University Council on Graduate Study
October 17 , 2000
3:00-5:00 PM, 817 CL

Attending: Elizabeth Baranger (Chair), Jacob Birnberg (KGSB), Ray Burdett
(SHRS),  Luis Chaparro (Engineering), Allisha Chapman (GPSA/Law), Nancy
Condee (Interdisciplinary/FAS), Judith Erlen (Nursing), Tom Farraro (FAS),
Joseph Grabowski (FAS/Chemistry), Stephen Hirtle (SIS), Stephanie
Hoogendoorn (GPSA), Steven Husted (FAS), Margaret Mahoney (Law), David
Miller (GSPIA), Cindy Persinger (GPSA/FAS), Louis Pingel (Education),
Deane Root (FAS/Music), Esther Sales (Social Work), Roslyn Stone (GSPH)
Regis Vollmer (Pharmacy); Kit Ayars (Provost's Office), Kevin Conley
(Sports Medicine), Sam Conte (Registrar's Office), Anthony Delitto (SHRS),
Scott Lephart (Education)

I.   	Minutes Approval

After general introductions, the minutes of the May meeting were approved
with the addition of Roslyn Stone to the list of attendees. Dean Ban's
name in the minutes was formalized to Caroline.

II. 	Role of UCGS

Council's role is described in detail in Regulations Governing Graduate
Study. Elizabeth Baranger, chair of UCGS and Vice Provost for Graduate
Studies, notes that UCGS was created when the University's Graduate School
was dissolved; Council's role is to serve as the center of knowledge of
graduate education issues. One responsibility not explicitly outlined in
Regulations but held by Council is concern for graduate student issues. 

Baranger noted that the first-professional programs are not within UCGS'
purview, though the Provost does sometimes ask that Council review or
advise proposals or actions from those programs. 

III. 	Activities of Council 1999-2000

Baranger presented an overview of Council's activities during the
1999-2000 academic year; these are represented in draft form of the
1999-2000 UCGS Annual Report. Baranger called Council's attention to two
items that will need members' attention continued and focused attention
this year: electronic theses and dissertations and the negotiations for
the supported students' health insurance plan. 

Baranger noted the following "to-do" items are identified in the report:

== Report on how MA/MS comprehensive exams are implemented;
== An overview of travel funds' distribution by schools; 
== Review of the early admissions process or success of 3/2 programs;
== Attention to schools' implementation of Elements of Good Academic
== Possible Graduate Procedures Committee consideration of clarifying
names of certificates offered at the graduate level.

IV.	Report of the Graduate Procedures Committee

Lou Pingel, GPC chair, reported on the June meeting of this committee. He
noted that GPC did not support the School of Nursing request to transfer
undergraduate courses for graduate credit and therefore is not
recommending action to Council. GPC did ask that Vice Provost Baranger
send out a memo reminding schools to use Full-Time Dissertation Study with
their students as appropriate. Finally, the committee recommended that
Council approve Baranger's drafted guidelines for off-campus graduate

Current off-campus graduate programs include the Social Work program at
the Murtha Center in Johnstown and MBA programs in Brazil and
Czechoslovakia. The School of Information Sciences will be submitting a
proposal this fall for an off-campus program.

Baranger asked Council if they wanted more information on these programs'
proposals or an annual update on off-campus programs being offered.
Council had no reaction. Baranger offered to keep track and give a report
to Council as needed. 

V.	Proposal to Transfer the Sports Medicine Program in Education to

Deans Alan Lesgold (School of Education) and Clifford Brubaker (SHRS)
propose transferring the Sports Medicine program from the School of
Education to SHRS. This will include transfer of faculty and graduate
programs. Under the proposed transfer, the master's program will lead to a
major in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a focus in Sports
Medicine. The PhD program will lead to a PhD with a major in
Rehabilitation Science. 

Scott Lephart, from Education, reviewed the history behind the proposal,
noting that the program started small and exceeded Education's
expectations and resources. The proposal calls for the program to move
from Trees Hall to the new South Side facility; the administrative offices
will move to Forbes Tower, where other SHRS administrative offices reside. 

Council expressed concern about the student/advisor ratio and asked for an
explanation of how the proposal will provide new faculty to the program;
Lephart noted that there are SHRS faculty with dual credentials in
Athletic Training; this will immediately increase the number of graduate
faculty available to advise students by 3 or 4. Financial resources should
be available through additional tuition revenue in the first year to
recruit a new faculty member dedicated specifically to the program. He
stated, however, that there is no intention to raise extra tuition by
increasing the number of graduate students in the program. Other questions
revolved around the difference in tuition (SHRS tuition is higher than
School of Ed tuition), support for students, library resources, and the
potential for current students to choose in which of the two schools to
complete degrees. Further discussion noted that the move seems in graduate
students' best interests as it gives them better access to resources and

Council recommended approval of the proposed transfer. 

VI.	Announcement Re New ID Cards

Kit Ayars brought to Council's attention that members of the University
community would be receiving new ID cards this term; the new cards must be
used beginning January 2001. The distribution system of cards will vary by
school; graduate students will receive a memo informing them when and
where to go to pick up their new card. Council expressed some concerns and
need for clarification; these were relayed to Juli Gismondi. 

VII.	Future Activities of Council: 2000-2001

Baranger noted that neither the postdoc committee nor the
evaluation-of-academic-programs committee met last year. She opened the
floor for discussion or suggestions for issues any of the existing
committees should take into consideration for the current academic year. 

Identified issues included:

=== In-state vs out-of-state tuition rates 
Council members noted that the ratio of the rates varies from one school
to another; high out-of-state tuition rates can impact a school's
recruitment efforts. Baranger noted that while the tuition rates for
Pennsylvania residents must be lower than the rate for out-of-state
students, there is only a general rule of thumb calling for the latter to
be twice the in-state rate shaping the actual figures. She will present
Council with figures (in-state vs out-of-state) for all of the graduate
schools at the University. 

=== Campus Life Issues
This might include a need for gathering spaces, computer resources,
placement and graduate student housing. Graduate and Professional Student
Association President Stephanie Hoogendoorn noted that housing is of
particular concern to graduate students. 

The meeting was adjourned.