Minutes of the Meeting of January 22, 2002
In attendance: C. MacDonald (Chair), J. Mumpower, J. Bartow (Staff), L. Raffalovich, L. Trubitt, M. Gallant, P. Brusoe, R. Irving, S. Nagy-Zekmi, V. Ng, C. Smith, H. Charalambous & J. Baez
Unable to attend: L. Niu & D. Shub
Guests: Professor Debi May, Special Education
Professor Sean Walmsley, Reading/Literacy
1. Minutes from the GAC meeting of December 7, 2001 were reviewed and unanimously approved by the Council without amendment.
2. Report of the Dean of Graduate Studies - J. Mumpower
3. Proposal to Establish a M.S. Program in Literacy and Special Education
The Proposal, previously distributed and introduced at the December meeting of the GAC, returned to the table for discussion. Professor Raffolovich raised questions about the lack of notation of any current students, since there are already two separate programs in these areas of study. Professor May explained that the information in the Proposal must pertain to the specific program only, per State guidelines. Professor Raffolovich also inquired about any separate assessment courses in the curriculum. Professor May explained that assessment is integrated within several courses, not simply covered in a course of its own. Mr. Baez arrived during the course of the discussion and opted to abstain during the voting. All other members voted to approve the proposal and authorize its introduction to the Senate (11-0-1).
4. Chair's Report - C. MacDonald
The work to propose revisions to the By-Laws lies ahead. We are still seeking to determine where GAC committees are specified in governance documents. We are also, therefore, waiting for J. Bartow to offer comments on the by-laws and committees. Professor MacDonald proposes that the desired outcome of GAC consideration of these matter might be an indication of what Council members feel the GAC should be doing vis-à-vis what is being done now. Some members expressed feelings that the Senate Exec. Committee should be apprised of the current discrepancy between what is being done and what is intended.
The Council tabled this matter for further input and future consideration.
The next meeting of the GAC is scheduled for Friday, February 15, 2002 in Campus Center Room 367 at 3:00PM.