Graduate Council Advisory Committee
HUC Board Room
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Members present: John Johnstone, Gregg Janowski, Douglas Ayers, Jim Collawn, Kyle Grimes, Bryan Noe, Susan Rich, Jeff Engler, Stephen O’Connor, Erica Pryor, Rosalyn Weller

Guests: Mike Perez, John Sloan, Anthony Skjellum, Akhlaque Haque

Staff: Susan Banks, Cynthia Ballinger, Thomas Harris

Agenda Items:

  1. The first agenda item was the consideration of the full proposal for the Master of Science in Computer Forensics and Security Management program. The proposal was defended by Drs. John Sloan and Anthony Skjellum. The proposal was developed based on a collaboration between Justice Science, Computer Science and the School of Business. The new program would be attractive to a new subset of students and provide scholarly interactions with faculty from multiple disciplines. Students will focus on applied sciences in areas related to cyber crime and information security. Graduates from the program will have new career opportunities. UAH has created a similar program which will complement UAB’s. A collaborative arrangement has been made; students will have the advantage of switching between the two programs depending on the students’ specific interests.  Faculty exchanges will also be possible. Students will learn skill sets which will prepare them to develop real world solutions. Survey data shows high interest from prospective students. ADCOM recommended showing how formal the degree will help graduates obtain jobs.  The program will be based on the Plan II MS degree with no thesis required.  Practicums and Internships will serve as electives.  IRB training will be required. There are no prerequisites as no technical expertise is needed to complete the program. Students will primarily be UAB graduates. ADCOM voted to approve proposal.
  2. The second agenda item was the proposal review for a joint degree in Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Science Criminal Justice (MSCJ). UAB currently has no specialized program for students who work with the FBI and local police forces. No other schools in the state offer such a dual degree. Therefore, there will be no in-state competition for recruiting students. Since 2001, there has been an increase in interest in national security.  The new program can offer a combination of Criminal Justice and Law to help students understand what they will face as an administrator. Use of technology will help managers in police departments better allocate resources. The two existing programs are already approved, accredited and ongoing. ADCOM  endorsed the amalgamation and verified the need for the dual degree. Rather than requiring students to work toward the two degree programs separately, the dual degree will reduce the number of hours needed to complete the two degrees and make the program more marketable. Law enforcement agencies will be evaluating the new specialization. Internships will be available. ADCOM approved the proposal.

Information Items:

  1. Update on applications and admissions trends (Noblitt-Banks). Handout contains Fall 2007 – 2010 admissions data. Fall 2010 is incomplete as all program deadlines for application receipt have not yet passed. The data for 2007 – 2009 are based upon figures from the Banner student system. Applications for fall 2010 will exceed those received for fall 2009. Non degree and degree seeking Enrollment data will be reported after Fall semester starts.  Scorecard goals have been exceeded for 2010. Projections for the next five years will be 5,200 for Fall of 2011 and incremented by 1%.
  2. PhD Connect (Engler): This is a new company designed to help students find graduate programs based on faculty expertise. The company’s strategy is centered on students entering what they are interested in studying and the website returns faculty cv’s to the student based on their interest. The company then sends the school the students name as a lead for recruitment. ADCOM will experiment with a few selected programs and see if a different set of names are returned to expand potential applicants. Council of Graduate Schools will also be consulting on update of student’s referred.
  3. Outcome of the Ireland Scholarship competitions (Engler): 5 research travel awards in the amount of $1,000 were given to students in Pathology, Microbiology, Art History, History and Cell Biology to travel to another site to do research or to obtain expertise that they can’t receive at UAB. 3 tuition scholarships were given to masters students for performing their thesis projects in Biomedical Engineering. 
  4. Update on the Project for Scholarly Integrity (Engler): Grant received from CGS and ORI to develop more tools for helping faculty and students talk about issues in scholarly integrity.  The site visit went well. Two new videos will be developed.  One will address authorship issues and misappropriation of data, and the other will deal with intellectual property issues.
  5. 2010 Dean’s Excellence in Mentorship Awards and ongoing mentoring project (Noe and Engler): Third consecutive year of the award. 22 faculty members awarded. 216 letters were submitted with some faculty members having 20 or more letters submitted on their behalf. New CGS booklets (“Research Student and Supervisor”) have been purchased for new faculty and students. The CCTS group is working on mentoring for postdocs and junior faculty.
  6. 2010 UAB postdoc ranking in The Scientist magazine Best Places to Work survey (Rich):  UAB ranked 24th nationally. Strengths are career development options, mentoring and training.
  7. Conference of Southern Grad Schools meeting recap (Noe, Rich, Engler): Presentation by Gordon Stone, Higher Ed Partnership, promotes the value of higher education to the legislature. Promoting UAB emphasis should focus on what UAB does well. UAB has the lowest application fee in UA system. ADCOM agrees to recommendation to raise domestic application fee to $40 or $45.

 (ADCOM web site is

The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.