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January 18, 1989

 

                                    MINUTES

                                    VPI&SU

                        COMMISSION ON GRADUATE STUDIES

                          18 JANUARY 1989, 4:00 P.M.

                     PRESIDENT'S BOARD ROOM, BURRUSS HALL

 

  Present:  Drs. Brown, Burger, Campbell, Cranford, Eaton, Flowers,

            J. Johnson, R. Johnson, LaBerge, Mahan, Snoke, Swiger, Teekell,

            Weber, and Ms. Mary Bleier

 

  Visitors: Mr. John Ashby, Spectrum

 

  1.  ANNOUNCEMENTS -

 

      Dean R. Teekell announced that Dr. McComas has appointed a committee to

      restudy the name of the University.  He also distributed a listing of

      the committee members with S. Jewell Ritchey as chairman.  Persons with

      an interest in the issue should contact a committee member.

 

      Two tax seminars have been arranged for Graduate Students this year

      through the department of Accounting.  One session for international

      students and one session for U.S. students.  Feb. 1, 1989 beginning at

      4:00 with Dr. Sam Hicks will present a seminar to the American students

      in 1810 ANSC building.  Dr. Jerry O'Neill will present a seminar on

      Feb. 25, 1989 from 9-12:00 in 118 McBryde Hall for  International stu-

      dents.

 

      On-Campus graduate student registrations at present are 3,595.  Census

      date is Monday, January 23.

 

      A concern has reportedly been expressed by undergraduate students re-

      garding their inability to understand certain foreign GTA's.  Dean

      Teekell asked that any of the Commission members hearing of these con-

      cerns relay them to the Graduate School office.

 

      The Catalog Committee has submitted their ideas to the Graduate School

      and the changes have been implemented.

 

      The University is requesting an additional 250 instructional fee schol-

      arships to be included in the Governor's budget.  There were also re-

      quests for monies for Phase IV of the Vet School and the addition to

      Wallace Hall.

 

      Dr. Ira Fink, of Ira Fink and Associates, visited campus last week to

      discuss the possibility of running a study of the economic impact of

      Graduate students at this University.

 

      Dr. Arthur Snoke asked that continuous enrollment, a past agenda item,

      be placed on the next agenda.  Clarification of the continuous enroll-

      ment policy will be discussed at the next meeting.

 

  2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF DECEMBER 7, 1988 - The minutes were approved as

      submitted.

 

  3.  GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY - No report was submitted.

 

  4.  REPORT ON THE DEFENDING STUDENTS STATUS PROGRAM - Dr.  John Eaton re-

      ported to the Commission members that the Graduate School is requesting

      a Certification Form (declaring eligibility), a Request for Final Exam-

      ination Form and a fee of $145.00 (on-campus) and $169.00 (off-campus)

      be submitted to our office.  A 20 class day limitation has been placed

      on the scheduling to qualify for this status.  The Deans are reviewing

      the exceptions to the 20 day limitation.  Sixty-one students have taken

      advantage of this new status.  Dean Eaton reported that a very few

      (2-3) have been denied.

 

  5.  STATE COUNCIL OF HIGHER EDUCATION REQUEST TO OFFER PROGRAMS IN OTHER

      STATES -  Televised Engineering and MBA courses have been approved by

      SCHEV on December 7, 1988 for presentation in several out-of- state lo-

      cations.  The University has requested authorization to offer these

      programs in Amarillo, Texas.  An application for authorization has been

      submitted to the Texas Commission.

 

  6.  TASK FORCE TO STUDY FUNCTION OF UNIVERSITY COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS -

      Dr. Larry Moore, PPWS, is chairing this task force to examine the mat-

      ters of keeping the numbers of commissions and committees at a minimum,

      reduction in the size of the University Council and distinguishing be-

      tween the purposes of various commissions and committees.

 

  7.  REPORT FROM COURSE AND PROGRAM CRITERIA COMMITTEE - Dr.  Ron Johnson

      submitted the committee's report.  Dr. Snoke asked that Item 13 read "A

      motion was made by Dr. Robert Mahan to have courses that are offered

      only off-campus to be so identified in the Graduate Catalog".  The re-

      port was approved with this change.

 

  8.  FACULTY AUTHORED TEXTBOOK APPROVALS FOR EE 5514 AND HIST 4184 - These

      textbooks proposals were approved as submitted.

 

  9.  OTHER BUSINESS - Earlier in the meeting, Dr. Snoke asked that there be

      an additional item added to the Catalog Committee's recommendations re-

      garding the Policies and Procedures Manual.  He asked that when refer-

      ring to the Policies and Procedures Manual that the date of the current

      issue be listed.

 

      Dr. Snoke asked for clarification regarding the status of Resolution

      88-89A which had been presented to the Commission previously by Dr.

      Dennis Hinkle.  The consensus of the membership was that another review

      of the resolution by the Commission should be implemented.  Dr. Snoke

      will ask, at the University Council meeting, that the resolution be

      sent back to the Commission for further review.

 

  10. ADJOURNMENT - 4:52 p.m.

 

                                     Respectfully submitted,

 

                                     John L. Eaton

                                     Secretary

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