University Council on Graduate Study
April 16, 2002
3:00-5:00 p.m.
817 Cathedral of Learning

Attending: Elizabeth Baranger (Chair), Jacob Birnberg (KGSB), Carson Chow (FAS/Math), Nancy Condee (FAS/Interdisciplinary), Judith Erlen (Nursing), William Harbert (FAS), Steven Husted (FAS), Rainer Johnsen (FAS/Physics), Mark King (Education), Wynne Korr (Social Work), Michael Lewis (SIS), Margaret Mahoney (Law), David Miller (GSPIA), Steve Phillips (Medicine), Lou Pingel (EDUC), Mark Roberts (Medicine), Deane Root (FAS/Music), Randy Smith (Pharm), Roslyn Stone (GSPH), Curtis Wadsworth (GPSA); Roni Hoffmeyer (Registrarís Office), Carrie Sparks (Provostís Office)
 

I.  Approval of Minutes
 After a correction was noted, the minutes of the February 19, 2002 meeting were approved as  written.
II. Proposal to Establish New Majors in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Associate Dean Steven Husted, Professor Carson Chow from Mathematics, and the Chair of Geology and Planetary Sciences, William Harbert, presented a proposal for two new Master of Science programs in FAS that took shape in response to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundationís encouragement of FAS to develop professional masters programs in the natural sciences.  The goal of the Master of Science programs is to provide training that enables the recipient to apply the technical skills learned in the program to business or government settings.  The programs will attract students with interests in and aptitude for scientific analysis who do not want to pursue the Ph.D. The Department of Geology and Planetary Sciences proposed to offer a major is Geographical Information Systems. Mathematics proposed to offer the Professional Program in the Department of Mathematics, which has several streams.
Dr. Harbert gave his presentation on the proposal for the major in Geographical Information Systems.
A member of Council asked about the evaluation component of the internships.  Dr. Harbert said that it would be similar to what is already in place for the Undergraduate Certificate, but a much higher level of performance would be expected. A Council member stated that the expectations for the Professional Masters should be stated more clearly.  Input from the students and the supervisors of the internships on the evaluation components would be helpful.  Dr. Harbert stated that students will be asked to keep a log and if the student appears to be unsupervised, the internship supervisor will be contacted.  A Council member recommended that this be explained in more detail in the proposal.
David Miller stated that GSPIA should be involved with this program, especially those working in the public sphere.  Dr. Harbert agreed to get GSPIA involved.
Dr. Chow gave his presentation on the proposal for a professional program in Mathematics.
A Council member asked if it would be problematic for students in these programs to have TA positions.  Steve Husted responded by explaining that these students would not receive funding.  The programs will be attractive enough for students to come and pay their way, as MBA students do.  These students will be more successful in competing for jobs outside of academe.
A Council member noted that the same comments made regarding internships in Dr. Harbertís proposal applied to Dr. Chowís as well.
A Council member stated that the proposals needed support and endorsement from internal and external collaborations.
The guests were excused.
Steve Husted said that he will make sure that the departments are doing everything they need to be doing.  He will insert the mentioned items into the proposal.  He clarified that these programs will both be Masterís of Science degrees and that they were not making up a new degree.  The proposed programs would be in existing departments with existing degrees.
A member of Council asked if Council felt compelled to approve these programs because they won the Sloan grant. He asked if not approving these programs would make further dealings with Sloan problematic.
Members of Council agreed that the fact that these programs were being funded through a grant from Sloan had absolutely no bearing on their decision to approve the proposed programs. They did not think that it would hamper future dealings with Sloan.
There was a motion to accept the proposal to establish two new majors in FAS with a few stipulations:
1) The evaluation component of the internships should be strengthened.
2) There should be more language about monitoring.
3) Partnership or support letters from schools at the University and from persons involved with     internships should be included.
All present voted in favor of the motion.
A Council member inquired how Council would know that all the above stipulations were included in the proposal.  Vice Provost Baranger will review the revised proposal and report to Council on it.
 III. Certificate Programs
Vice Provost Baranger presented a revised draft of the description of certificates at the University of Pittsburgh.  This was prepared in response to comments made on the earlier draft at the last meeting of Council.  The purpose of this document is to act as a guide as Council reviews proposals for new certificates.
A Council member stated that the majority of courses taken for the graduate certificates should normally be graduate level and any undergraduate courses should be upper level only.  It should be emphasized that it is exceptional to have undergraduate courses apply.
A Council member suggested that the first sentence of each certificate program paragraph should be similar to the first sentence of the graduate certificate paragraph.
Council agreed with the proposed changes.  The document will be kept on file for future use as necessary.
IV.  Reports of UCGS Committees
The reports from UCGS Committees were tabled until the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 April 16, 2002