Graduate School Administrative Board Meeting
Monday, February 12, 2007
Present: Martha Alligood, Sharon Bland, Dennis Brunt, Stan Eakins, Margie Gallagher, Linner Griffin, Gerhard Kalmus, George Kasperek, Sharon Knight, John Kramar, Vivian Mott, Ron Newton, Todd Nolan, Pat Pellicane, John Placer, Heather Ries, and Mark Taggart.
The meeting was called to order by Patrick Pellicane at 3:38 pm.
1) Acceptance of the minutes of the January 22nd meeting (Ron Newton)
The minutes were approved as written.
2) Graduate Curriculum Committee activities (Sharon Knight)
The MINUTES-GCC-Jan-17-2007.doc were presented with a motion for approval. They were approved as written.
3) Update - Research and Creative Achievement Week (Ron Newton)
It was reported that more than 200 abstracts were submitted by students. The deadline was February first, but latter submissions will be accepted. Abstracts were submitted in each of the ten categories. Presentations schedules through the week of March 26 – 31 will be prepared. Two outside speakers have been contacted; their presentation schedules will be finalized. The week’s activities will also include the meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science.
4) Announcements - Resource allocation (Pat)
Unit allocations for the next academic will be forthcoming this month.
5) Research Credit Analysis (Pat)
Future consideration will be given to defining a process for accommodating variable research credit.
6) Discussion of Assistantship policy from last time (Pat)
We want to optimize the number of hours that a graduate student registers for each semester. Encouraging students to register beyond 9 cr hr for at total of 15 cr hr appears to be a self-serving way of generating sch and resources even though the additional 6 cr hr would not cost the student additional tuition dollars. It is more prudent to use 9 sch as the optimum level of registered hrs rather than the 15 cr hr as originally discussed. This recommendation will still generate additional sch and dollars to the university to cover the cost accounting of student materials consumption and use of services. The rationale is that the university would then return the dollars back to the Graduate School. This would be a reward system for returning the dollars back into the graduate programs. Students would be using the services of faculty and the university, and this would be a means of paying for them. However, there will have to be additional resources to support the additional tuition costs that students will incur when registering for 9 cr hr per semester rather than the minimum 3 cr hr for which students now enroll. This procedure will be cost effective. This concept will be presented to the Deans and other administrative officials for discussion and consideration.
7) Discussion of assistantship policy from last time (Patrick Pellicane)
There is a desire to find a way to increase the assistantship level and to provide health insurance. Higher pay with health coverage would also provide a more reliable means for students to establish residency requirements by severing dependency from parents. Health insurance at ECU is a little less than $1200 – about $140/month.
Some distance education students are funded via an assistantship. Both on-campus and off-campus DE students are funded in this way.
There does not seem to be any evidence of a student being funded with a low GPA. The current policy of a 3.0 GPA appears to be reasonable. It is a Graduate School policy that a master’s student cannot receive 3 C’s. It was mentioned that the University does not calculate a graduate student’s GPA. Inquiry will be made to the Registrar why it is not or should be done.
The policies for assistantships are applying to two pots of money, those provided by the dean of the GS and those provided by other units. The policies associated with these two resources can be different.
Announcements: Chair Pellicane announced that we will start conducting sessions of the Graduate Assembly.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:02 pm.
Ronald J. Newton