SSE Executive Committee Meeting

March 16, 2007

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM


Present: Altiero, Burdsal, De Kee, Gaver, Heins, John, Kalka, Koplitz, McGuire, McPherson, Mullin, Nelson, Ruscher, Tasker

Absent: Engleman, McLachlan, Parker

Guests: Harrell, McKee

Effort Reporting

Doug Harrell, University Controller, gave a presentation about the on-line effort reporting system that is to be implemented by January 2008. His PowerPoint presentation can be found at Under the new system, faculty members will be required to certify their effort distribution every 6 months at the following website: Lead administrator in the School of Science and Engineering will be Sandy Parker.

Research Enhancement Fund

Gary McPherson distributed the guidelines that will be used to rank proposals submitted for the second round of Phase II Research Enhancement Funds. He asked that Department Chairs share these guidelines with their faculty.

Graduate Tuition Policy

There was a lengthy discussion about special tuition rates for graduate students. It was agreed that all graduate students who are not supported by a fellowship, research assistantship, and/or teaching assistantship will be required to pay full graduate tuition with the following exceptions: (1) students enrolled in 4+1 MS programs, who will be charged a total of 35% of one academic year’s full-time tuition for the degree; (2) part time graduate students from industry, who will be charged 35% of the graduate tuition rate per credit; and (3) students enrolled in special one-year MS programs for which a special rate has been approved by the Office of the Dean of Science and Engineering. There are currently two approved special one-year MS programs: Cell and Molecular Biology, and Neuroscience.

Revenue from the 4+1 MS programs and the special one-year MS programs will be shared between the department and the dean’s office with the dean’s office recovering enough to cover the allocated costs associated with the students. Currently this implies an approximate 50/50 split for the 4+1 programs. Since the tuition charged for the special one-year MS programs is greater than that charged for the 4+1 programs, the department profits from the incremental amount.

Reorganization: Space and Equipment Moves

Nick Altiero outlined the timetable for moving certain departments and there was a discussion of the logistics. The Center for Computational Science, the Coordinated Instrumentation Facility, and the departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology will begin moving soon and should be completely moved by the end of summer 2007 (although some of the laboratories may have to wait until summer 2008). The Department of Mathematics and the Army and Navy ROTC units will move eventually but it is not anticipated that this will happen before summer 2009. There is a modest budget for space renovation and moving costs.

Teacher Certification Program

Linda McKee, Director of the Tulane University Teacher Preparation and Certification Program, gave a presentation on the status of the program and requested that departments promote the program to their students. The website for this program is There are two levels of certification available: early childhood (pre-K through 3rd grade) and secondary education (6th grade through 12th grade). The early childhood program is associated with the coordinate major offered by Psychology. Secondary certifications associate with programs offered by the School of Science and Engineering include biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. It is anticipated that an Assistant Director will soon be hired who has a background in science and mathematics.

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