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February 7, 1990

                                    MINUTES

                                    VPI&SU

                        COMMISSION ON GRADUATE STUDIES

                          7 FEBRUARY 1990, 4:00 P.M.

                            PRESIDENT'S BOARD ROOM

 

 

  Present:  Drs. Bates, Boyle, Burger, Campbell, Eaton, Flowers, Hooper,

            J. Johnson, R. Johnson, La Berge, Lutze, Moore, O'Brien, Snoke,

            Stephenson, Teekell. Dr. Ventre for Dr. Conn, Mr. Daniel Adams,

            Ms. Theresa Fried.

 

  Visitors: Mr. John Ashby.

 

 

 

  1.  ANNOUNCEMENTS - Dr. Teekell reported that the Presidential Fellowship

      program had been suspended for this year, but that those students cur-

      rently on fellowships would continue to be supported as promised. He

      expressed the hope that this program or a similar one could be put in

      place for the future.

 

      Graduate Research Development and Travel Grant proposals had been re-

      ceived by the GSA and were being evaluated. Award winners should be an-

      nounced soon.

 

      Tax seminars for graduate students are planned for domestic students on

      Friday, Feb. 9 and for international students on Saturday, Feb 10.  Dr.

      Cherie O'Neil will make the presentations.

 

      We have received about 3500 graduate applications year to date.  That

      is about 6% above of last year.

 

      The Cunningham Dissertation Awards have been received. These will be

      distributed to the Course and Program Criteria Committee for prelimi-

      nary review.

 

      Dean Teekell reported on the Collegiate Times article on the quality of

      GTA teaching. Dean Teekell expressed his confidence in the ability of

      our GTA's. He also described ongoing efforts to address and add to our

      GTA training programs. One of these efforts is a proposal from the Uni-

      versity to SCHEV for a TA training program, another is a report being

      prepared by the graduate school dealing with TA training philosophy and

      special needs of GTA's.

 

      A proposal for M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Philosophy has been

      received.  It will be forwarded to the CPCC committee for review.

 

  2.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF DECEMBER 6, 1989 -  The minutes were approved

      after amending them to place the graduate student representative names

      in the member list.

 

  3.  GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY - The GSA delegates met on 2/6/90.  Mr. Adams

      stated that the GSA unanimously approved the development of a GTA sur-

      vival skills workshop proposed at the GSA meeting by GSA represen-

      tatives from the College of Education. He also reported on a GSA

      resolution to request the library to study ways to make returning books

      more convenient for commuting graduate students. The recommendation was

      made that the GSA take the issue to the University Library Committee

 

      A second resolution brought to the commission concerned the GSA's dis-

      appointment with the decision not to award doctoral degrees at the Uni-

      versity Commencement Ceremony. The Commission, after defeating a motion

      to table a motion made by Dr. J. Johnson, voted to approve an amended

      motion by Dr. Snoke stating that "the Commission on Graduate Studies

      endorses the resolution and desires to have the issue become a CGS

      agenda item at the earliest possible time". It was decided to invite

      the chair to the Task Force on Commencement and/or the Commencement

      Committee to attend the next CGS meeting to explain the basis for the

      decision.

 

  4.  UNIVERSITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY - Dr Hooper presented each commission

      member with a copy of materials submitted to the Commission on the 21st

      Century and to SCHEV regarding the Universities position on Research

      and Graduate Studies issues. He asked for input from the CGS members to

      improve the statements where needed.

 

  5.  REVIEW OF POLICY MEMORANDUM #8 - Dr. R. Johnson asked that the policy

      of not giving D grades to graduate students be reviewed. Dr Teekell re-

      ferred the matter to the Degree Requirements, Standards, Criteria, and

      Academic Policies Committee for review and recommendation.

 

  6.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE COURSE AND PROGRAM CRITERIA COMMITTEE -  Dr.

      Janet Johnson submitted the minutes and they were approved after an

      amendment to indicate that AE 4704 was a new course.

 

  7.  REPORT OF THE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, STANDARDS, CRITERIA, AND ACADEMIC

      POLICIES COMMITTEE.  - Dr. Snoke presented the committee report and

      discussed some pending issues related to academic misconduct.  The re-

      port was referred to the Graduate Honor Court for their use in revising

      their constitution.

 

  8.  PLACING CGS MINUTES ON GOVERN  - The Commission approved placing the

      minutes on GOVERN.  A question was raised regarding whether GOVERN

      could be used as an archive for minutes of past meetings. The secretary

      will find out and report to the commission at the next meeting.

 

 

  9.  ADJOURNMENT - 5:25 p.m.

 

                                     Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                     John L. Eaton

                                     Secretary

 

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