Elizabeth Baranger announced that the proposal for establishment of a program leading to the Master of Public Policy and Management in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs was approved after a mail ballot of Council members. Since this is a new degree type it will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees. The program is expected to begin admitting students in January 1997.
Review of a Proposal for a Certificate in Latin American Social and
Dr. Billie De Walt, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, discussed this proposal. The certificate would be a more specialized version of the existing Graduate Certificate Program in Latin American Studies, designed to be attractive to both foreign and American students. The impact of this new program on FAS will be a slight increase in the number of graduate students in some of its courses. There will be little impact on the current overall enrollments in GSPIA. Students will receive their Master's degree in their major department and this certificate simultaneously. The program will require courses in Latin American Studies, language proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese and English, and a final paper. After Dr. DeWalt left the meeting members unanimously approved the proposal.
Review of a Proposal for Graduate Degrees in Statistics
Louis Pingel reported that the Graduate Procedures Committee had reviewed this proposal for three graduate degrees in the new Department of Statistics (MA, MS and PhD in Statistics). Currently, students may earn an MS or MA in Applied Statistics, or a PhD in Mathematics with a specialization in Statistics. The new programs would be comparable to these already offered by the Mathematics Department, although comprehensive examinations and other evaluative instruments would be redesigned with an emphasis on statistics. Most other major research universities have already established such programs, and the department has already received many inquiries about the availability of them here. The Committee asked for more information about support for graduate students, continuing availability of Statistics courses needed by students outside the department, and the necessity of a writing requirement to prepare students for consulting work, and received satisfactory responses from the Department. Council approved the proposal unanimously.
Review of a Proposal for a Joint Degree Program between GSPIA and
Information Science (SIS)
Dean Martin Staniland, Dr. Kevin Kearns and Dr. Michael Gold from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and Dr. Steven Hirtle from the School of Information Sciences discussed this proposal. It originated when the School recognized the need to produce Master's graduates who were familiar with both information technology and public policy. There are already several students who have recognized this and are independently working towards both the MPA and MS in Information Science. The curriculum of the program would streamline this process of getting both degrees, requiring students to take at least 24 credits in each school. The program would enroll approximately 12 students in its first class. Its costs would be minimal since no new degree programs or courses are required. After the school representatives left the meeting Council members approved the proposal unanimously.
Review of a Proposal to Change the Names of Departments in the School
Elizabeth Baranger asked members if they had any comments on this proposal to change the names of two departments in the School as follows.
Certificate in Health Law in the School of Law
Elizabeth Baranger reported that the Graduate Procedures Committee had reviewed this proposal and exempted it from the requirement that it require credits in addition to the JD degree. UCGS does not have jurisdiction in this matter and so will not review the proposal. The Graduate Procedures Committee will consider recommending that the requirement of additional credits be revoked since so many certificate programs do not adhere to it.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:45pm.
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