Graduate Academic Council
2005 – 2006
Minutes of the Council meeting of
Approved by the Council on
In attendance: M. Rodriguez (Chair), F. Bolton (staff), D. Byrd, V. S. Chinnam, S. Dutta, S. Friedman, L. Kranich, S. Levine, S. Maloney, L.-A. McNutt, O. Ongiti, M. Pryse
Guests: A. Fortune, N. Persily, S. Isser, J. Levato
Unable to attend: J. Bartow (staff), G. Burke, E. Redkey
Minutes of the Council meeting of
2. Dean’s Report – M. Pryse
· Over the summer the Provost’s Task Force on Academic Integrity met with co-chairs, Sue Faerman and Marjorie Pryse to discuss the campus climate concerning plagiarism in particular at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and to revise existing guidelines. This work is ongoing.
· An Omsbuds Office has been established. It is to be a virtual office and is to report in generalities to a committee. A date for training omsbudspersons is to be determined and after that training they will be set in place to serve.
· Performance dashboard charts for the Office of Graduate Studies were distributed. Data in such areas as diversity, enrollment, financial assistantships, etc. was made available for analysis. Fall 2005 enrollment figures are expected shortly as late registration recently concluded.
· A newly created Graduate Studies web site is up and running. Bookmarks with the new site’s address were distributed to Council members. The Dean requested that the members take particular note of the unit’s mission statement and explore the resources now available for students and faculty. All were encouraged to give feedback concerning the site.
· For the first time a campus wide Graduate Student Orientation was held for incoming Fall 2005 students. Various schools and departments either postponed or cancelled their orientation activities and supported this event which was highly successful. The orientation was followed by a picnic sponsored by the GSEU and was well attended by 300 to 350 individuals. Pictures of the event are available for viewing on the new Graduate Studies web site.
Dean Pryse expressed concern with the
University’s level of GA/TA/Fellow student support and has started to address
the issue by engaging in conversations with the Provost and Executive Vice
President of Academic Affairs and by gathering assessment information from the
Initiatives being formulated for the Campus
Compact Planning process include: campus
wide support for graduate student funding; strategies for better retention of
present students; and an organizational structure for the establishment of a
· The Council members were asked to begin considering how the GAC membership might be better organized to represent every school and to think in visionary terms about how the GAC can lend greater support and advocacy for graduate programs.
3. Program Proposal – Dual Degree Program: Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health
Nancy Persily, Associate Professor
4. Program Proposal – Combined BA Judaic Studies/Master of Business Administration
Isser, Professor in the
5. Selection of Committee Chairpersons –A listing of proposed council committee memberships was shared. Chair Monica Rodriguez asked that each of the three committees upon their first meeting nominate and select chairs.
6. Future Meeting Dates/Times – An informational sheet displaying times that council members stated they were available to meet was distributed. As everyone’s schedule had not been available for display, Chair Rodriguez stated that Jon Bartow would re-canvass the GAC members to either share or confirm their schedules.