To:       TAMUK Faculty and Staff

From:    Dr. Hector Estrada, Graduate Council Secretary (x2269,

(Based on Dr. Lukefahr�s notes and personal discussion with Dr. Olivares)

Topic:   Minutes from the regular Graduate Council Meeting of November 12, 2002

Faculty Present: Dr. Charles Alworth, Dr. Yousri Elkassabgi, Dr. Dean Ferguson, Dr. Maribel Gonzalez-Garcia, Dr. David Hewett, Dr. Steven Lukefahr, Dr. Robert Marshall, Dr. Alberto Olivares, Dr. Ali Pilehvari, Dr. Fred Ponder, Dr. David Sabrio, Dr. Nestor Sherman, Dr. Chu-Sheng Tai.

Faculty Absent : Dr. Hector Estrada, Dr. Craig Hollingshead, Dr. Randy Stanko.

Graduate Student Representatives Present: Jennifer Elston, Srinivas Malladi, Katie Turner, Judy Vandervest, Balagopal Dharanidharan.

I.          The meeting was held in the Blue Room of Sam Fore Hall and was called to order at 2:45 p.m. The minutes from the meeting of October 15, 2002 were approved.

II.         Standing committee reports

A.  Executive Committee

      Dr. Marshall noted that the Executive Committee�s review of doctoral requirements is being distributed to respective heads.  

B.   Membership Committee

                   No report

C.   Curriculum Committee

Dr. Elkassabgi reported that the Curriculum Committee met on November 7, 2002 and approved thirteen course proposals: five doctoral from Education, one from Electrical Engineering, two from Mechanical Engineering, and five from Industrial Engineering.

College of Education:

EDLD-2002-D01 New course
EDCG-2002-D01 New course
EDLD-2002-D04 New course
EDLD-2002-D05 New course
EDLD-2002-D06 Change course title and description

College of Engineering:

EEEN-02-G-01 New course
MEEN-02-G-01 New course
MEEN-02-G-02 New course
IEEN-GR-02-1 Change course number
IEEN-GR-02-2 Change course number
IEEN-GR-02-3 Change course number
IEEN-GR-02-4 Change course number
IEEN-GR-02-5 Change course number

All thirteen proposals were also approved by the Graduate Council.

Dr. Olivares emphasized that any proposal must go through proper routing procedures.                    

D.     Program Review Committee 

Dr. Lukefahr noted that he has alerted his committee members who have accepted to review each of the programs assigned to them.  

III.               Dean's Report  

Dean Olivares reported on the following items: 

1.       Dean Olivares distributed a five-year summary table of undergraduate and graduate majors. He asks each college review this information. He also suggested that each college representative on the Graduate Council recommend one program for review next year.  

2.       Dean Olivares also distributed a summary of graduate program reviews for academic years 2001-2002 and 2002-2003. It was noted that SACS requires a follow-up of this reports.

3.       Dean Olivares noted that the M.S. and M.A. are offered in the following degree programs: English, History-Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Counseling & Guidance, Education Administration, and Kinesiology. He stressed that Graduate Coordinators/Advisors in these programs must insure that the final degree plans for students in these programs have the correct degree designation. Reference should be made to page 77 of the current graduate catalog: �A Master of Arts degree is awarded to candidates who complete four college-level courses in a single foreign language with grades of C or better or who have the equivalent in advanced placement.� Dr. Sabrio suggested placing foreign language requirement statement on the degree plan for students involved. 

IV.              Student Representatives

The attending student representatives introduced themselves.

The representatives express concern that many of the key courses are offered in the same semester.       

V.                 Old Business


VI.              New Business  

Status of the list of requirements for all Masters Programs conducted last year by the Executive Committee is currently being formatted for placement on the Graduate College webpage. 

VII.            A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 3:30 p.m.  The motion was seconded and passed. The next meeting of the Graduate Council is scheduled for November 26, 2002.

Respectfully submitted,
            Dr. Hector Estrada, Secretary