauer seconded a motion to
                     request consideration of PSY 880, PSY 881 and PSY 883 as a group. The motion
                     passed. Dr. Yadrick moved and Dr. Weinauer seconded a motion to approve the
                     modification of PSY 880, PSY 881 and PSY 883 to add online delivery.
                     The motion passed.

4.5   College of Health
             4.5.1 Department of Community Health Sciences
                    Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to add CHS 786. Dr. Yadrick moved and Dr.
                    Weinauer seconded a motion to add CHS 786. The motion passed.

             4.5.2   School of Social Work
                     Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to add SWK 511. Dr. Weinauer moved and Dr.
                     Rouse seconded a motion to table SWK 511. The motion passed. Council is
                     requesting that the online proposal form be submitted prior to approval.

                     Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to add SWK 621. Dr. Yadrick moved and Dr.
                     Hosman seconded a motion to approve SWK 621 pending the submission of the
                     grade percentages. The motion passed.
                     [New syllabus page with grading percentages received 5/12/09]

                     Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to add SWK 622. Dr. Yadrick moved and Dr.
                     Rouse seconded a motion to approve the addition of SWK 622. The motion passed.

                     Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to add SWK 623. Dr. Rouse moved and Dr.
                     Weinauer seconded a motion to approve the addition of SWK 623. The motion
                     passed.

                     Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to add SWK 624. Dr. Rouse moved and Dr.
                     Weinauer seconded a motion to approve the addition of SWK 624. The motion
                     passed.

                     Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to add Graduate Certificate in Disaster Studies.
                     Dr. Weinauer moved and Dr. Rouse seconded a motion to approve the addition of a
                     Graduate Certificate in Disaster Studies pending the approval of SWK 621. The
                     motion passed.
                     [New syllabus page with grading percentages for SWK 621 received 5/12/09]

4.6   College of Science and Technology
             4.6.1 Department of Economic and Workforce Development
                     Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to untable HCD 740. Dr. Hosman moved and Dr.
                     Yadrick seconded a motion to untable HCD 740. The motion passed. In the April
                     meeting Council requested that the department renumber and rename this course.
                     The new proposal submitted was for HCD 635. Dr. Heinhorst presented the request
                     to add HCD 635. Dr. Hosman moved and Dr. Yadrick seconded a motion to approve
                     the addition of HCD 635. The motion passed.
             4.6.2   School of Computing
                     Dr. Heinhorst presented the request to untable EET 691, EET 697, EET 698 and EET
                     699. Dr. Clark moved and Dr. Neiberg seconded a motion to untable EET 691, EET
                     697, EET 698 and EET 699. The motion passed. Dr. Clark moved and Dr. Yadrick
                     seconded a motion to approve the addition of EET 691, EET 697, EET 698 and EET
                     699. The motion passed.

5.0   Officers Report
      5.1    Chair – Dr. Sabine Heinhorst
             Dr. Heinhorst informed the Council that a new Academic Technology Committee is being
             formed. The committee’s charge is to address standardization and standards issues arising
             from the Southern Miss Online Initiative and to deal with online course and program
             development and other academic technology issues. The committee will begin to meet
             immediately. Dr. Sharon Rouse will be the Graduate Council representative.

      5.2    Chair-Elect – Dr. Ernest King
             No report.

      5.3    Corresponding Secretary – Dr. Susan Siltanen
             Dr. Siltanen reported that the Provost approved the following Graduate Council
             recommendations: (1) Speech Communication name change to Communication Studies; (2)
             Certificate in Non-Profit Studies; and (3) Degree Name and course prefix changes from
             Administration of Justice to Criminal Justice. She also reported that the Southern Association
             of Colleges and Schools (SACS) review committees are examining faculty credentials very
             closely and we need to continue to have high standards. Lastly, she reported that she was able
             to protect all graduate assistant budgets from the cuts.

      5.4    Parliamentarian – Dr. Susan Siltanen
             No report.

6.0   Standing Committee Reports
      6.1    Bylaws Committee – Dr. Vernon Asper
             No report.

      6.2    Credentials Committee – Dr. Bonnie Nicholson
             Dr. Nicholson submitted the Credentials report for May 2009 for approval. The report was
             approved. (See attached).

      6.3    Election Committee – Dr. Kathy Yadrick
             No report.

      6.4    Policies and Procedures Committee – Dr. Ellen Weinauer
             No report.

      6.5    Program Review Committee – Dr. Lawrence Hosman, Chair
             Dr. Hosman presented the executive summary for the Masters of Business Administration
             and Masters of Professional Accountancy and Council approved it. (See attached.) The
             Program Review Committee has received a self-study from the Department of Biological
             Sciences and their external reviewers have visited, and the Committee has not received a
             self-study from the Department of Geography and Geology, but their external reviewers have
             visited.
7.0    Liaisons to University Committees
       7.1    Assessment Committee- Dr. Ernest King
              Dr. King reported in the final meeting of the academic year the Software Evaluation
              Committee advised the adoption of the update to WEAVE. All areas need to be aware of the
              deadlines for updating materials in WEAVE. The next dates are May 31st to record spring
              2009 findings in WEAVE, and June 30th for analysis, annual reports, and action tracking.
              He also stated that the liaison for the Graduate Council to the University Assessment
              Committee for next academic year will be Dr. Sharon Rouse.

       7.2    Strategic Planning Committee – Dr. Sabine Heinhorst
              No report.

       7.3    Strategic Enrollment Planning Council- Dr. Sabine Heinhorst
              Dr. Heinhorst reported that the Academic Planning Group had listened to presentations about
              potential future cost-saving measures in CoST by Dr. Rex Gandy and in iTech by Mr. Homer
              Coffman.

       7.4    Provost Council- Dr. Sabine Heinhorst
              No report.

8.0    Ad-hoc Committees
       8.1   Family Leave for Graduate Assistants
             No report.

9.0    Unfinished Business
       9.1    Amendment for Guidelines for Proposals per University Assessment Committee request.
              Dr. Hosman moved and Dr. Clark seconded a motion to table. The motion passed.

10.0   New Business
       10.1 Election of Chair-Elect
            Dr. Rouse was nominated for Chair-Elect for the 2009-2010 academic year. Nominations
            were closed and the nomination was approved by council.

11.0   Announcements
       11.1 2009 Graduate Student Research Symposium bags.
             Dr. Siltanen announced that there were left over bags and that if anyone wanted one they
             could pick one up.

12.0   Adjournment
       The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for September 21, 2009 at 3:00.


       ___________________________                ___________________________
       Greg Pierce, Recording Secretary           Dr. Sabine Heinhorst, Chair
                        GRADUATE MINUTES COURSE/PROGRAM SUMMARY
                                     May 11, 2009




College of Arts and Letters
Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

       Tabled:                      FL 690                Foreign Language Teaching Seminar.

Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs

       Tabled:                      IDV 726               Field Research II.

       Tabled:                      IDV 727               Techniques.

       Tabled:                      IDV 796               Practicum.

College of Business

       Add:                         MBA 697               Independent Study and Research. 1-9 hours.
                                                          Face to face format. Effective summer 2009.

College of Education and Psychology

       Tabled:                      The modification to add online delivery format to the following
                                    courses in all departments: 636, 648, 689, 691CA, 693, 694, 695,
                                    736, 738, 793, 794, and 796.

Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education

       Approved:                    The M.Ed. programs in Special Education to be offered online. The
                                    three emphasis areas are: (1) Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, (2)
                                    Mild/Moderate Disabilities, (3) Severe/Low Incidence Disabilities.

Department of Educational Leadership & Research

       Not Approved:                Ph.D. in Educational Administration with Emphasis in Building-
                                    Level Administration – Modify plan of study. Proposed: EDA
                                    620, 700, 704, 708, 710, 736, 898 (12 hours), EDA Electives (0-15
                                    hrs). Note: this reduces program hours from 78 to 54-69.

       Not Approved:                Ph.D. in Educational Administration with Emphasis in District-
                                    Level Administration – Modify plan of study. Proposed: EDA 701,
                                    720, 738, 742, 755, 800, EDA 898 (12 hours), EDA Electives (0-15
                                    hrs). Note: this reduces program hours from 78 to 54-69.
Department of Psychology

       Modify:                   PSY 880             Internship in School Psychology. Face to
                                                     face format.

       To:                       PSY 880             Internship in School Psychology. Face to
                                                     face and online delivery format.
                                                     Effective fall 2009.

       Modify:                   PSY 881             Internship in Clinical Psychology. Face to
                                                     face format.

       To:                       PSY 881             Internship in Clinical Psychology. Face to
                                                     face and online delivery format.
                                                     Effective fall 2009.

       Modify:                   PSY 883             Internship. Face to face format.

       To:                       PSY 883             Internship. Face to face and online delivery
                                                     format. Effective fall 2009.


College of Health
Department of Community Health Sciences

       Add:                      CHS 786             Statistical Analysis in Epidemiology Using
                                                     SAS. 3 hours. Face to face format.
                                                     Effective summer 2009.

School of Social Work

       Tabled:                   SWK 511             Spirituality in Social Work Practice.

       Add:                      SWK 621             Introduction to Disaster Studies: The
                                                     Social Work. 3 hours. Face to face format.
                                                     Effective fall 2010. Pending submission of
                                                     grading percentages.
                                 [New syllabus page with grading percentages received 5/12/09].

       Add:                      SWK 622             Disaster and Mental Health. 3hours.
                                                     Face to face format. Effective fall 2010.

       Add:                      SWK 623             Disaster Response and Social Welfare Policy.
                                                     3 hours. Face to face format.
                                                     Effective fall 2010.
      Add:                      SWK 624            Facility Management for Displaced Persons.
                                                   3 hours. Face to face format.
                                                   Effective fall 2010.

      Add:                      Graduate Certificate in Disaster Studies. 18 hours.
                                Effective fall 2010. Pending approval of SWK 621.
                                [New syllabus page with grading percentages for SWK 621
                                received 5/12/09].


College of Science & Technology
Department of Economic & Workforce Development

      Add:                      HCD 635            Statistics for Human Capital Development.
                                                   3 hours. Face to face and interactive video
                                                   formats. Effective fall 2009.

School of Computing

      Add:                      EET 691            Engineering Research. 1-12 hours.
                                                   Face to face format. Effective fall 2009.

      Add:                      EET 697            Independent Study and Research. 1-12 hours.
                                                   Face to face format. Effective fall 2009.

      Add:                      EET 698            Thesis. 1-6 hours. Face to face format.
                                                   Effective fall 2009.

      Add:                      EET 699            Project. 1-3 hours. Face to face format.
                                                   Effective fall 2009.
DATE: May 11, 2009


TO: Graduate Council


FM: Graduate Credentials Committee


RE: Graduate Faculty Recommendations



        Name                           Department             Recommendation Status
                                     Associate Level 1
Clinton, Kenneth C.           Anthropology & Sociology                 A1
Cox, Linda M.             Educational Leadership & Research            A1
Noble, Joni H.                     Art & Design                        A1
                            Polymers & High Performance
Olson, Brian G.                      Materials                         A1


                                     Associate Level 2
                                          None                         A2


                                     Associate Level 3
                                          None                         A3


                                     Regular Level 1
Story, Lachel                            Nursing                       R1


                                     Regular Level 2
House, John C.                         Art & Design                    R2


                                     Regular Level 3
                                          None                         R3




Respectfully submitted,


__________________________________
Dr. Bonnie Nicholson,
Chair
                              The University of Southern Mississippi
                                GRADUATE COUNCIL
                    GRADUATE PROGRAM REVIEW EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

                Masters of Business Administration / Masters of Professional Accountancy

Introduction:

        The College of Business Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Professional
Accountancy (MPA) are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
(AACSB). The programs’ accreditations were extended by AACSB on January 25, 2008. The site team’s
findings, the program’s response, and the final report were submitted. In addition the School submitted a
plan for improvement.

Graduate Program Review Committee Review:

       The Graduate Program Review Committee reviewed the above materials.


Dean’s Review:

      The College is undergoing a departmental reorganization plan. This plan will make the college’s
       organization similar to peer institutions. The reorganization plan will also facilitate in building
       research and teaching relationships, ensure mentoring of new faculty, as well as continue to develop
       a research culture. (Note: The Council endorsed this reorganization.)
      The College has created a Graduate Programs and Assessment Committee (GPAC) designed to
       oversee and recommend revisions to the core graduate curriculum and to help ensure greater faculty
       participation in the assessment.
      The College will implement a summer research grant program.
      The College will move its Graduate Programs office to the Gulf Park campus.
      The College will consider offering certificate programs.


Final Recommendation from Graduate Council:

       Implement the summer research grant program.
       Move the Graduate Programs office to the Gulf Park campus.
       Consider offering certificate programs where appropriate.
       Ensure mentoring of new faculty.

Provost Actions:

				
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