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     Appalachian State University

     Family and Consumer Sciences

    Graduate Student

    Handbook

    Boone, NC 28608

    Phone: 828-262-3120

    FAX: 828-265-8620 0

     Compiled by Diane Butterworth, DrPH, RD, LDN

    Graduate Program Director

    1996, 1998

    Revised by Sammie G. Garner, PhD, CFCS

    Graduate Program Director

    2007

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    FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES

     GRADUATE STUDENT HANDBOOK

     TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Introduction……………………………………………………………………. 3 History…………………………………………………………………………. 3 Goals for Students Enrolled in the MA in Family and Consumer Sciences .. 3 University Resources…………………………………………………………... 4

    Department Resources…………………………………………………………. 4

     Duplication……………………………………………………………... 5

     Lockers…………………………………………………………………. 5

     Work/Study Areas……………………………………………………… 5

     Computer Lab………………………………………………………….. 5

     Graduate Program Bulletin Board……………………………………… 5

     Student Organizations…………………………………………………... 5

    Funding Sources and Avenues of Support…………………………………... 6

     Graduate Assistantships………………………………………………… 6

     In and Out-of State Tuition……………………………………………… 7

    Major Steps in Graduate Program………………………………………….. 8

     Program Advisor……………………………………………………….. 8

     Selection of Program Committee……………………………………….. 8

     Program of Study……………………………………………………….. 8

     Admission to Candidacy……………………………………………….. 9

     Independent/Individual Study…………………………………………. 10

     Internships………………………………………………………………. 10

     Graduate Research Registration ………………………………………. 10

     Non-Thesis Project……………………………………………………… 11

     Thesis……………………………………………………………………. 11

     1. Securing a Thesis Chair and Committee …………………… 11

     2. Writing a Prospectus………………………………………….. 12

     3. Prospectus Meeting…………………………………………… 12

     4. Data Collection………………………………………………. 12

     5. Thesis Defense……………………………………………….. 13

     6. Thesis Submission/Binding/Final Grade ……………………. 13

     Application for Graduation……………………………………………… 13

     Comprehensive Examination Guidelines………………………………. 13

     Portfolio Review ………………………………………………………... 16

     Product of Learning …………………………………………………….. 16

     Language Proficiency ………………………………………………….. 16

     Commencement …..…………………………………………………….. 16

Publication Authorship ...................................................................................... 17

    Graduate Program Checklist……………………………………………..…… 18 2

    FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES

    GRADUATE STUDENT HANDBOOK

Introduction

     Welcome to the graduate program at Appalachian State University and to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences! Our faculty and graduate students are

    delighted that you have chosen to study with us. This handbook is designed to assist you

    in completing your Master of Arts degree in the Family and Consumer Sciences graduate

    program with optimum scholarly accomplishment and professional development.

History

     Our Master of Arts was approved in Fall 1990 and graduated its first student in Summer 1991. In Fall 1995, the Department of Home Economics adopted the name

    Family and Consumer Sciences to better reflect our position in society and academia and

    to identify with the name adopted by our national accrediting body. We currently offer

    three MA graduate degrees:

    (1) Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences, a non-certification program

    with three concentrations child and family studies, foods and nutrition (with

    ADA internship) and general;

    (2) Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences, Education, which leads to

    advanced teacher licensure,

    (3) Master of Arts in Child Development, Birth through Kindergarten: with three

    concentrations, teaching, allied professions, and administrative.

We support graduate studies in three content areas: Child Development, Foods and

    Nutrition, and Family and Consumer Sciences Education. The Foods and Nutrition area

    houses a graduate Dietetic Internship accredited by The American Dietetic Association.

Goals for Students Enrolled in the Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences

    1. Gain a critical understanding of the discipline of Family and Consumer

    Sciences, its methodology, and theoretical framework.

    2. Acquire an advanced knowledge of the discipline of Family and Consumer

    Sciences and one of its sub disciplines (Child Development, Foods and Nutrition,

    or Family and Consumer Sciences Education) to facilitate professional

    advancement.

    3. Develop the ability to analyze and synthesize knowledge and methodology

    within the field.

    4. Develop the skills, knowledge and graduate experience necessary for

    appropriate professional employment, professional development, and/or further

    graduate study within Family and Consumer Sciences.

    5. Develop a commitment to the Family and Consumer Sciences profession, to

    ethical thought and behavior, and to high standards of professional practice.

    6. Develop leadership and administrative knowledge and skills to facilitate 3

    professional advancement.

    7. Develop research skills and competencies.

    8. Develop intellectually and creatively through association with Family and

    Consumer Sciences professionals as mentors.

    9. Gain advanced content knowledge and competency to facilitate graduate level

    credentialing appropriate to the student’s respective program of study.

Refer also to the University mission statement and to the goals of the University Graduate

    Studies program http://www.graduate.appstate.edu/gradstudies/facultystaff/mission.html.

University Resources

     Graduate Studies oversees the process of graduate education at Appalachian from

    admissions to commencement. The staff is well qualified to answer questions about

    policies and procedures for graduate students and offer several training opportunities

    such as orientation for graduate students, training for teaching assistants, and thesis

    workshops. Graduate Studies publishes information about the University and its graduate

    education resources on the Cratis D. Williams Graduate Studies webpage at

    http://www.graduate.appstate.edu/.

     The Cratis D. Williams Graduate Student Handbook is available on-line at

    http://www.graduate.appstate.edu/gradstudies/forms_graduate/td_studenthdbk.pdf

    and is designed to introduce you to the graduate school staff, resources, and policies, as

    well as assist you in completing your graduate studies with a minimum of effort.

    The Appalachian Graduate Bulletin describes specific degree programs requirements, course offerings, and academic policies and procedures that must be followed to obtain

    your graduate degree, as well as other detail regarding financial, computer, library, and

    faculty. Refer to http://www.graduate.appstate.edu/gradstudies/bulletin/index.html.

Off-campus students should also refer to the Extension and Distance Education webpage

    at http://www.ext-dl.appstate.edu/ for a wealth of information and services designed to make your graduate education smooth and seamless.

     We encourage you to consult with your advisor regularly to plan a successful path

    to the completion of your graduate degree. The official position of the University is that

    the sole responsibility for a graduate student’s adherence to academic policy and

    fulfillment of requirements toward a degree rests with the student.

Department Resources

     The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has friendly and caring

    students and faculty who welcome you to a meaningful and challenging graduate study

    experience. The department is located in L.S. Dougherty Hall and is open to all students

    Monday through Friday 8:00AM 5:00 PM. The department office is located in room 101.

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     Students are permitted to work in laboratories after 5:00 PM or on Saturday and

    Sunday by instructor’s approval only. Approval must be written for the Security Officer

    to check. The department administrative assistant will provide you with approval forms.

    Procedures relating to use of laboratories after hours are:

    1. A student receives signed approval form from a course instructor.

    2. A student checks out classroom/lab key from secretary.

    3. A student calls Security Office (extension 2150) to unlock building.

    4. The student is responsible for use and maintenance of lab/building space

    during such access.

Duplication

     Access to the copier in the department office is available to Family and Consumer

    Sciences faculty, staff, and trained graduate assistants working on approved FCS

    materials. The copier and other office materials are not for personal use.

Lockers

     Lockers are located on the second floor and are available on a first come, first

    serve basis to graduate and undergraduate students in Family and Consumer Sciences.

    Students wishing to use a locker should pick one and supply their own lock and

    combination. When a student has identified a locker, he or she should sign the locker

    assignment sheet posted at the end of the lockers. This process must be renewed each

    semester.

    Work/Study Areas

     Graduate students may study or work in room 209.

Computer Lab

     Computer labs are provided by the University for student use. In addition, a

    department computer lab is open in L.S. Dougherty Hall, room 202 for Family and

    Consumer Sciences majors. Hours vary and are posted on the door. Graduate students

    may request use of this lab at additional times.

Graduate Program Bulletin Board

     Located on the first floor, west end, the Graduate Program Bulletin Board is used

    to post memorandums, articles, job offerings, advising deadlines, presentation

    announcements, and course listings pertaining to graduate students. You may use this

    board if you have pertinent information you would like to share related to graduate

    students in your field. Contact the Graduate Program Director if you have questions.

    Student Organizations

     There are two campus wide organizations specifically for graduate students: the

    Graduate Student Association Senate and the Social Order of Graduate Students. Refer

    to http://www.graduate.appstate.edu/gradstudies/current/studentgroups.php

    for details. This site also includes the Graduate Student Association Handbook

    http://www.sogs.appstate.edu/index.php?module=pagemaster&PAGE_user_op=view_pa

    ge&PAGE_id=66&MMN_position=180:180

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If you have interest in being an elected representative of our FCS graduate program to

    these organizations, please let the FCS Graduate Program Director know.

    Students are also encouraged to become actively involved in professional

    organizations. The following student organizations pertinent to the Family and

    Consumer Sciences discipline have been established.

    SAFCS - The Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences is open to

    all Family and Consumer Sciences majors. Membership dues are paid to the

    American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

    KON - Kappa Omicron Nu is the honor organization for Family and Consumer

    Sciences and Human Sciences majors . Requirements for membership are based

    on academics, leadership, and dedication to the profession.

    HACDA - Highland Association for Child Development and Advocacy, an

    organization whose membership consists mainly of child development majors. Its

    purpose is to provide for leadership and professional development and to further

    the student’s education and interests in the child development major.

    SADA - Student Appalachian Dietetic Association is an organization whose

    membership consists mainly of General Dietetic students. Its purpose is to

    provide for leadership and professional development opportunities in Foods and

    Nutrition.

Funding Sources and Avenues of Support

     There are several ways to finance your graduate education, including loans,

    fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships. To be considered for financial aid, fill out

    the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available at the

    Financial Aid Office. Refer to http://financialaid.appstate.edu/. Applications for

    fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships are available online from the Office of

    Graduate Studies and Research, John Thomas Student Support Building JET Building

    (828-262-2130). Refer to http://www.graduate.appstate.edu . For questions regarding

    tuition status, refer to http://www.registrar.appstate.edu/residency/ . The graduate

    assistantship application is also available through AdmissionPro.

    Support for graduate student research is available through the Graduate Studies

    Office. Refer to http://www.graduate.appstate.edu/ and the Office of Student Research

    http://www.osr.appstate.edu/ for details.

    Graduate Assistantships

     As a Graduate assistant at Appalachian State University, you are offered the

    opportunity to function both as a student and as a professional. FCS graduate

    assistantships are available in Nutrition, Child Development, and Research in half-time

    (10 hours/week) or full-time (20 hours/week) workloads. Information regarding graduate

    assistantships in other university programs is available through the Graduate Studies

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office. A standard full-time assistantship carries a stipend of ~$7,000 (2007 amount) per

    year before taxes. Some assistantships pay more. During any semester that a graduate

    student receives a stipend, he or she must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 and a maximum

    of 12 semester hours. A summer assistantship requires enrollment in at least one course

    during the summer. Graduate assistants are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 grade

    point average and comply with regulations and policies applicable to graduate assistant

    personnel and the Graduate School. Graduate assistantships are made according to the

    following procedures:

    1. Applicants must file an application with the Graduate School. Applications

    are available on-line from the Graduate School Office located in the John E.

    Thomas Student Support Building (JET).

    2. Applicants must be accepted for admission to the Graduate School.

    Incomplete admission applications are held in the Graduate School until

    approved and then forwarded to the appropriate department or area.

    3. Upon recommendation by the department chairperson, the

     Dean of Graduate School offers assistantship contracts to selected recipients.

    3. Each graduate assistant will receive an e-mail contract letter which will

    specify the type of assistantship, the number of hours per week to be worked,

    and the amount of the stipend, and the academic terms for which the contract

    is valid.

The student will be asked to respond to an online form for setting up the signing process

    for the assistantship. Refer to the Graduate Studies webpage

    http://www.graduate.appstate.edu/gradstudies/current/contractsigning.php.

    Specific job descriptions will be defined by the area supervisor and the

    department chairperson and are identified in the work system. You are expected to be

    familiar with and abide by the policies outlined in The Cratis D. Williams Graduate

    Student Handbook as well as those in your employment area, available on line at

    http://www.graduate.appstate.edu/

    Before the first day of classes, assistantship recipients are required to report to the Graduate School Office in the John E. Thomas Administration Building to sign

    appropriate forms and tax documents. To complete these forms, you will need two of the

    three following items: official identification (valid driver’s license or military ID),

    original Social Security Card, and /or birth certificate or passport.

In and Out-of-State Tuition Scholarships

     Out-of-State tuition scholarships are awarded to a very limited number of

    exceptionally qualified assistantship recipients. Funds for tuition scholarships are funded

    by The University of North Carolina Board of Governors. You should contact your

    Graduate Program Director, Program Advisor, or Department Chair for a

    recommendation and further instructions. Recipients must meet the following guidelines:

    1. The student must be approved for admission.

    2. The student must register for a minimum of nine hours to maintain full-time

    status and the tuition scholarship privilege.

    3. The student must hold a graduate assistantship. 7

    North Carolina Residency Status for Tuition Purposes

    If you need information regarding North Carolina residency in order to qualify for

    in-state tuition rates, refer to the Registrar’s Office webpage

    http://www.registrar.appstate.edu/residency/index.html.

Major Steps in Graduate Program

     It is the graduate student’s responsibility to meet all requirements for successfully

    completing his or her program of study in a timely manner. As you read this section,

    refer to the Graduate Program Checklist on page 18 to help you anticipate and plan each step. Track and date each step as it is completed.

Graduate advisors will maintain the Graduate Program Checklist filed in the FCS

    department office by verifying the completion and date of completion of each

    component listed. This form is attached to the inside cover of each student’s program

    file. Note that admission information is available through AdmissionPro. The academic

    information of admitted and continuing students is available through the Banner/ student

    system. This process is also monitored by the FCS graduate program director.

Program Advisor

    Students admitted to a program of graduate study at Appalachian State University

    are assigned an academic advisor from that department offering the degree. The FCS

    chairperson assigns an advisor to each FCS graduate student following admission.

    Students are expected to meet with their advisor prior to registering for each term

    for the purpose of developing and implementing their program. Changes in this

    program may be made only with the approval of the student’s advisor, graduate committee, and the department chairperson (refer to the Graduate Studies webpage for

    this form). The program of study form is available online and is completed for

    submission in the second semester of study after completing at least 8 semester hours of

    graduate credit. Course work taken without advisor and committee approval will not

    automatically be applicable toward the degree.

Selection of Program Committee

    A student will determine a program committee after consultation with his or her advisor. The committee will be responsible for the approval of the program of study and will participate in the comprehensive examination process at the completion of the student’s program. This is a formal process that involves completion of the program

    of study form (available on-line) and signed approval as indicated.

Program of Study

     After completing 8 semester hours of graduate course credits, you are expected

    to file a proposed Program of Study (forms online) with your. The Program of Study

    is a typed list of the courses you intend to take that meet the requirements of your degree

    program (see http://www.graduate.appstate.edu.) As you develop your Program of Study, consider which semester you intend to take each class. A final copy of this form

    should be completed, approved by your committee, and submitted to the Registrar’s

    Office during your second semester of study and after completing 8 semester hours of

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    study. This will serve as a good way for you to double check the department’s schedule of future classes. The Program of Study also serves as a degree contract between you,

    your department, and the Graduate School. Changes in your program of study require

    approval by your graduate committee. Refer to see change authorization form on-line.

     The maximum course load during the regular academic year is 15 hours per

    semester for students without assistantships and 9-12 hours for those holding

    assistantships. With special permission, some graduate assistants may carry fewer than 9

    hours. With prior approval by the academic advisor and the Dean of the Graduate School,

    some students may take more than the recommended course load. For the summer

    session the course load maximum is 6 semester hours for a 5-week term. Graduate

    Students may not earn more than 12 hours for the entire summer.

    Admission to Candidacy

     The purpose of the Admission to Candidacy Interview is to provide an

    opportunity early in the student’s graduate program to assess the student’s initial progress toward completion of the Master’s degree. The interview should occur after the student

    has completed eight semester hours of class work, usually in the second semester of

    graduate study. In addition, the student must have a grade point average of at least 3.0.

     The graduate student and his or her graduate committee chairperson assume the

    responsibility for scheduling the interview. The graduate student and his or her full

    graduate committee should be present at the interview. In special situations, the

    interview may be conducted in the form of a conference call.

     The student’s graduate committee chairperson assumes the responsibility for

    facilitating the actual interview. The chairperson and other committee members may

    then ask the graduate student various questions leading to discussion which will enable

    those present to assess the student’s progress toward completing the Master’s degree.

    Questions such as the following may be included:

    1. What are your career goals?

    2. How are your career goals reflected in your graduate program of study?

    3. What challenges you to excel in your course work?

    4. Share one or two of the most meaningful concepts or insights you have gained

    or learned at this point during your Master’s program.

    5. What frustrations have you faced?

    6. What options are you considering for the thesis/non-thesis research project?

    7. What obstacles, if any, might hinder the completion of your graduate program?

The student should also be provided the opportunity to ask questions and/or offer

    comments regarding his or her graduate program and progress to date.

     Upon completion of the interview, the graduate committee will excuse the

    candidate from the room and confer to determine its recommendation regarding the

    graduate student’s admission to candidacy for a graduate degree. If the recommendation

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