View Bill 19-20-41

Senate Bill 19-20-41

Bill ID: 19-20-41
Name: PCC Proposal to Rename the Master of Science in "Veterinary Medical Science" to "Comparative Biomedical Sciences"
Proposed: 01/31/2020
Sponsor: PCC Committee
Proposal: The Department of Veterinary Medicine operates the Veterinary Medical Sciences (VMSC) graduate program, which concentrates on zoonotic infectious disease research. The VMSC graduate program offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in the academic fields of veterinary medical, biomedical, and comparative medical sciences.

The current name, VMSC, is often misinterpreted as a professional track for those desiring to become practicing veterinarians. However, the VMSC program focuses on a much broader spectrum with educating the next generation of scientists in the techniques and approaches to analyze infectious diseases and therapeutic development. We sincerely believe that this misinterpretation is based solely on the program name and is actively discouraging applicants. The change is necessary for the development and success of the graduate education program in the Department of Veterinary Medicine.


Status: Pending Approval
BOR Approval: Awaiting approval
MHEC Approval: Awaiting approval
Presidential Approval: 03/25/2020
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Reviewed By: Senate
Received: 02/25/2020
Decision Date: 03/03/2020
Decision: The Senate voted to approve the proposal.
Next Step: Presidential Approval
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 02/14/2020
Decision Date: 02/21/2020
Decision: The SEC voted to place the item on the agenda of the March 3, 2020, Senate meeting for consideration.
Next Step: Senate Review
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Reviewed By: Programs, Curricula, & Courses (PCC) Committee
Received: 01/31/2020
Decision Date: 02/07/2020
Decision: The PCC Committee voted to approve the proposal.
Actions: The committee considered this proposal at its meeting on February 7, 2020. The committee met with the graduate program director, Dr. Yanjin Zhang, who made a brief presentation and responded to questions. The committee voted to endorse the name change.
Next Step: SEC Review