Minutes of the EEE Graduate Committee – 4/29/05
Present: Ng, Colinge, Heedley, Kumar, Matthews, Oldenburg
- Matthews requested a correction to the minutes of
the previous meeting. Part II.D.1.
relating to the decision of the oral comprehensive exam committee should
include the clarification that, “The decision on passing should be based
only upon the student’s performance in the oral examination”.
- The EEE 230, EEE 296K, EEE 296L, and EEE 296M course proposals have all passed through
Academic Council. EEE 299 will be used as a “placeholder” for EEE 296L registration for Fall 2005 until the latter
is approved at the university level.
Students will then be administratively transferred to EEE 296L. One
section of EEE 238 will be replaced by EEE 296K as soon as that course is approved at the
university level. EEE 235 will remain as EEE 235 in the schedule until its conversion to EEE 230 is approved at the university level. Kumar will with discuss with Ramesh the
possibility of substituting EEE 296F
for EEE 213 in the schedule. Heedley was requested to provide
information about the EEE 299/296L offering on his web site which will be
linked on our Graduate Program web page.
- Oldenburg presented information concerning projected
enrollment for Fall 2005, and the status of graduate applications. The EEE Graduate Program continues to be the largest of
the College’s graduate programs. The
projections show a continuing slow decline in headcount enrollment to 210,
and in FTES to 50, for Fall 2005. The
full-time/part-time student ratio is now near its lowest point in the past
5 years, probably reflecting a good job market and a large number of
students near the end of their programs of study. The Graduate Center informed us that, as of April 6, there were 159 completed EEE graduate applications for Fall 2005 that were
still awaiting processing by Graduate Admissions. Both Ramesh and M.J. Lee have expressed
their concern to Graduate Admissions that these applications need to be
processed A.S.A.P. if we
expect these students (particularly the international ones) to be able to
register and obtain visas before the Fall Semester begins.
- All faculty were urged to respond to Oldenburg’s memo requesting documentation of completed
projects and theses during this past academic year. New workload policy passed by the ECS
Administrative Council has created an assigned time category that will
provide WTU credit for completed projects and theses. Such credit can be accumulated
(“banked”) and used, with approvals, to obtain instructional workload
- After some discussion, it was agreed that the
Plan C program of study should continue to include a total of 10 courses
and not include EEE 201 or EEE 500. This
decision may need to be revisited in the future if the Plan C workload
- Kumar will present the Communications Systems EEE 211, 212, 213 course restructuring plan at the
May meeting of the Committee.
- The issue of the development of specific
department guidelines for projects and theses received considerable
discussion at this meeting. Most
attendees felt that a set of department guidelines for what is expected in
a project or thesis would be helpful for quality control. Colinge shared a Project Guidelines
document that she uses with her students, and agreed to send this out to
the rest of us in electronic format.
The coordinator is soliciting comment on this guideline, and will
try to draft something of a general nature that may be considered for
adoption by the Graduate Committee.
- Agenda items for the May 13 meeting of the
Committee will include presentation of a project/thesis guideline draft,
and the report on the restructuring of the three Communication Systems