Graduate Council
Annual Report, 2007-2008


The Graduate Council oversees the graduate studies program in Education and the master’s program in Chemistry.  Created by faculty by-laws, its members are both appointed and elected by the faculty yearly.

The 2007-2008 Council members:
Tom Kazee, Provost
Nelly Hecker, Chair of Education Dept.
Janis Bandelin, Director of Library
Lon Knight, Chair of Chemistry Dept.
Marian Strobel, Chair of History Dept.
Julian Reed, representative from HES Dept.
Troy Terry, Director of Graduate Studies (Chair)

The Council met once each term, on September 26, 2007, January 30, 2008 and on April 29, 2008.  Few action items were passed although the new concentration in Literacy that was approved by the Council in Spring 2007 was finally approved by the State Department of Education in September 2007.  Classes in the new concentration began in Fall term with more than a dozen graduate candidates now pursuing MA degrees in that area.

Over the year, the Council was updated on Graduate Studies revenue and enrollment trends and the ongoing search for a Coordinator/Assistant Professor in the TESOL program.  The position was filled and new professor, Amy Heaton, was announced in February 2008.

The Council approved the formation of the Graduate Studies Advisory Committee at its January meeting.  This committee will assist in the development of the Graduate Studies strategic plan as a key focus group.  Once a strategic plan is in place, the committee’s ongoing function will be to provide annual review of the Strategic Plan and its goals, conduct ongoing program review, and analyze key areas for improvement.  It is made up of current program faculty, adjuncts, alumni, and degree candidates as well as representatives from area school districts. This new committee held its formational meeting on March 11, 2008 and a second meeting on April 22, 2008.  It assisted in the creation of an Alumni Survey.  Information from the survey is being used to assist in the program review and planning process.

The Council heard reports on the ongoing research into online programs, distance-learning programs, and technology integration.  A new marketing plan was crafted with input from the Council.  New printed information was shared and distributed.

The Council will next meet in September 2008 to review Graduate programs.

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