GFEC minutes drafted for 11/28/07
Present: Lynn Anderson, Dan Driscoll, Joy Mosher, Nicole
Fredericks, Ellen Paterson, Jeff Walkuski, Yvonne Murnane, Ex. Officio;
Absent: Nancy Aumann, Donna Margine, Ex. Officio; Ellen Jampole, Donna Videto.
- Minutes were approved as corrected by acclimation.
- Matrix draft agreed to by consensus. Nicole volunteered to
help Jeff gather department information for the matrix.
- There was discussion and review of the Provost�s Memo of
May 31, 2007 and agreement that the mandate comes from the Provost and
that GFEC would provide support to those four departments which need to
develop a credit-bearing culminating experience as well as a continuous
enrollment course. Yvonne handed out copies of the abbreviated one-page
summary, �Graduate Culminating Activity Continuous Enrollment Policy,� and
longer Rationale�policy, course description template, proposed course
numbers, etc. It was recommended that the Provost�s office redistribute
the full document to department chairs with copies to the graduate
coordinators. Dan asked for some clarification for the mathematics program
which no longer has a thesis but does require a comprehensive exam.
- Jeff talked about the need to revise the handbook to
eliminate seat 2 for the psychology department which no longer has a grad
program. Yvonne will send draft mail ballot to the GFEC members before it
goes out to all grad faculty as required. The other change is to allow
self-nomination at any time and to put out a call in both spring and fall
for membership (section C.3, p. 13). GFEC would review and act on
membership in a continuous manner. Jeff also distributed a memo from Bill
Buxton, Chair, Literacy, concerning restrictive membership that ��limits
involvement of faculty with expertise in graduate program.�
- Two new course proposals from physics and health were
briefly considered and Jeff will follow-up with Richard Wheeler, Chair, of
Physics with a question about whether PHY 550 is not open to students who
took 150. Jeff led the group in laughing yoga exercise inspired by the
�Humor Education for Teachers�, Hlth 525. These two courses will be
discussed at the next scheduled meeting on December 5 if there is a
quorum; need 5/9 GFEC members.
Notes drafted by Ellen Paterson, 11/29/07