University Council on Graduate Study
June 25, 2002
3:00-5:00 p.m.
817 Cathedral of Learning

Attending: Elizabeth Baranger (Chair), David Brodbeck (FAS/Music), Ray Burdett (SHRS), Luis Chaparro (ENG), Nancy Condee (FAS/Interdisciplinary), Judith Erlen (Nursing), Rainer Johnsen (FAS/Physics), Wynne Korr (SW), Margaret Mahoney (LAW), David Miller (GSPIA), Ronald Neufeld (ENG), Cindy Persinger (GPSA), Mitchell Seligson (FAS /Political Science), Randy Smith (PHARM), Mary Lou Soffa (FAS/CS), Roslyn Stone (GSPH), Curtis Wadsworth (GPSA); Barbara Repasi Heron (Registrar’s Office), Carrie Sparks (Provost’s Office)

I. Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the May 14, 2002 meeting were approved as written.

II. Report of the UCGS Student Affairs Committee
Judy Erlen reported to Council on the Student Affairs Committee’s consideration of the survey on retention and career services administered by the GPSA. The Student Affairs Committee would like to respond to the retention and career advising issues raised with the following actions and recommendations that UCGS support them:

• Make faculty aware of Elements of Good Academic Advising, the publication that addresses advising concerns in general.
• Send a memo regarding the committee’s recommendations and relevant tables (3.2, 3.4 and 3.5) from the GPSA survey report to Marvin Roth Director of Career Services.
• Talk with various schools and departments about what they can do to help their students.
• Send relevant tables (3.3, 3.4, and 3.5) and a memo to Beth Fisher and Michael Zigmond regarding considerations for Survival Skills workshops.

There was a motion made to approve all the recommendations.  All present voted in favor of the motion.

III. Proposal to Establish a Certificate Program in Engineering and Technology Management
This program will be offered by the Department of Industrial Engineering with the College of General Studies (CGS) handling administration and marketing.  It is the first program developed by a graduate  school in collaboration with CGS.  This post baccalaureate certificate program will offer three tracks:  Quality Management, Engineering and Project Management, and Emerging Technology Management.  Marketing analysis conducted by CGS indicates that student demand exists for these programs.  Professors Kim LaScola Needy and Mary Besterfield-Sacre, both from the Department of Industrial Engineering, and Associate Dean Darlene Zellers, CGS, attended to answer questions.

A member of Council asked if students register through CGS or IE.  Kim Needy explained that they will be graduate students in the School of Engineering.
A member of Council asked why there was no GRE requirement.  Kim Needy responded that there was no GRE requirement for their MA students and that these students would be nontraditional students. In addition, there is a national trend not to require the GRE for certificate programs.

The guests were excused.

A motion was made to approve the proposal.  The motion was seconded.  All present voted in favor of the motion.

IV. Proposal to Establish a Certificate in Public Policy Management (CPPM)  and to  Offer the CPPM and MPPM Programs in Macedonia
GSPIA has designed a lock-step, five-semester sequence of ten courses that will be delivered partly by distance education and partly on-site in Macedonia.  A student who successfully completes six of these courses in Macedonia receives the certificate from the University of Pittsburgh.  A student may be admitted into the existing Masters of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) program if he or she has completed the work prerequisites, and would be awarded the degree after completing all ten courses offered in Macedonia.  Students can transfer to the Pittsburgh campus to complete other degrees in GSPIA.  Associate Dean David Miller, Professor William Dunn, and Director of Executive Education Michele Garrity attended to answer questions.

A member of Council asked that the guests describe how they were going to do the distance education.  They responded that it would be done through Instructional T.V. and through  2 week intensive lectures in Macedonia.

A member of Council asked why the certificate students are not allowed to go into the MPPM.  William Dunn responded that it is a professional degree that requires five years of experience.  Certificate students could go into it if they had the required work experience.

A member of Council asked if the certificate would be offered on the Pittsburgh campus or just in Macedonia.  It will only be offered in Macedonia.

The guests were excused.

A motion was made to approve the proposal.  The motion was seconded.  All present voted in favor of the motion.

V. Proposal to Establish Ten Certificate Programs in Nursing and Three  Minors
All of the ten certificates aim at enabling persons with MSN degrees to add another specialty to their original nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist degree.  By earning a certificate, a person who has already earned the MSN degree can add a specialty without needing to earn a second MSN.  All but two of the proposed certificates offer material that is covered in an existing area of concentration or minor in the current MSN program.  Of the remaining two, Psychotherapy and Genetics, one (Genetics) is also proposed as a new minor.  No new courses are required.  The remaining two proposed minors (Nursing Informatics and Nursing Research) are already offered as areas of concentration.  Associate Dean Lynda Davidson, Professor Leslie Hoffman, Chair  of Acute/Tertiary Care, and Assistant Professor Sandie Engberg, Chair of Health Promotion and Development, attended the meeting to answer questions.

The guests explained that the students get certified by the State in the area that they graduate from.  This proposal will enable the students to get dual certification.

A member of Council expressed concern with the Psychotherapy certificate, particularly the amount of clock hours. In addition some members of Council did not see how this certificate fit into the rest of the program.  Lynda Davidson said that she would get more information on this proposed certificate program and resubmit it.

Vice Provost Baranger asked Council if they had any concerns about the Genetics certificate. A Council member noted that they Genetics program was different and that Council had not looked close enough at the program to make a decision on it.

The Genetics and Psychotherapy proposals will be resubmitted.

The guests were excused.

A Council member lodged a complaint that when so many proposals are submitted together at one time it is difficult to spend enough time reviewing each one.

Vice Provost Baranger explained that the proposed certificates are already parts of existing degree programs in the form of areas of concentration and minors with the exception of Genetics and Psychotherapy.

There was a motion to approve the other 8 certificates and to have the guests resubmit the Genetics and Psychotherapy proposals after more work has been done on them.

Eleven Council members voted in favor of the motion.  Three Council members voted in opposition of the motion.

The meeting was adjourned.