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March 6, 1991

                                    MINUTES

                                    VPI&SU

                        COMMISSION ON GRADUATE STUDIES

                            6 MARCH 1991, 3:30 P.M.

                                206 SANDY HALL

 

 

  Present: Drs. Boyle, Brown, Burger, Eaton, Hooper, M. Johnson,

           R. Johnson, Lutze, McCoy, Moore, Snoke, Sporakowski, Stephenson,

           Tideman Mr. Jay Comeaux, Mr. Anthony Townsend

 

  Visitors: Susan Truelove - Spectrum, Marvin Foushee - Registrars

           Office

 

  Guests:   Neal Stewart, Laura Via, Bob Pienkowski, Greg Benge, Michael

           Hite

 

 

 

  1.  ANNOUNCEMENTS -  Dr. Hooper stated that the first seminar in the series

      "Training the Future Professoriate" will be tomorrow March 7, 1991.

      Dr. Johnetta Davis from Howard University will be speaking on "Sensi-

      tivity to Diversity in the Classroom".  This presentation will be in

      Conference Room G at the CEC at 4:00 p.m.  The next seminar will be on

      March 21, 1991.  Dr. Jules Lapidus, President of the Council of Gradu-

      ate Schools, will be speaking on "A National Perspective of Graduate

      Study".  This presentation will be in Room 1870 Litton-Reaves Hall at

      4:00 p.m.

 

      Several documents were distributed to the members and Dr. Hooper asked

      that they be reviewed and any discussion of these items would be pur-

      sued at a future meeting.

 

  2.  Approval of the Agenda - The agenda was approved as amended.

 

  3.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF 20 FEBRUARY 1991 -  the minutes were approved as

      amended.

 

  4.  COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

           Course and Program Criteria - John Eaton presented a

                report from their February 27 meeting.  The report was

                accepted.

 

           Degree Requirements, Standards, Criteria and Academic Policies -

                Jim Burger distributed copies of the minutes of the February

                26 and March 5 meetings.  Dr. Burger stated that no

                recommendation was being made yet regarding the "I" grade

                resolution.  The committee is awaiting the results from the

                upcoming CUS meeting.  The committee recommended acceptance

                of their recommendations for procedures for processing

                posthumous degree awards.  (Recommendation attached)

                The recommendation was accepted.

                The recommendation regarding the revision of the minimum

                requirements for the TOEFL examination scores was tabled

                until our next meeting so the membership could review the

                document and bring comments back to that meeting.

 

 

 

  5.  GRADUATE  STUDENT ASSEMBLY - Tony Townsend announced that a general de-

      legates meeting will be held today immediately following the CGS  meet-

      ing.

 

      A  special  meeting was held on Family Housing.  The document on family

      housing was revised at the recommendation of Roland Wheeler to be  less

      legalistic  and  more  of an advisory document which would give him the

      appropriate legal room for negotiation of a contract with the  contrac-

      tor of the housing facility.

 

      Secretary James Dyke met with various GSA members to discuss the future

      of  graduate  academic  education  in the Commonwealth.   Specifically,

      charts were reviewed to show that Virginia graduate  education  in  the

      academic   disciplines  are  not  competitive  financially  with  other

      schools.  The GSA asked that Secretary Dyke and  the  governor  specif-

      ically  impower  the  State  Council on Higher Education to examine (1)

      where they expected graduate education in the academic  disciplines  to

      go in Virginia and (2) what was necessary and what were they willing to

      do  reach  those goals.  The GSA members offered to go to Richmond with

      Secretary Dyke to meet with legislators in the behalf of  the  kind  of

      program  changes that will be necessary to make graduate education here

      more competitive.  Secretary Dyke seemed quite amendable to this  offer

      and  the  GSA is awaiting further comments from him regarding these is-

      sues.

 

      Dr. Hooper stated that this may mark the first  time  that  a  graduate

      student  group  such as the GSA has had an opportunity for an interview

      with the Secretary of Education.  Dr. Hooper congratulated the  GSA  on

      this accomplishment.

 

      NEW BUSINESS - This area of the agenda is being shifted today to accom-

      modate the presentation of the Honor System Constitution Revision.

 

  6.  7.1  - GRADUATE HONOR SYSTEM CONSTITUTION REVISION - Dr. Hooper briefly

      commented that the Graduate Honors System (similar to the Undergraduate

      Honors Systems) has been existence for quite some time.  There has been

      a constitution in place during this system's existence  and  there  has

      been  a two year review and revision of this constitution.  The consti-

      tution is being brought to the CGS for review  and  approval  and  will

      also be presented today at the GSA meeting for their review and ratifi-

      cation.

 

      Greg  Benge  presented a brief discussion regarding the revision of the

      constitution. Following the University self-study, a  constitution  re-

      vision committee was convened to evaluate the Graduate Honor System and

      this  was  prompted by the issue that the Graduate Honor System had ma-

      tured to such a level that the old constitution was no longer servicea-

      ble. The ultimate goal of the committee was to revise the  constitution

      based  upon a thorough analysis/self-study of the purpose, function and

      operation of the Graduate Honor System.  Mr. Benge highlighted the  re-

      visions and how each came about.

 

      Comments and suggestions were presented to Mr. Benge regarding clarifi-

      cations  and rewording.  Mr. Benge and Neal Stewart explained the func-

      tion of judicial honors hearings to the CGS members  for  clarification

      of questions regarding representation of the accused student.

 

      Tony  Townsend and Jay Comeaux raised the concern that the GSA was bas-

      ically removed (in the new Constitution) as being the primary  body  to

      ratify  the final nomination to the Dean of the Graduate School for the

      Chief Justice position.  The GSA concern is  that  the  Graduate  Honor

      System is suppose to be a body that is impowered by the Graduate School

      as  well  as  the  consent of the graduate student community as a whole

      which is represented by the GSA.

 

      After a brief discussion, Dr. Hooper stated that the GSA and the CGS is

      charged with coming to an agreement with the Graduate Honor  System  on

      the  constitution.  The  GSA  will  be meeting later today and with the

      agreement of the members it was decided that this  discussion  will  be

      held again at the next CGS meeting.

 

 

      Dean  Martha  Johnson  congratulated Mr. Benge on the two years of fine

      work and dedication he has put into this revision.

 

      OLD BUSINESS

 

  7.  6.1  -  "I"  GRADUATE RESOLUTION UPDATE - Dr. Hooper stated that we are

      still awaiting the decisions from the CUS on this issue.

 

  8.  6.2 - STATEMENT OF RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF GRADUATE  STUDENTS  -

      with  the  agreement  of the GSA, this will be a carryover item for our

      next meeting.

 

  9.  6.3 - SELF EXAMINATION OF GRADUATE COMMISSION/APPOINTMEMT OF STUDY COM-

      MITTEES - Dr. Hooper noted that, in the documents that were distributed

      earlier in the meeting, there was a letter from Dr.  Larry  Moore  con-

      cerning  the  restructuring of the governance system.  Dr. Hooper noted

      that there will be a meeting on April 1 regarding this issue and  asked

      the   membership   to   review   Dr.   Moore's  letter  and  refer  all

      comments/suggestions to him before that time so he can present the view

      of the CGS on this topic.

 

      NEW BUSINESS

 

  10. 7.2 - STATUS OF THE GTA TRAINING PROGRAM - Dr. Hooper asked  that  this

      issue be a carryover item for the next CGS meeting.

 

  11. 7.3  -  REQUEST FROM THE ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT TO ELIMINATE THE COMPRE-

      HENSIVE EXAM FOR THE MASTER OF ACCOUNTANCY DEGREE - Dr.   Robert  Brown

      presented a request from the department for such an elimination.  After

      a  brief  discussion  regarding the requirements for such a degree, the

      similarities to our MBA program and to accountancy programs  elsewhere,

      it was voted favorably by the membership to eliminate the comprehensive

      examination for the Master of Accountancy degree.

 

  12. ADJOURNMENT - 5:08 p.m.

 

                                     Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                     John L. Eaton

                                     Secretary

 

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