Graduate Council
Annual Report, 2010-2011

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

At its September 28, 2010 meeting, the Council heard reports on current enrollment and program issues including information that the Literacy concentration has more than 23 degree candidates currently enrolled.  The TESOL program is functioning without a coordinator/assistant professor at this time.  Dr. Terry and Dr. Hecker have requested a faculty position that could assist with the Literacy and TESOL concentrations since the TESOL program has been functioning without a faculty member or coordinator for almost two years.
The Council was also updated on the new Ed. S. program in Educational Leadership.   Dr. Beckford asked about revenue projections for the program and was informed that this first cohort has 14 instead of the predicted 15 students.  However, it is anticipated that the second cohort which will enroll next Fall (2011) may have more students than predicted based on the interest so far.    The Council also approved the Course prefix and number changes to the courses in the Curriculum and Instruction concentration.

The Council met again on March 2, 2011. Troy Terry updated the Council on the new Ed. S. program and the most recent enrollment trends in Graduate Studies (all other degree program enrollments are up).  A full report to NCATE and IRA is being prepared about the Literacy concentration.  Now that more than 10 graduates have completed the program, we must submit for national accreditation review. 

Dr. Terry also presented a legislative overview regarding pending state and federal regulations that may impact teacher education and graduate programs in that area.  Current subsidized Stafford Loans may no longer be available for graduate students in the 2012 Federal budget currently being debated.  When Dr. Beckford inquired about staffing needs, Dr. Terry once again reiterated the case of the TESOL program that is currently staffed with adjuncts only since the coordinator resigned her position in March 2010.  A request has been made for a faculty position to assist with both the literacy and TESOL concentrations.

As a result of the pending university-wide strategic planning process and the uncertain legislative climate, the bi-annual alumni survey is being postponed until spring 2012.  After that data is accumulated, Dr. Terry will reconvene a Graduate Advisory committee to review the data and make recommendations.

Respectfully submitted by Troy Terry, April 28, 2011.

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