Graduate Council Minutes No. 978
December 11, 2008
Present: Clayton, Coulter, Etscheidt, Fecik, Joseph, Licari, Thompson, Waldron, Wurtz
Guests: Marchesani, Schwieger, Zhang
Waldron called the meeting to order. She thanked everyone for attending. Waldron welcomed Kristi
Marchesani, Assistant Director of Admissions International Relations. John Fecik introduced Julie Zhang
who will be his substitute when he is unable to attend.
1. Approval of Minutes from November 11, 2008. Etscheidt made a motion to approve the
minutes from the November 11, 2008 meeting of the Graduate Council. Motion was seconded
by Coulter. Minutes were approved.
2. Graduate College Reports. Joseph update Graduate Council about sessions attended at recent
conference in Washington, D.C. Joseph talked about different ways to promote graduate
education. She will forward this information to Graduate Council as well as graduate
coordinators and ask for information about UNI students who have done something for the
public good. These stories will be used for publicizing graduate education at UNI.
Joseph discussed current policies for temporary graduate faculty. Departments are required to
complete forms when asking for temporary graduate faculty status for adjunct instructors.
These instructors have a master’s degree. A department has submitted form requesting that an
instructor with a BA teach a graduate level course and include that his background qualifies him
to teach this course. Fecik will try to get more information and call Joseph.
Schwieger reported a celebration has been planned for graduate students and their families in
the Alumni Suite in the McLeod Center following the December 11, 2008 graduation ceremony.
Work is continuing on the online orientation for graduate students. Workshops scheduled for
graduate students will be held in the ITTC so they can be webcast. The Graduate College
Symposium is scheduled for April 1, 2009.
Thompson asked about upcoming assessment of graduate programs. Joseph stated
departments will complete information on assessment of their graduate programs. Joseph
restated faculty that do not have graduate programs are best suited to assess graduate
programs because they are not tied to one program. Waldron stated multiple groups will
review multiple programs. Fecik voiced concern about those not familiar with Industrial
Technology Department would be reviewing their program’s outcomes and assessments. Joseph
will speak with Provost Lubker about who will make the final decision on who will be reviewing
3. Chair of the Graduate Faculty Report. Clayton had nothing to report at this time.
4. Unfinished Business. Licari and Marchesani discussed international language testing. Currently
UNI is using TOEFL but it is being suggested that UNI also accept IELTS as language testing for
international students. The Graduate Council will need to set the minimum score for graduate
students applying for admission. Each department would set their minimum for admission to
their programs. Wurtz made a motion that UNI accept the IELTS and for the Graduate Council to
set the minimum score required for admission. Coulter seconded the motion. Marchesani
explained a score of 6.5 is equivalent to a score of 570 on the TOEFL exam and 6.0 is equal to
540. A student with a score of 6.5 is closer to 600. Undergraduates are required to have a score
of 6.0 to be admitted to UNI. The IELTS has the same security and evaluation features of the
TOEFL. The score is a composite of four areas. Information is kept in student records for three
years after they leave UNI and the Office of Admissions would be able to look at individual areas
to compare weaknesses and strengths. Marchesani explained that only about 5% of
international students will use the IELTS exam and most are from China and India. Fecik
requested to amend the motion to include stipulation that Graduate Council will track the four
bands and determine if the minimum was working. Wurtz amended the original motion to
include this stipulation and that the minimum score accepted by the Graduate College will be
6.5. Motion carried. An email will be sent to all graduate coordinators explaining the scoring so
each college can set their minimum acceptable score.
5. New Business. Thompson asked about Pohl being on Donna Vinton’s committee. Joseph felt
Vinton should decide terms. Joseph stated more information was needed before someone from
Graduate Council volunteers for committee.
5a. Student Outcome Assessment (SOA) Committee. Waldron will bring more information to the
6. Adjournment. Motion by Coulter, seconded by Etscheidt to adjourn the meeting. Motion
passed. Meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.
The next meeting of the Graduate Council will be Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. in