November 18, 2003
3:00-5:00 p.m. 817 CL

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 Program
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.