Minutes of University Graduate Council
March 19, 2008


Present: _____ (AG), _____(A & A), Marc Giullian (BUS), Mark Nelson (EHHD), Robert Maher (ENGR), Carl Fox (DGE), Michael Reidy (L&S-Letters), Yves Idzerda (L&S-Science), Rita Cheek (NURS), Seth Humphries (STUDENT), David Weaver (FC).
          Also attending were MaryKay West (DGE), Jen Jencso (DGE), Donna Negaard (DGE), Geraldine Govaerts (Int’l Prog).

Meeting commenced at 10:08 a.m. in 325 Leon Johnson.  Introductions were made around the table.

Approval of Minutes of February 20, 2008

After spelling Yves’ name correctly, minutes were approved by unanimous vote.

Open campus Forum

a)  Michael stated that PhD dissertation students in the humanities, different from the sciences, need time off to write in the final year
b)  Other universities have dissertation fellowships; PhDs in history at MSU are funded through GTAs and soft money
 c)   History needs a source of funding so the student will not have to teach while writing
d)  History would have a highly competitive process to nominate one student for a 9  month fellowship
e)  History will seek UGC’s support of their future proposal
f)  Carl is highly supportive of the idea; he suggested that History establish written criteria for the proposal, including how to choose the best qualified candidate.

UGC Committee Reports:





Department of Education – C & I Proposal – Jayne Downey

     m)   Sustainability – estimates are that it takes three times the work to get an online course up and running (as compared to face to face courses)
      n)   Jayne is ready to advertise on education’s web site.

Discussion and comments by UGC members:


DGE Staff Reports:









Challenge Courses – UGC Feedback


UGC Elections


Meeting adjourned at 12:04 p.m.


NEXT UGC MEETING:  Wednesday, April 16, 10:00 a.m. to noon
                                114 Sherrick

Respectfully submitted
MaryKay West