May 12, 2000

MINUTES
ACADEMIC BOARD
MAY 3, 2000

BGEN H. S. CARTER

COL R. A. MALONEY

   

COL H. W. ASKINS, JR.

COL J. B. McMILLAN

   

COL R. E. BALDWIN

COL I. S. METTS, JR.

   

COL M. A. BEBENSEE

COL W. B. MOORE, JR.

   

COL J. R. BLANTON

COL L. W. MORELAND

   

COL C. E. CLEAVER

COL S. OZMENT

   

COL D. J. FALLON

COL D. H. REILLY

   

COL A. J. FINCH

COL P. J. REMBIESA

   

LTC A. W. LeCLERCQ

COL F. W. SHEALY

   

LTC J. S. LEONARD

COL G. B. STALEY

   

LTC J. A. LIPOVSKY

COL M. H. EZELL, JR
for COL G. L. WILSON

            The meeting was called to order by BG Carter at 1400 hours. BG Carter distributed copies to all academic department heads of two books: Scholarship Assessed: Evaluation of the Professoriate and Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate. He also distributed copies of an article titled “ ‘Stereotype Threat’ and Black College Students” and of a set of articles on Peer Review of scholarship and teaching. BG Carter indicated that he would be inviting Charles E. Glassick, one of the authors of Scholarship Assessed, to make a presentation at The Citadel next year.

Finally, BG Carter distributed information from Kids Count 2000 and pointed out that South Carolina is currently ranked 48th.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 1:  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF APRIL MEETING

            The minutes of the April meeting were unanimously approved as written.

AGENDA ITEM # 2:  APPROVAL TO GRANT DEGREES

            COL Reilly moved to approve the granting of degrees to all students in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies who have met the requirements for their program of study. The motion passed unanimously.

            COL Metts moved to approve the granting of degrees to all cadets and enlisted students who have met the requirements for their program of study. The motion passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 3: CURRICULUM CHANGES

            COL Cleaver and COL Askins confirmed that their departments have resolved concerns about any overlap between existing electrical engineering courses and the new computer science course. Given that information, the members of Academic Board voted to approve the changes to the curriculum for computer science that were presented at the last meeting, namely to add two new courses, one in Java and one in Computer Network and Internets. The motion passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 4: FACULTY PARTICIPATION IN COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES

            BG Carter asked that department heads coordinate arrangements with their faculty to ensure that there is adequate faculty representation at the various commencement ceremonies. Sixty percent of the faculty in each department should be present for cadet commencement, a couple of faculty should be present from each department for baccalaureate, and faculty who regularly teach graduate classes should attend the graduate commencement.

            COL Metts reminded department heads that graduate grades were due on May 2nd, evening undergraduate grades will be due at 10:00 a.m. on May 5th, and grades for graduating senior cadets and enlisted students will be due at 10:00 a.m. on May 9th.

AGENDA ITEM # 5: POST TENURE REVIEW PROCEDURES

            LTC Lipovsky reported that the Faculty Council considered and accepted the changes to the Post Tenure Review Procedures that were recommended by Academic Board.

            BG Carter reminded department heads that a copy of their departmental standards document is due in his office by June 1st.

AGENDA ITEM # 6: GENERAL ORDER 12

            LTC Lipovsky stated that Faculty Council has discussed the document thoroughly and does not wish to have it returned.

            COL Blanton moved that each department’s professional standards document be included in an appendix to GO 12. BG Carter said he would review each department’s document and notify the department head of whether it was approved or needed to be revised. If extensive revision were required, it should be undertaken next year. In the meantime, the most current document will be used. COL Blanton’s motion passed unanimously.

            In regard to March 13th memo from LTC Lipovsky summarizing Faculty Council recommendations, BG Carter indicated that he was uncomfortable with the first suggestion: “if departmental standards change after a faculty member is hired, the faculty member shall have the option to choose the standards by which he or she will be evaluated . . . .” Instead, he proposed the following language: “If tenure standards change after a faculty member is hired, the faculty and administrators involved in the decision making process are expected to take this situation into consideration when evaluating the candidate for tenure.” COL Moreland moved, and COL Blanton seconded the motion to accept BG Carter’s version. The motion passed unanimously.

            BG Carter also expressed concern about the Faculty Council recommendation to obtain a vote from the members of the Faculty Tenure and Promotion Committee before granting tenure on appointment. BG Carter pointed out that there is seldom time in the negotiating process with a candidate to convene a meeting of a college committee. He suggested that if the tenured members of the department and the members of the search committee favor tenure on appointment that the issue would be presented to the Chair and Vice Chair of the FTPC for their recommendations. LTC Lipovsky urged that the decision be taken to the full committee whenever possible, but said that if time is of the essence, the Chair and Vice Chair could be called upon to represent the committee as a whole. The Board accepted BG Carter’s suggestion by consensus.

            COL Metts pointed out that the Faculty Council recommendation to use student evaluation results only after they have been validated cannot be accepted because it is not possible statistically to “validate” the results. What can be done, and what the College is in the process of doing, is to undertake a study to determine whether there is evidence of bias based on gender, ethnicity, etc. BG Carter reiterated his commitment to having an external expert review the questions to see if they are well constructed and his commitment to regular (but not necessarily external) analysis of the data generated. BG Carter emphasized the importance of using multiple measures in evaluating faculty. LTC Lipovsky observed that there is a body of professional literature on student evaluations that we need to take advantage of. She referred specifically to an article titled “Student Ratings of Teaching: Uses and Misuses by William Cashin, that COL Ozment had shared with her which she had found very informative. COL Ozment offered to send copies of this article to the members of Academic Board and to the members of FTPC. As a result of the discussion, COL Moreland moved and the Board unanimously approved the recommendation that references to “validation” of results not be included.

AGENDA ITEM # 7: CGPS STRATEGIC PLAN

            COL Reilly presented the draft of a Strategic Plan for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. He noted that what has been distributed is not really a strategic plan but instead a set of recommendations for use by the next graduate dean and the Strategic Planning Committee. He acknowledged that the recommendations have significant resource implications and set unrealistic time lines. The Graduate Council approved the document in principle and did not vote on individual recommendations. COL Reilly suggested that Academic Board pass it along to the Strategic Planning Committee for consideration. COL Finch asked if program proposals would still come back through regular channels for review and approval. BG Carter indicated that they would. Given that clarification, COL Bebensee moved and COL Finch seconded the motion to do so. The motion passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 8: STRATEGIC PLANNING AND REACCREDITATION

            BG Carter reviewed the timetable for preparing for the next reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

2000-2001

Review SACS Recommendations from last visit
Begin Strategic Planning Process

2001-2002

Conduct Level II Planning
Implement Changes in response to SACS Recommendations

2002-2003

Conduct Self Study

Fall 2003

Submit Self Study Report

Spring 2004

SACS Visit

            BG Carter reminded Board members that there will be a general faculty meeting on Friday, May 5th.

            The meeting was adjourned at 1530 hours.

  Submitted by
Suzanne Ozment
 
 

Dean of Undergraduate Studies
and Dean of Women