Administrative Session of the Steering Committee

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL THIRTY-NINth SENATE

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS, Nov. 30, 2006

Summary of Actions Taken in Administrative Session of the Steering Committee on behalf of the Senate, November 30, 2006

A. Committees on Graduate Studies (C-GS) and

Committee on Review of Undergraduate Majors (C-RUM) SenD#5834

The Steering Committee on behalf of the Senate took the following action: As recommended by the Committees on Graduate Studies (C-GS) and Review of Undergraduate Majors (C-RUM), the Senate, approved the joint resolution to adopt the revised schedule for Interdisciplinary Program reviews in the School of Humanities and Sciences as noted in SenD#5834, including the individual extensions, to be effective Novwembe 30, 2006.

B. Committee on Graduate Studies (C-GS) and Committee for Review of Undergraduate Majors (C-RUM) SenD#5884

The Steering Committee on behalf of the Senate took the following action: As recommended by the Committees on Graduate Studies (C-GS) and Review of Undergraduate Majors (C-RUM), the Senate authorized the department in Energy Resources Engineering to nominate candidates for the Bachelor of Science, the Master of Science, Engineer, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, effective September 1, 2007, without limit of time.

C. Committee on Graduate Studies (C-GS) SenD#5835

The Steering Committee on behalf of the Senate took the following action: Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Graduate Studies (C-GS), the Senate authorized the department in Chemical and Systems Biology to nominate candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees, effective September 1, 2007, without limit of time.

ADMINISTRATIVE SESSION OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE ON BEHALF OF THE THIRTY-NINTH SENATE OF THE ACADEMIC COUNCIL

Thursday, November 30, 2006

2:15 to 2:55 p.,m.

Law School, Room 190Present:

Sheri Sheppard, Chair

Russell Berman, Vice Chair

Timothy Bresnahan

Karen Cook

Luis Fraga

Stephen Hinton

Edward Harris, ex officio

Absent: David Stevenson, John Etchemendy

I. Reports:A. Committees on Graduate Studies (C-GS) and

Committee on Review of Undergraduate Majors (C-RUM) SenD#5834

Recommendation for approval of IDP review schedule for the

School of Humanities and Sciences

Guests: Phil Lavori, Howard Zebker, Susan Stephens, Roger Printup

Howard Zebker announced the revision of the schedule for IDP review to make it easier for schools and C-RUM to review these. A color-coded chart explained it well. Phil Lavori seconded this from the viewpoint of C-GS. Susan Stephens asked, that if it will be accepted, she will need a schedule to let departments know of the changes, and Lindi Press will send out letters. The Registrar said "…this is brilliant on Susan Stephens' part." Susan added that grouping IDPs of similar ilk makes redundancy much more likely to be noticed.

The recommendation was approved unanimously.

B. Committee on Graduate Studies (C-GS) and Committee for Review of Undergraduate Majors (C-RUM) SenD#5884

Authorization for degree name change for Petroleum Engineering to Energy Resources Engineering

Guests: Phil Lavori, Howard Zebker, Roger Printup

After a brief discussion, this was passed unanimously.

C. Committee on Graduate Studies (C-GS) SenD#5835

Recommendation for approval of degree name change for Molecular Pharmacology to Chemical and Systems Biology

Guests: Phil Lavori, John Pringle, James Ferrell, Roger Printup

Professor Ferrell, chair, reaffirmed his enthusiasm for this change. This was approved unanimously.

D. 2005/06 Annual Report of the Committee on Graduate Studies (C-GS) SenD#5872

Guests: Phil Lavori, Roger Printup

Phil Lavori noted how grateful he was to C-GS, because of timing of his own programs up for renewal, for a complete review of his department, and assumed that other chairs felt similarly. He was unable to answer whether or not discussion had occurred on the subject of the degree of enthusiasm for a VPGE.

The Registrar, speaking for himself, opined that there was general enthusiasm for coordinating the decentralized graduate education system. The decision about establishing a VPGE was recommended by the Commission on GE. Patricia Gumport, the VPGE-elect, will be ex officio on C-GS.

II. Adjournment - There being no new or old business, adjournment happened at 2:46 pm.

Submitted by

Edward D. Harris, Jr., M.D.

Academic Secretary to the University