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Graduate Studies Report to the Faculty Senate May, 2005 Mary Anne Nunn, Interim Chair
Departmental Graduate Awards were presented on February 10, 2005:
Recipients of the Outstanding Scholar Award
Jennifer Fitting M.S Counselor Education: School Counseling Tanja Pihlblad M. S. Communication
Recipients of the Academic Awards
Leigh Jones-Bamman M.A. Psychology Kelly Caldwell M.S. Marriage & Family Therapy Kristy Cardillo M.S. Special Education Stephanie Cherolis M.A. English David Dubiel M.S. Criminal Justice John Girard M.S. Biological Sciences Cruz Elena Jacobson M.S. Elementary Education Peter Jakubowski M.S. Anesthesia Randi Jones M.S. Physical Education Catherine Juozokas M.S. TESOL Mandi Latronio M.S. Music Linn Maxwell M.S. Educational Foundations Androkli Londo M.A. Mathematics Carrie O’Neill M.S. Educational Leadership Melissa Sirick M.S. Public History Carolyn Smith M.A. Biological Sciences James Steck M.S. Data Mining Joanne Thomas M.A. History Anne Wakelin M.S. Early Childhood Shaowei Wang M.S. Information Design Jennifer Young M.S. Art
· The graduate enrollment management team developed a checklist for students accepted into graduate programs outlining processes to follow once they were accepted. This letter is sent to each student and appears on the web with appropriate links to facilitate the students’ entry into the system.
“Bridge” course: an entry level graduate level course which may share lectures with a specific advanced undergraduate (400 level) capstone course that is integral to each program (undergraduate and graduate). Each of these courses will have different numbers, titles, syllabi and requirements. Undergraduate bridge courses must not have graduate credit.
“Link” course: a graduate course which may share lectures with a specific advanced undergraduate (400 level) course on the same topic. These courses may be electives. Each of these courses will have different numbers, titles, syllabi and requirements. Undergraduate link courses must not have graduate credit.
Each department shall have no more than two bridge or two link courses and a total of no more than three such courses.
Changes in Admission Standards:
The Standing Policy Committee approved changes in admission requirements for the following departments:
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC GRADUATE ADMISSION CRITERIA
A) APPLICATION FORM:
A completed application form that includes a 2-3 page typewritten essay should be sent to the Department of Music prior to the audition date (if possible). Your completed essay should be sent directly to the Department of Music office as part of your application package. The essay on your background and interest in the program should be double-spaced and address the following:
1. Describe your area of teaching expertise and activities relevant to the field of music and music education.
2. Discuss your philosophy of music education, your professional goals and how you feel the curriculum at CCSU could help you achieve your goals. You may also discuss future areas of research, pedagogy or performance you would like to explore.
3. Personal and professional characteristics you believe will contribute to your success as a masters in music education candidate.
B) GRADE POINT AVERAGE for all undergraduate courses (GPA). Minimum requirement is a 2.70 grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.00 point scale where A is 4.00.
C) MUSIC THEORY EXAMINATION:
A music theory examination will be given the day of the interview. While this examination is primarily a placement examination, a low score could influence the decision about the applicant’s acceptance.
D) PERSONAL INTERVIEW:
A personal interview with members of the Department of Music’s Graduate Committee will be conducted on the day of the Theory Examination. The committee will assess the student’s ability to analyze and synthesize their life experiences as indicators of the student’s potential for Masters in Music Education candidacy.
A Portfolio must be brought to the interview. The content and rationale for entries in the portfolio are as follows:
1. Vitae or Resume
2. Two or three written recommendations from individuals able to testify to the student’s suitability as a master’s candidate in music education.
3. Evidence of Teaching Experience and Musicianship: Examples of programs, student work and/or performances to demonstrate the applicant’s competency as a teacher particularly as they relate to the implementation of the National Standards for Music and/or the candidate’s local curriculum, (i.e., CD’s of your performance, your students’ performances/concerts, compositions, etc.).
4. Unofficial Transcript to document undergraduate coursework.
5. OPTIONAL: Examples of competency in technology to demonstrate the applicant’s competency in using notation software, and other examples of how the applicant uses technology as a teaching tool or as a management tool may be included in the portfolio.
· Business Education:
Policy Change for Admissions to Certification Program in Business Education: Business Education is now codifying the practice that has been in effect.
A requirement of an overall GPA of 3.00 in the following courses or equivalents and not less than a 2.00 in any course: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Managerial Finance, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Business Law, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, Introduction to MIS, Managerial Communication, Business Statistics I and II, and Applied Calculus for Business. Applicants not satisfying this requirement may be required to complete addition coursework with a B or better.
· MS in Elementary Education and MS in Early Childhood Education Programs:
Applicants must submit GRE scores that include all three subtests (analytical writing, verbal, and quantitative). A writing score of 3.5 or higher is required for regular admission. GRE scores and transcripts are examined to determine the general level of academic preparation. In some cases, conditional admission may be offered pending satisfactory completion of additional coursework. Submit official copy of GRE scores to Graduate Admissions, 115 Davidson Hall, CCSU, 1615 Stanley St., New Britain, CT 06050.
An unofficial copy of GRE scores should be sent to Chairperson, Department of Teacher Education, HB 277, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06050
Admissions decisions are based on review of GPA, TRE scores, and relevance of prior study and experience. Certification in elementary, early childhood, or a K-12 area is required for admittance to the Elementary Education MS [program. Certification in elementary, early childhood, or a K-12 area or relevant preparation is required for admittance to the Early Childhood MS program.
Approval of a new Certificate Program:
· Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Public Relations /Promotions:
This non-degree certificate program offered by the Department of Communication is designed for college graduates wishing to expand or update their knowledge of public relations/promotions, but who are not ready to commit to a graduate program leading to a Master’s degree. The program provides students with a formal option for post-baccalaureate studies. Courses completed as a part of the certificate program may later be applied toward the department’s Master program if admission requirements for that program are successfully met.
Students must have completed a Bachelor’s degree to participate in the program. Interested students should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to request an application packet. The application requires official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, a current resume, and an essay describing why the student is interested in the program.
Students seeking admission to the post-baccalaureate certificate program must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (B). Students with an undergraduate GPA of 2.70 through 2.99, or who have been out of school for five years and possess significant professional experience, may apply to be considered for conditional acceptance.
Once accepted to the program, the student will be assigned a faculty advisor.
The post-baccalaureate certificate program in Public Relations/Promotions will require the student to complete a four course, 12 credit, sequence consisting of COMM 505 Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Persuasive Communication, COMM 506 Principles and Processes of Communication Campaigns, COMM 507 Campaign Monitoring and Evaluation, and COMM 508 Public Relations Writing Strategies. One other course from the Department’s Master’s Degree program can be substituted for one of the four courses listed above with the permission of the student’s academic advisor. More information about these courses can be found at www.communication.ccsu.edu/grad.htm. The student must achieve a 3.00 (B) GPA in order to receive the post-baccalaureate certificate.