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February 1, 1989

 

                                    MINUTES

                                    VPI&SU

                        COMMISSION ON GRADUATE STUDIES

                          1 FEBRUARY 1989, 4:00 P.M.

                     PRESIDENT'S BOARD ROOM, BURRUSS HALL

 

  Present:  Drs. Bates, Burger, Campbell, Cranford, Dodl (for L. Weber)

            Eaton, Flowers, R. Johnson, Mahan, Snoke, Swiger, Sponenberg,

            Stout, Teekell, Webb (for J. Johnson) and Ms. Mary Bleier

 

  Visitors: Mr. John Ashby, Spectrum

            Mr. David Lush, Speaker, GSA

 

 

  1.  ANNOUNCEMENTS -

 

      Dean R. Teekell announced that census data shows that on-campus gradu-

      ate enrollment for the spring semester is 3,685.

 

      Dr. Sam Hicks' seminar on income tax for Graduate students is being

      presented in Room 18 Animal Sciences Building.

 

      At the last meeting of the Board of Visitors, the Teacher Tuition rate

      was changed with a deduction in the rate of tuition as well as the al-

      lowance of unrestricted hours of instruction that these qualified

      teachers can now attend.  Principals, counselors and librarians are

      also now qualified for this reduced tuition.  This will become effec-

      tive Fall Semester, 1989.

 

      A copy of the proposed stipend levels for 1989-90 was distributed.

 

      Applications for fall semester are up 5% over this time last year.

 

      Dr. Stan Huffman, Director of Distance Learning, is sponsoring a tele-

      conference entitled "Myths, Models and Realities Creating a Campus of

      the Future" on February 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the confer-

      ence room at the Continuing Education Center.

 

      An update of the Defending Student Status shows that 101 students have

      applied for this status.

 

      The Committee has met an selected the Outstanding GTA as well as the

      Outstanding Service award.  These names will be made public shortly.

      There was concern stated by the committee about the lack of applicants

      for the Outstanding Service award.  A suggestion was made that individ-

      uals be contacted regarding additional monies for additional TA recog-

      nition.  The applicants for the Outstanding GTA were very high caliber

      students and it was decided to award the first place winner with a

      plaque and $500 but to also acknowledge an additional five students

      with appropriate certificates.

 

  2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF JANUARY 18, 1989 -  The minutes were approved as

      submitted.

 

  3.  GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY - Mary Bleier distributed a report on organ-

      izational awareness known as the 1/5 Proposal.  A kick-off meeting for

      this proposal will be in 1076 Derring on February 7 at 5:00 p.m.  This

      meeting will be sponsored by the College of Education.

 

  4.  REEXAMINATION OF CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT POLICY -  Dr.  Arthur Snoke dis-

      tributed two memoranda regarding questions raised by himself and Jean

      Cline, of the Student Affairs Committee, regarding clarification of

      this policy.  After extensive discussion by Commission members, Dr.

      Snoke volunteered to prepare a proposal regarding this policy and sub-

      mit it at a future meeting.

 

  5.  STATUS OF 1989 CUNNINGHAM DISSERTATION YEAR SCHOLARSHIPS Forty-three

      nominations were submitted for consideration and the first cut was made

      by the committee reducing the numbers to 16 applicants.  The final com-

      mittee will meet within the next two weeks.

 

  6.  "NON-MATRICULATING" STUDENT ADMISSIONS CATEGORY - The "Special Under-

      graduate" category has been used in the past for students who wished to

      enroll in undergraduate classes to enhance their classwork before en-

      tering a graduate category.  Under this category, these students were

      not counted in our census data.  The new category is being proposed so

      that students will be able to enroll in courses under a graduate cate-

      gory for a limited period of time.  Further discussion was tabled until

      clarification of this status is submitted.

 

  7.  OTHER BUSINESS - Mary Bleier brought up the topic of deferred tuition

      payments.  At present, qualified graduate students can get tuition pay-

      ments deferred during the academic year so that they pay in monthly in-

      stallments.  Currently, there is no such plan for the summer sessions.

      Given the increasing cost of tuition, it seems appropriate that a simi-

      lar deferrment plan be effect in the summer sessions.  A motion was

      made, seconded and passed unanimously recommending an extension of the

      deferred payment plan for summer sessions for qualified graduate stu-

      dents.

 

  8.  ADJOURNMENT - 5.14 p.m.

 

                                     Respectfully submitted,

 

                                     John L. Eaton

                                     Secretary

 

 

 

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