Graduate Council
Annual Report, 2008-2009


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 2008-2009 Council members:
Tom Kazee, Provost
Nelly Hecker, Chair of Education Dept.
Janis Bandelin, Director of Library
Lon Knight, Chair of Chemistry Dept.
Hamp Sherard, faculty appointment
Rima Abunasser, faculty appointment
Troy Terry, Director of Graduate Studies (Chair)

The Council met once each term, on September 30, 2008, and on February 24, 2009.  In September, members of the Council reviewed the draft of the new Strategic Plan and data/input from the Graduate Survey and from the Grad Advisory Committee.  After discussion, members decided to review the plan over the next several months, email suggestions to Troy Terry, and consider a final draft in a February meeting. At the February meeting, the Council approved the new Strategic Plan for Graduate Studies in Education (attached).

At the February meeting, the Council approved the new MA concentration in Curriculum and Instruction (attached).  The new program does not lead to additional certification for teachers but does provide licensure in Gifted and Talented and will allow for the master’s pay increase.  It provides our Furman graduates who are secondary teaching candidates or music candidates an additional option for the MA at Furman. 

Reports were made to the Council on the continued exploration into program expansion with an MAT program, an Ed.S. / Ed.D. or Ph.D in School Leadership.  The Director of Graduate Studies will continue to explore these possibilities, upon discussion with the Provost and President, and will report to the Council at the Fall 09 meeting.

Finally, the Council was notified of the expansion of the program online with the new ability for course registration and grade reporting online and the first online courses set for Fall 2009.

The Council will next meet in September 2009 to review Graduate programs.

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