University Council on Graduate Study
April 13, 2004
3:00-5:00 p.m.
The Croghan-Schenley Room, 156

Attending:  Elizabeth Baranger (Chair), Jeff Brodsky (A&S), Ray Burdett (SHRS), Luis F. Chaparro (ENG), Paul Danczyk (GPSA), Judith Erlen (NUR), Paula Grabowski (A&S), Steven Husted (A&S), Timothy James (GPSA), Carl Johnson (EDUC), Margaret Mahoney (LAW), Steve Phillips (SOM), Louis Pingel (EDUC), Esther Sales (SW), Roslyn Stone (GSPH), Brian Yoder (GPSA); Roni Hoffmeyer (Registrar), Carrie Sparks (Provostís Office)

I. Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the February 17, 2004 meeting were approved as written.

II. Proposal to Create Provostís Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Steven Husted discussed the proposal to establish a Doctoral Mentoring Award which was submitted by the UCGS ad hoc Doctoral Mentoring Award Committee.  This ad hoc committee was formed following discussion at the first UCGS meeting in September.  The Committee recommended the initiation of up to four annual awards to recognize excellence in mentoring done by faculty who supervise students pursuing the PhD degree.

Members of Council asked how the committee would distinguish between one good candidate and the next especially in instances where there are issues concerning the growth of the student and helping a student overcome roadblocks. The features that will be compared will be supporting letters from former students and fellow faculty members.  In general, the ad hoc Doctoral Mentoring Award Committee felt that it would be best for the future Awards Committee to work out more specific criteria for the awards.  A procedure will be established over the next one to two years.

A member of Council recommended that the future Awards Committee should refer to different departments to solicit additional supporting evidence.  Steven Husted assured Council that additional information from the appropriate Program Directors would be sought.

Some members of Council recommend that faculty mentoring students pursuing other research degrees similar to the PhD be considered for the award as well.  It was pointed out that Regulations Governing Graduate Study says that the EdD and the DrPH are similar to the PhD. The case was made that mentoring students pursuing research degrees that are equivalent to the PhD, such as the EdD and the DrPH be eligible to receive the award.

There was a motion made to approve the proposal for the Mentoring Award with the following language added, ď. . . awards to recognize excellence in mentoring done by faculty who supervise students pursuing the PhD or other equivalent research doctoral degrees such as the EdD or the DrPH.Ē

The motion was seconded.  All present voted in favor of the motion.

III. Proposal to Establish a Cross-School Program in Computer Engineering

UCGS reviewed two proposals for a cross-school masters and doctoral program in Computer Engineering, one submitted by Dean Holder, School of Engineering, and the other by Dean Copper, Arts and Sciences.  The two proposals have identical requirements for the masters and the PhD degree, identical list of graduate courses to be cross-listed, and an identical list of pre-approved elective courses.  A common application procedure and common admission standard will be established and applicants will be assigned to one school or the other based upon student preferences (for new students), the source of financial aid, or upon the faculty appointment of their thesis or dissertation advisor. The student graduating in A&S will receive a PhD or an MS. with a major in Computer Engineering.  The student graduating in Engineering will receive a PhD or a Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCoE) with a major in Computer Engineering.  Representatives from the two schools attended the meeting to answer questions.

After some discussion regarding the budget, the amount of required credits, and the research involved, the guests were excused.  There was a motion made to approve both proposals as a unit.  The motion was seconded.  All voted in favor of the motion.

IV. Annual Report of the President of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA)

Paul Danczyk, President of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) presented the GPSA Annual Report. Among the many accomplishments of the GPSA this year, the GPSA was selected to host the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS) conference that will take place in the fall. This conference will strengthen the relationship between the GPSA and NAGPS membership and will increase the national visibility of the University. Other issues undertaken by the GPSA this year were a recommendation to increase the student activity fee, a financial need survey report, and the allocation of $23,000 in travel grants to over 160 graduate or professional students.

Paul Danczyk said that the GPSA was planning to use some of the additional funds from the increased student activity fee to offer research grants to the graduate and professional students.  Some members of Council had concern over how the GPSA would determine who would be eligible to receive the grants. They also questioned whether a needs analysis had been done. If the graduate students really had this need the academic units would probably want to know about it. Some members of Council questioned if the allocation of research grants was really an appropriate activity for the GPSA to pursue since the organization is activity based as opposed to academically based. The GPSA president designate, Timothy James, said that the new administration would look into this in light of the concerns expressed by Council.

V. Proposal to Establish a Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program for  Practicing Physical Therapists

In April 2002, the University approved the initiation of a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program to replace the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT). The DPT was the first degree approved that was in the category of a Professional Doctoral Program for Practitioners.  The proposed program will provide practicing Physical Therapists the opportunity to upgrade their existing entry-level professional degree to the DPT degree.  Members from SHRS including Cliff Brubaker, Tony Delitto, and Kathleen Kelly attended the meeting to answer questions.

Council expressed some concern about the possibility of those who have been fifteen years or more out in the field attempting this degree. Those presenting the proposal assured that they would review every portfolio carefully to make sure the students were prepared.  This degree is really intended for recent graduates already in the field as it concentrates on didactic work as opposed to clinical work.

After further discussion about the requirements the guests were excused.

There was a motion to approve the proposal.  The motion was seconded.  Aside from one abstention, all voted in favor of the motion.

This was the final meeting for Vice Provost Baranger to Chair UCGS. Council expressed their appreciation to Dr. Baranger for her extraordinary work and dedication to graduate studies over the years.

The meeting was adjourned.