Graduate Council                                                                                  
April 10, 2008

Attendees:  Charles Taber (Political Science and Chair), Estie Arkin (Applied Mathematics and Statistics), Ruth Ben-Zvi (Economics), Debra Caffrey (Graduate School), Peter Gergen (Graduate School), Susana Huidobro (Graduate Student Advocate), Godlind Johnson (Library), Juliet Kinney (GSO), Kent Marks (Graduate School), Lawrence Martin (Dean, Graduate School), Anne McElroy (MSRC),  Susan O’Leary (Psychology), Brian Phillips (Geosciences), IV Ramakrishnan (Computer Science), Gregory Sabino (GSO), Marcia Simon (Dental School), Gina Sorrentino (GSO)

Absent Members: Allegra DeLaurentiis (Philosophy), Susan Scheckel (English), Arleen Steckel (Nursing School), Jacobus Verbaarschot (Physics and Astronomy)

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by the Graduate Council Chair, Charles Taber.

Approval of minutes
The minutes from the March 27, 2008 meeting were approved with one minor amendment.

Chair’s Report

  • Name Change for Population Health and Clinical Outcomes Research:
  • Pharmacology Review (June 10-11): GC Chair Chuck Taber asked members to assess their schedules and availability to participate.
  • Meeting on LOI for PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Chuck and Peter recently had a meeting with the group to clarify the outstanding issues. Amendments should be submitted shortly.

Old Business

  • Policies Regarding Preliminary and Dissertation Committees: An updated written policy was distributed for review. Several items were pointed out as still being unclear, including the issue of faculty members formally affiliated with Stony Brook who serve as internal members. The policy will be revised and bought back for final review and approval.

New Business

  • Proposals for MS/MBA in Computer Science and MA/MBA in Public Policy: The proposal for MS/MBA in Computer Science was approved contingent upon the following changes: a) a rationale needs to be included to justify a demand for this program, b) there are several standard formatting issues and inconsistencies in the tables, and c) admission issues need to be clarified, especially with regard to who will be making the decisions with applicants.

The proposal for MA/MBA in Public Policy was approved contingent upon the following changes: a) a rationale for this program’s demand should be included, b) an admissions statement must be articulated, c) minor formatting errors and inconsistent terminology must be amended, and d) the courses/tables require a justification reorganization.

  • TLT Task Force for New Faculty Orientation: Associate Dean Peter Gergen canvassed the Council to assess whether a representative would be interested in serving on this new Task Force, which is being developed by Graham Glynn in order to improve new faculty orientation. Chuck volunteered to serve.

Dean’s Report

  • Budget Briefing: The Provost recently gave a briefing on the current budget status, which reflects a 4.5% budget reduction to SUNY.
  • Visit from Dr. Pedro Caban and Dr. Carlos Medina: Drs. Caban and Medina, Vice Provost and Assistant Provost for Diversity and Educational Equity for SUNY recently met with Provost Kaler and other campus administrators and provided great insight about the lack of allocations for the Turner Fellowship Program at Stony Brook.
  • GSO: Lawrence met with the GSO Senate regarding the allocations increase issue. He would like to create an initiative of funding for students to reduce personal money spent on conferences, etc.
  • TOEFL Scores/Internet Based Tests: Lawrence discussed the impact of a revision to the standards of these tests. We are currently collecting information from AAU on what peer institutions are doing, and are also working with Linguistics to make appropriate adjustments.
  • I3 Proposal: An I3 (Innovation through Institutional Integration) proposal is being submitted today to the National Science Foundation by the Provost’s office to institutionalize best practices.

Meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.
Submitted by Debra Caffrey
The Graduate School