July 2011 Archives

Work to incorporate graduate-level programs into the Program and Curriculum Approval System (PCAS) continues. A PCAS system update is nearing completion, and the first graduate program data entry is expected to begin by the end of July.

Since April, more than 500 program worksheets have been completed and returned through the college catalog coordinators. Data entry is scheduled for August and September, followed by an opportunity for programs to review their entered data in October. The target go-live date for the PCAS-generated online graduate catalog is late November.

Data entry is a collaborative effort of Academic Support Resources and the Graduate School. The data from the worksheets will be entered centrally by 2-3 student workers supervised by Jon Poppele. Jon brings experience from working on two previous issues of the Graduate School catalog. Data quality review is being coordinated by Joe Shultz in the Provost's Office and Vicki Field in the Graduate School. Once the entered data has been reviewed in PCAS by programs, it will be exported to the PDF version of the catalog by Kristin Cleveland in University Relations.

Until the new online catalog and PDF version are available, the current 2009-11 Graduate School Catalog will be extended with a short supplement containing a summary of key changes, to be posted online on or around August 15. This will constitute the interim, transitional catalog. The new PDF version of the catalog is expected to be completed in late December or early January and will incorporate many of the new and revised graduate education policies that are currently under review.

Thanks to all the program and college staff who are contributing to this project.

For more information about this project, see the March 31 post about PCAS. If you have questions, contact Kristin Cleveland at cleve064@umn.edu or 624-1682 or Jon Poppele at poppele@umn.edu.

Five graduate education policies posted for review

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The following message is posted on behalf of Nita Krevans, associate professor and chair of the Graduate Education Policy Review Committee.

Five policies developed by the Graduate Education Policy Review committee have now been approved by the President's Policy Committee and posted for a 30-day public comment period at http://policy.umn.edu/User/POLICIESREVIEW.html. Because of the Senate and PPC calendar, this public comment period falls during summer break and we wanted to make sure that groups involved in graduate education were notified about the comment period. Please forward this email to anyone else you think may wish to comment on the policies.

I have summarized the policies below and provided a direct link to each posting on the Policy Library website; significant changes from previous Graduate School policies are noted in capital letters but that these policies apply to all post-baccalaureate degrees except first professional degrees (JD, MD, PharmD, DVM, DDS, LLM) and many policies will therefore be new for programs which were not formerly affiliated with the Graduate School.

Please note that

  • existing programs will not be required to be in compliance with policies that may require curriculum revision until 2013
  • Directors of Graduate Studies currently serving are grandfathered for the remainder of their appointment term

The policies are:

Adding, Changing, or Discontinuing Academic Plans
(Revises previous policy in line with new approval process.)

Appointments as Directors of Graduate Studies
(Continues previous policy, bases appointments in collegiate units.)

Application of Graduate Credits to Degree Requirements
(Continues, with REVISIONS TO LIMITS ON NON-DEGREE COURSEWORK, policies for transfer of graduate credits from other institutions or application of University graduate credits across programs.)

Credit Requirements for Master's and Doctoral Degrees
(Sets minimum AND MAXIMUM required credits for graduate degrees INCLUDING doctoral degrees; CONTAINS NO REQUIREMENT FOR COURSEWORK OUTSIDE THE MAJOR FIELD.)

Leave of Absence and Reinstatement from a Leave: Graduate Students
(NEW: Establishes a process for leaves of absence for graduate students who unexpectedly need to interrupt their studies. Parallels the already-existing undergraduate policy.)

There is a comment link attached to each policy; more general queries about the work of the committee can go to gepolicy@umn.edu.

Thank you!

Nita Krevans, Chair, Graduate Education Policy Review Committee

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