I. Approval of Minutes
I attach the minutes of the meeting on October 28, 2003.
II. Proposal to Establish a Cross-Campus Molecular Biophysics PhD
I attach a proposal to establish a cross-campus Molecular Biophysics PhD program, submitted by John Cooper, Dean of the Arts and Sciences, and by Arthur S. Levin, Dean of the School of Medicine and Senior Vice Chancellor of the Schools of the Health Sciences. I did not attach the lengthy vitaes of the entire training faculty but they are available in 801 C.L. if you wish to review them. Faculty from across the campus prepared this proposal for a collaborative program which will result in a PhD in Molecular Biophysics, either in Medicine or Arts and Sciences, depending on the location of the studentís major advisor. Students will be admitted into a single program and the advising and course work will be a shared responsibility of faculty from both schools. This is intended to be a small, high quality program. Representatives from the program will attend the meeting to present the case and answer questions.
III. Requirement of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)
In December 2001, the University embarked on a voluntary pilot project to accept theses and dissertations electronically. At its meeting on November 21, 2002, the UCGS voted to recommend that the University enter a transition period, working toward all theses and dissertations at the University of Pittsburgh being submitted electronically. This transition period was to last at least through graduation of April 2004. At its meeting on November 4, 2003, the ETD Steering Committee agreed that ETDs should become a University requirement by the December 2004 graduation. Council will hear a presentation from the Steering Committee and will be asked to vote on whether or not to recommend to the Provost that ETDs become a University requirement by the December graduation, 2004.
IV. Annual Report on Off-Campus and Distance Education Programs
I will present a brief report on the numbers of such graduate programs offered by the University of Pittsburgh and their approximate enrollments.