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Graduate Programs Council

Minutes, March 11, 2002

Present: Ken Gilbertson, Mark Mizuko, Melanie Shepard, Frank Guldbrandsen, Aydin Durgunoglu, Jackie Millslagle.

Guest: Nancy Diener

Meeting convened at 10:05 a.m. in Bohannon 116.

Nancy Diener discussed the evolution of the ASL Minor and the purpose/audience for 5000 level ASL courses. After questions were answered, a motion was made and seconded to approve the following course proposals.

Change course prefix from CSD to ASL, and add language that distinguishes the 5000 level from the 4000 level offering:

  • CC#51, ASL 5003, American Sign Language Studies III
  • CC#52, ASL 5004, American Sign Language Studies IV
  • CC#53, ASL 5005, American Sign Language Studies V

New course proposals:

  • CC#54, ASL 5100, Linguistics of ASL, 3 cr.
  • CC#55, ASL 5110, The American Deaf Community: A Cultural Perspective, 3 cr.
  • CC#56, ASL 5115, American Sign Language Teaching Methods, 3 cr.
  • CC#57, ASL 5298, ASL Skill Building Workshop, 3 cr.


A minor modification in the curriculum process document was approved to clarify the CouncilŐs role in recommending to the Dean.

Election of chair. A motion was made to nominate Ken Gilbertson; he declined with explanation. A motion was made and seconded to nominate Frank Guldbrandsen. MOTION CARRIED. It was the consensus of Council members that, considering the late point of the year, this election is for the remainder of 2001-2002 and for the 2002-2003 academic year.

Commencement participation. Consensus reached that collegiate graduates should be hooded by program directors or cohort facilitators, and that we would not attempt to involve every advisor.

Ken Gilbertson presented an overview of the Environmental Education M.Ed., including purpose and objectives, admission requirements, program requirements, final project guidelines, and the current program plan. It was the consensus of the Council that this be considered a 'stand-alone' program, that it will not be under scrutiny by NCATE, and that it could have a unique 'core' or set of program requirements. Ken will bring back a proposed program plan at the next meeting.

Jackie Millslagle agreed to create a list of 'issues' that might require policy statements to guide the Director in implementation of collegiate programs. Council members will select an issue, recruit 1 or 2 other faculty members as an ad hoc task force, and draft a policy statement for consideration by the Council.

Meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

Jackie Millslagle, Recorder