Council of Graduate Programs in
Communication Sciences and Disorders (CGPCSD)
Boston, MA
November 19, 1997

Approved by the Executive Board: February 6, 1998
Approved by the Council: April 18, 1998

The Corporate Business Meeting of the CGPCSD was convened at 7:05 p.m. by President Scudder.


I. Approval of Minutes

A motion to approve the minutes of the Corporate Business Meeting of April, 1997 was made/seconded/passed (M/S/P) unanimously. The minutes were approved.

A motion to approve the minutes of the Plenary Session of April, 1997 was M/S/P unanimously. The minutes were approved.

II. Approval of Agenda

A motion to approve the agenda for the Corporate Business Meeting was M/S/P unanimously. The agenda was approved.

III. President’s Report

President Scudder: 1) called attention to the Status Report that has been mailed and that will be posted on the Council’s home page; 2) reported to the assembly that the Executive Board of the Council had met this afternoon; 3) summarized the meeting of the Executive Board in July, 1997; and 4) described some of the mail exchange concerning IDEA. The exchanges included a letter from M. Mendel to ASHA President Seymour, a response to Mendel from Seymour, and a memorandum from Morgan Downey. The reauthorization of IDEA passed. It is our position its passage might compromise service provider by MA-CCC-SLP, and that some damage control is needed. There will be a mini Council/ASHA EB meeting in January, 1998 to discuss issues of concern to both bodies.

IV. Committee and Working Group Reports

A. Membership Update (Nash)

The CGPCSD data base lists 239 programs. Of those, 212 (88.7%) are member programs of the Council and 27 (11.3%) are non-member programs. There are three new member programs:

B. Treasurer’s Report (Nash)

The 1997-98 projected income is $86,600.00; $43,709.17 has been received. Budgeted expenses for 1997-98 are $87,800; current expenditures are $30,007.43 (34.2%). Nash noted that:

  1. the COMM/SHIP line will be renamed as MEMBER COMMUNICATIONS;
  2. the TECH.SERV line includes Web server, Web host charges, and so forth, but does not include E-mail charges; and
  3. the $6,264.20 INFO.EXCH expenditures include $2,200 for Questionnaire Analysis by the University Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh.
 A motion was M/S/P and the report was approved unanimously.

C. Publications Committee (Murphy/Scudder)

R. Scudder presented the report on behalf of Murphy.

D. Information Exchange Committee (Petrosino)

E. Professional Development and Advocacy (Miller)  F. Time and Place Committee (Wilcox)

G. Nominations Committee (Mendel)

Mendel has received only one nomination to date. He called the Council’s attention to the nomination form in the Status Report and encouraged members to consider making nominations.

H. Honors and Awards Committee (Pettit)

The Council presents three types of awards: Certificate of Appreciation; Distinguished Contribution to the Council; and Honors of the Council. Nominations that are submitted go to the Honors and Awards Committee, and the Council recommends nominations to the Executive Board. No nominations have been received to date, and Pettit stressed the need for members to formulate nominations.

I. 1998 Conference Committee (McNeice)

The 1998 Conference of the CGPCSD will be held in Palm Springs, CA on April 15-18, 1998. McNeice presented the proposed conference schedule. The theme will be, "In a Climate of Change." The three components will be:

  1. Communication Sciences and Disorders Professoriate for the 21st Century (K. Wilcox; L. Larson);
  2. Education Outcome Measures (T. Banta); and
  3. Promise and Reality of Instructional Uses of Technology (J. Masterson; J. Stierwalt; D. Durant).
Breakout groups will be organized by institution type (e.g., UG only; UG/MA), and by placement in institution (e.g., Arts and Sciences; Education). EB and other Council members are urged to attend the reception for first timers on Wednesday evening (April 15) at 8:00 p.m. On Friday afternoon of the Conference, the EB will consult with the Committee on Resolutions, particularly with respect to ordering of resolutions for the Plenary Session. The Conference will conclude with a (shorter) Capstone Experience.

V. Changes in Articles of Incorporation (Information Only)

We will defer discussion on the possible changes in the Council’s Articles of Incorporation that might be necessary until the April meeting of the Council. This discussion will be required in the event there is a resolution calling for a change in the name of the Council of Graduate Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

VI. U.S. News and World Report Survey

Many have expressed concern (including members of the Executive Board) about the recent reputation survey being conducted by the U.S. News and World Report. The concerns focus principally on the questionable validity of the methods being used. Faculty from member programs are encouraged to return the survey form blank with an accompanying note or letter expressing concerns about the validity of the survey method. The EB will revisit the question of "reputational surveys" at its February, 1998 meeting.

VII. Legislative Council Resolution

ASHA’s LC20-97 calls for recision of LC44-93, and is time-ordered for 7:45 p.m., April 21, 1997 of ASHA’s Legislative Council meeting. President Scudder will appear before the Legislative Council’s Membership Forum (time-ordered for November 21, 1997; 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) to present the Council’s position on the resolution. The position focuses on the fact that many graduate programs will not be in a position to offer new degree programs to implement LC44-93. There followed a discussion of pro, cons, and strategies that might be used.

VIII. As May Arise

There were brief announcements involving: a) the Director of Academic Affairs of ASHA; b) the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee concerning a proposed formation of a new Academy of Communication Sciences(the Executive Board elected to take no position on the concept of an Academy, but did support a resolution to form a committee to develop plans for the formation of an Academy); and c) ASHA’s SID 10. With respect to the latter, it was announced that there are more than 250 members, two news letters, and a listserve.

The Corporate Business Meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted:
Charles E. Speaks, Secretary