2002 - 2003 Academic Year - Graduate Council

2002 - 2003 Academic Year

2001-2002 Graduate Council Archives

Agenda/Minutes

October 9, 2002

GRADUATE COUNCIL AGENDA

OCTOBER 9, 2002; 2PM

126-127 OAKLAND CENTER

 

1. Call to order

2. Welcome to Graduate Council

3. Overview of activities for the academic year

4. Web communication

5. Appointment of secretary, parliamentarian and vice chairperson

6. Graduate Program Review Subcommittee Report

7. Nursing proposal


Minutes are not available

October 23, 2002

GRADUATE COUNCIL AGENDA 
OCTOBER 23, 2002 2:00 PM 
100 Kresge Library

 

1. Call to order

2. Approval of 10/9/2002 minutes - postponed

3. First Reading Nursing Graduate Certificate Proposal

4. Research appointment

5. Subcommittee appointment appeal of student dismissal

6. New courses in Accounting and Finance

7. Graduate Program Review Subcommittee Report

 

 

 


 

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES October 23, 2002 R E V I S E D

Present: Lisa Hawley, Randy Gu, Ranald Hansen, Millie Merz, Kathleen Moore, Dale Nesbary, Mohinder Parkash, Kristine Thompson, Sherri Oden, Ishwar Sethi Staff: Barbara Kooiman Guest: Diane Norris, School of Nursing

Call to Order

2:10 PM by Ranald Hansen, Interim Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Study

First Reading – Nursing Graduate Certificate Proposal

Diane Norris from the School of Nursing gave a brief overview of the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education proposal. This proposal is intended to fill the gap between nursing education and service setting. Wayne State University and Madonna University have similar programs with approximately 15 students. There is a demand for nurses with this type of training especially in the hospital environment. The Graduate Certificate will be a 15-credit program with an elective, and will target primarily post-bachelors rather than post-masters students. The GRE will be required for admissions, but it would not be used as sole criteria. A large portion of the program could be done online. The program would most likely be staffed with part-time nursing instructors. There presently is a lot of interest among area hospitals, evidenced by several letters of support received by the School of Nursing, including Crittenton and Beaumont Hospitals.

Professor Sethi asked how many of the credits would be transferable for a student going for a Masters in Nursing. Professor Norris replied that none of the credits could be transferred.

It was unclear whether the courses would be exclusively online. The proposal was developed originally without online courses. However, many of the students are working, so this will need to be revisited and online courses established.

The Graduate Council asked what courses would serve as electives. Professor Norris replied that the courses would be education-related. Professor Sethi inquired as to the possibility that this certificate program would evolve into a full fledge masters program. According to Professor Norris, this is unlikely as enrollment for the masters program is down. It was felt by the Graduate Council that more clarification would be needed on the program. Professor Darlene Schott-Baer is expected back by the next meeting and could provide further information upon her return.

Outcome of Vote for Grad Council

Professors Frances Jackson and Anne Porter have been appointed to the Research Committee.

Subcommittee Appointment for Appeal of Student Dismissal

The process for dismissing a graduate student involves a series of steps. The student is first reviewed and recommended for dismissal by the school. The student then has the opportunity to

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request reconsideration from the program department. The department makes a recommendation to the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Study. The Vice Provost reviews the recommendation and makes the decision to uphold the original dismissal or reinstate the student. If the original dismissal is sustained, the student may request a meeting with the Vice Provost. After the meeting, the student may request that the decision is referred to a subcommittee of Graduate Council, student conduct. Currently a doctoral student in the School of Engineering and Computer Science has made a formal request for such a review. Professor Hansen asked Professor Kris Thompson to chair the sub-committee and Professors Dale Nesbary and Ishwar Sethi to serve on that committee. They will be provided with the materials and access to the student’s file.

New Courses in Accounting and Finance

Last March, a new undergraduate major in Financial Information Systems (FIS) was approved in the School of Business Administration. Subsequently, the Department of Accounting and Finance submitted course action forms to implement seven new FIS courses at the graduate level. If the SBA intends to launch a new certificate or concentration in their MBA program, it requires Graduate Council approval. SBA will be notified that the Graduate Council will not advance the request to create these new courses until a proposal is submitted.

Graduate Program Review Subcommittee Report

The current Guidelines for Instituting A New Degree Program do not require a statement on assessment. The Graduate Council should review those guidelines and incorporate information regarding program assessment.

Graduate Council Retreat

The focus of the retreat will be program review guidelines and how the Graduate Council can advance the strategic mission at Oakland University. One topic of discussion will be what the Graduate Council and Research and Graduate Study can do to recognize mentors and the achievement of graduate students. Barbara Kooiman will be contacting Graduate Council members via email to determine a date for the retreat.

Other Business

§ Cooley Law School - academic and faculty related issues are being examined by Professors Nesbary, Sethi and Parkash. They will bring their discussion to the Graduate Council in the near future. Professor Hansen is planning to have the Dean of Cooley Law School come and talk to the Graduate Council regarding their experience at Oakland University and their goals.

§ Guidelines for Theses and Dissertations – This has been a project in progress for the past year. As soon as a draft is completed, Professor Hansen will present to Graduate Council for review.

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§ Continuation Credit – With the rapid growth of graduate programs, it has become increasing difficult to track the progress of doctoral students. It has become apparent that information and data are being tracked inconsistently across programs. SECS has designed a formal document process for tracking critical information and events related to doctoral students and their academic progress. Professor Hansen suggested Graduate Council review this model and possibly make a recommendation for other programs to follow.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 PM.

October 30, 2002

GRADUATE COUNCIL AGENDA 
OCTOBER 30, 2002 2:00 PM 
100 Kreesge Library

 

1. Call to order

2. Approval of 10/9/2002 minutes – postponed

3. Approval of 10/23/2002 minutes

4. Second Reading Nursing Graduate Certificate Proposal

5. Graduate Program Review Subcommittee Report

6. Retreat date

 


Oakland University Graduate Council Minutes October 30, 2002 R E V I S E D

Present: Randy Gu, Randy Hansen, Mille Merz, Kathleen Moore, Dale Nesbary, Sherri Oden, Darlene Schott-Baer, Ishwar Sethi, Kristine Thompson, Absent: Lisa Hawley, Mohinder Parkash, Staff: Barbara Kooiman, Claire Rammel

Call to Order

2:15 p.m. by Ranald Hansen, Interim Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Study

Approval of October 23, 2002 Minutes

Professors Ishwar Sethi and Sherri Oden should be added to those present. Darlene Schott-Baer should be listed as an absent member and Kristina (Thompson) should be changed to Kristine. On page one, change “critical care” to “service setting.” On page two under “Other Business – Cooley Law School,” add Jay Meehan, Donald Mayer and Vincent Khapoya to the Faculty group. The minutes were approved unanimously with these changes.

Second Reading – Nursing Graduate Certificate Proposal

Professor Darlene Schott-Baer answered questions regarding the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education Proposal. Most School of Nursing faculty are involved to some extent with online courses since it is a convenient way to interact with students. While professors teaching in this program will have the option to offer courses totally online, she finds this to be very unlikely. More likely, courses would be set up on Web-CT and used as a supplement. Professor Sherri Oden inquired how supervision would be handled with some of the online courses. Professor Schott-Bauer replied that a preceptor would be set up at certain facilities allowing the field experience to be flexible.

Claire Rammel asked if Nursing was incorporating distance learning along with online and web technology as defined on page 2 of the proposal. Professor Shott-Baer pointed out that while the proposal refers to online and web technology, this does not include distance learning. It was suggested that a few sentences be added to the proposal for clarification.

Under the “Plan of Study” on page 4 of the proposal, some courses are identified as possible electives. Graduate Council asked whether these courses were the only courses approved as electives in this program. Professor Schott-Baer indicated students may identify other courses, but the School of Nursing Graduate Committee on Instruction (GCOI) would need to approve.

Claire Rammel asked if Master Degree students could take these courses as part of their program or as a concentration. Professor Schott-Baer responded yes they could enroll, but the courses wouldn’t count toward an MSN degree. All the degree tracks in Nursing have a clinical focus geared toward a specialty. Currently, there is no place in the curriculum for a concentration. Should a decision be made to offer this as a concentration, GCOI would need to be involved in the approval process.

Outcome of Vote for Nursing Graduate Certificate Proposal

All present voted in favor of this certificate. Randy Hansen will submit the proposal to the Provost.

Graduate Program Review Subcommittee Report

The Graduate Program Review Subcommittee did not meet as originally planned. Professor Kathleen Moore asked Randy Hansen if subcommittee members should attend the Graduate Council Retreat. Randy Hansen replied affirmatively.

Other Business

The Graduate Council Retreat has been scheduled for December 6 in room 125, Oakland Center, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Graduate Council members were asked to email Randy Hansen topics to discuss at the retreat. Some suggestions for topics were:

§ Program review § Guidelines for online courses § How to handle online offerings from other sources

The next two Graduate Council meetings are scheduled for Nov 13 and November 20.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.

November 20, 2002

GRADUATE COUNCIL AGENDA 
NOVEMBER 20, 2002 2:00 PM 
100 Kreesge Library

 

1. Call to order

2. Approval of minutes

3. Graduate Program Review Subcommittee Report

4. Report on Site Visit to Cooley

5. Continuation Fee

6. Retreat Reminder


OAKLAND UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COUNCIL APPROVED: 11 Dec 2002

MINUTES OF THE MEETING NOVEMBER 20, 2002 100 KRESGE LIBRARY

 

Present: Lisa Hawley, Randy Gu, Millie Merz, Kathleen Moore (acting Chair), Dale Nesbary, Sherri Oden, Mohinder Parkash, Claire Rammel, Kris Thompson, Ishwar Sethi

Absent: Ranald Hansen, Darlene Schott-Baer

Call to Order

This meeting was convened at 3:15 p.m. by Kathleen Moore, Acting Chair

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

The minutes from October 30, 2002 were approved with one change. Web-TV should be replaced with WebCT under the paragraph, “Nursing Graduate Certificate Proposal.”

II. OLD BUSINESS A. Graduate Council Retreat Reminder that the Graduate Council retreat is scheduled for December 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Topics of discussion will include program review, status of current projects, distance learning and recognition of graduate education at Oakland. Barbara Kooiman will send an email reminder and reconfirm room location.

B. New Program Approval Process

At the last meeting there was some question as to whether the Nursing Certificate, which had just been approved by the Graduate Council, would go on to the Senate for subsequent approval. Claire Rammel reported to the Council that the Provost had decided to bring the Graduate Certificate to the Senate as an informational item only. Many Council members expressed their concerns that long approval processes, particularly for Graduate Certificate Programs, will negate our ability to be responsive to market demands. Randy Hansen would like Graduate Council to begin thinking about ways to address this issue.

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III. NEW BUSINESS

A. Continuation Fee

Claire Rammel introduced for discussion the current situation at Oakland University where doctoral students, who have completed all credit requirements for their degree, must register for additional credits to receive the benefit of university services (library, computer, recreational center). Claire Rammel has begun researching how this situation is handled at other schools. She found most institutions allow their doctoral students to enroll at a reduced cost while they are completing their dissertation. This special fee is most often referred to as a “continuation” fee. This fee is normally assessed in conjunction with the university’s doctoral residency policy. Kathleen Moore pointed out that frequently doctoral students complete their required 90 credits, but their research is not completed. While the current policy at Oakland University states students must be enrolled for the term in which they defend, it is very difficult to differentiate which students are active and which are not.

International students have other issues. While the International Office may grant some limited exceptions for students in this situation, regulations require international students must maintain full time enrollment during Fall and Winter. Other issues involve tracking and communicating with doctoral students. Without enforcement of residency and/or providing a special enrollment fee, doctoral students stop out of their program and then reappear years later to complete dissertation requirements. Enrollment would represent a commitment from the student and provide departments a mechanism to communicate, support, forecast and plan. Professor Sethi suggested it might be a good idea to charge students a fee to enable us to get a better picture of how many students are out there; while at the same time it might provide incentive to complete dissertation requirements for their degree. Claire Rammel agreed, but indicated we would need to enforce “residency” requirements simultaneously.

IV. COMMITTEE REPORTS

A. Graduate Program Review Subcommittee Report

Kathleen Moore reported that the subcommittee has separated tasks affiliated with their final report into three areas: narrative, outside accreditation and data. Kathleen Moore is working on the narrative piece with Ishwar Sethi. They are working toward creating a document that provides a more dynamic picture while at the same time avoiding redundancy. The subcommittee has identified the Graduate Program Review guidelines at Indiana University, where much of the process has been centered on a massive database, as a working model.

The subcommittee had some concern deciding what to do with graduate programs that have outside accreditation. Chris Stiller and Kristine Condic reviewed and compared programs that were mandated by outside agencies with the current Graduate Program Review Guidelines. The Graduate Council Page 3

subcommittee was pleased with the results, which will be presented at the Graduate Council Retreat on December 6.

The data group, which includes Jim Cipielewski, Mukesh Bhargava and Claire Rammel, are identifying data requirements for program reviews and documenting existing data sources. The subcommittee would like to see statistics provided to programs on an annual basis that establishes a year-to-year comparison of data critical to the evaluation of graduate education.

B. Report on Site Visit to Cooley Law School

Dale Nesbary and Ishwar Sethi reported that a group of selected faculty visited Cooley Law School in Lansing on November 15th. The group included Vincent Khapoya, Dale Nesbary, Ishwar Sethi, Don Mayer, Mohinder Parkash, Randy Hansen, Pat Beaver and Claire Rammel. Professors Nesbary and Sethi reported to Graduate Council that Cooley is extremely eager to continue to move forward with their current program being offered at Oakland--the first semester of their JD program. At the same time, Cooley is developing two masters programs, one in the area of Intellectual Property and the other in Taxation. These programs would be offered exclusively at Oakland University on weekends. According to Ishwar Sethi, the two proposed masters’ programs would not be joint degrees, although there appears to be other opportunities for several departments to institute joint programs.

Vincent Khapoya will report on the visit to Cooley Law School at the Senate meeting scheduled for November 21st. On Monday, November 25, the OU professors along with Randy Hansen will be meeting with President Russi and Virinder Moudgil.

V. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 3:35 p.m.

December 11, 2002

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COUNCIL 

MEETING AGENDA December 11, 2002 2:00 – 4:00 PM 100 Kresge Library 

1. Call to order

2. Approval of minutes

3. Old Business

a. Graduate Council Retreat

4. New Business

a. First Reading Graduate Certificate Program in General Management

b. First Reading of Graduate Certificates in Physical Therapy

1) Graduate Certificate Program in Orthopedics

2) Graduate Certificate Program in Neurological Rehabilitation

3) Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Rehabilitation Professional


OAKLAND UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COUNCIL APPROVED: 18 Dec 2002

MINUTES OF THE MEETING December 11, 2002 100 KRESGE LIBRARY

 

Present: Lisa Hawley, Randy Hansen, Millie Merz, Kathleen Moore, Dale Nesbary, Sherri Oden, Claire Rammel, Kris Thompson

Absent: Ranald Gu, Mohinder Parkash, Ishwar Sethi, Darlene Schott-Baer

Guest: Donna Free and Eileen Peacock, School of Business Administration Cathy Larson, School of Health Sciences

Call to Order

This meeting was convened at 2:10 p.m. by Ranald Hansen, Interim Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Study

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

The MOTION was made, Seconded and Passed to approve the minutes of November 20, 2002.

II. OLD BUSINESS

Randy Hansen thanked all Graduate Council members for participating in our first Retreat. He expressed pleasure with the thought provoking discussions and the presentation from the subcommittee on Graduate Program Review. He plans to put the subcommittee’s proposed model on the first winter semester agenda. Mr. Hansen again thanked the subcommittee for all their hard work invested in this project.

III. NEW BUSINESS

A. First Reading – Proposal for a Graduate Certificate Program in General Management

MOTION was made , Seconded and Passed to approve a Post Master’s Graduate Certificate Program in General Management; School of Business Administration.

Donna Free, from the School of Business Administration, explained this post- master’s Graduate Certificate Program is designed for people who have completed a non-business graduate degree and wish to take enroll in a series of business courses. These individuals are not interested in pursuing a MBA program. After talking to corporate contacts, the School of Business Administration has determined that there is a market for this type of program.

Students will choose five courses (15 credits) from a pre-selected list of existing MBA course. The GMAT exam will NOT be an admission requirement for the PM Graduate Certificate Program.

To be eligible for the program, a student must have completed college courses in calculus and statistics. Lisa Hawley asked if a student takes 15 credit hours, could they go on to get their MBA. Eileen Peacock explained that these credits could be applied to an MBA. Randy Hansen noted that the budget plan is based on five students, and asked what would happen when they hit the cap. Would increasing the enrollment in the Graduate Certificate Program have an impact on the enrollment and quality of the MBA program? Associate Dean Peacock indicated this program was developed to increase enrollment in current courses without increasing additional costs. Therefore, when they “hit the cap” additional sections could be offered. The School of Business would never compromise the quality of any of their programs.

Claire Rammel asked for a five-year budget. Dale Nesbary supports this graduate certificate and believes there is a large market for it. He further stated that overcapacity does not necessarily be viewed a problem, if you have a plan for it. Mildred Merz pointed out that the main increase in workload would probably be in the advising area.

A MOTION was made to waive the second reading, Seconded and Passed. The MOTION on the floor to approve the Post-Master Certificate Program in General Management, PASSED.

Randy Hansen (chair) excused himself from the meeting and Kathleen Moore (vice chair) chaired the balance of the meeting.

B. First Reading – Proposal for a Graduate Certificate Program in Orthopedics

MOTION was made and Seconded to approve a Graduate Certificate Program in Orthopedics; School of Health Sciences.

This program may serve as a step toward the post entry-level Doctor of Science (DScPT), Masters of Science (MS), provide a pathway of specialization for DPT students in their last year of entry level education or provide practitioners who do not wish an MS or DScPT a Graduate Certificate. Currently, The School of Health Sciences offers the Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, which is a longstanding popular program. However, some people don’t want to continue with the residency requirement of this program. Therefore, The Graduate Certificate in Orthopedics is designed for those people who want an orthopedic background but not the residency portion.

Six (6) Physical Therapy degree programs are offered in Michigan. Oakland University is the only one that offers both continuing education and post-professional education.

C. First Reading – Proposal for a Graduate Certificate Program in Neurological Rehabilitation

MOTION was made and Seconded to approve a Graduate Certificate Program in Neurological Rehabilitation; School of Health Sciences.

This Graduate Certificate program is for current physical and occupational therapists. The program consists of 17 credits, which will provide advanced theoretical and clinical training for therapists interested in specializing in the areas of Neurorehabiliation and Geriatrics. None of the six universities within the state of Michigan offer graduate study in the area of Neurorehabiliation. The Graduate Certificate in Neurological Rehabilitation will begin to prepare graduate to meet the requirements to obtain the APTA Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) Board certification in the areas of patient care, patient education, consultation and interpretation of research. There are three new courses affiliated with this program. These classes will also be offered to DScPT and Masters of Science students. The budgets for all three (3) Graduate Certificate Proposals are tied to the DScPT proforma budget. Kathleen Moore noticed that the budget has an $8,000 stipend for a Graduate Assistant. Ms. Moore indicated that if the Graduate Assistant was being appointed at the Doctoral level, the stipend must be a minimum of $12,000.

Claire Rammel commented that she was pleased to see that assessment included in the proposal. Kris Thompson indicated graduates of the program would also be given a survey to ascertain the impact of the Graduate Certificate on their practice, as well as their satisfaction with the program.

D. First Reading – Proposal for a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Rehabilitation Professionals

MOTION was made and Seconded to approve a Graduate Certificate Program in Teaching and Learning for Rehabilitation Professionals; School of Health Sciences.

This 17 credit Graduate Certificate is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the theoretical background of the principles of teaching and learning used in all aspects of rehabilitation. Admission criteria are the same as outlined in the other two certificate proposals. As with the other Graduate Certificate proposals, the budget is tied to their DScPT program.

Kris Thompson wanted Graduate Council to be aware that James Quinn, Associate Professor in Education has been very supportive of this proposal. Professor Quinn is with Human Resource and Development, who does a lot of training and working with people on training and development. He thought some of the SHS faculty might be interested in teaching in this certificate program. Council had no specific questions regarding this Graduate Certificate. Kathleen Moore suggested Graduate Council members could email Kris Thompson with any questions they might have regarding any of these proposals.

IV. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 3:40 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for December 18 at 2:00 p.m. in 100 Kresge Library.

December 18, 2002

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COUNCIL 

MEETING AGENDA December 18, 2002 2:00 – 4:00 PM 100 Kresge Library

1. Call to order

2. Approval of minutes

3. Report of the Chair

4. Old Business

a. Second Reading of Graduate Certificates in Physical Therapy 2:15pm – Kris Thompson and possibly other PT faculty

1) Graduate Certificate Program in Orthopedics

2) Graduate Certificate Program in Neurological Rehabilitation

3) Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Rehabilitation Professionals

5. New Business

a. Cooley Law School

1) John Nussbaumer, Associate Dean of Faculty

2) James Robb, Associate Dean of Development and Graduate Programs

 


 OAKLAND UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COUNCIL APPROVED: 15 January 2003

MINUTES OF THE MEETING December 18, 2002 
100 KRESGE LIBRARY

Present: Beth Black, Ranald Hansen, Lisa Hawley, Millie Merz, Kathleen Moore, Dale Nesbary, Sherri Oden, Claire Rammel, Darlene Schott-Baer, Kristine Thompson

Absent: Randy Gu, Mohinder Parkash, Ishwar Sethi
Guest: Beth Marcoux, Health Sciences; John Nussbaumer, Associate Dean of Faculty, Cooley Law School, James Robb, Associate Dean of Development and Graduate Programs, Cooley Law School

Call to Order

This meeting was convened at 2:10 p.m. by Ranald Hansen, Interim Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Study

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

The MOTION was made, Seconded and Passed to approve the minutes of December 11, 2002, with two changes. The meeting convened at 2:10 pm, not 3:10 pm and Sherri Oden voted to approve the Graduate Certificate in General Management.

II. OLD BUSINESS

A. Second Reading – Proposal for a Graduate Certificate Program in Orthopedics

MOTION was Seconded and Passed to approve a Graduate Certificate Program in Orthopedics; School of Health Sciences.

B. Second Reading – Proposal for a Graduate Certificate Program in Neurological Rehabilitation

MOTION was Seconded and Passed to approve a Graduate Certificate Program in Neurological Rehabilitation; School of Health Sciences.

C. Second Reading – Proposal for a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Rehabilitation Professionals

MOTION was Seconded and Passed to approve a Graduate Certificate Program in Teaching and Learning for Rehabilitation Professionals; School of Health Sciences.

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The three graduate certificate programs in Physical Therapy under review are in Orthopedics, Neurological Rehabilitation, and Teaching and Learning for Rehabilitation Professionals. Since extensive detail and discussion was provided on each individual program at the last council meeting, members of the Graduate Council agreed to vote on them as one group.

Discussion began with Randy Hansen asking if other PT students would be enrolling in these graduate certificate courses. Kristine Thompson replied that OMPT has been offering some of these courses for several years. The Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Rehabilitation Professions has the newest collection of course offerings. Ms. Thompson emphasized these classes will also be offered to DScPT and Masters of Science students. She indicated the School of Health Sciences would not be able to offer these Graduate Certificates unless they get approval for two new faculty.

Claire Rammel reminded Graduate Council that the budgets for these three (3) Graduate Certificates are tied directly to the DScPT program proforma budget.

With no further discussion from Graduate Council, A MOTION was made, Seconded and Passed to approve the three (3) Graduate Certificates. They were unanimously approved.

III. New Business - Cooley Law School at Oakland University

John Nussbaumer, Associate Dean of Faculty and James Robb, Associate Dean of Development and Graduate Programs from the Cooley Law School (CLS) visited Graduate Council to address questions and provide an update on status of partnership with Oakland University. He explained that a proposal has been submitted to the American Bar Association (ABA) to approve offering 60 of the 90 credits required for a law degree to an off-site location, Oakland University. In this proposal, Cooley students would then finish the last 30 credits in Lansing. Cooley Law School’s goal is to eventually offer a full law school program at Oakland University. This would require further approval from the American Bar Association.

Mr. Nussbaumer indicated there is a strong market in this area for law degrees, as well as post JD education. There are presently about 32,000 admitted to the bar in Michigan, and about half of those attorneys have offices in either Oakland County or Wayne County. More lawyers work in Oakland County than anywhere else in Michigan. The Detroit area lost a law school, Detroit College of Law, several years ago when it joined Michigan State University in Lansing. The remaining law schools in the area are Wayne State University and the University of Detroit-Mercy. Historically, there has never been a law school in this part of the state. Cooley Law School plans to draw upon the resources of businesses in this area, especially in the area of intellectual property.

Mr. Nussbaumer identified Cooley Law School as the second largest law school in the country in terms of student enrollment, and one of the biggest in terms of space. They draw students from all over the country with about 30 percent from Michigan and 70 percent from other states. CLS has placed graduates in over 36 states. Cooley’s president Graduate Council Page 3

has just committed $550,000 to build an entire law library, and they would like to locate it at Oakland University. Jim Robb is working on a separate library collection for taxation and intellectual property. Mr. Nussbaumer disclosed that Cooley Law School is currently paying eight percent of their gross tuition to OU, which goes into an academic fund. He conservatively estimates that Cooley could easily have a school at OU of 300 students. James Robb, Associate Dean of Development and Graduate Programs, pointed out to Graduate Council that after completing the JD program, students can then pursue a Masters of Law for 26 credits, which takes about one year. He then introduced the second proposal to offer two masters programs at Oakland University in the area of taxation and intellectual property.

Ranald Hansen mentioned two OU committees have been established to assist CLS. There is an administrative committee, which represents multiple areas of support required to complete the transition to OU, and a faculty advisory committee appointed by the Provost. The faculty advisory committee has developed small working teams, comprised of OU and Cooley faculty, to explore joint areas of academic interests. Some areas mentioned were criminal justice, international, pre-law, intellectual property and tax. The group as a whole will examine strengths, weaknesses, anticipated problems, and how the two institutions will fit together. Randy Hansen indicated the group would expand to involve participation from more OU faculty. Any recommendations from the faculty group would require appropriate College and School governance. The Graduate Council would also examine their findings and suggestions, not for approval but as a consensus-seeking process. The presumption is this faculty advisory group would provide a report to the OU Senate and the Academic Council.

John Nussbaumer explained that one of Cooley Law School’s goals is to create the holistic lawyer, not just someone who has the skills to practice law, but someone who has good ethics across all disciplines and would make a good member of the bar. They talked about putting together a working group to look at ethics across other disciplines. Professor Hansen added that most professional degrees have a course in ethics.

Beth Black asked if they anticipate resistance from the two law schools in the area. (Wayne State University and University of Detroit-Mercy). Jim Robb replied that while they won’t like it, they won’t offer resistance. Resistance will probably come from other schools around the country which they compete with for students. According to Mr. Robb, CLS has talked to leaders of the ABA, county executives and judges, all are excited about the presence of a law school in this county, particular on this campus. A lot of good can be gained from this joint venture in the areas of teaching, academics, outreach to the community, and indirectly through the prestige of having a relationship between the two institutions. CLS has established a clinic that offers legal service to senior citizens. CLS represents hundreds of senior citizens every year. The clinic is under the direction of Cooley faculty, but staffed by student interns. This offers a great learning experience for the students and provides an essential service to the community.

Kathleen Moore asked how Cooley Law School students do on the bar exam. John Nussbaumer replied that approximately 75 percent of their students pass, which puts them third in the state. Cooley has invested about $1 million in academic support during the past Graduate Council Page 4

two years, and has created an academic resource support system to help students who are at risk. Their average student age is 26.5, which is a little older than the national average of 23 or 24. Female students comprise about 51 percent of their student population, which is a recent change in the last ten years. Approximately 35 percent of the student population is minority, which is the second largest student minority population in the country. Enrollment also includes many working students and single parents.

Randy Hansen announced that Cooley Law School currently has a joint degree program at Western Michigan University and is planning to expand their partnership with them as well. Randy indicated this arrangement could provide great opportunities for OU, Western Michigan University and Cooley. He will report frequently to the Graduate Council on the progress of the partnership between Cooley Law School and Oakland University.

IV. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for January 15, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in 100 Kresge Library.

January 15, 2003

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COUNCIL

MEETING AGENDA 

January 15, 2003 

2:00 – 4:00 PM 100 Kresge Library 

1. Call to order

2. Approval of minutes

3. Report of the Chair

a. Status of Graduate Certificate Programs approved by Graduate Council

4. Old Business

a. Completion of Graduate Program Review Guidelines

5. New Business

a. Undergraduate Enrollment in 600-Level Graduate Courses

b. Reducing number of credits required for degree programs

c. Graduate Level Courses cross-listed with 300-Level Undergraduate Courses


OAKLAND UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COUNCIL 
MINUTES OF THE MEETING 

January 15, 2003 
100 KRESGE LIBRARY 
APPROVED: 29 Jan 2003

Present: Beth Black, Randy Gu, Ranald Hansen, Lisa Hawley, Mildred Merz, Kathleen Moore, Dale Nesbary, Sherri Oden, Mohinder Parkash, Claire Rammel, Darlene Schott-Baer, Ishwar Sethi

Absent:

Call to Order

This meeting was convened at 2:10 p.m. by Ranald Hansen, Interim Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Study

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

The MOTION was made, Seconded and Passed to approve the minutes of December 18, 2002.

II. OLD BUSINESS

A. Completion of Graduate Program Review Guidelines

Randy Hansen thanked Kathleen Moore, who chaired the Program Review Subcommittee, for her excellent job and hard work. Dale Nesbary and Kathleen Moore are the Review Team assigned to the MPA program using the proposed Graduate Program Review Guidelines established by the subcommittee. The goal of Graduate Council is to have the new guidelines implemented by the end of the semester.

B. Status of Graduate Certificate Programs approved by Graduate Council

Claire Rammel informed Graduate Council that according to Ron Sudol, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, Graduate Certificate Programs would receive final approval by the Provost and appear on the Senate agenda as an information item. Therefore, market position will not be compromised by the longer timeline required in the full governance approval process. Ms. Rammel indicated this was very good news for graduate education. The Graduate Council will be receiving a memo from the Provost approving Graduate Certificates for Nursing Education, General Management in Business, and the three (3) Health Science proposals. Randy reminded Graduate Council that these five (5) Graduate Certificate programs are budget neutral.

C. Cooley Law School

John Nussbaumer, Associate Dean of Faculty at Cooley Law School, delivered course catalog descriptions to Claire Rammel for distribution to Graduate Council. President LeDuc has extended an invitation for Graduate Council members to visit Cooley Law School in Lansing for a tour of their campus.

Randy Hansen clarified a statement he made earlier to Graduate Council regarding terminology to describe the type of degree program to be offered by Cooley Law School at Oakland University. Mr. Hansen explained that the current program Cooley Law School has with Western Michigan University, is a joint degree program, not a dual degree program as he had stated in an earlier meeting. Students in this program complete requirements for the JD/MPA with fewer credits than if they enrolled in each program separately. Before Oakland University decides to proceed in this direction, the Faculty Subcommittee plans to examine this model and report information back to Graduate Council.

D. Nomenclature

Claire Rammel indicated she would like to finalize the proposal reviewed by Graduate Council on “Graduate Nomenclature” before the publication of the next two-year catalog. Final draft of the Graduate Catalog is expected May 2003. Randy Hansen has shared the documentation with the all the Deans, who in turn have requested review by department chairs. He thought all schools were in agreement with the proposal with the exception of the School of Education and Human Services, in particular, the Department of Counseling. Claire Rammel will talk with Luellen Ramey in the Counseling department to clarify any issues from their area.

III. NEW BUSINESS

A. Dean/Director Searches

The search for the Dean of the School of Nursing has been reopened. The Provost also announced searches will be initiated this term for a Dean in the School of Health Sciences and a Director in the Eye Research Institute.

B. Undergraduate Enrollment in 600-Level Graduate Courses

Claire Rammel circulated the current Oakland University graduate policy, which precludes undergraduate students from enrolling in 600-level courses or above. Last term an exceptional student sought permission to register for a 600-level course, with approval from his Dean, the Chair and Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Study. That action has apparently opened the floodgates for other undergraduate students to request permission to register for 600-level courses. Randy Hansen asked for a position from the Graduate Council….should the current graduate policy be modified or stand? Graduate Council inquired whether the Banner student system currently restricts such enrollment. Claire Rammel explained that Banner rules were built to mirror current graduate policy, thus enrollment in 600-level courses is limited to graduate students. However, Ms. Rammel indicated that prior to Banner implementation, the Banner team confirmed with the College and the schools that the current policy stood with no modifications. The Banner implementation team received confirmation that 600-level or above courses would continue to be restricted to graduate students.

Ishwar Sethi suggested that independent studies are designed to offer learning opportunities to students seeking subject content outside of the regular program curriculum. If there is an exceptional undergraduate student have him/her sign up as an independent student. Kathleen Moore agreed that such credit would be granted on an elective basis; therefore an independent study would best serve the purpose. Darlene Schott-Baer pointed that there are prerequisites associated with 600-level courses, and we should not be waiving prerequisites. Sherri Oden felt that for the occasional student there should be some process whereby an exceptional undergraduate could enroll in 600-level courses, but an independent study would be a good compromise position.

Randy Hansen wanted Graduate Council to be aware that this is the first student he has granted permission to enroll in a 600-level course in his four years. Therefore, he felt the position that Graduate Council takes on this policy should be made very clear in the Oakland University graduate policy. Based on discussion from council, he suggested a sentence should be added to the currently policy saying “600-level courses and above are restricted to graduate students. Undergraduates may seek permission under exceptional conditions.” Graduate Council was in agreement with him and suggested a statement be added to the policy for endorsement at the next Graduate Council meeting.

A MOTION was seconded and passed for this to be a first reading. The Graduate Council will return to it at the next meeting.

C. Reducing Number of Credits Required for Degree Programs

Currently, Masters degrees offered at Oakland University have credit requirements that range from 32 to 60 credits. In response to increasing market pressures, several academic units have been asking to reduce the minimum credit requirements to a range of approximately 28 to 30 credits. Mohinder Parkash stated that in the School of Business Administration, their former MBA program required 56 credits, but they decided to reduce the number of credits. He indicated credits were not just eliminated, but many were moved into a prerequisite category. He pointed out that some of the academic disciplines are using 3 credits courses, while others are 4 credits. Therefore, a minimum of 32 credits doesn’t make sense for all programs. Kathleen Moore agreed, and in addition this credit variation results in a different number of courses required.

Randy Hansen felt that if a proposal request comes to Graduate Council to change the number of degree hours, especially if substantial, it would make good sense to incorporate a review of the program as part of the proposal request. He senses the Graduate Council wants graduate program directors and chairs to have flexibility, but should we suggest setting a minimum number of credits? Units who are wishing to change the number of credits bear a responsibility to justify the change. Professor Moore suggested that the individual units/schools assess the minimum number of credits for their own Masters programs. Randy Hansen asked that the General Council bring a document to review at the next meeting.

D. Cross-Listing 300 with 600 Level Courses

Claire Rammel brought forward to Graduate Council a request to cross-list a 300-Level undergraduate course with a 600-level graduate course. Graduate Council discussion emphasized the need for continuity in graduate policies. Professor Moore stressed the necessity for distinguishing different requirements for students enrolled in the higher-level course. Council suggested a statement detailing the distinctions should be added to the request for cross-listing courses. After further discussion, Graduate Council agreed cross listing of undergraduate courses (300-level or above) should be restricted to 500-level graduate courses. Again, Council understands the need for flexibility, but at the same time graduate policy should set parameters.

A MOTION was seconded and passed for this to be a first reading. The Graduate Council will return to it at the next meeting.

E. Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Professor Schott-Baer, the School of Nursing, raised a concern with regards to the IRB approval process when it involves an entity outside of Oakland University. She asked the feasibility of designing a process where Oakland University could work directly with the IRB at another institutions. Students are becoming very frustrated with the complexity of the process. Randy Hansen indicated the problem exists at many institutions. He suggested identifying critical partners.

IV. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for January 29, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in 100 Kresge Library.

January 29, 2003

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COUNCIL

MEETING AGENDA January 29, 2003 

2:00 – 4:00 PM 
100 Kresge Library

 

1. Call to order

2. Approval of minutes

3. Report of the Chair

a. Status of Subcommittee on Student Conduct

4. Old Business

a. Second Reading Policy Proposal - Enrollment in 600-level graduate courses

b. Second Reading Policy Proposal - Reducing number of credits required for degree programs

c. Nomenclature - 2-12-2002 Agenda

d. Minimum Credits Required for Masters Degree at OU – 2-12-03 Agenda

5. New Business

  • a. School of Business – Cross List 300-Level course with 600-Level course 2:15 pm (Donna Free – SBA)
  • b. New Track Request: PhD in Education – Music Education 2:45 (Jackie Wiggins – CAS; Robert Wiggins – SEHS; Duane Moore – SEHS)

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COUNCIL 
MINUTES OF THE MEETING January 29, 2003 
100 KRESGE LIBRARY 
APPROVED: 12 Feb 2003

Present: Beth Black, Ranald Hansen, Lisa Hawley, Mildred Merz, Kathleen Moore, Sherri Oden, Mohinder Parkash, Claire Rammel, Darlene Schott-Baer, Ishwar Sethi
Guests
: Jacqueline Wiggins Coordinator of Music Education and Graduate Studies, College of Arts and Sciences Robert Wiggins Associate Dean & Associate Professor of Education, Education and Human Services
Absent
: Randy Gu, Dale Nesbary

Call to Order

This meeting was convened at 2:10 p.m. by Ranald Hansen, Interim Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Study.

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

The MOTION was made, Seconded and Passed unanimously to approve the minutes of January 15, 2003.

II. REPORT OF THE CHAIR - Status Of Subcommittee On Student Conduct

Randy Hansen thanked Dale Nesbary, Ishwar Sethi and Kristine Thompson for serving on the Student Conduct Subcommitte of the Graduate Council. The subcommittee has completed their review of a referred student appeal and made the recommendation to sustain the decision denying reinstatement. Dr. Hansen has accepted the subcommittee recommendation and a letter will be forwarded to the student.

III. OLD BUSINESS

A. Second Reading Policy Proposal – Enrollment in 600-Level Graduate Courses

Randy Hansen opened discussion by requesting an amendment be added to the proposed policy. He would like to incorporate a statement to allow an exception to the policy for “exceptional” undergraduate students. Graduate Council was strongly opposed to such language. Darlene Schott-Baer felt that if 600-level courses were not restricted from enrollment, undergraduate students could accumulate several course, thus weaken the graduate degree. Provided that situation, those students might seek graduate degrees from other institutions. Ishwar Sethi assumed an “exceptional” student would be taking a 600-level course as an elective. He pointed out that the student would be better served by doing research with a professor or an independent study. Professor Schott-Baer emphasized repeatedly students should work with an academic counselor to establish the best options in satisfying their academic goals. Kathleen Moore felt opening 600-level courses to undergraduate students would be like opening Pandora’s Box. She did not support allowing exceptions when there are alternative paths available to undergraduates that provide same outcome.

A MOTION was made and SECONDED to approve the policy without amendment.

B. Cross List 300-Level with 600-Level Courses

Cross listing undergraduate and graduate courses have been found to be incongruent. A recent request has been brought to Graduate Council asking to cross list a 300-level course with a 600-level course. Professor Schott-Baer suggested approval for cross-listing 300 courses with 500, but exclude 600 from cross listing. Professor Parkash added that a particular course in undergraduate could be an elective in the Graduate program. MBA electives in the School of Business Administration (SBA) are all 600-level courses, while their required courses are all 500-level. Professor Parkash supports the proposed Cross Listing policy and believes course numbers in the School of Business Administration should be changed. Professor Schott-Baer agreed it is best to bring SBA’s policies in line with the rest of the schools. Mohinder Parkash requested language be added to the proposed policy that states 600-level and above not just 600-level. Graduate Council agreed with the insertion.

The Graduate Council voted unanimously to approve the policy.

IV. NEW BUSINESS

A. Portability Act

Darlene Schott-Baer had some concerns regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. She explained this Act has to do with privacy issues and questioned the impact it would have at Oakland. Randy Hansen informed Graduate Council he would look into the legislation and report back to Council.

B. New Cognate in Music Education to the PhD in Education Program Professor Jacqueline Wiggins, Coordinator of Music Education and Graduate Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor Robert Wiggins, Associate Dean from the School Education and Human Services introduced the proposal and provided departmental background for the proposal. The School of Education currently offers a PhD in Education with a major in Education Leadership.

This is an interdisciplinary program with the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Education and Human Services. Jackie Wiggins gave an overview of the program. This is not a degree in performance or conducting, but it is a degree in research and music education. Its purpose is to prepare students for leadership in music education as teacher educators, music education administrators, and music education curricular leaders. There has been considerable interest in the proposed program.

Darlene Schott-Baer wondered why it was difficult to get this program through “the system” since they are just adding another cognate. Jackie Wiggins felt it was because Oakland University does not have precedence in this area for this type of program. Professor Schott-Baer suggested that the cognates appear to be very limited. She recommended to the School of Education and Human Services that the cognate framework not be so narrow.

Robert Wiggins mentioned that there is a shortage of music teachers in public schools, which is directly tied to a shortage of music educators at the university level.

Professor Schott-Baer asked to waive the first reading and move to the second reading. Graduate Council did not support waiving the second reading. She suggested a revision of the framework to offer a menu of cognates that a student can choose from.

When asked about the comprehensive exam, Jackie Wiggins indicated it is a general exam. The only oral exam is the dissertation defense. Robert Wiggins indicated the comprehensive exam for Educational Leadership is a take home examination. He reminded Graduate Council that their students are full time employees.

Claire Rammel pointed out the admission requirements in the Graduate Catalog require students in the Educational Leadership track to have a Education Specialist degree prior to admission to the doctoral program. Robert Wiggins indicated that was incorrect and would be modified in the next catalog.

Discussions followed regarding the budget. There were some changes made that were not reflected in the budget included with the proposal. A major issue was regarding an additional faculty member. Jackie Wiggins pointed out that MTD needs a new faculty member whether the program is approved or not, but it was decided to include request with this proposal.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, 2003 in 100 Kresge Library.

February 12, 2003

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COUNCIL

MEETING AGENDA 

February 12, 2003 
2:00 – 4:00 PM 
100 Kresge Library

1. Call to order

2. Approval of minutes

3. Report of the Chair

4. Old Business

a. Motion to reconsider Graduate Course Numbering System

b. Phd in Education – Music Education Cognate Proposal

c. Nomenclature Discussion

d. Minimum Credits Required for Master Degrees at OU

5. New Business

a. Proposal for Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

 


MINUTES OF THE MEETING 
February 12, 2003 

100 KRESGE LIBRARY 
APPROVED: 12 March 03

Present: Beth Black, Ranald Hansen, Randy Gu, Lisa Hawley, Mildred Merz, Kathleen Moore, Dale Nesbary, Sherri Oden, Mohinder Parkash, Claire Rammel, Darlene Schott-Baer, Ishwar Sethi

Call to Order

This meeting was convened at 2:10 p.m. by Ranald Hansen, Interim Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Study.

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

The MOTION to approve the minutes of January 29, 2003 was made, Seconded and Passed unanimously with one change. Darlene Schott-Baer asked to waive the second reading of the music education proposal (page 3). The Graduate Council denied the request.

II. REPORT OF THE CHAIR

A. Portability Act

Randy Hansen explained the Portability Act is linked to legislation that has to do with health insurance not being cancelled when an employee moves from one job to another. It has broader legal implications in conducting research aimed at people with a particular disease and for biomedical researchers who work in that domain. Mr. Hansen indicated that while we want to be in synch with what the hospitals are doing, it is unclear as to what the implications are for our IRB. Sherri Oden remarked that education researchers have similar issues in nursing when they look into school records data.

B. Cooley Law School (CLS)

Randy Hansen announced that tomorrow at the Senate, the Provost would be offering a motion that the Senate endorses Oakland University entering a relationship with Cooley Law School. Mr. Hansen was uncertain the specific content of the motion. Currently, Cooley Law School is offering its next semester sequence to their Fall 02 Cohort. There is not much new to report in terms of the progress being made in approving Oakland as a satellite, but Randy Hansen will report back to the Graduate Council as he learns more information.

 

III. OLD BUSINESS

C. Motion to Reconsider Graduate Course Numbering System

Claire Rammel indicated the “Graduate Course Numbering System” policy should identify courses 700-level and above as doctoral courses. This will not preclude Master degree students from enrolling in these courses. Cross-listing would be restricted to courses numbered 500-level or above.

A MOTION was made and SECONDED to approve the policy.

D. PhD in Education – Music Education Cognate Proposal

Darlene Schott-Baer felt this proposal was inconsistent with the approved doctoral framework in Education. The cognate, as described in the framework, implies that it has to be completed within the School of Education. Clearly, this cognate is outside the School of Education. Ms. Schott-Baer believes the description in the framework should be modified to accurately capture what has been proposed—fulfilling cognate requirements outside Education. Sherri Oden suggested a much broader interpretation. She recommended adding a sentence to allow course enrollment outside of the School of Education. Further discussions ensued regarding admission requirements, comprehensive examinations and administration of the degree. Graduate Council agreed the critical component of this proposal is the term “cognate.” This is NOT a new degree program in Music, Theatre and Dance-- this is a degree program administered through the School of Education. The approved framework for the PhD in Education should be enforced.

Graduate Council requested the following changes be made in the proposal BEFORE they would consider voting on the motion:

1) The department core courses should remain CIL courses. Randy Hansen suggested minimally, they might be cross-listed with the CIL core courses. 2) The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance could participate in admission interviews and make admit recommendations to SEHS. Admission requirements and administration of the degree program is the responsibility of SEHS. 3) The dissertation committee should have two MUS and two CIL faculty. 4) The section on comprehensive exams must be revised to reflect CIL requirements and procedures with a cognate examination in the area music. 5) Review the proposed budget. Council thought a budget associated with a cognate would be closer to neutral.

E. Nomenclature Discussion

Claire Rammel initiated discussion on the topic of graduate nomenclature. When reviewing new program proposals, Graduate Council has voiced a concern regarding the vast range of terminology to describe cognates, specializations, concentrations and tracks. Mohinder Parkash felt nomenclature should include all graduate programs, not just doctoral programs. It was understood that nomenclature would be difficult to standardize at university level due to the contrast between the undergraduate and graduate academic environment. It was suggested Graduate Council should review the nomenclature adopted at the undergraduate level. The terms “major” and “minor” are not terms normally associated with graduate programs. Claire Rammel pointed out that even within graduate programs, many terms are discipline specific. Randy Hansen suggested continuing the discussion at one of our next meetings.

F. Minimum Credits Required for Master Degrees at OU

Claire Rammel is still doing research on this topic. She indicated Tuition and Fees Committee is also looking at credit costs by discipline. When the data becomes available, she would like to share it with this group.

IV. NEW BUSINESS

Proposal for Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

Claire Rammel circulated the proposal for a Graduate Certificate Program in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). The Graduate Council should be prepared for the first reading at the next meeting. She would like to get this proposal to the Provost by the end of March. It was suggested Peter Binkert, Chair of Linguistics, be present at the next Graduate Council meeting.

V. OTHER BUSINESS

Academic Probation

Kathleen Moore asked for clarification on academic probation and asked if it is the responsibility of the department for the graduate program. Randy Hansen suggested that whatever academic standards are established by the department, they must be well published. When a department recommends dismissing a student, they must be certain that a consistent and clear policy in place, and that all events surrounding the dismissal is very carefully documented. According to Dale Nesbary, the MPA program has their academic policies published in the graduate catalog. Claire Rammel asked for copies of department handbooks, since often academic policies are defined in more detail.

VI. ADJOURNMENT

The Graduate Council adjourned at 3:40 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 12, 2003 in 100 Kresge Library.

March 12, 2003

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COUNCIL 

MEETING AGENDA 
March 12, 2003 

2:00 – 4:00 PM 
100 Kresge Library

1. Call to order

2. Approval of minutes

3. Report of the Chair

4. Old Business

a. Cognate in Music Education

b. Nomenclature

c. Cross-Listed Courses

5. New Business

a. School of Business – New Financial Information System Courses

b. Dissertation/Thesis Guidelines

c. First Reading - Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner – New Track – MSN

6. Next Meeting – March 26th

a. Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

b. MEd Special Education Program Revisions

c. MEd Leadership Program Revisions


MINUTES OF THE MEETING 
March 12, 2003 

100 KRESGE LIBRARY 
APPROVED: 26 March 03

Present: Beth Black, Ranald Hansen, Lisa Hawley, Mildred Merz, Kathleen Moore, Dale Nesbary, Sherri Oden, Mohinder Parkash, Claire Rammel, Darlene Schott-Baer, Ishwar Sethi
Absent: Randy Gu (on sabbatical)

Call to Order

This meeting was convened at 2:10 p.m. by Ranald Hansen, Interim Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Study.

I. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

The MOTION to approve the minutes of February 12, 2003 were made, Seconded and Passed unanimously.

II. REPORT OF THE CHAIR

Portability Act - Randy Hansen did some research into HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act of 1996, and he will present a draft of guidelines and make available information from IRB to the Graduate Council.

III. OLD BUSINESS

A. Cognate in Music Education

The proposal for a cognate in music education was sent to the Provost for final approval. Randy Hansen indicated the proposal included a budget request for additional resources. He is not certain whether the Provost will approve the proposal or send it through Senate for further review.

B. Nomenclature

Claire Rammel has constructed a table to illustrate current graduate program nomenclature as described in the Graduate Catalog. Her goal is to provide a document that defines graduate nomenclature. Darlene Schott-Baer suggested the document also outlines the approval process affiliated with graduate program requests, thus eliminating confusion and extra work for academic units. Ms. Rammel suggested oftentimes, terminology associated with a doctoral program, does not fit well with a masters program. Darlene Schott-Baer suggested different guidelines for doctoral, masters and certificate programs. Randy Hansen suggested Ms. Rammel rework the document and present to the Graduate Council for review. C. Cross-listing

Claire Rammel presented a report that was created from Banner data showing cross-listed courses NOT in compliance with graduate policy. Darlene Schott-Baer indicated the School of Business Administration appears to have the largest problem. Mohinder Parkash explained the School of Business Administration designed their graduate curriculum to limit 500-level courses to core requirements with the 600-level courses representing electives. Graduate Council suggested sending the policy to the College and Schools requesting graduate courses not in compliance should be corrected.

IV. NEW BUSINESS

A. Dissertation/Thesis Guidelines

Over the last year, Research and Graduate Study has been updating guidelines for dissertations and theses. These guidelines are meant to guide schools and serve as umbrella for basic rules. Randy Hansen presented the document to the Deans about two weeks ago. He would like Graduate Council to review the guidelines before it is presented to relevant program directors for their review and suggestions. Mr. Hansen stated the quality of dissertations and theses is an academic issue and the Graduate Council must make certain it is representative of OU. Claire Rammel reminded Graduate Council that migration to UMI publishing is the targeted goal. Therefore, these guidelines have incorporated formatting modifications to reflect UMI requirements.

B. School of Business – New Financial Information System Courses

The School of Business Administration (SBA) has a new undergraduate major, Financial Information System (FIS) in the Department of Accounting and Finance. With the creation of the new major, some of the existing accounting courses have been changed to FIS courses. In an effort to be consistent at graduate level, SBA has requested the cross listed graduate accounting courses be changed from Accounting to FIS.

Ishwar Sethi stated he had no objection to the concept, but cross listing 300-level courses with 600-level courses was NOT in compliance with graduate policy. Randy Hansen asked for concurrence to go with the new structure.

A MOTION was made and SECONDED to approve the rubric changes, but cross listing would need to comply with graduate policy.

C. Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner – New Track – First Reading

Darlene Schott-Baer presented the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner proposal. This proposal is a new track in the existing Masters of Science in Nursing. Ms. Schott-Baer indicated this new track in gerontology would support the unmet needs of the aging population. The School of Nursing has designed their curriculum so all graduate nursing students take the same foundation courses, with a separate set of requirements for their area of specialty. The proposal identifies the creation of two new courses for gerontology and the modification of two existing courses to blend content delivery. A MOTION was made and SECONDED to get it on table. There will be a second reading.

Kathleen Moore adjourned the meeting at 3:25 p.m. as Randy Hansen had to leave early. The next Graduate Council is scheduled for March 26, 2003 in 100 Kresge Library.

April 9, 2003

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COUNCIL 

MEETING AGENDA 
April 9, 2003 
2:00 – 4:00 PM 
100 Kresge Library

1. Call to order

2. Approval of minutes

3. Report of the Chair

4. Old Business

a. Second Reading - Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner – New Track – MSN

b. Second Reading - MEd Special Education Program Revisions

c. Second Reading MEd Leadership Program Revisions

d. Program Review Guidelines

5. New Business

a. First Reading - MEd Educational Studies Program Revisions


MINUTES OF THE MEETING 
April 9, 2003 
100 KRESGE LIBRARY 
APPROVED: 30 April 2003

Present: Beth Black, Ranald Hansen, Lisa Hawley, Mildred Merz, Kathleen Moore, Dale Nesbary, Sherri Oden, Mohinder Parkash, Claire Rammel, Darlene Schott-Baer, Ishwar Sethi
Absent: Randy Gu (on sabbatical)
Guests: Jacqueline Lougheed, Michael MacDonald

Call to Order

This meeting was convened at 2:08 p.m. by Ranald Hansen, Interim Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Study.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Minutes postponed until next meeting

II. REPORT OF THE CHAIR

Cognate In Music Education

Randy Hansen restated that he believes there will be issues raised related to the Music Education Cognate and anticipates the proposal will be sent back to Graduate Council for review.

Cooley Law School

Cooley Law School is preparing their move to Oakland. They will be located in O’Dowd Hall: an administrative suite on the fourth floor; faculty offices on the third and fourth floors; and their law library, computer lab and classrooms on the second floor. Cooley will be paying for the renovations.

Cooley underwent a recent site visit by ABA and NCA representatives regarding the two LLM graduate programs: taxation and intellectual property.

 

III. OLD BUSINESS

Second Reading - Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner –MSN – New Track

Darlene Schott-Baer reported that the needs assessment document, about which Kathleen Moore had concerns at the last meeting, was now cited in the document under SOURCE OF STUDENTS. It doesn’t change the program, but downplays the needs assessment slightly in the proposal. Darlene also stated that the library budget had been moved into the School budget. Mildred Mertz raised the question whether the entire library budget had been transferred or just the journal section.

A MOTION was made, seconded and passed to APPROVE the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner – MSN – New Track

Second Reading – MEd in Special Education Revisions

Claire Rammel announced to Graduate Council that Carol Swift is attending a conference and will not be able to be present for the second reading. Ms. Rammel reviewed the proposal with members of council. She reminded those present that Carol Swift is requesting to move the program to a credit range, similar to other graduate programs. By moving to a range she has more flexibility for the state licensing requirements, increasing enrollment in the Autistic Impaired endorsement, and providing student eligibility for financial aid.

Kathleen Moore stated that Carol made a good case in her presentation at the last meeting.

MOTION was made, seconded and passed to APPROVE the proposed revisions for the MEd in Special Education

Second Reading - MEd in Educational Leadership Program - Revisions

Jacqueline Lougheed presented a copy of the graduate catalog revisions.

Randy Hansen asked if Jackie had any thoughts about how this will impact the PhD program. Will it continue to be Curriculum, Instruction and Leadership or not? Jackie explained that the doctoral program would be changed. In fact, it was presented at the last School of Education COI meeting. They would like to change the rubric to ED. The Education Specialist will stay at EA.

To a question posed regarding the number of electives in the program, Ms. Lougheed replied that there are no electives. This is a totally prescribed program. The two new courses would provide flexibility to offer workshops for school districts or a special study requested by a student.

Claire Rammel asked how students currently in the program would be transitioned. Ms. Lougheed replied that students could either remain in the old curriculum or request a program transfer to the new program.

MOTION was made, seconded and passed to approve the proposed revisions for the MEd in Educational Leadership

Program Review Guidelines

Randy Hansen advised that if graduate program review were to be implemented, the Council would have to work on it before adjourning for the year. Specifically, the members would have to give some thought and consideration to how these standards will be introduced to the people who will be writing the review document. Mr. Hansen stated he wasn’t certain that this could be done without seeking the approval of the Senate.

Kathleen Moore suggested that after the next meeting the Council should decide what to do about the department reviews not finalized last year: English, Music and Linguistics.

IV. NEW BUSINESS

First Reading - MEd in Educational Studies

Michael MacDonald presented the proposal. This is the counterpart to the MEd in Educational Leadership program. The Teacher Development and Educational Studies faculty are taking this as an opportunity to update their portion of the MEd program and are requesting a rubric change to ES (Educational Studies). The program has an expanded core and offers considerable flexibility with regard to the electives.

Further discussion ensued regarding the collaborative action research piece and the faculty split.

Randy Hansen requested that the proposal be amended to include information on admissions and admission requirements for the second reading.

A MOTION was seconded and passed for this to be a first reading. The Graduate Council will return to it at the next meeting.

First Reading - Nursing Education – MSN – New Track

The justification for introducing this new track, according to Darlene Schott-Baer, is the aging of nursing faculty. A whole layer of nursing leadership has now retired. Nationally, the average age of nursing faculty is 51; the average age of nurses is the mid-40’s. Many Schools of Nursing are looking at nursing degrees in nursing education.

 

The course content for the proposed degree is very similar to that of gerontology. The School has established foundational courses that all students must take. The specialty courses are altered with desired program. The three specialty courses for this program are the same courses used for the graduate certificate in nursing education. They will be attached to the other two sets of courses, clinical core and foundation courses, to create the master’s degree. The one difference is that the field experience is 4 credits instead of 3. The certificate is 3 credits.

Mildred Mertz noted that she doesn’t know how the library would get its funding. If the library gets funding for the graduate certificate then the current proposal won’t; however, if the certificate is not funded, then there won’t be enough.

Beth Black raised concerns about the fact that no increased costs for faculty were listed. Mohinder Parkash questioned whether the courses had enough capacity to include another 35-60 students. Ms. Schott-Baer replied that in the past they’ve split the foundation courses into two sections and taken in an additional 40 students. She does not see this as problematic.

Mr. Parkash and Mr. Hansen both agreed that revenues and expenses are understated. Mr. Parkash suggested that the assumptions should be included as a footnote, which should also include an explanation of the facilities, equipment and telephone entries.

A MOTION was seconded and passed for this to be a first reading. The Graduate Council will return to it at the next meeting.

IV. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

April 16, 2003

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COUNCIL 

MEETING AGENDA 
April 16, 2003 

2:00 – 4:00 PM 
100 Kresge Library

1. Call to order

2. Approval of minutes

3. Report of the Chair

4. Old Business

a. Second Reading - MEd Educational Studies Program Revisions

b. Second Reading - Nursing Education – New Track - MSN

c. Program Review Guidelines

5. New Business

a. Graduate Council Membership

b. Extended Calendar


MINUTES OF THE MEETING 
April 16, 2003 

100 KRESGE LIBRARY 

APPROVED: 30 April 2003

Present: Beth Black, Ranald Hansen, Lisa Hawley, Mildred Merz, Kathleen Moore, Dale Nesbary, Sherri Oden, Mohinder Parkash, Claire Rammel, Darlene Schott-Baer, Ishwar Sethi
Absent: Randy Gu (on sabbatical)
Guests
: Sherry Abernathy, Michael MacDonald

Call to Order

This meeting was convened at 2:15 p.m. by Ranald Hansen, Interim Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Study.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Minutes postponed until next meeting

II. REPORT OF THE CHAIR

Randy Hansen congratulated the Nurse Anesthesia program. Oakland University Masters in Nursing Program in Nurse Anesthesia has been recognized as sixth in the United States in the 2004 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools.

III. OLD BUSINESS

Second Reading - Nursing Education - MSN – New Track

Sherry Abernathy distributed the revised budget. Ms. Abernathy and Darlene Schott-Baer answered concerns about head count assumptions and flat faculty numbers. Mohinder Parkash suggested that if the budget refers to “head counts”, a note stating how student hours are calculated (number of students, number of courses, number of credits per course) should be included as a footnote, as well as an interpretation of the terms facilities and equipment. Additionally, Mr. Parkash pointed out that the School is only budgeting for 16 hours and should be budgeting for 36 hours.

Ishwar Sethi expressed his concern that the budget under review still underestimated revenues and expenses and questioned whether the program would increase the number of new students or will the number of students remain the same. In his view, the budget did not project realistic assumptions. It was also noted that the specialty courses are not being offered now and there should be expenses in the budget for when they are offered.

Mr. Hansen agreed that the budget as presented did not represent the full revenue and expenses across the entire program and proposed that Sherry Abernathy, Claire Rammel, and Sheryl Klemanski work on budget revisions, a copy of which will be circulated to Council members via email. A vote will be called for at the next meeting.

Second Reading - MEd Educational Studies Program – New Track – program revisions

Michael MacDonald distributed catalog copy for the 2003-2005 graduate catalog, which outlines the program’s admission requirements. In reply to a question about the number of students expected to enroll in the program, Mr. MacDonald stated that Educational Studies expects 15-25 new students enrolling in the program in fall; another 15-20 are expected in winter. Estimating total numbers is difficult, considering the competitive market.

Concerns were raised regarding the large number of electives offered. The program offers four required core courses, 29 elective courses, and one collaborative action research course. A discussion ensued involving questions on how often these electives will be offered and a student’s probable expectation that these electives are offered every semester. Claire Rammel suggested packaging the electives into concentrations. Mr. MacDonald indicated the department had some preliminary discussion regarding concentrations and were planning to address this issue throughout the next year.

A MOTION was made, seconded and passed to approve the proposed revisions in the MEd in Educational Studies program. In one year, Graduate Council would like to see a report, which is focused on the elective issue.

Program Review Guidelines

Kathleen Moore believes that the proposed program review guidelines are too rigorous and time consuming. Discussion followed regarding distillation of parts A and B and whether dispensing with page after page of framework would present program review guidelines that have the appearance of rigor. Ms. Moore suggested interaction between the department being reviewed and Graduate Council would be more effective. She suggested the department should have a representative at Graduate Council to answer questions and engage in a meaningful dialogue.

A meeting will be scheduled on April 30, 2003 to continue discussion on this topic

IV. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m.