University Council on Graduate Study
May 13, 2003
3:00-5:00 p.m.
817 Cathedral of Learning 

Attending: Elizabeth Baranger (Chair), Jeff Brodsky (BIO SCI), Ray Burdett (SHRS), Luis F. Chaparro (ENG), Paul Danczyk (GPSA), Judith Erlen (NUR), Stephen Hirtle (SIS), Steven Husted (FAS), Rainer Johnsen (FAS/Physics), Margaret Mahoney (LAW), Ronald D. Neufeld (ENG), Steve Phillips (SOM), Barbara Porter (GSPIA), Esther Sales (SW), Roslyn Stone (GSPH), Barbara Repasi Heron (Office of the Registrar), Coral Ruppert (Provostís Office), Carrie Sparks (Provostís Office)

Guests:  Patricia Bohachick (NUR), Yvette Conley (NUR), Sandra Engberg (NUR), Darlene Zellers (CGS)


I. Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the April 15, 2003 meeting were approved as written.

II. Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Healthcare Administration
The School of Nursing presented a proposal for a certificate program in Healthcare Administration. This certificate program is the second program developed by the graduate school in collaboration with the College of General Studies under the auspices of Pitt Learning Solutions.  They also presented proposals for a post-baccalaureate certificate program in Genetics in Health Care and a minor in Nursing Genetics.

Associate Deans Pat Bohachick (NURS), Darlene Zellers (CGS), and other members from the School of Nursing were present to answer questions. Patricia Bohachick pointed out that by offering a certificate program in Healthcare Administration, the University of Pittsburgh would be modeling national practices and would also be the first institution locally to offer graduate certificates. She also explained the need for a post-baccalaureate certificate program in Genetics in Health Care and a minor in Nursing Genetics by pointing out that these two programs would enrich learning outside studentsí coursework and be documented on their transcripts as areas of focus, making them more marketable.

The guests were excused.
There was a motion to accept the proposal.
The motion was seconded.
All present voted in favor of the motion.

III. Approval of New Grading System for School of Medicine
Vice Provost Baranger presented a proposal per Steve Kanter, Vice Dean of the School of Medicine, for a modification in the current method of reporting grades on the official University of Pittsburgh transcripts for students enrolled in the School of Medicine. The current system allows for grades Honors (H), Satisfactory (S), and Unsatisfactory (U).  The request is for the addition of High Satisfactory and Low Satisfactory to the current system.  The Schoolís Curriculum Committee has voted unanimously to join in this request.

The current three-tier system puts students at a competitive disadvantage when they are considered for residency training program interviews.  Competitive residency programs tend to select students for interviews on the basis of official university transcripts showing Honors or High Satisfactory grades.

The Council discussed the advantages and disadvantages of making this new five-tier grading system available to all schools throughout the university.

There was a motion to approve the proposal but implement the five-tier grading system university-wide.
The motion was seconded.
Other members pointed out that if students take classes in another school without the same system then it would become confusing. Another member said there was not a great need for this system in other schools.
One member of Council asked to make an amendment to the motion that the new system be restricted to the School of Medicine.

The motion was amended.
15 members of Council voted in favor of the motion.
Two members abstained.
The motion was approved.

 The meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting of Council will be June 17, 2003.