September 14, 2004


To: The Academic Senate

From: William L. Green, Committee Chair, 2003-04

Subject: The Annual Report of the Graduate Committee, 2003-2004


The elected faculty members of the Graduate Committee for 2003-04 were Sue Ann Bidstrup-Allen (CHBE), Ann Bostrom (PUB POL), James Craig (AE), Steven DeWeerth (ECE), A. Dan Fisk (PSY), William L. Green (MATH), Monson Hays (CE), David Hertling (ECE), Julie Jacko (ISYE), Sabir Khan (ARCH), R. Gary Parker (ISYE), Leonard Parsons (MGT), Jianmin Qu (ME), Thomas Sanders (MSE), H. Venkateswaran (CoC), Minami Yoda (ME), and Kenneth Will (CEE). Graduate student Eric Joseph Clopper (ECE) represented the Graduate Student Senate. The ex officio members of the Committee were Jo McIver (Registrar) and Charles Liotta (Vice Provost for Graduate Studies).


William Green and Thomas Sanders served respectively as Chairman and Vice-Chairman, and the Registrar served as Committee Secretary.  The Committee’s liaisons to the Institute Review Committee and to the Studies Abroad Committee were Gary Parker and Thomas Sanders respectively.  The liaison from the Executive Board was Andrew Peterson (ECE). 


The Committee met ten times during the period from Fall 2003 through Summer 2004.  The subcommittee to review petitions (Chair, Registrar, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies) met six times. 


The Committee approved the following new degree programs:


PhD in Human Centered Computing

PhD Applied Physiology

MS in Medical Physics


It approved a distance-learning mode for the MS in Aerospace and the participation of Materials Science and Engineering in the MS and PhD programs in Paper Science and Engineering.  A total of sixty-eight new courses were approved (up by one from 2002-3), and eight courses were deleted at the request of various units (down by three from 2002-3).  It approved one blanket course substitution (BMED 9000 for BMED 7000).


The Committee heard 140 petitions from students, including six appeals.   Twenty-one of these were denied, and the remainder were approved.  The number and type of petition do not appear to differ greatly from those of recent years.  The number of appeals has risen from two in 2002-3 to six in 2003-4. 


The Committee also took up various policy questions, including a policy on interdepartmental advisement of graduate research.  It was consulted and gave an opinion on the change of the course withdrawal date.  It approved one change of course designator (CHBE) and approved some catalog cleanup (change of course numbers and prerequisites, additional deactivations, expansion of the numbering available for cross-listed courses, etc.) proposed by the Office of the Registrar.  It approved one change of degree name (Global Executive MBA).  As a part of the continuing program review and assessment process it completed reviews of the graduate programs in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Three additional program reviews are pending.