Graduate Faculty Executive Committee
September 5, 2008
Present:� N. Aumann, M. Gerty, I. Jubran, D. Margine, J. Mosher, R. Ponterio, D. Videto, J. Walkuski
Last year�s Chair J. Walkuski convened this first organizational meeting.� After introductions of each member, discussion of the agenda occurred.�
Election of the Chair
����������� J. Walkuski was reelected Chair by unanimous affirmation!
Election of the Secretary
����������� As last year, the consensus was to rotate minute-taking among the Committee membership alphabetically by last name.
Liaison with Faculty Senate
����������� D. Videto will serve as the GFEC Faculty Senate representative.
����������� Apparently, Friday between 10 and 11 a.m. is the most convenient time to meet for members.
����������� Also as last year, the agreement was to operate by consensus on all agenda items.
Approval of the May 12, 2008 Minutes
����������� Submitted by P. Summers and J. Walkuski, the minutes were approved unanimously.� Points of clarification involved:
*� AED 678 -- Questions had been answered following the meeting so that the �contingent pass� became a recommendation to the Provost, and the course is now part of the 2008-2009 catalog.
����������������������� *� EXS 549 -- Again, questions were answered following the meeting so
����������� that the �contingent pass� became a recommendation to the Provost, and the�
����������� course is now part of the 2008-2009 catalog.� With regard to the proposed new
����������� M.S. program in Coaching, however, questions continued about a 500-level
course designated as a culminating experience as well as about the nature of �research� for a graduate program.
Announcements and Future Agenda Items
����������� The meeting ended after several announcements and action/agenda items for the future:
� Due Dates for Curriculum Approval
Discussion has taken place about due dates for curriculum recommendations in reference to the timely production of the College catalogs.� Direction will soon be forthcoming from the Provost�s Office.
� XXX 697 � Continuous Enrollment Course
The Continuous Enrollment Course was further discussed, especially with regard to implementation.� The original reasons for the XXX 697 (student access to campus resources, recognition of faculty effort, tracking of student enrollment) were reiterated.� The effective date of implementation is fall semester 2008, and History and ICC � the only two departments currently without a
for-credit culminating experience � will finalize that experience this year for GFEC review and recommendation.
Discussion then focused on implementation of XXX 697, particularly in the situation of students taking a semester or a year away from the campus.� Consensus evolved about the following procedures with specific reference to the culminating activity as a comprehensive examination:
*� If a student failed the examination one semester, but enrolled the following semester, the student would register that examination course as a re-take.� For example, if a student failed HLH 653 in the fall semester, yet planned to take the examination the next semester, the student would register for HLH 653 as a re-take in the spring semester.
����������������������������������������������� *� Using the same example, if a student failed HLH 653 in
����������������������������������� the fall semester yet had other commitments in the spring semester,
����������������������������������� the student would enroll in XXX 697 in the spring semester for
����������������������������������� continuous enrollment and in HLH 653 as a re-take in the
����������������������������������� following fall semester.
����������������������������������� Agreed that discussion to be continued� .� .� .
� Changes in the GFEC Bylaws� --� DONE last spring semester
� Graduate Admissions Requirements and the Status of GRE Examinations
--� a future agenda item
� Program Review� --� a future agenda item
� Graduate Faculty Status �
The Chair will draft an e-mail to the campus � after GFEC proofing � inviting all interested and eligible faculty to apply.
� Coordination of GFEC and EPC� -- a future agenda item