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Graduate Program Council

November 6, 2012

Present: Diane Raushenfels, Mike Raschick, Bob Lloyd, Julie Ernst , Faith Loven, Fay Maas (ex officio)

Comments for Psychology’s consideration:


  • Consider workload requirements  8097, 8099, 8197, 8297. Concern that faculty will not receive adequate workload credit for these time intensive courses. 
  • Consider overall CH requirements for 8197 & 8297. Students are putting in a great deal of time for very few credits.
  • Consider overall numbering of the courses in the program. For example, should the capstone experience of 8099 have the highest course number. Consider overall number sequence for logical consistency of coursework in the program.
  • Consider why some of the courses are not 5xxx level? While this is ultimately a program decision, it is important to examine whether some 8xxx classes could not be a 5xxx and admit undergrads.
  • Consider how program will handle students who do not complete Plan B and have enrolled in 8099 for the maximum of 2 times. Students can sign up for GRAD9999 to stay enrolled, but faculty are not compensated for their time spent to help students complete their projects.
  • Consider requesting release time for field placement coordinator for 8097, 8197, 8297.

OVERALL ISSUES: apply across proposals being reviewed (from 10.30.12 GPC mtg)


  • #1&2 Improve the consistency in titles: Using the term Advanced in 5xxx courses not consistent. Examine whether the use of Advanced applies only to courses that have an undergraduate counterpart
  • #5 Look at catalog descriptions for model: make descriptions more consistent across proposals for program continuity
  • #23 This course will be part of the proposed graduate program. The content of the course is specific to graduate study in psychology and thus will not impact other programs.  Adding this class will not significantly impact the undergraduate Psychology program.  Sufficient sections of undergraduate courses will exist. [If course is open to graduate students in other programs, note this and indicate that Graduate students in other programs may enroll in the course with instructor consent.]
  • #24 The course will be assigned into existing faculty workload though the course scheduling modifications described in the program proposal.
  • #25 Improve consistency in conceptual outlines. Suggest creating brief outlines so that concepts and outcomes are readily identifiable.
  • Look at #4 in all Addendums & #23 for C/C courses to ensure accurate information about SW is reflected there.  (from Nov 1st GPC meeting)


PSY 8097

  • #5—why 8000 level class? Perhaps look to #5 and #2 of addendum and remove terms like “basic” or introductory?  Mention that it is a pre-req for more advanced internship courses.
  • #23 Keep as is and add the information about #23 above.
  • #24—see above
  • #25—see above and examples of conceptual outlines at

Approved with minor changes


PSY 8099

  • #16-should instructor consent be checked?  If not, any student could sign up for this course under any faculty which could result in some faculty having an inordinate number of students in a semester. 
  • #23—see above specifically the undergrad program impact
  • #24—see above


Approved with minor changes

PSY 8197 & PSY 8297

  • *What is the difference between 8197 and 8297? Why do you need two courses?  Could you have one course that students could sign-up for in consecutive semesters?  Could you accomplish the same goals by changing #4 Minimum number of credits to 2CH,; #3 Maximum number of credits to be 4; #15 would be checked Yes, max times can repeat would be 2; max number of credits would be 4.
  • If program wants to have two separate courses, provide a rationale (#22 and #2 Addendum) for having each.
  • Each course must have more identifiably unique conceptual outlines, and outcomes.  For each course amend the following:
  • #1—consider whether Advanced in the title is warranted. 
  • #7—consider S/N grading basis
  • #16—For 8297 should 8197 be a prereq?
  • #21—Check yes; UMD requires a criminal background check. This fee will be assessed

Approve with the above changes

PSY 8302

  • Consider why 8xxx level course; upper division undergrads could benefit from this course
  • #23—see above
  • #24—see above
  • #25—see above and examples of conceptual outlines at
  • #26—briefly describe assessment methods so that application of ethical principles is evident; will students be applying understanding of ethical principles to their internship experiences? Assessments that require higher order thinking (like application) provides rationale for 8xxx level rather than 5xxx.

Approve with minor changes