University Council on Graduate Study
February 17, 2004
3:00-5:00 p.m.
817 Cathedral of Learning

Attending:  Elizabeth Baranger (Chair), Jacob Birnberg (KGBS), Jeff Brodsky (A&S), Judith Erlen (NUR), Steven Husted (A&S), Carl Johnson (EDUC), Margaret Mahoney (LAW), David Miller (GSPIA), Malcolm McNeil (SHRS), Louis Pingel (EDUC), Mark Roberts (Medicine), Esther Sales (SW), Kevin Sontheimer (ECON), Roslyn Stone (GSPH), Patricia Cochran (Provost’s Office),  Carrie Sparks (Provost’s Office), Roni Hoffmeyer (Registrar)

Guests:  Larry Shuman (ENGR), Robert Nachtmann (KGSB), Nick Laudato (CIDDE)

I. Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the January 20, 2004 meeting were approved as written.

II. Proposal to Establish Joint Degrees Between Business and Engineering
Associate Dean Larry Shuman from Engineering and Executive Associate Dean Robert Nachtmann from KGSB were present to answer questions concerning their proposal to establish a joint degree between Business and Engineering.  This program would establish a joint degree program that would lead to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in the Katz Graduate School of Business (KGSB) and to a Master of Science in one of six areas in engineering.  Dr. Shuman stated that this program. While expected to be small, would attract more students, especially those who are unsure of which degree to pursue.  Both degrees would be completed concurrently.  Dr. Baranger pointed out that these students would not be TAs or RAs, and a strong student would be able to take an overload of up to 18 credits per semester and obtain two degrees in two years.  This is not a program for those pursuing a Ph.D.

A question was raised concerning summer internships and alternatives and Dean Shuman said that the internship would be a practicum and used the example of the dual degree between the MBA and MS in the Management of Information Systems.  He said that the internship might have to be funded through school resources if a company could not.  A question was raised as to whether the plan to share credit for registration would be complicated.  Dean Shuman replied that the program would work relatively straightforwardly.

The guests were excused and Dr. Baranger asked for comments.  One member questioned the terminology used in the proposal stating that the program terminates in six years and asked if it would be evaluated at that time.  Dr. Baranger agreed that ‘evaluation’ rather than ‘termination’ should be used in the proposal and will recommend a change in terminology.

There was a motion to approve the proposal.  The motion was seconded.  All present voted in favor of this motion.

III. Further Consideration of Name of Doctoral Degree in Speech-Language Pathology

Dr. Baranger gave the results of the written ballot.  The majority approved the change to C.Sc.D, but three members asked for further discussion.  Because of the thoughtful email sent by Lou Pingel, Dr. Baranger decided to place this topic on the agenda of the meeting for further discussion.  A member asked if any other program might use  C.Sc.D.  Dr. McNeil replied that perhaps Occupational Therapy might use this degree if it advances to the doctorate.  As he has presented this to external groups, most professional programs showed interest in developing the degree title.  Another member was not clear on the reason for the objection to the title C.Sc.D, but suspected that this would be adopted if Pitt takes the initiative in introducing this new degree.

There was a motion to approve.  The motion was seconded.  All present voted in favor of accepting the results of the written ballot to accept the title C.Sc.D.

IV. Presentation of New Distance Education Technology

David Miller (GSPIA), and Nick Laudato (CIDDE), gave a demonstration of the new technology GSPIA is using to give classes in Macedonia using distance education technology.  Their “Report on Macedonia Project” showed how a Program of Public Policy and Management is being created that would simulate the experience of being on the Pittsburgh campus while still in Macedonia.  Through the use of interactive T.V. (ITV), the use of public internet, touch-sensitive LCD panels, and Tegrity and Mediasite Live (use of real time), the ability to operate in live-mode is brought to the Macedonian classroom.

Students feel comfortable with distance education and the technologies that have been bundled together will be able to reach all over the world.  This might make lectures re-usable and bring lectures in globally.

Members of Council responded with favorable comments about the presentation.

The meeting was adjourned.