Minutes

ALABAMA COUNCIL OF GRADUATE DEANS
MEETING MINUTES
JULY 18, 2007
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

Members present: Deb Moriarity, John Schmitt, Bryan Noe, Jeff Engler, Susan Rich, Charles Nash, George Flowers, Natalie Adams, Dave Francko, Jack Riley, Rebecca Hartley, Michael Orok, Keith Harrison, Donna Jacobs, Dianne Barron, Jean Pugliese

Approval of Minutes from Annual Retreat:  Meeting minutes from the annual retreat, April 18-20, 2007, were approved with the following change: The next to the last sentence under the topic Organization models in graduate school offices,should read:Dr. Noe and Dr. Engler found that our undergraduate population who receive baccalaureate degrees from Alabama colleges and universities was below the national average in continuing into doctoral graduate education.” The last sentence in the paragraph should be stricken.

Graduate Dean Directory Update: Deb Moriarity disseminated an updated version of  this directory and requested that all schools review the contact information and forward changes as appropriate. This is the directory for 2007-2008.

Treasurers report: Dianne Barron presented this report. As of 7/17/07 the balance is $5,792.35.  This balance includes the annual meeting costs and revenue. Dr. Barron also discussed transferring the account to a more geographically convenient bank. She would also like to have an audit conducted, particularly since there has been a change in the person who serves as treasurer. Dr. Barron does not anticipate major problems with an audit. It is good practice to have audits conducted, periodically. A motion was presented and passed to transfer the account to a different bank and to audit the account.

Executive Committee: Dr. Moriarity disseminated a list of the Executive Board members of the Council. The individuals on the list will serve as Executive Board members for 2007-2008.

Revision of the 2001 ACGD report on the Academic Impact of Graduate Education for Alabama: Members discussed the report and the importance of updating the findings. Several aspects of the report were discussed: a) what data sets should be analyzed for the report, b) to whom and how should the report  be disseminated, c) review of the CGS website to compare related reports / information, d) findings should be related to work force development in Alabama, and e) retain focus on the role of graduate education. All in attendance agreed that the report is a tool that is critical to communicating the importance of graduate education in Alabama. Dr. Moriarity asked for volunteers to form a committee to lead this effort. Jeff Engler, Jean Pugliese, Deb Moriarity, Natalie Adams and Dave Francko volunteered to participate. Jeff Engler was unanimously recommended to serve as chair.

Reporting results of ACGD votes/comments on proposals submitted to the ACGD for review: Dr. Moriarity discussed the information flow between the ACGD and the individual schools who present proposals. The final vote of the ACGD and summary comments will be forwarded to the graduate deans. Ellen Haulman will be asked to disseminate ACHE’s final decision to the contact person and graduate dean, if different.

Round Table Discussions: Three topics were previously identified, by the deans, for discussion at the July 18 meeting. The first topic was Administration of Professional Doctorate Programs and the facilitator was George Flowers. Dr. Flowers disseminated an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 22, 2007. The article addresses the growth, quality and administration of professional doctorates. The conclusion from the article is that these degree programs should be monitored for consistency in their quality, and should be administered by the Graduate School at their respective institutions.  Committee members discussed the manner in which these programs are administered in Alabama. Additional considerations are identifying adequate resources, providing supervision, and who takes responsibility for the programs. The group reached consensus that these programs should be administered by the graduate schools.

The two remaining round table discussion items were postponed due to time constraints.

Future meetings:
Executive Board-October 3, 2007
February 7, 2008
June 20, 2008
October 3, 2008

Council meetings-November 7, 2007
March 5, 2008
July 16, 2008
November 5, 2008

CSGS Annual Meeting February 22-25, 2008 (Austin, TX)
CGS Annual Meeting December 5-8, 2007 (Seattle, WA)

Please refer to the most recent Council directory for other scheduled meetings.

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