September 13, 2005


To: The Academic Senate

From: William L. Green, Committee Chair, 2004-05

Subject: The Annual Report of the Graduate Committee, 2004-2005


The elected faculty members of the Graduate Committee for 2004-05 were Sue Ann Bidstrup-Allen (CHBE), James Craig (AE), Steven DeWeerth (ECE), A. Dan Fisk (PSY), William L. Green (MATH), Monson Hays (CEE), Julie Jacko (ISYE), Janet Murray (LCC), R. Gary Parker (ISYE), Leonard Parsons (MGT), John Peponis (ARCH), Jianmin Qu (ME), Thomas Sanders (MSE), Michael Saunders (CEE), Marilyn Smith (AE), H. Venkateswaran (CoC), and Min Zhou (ME). Graduate student Thomas R. Caulfield (CHEM) represented the Graduate Student Senate. The ex officio members of the Committee were Jo McIver and Reta Pikowsky (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 twelve times during the period from Fall 2004 through Summer 2005, including one meeting conducted electronically.  The subcommittee to review petitions (Chair, Registrar, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies) met eight times. 


The Committee approved the following new degree programs and new MS/BS combinations:


Dual MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering (with Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

BS/MS in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences


For comparison, the Committee approved three new programs in 2003-4 and nine in 2002-3. 


The Committee approved total of sixty-seven new courses (down by one from 2003-4), and twenty-three courses were made inactive at the request of various units (up by fifteen from 2003-4).  The Committee approved curricular revisions in Applied Physiology, Architecture, Biology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering and took note of some revisions (not requiring approval) in International Affairs and in Public Policy.  It approved a new certificate program in Information Assurance proposed by the College of Computing and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


The Committee also approved a distance-learning mode for the MS in Building Construction, a video mode for the MS in Operations Research, the MS in Computer Science through GT Lorraine, and the participation of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Bioinformatics PhD program.  It approved a change of name for the MS in Mathematics (formerly the MS in Applied Mathematics).  It also took up some policy questions and in particular made some revisions and clarifications in the policies on transfer credit and on hour loads for graduate students. 


The Committee heard 137 petitions from students, including three appeals.   Thirteen of these were denied, and the remainder were approved.  The number and types of petitions do not appear to differ greatly from those of recent years.  The number denied has fallen off from twenty-one in the 2003-4 year.  The number of appeals has been roughly constant in the last three years. 


As a part of the continuing process of program review and assessment the Committee completed reviews of the graduate programs in Biomedical Engineering and in Literature Culture and Communication, (both continued from the previous year’s cycle) and the programs in Economics, in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and in Polymer, Textile and Fiber Engineering.  An additional program review (City and Urban Planning) is pending.