corrected GFEC minutes from 11/29/07
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 acclamation.
- 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