Graduate Council Meeting Minutes March 7, 2007 GBB 202, 12:10-1:00 p.m. Members Present: A. Borgmann, T. Cossitt, M. DeGrandpre, D. Erickson, C. Fiore, L. Hayes, T. Herron, R. Malecki, M. McClintock, J. McNulty, G. Stanley, T. Thibeau Members Absent/Excused: N. Hassanein, N. Moisey Ex-officio members Present: Dean Strobel, Arlene Walker-Andrews Chair Hayes called the meeting to order at 12:10p.m The minutes from 2/28/07 were approved. Communication: Dean Strobel reported on how the proposed revision to the BOR Graduate Admission Policy (301.3) was received by the Chief Academic Officers. The main campuses, MSU and UM prefer the language recommended by ECOS, the others are in favor of the language suggested by Roger Barber. All curricular items, with the exception of the Option in Inequality and Social Justice were approved by the Board of Regents. This proposal was held back because it was not on the master list. One Item that is still being considered is the America’s Professor (AP) licensing agreement. The BOR meeting was the first that the Senate had heard of the company. The agreement would provide UM with a share in the proceeds from the AP courses offered whether they are taken for UM credit or for professional certification only. These are business professional courses in real estate, insurance and securities fields that will now be offered online through the AP owned course delivery system. Any courses offered for UM credit would have to go through faculty governance. . President Dennison made a presentation on UM’s Suicide Prevention Program. UM is way ahead of the other campuses in its mental health efforts. UM is developing a policy that needs more awareness and discussion. It involves faculty and staff completing suicide incident referrals when they believe a student could be at risk. Dean Strobel will post the presentation on Graduate Council’s Blackboard course. Unfinished Business: Program Review The Council approved revisions to the document for Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Science prepared and Geosciences. To be consistent the Council The procedure for disseminating the documents to programs The final documents will be put on Faculty Senate letterhead and submitted to Associate Provost Arlene Walker-Andrews to disseminate to the programs. Curriculum Follow-up Clarification is needed regarding the graduate increment on the UG courses offered at the Flathead Lake Biological station for the Field Ecology option. Professor DeGrandpre will communicate with the requestor and report back to the Council. The courses are mostly 10 day field work courses. Committee Reports: The Data Analysis Workgroup met and developed a list of questions and data needed. It will be meeting Wednesday mornings at 9:10 in LA 146. New Business: The Council considered the proposal by the Department of Mathematical Science for PreDoctoral Associates. The academic officers and President Dennison have approved the proposal. The President, as interim Provost requested that the proposal be endorsed by Graduate Council. It is a creative way of shifting resources to meet the needs of the department. It will allow the department to continue to support ABD students and the department will get three more courses taught. The Council will continue discussion on the proposal next week. The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 p.m.