Georgia Institute of Technology

Graduate Curriculum Committee


September 4, 2008



Present: Storici (BIOL), Gray (CSE), Mark (CoC), Davis (PSYCH), Rosen (ME), Parker (ISyE), Smith (AE), Babensee (BME), Murray (LCC)


Visitors: Howson (REG), Senft (REG), Black (EAS0, Laros (REG)

Note: All action items in these minutes require approval by the Academic Senate.  In some instances, items may require further approval by the Board of Regents or the University System of Georgia.  If the Regents' approval is required, the change is not official until notification is received from the Board to that effect. Items that are marked below with an asterisk (*) require USG and/or BOR approval and are not official until approval has been received. Academic units should take no action on these items until USG and/or BOR approval is secured.  In addition, units should take no action on any of the items below until these minutes have been approved by the Academic Senate or the Executive Board.

  1. Administrative Items.

There were no minutes to approve.  All previous minutes were approved via email.

A motion was made to elect Gary Parker Chair. The motion was seconded and approved. A motion was made to elect Julie Babensee Vice Chair.  The motion was seconded and approved.

The meeting schedule was set for Thursday at 3:00 PM. The Registrar will reserve meeting rooms and send a meeting schedule to the Committee.

The Registrar noted that the next meeting will be paperless.  Committee members will be reminded prior to the meeting to review the incoming materials on the ICC web site.

The committee members were asked to confirm voting procedures. Minutes will be voted on via email so that we may efficiently move items from our meetings onto the Senate agenda. Dr. Parker will ask for a vote by 5:00 PM on a specified date. Lack of response by the deadline will be interpreted to mean approval.

The procedure for reviewing requests for admission without a BS degree was reviewed. A suggestion was made to clarify the language in bullet #1.

The committee members also stated their concern that this procedures document be made public to ensure broad circulation of what is expected in these non-BS cases. The document is now posted on the Graduate Studies web site:



  1. A motion was made to table a request from the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences for a new course. The motion was seconded and approved.

The presenter of the request was asked to provide two separate descriptions for the undergraduate and graduate versions of the course and to clarify issues related to prerequisites.


EAS 6490 Advanced Environmental Data Analysis (3-0-3)

  1. A motion was made to table a request from the College of Architecture for new courses. The motion was seconded and approved.


ARCH 6137 Postwar Architecture and Urbanism in the U.S. 3-0-3

ARCH 6227 Architecture and Ecology 3-0-3

ARCH 6303 Urban Design Policy3-0-3

A motion was made to accept Petitions Subcommittee recommendations on petitions for the following types of actions. The motion was seconded and approved.

Reason for Petition



Six-Year Rule Waiver



7-Year RuleWaiver



Late Selective Withdrawal



Count Special Status classes



Drop CEE8956 Add CEE7000



Remove W from Transcript



Readmit First Drop



Change from Non-Degree seeking to Full Standing Student


















  1. A motion was made to approve a previously tabled petition requesting admission based on a non-equivalent 3-year degree. The motion was seconded and approved.


The petition had been tabled previously pending posting of Summer 2008 grades. The student’s Summer 2008 grades were acceptable and the petition was approved.



  1. The Committee was asked to preview credentials for an applicant with a non-equivalent 3-year degree. The Committee asked the Registrar to report back to the major school that note was taken of the academic preparation of the applicant. The fact that the 3-year degree was completed at a high-quality institution and was followed by more academic training at a reputable institution strengthened the request. A petition to change from Special to Full Graduate status would be entertained by the Committee after Fall 2008 grades are posted.




Reta Pikowsky