Graduate School Administrative Board Meeting
Monday, June 16, 2008
1511 Greenville Centre
Sharon Bland, Sharon; Eakins, Stan; Griffin, Linner; Kasperek, George; Kramar, John; Tovey, Janice;
Patterson, Belinda; Peele, Hettie, Student Representative; Pellicane, Pellicane; West, Terry.
MEMBERS ABSENT: Alligood, Martha; Eastman, Brenda; Fonooni, Hamid; Holte, James; Hough,Monica; Mott, Vivian; Newton, Ron; Ries, Heather; Rouse, Art
1. The meeting was called to order by Dean Pellicane at 3:34 pm.
2. The GSAB minutes from 5/19/2008 were approved.
Note: Upon approval by the University Calendar Committee, the graduate drop date would be effective for Spring 09 at the earliest.
3. Announcements –
Meeting with Judi Bailey, Senior Executive Director of Enrollment Management, to discuss financial aid concerns is scheduled for Thursday, June 19 at 3:30 in GC 1511. All board members are urged to attend or send a representative from their academic unit to the meeting.
4. Graduate Faculty Criteria:
a. Psychology (Row & Hall)
Dr. Kathleen Row, chair, and Dr.Cathy Hall, professor, spoke briefly on the process used in the development of criteria in the Psychology department, noting the pilot study conducted and provision for faculty feedback.
The motion to approve Psychology’s Graduate Faculty criteria was passed.
b. Life Sciences (Kasperek)
Dr. George Kasperek explained the metrics for appointments to graduate faculty developed by the BSOM Life Sciences and fielded questions from Board members. He noted that the unit’s objective was to include both teaching/mentoring activities as well as research or creative productivity in the criteria.
The motion to approve criteria for graduate faculty appointment in the BSOM Life Sciences was passed.
Drs. Kasperek and Row agreed to allow their approved plans for graduate faculty appointments to be distributed to graduate programs to use as a model.
5. Further Discussion of Policies
a. Continuous Registration Policy
The Continuous Registration Policy was presented and explained by Dean Pellicane
and Stan Eakins. The purpose of policy is to increase efficiency and streamline the current readmission process. Dean Pellicane will confer with the Registrar’s Office about implementation issues and the question of fee assessment that may possibly require General Administration approval. Members were asked to discuss the policy with their units before the document is finalized and submitted for approval by the GASB at a future date.
b. Definitions of Transdisciplinary Programs of Study
Following review and discussion, the Board agreed to an edit to the statement under Interdisciplinary Degree programs: changing the word institutional to academic.
Interdisciplinary Degree programs award a single degree for courses of study that involve work in multiple disciplines, but are not identified with any specific academic unit (for example, the PhD in Coastal Resource Management).
Discussion ensued about the interchangeability of ‘interdisciplinary’ and ‘multidisciplinary’. The group concurred not to include term ‘multidisciplinary’ in graduate program descriptions. Dean Pellicane asked members to study the draft statement further and present to their respective programs for feedback. The final revised document will be submitted for approval at a future GSAB meeting.
c. Admission Tracks
Dean Pellicane presented a draft of a proposed admissions policy providing three paths/tracks for admissions to graduate study at East Carolina University for the Board’s consideration. Upon further study and discussion, the policy will be submitted for approval at a future GSAB meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 PM.