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November 8, 1991



                        COMMISSION ON GRADUATE STUDIES

                          8 NOVEMBER, 1991  3:30 P.M.

                                206 SANDY HALL



  Present: Drs. Boyle, Brown, D. DeWolf (for F. W. Stephenson), Harris,

           Hooper, Lutze, Niles, O'Brien, Orcutt, Snoke, Strickland


  Absent with notification: Eaton, M. Johnson, R. Johnson, LaBerge,

           Sporakowski, Stephenson, Stout, Townsend, Trulove


  Absent:  Comeaux, Faw, McCoy, Tideman


  Visitors: Marvin Foushee - Registrars Office


  1.  ANNOUNCEMENTS - Dr. Hooper stated that the Research Commission and Uni-

      versity Council have approved an Interdisciplinary Centers Policy that

      effects the graduate community because of the research involvement.

      Copies will be distributed at a future meeting for your information



      A committee has been convened to look at the idea of the Professional

      Practices Institute.


      A new Intellectual Properties Policy has been written and is now at the

      University Council level.


      The Constitution of the Graduate Honor System has been through a first

      reading with the University Council.  Martha Johnson and Neal Stewart

      were available at that meeting for any questions or discussion.  The

      constitution will be up for second reading at the next University Coun-

      cil meeting.


  2.  INFORMATIONAL HANDOUTS - (1) "Communicator" article - Applications for

      Graduate Study Climb in Second Half of the 1990s., (2) Issues for the

      Graduate Community, (3) Graduate Research Tuition memo from Dr. E. R.

      Stout, (4) Telephone and E-Mail listing for CGS members.


  3.  APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA - The agenda was approved with the deletion of

      item 8.1 - Student Health Insurance Update.  Issue was deleted in the

      absence of Dr. LaBerge.


  4.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF 20 SEPTEMBER 1991 -  the minutes were approved

      as submitted.




           Course and Program Criteria Committee - the minutes were reviewed

                by the membership.  In the absence of the committee chair,

                Susan Vest noted that the Management Department had changed

                the course number of Item 34.  The course is now currently

                listed as MGT 5784 International Management.  The minutes of

                the committee were approved with this correction.


           Graduate Student Relations Committee - Dr. Robert Brown stated

                that it has been suggested that there be a centralized location

                designated for the "Statements of Rights and Responsibilities"

                document that was compiled by the GSA.  The GSA is planning to

                conduct a survey of graduate student concerns.  This committee

                will evaluate the finding of this survey and report to the CGS.


           Graduate Appeals Committee - Dr. Fred Lutze stated that an appeals

                case is being considered.


           Degree Requirements, Standards, Criteria and Academic Policies -

                In Dr. Sporakowski's absence, Dr. Hooper announced that

                this committee will meet on 11/13/91 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 334

                Burruss Hall.


           Scholarship Committee - Dr. Hooper announced that Dr. Eaton has

                scheduled this committee to meet again.  There is a proposal

                coming forward to review the Cunningham Scholarship concept

                and there are a number of matters regarding the Instructional

                Fees Scholarships.


           Ad hoc Committees - Dr. Hooper announced that two adhoc committees

                have been formed to study issues affecting CGS and CR.


           (1)  Ad hoc Committee on Ownership of Data


                Paul Knox from the COR - chair

                Bob Olin  from the COR

                Steve Boyle from the CGS


           (2)  Ad hoc Committee on Graduate Enrollment Management


                John Eaton from the CGS - chair

                Fred Lutze from the CGS

                Ron Johnson from the CGS

                Joe Cowles from the COR



      Discussion was held regarding the issue of management of

      graduate enrollment.  Dr. Hooper stated that any issues, recommendations

      or advise that the membership could offer to this committee would be

      appreciated and welcomed.


  6.  GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY - Dr. Hooper presented the report for the GSA

      in the absence of Tony Townsend and Jay Comeaux.


      The  Graduate/Professional  Day  Fair  has been held and was a success.

      The GSA is in the process of analyzing exit questionnaires from partic-

      ipant schools and from undergraduate attendees to determine what can be

      done to make the event better for all involved.  Special thanks was is-

      sued to Paula Williams, the secretary for the  GSA,  for  handling  the



      An initial funding model was taken to the Commission on Student Affairs

      which  would have placed the GSA and the SGA as sole budgeting entities

      for the various student organizations.  This item had been been removed

      from the CSA agenda and apparently more work is to be  done  before  it

      can be considered by the CSA.


      The  GSA  participated  as  a  co-governance  organization  for the re-

      dedication of Squires Student Center.   Special thanks were  issued  to

      Melissa Byrne, SGA President, for her support.


      The  GSA has laid out its support agreements with the Council of Inter-

      national Students, The Black Graduate Student Organization  and  Lambda

      Horizons.    The GSA will be providing these organizations with various

      office space, meeting space and file space  along  with  administrative

      and  technical/political  support.    It  is one of GSA's goals to help

      these organizations thrive and to work through them  to  reach  special

      elements  of  our graduate constituency.   The GSA is interested in the

      possibility of the black graduates bringing the national meeting of the

      Black Graduate Students Association here to Tech, and have offered them

      support for whatever they need to help bring the meeting here.


      The next GSA meeting will be Thursday at 5:00 pm in 341 Squires.


      Dr. Hooper stated that, in Mr. Townsend's report, he wished  to  go  on

      record with some comments about the Research Commission's report on the

      UVA  tuition policy.   The GSA is supportive of any changes that can be

      implemented.  Alleviating the burden from some tuition responsibilities

      would  be  a  welcome signal to our community that the student services

      are respected and valued.





  7.  7.1 - RESOLUTION OF AGENDA ASSIGNMENTS - Dr. Hooper referred to a hand-

      out, distributed earlier in the meeting,  regarding  the  issues  being

      considered by various committees.  The committees will report on issues

      during future meetings.





  8.  8.2  - GRADUATE RESEARCH TUITION -  Dr. Hooper referred to a memorandum

      distributed earlier in the meeting from Dr. Stout.   The Commission  on

      Research  has asked that the CGS study the issue of reduced tuition for

      graduate students who have completed coursework and are  pursing  their

      degree  research.   Supporting documentation and a resolution from Pro-

      fessor Henneke were attached to the memorandum.   Dr. Hooper  addressed

      the  issue  of  comparing  tuition  rates for registration for research

      hours only at UVA.  Dr. Hooper noted that, in the GSA  report  sent  to

      the  Graduate  School  by Tony Townsend, Mr. Townsend wished that it be

      noted that, in his words, there is an obscenely low net benefit package

      for students and that poverty continues in the graduate community.  Af-

      ter discussion, it was decided that additional information  from  other

      peer institutions would be helpful in making comparisons and the possi-

      bility of changes.  Dr. Hooper stated that he would spend time with the

      Budget  Office,  graduate student representatives and others to work on

      this issue to bring back to the CGS for discussion.    Dr.  Snoke  sug-

      gested that Kathye Johnston attend a future meeting to discuss this is-




  9.  ADJOURNMENT - 4:18 p.m.


                                     Respectfully submitted,





                                     John L. Eaton



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