Graduate Council
Annual Report, 2009-2010


The Chair, Dr. Troy Terry, wishes to thank the contributing members of the committee for their hard work this year. They are: Dr. Tom Kazee, Dr. John Beckford, Dr. Janis Bandelin, Dr. Nelly Hecker, Dr. Lon Knight, and Dr. Hamp Sherard.

At its October 2009 meeting, the Council heard reports on current enrollment and program issues including information that the Literacy concentration graduated its first five MA candidates last August. A full report to NCATE and IRA will be required once the next cohort of candidates graduates in August 2010. A review of the Graduate Studies Strategic Plan (annually conducted) was provided to the Council by Dr. Terry.

The Council was also updated on a proposed new degree program. The Educational Specialist degree (Ed. S.) in Educational Leadership will allow M.A. and M.Ed.-holders in School Leadership, or Administration and Supervision, the opportunity to complete the next step above the master’s degree while adding on certification as a Superintendent. At that time, the School Leadership faculty was working on the program proposal for the SC Board of Education and updating old syllabi and/or creating new courses and course syllabi for the program. The Graduate Council continued to work with Dr. Kazee, the Education Department, and the President’s Council throughout the fall and winter to assure that all necessary information regarding enrollment, revenue, and staffing for the proposed program had been adequately addressed. Additional research about the University’s Carnegie classification also was conducted with Don Pierce in the Office of Planning and Institutional Research.

The Council met again on February 18, 2010 and conferred via email over the next three weeks to insure that all questions and concerns regarding the new program were adequately addressed to their satisfaction. Once this process was completed, the Council endorsed the new degree program (Ed.S) in Educational Leadership and its eleven new courses. This endorsement was sent to the faculty as a recommendation for approval and was subsequently approved by the faculty on April 14, 2010. In addition, initial approval by a program peer review team for the State Department of Education was received on March 3, 2010. With the assistance of Dr. Ken Abernethy, an application of change of university status (to include the Ed.S. program) was submitted to SACS on April 15, 2010.As part of the Ed.S. program proposal, the Graduate Council has created a new course proposal form/process that parallels the process for undergraduate course proposals to the Curriculum Committee. This process will be followed from now on if new courses and programs are submitted to the faculty for endorsement. A Graduate Council conference was also created in First Class to assist with this.

Respectfully submitted,
Troy Terry
April 22, 2010.

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