The institution structures its graduate curricula (1) to include knowledge of the literature of the discipline and (2) to ensure ongoing students engagement in research and/or appropriate professional practice and training experiences.


Compliance Judgment:  In compliance

Narrative

East Carolina University’s (hereafter, ECU or the institution) long history of faculty involvement in graduate curriculum development includes: review by the university-wide Graduate Curriculum Committee (GCC) and approval by the Graduate Council to ensure that graduate program curriculum elements include knowledge of the literature of the discipline and student engagement in research and/or appropriate professional practice and training experiences.  The Office of Academic Program Planning and Development coordinates the curriculum development process, and the Graduate Curriculum and Program Development Manual contains sample course syllabi as models.

Graduate curricula changes at East Carolina University are initiated by graduate faculty of the code unit’s graduate curriculum committee;  then, ECU’s Graduate Curriculum Committee (GCC) must review and approve all graduate level courses and curricula.

Publications Containing Program Requirements:

The  GCC consists of ten graduate faculty members from different graduate degree areas and one graduate student nominated by the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) and elected by the Graduate Council.  The GCC is charged (GCC Charge) with reviewing proposals for new graduate programs, new and revised courses, degree-related catalog text changes, and requests to delete, bank, and unbank graduate courses.  Section 16 of the GCC Course Proposal Form includes required delineation of course objectives.  Specific instructions for utilizing this form are contained in the Graduate Curriculum and Program Development Manual.  The GCC makes recommendations for action to the Graduate Council.  Recommendations on new programs, new certificates, new concentrations, degree title changes, and moving or discontinuing programs are reviewed by both ECU’s Graduate Council and ECU’s Educational Policy and Planning Committee (EPPC).  Both negative and positive recommendations are reported to the Graduate Council and forwarded to the Faculty Senate, Academic Council and the Chancellor.  Examples of recently approved new or revised course syllabi are provided in the following table. The documents consist of course proposal forms approved by the GCC. Course syllabi are then found at the end of each form.
 

Examples of Recently Approved New and Existing (revised) Course Syllabi

DATE

College

Department

New/Revised

Graduate Program

Link to Approved Revised Syllabi in Graduate Curriculum Committee Agenda(s) (Course Proposals with syllabi embedded are also attached under Supporting Documents)

March 28, 2012

College of Allied Health Sciences

Rehabilitation Studies

New

REHB 6380

REHB-6380-revised

College of Nursing

 

New

NURS 8200

NURS-8200-revised

College of Nursing

 

Revised

NURS 8225

NURS-8225-revised

Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Biology

New

BIOL 7310

BIOL-7310-revised

 

Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Biology

Revised

BIOL 9000

BIOL-9000-revised

February 1, 2012

College of Human Ecology

Child Development and Family Relations

Revised

CDFR 6991

CDFR-6991-revised

Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Physics

New

PHYS 6720/6722

PHYS-6720-6722-revised


Organizational Approach


Comprehensive Assessment (Knowledge of Literature of the Discipline, Ongoing Engagement in Research, Professional Practice, and Training)

All graduate programs require students to successfully complete a comprehensive assessment.  The assessment may include a comprehensive examination (written and/or oral), action research project, thesis, dissertation proposal and defense, capstone course, portfolio, and/or equivalent. Each assessment is discipline appropriate. Fundamental to the process is the demonstration of knowledge of the literature and the ongoing ability to interpret research data and synthesize results in meaningful contexts relative to the discipline or to engage in ongoing appropriate professional practice and training.  The Graduate Programs:  Comprehensive Assessment Requirements chart in the section below provides detail by graduate degree of the required comprehensive assessment and evidence of the required knowledge and/or ongoing appropriate practice or training.

Knowledge of the Literature:  Theses and Dissertations

Theses and dissertations require an extensive literature review in which students’ critical analysis is fundamental to formulation of each such project.  To ensure the highest quality, faculty chairing or serving on thesis or dissertation committees must have appropriate graduate faculty status as defined in Part II, Section IV of the Faculty Manual – Graduate School Organization.  Only graduate faculty or associate graduate faculty may chair a thesis or dissertation committee, and at least three members of a thesis or dissertation committee must have either associate graduate faculty status or full graduate faculty status.  Graduate students completing independent research involving animals, human subjects, or biohazards must demonstrate approval by the appropriate institutional review board(s) prior to data collection and compliance with all applicable regulations. These regulations are published on the Ethical Conduct, Policies, and Compliance webpage. A comprehensive review of related literature is a fundamental element of all theses and dissertations, and this broad exposition and analysis of pertinent published research validates the project’s hypotheses and methods.  The Joyner Library maintains a repository of East Carolina University theses and dissertations.

Evidence of Graduate Student Ongoing Research Involvement

Abundant evidence exists of the ongoing research involvement of ECU graduate students.  In addition to the student research noted in the section Comprehensive Assessment (above), the ECU's annual Research and Creative Achievement week is highly populated with graduate student presentations and papers.  Furthermore, links are provided below to 2009-2010 completed theses and dissertations, peer-reviewed publications, and research presentations involving graduate students.

Graduate Programs: Comprehensive Assessment Requirements

College/

School

Department

Graduate Degree Program

Degree

Comprehensive Assessment Requirement

Brody School of Medicine

Dean's Office, BSOM

Medicine

MD

Field-based Training, Clinical Capstone,

BSOM_Curriculum 

 

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BSOM Office of Research & Grad Studies, Department of Biology, or Department of Chemistry as appropriate

Inter-disciplinary Program in Biological Sciences

PhD

Dissertation

 

 

 

Biomedical Sciences

MS

Thesis

 

Dept of Anatomy & Cell Biology

Anatomy & Cell Biology

PhD

 

Dissertation

 

Dept of Biochem & Molecular Biology

Biochem & Molecular Biology

PhD

Dept of Microbiology & Immunology

Microbiology & Immunology

PhD

Dept of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Pharmacology & Toxicology

PhD

Dept of Physiology

Physiology

PhD

Dept of Public Health

Public Health

MPH

Capstone: Professional Paper

 

College of Allied Health Sciences

Dept. of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Comm Sciences & Disorders

MS

Thesis or Comprehensive Exam:

 

 

Comm Sciences & Disorders

 

PhD

Dissertation

 

 

Joint Audiology / Comm Sciences & Disordres

AuD/PhD

Clinical Defense and Dissertation

 

Dept of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

MSOT

Master’s Project or Thesis

 

Dept. of Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

DPT

Comprehensive Exam, Oral and Written Research Defense

 

Dept. of Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant

MS

Practicum

 

Dept of Rehabilitation Studies

Substance Abuse & Clinical Counseling

MS

Practicum

 

 

 

Rehabilitation Counseling

MS

 

Vocational Evaluation

MS

College of Business

Dept of Business Administration

Business Administration

MBA

Capstone Course

Dept of Accounting

Accounting

MSA

Certifying Exam

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

 

School of Dental Medicine

Dean’s Office

Doctor of Dental Medicine

DMD

Comprehensive Assessment

College of Education

Dept Business & Information Technology Education

Business Ed. Licensure; Marketing Ed. Licensure

MAEd

Portfolio and Thesis Options

 

 

Vocational Educ

MS

Portfolio and Thesis Option

 

Dept Curriculum & Instruction

Elementary Educ

MAEd

Portfolio, Comprehensive Exam, Research Project and Thesis Options:

 

 

English

MAEd

 

History Educ

MAEd

 

Middle Grades Educ

MAEd

 

Reading Educ

MAEd

 

Special Educ, Intellectual Disabilities

MAEd

 

Special Educ, 3 Licensing Areas

MAEd

 

Masters of Art in Teaching

MAT

Culminating Project

 

Dept of Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership

EdD

K-12 Dissertation

 

Higher Educ/ Dissertation

 

 

 

Educational Administration & Supervision

EdS

Internship

 

 

School Administration

MSA

Internship

 

Dept of Higher, Adult, and Counselor Education

Adult Education

MAEd

Portfolio

 

 

 

Counselor Education

MS

Internship

 

Thesis Option

 

Dept of Library Science

Library Science

MLS

Internship, Thesis Option

 

Dept of Math, Science, & Instructional Technology Education

Instructional Technology Education

MAEd

Capstone/Portfolio & Internship

 

 

Instructional Tech (Non-Licensure)

MS

Internship

 

 

Science Education

MAED

Research Project and Thesis Options

 

 

 

 

Science Education

MA

Thesis

 

 

Mathematics, Secondary Education

MAEd

Final Product/Portfolio & Internship

 

 

College of Fine Arts & Communication

School of Art & Design

Art Education

MAEd

Thesis or Cumulative Project

 

 

Art

MFA

Creative Thesis and Written Report:

 

 

School of Communication

Communication

MA

Comprehensive Exam or Thesis

 

 

School of Music

Music Education

MM

Final Project or Thesis

 

 

Performance

MM

 

Theory-Composition

MM

College of Health & Human Performance

 

Health Education

MAEd

Final Product/Portfolio

 

 

Physical Education

MAEd

Comprehensive Exam and Research Project or Portfolio

 

 

Dept of Exercise & Sport Science

Exercise and Sport Science

MS

Thesis and non-Thesis Option

 

 

Bioenergetics and Exercise Science

PhD

Dissertation

 

 

Dept of Health Education & Promotion

Health Education

MA

Thesis, Internship, or Advanced Coursework Options

 

 

 

Athletic Training

MS

Research Project or Thesis

 

 

 

Environmental Health

MSEH

Thesis or Professional Paper for Applied Option

 

 

Dept of Recreation & Leisure Studies

Recreation & Park Administration

MS

Thesis and non-Thesis Options

 

 

Recreation Therapy Administration

MS

Thesis and non-Thesis Options

 

 

College of Human Ecology

Dept of Child Dev & Family Relations

Birth through Kindergarten Education

MAED

Research Project or Thesis

 

 

 

Family & Consumer Sciences Education

MAED

Action Research Project with Oral Defense

 

 

 

Child Development & Family Relations

MS

Thesis or Research Project/Practicum

 

 

 

Marriage & Family Therapy

MS

Research Project and Supervised Clinical Practice

 

 

Medical Family Therapy

PhD

Dissertation

 

 

Dept of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

MS

Comprehensive Exam

 

 

Dept of Nutrition & Dietetics

Nutrition

MS

Thesis or non-Thesis Options

 

 

School of Social Work

Social Work

MSW

Comprehensive Assessment

 

 

College of Nursing

 

Nursing

MSN

Comprehensive Assessment

 

 

 

Nursing

PhD

Dissertation

 

 

College of Technology & Computer Science

Dept. of Computer Science

Computer Science

MS

Research Project or Thesis

 

 

 

Software Engineering

MS

Thesis

 

 

Dept of Construction Management

Construction Management

MCM

Research Capstone

 

Dept. of Technology Systems

Occupational Safety

MS

Thesis and non-Thesis Options

 

 

 

Technology Systems

MS

Thesis and non-Thesis Options

 

 

Graduate School

 

Sustainable Tourism

MS

Thesis and non-Thesis Options

 

 

 

Coastal Resources Management

PhD

Dissertation

 

 

Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

 

International Studies

MA

Thesis and non-Thesis Options

 

 

Dept of Anthropology

Anthropology

MA

Thesis, non-Thesis, and Internship Options

 

 

Dept. of Biology

Biology

MS

Thesis

 

 

 

Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

MS

Thesis

 

 

Dept of Chemistry

Chemistry

MS

Thesis

 

 

Dept of Economics

Applied & Resource Economics

MS

Research Project

 

 

Dept of Anthropology

Anthropology

MA

Thesis, non-Thesis, and Internship Options

 

 

Dept of English

English

MA

Thesis or Comprehensive Assessment

 

 

 

Technical & Professional Discourse

PhD

Dissertation

 

 

Dept of Geography

Geography

MA

Thesis or non-Thesis/Internship Options

 

Dept of Geological Sciences

Geology

MS

Thesis and non-Thesis Options

 

 

Dept of History

Maritime Studies

MA

Thesis, or Research Requirment

 

 

History

MA

Thesis

 

 

Dept of Mathematics

Mathematics

MA

Research Project and Thesis Options

 

Dept of Physics

Physics

MS

Thesis, Practicum, and Clinical Study Options

 

 

Biomedical Physics

PhD

Dissertation

 

 

Dept of Political Science

Public Administration

MPA

Professional Paper

 

 

 

Security Studies

MS

Thesis and non-Thesis Options

 

 

Dept. of Psychology

Psychology, General Theoretic

MA

Thesis and Portfolio Options

 

 

 

Clinical Psychology

MA

Thesis

 

 

 

School Psychology

MA

Thesis

 

 

 

Health Psychology

PhD

Dissertation

 

 

Dept of Sociology

Sociology

MA

Thesis or Capstone

 

 

  

Documentation

Reference Title

Location

Academic Program Review Guidelines

Academic Program Review Guidelines

Ethical Conduct, Policies and Compliance

Responsible Conduct of Research and Compliance

Graduate Catalog: Comprehensive Assessment

Graduate Catalog Comprehensive Assessment

Graduate Curriculum and Program Development Manual

3.6.2 Graduate Curriculum and Program Development Manual

Graduate Curriculum Committee (GCC)

GCC

Graduate Curriculum Committee charge

3.6.2 GCC-charge

Graduate Curriculum Committee Course Proposal Form

Proposal-form-revised-04-06-11-2

New and Revised Course Syllabi: BIOL 7310

BIOL-7310-revised

New and Revised Course Syllabi: BIOL 9000

BIOL-9000-revised

New and Revised Course Syllabi: CDFR 6991

CDFR-6991-revised

New and Revised Course Syllabi: NURS 8200

NURS-8200-revised

New and Revised Course Syllabi: NURS 8225

NURS-8225-revised

New and Revised Course Syllabi: PHYS 6720/6722

PHYS-6720-6722-revised

New and Revised Course Syllabi: REHB 6380

REHB-6380-revised

Office of Academic Program Planning and Development

Office of Academic Program Planning and Development

Part II, Section IV of the Faculty Manual – Organization of the Graduate School

Faculty Manual part2

Pre-Approval Process

3.6.2 Mandatory-Approval-Processfor-Research

Repository or East Carolina University’s Theses and Dissertations

Find theses and dissertations

Research & Creative Achievement Week

Research and Creative Achievement Week_Creating a Better Tomorrow

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