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Graduate Council Minutes, Friday, March 13, 2009

Attendees:  Kathleen Stacey (note taker) Kenith Simmons, Michael Shintaku, Jerry Calton, Bryan Kim, Larry Heintz, Rich Biffle, Eric Im, Charles Langlas, Kathryn Besio, Donald Price, Ken Morris, Dan Brown

Minutes of last two meeting distributed.  Get back to Dan via email with any changes. 

Agenda: Discussion of the issue of language in regards to the Doctoral Dissertation and the time limits to be set for current faculty for admission to the Ph.D. program.

Dan could find no documentation of rules regarding language of the dissertation.

Chuck provided a document, “New Policies concerning the Ph.D. program” dated 3/13/09.┬á A lively discussion ensued about various provisions in the document.

A motion to approve the document, with changes (below), and return it to Ka Haka ‘Ula o Ke‘elik┼Źlani┬á was made by Rich Biffle and seconded by Jerry Calton.

CHANGES (in italics):

  • Proposed new policy:

A. The dissertation may be written in either of the two official languages of the State of Hawai╩╗iÔÇöEnglish or HawaiianÔÇöas chosen by the candidate. With the approval of the Dean of Ka Haka ‘Ula o Ke‘elik┼Źlani, it may be written in some other indigenous language.

E. For dissertations written in Hawaiian (or another indigenous language), a chapter-by-chapter summary shall be written in English, and shall be included in the published dissertation.

  • The English chapter summaries will be provided to the outside institutional representative and outside expert committee member if they are unable to read Hawaiian (or other indigenous language) at a level sufficient to examine the dissertation and provide feedback.


Language of Dissertation Language of Chapter Summaries
Hawaiian English
Other indigenous language English
English Hawaiian if concerns Hawaiian people. If the dissertation concerns another indigenous people, then the relevant indigenous language

The vote on the motion was 9 in favor, 2 opposed, and 1 abstention.

A motion to table the discussion on dissertations in indigenous languages other than Hawaiian until the April 17 meeting was made by Richard Biffle and seconded by Ken Morris. 

The vote for this motion was 12 in favor, 0 opposed, 0 abstentions.

The group determined that there was insufficient time to discuss the time limit issue for faculty to be enrolled in their own college’s doctoral degree program, and to move that discussion to the April 17 meeting.