Graduate Academic Council

2004 – 2005




Minutes of the Council meeting of May 4, 2005

Approved by the Council on


In attendance:                       F. Bolton (staff), J. Bartow (staff), L.-A. McNutt (Chair), M. Pryse, M. Jerison, M. Rodriguez, O. Ongiti, S. Friedman, S. Shahedipour,


Guests:                                   L. Kryzkowski, R. Geer & B. Bangert-Drowns


Unable to attend:                                 H. Meyer, M. Casserly, B. Joseph, D. Byrd & S. Maloney



1.        Dean’s Report – M. Pryse


·         Priority attention will be provided after Commencement to the establishment of the Ombuds Office.  GAC will need to appoint two members to serve on the Ombuds Committee.


·         The Dean engaged a brief discussion about non-academic grievances.  Prof. McNutt commented that CAFECOR is examining the issue also.  Dean Pryse reported that she has been exploring available resources, processes, etc.  A meeting with directors from the Office of Human Resources Management highlighted the availability some opportunities there.  Also, the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action has some relevant procedures.  It appears there is currently no single formal mechanism available to students to “grieve” over non-academic matters, yet there are some administrative mechanisms in place (although perhaps not widely known).  Work with CAFECOR on this matter is of great interest.  Prof. Friedman noted that Ombuds Office developments as a pre-cursor to further study on the non-academic grievance issue may be helpful and the Dean concurred.


2.        Program Proposal – Combined MS Nanosciences & NanoEngineering / MBA


Bob Geer, Associate VP for Academics in the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering and Linda Kryzkowski, Director of MBA Programs in the School of Business introduced the dual degree program proposal.  The combination of existing programs with an overlap of 15 credits will allow students to complete both programs at 63 credits per advisement.  Administrative and curricular details as listed in the printed proposal were summarized.  Prof. McNutt noted the unusual combination of the final project and thesis.  After a period of brief discussion the Council voted unanimously (7-0-0) to approve the proposal and its introduction to the Senate for further consideration.


3.        Minutes of the Council meetings of 4/6/05 and 4/13/05 were unanimously approved as presented, without amendment.


4.        Chair’s Report – L.-A. McNutt


·         Prof. McNutt encouraged members to file Senate council preferences with the Senate Office ASAP.


·         Chair McNutt thanked the Council members for their work this year, noting significant activity and flexibility.


·         Volunteers will be needed for the Ombuds Committee.  Prof. Friedman volunteered and it was suggested that Prof. H. Meyer, not in attendance, also be solicited to volunteer.


·         The Provost’s Task Force on Plagiarism is also seeking volunteers.


·         GAC bills recently approved by the Senate were (1) changes to policy pertaining to masters thesis subject approval, (2) changes to policy pertaining to doctoral candidacy requirements and (3) policy pertaining to the development, approval and submittal of dissertations.  There were slight changes on the first two, to incorporate attention to not only human research subjects, but also animal research subjects.  There was also a change to the dissertation bill to drop the term “full-time” from the faculty eligibility requirements for serving on a dissertation committee to become faculty “with unqualified rank” (tenure track).


·         A brief discussion of items that might serve as fodder for next year’s GAC included:

1.        Masters thesis policy as it relates to possible future publication rights.

2.        Allocation of assistantship/fellowship/tuition scholarship resources.

3.        Degree audit systems as possible advisement tools.


5.        Committee on Curriculum & Instruction Report – M. Rodriguez


Two reports from the Committee (appended to the end of these minutes) dated 4/18/05 and 5/2/05, previously distributed, were reviewed and briefly discussed.  The Council voted unanimously (5-0-0) to accept the reports and in doing so approve the proposals therein.


Prof. Rodriguez additionally spoke to thank the Committee and its support liaison Florie Bolton for a lot of work during the year.  She highlighted the need in the next year for a Curriculum Committee comprised of committed members and of significant size to draw a critical mass for scheduled meetings.


Professor Friedman noted the need for proposals for curriculum amendment received from schools and colleges to be complete and with well-documented rationales.


6.        Proposal for an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Graduate Certificate Program – School of Education


Associate Education Dean Bob Bangert-Drowns introduced the proposal to establish this new graduate certificate program.  He apologized for its late arrival to the Council and for the ability of its primary proponents to join the Council for discussion.


The proposal was compared to SUNY standards for required components of such a submittal.  The Council identified a number of areas where information either required by SUNY or otherwise desired was missing:


Faculty listing with course responsibilities.

Specific admission requirements.

Statement of assumption of student native foreign language.

Consistency of course numbers contained in Proposal with official course listing in the Graduate Bulletin

Specifications about language skill admission requirements; competency in conversational English?

Two-semester practicum requirement at 3 credits total being difficult to implement.


A minor typographical error was noted, that applicants should present a TOEFL score result of 250 (computer) OR 600 (paper), not “and.”


In light of the concerns raised, the Council voted unanimously (5-0-0) to table the Proposal and return it to the School of Education for further attention and potential re-submittal next year.




To:              Graduate Academic Council


From:          Monica Rodriguez, Chair

                    GAC Committee on Curriculum & Instruction (CC&I)


Date:           April 18, 2005


Subject:      Report and Recommendations



The CC&I met on April 18, 2005.  In attendance were:  S. Friedman, D. Parker, M. Rodriguez (Chair), and F. Bolton (staff).  F. Henderson, B. Keough, H. Meyer, G. Pogarsky,and J. Bartow (staff) were unable to attend.


The four items of business considered are detailed below and are recommended for GAC approval.


1.              School of Education Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology – Request for curriculum changes to M.S. in Special Education (Internship Certification), M.S. in Special Education and Literacy (I), and M.S. in Special Education and Literacy (II) programs


Common to these three proposals submitted by the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology was the request to separate two four credit internship courses (ESpe 680 and ESpe 682) into 3 credit internship courses (ESpe 680 Internship: Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood or Middle Childhood level and ESpe 682 Internship: Teaching Students with Emotional and Behavior Disorders) and a one credit seminar (ESpe 681 Seminar: Teaching Students with Disabilities) which is to be repeated each semester that a student is enrolled in an internship.


Another point of similarity to all three proposals was a revision that would give students an opportunity to obtain initial/professional certification in Middle Childhood Generalist (5-9) and Students with Disabilities (Middle Childhood Generalists 5-9) by completing a course on Inclusive Middle Childhood Education, ESpe 567, for three credits.


In addition specific changes were sought for two of the programs as described below:


M.S. in Special Education (Internship Certification) – Presently students in this Internship Certification program enroll for ESpe 680 and ESpe 682.  A more general option for students not wishing to pursue a concentration in teaching students with emotional and behavior disorders as covered in ESpe 682 was proposed.  Such students would be allowed to register for two ESpe 680, Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood or Middle Childhood level, internship courses.  In addition a choice of two special education courses including ESpe 699 and ESpe 673 is to be offered instead of requiring those two courses exclusively.


M.S. in Special Education and Literacy (II) – As well as splitting ESpe 680 (4 credits) into two components, ESpe 680 (3 credits) and ESpe 681 (1 credit), ESpe 680 is to be expanded to 6 credits.  This more realistically reflects the additional time required of both the students and their supervisors for this novice group of teachers.  ESpe 563, Essentials of Instruction for Diverse Learners, is to be eliminated.  The requirement to take ERdg 625, Integrated Literacy Instruction B-6, and ERdg 628, has been eliminated and the ability to make a choice of six credits among options including ERdg 625, ERdg 628, ERdg 504, ERdg 615 or ERdg 655 has been substituted.


After questioning the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology concerning the relationship between the internship and seminar components of ESpe 680 and ESpe 682, it was learned that they are independent of one another.  The seminar is not dependent on what happens at the specific internship site.  It has a separate instructor, separate competencies and separate course syllabus.  As long as these internship/seminar courses remain jointly configured, it is possible for a student to pass the internship and not the seminar or vice versa.  Separating the two would enable the student to receive a passing grade in one, but be required to re-do or extend their time to meet the competencies in the other.  The option of taking an additional course to obtain the credentials needed to teach at the Middle Childhood level seemed advantageous to students and as stated will help meet “market demand”.  These two “common to all” changes and the others proposed allow these programs to continue to meet all the requirements of State University of New York’s New Vision in Teacher Education and of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.  The adjustments will strengthen the programs and enable graduates to be better prepared for teaching.


These three proposals gained the 3-0-0 approval of the Committee to move forward to the GAC.


2.             College of Arts and Sciences Department of History  - Request for changes to Ph.D. concentration area names and program requirements


The Department of History proposed two changes to their Ph.D. program.  The first request was to redefine the concentration areas by renaming them as follows:


State and Public Policy would become Public Policy History

International History would become International, Global, and Comparative History

Work and Society would become Social and Economic History

Gender and Society would become Gender History

Culture and Society would become Cultural History


The second change desired was to have specified that one of the two required history research seminars be in the student’s area of geographic specialization and that one of the two history reading seminars be appropriate to the student’s required minor field.  Current wording does not direct the research and reading seminars into such specific areas of study.


Renaming the concentration areas broadens the area’s scope of reading and research which students and faculty felt was too narrowly confined.  This opening up of the concentration areas will also enable departmental faculty to be better utilized.  Specifying the need to concentrate research and reading within geographic and minor fields more thoroughly conforms to the program’s intention.


The Committee approved these Department of History program revisions 3-0-0.


3.        College of Arts and Sciences Department of Computer Science – Request for a course addition to Ph.D. program requirements


There are presently three courses totaling 11 credits that comprise the core computer science requirements for the Ph.D. program.  The Department of Computer Science requested that Csi 509, Theory of Computation, be added to that core.  As the topics of study contained in Csi 509 play central roles in much of computer science and encourage students in the development of modeling and analysis skills, the Committee approved its addition to the Ph.D. requirements 3-0-0.


4.        School of Business – Request to add an elective track in taxation to its Evening MBA Program


The evening M.B.A. is presently structured in such a way that an elective track can be completed within four specialized fields of study: Marketing, Finance, Change Management and Information Technology Management.  Each track includes a Research Project in the specialized field and the completion of two other specified elective courses.  The School of Business proposed to add one more track in taxation consisting of three 3 credit courses, one of which would meet the MBA research requirement.  The accounting courses comprising the track are all existing.


As this additional track would produce managers conversant with income taxation and would attract high, quality students interested in the tax implications of a business transaction, its addition met with the Committee’s approval 3-0-0.



To:              Graduate Academic Council


From:          Monica Rodriguez, Chair

                    GAC Committee on Curriculum & Instruction (CC&I)


Date:           May 2, 2005


Subject:      Report and Recommendations



The CC&I met on May 2, 2005.  In attendance were:  S. Friedman, D. Parker, M. Rodriguez (Chair), and F. Bolton (staff).  F. Henderson, B. Keough, H. Meyer, G. Pogarsky,and J. Bartow (staff) were unable to attend.


Four items of business were considered and are recommended for GAC approval.


2.              School of Business – Request for a program revision to M.S. in Professional Accountancy program


As part of a recent reworking of the School of Business’s accounting program to bring it into compliance with new CPA education requirements, six credits of electives in accounting and six credits of electives in liberal arts were approved by the New York State Education Department.  Upon further reevaluation the School of Business now believes that eliminating the liberal arts electives and requiring 12 credits of electives in accounting would improve the academic rigor of the program.


The Committee agreed 3-0-0 with the program revision.


2.             School of Business  - Request for a program revision to the M.S. in Taxation program


The M.S. in Taxation was also part of the recent School of Business’s revisions to bring their programs into compliance with the new CPA education requirements.  The program was approved for three credits of accounting electives, six credits of business electives and three credits of liberal arts electives.  Upon reevaluation it was felt that eliminating the three credits of liberal arts electives and requiring three more accounting electives would improve the academic rigor of the program.


This request was similar to the program revision sought for the M.S. in Professional Accountancy as described above and also gained a 3-0-0 Committee approval.


5.        School of Business – Request to add a Tax Practice Track to the M.S. in Taxation program


The recent reworking of the School of Business M.S. in Taxation program to fulfill the new CPA education requirements resulted in the loss of the School of Business’s ability to serve the needs of graduate students not interested in pursuing CPA licensure as was once possible.  Therefore, the School of Business proposed the addition of a new Tax Practice track to its M.S. in Taxation program.  The two tracks are very similar except for the following two differences:  (1) Applicants to the Tax Practice track may hold an undergraduate degree in any field versus an undergraduate degree in accounting.  (2) Students in the Tax Practice track will take six business electives that may include accounting and taxation courses.  Students in the M.S. in Taxation program enroll in six business electives that do not include accounting and taxation courses.


As the addition of this Tax Practice track will enable a number of graduate students to pursue their interest in the field of taxation without becoming CPAs, the Committee approved this School of Business program modification 3-0-0.




6.        School of Education – Request to revise the M.S. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (without NYS Certification) program


The revisions proposed by the School of Education for its M.S. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language non-certification program aimed at:


a.        Focusing more on teaching language to adults – ETap 635, Methods for Teaching LEP children, is to be eliminated and ETap 598, Practicum, is to become focused on adults – a reduction of 3 credits

b.       Eliminating an 8 credit language requirement and replacing it with ALin 552, English Grammar for 3 credits and the choice of a linguistics elective for 3 credits – a reduction of 2 credits

c.        Offering more language-oriented courses to students – Instead of choosing a Foundations of Education course for 3 credits there is to be a choice of three Language in Use courses for 9 credits – an addition of 6 credits


The net result of these changes is the addition of one credit to the 35 credits formerly needed to complete the program as well as a stronger focus on adult language teaching.


As these changes appear to meet the new goals set forth for the program as stated in the proposal, the Committee approved the changes 3-0-0.