COLLEGE OF GRADUATE STUDIES
TAMUK Faculty and Staff
Dr. Hector Estrada, Graduate Council Secretary (x2269, Hector.Estrada@tamuk.edu)
Minutes from the regular Graduate Council Meeting of September 17, 2002
Charles Alworth, Dr. Yousri Elkassabgi, Dr. Hector Estrada, Dr. Maribel
Gonzalez-Garcia, Dr. David Hewett, Dr. Craig Hollingshead, Dr. Steven Lukefahr,
Dr. Robert Marshall, Dr. Alberto Olivares, Dr. Ali Pilehvari, Dr. Fred Ponder,
Dr. David Sabrio, Dr. Nestor Sherman, Dr. Randy Stanko, Dr. Chu-Sheng Tai.
Graduate Student Representatives Present: None
The meeting was held in the Blue Room of Sam Fore Hall and was called to
order at 2:45 p.m. Dean Olivares welcomed council members and discussed the
Graduate Council protocol. He also discussed attendance policy - members who
miss two meetings will be referred to their respective Dean. Dean Olivares then
turned the meeting over to the presiding chair of the Graduate Council, Dr.
II. Standing committee
A. Executive Committee
Dr. Marshall noted that the Executive
Committee will begin reviewing policies and developing standards for admission
for doctoral programs this year. He also discussed that chairpersons of the
Graduate Council Standing Committees are to submit their reports in writing.
B. Membership Committee
Dr. Gonzalez-Garcia reported that a call for graduate faculty nominations
will be made the first week of January 2003.
C. Curriculum Committee
Dr. Elkassabgi had no report from the Curriculum
committee, but he noted that the deadline to submit proposals is October 8. Dr.
Olivares noted that Deans and Department Chairs should already have received
copies of the guidelines for submitting curriculum proposals. It was also noted
that applications for curriculum proposals and guidelines are posted on the
College of Graduate Studies web page.
D. Program Review Committee
Dr. Lukefahr reported that the GPRC will be
reviewing the following degree programs during the 2002-2003 academic year:
Industrial Engineering M.S.
Three of these programs will receive a regular
review, whereas the Mathematics program continues to be on probation.
A report from the GPRC will be submitted to the Graduate Dean by late
January in 2003.
Dean Olivares reported on the following items:
Graduate Dean will appoint a Graduate Student Organization comprised of students
from each of the colleges and an international student. The students will attend
the Graduate Council meetings, and will be able to meet with the Graduate Dean
to discuss graduate issues.
It is the
department chairs� responsibility to ultimately see that master thesis
supervision is fairly and equally distributed within the department.
Dr. Olivares requested a vote to reaffirm the Graduate Council�s support of this. During the discussion, a resolution was proposed to reaffirm the Graduate Council�s support for the SACS requirement of a minimum of four graduate faculty members per program. After the discussion, a motion was made and was seconded, both resolutions passed unanimously.
Dean�s Appointees (Drs. Hewitt, Maribel Gonzalez-Garcia, Alworth, Sherman, and
Elkassabgi) have two responsibilities: (1) to appoint a graduate student
representative from their respective colleges to the Graduate Council (The
students� names, emails, and local addresses are to be submitted to the
Graduate Office as soon as possible); and (2) to meet with their college deans
to inform them of the proceedings of the Graduate Council meetings.
Graduate Dean will announce opportunities for graduate recruitment from time to
time. Faculty who are interested in recruiting for the university are asked to
let the Graduate Dean know. A graduate/undergraduate information fair is being
planned for late October or early November at South Texas Community College in
graduate teaching assistants are required to attend workshops that are to be
announced by Dr. Jackie Thomas, Director of the Center for Teaching
Reyna, Director for the Center for Distance Learning and Continuing Education,
is the contact person for the ESL (English as a Second Language) Institute at
The Graduate Council discussed Texas A&M System
Regulation 15.99.03 � �Ethics in Research and Scholarship.�
Dean Olivares distributed a table of the Prospective
December Candidates for Master and Doctoral Degrees: 166 Masters and 14 Doctoral
Dr. Sabrio proposed a resolution to make the
Graduate Dean position 3/4 time in light of the increased workload due to the
addition of new Doctoral programs and increased graduate enrollment. It was
noted that our sister institution in Corpus Christi has made their Graduate Dean
full time. After some discussion, a motion was made by Dr. Sabrio and was second
by Dr. Ponder, the resolution passed unanimously.
was made to adjourn the meeting at 4:30 p.m. The motion was seconded and passed. The next meeting of the
Graduate Council is scheduled for October
Dr. Hector Estrada, Secretary