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Graduate Program Council

March 11, 2010

Present: Bob Lloyd, Dennis Falk, Joyce Strand, Ken Gilbertson, Bruce Munson (ex officio)

Absent: Faith Loven could not make the meeting, but provided email support for the curriculum proposal

  • SW 8235
    • Changes to proposal item #13 (repetition) was discussed.
    • #21, recommendation that reference to ‘Moodle’ be eliminated and a more generic phrase, such as ‘course management software’ be inserted.
    • Unanimous approval with minor changes

  • Graduate Council Executive Committee
    • A brief report provided by Joyce Strand
    • July 1 is still the implementation date

  • UMD graduate committee
    • Sign-offs on graduate student forms and recommendation for degree will be moving to electronic signature.
    • College and departmental masters’ curriculum approval is now going before the Graduate committee. This represents a change from past practice.

  • Graduate student writing skills
    • Denny identified a need for assessing, tutoring, and supporting graduate students who need assistance with their writing skills. He has proposed a writing center for graduate students.
    • The GPC identified punctuation, grammar, paragraphs, parallel construction, and development of logical arguments.
    • Ken noted the importance of continuity in developing students’ writing skills.