February 19, 2003

I. Approval of Minutes
I attach the minutes of the meeting on December 10, 2002.

II. Proposal to Establish a J.S.D. Program in the School of Law
 A proposal to establish a J.S.D. program in the School of Law is attached.  This is a research  doctorate for students who complete the L.L.M. degree, either here or at other institutions.  It is  designed for international students who will return to their home country to pursue careers in an  academic institution.  This research doctorate falls in to the category of “Other Doctoral Degree,”  as described in Regulations Governing Graduate Study.  Professor Ronald Brand and Associate  Dean John Burkoff will attend UCGS to answer questions.
III. Proposal to Establish Certificate Programs in Composition, Literacy and Pedagogy and to  Terminate the Minor in Composition
 I attach a proposal submitted by the Dean the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to establish a  certificate program in Composition, Literacy and Pedagogy at the master’s and doctoral  levels, and to terminate the existing minor in Composition.  The master’s level  certificate, to be earned when the student receives a master’s degree, requires 12 credits;  the doctoral certificate, earned with the Ph.D., requires 18 credits.  As defined in our  Working Document, Graduate Certificates at the University of Pittsburgh, http://www.pitt.edu/~graduate/ucgsgradcert.html, these belong to the certificate type  “Graduate.”  Professor James Seitz will be present to respond to questions.

IV. Proposal to Establish Four Graduate Certificate Programs in the School of Education
I attach a proposal to establish four certificate programs in the School of Education leading to  Certificates in Teaching, in Educational Administration, and in Educational Supervision and an Education Specialist Certificate.  The School of Education currently offers a variety of different types of non-degree programs that prepare students for certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and/or by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.  The School proposes that these non-degree programs be redefined as certificate programs.  According to our Working Document, these certificates belong to the certificate types “Post baccalaureate.”