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Data-based Decisions

Based on interest from students and faculty, a literacy concentration in the doctoral program was presented and approved.

Based upon student feedback, a decision was made to reduce the doctoral core classes to give students more credits to use for classes in concentration areas, while others suggested broadening the core to provide more course options for students. TEAL 7325 was a required course, but Mike Freeman and Steve Laing felt it fit better as a course in the IL concentration. Sylvia motioned to remove TEAL 7325 as a required C&I Core course. Scott seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Comprehensive Exams. Students must receive a pass on each question by the majority of the readers in order to pass. The exam can be retaken up to two times if a student does not pass. There was concern among some faculty regarding the provisional pass on the comprehensive exams. Decision was made to remove a provisional pass option and add a revise and resubmit option. The scoring form was updated to include this option. This form includes drop down boxes with Pass, Fail, or Revise and Resubmit options for each question on the exam. Faculty discussed the options for retaking the exam and considerations for failing or passing the exam.

Faculty met to discuss possible changes to the MEd Program of Study (POS) based on feedback from students in exit papers and oral interviews. A motion was put forth to reduce the college core to 9 and the department core to 12 credits. A amendment was proposed to delete the college core and have only a department core. Sylvia amended the motion to accept new POS including the change to have only a department core. Sarah Clark seconded the motion and the motion carried. The program of study was changed the POS to list 21 credits of department core requirements instead of a college core and a department core.

Based on enrollment trends, Sylvia Read motioned to change the GRL Program of Study to allow students to take TEAL 6340 or 6310 (Content Area Reading and Writing) in place of requiring TEAL 6340. This motion was seconded by Scott Hunsaker. Upon discussion, David Vernon motioned for an amendment to Sylvia’s motion to include the ARL Program of Study. Patricia Moyer-Packenham seconded the amendment. Both motions carried.

Based on a review of student program through the program, an annual review of doctoral student progress form was created and approved. Faculty would meet with doctoral students they chair and complete the form on an annual basis. Sylvia moved to accept the form. Sarah Clark seconded and the motion carried.

Based on data regarding students’ whose coursework has expired, a plan to revalidate courses was created. Cindy and Sylvia presented a draft of a course revalidation policy for doctoral students. The purpose was to be very clear and transparent that out-of-date courses in the doctoral program must be revalidated. Faculty felt that having a formal policy that can be shared with students when they are admitted will encourage students to take the timeline seriously and to finish in the 8 year time limit. Sylvia moved that we adopt a department policy that up to 15 credits can be revalidated for courses not older than 10 years. Scott seconded the motion. The motion carried.

Based on interest from potential graduate students, proposal was made to create a masters degree program with specialization in higher education. Ray Reutzel moves to accept, Sylvia Read seconds. Motion approved.

Kit shared a summary of where TEAL doc students got their masters degrees. Many of our students are our own. Discussed the need to better advise students who received their masters online regarding the expectations of a terminal degree. Trying to see if there is a correlation between online masters and not passing the comprehensive exams. Discussed having a policy on how revise and resubmit decisions on the comprehensive exam are handled but still need a little flexibility to allow for student and faculty schedules. Discussed a rubric for comps or trusting committee with more documentation.

Kit presented status of the TEAL doctoral program and goals for 2015-2016. The highlights include a strong doctoral completion rate (15 completers) for 2014-2015 and having 14 students complete the comprehensive exams in the last academic year. Approximately 100 students are currently enrolled in the doctoral program. There was extended discussion about limiting independent studies to 6 credits. A motion was made and seconded to limit the Independent Study to 6 credits. Eventually, it was moved and seconded to table the discussion until a future meeting. This motion passed.

Based on feedback from admissions committee, The GPAC forwarded a revision of doctoral application essay guidelines. It was moved and approved to return the guidelines to the GPAC to incorporate suggested edits.

Based on feedback from students, a taskforce was formed to investigate reformulating the Ed.D. program commensurate with national trends.

Based on feedback from graduate program director, the decision was made to begin advising master’s students based on their endorsement area. New advising structure will begin January 2017. .