University Council on Graduate Study

January 15, 2002
3:00-5:00 PM
817 Cathedral of Learning

Attending: Elizabeth Baranger (Chair), Jacob Birnberg (KGSB), Ray Burdett (SHRS), Nancy Condee (FAS/Interdisciplinary), Judith Erlen (Nursing), Steven Husted (FAS), Rainer Johnsen (FAS/Physics), Mark King (EDUC), Wynne Korr (Social Work), Margaret Mahoney (Law), David Miller (GSPIA), Cindy Persinger (GPSA), Steve Phillips (Medicine), Lou Pingel (EDUC), Dennis Ranalli (Dental Med), Deane Root (FAS/Music), Mitchell Seligson (FAS /Political Science), Mary Lou Soffa (FAS Science), Roslyn Stone (GSPH), Curtis Wadsworth (GPSA); Carolyn Ban (GSPIA), William Brustein (UCIS), Laura Hastings (Global Studies),  Barbara Repasi-Heron (Registrar’s Office), Carrie Sparks (Provost’s Office)

I.  Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the November 11, 2001 meeting were approved as written.

II. Proposal to Establish a New Certificate in Global Studies

Dr. William Brustein, Dean Carolyn Ban, and Dr. Laura Hastings presented a proposal to establish a certificate program in Global Studies, submitted by the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA).  The certificate program will be housed in UCIS, and will be offered in cooperation with GSPIA.  The graduate certificate will be awarded in conjunction with a graduate degree. This certificate program will help the application for Title VI funding for a center.  The certificate program will focus on issues that are transnational and it will encourage students and faculty to think globally.

Elizabeth Baranger opened the discussion to questions from Council.
There was some concern stated by Council that the proposed course list was not inclusive enough particularly in the Humanities.

Laura Hastings explained that they went through the course offering descriptions in Area Studies and contacted faculty to see if they were interested in participating.  More funding would help to develop more courses and include more departments.  It is viewed as an ongoing dialog where as time goes on more and more faculty will be asked to participate in the certificate program.

Some members of Council inquired about how the colloquium requirement would be evaluated.  Carolyn Ban explained that since the colloquium did not require reading or written work to appraise a student’s performance, it should not be worth graduate credit.  One Council member raised the point that giving credit for colloquia serves to motivate both faculty and students to take responsibility for the seminars.  Another Council member noted that it is very common to have intellectual activity requirements that do not have an evaluative component.  Laura Hastings stated that there would be a sign-in sheet to record participation in the colloquium.

The guests were excused.

It was brought to the attention of Council that “Global Public Health” was listed as one of the proposal’s areas of thematic concentration.  The concern was shared that this concentration would be mistakenly associated with the Graduate School of Public Health.  It was noted that all other concentrations do not have school names in the titles.  “Global Health” was recommended as a better name choice. There was also a concern raised that the courses listed for this concentration may not be the best choices.

There was a motion made to approve the program with the exemption of the concentration in Global Public Health.  Council suggested that the name of the concentration be changed and that those in charge of structuring the Global Studies curriculum should contact Public Health’s Curriculum Committee to discuss this part of the curriculum.  The motion was seconded.  With one abstention, Council voted unanimously to approve the motion.

III. Proposal to Establish a New Certificate in Intellectual Property and Technology Law
Associate Dean Burkoff presented a proposal to establish a certificate program in Intellectual Property and Technology Law.  This is similar to the four existing certificate programs in that school. The certificate is awarded in conjunction with the JD degree.  The Faculty Curriculum Committee worked on the presented proposal for one and a half years.
Burkoff addressed Council’s questions on the evaluation mechanisms that were in place, the impact the program would have on current students, and if there were any accreditation standards.
Dean Burkoff was excused.

There was a motion made to accept the proposed certificate program in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. The motion was seconded. Council voted unanimously to approve this proposal.

IV. Proposal to Offer an Early Admission Program in GSPH
Assistant Dean Mary Derkach and Dr. Joanne McVay presented a proposal to establish an early admission program into the five departments in the Graduate School of Public Health from any undergraduate program at the University of Pittsburgh. This proposal was first submitted in 1999.  UCGS asked for clarification about several issues.  The school has responded with a new proposal that it is now an early admission program for students only enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mary Derkach explained that the purpose of this proposal was to identify and recruit good Public Health students. There is a substantial need in today’s work force for people educated and trained in Public Health.  She continued to explain that without an undergraduate presence, it would make sense to attract students to Public Health with early admission.

Mary Derkach and Dr. Joanne McVay answered Council’s questions concerning when students would take the GRE (including the implications this might have) and the amount of credits a student would have to complete in each department.

A Council member asked if there were any other schools or departments at Pitt that have an early admission option. Elizabeth Baranger stated that at least one of our professional schools (Law) and one department in FAS (Computer Science) have approved early admission programs very similar to the one proposed.

The guests were excused.

Council discussed the advantages and disadvantages of early admission programs.

Council agreed that the modification made to the proposal complies with University regulations.

Council unanimously agreed that the proposal presented at the meeting had been modified to successfully comply with current University regulations, therefore Council saw no reason to take action on this proposal.  Council encourages GSPH to pursue the early admissions program.  If GSPH wishes to expand early admission beyond the University of Pittsburgh, they will have to submit a new proposal.

V. Proposal to Establish Certificates in Youth Health and Fitness and Adapted Physical Education
Council reviewed a revision of the proposal it considered at its last meeting. This certificate would be offered in the Department of Health, Physical and Recreation Education.  As suggested by Council, it now proposes to establish two certificate programs rather than one certificate with two areas of concentration.

There was a motion to accept the revised proposal.  The motion was seconded.
Council voted unanimously to approve this proposal.

Council discussed certificates in general.  There was a consensus that more clarification on certificate programs would be helpful.

The meeting was adjourned.