October 15, 2002
3-5 p.m. in 817 C.L.
I. Approval of Minutes
I attach the minutes of the meeting on June 25, 2002.
II. Role of UCGS
Elizabeth Baranger will briefly discuss the role of UCGS in the governance of graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
III. Activities of Council in 2001-2002
Elizabeth Baranger will discuss the activities of UCGS during 2001-2002 and those activities that will continue into 2002-2003. I attach the draft Annual Report for 2001-2002 for your review and to assist the discussion. The Committee’s web site (http://www.pitt.edu/~graduate/ucgs.html) has additional information on it.
IV. Proposal to Establish a Certificate Program in Oral and
I attach a proposal to establish a certificate program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology submitted by Dean Thomas Braun and supported and approved by Senior Vice Chancellor Levine. This will provide an enhanced training opportunity for postdoctoral residents to gain knowledge and expertise in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. They project only one student per year, on the average. The certificate program is similar to the other certificates offered to postdoctoral dental residents based at the School of Dental Medicine. I attach the working document we prepared last year defining types of certificates. A representative from the school will attend to answer any questions.
V. Annual Review of Off-Campus Programs
I attach the annual review of the report of graduate programs offered on the Johnstown campus. I
also attach a table showing the numbers of off-campus and distance education programs at the graduate level. No action is required.
VI. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as Alternative
to the TOEFL
In its April 17, 2001 meeting, UCGS considered a proposal from Timothy Thompson of the Office of International Services recommending that UCGS accept the IELTS as an alternative to TOEFL, but postponed action until more information could be presented. The issue is being raised again by FAS (see attached letter from Tony Walters). I suggest that, as an exception, students be admitted who have scores of 6.5 or higher on this examination.
VII. Future Activities of UCGS for 2002-2003
Any ideas members have about new initiatives or issues that need to be addressed should be brought up for discussion. If possible, email me your suggestions in advance of the meeting or phone to discuss.