Council on Educational Policy
2003-04 Chair: Edelgard Wulfert

February 27, 2004

Present: J. Brière, N. Claiborne, F. Hauser, F. Henderson, T. Hoff, G. Jicha, S. B. Kim,
P. Leonard, J. Logan, K. Lowery, D. McCaffrey, J. Mumpower, M. Pryse,
S. Stern, E. Wulfert

Guests: J. Bartow, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies
L. Slade, Interim Director of DA Program
J. Wick-Pelletier, Dean of CAS
K. Williams, Psychology

Minutes: The minutes of January 30, 2004 were approved.

Provost’s Report: Presented by Jeryl Mumpower, Interim Vice President for Research

Chair’s Report: No new report.

Report from EPC Representatives to URPAC: Presented by Professors Logan and Hoff.

Professor Logan questioned whether it is effective to have EPC representatives on URPAC. He noted that President Hitchcock wanted URPAC to be a continuing group working on strategic planning outside of budget issues. Thus far, no long-term planning has been discussed at URPAC meetings and Professors Logan and Hoff question EPC’s role on UPRAC. Chair Wulfert suggested that perhaps EPC’s Long Range Planning Committee needs to meet again for discussion and EPC Representatives can bring the Council’s concerns directly to URPAC. Vice President Lowery spoke as the Co-Chair of URPAC and agreed with Chair Wulfert, she suggested EPC should decide what they want to accomplish at URPAC, then present the Council’s concerns to URPAC.

New Business:

Department of MSIS Name Change, School of Business. Paul Leonard, Dean of the School of Business, introduced the proposal and explained that there are no resource implications, it is just a name change. The proposed name is Department of Information Technology Management. The original name was from the early 1970’s when the unit was formed and the department focused primarily on management science; today, the bulk of its focus is management of technology.

A motion was made to approve the proposal of the Department of MSIS Name Change, it was seconded; all were in favor. The motion to change the name of the MSIS Department to “Department of Information Technology Management” passed unanimously.

Discontinuation of DA Program, College of Arts and Sciences. Guests: Dean Wick-Pelletier and Professor L. Slade, Interim Director of the DA Program. Dean Wick-Pelletier introduced the proposal and explained the request for discontinuance of the program. The DA Program in Humanities was introduced in the mid-1980s to fill a gap created by a paucity of Ph.D. programs in the humanities. It was designed as an interdisciplinary non-research doctorate suitable for teaching careers or jobs for which a research background is not required. The re-registration of many Ph.D. programs has alleviated the need for the DA degree as the interests of many DA students can be met with existing Ph.D. and MA programs. Dean Wick-Pelletier stated that the DA degree itself is not widely recognized and does not enhance the University’s profile as a research institution. The current academic goals and the mission of the College of Arts and Sciences are not supported or enhanced by the continuation of the DA program and the members of the College’s Strategic Planning Committee concurred with this notion in the Summer of 2003 and recommended discontinuance. Similarly, in February of 2004, the CAS Faculty Council endorsed the recommendation of the CAS Academic Programs Committee that the DA program be deactivated. There was extensive discussion, including reference to a previous visit to EPC in April of 2003 by Dean Wick-Pelletier and Professor Winn, who was the Director of the DA program at that time. Dean Wick-Pelletier noted that since the original proposal to discontinue admissions to the DA program, consensus has been achieved within the College to discontinue the DA program. She noted that currently there are very few students enrolled in the program and they will be given the opportunity to finish their degrees within the timeframe set by the University.

After extensive discussion, a motion was made and seconded to approve the proposal of discontinuance of the DA Program. The motion passed unanimously.

Letter of Intent – MA in Industrial & Organizational Psychology. Guests: K. Williams, Psychology, J. Bartow, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies. Professor Williams introduced the proposal and explained that Ph.D. students in I/O Psychology can currently obtain a master’s degree, but that degree is simply a step on the way toward a doctoral degree. He stated that in Industrial & Organizational Psychology a master’s is a viable professional degree, and many students do not wish to obtain a Ph.D. because a master’s degree enables them to function well at the professional level in the business world. He stated that there is a large demand for this master’s nationwide and that it will not be difficult to recruit high-quality students. Professor Williams was asked why a new master’s is being proposed when students currently enrolled in the I/O doctoral program can attain a master’s if they so desire. Professor Williams explained that there is a significant overlap in course work, but that a professional master’s degree does not involve the research students in the Ph.D. program must carry out. Therefore the professional master’s degree will be offered. In answer to a question, Professor Williams also pointed out that classes in the I/O Psychology Ph.D. program are currently small and that the admission of 3-5 master’s level students per year will not have a detrimental impact on class size and the master’s program can be conducted without significant resource implications.

A motion was made to approve the Letter of Intent – MA in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, it was seconded; all were in favor. The motion passed unanimously and the Letter of Intent will be forwarded to SUNY Central.

Old Business:

Meeting adjourned at 12:00.

Respectfully submitted,
Jayne VanDenburgh, Recorder