Graduate Council Meeting - Minutes
September 21, 2006

Present: Michele Hardy (Agriculture), Priscilla Wisner (Business), Mark Nelson (EHHD), Robert Maher (Engineering), Carl Fox (Graduate Education), Amy Thomas (Letters), Ken Bowers (Science), Rita Cheek (Nursing), Kimberly Keough (Student Rep), David Weaver (Faculty Council).

Meeting commenced at 2:05 p.m. in 114 Sherrick Hall.

GRADUATE COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS: (Numbers refer to item numbers on the Agenda)

I. Welcome and Introductions

Carl Fox, new Vice Provost for the Division of Graduate Education (DGE), acting as Chair of the Graduate Council, thanked all the members for coming, to help move graduate education forward on the MSU campus.

He handed out copies of the February 2005 College of Graduate Studies Review Task Force Report to the Provost, which includes recommendations (section 8.6 and 8.7) for changes in the Grad Council. These recommendations are to help make graduate education more visible on the MSU campus.

The chair of the Grad Council cannot do it alone—he/she will need input from all members. Changes will not come easily or quickly and will require more meetings and more member involvement. Carl will talk to the College Deans to ask that Graduate Council members be given more time to become involved in the activities.

II. Introduction of Graduate Division Staff

Carl introduced the staff members of the DGE—Mary Kay West, Jen Jencso, Maggie Dougherty, and Donna Negaard, who each gave a brief outline of their responsibilities. Donna also outlined the duties of Jenny Miller, Kristin Gill and Ginny Heimann who were unable to attend.

Carl also mentioned three others closely related to the DGE: (1) Carol Thoresen with MSSE (Masters in Science Education), (2) Stephanie Cunningham and John Peters with Molecular Biosciences, and (3) Jeff Hostetler of the Writing Center .

III. Strategy for AY 07

A. Review of Graduate Education Governance—Roles & Responsibilities

B. Comprehensive Review (Audit) of Procedures, Policies, and Programs

C. Development of a Strategic Road Map for Graduate Education

IV. Roles Responsibilities, and Organization of the University Graduate Council (UGC)

A. Role (College of Graduate School booklet)

B. Organization

V. Current Issues for Consideration

A. PhD credit minimum

B. Graduate Student Application Review Process

C. Development Strategy

D. New Programs – Ecology and Environmental Science PhD

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(C and D to be discussed at later meeting)

VI. Next and Future Meetings


Meeting adjourned.