October 28, 2003
3:00-5:00 p.m. 817 CL
I. Approval of Minutes
I attach the minutes of the meeting on September 30, 2003.
II. Proposal to Establish a ScD Program in Speech-Language Pathology
A proposal to establish a ScD Program in Speech-Language Pathology in the School of Health and Rehabilitation sciences was sent to you by mail on October 9th. Please let us know if you have not received it so that we can hand deliver you another copy.
As continuing Council members know, the upgrading of professional masters programs in the health sciences to professional doctoral programs has occurred in several fields. After a great deal of discussion, UCGS recently recommended approval of the introduction of the Doctor of Audiology and the Doctor of Physical Therapy in SHRS. The Department of Communication Science and Disorders will continue to offer the MA, MS and PhD degrees in Communication Science and Disorders. Students can enter the professional doctoral program after earning bachelors, masters or even the PhD degree. Rather than proliferate the names of professional doctoral degrees, the program proposes that these students receive the ScD degree upon graduation. I have attached Council’s Working Document, Guidelines for the Review of Professional Doctoral Programs for Practitioners, to assist you in your review. Faculty from the program will be present to answer questions.
III. Use of “Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency”
In review of the Graduate and Professional Bulletin and in consideration of how the test is currently used, I recommend that the wording in the bulletin read: Students with a TOEFL score less that 600 (250 on the computer-based test) or less than 7.0 on the IELTS must verify English language proficiency prior to completing registration by sitting for an additional Test of English Language Proficiency (TELP) administered through the English Language Institute. Individual schools and departments may require students with higher test scores to sit for this TELP. Based on the test results, students may be required by their academic department to take courses in English as a second language as part of their graduate program.” This replaces the requirement that students with scores less than 650 must take the TELP. We have referred to this test in past documents as the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency, but this name is incorrect. Lois Wilson of the ELI will attend the meeting to assist me in answering questions.