To:����������� TAMUK Faculty

From:��� Dr. Brenda Melendy, Graduate Council Secretary (x3609,

Topic:�� Minutes from the regular Graduate Council Meeting of November 18, 2003


Faculty Present:Dr. Rajab Challoo, Dr. John Chisholm for Dr. Ali Pilehvari, Dr. Hector Estrada, Dr. Dean Ferguson, Michelle Garcia for Dr. Randy Stanko, Dr. David Hewitt, Dr. Craig Hollingshead, Dr. Robert Marshall, Dr. Brenda Melendy, Dr. Alberto Olivares, Dr. Fred Ponder, Dr. David Sabrio, Dr. Jack Shorter, Dr. Guadalupe Thompson.


Faculty Absent:Dr. Steven Lukefahr, Dr. Chu-Sheng Tai.


Graduate Student Representatives Present: Anita Bradford, Patricia Purcell, Mary McWithey, Nihal Naidu, Jayce Mathews.


Graduate Student Representatives Absent: Erin Monaco


I.��������� The meeting was held in the Blue Room of Sam Fore Hall.The presiding chair Dr. Hector Estrada called the meeting to order at 2:50 p.m.A motion was made to approve the minutes from the meeting of October 21, 2003.The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.


II.����������� Standing Committee Reports:


����������� A.����������� Executive Committee


Dr. Estrada gave the report of the Executive Committee.The most recent meeting of the Executive Committee was Nov. 10, 2003.


1.����������� The committee recommended approval of a Statement in support of changing terminology for professionals who serve on graduate committees who are not paid faculty at TAMUK.A motion was made and seconded to approve the statement; the motion passed unanimously.


2.����������� Working through a Graduate Council subcommittee, the Executive Committee seeks to post graduate program admissions criteria, comprehensive examination policies, and graduation requirements for all of TAMUK�s graduate programs on the Graduate Studies Website.Graduate Program Coordinators should ensure that the latest information is available for posting on the web.


3.����������� The Executive Committee proposed to the council that the Table of Contents of the Graduate Studies Catalog be rearranged.A motion to table this proposal until the next regular meeting of the council was made, seconded, and passed unanimously.


4.����������� The Executive Committee brought to the council for discussion a suggestion that Graduate Program Coordinators receive reassigned time in recognition of the increased workload that comes with the assignment.The suggestion was referred back to committee.


����������� B.����������� Curriculum Committee


Dr. Marshall reported that the Curriculum Committee recommended approval of four curriculum proposals:


����������� ����������� EDED-03-G-01 Pedagogical Methods in the Middle School Classroom

����������� ����������� EDED-03-G-02����������� Pedagogical Methods in the High School Classroom

����������� ����������� EDED-03-G-03����������� Alternative Certification Teaching Internship

����������� ����������� EDED-03-G-04 Novice Teacher Induction Seminar


The proposed courses would enable TAMUK to offer the Alternative Certification Program to students already holding a Baccalaureate degree.A motion was made to approve the four proposals.The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.


C.����������� Membership Committee


����������� No report.


D.����������� Program Review Committee


����������� No report.


III.������ Dean�s Report


A.������� An all-day workshop for graduate teaching assistants is being planned by the Center for Teaching Effectiveness for January 8, 2004.Please call Dr. Jackie Thomas (x2579) for details.


B.�������� In both Plan II and Plan III, the graduate research project will be placed in the student�s file in the major department (Ref. Page 79-80 of the 2002-2004 Graduate Catalog).


����������� Note:It is highly recommended that the Research Project Supervisor always retain a copy of the student�s graduate research project and sees that an additional copy is filed in the major department files.Instances have come up where the Research Project Supervisor has had need to verify that a graduate research project has been brought to completion.


����������� In the case of a Plan I Thesis, a copy of the Thesis is automatically filed with the Thesis Supervisor, the major department, and the Jernigan Library.In this case, a copy of a Thesis is easily accessible.


C.�������� Research Project advisors should remind students to read and follow the thesis manual in preparation of their project reports and theses.The thesis manual is available both on-line at the Graduate Studies Website at and in the campus bookstore.


IV.������ Student Representatives


A.������� Representative Mathews brought to the council a proposal signed by 113 graduate students to extend the weekend hours for Jernigan Library and McNeil Lab.A motion to support the students� proposal was made and seconded, and passed unanimously.


B.�������� Representative McWithey brought to the council�s attention that Doctoral ED Leadership students at the Palo Alto campus often can�t access their TTVN classroom on Saturday mornings.A motion was made to ask the Provost to take remedial action.The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.


V.������� Old Business


����������� None.


VI.������ New Business


����������� None.


VII.����� A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 3:55 pm.The motion was seconded and passed.The next meeting of the Graduate Council is scheduled for Tuesday, January 20, 2004.


Respectfully submitted,



����������������������� ����������������������� ����������������������� ����������� Dr. Brenda Melendy, Secretary