Graduate Council                                                                      
February 14, 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), Susan Scheckel (English), Marcia Simon (Dental School), Gina Sorrentino (GSO), Arleen Steckel (Nursing School), Jacobus Verbaarschot (Physics & Astronomy)

Absent Members: Andrei Antonenko (GSO), Allegra DeLaurentiis (Philosophy)

Guest Attendees: Debra Dwyer, Rick Johnson, Craig Lehmann, Sue Ann Sisto (School of Health Technology and Management)

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 January 31, 2007 meeting were approved with one minor correction.

Chair’s Report

  • GSO Representation: Gregory Sabino, Gina Sorrentino, and Juliet Kinney were introduced as representatives of GSO.  The GSO will be represented by two regular members and one alternate.  It was announced that Liliana Naydan is the new GSO President.

Old Business

  • LOI for PhD in Rehabilitation, Social, and Behavioral Health Sciences: Deb Dwyer and Sue Ann Sisto provided a brief overview of the development of the letter of intent and clarified the translational continuum aspect of the LOI, which aims to have students experience all points of the learning continuum, even if their focus is on one particular aspect. The proposed pool of applicants would come from three concentrations – rehabilitation sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and disability studies. There was some concern that full time study might be difficult for working professionals. The proposed core requirements also seem unfeasible as described. It needs to be clear that the required credits can be completed in the expected time period. The full program of study will need to be detailed in the final proposal, but even the LOI needs to demonstrate that basic requirements could be met by students. The Dean will also need to more clearly state support of additional lines and/or funding for needed resources.  Discussions with other campus programs or faculty that may support the proposed program will also need to begin.

Charles will summarize these points via email so the amendments can be made for resubmission.

  • Preliminary Committees Policy: Kent clarified that the timeline is currently three weeks. More discussion on this topic was postponed so that Lawrence can participate (the Dean was not present in time for this agenda item).

New Business

  • Accreditation of Graduate Programs: The item of business was raised to determine how extensively the Council should be involved if/when it is discovered that a program is not accredited. Though this issue is perhaps too discipline-specific to warrant a universal protocol, it is possible for the Council to simply inquire about accreditation for all new program proposals. 

Dean’s Report  (postponed)

Meeting adjourned at 10:35 a.m.
Submitted by Debra Caffrey
Staff Assistant, The Graduate School