Graduate Council Meeting - Minutes
October 21, 2002


Graduate Council Members:



Ken Bowers, College of Letters & Science; Janice Bowman, College of Agriculture; Doug Cairns, College of Engineering; Marc Giullian, College of Business; Richard Helzer, College of Arts & Architecture; Bruce McLeod, Graduate Dean; Gretchen McNeely, College of Nursing; Jill Hayes, Graduate Students; Craig Stewart, College of Education, Health & Human Development




      Present:Chair Bruce McLeod, Janice Bowman, Gretchen McNeely, Mark Giullian, Ken Bowers, Craig Stewart, Doug Cairns, Jill Hayes, Jim McMillian (College of Letters and Science), Russ Walker (College of Letters and Science), Bruce Raymond (College of Business), Michael Beehler (English), Vic Cundy (M&IE), Bill Neff (MTA), Ellen Kreighbaum (H&HD), Robert Carson (Education), Gwen Jacobs (Cell Biology and Neuroscience), Carol Thoresen (MSSE), Rebecca Ward (College of Graduate Studies), Donna Negaard (College of Graduate Studies)



Graduate Council Agenda Items:



McLeod opened the meeting with a special thanks to all Deans and Department Heads who accepted his invitation to take time out of their busy schedule to attend the Graduate Council meeting.




Item 1: Approval of September minutes


Bowers requested a clarification in the year limit for master’s credits for a student’s program of study. 




Motion:  McNeely moved to accept the September 19 minutes with the clarification of the years for master’s credits.  Bowers seconded.


                   Vote:  Unanimously passed



Item 2:  Master of Science in Health and Human Development, Youth Development option




Tabled for future meeting.



Item 3:  Master of Science in Health and Human Development, Gerontology option




Tabled for future meeting.




Item 4:  Discussion of the use of portfolios in graduate degree programs


·         For course credit


·         In lieu of the comprehensive examination




Item 5:  Discussion of advising and mentoring needs for students in “professional” programs.  Could the number of members on students’ committees be reduced to one or two for professional programs?  Do we need to identify MSU’s professional graduate programs?




McLeod asked that Item 4 and Item 5 be combined for discussion.  The graduate council and invited guests discussed portfolios and professional programs.





Action:  McLeod asked the Graduate Council to consider the definition of a professional program.






The next Graduate Council meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m., November 18thin the President's Conference Room (MT Hall 103).  



Graduate council meeting October 13, 1997