Minutes of the Third Meeting of
The Graduate Council 2002-2003


Date and Time:     Thursday, November 7, 2002, at 2:30 p.m.
Place:                     Provost’s Conference Room, 104 Administration
Attendance:           Ronald Anderson (presiding), Roger Barnard, Lora Deahl, Phil Dennis, 
                               Tim Dodd, Fred Hartmeister, William Maki, Bill Pasewark, Michael Peters,
                               Becky Rickly, Thomas Steinmeier, and John Stinespring
Ex-officio:              Wendell Aycock, Ralph Ferguson, and Ann McGlynn
Guests:                  Bill Gustafson and Donna Rogers

The Graduate Council Minutes are mailed and e-mailed to all Council members, deans, chairs, and graduate advisors. The minutes will be posted to the Graduate School website.

1. Minutes of the second meeting, held on October 3, 2002, were approved as distributed.

2. The following students were admitted to candidacy for the doctorate on the recommendation of 
their departments: 

Varapong Chamarerk                          Agronomy
Nelson Wayne Coulter                        Educational Leadership
Velicia Daniels                                    Fine Arts - Theatre
John N. Davis                                     Business Administration
Mert Doganli                                      Mechanical Engineering
Deborah Jean Harding                        Experimental Psychology
Nadarajah Kiruparahan                      Mathematics

3. Academic Requests:

a. Approved Course Additions and Changes

RAWLS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
MGT 5309 HOM IV: Current Aspects in Healthcare (3:3:0) (change in title from HOM IV: Hospitals and Integrated Delivery Systems; change in description)

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
EDIT 5322 Authoring Systems for Educational Software (3:3:0) (change in title from Authoring Systems for Computer-Assisted Instruction)
EDIT 5326 Instructional Software Design (3:3:0) (change in title from Computer-Assisted Instruction)
EDIT 5342 Authoring Tools for Internet Instruction (3:3:0) (change in title from Authoring Systems for Network-based Instruction; change in description)

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING 
C S 5391 A I Robotics (3:3:0) (addition)
C S 5392 Reinforcement Learning (3:3:0) (addition)

COLLEGE OF HUMAN SCIENCES
RHIM 5001 Internship in the Hospitality Industry (V1-6) (change in course number from 5360, hours, and description)
RHIM 5100 Seminar (1:1:0) (addition)
RHIM 5308 Hotel Management (change in title from Advanced Hotel Management)
RHIM 5332 Hospitality Control (3:3:0) (change in title from Advanced Hospitality Control)
RHIM 5340 Hospitality Consumer Behavior (3:3:0) (change in title from Hospitality Consumer)
RHIM 5350 Travel and Tourism (3:3:0) (change in title from Advanced Travel and Tourism)
RHIM 5370 Food Systems Management (3:3:0) (change in title from Advanced Food Systems Management)
RHIM 6001 Internship in Hospitality Administration (V1-6) (addition)
RHIM 6300 Perspectives in Hospitality Administration (3:3:0) (addition)
RHIM 6350 Advanced Travel and Tourism (3:3:0) (addition)
RHIM 6370 Advanced Food Systems Management (3:3:0) (addition)
RHIM 8000 Doctor’s Dissertation (V1-12) (addition)

b. The Graduate Council approved the program name change from Family Financial Planning to Personal Financial Planning. Ten council members voted in favor of the name change and one member abstained.

4. Graduate Faculty:

a. Graduate Council considered and approved 20 applicants for Graduate Faculty. The new members are:

David L. Doerfert                    (Agricultural Education and Communications)
Clifton Ellis                              (Architecture)
Catherine Claude Galley          (Architecture)
Benjamin Keen                        (Economics & Geography)
Mark J. Kistler                        (Agricultural Education and Communications) 
Charles Klein                           (Landscape Architecture) 
Alvin Larke                             (Agricultural Education and Communications)
Shaorong Liu                           (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Guy Heaton Loneragan            (Animal and Food Sciences) (Adjunct)
Latika Menon                          (Physics) 
Gary Miracle                           (Chemistry and Biochemistry) (Visiting)
Michael Peter Mussotter          (Architecture)
Gad Perry                               (Range, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management) 
Randolph (Randy) Reddick     (Mass Communications) 
Brian T. Rex                            (Architecture)
Stanley Andrew Robertson      (Architecture)
Chwan-Li (Leslie) Shen           (Food and Nutrition) (Adjunct)

5. GPSGA Report: Deidre Parish, President of the Graduate and Professional Student Government Association is currently attending the national meeting of Graduate and Professional Student Government Associations. GPSGA has obtained offices in the Administration Building, Room 233, Mailstop 5016. The new phone numbers are 742-4338 and 742-4339, and the fax number is 742-4337. GPSGA is in need of computers, which will aid in setting up a Graduate Student Resource Room. 

6. The Development Office is approaching the Cabot Foundation for funding for the Experimental Sciences Building. Amy Fox is also staying in touch with donors for stewardship purposes. The Graduate School Newsletter was circulated on November 8, 2002.

7. Announcements: 
a. The second Dissertation/Thesis Symposium will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2002, at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., in the Double T Room, Student Union Building. Thomas Darwin, from the University of Texas will be the guest speaker. 

b. The December Graduate Council meeting will be on Tuesday, December 3, 2002, at 2:30 p.m. in 129 Holden Hall.

c. Beginning in October 2002, the GRE stopped administering the Analytic section of the GRE and substituted the GRE-AW test. This test is part of the standard GRE -- it is not a subject test. It consists of two essay questions. One requires the student's perspective on a given issue. The second essay has the student analyze an argument. Neither spell check nor grammar check are available to the students during this test. The GRE-AW scores range from 0 to 6 and are graded in 0.5 intervals. Because our current system of entry does not allow us to insert decimal points, a score of 4 will be entered as 40, while a 4.5 score will be entered as 45. A full description of the scores and what they mean can be found at www.gre.com/descriptor.html It has been brought to the attention of the Graduate School that students have been told that they need not take this test. This is not so. The scores on this test will be averaged and reported in department reviews. If a student does not take the GRE-AW portion of the GRE, a zero will be entered as the score and will be used to compute the average. Ann McGlynn in the Graduate School at ann.mcglynn@ttu.edu can provide additional information.

8. Other Business 

a. Graduation Report – 443 students are scheduled to graduate in December (66 doctoral, 259 masters, and 118 not walking).

b. Personnel changes in the Graduate School include Gloria McNeme as the Senior Administrative Assistant, working with doctoral students, and Lora Lopez as the Academic Program Advisor, working with masters’ students.

c. SEVIS is an Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) program for bringing international students into the U.S. The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), provides tracking, monitoring, and access to accurate and current information on non-immigrant students and exchange visitors. SEVIS enables schools and program sponsors to transmit electronic information and event notifications via the Internet to the INS and the Department of State throughout a student or exchange visitor’s stay in the United States. SEVIS is a source of timely and accurate information for educational institutions and government agencies, which are tasked with assisting and overseeing the many international visitors who have chosen to pursue an education in this country. The Graduate School will keep Chairs, Deans, and Graduate Advisors informed as more information becomes available. 

d. Enrollment Report – As reflected on the attachment, graduate enrollment continues to climb as applicants are accepted for Spring 2003. 

e. The domestic application fee has changed from $25.00 to $50.00 and the international application fee has changed from $50.00 to $60.00, beginning September 1, 2002. Departments are reminded to update their web sites to reflect these changes.

The meeting adjourned at 3:27 p.m.

The fourth meeting of the 2002-2003 Graduate Council will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2002, in 129 Holden Hall.