Cal Poly Pomona

P&R Responses for recommendation 76

Recommendation 76
Department Executive Graduate Council
Consensus Opinion 8 out of 8 faculty/staff : Con
Consensus Explanation The Executive Graduate Council opposes recommendation #76 from the Academic Programs P&R committee to discontinue the graduate program in Kinesiology

There are several reasons to believe that enrollment in this program will increase in the coming years. Enrollments in this program were suspended for nearly a year due to an inadequate number of faculty members to supervise graduate student research. Faculty left the program to take positions at other universities. Part of the reason for this is that these faculty members did not feel comfortable in CLASS. The P&R proposal to move Kinesiology to the College of Science is unanimously supported by the faculty in the department so it seems likely that this move will take place, creating an environment in which the faculty and graduate programs will thrive.

It would be very unusual for Cal Poly Pomona to not offer this program. There are 20 other universities in the CSU system that have Kinesiology or Physical Education Departments and 13 of these offer graduate programs. The existence of so many programs clearly indicates that there are a large number of students interested in this kind of educational opportunity.

The Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion has a strong record of obtaining external funding, ranking fifth among all Departments in the University for the total dollars of external support between 2000 and 2005. There is considerable potential for further growth of external funding in this department and the presence of a graduate program will contribute to this growth by helping recruit new research-active faculty and providing graduate students to help with this research. Several of the faculty members in the department have grant proposals pending and others are planning to submit proposals for NIH funding of their research in the near future. Without a graduate program, Cal Poly Pomona would be at a recruiting disadvantage in competing with the six CSU Kinesiology Departments in southern California that offer graduate programs (Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Cal Poly San Louis Obispo).

The University needs to grow its graduate programs and discontinuing a promising graduate program will be counter-productive. Graduate students currently comprise only 5.8% of the students at Cal Poly Pomona. This is well below the CSU system median for the 2005-06 AY of 12%, with our campus ranking 18th out of the 21 campuses that have graduate programs.

Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
Minority Explanation

Recommendation 76
Department Intercollegiate Athletics
Consensus Opinion 21 out of 22 faculty/staff : Con
Consensus Explanation Intercollegiate Athletics is not in favor of eliminating the Kinesiology Graduate program.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
Minority Explanation

Recommendation 76
Department Kinesiology & Health Promotion
Consensus Opinion 38 out of 38 faculty/staff : Con
Consensus Explanation The KHP faculty strongly rejects the recommendation to discontinue the Kinesiology graduate program.

We adhere to a Department of Kinesiology staying as an intact department, retaining all Kinesiology graduate programs, and moving to the proposed College of Science for the following reasons:

• As noted in the report, the Kinesiology program has been successful at attracting external funding in the past partly because of the support faculty have from graduate assistants involved in the research. It will become more difficult to continue this trend without a graduate program.

• Currently multiple proposals for external funding are under review (totaling $465k) that provide support for five Kinesiology graduate students, and require the efforts of graduate assistants to complete the proposed work. If the program is discontinued, the university will not receive any of the indirect costs of their support, nor the benefits of the students’ work. These proposals were signed by the Dean, the Provost, the President, and the CEO of the Foundation, implying that such students will be available if the work is funded.

• The proposal to move the department to the proposed College of Science has the potential to help with recruitment and retention of faculty and enhance collaborations that will strengthen the graduate program and research. There will also be the potential for more cross enrollment with graduate students in other science programs who are interested in interdisciplinary programs in Kinesiology.

• C.L.A.S.S. has recently made a significant investment in the Kinesiology department that includes the construction of biomechanics and molecular physiology laboratories, as well as $110k in new equipment for student teaching laboratories. The return on this investment will not be fully realized without a graduate program. These resources were designed and procured with the intention of significant use by graduate students.

• Nearby Kinesiology graduate programs may not meet the needs of prospective students. A university’s graduate program is uniquely defined by its faculty members and their research interests. We offer specializations, options, and skills not available at nearby CSUs. For example, the Adapted Physical Education specialization and Sports Nutrition option are the only graduate programs of their kind in the state, thus no duplication of programs exists.

• The Kinesiology department was without crucial faculty for multiple years between 2001 and 2006. Extenuating circumstances left the department with very few faculty members to advise and carry the graduate programs. In 2006-07, new enrollment was halted for this reason, and this is likely why current enrollment in the program is low. Also, two of the graduate program specializations (Curriculum and Instruction & Adapted Physical education) have been dormant for several years. With the recent addition of new faculty, the Department has reinstated all programs and anticipates that enrollment of new graduate students in all specializations will increase. The dedicated faculty have worked hard in recruiting students for the purpose of reinstating these programs.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
Minority Explanation

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