May 25, 2001

 

                                                           ACADEMIC BOARD MEETING
                                                                            MAY 8, 2001

 

BG H. S. CARTER

COL H. W. ASKINS

COL R. E. BALDWIN

COL M. A. BEBENSEE

COL J. R. BLANTON

COL C. E. CLEAVER

LTC P. B. EZELL

COL D. J. FALLON

COL A. J. FINCH

LTC J. E. GOODWIN

LTC A. W. LeCLERCQ

COL J. S. LEONARD

COL R. A. MALONEY

COL J. B. McMILLAN

COL I. S. METTS, JR.

COL W. B. MOORE, JR.

COL L. W. MORELAND

COL D. T. OUZTS

COL S. OZMENT

COL P. J. REMBIESA

COL F. W. SHEALY

COL G. B. STALEY

LTC S. J. SILVER
      for MAJ T. C. THOMPSON

The meeting was called to order at 1515 hours by BG Carter.

AGENDA ITEM # 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF APRIL MEETING

The minutes of the April 17, 2001 meeting were unanimously approved as written.

AGENDA ITEM # 2: CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION COMMITTEE REPORT

BG Carter recognized CPT Maria Lynn Kessler, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, to present recommendations for curricular changes.

    1. Addition of two courses in Health and Physical Education: PHED 411, Special Topics in Physical Education, and HLED 411, Special Topics in Health.
    2. Deletion of GEOL 303 and 308 from Chemistry Department listings
    3. Three changes to requirements for English Education majors to meet NCATE standards: second semester sophomore year, change from "Masterpieces of World Literature I or II" to "Masterpieces of World Literature II"; second semester junior year, change "American Literature Elective" to "Twentieth Century American Fiction or Twentieth Century American Poetry and Drama"; first semester senior year, change "Approved Elective" to "African American Literature."

These changes were unanimously approved by Academic Board.

AGENDA ITEM # 3: GRADUATE CURRICULUM CHANGES

BG Carter presented curricular changes that have been approved by the Graduate Council:

    1. MAT in English: add to the requirement "American Literature, 2 courses" that "at least one must be in twentieth-century American literature."
    2. Biology: add a laboratory component to BIOL 607, Microbiology (5 contact hrs; 4 credit hrs)
    3. Business Administration: create specific courses for three subjects that have previously been taught under BADM 650, Special Topics: BADM 673, International Management, BADM 674, Internet Resources for Managers, and BADM 675, Business Forecasting.
    4. Education: expand the internship from three to six hours in the Ed. S. program in School Superintendency to meet NCATE requirement. Change the title of EDUC 632 to Internship in Superintendency I and add EDUC 633, Internship in Superintendency II. Delete EDUC 633, Chemical Dependency and Families; this course has never been taught.
    5. Health and Physical Education: change PHED 508, Thesis in Health in Physical Education (6 hrs) to two three hour courses: PHED 598, Thesis in Health and Physical Education I and PHED 599, Thesis in Health and Physical Education II.
    6. Psychology: change the title of PSYC 504 from "Practicum in School Psychology" to "Special Techniques in Assessment"; change the title of PSYC 505 from "Assessment of Social/Emotional Functioning" to "Practicum I-Personality and Social Assessment"; replace PSYC 506, "Family and Preschool Assessment" with the existing course PSYC 553, "Introduction to Family Dynamics"; delete PSYC 551, "Counseling Techniques."

These changes were unanimously approved by Academic Board.

AGENDA ITEM # 4: ANTI-PLAGIARISM PROGRAM

COL Leonard distributed the results of a trial he conducted using "Turnitin" to detect plagiarism in 35 student papers submitted in two courses he taught last fall. He indicated he was very impressed with the system. He found it clear and easy to use. The demonstration program he ran uncovered one example of blatant plagiarism and scattered instances of carelessness in punctuating quotations and citing sources.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 5: CATALOG REVISIONS

COL Ozment reminded department heads to submit catalog revisions as soon as possible. The catalog will be delivered to the Print Shop by the end of May.

AGENDA ITEM # 7: NAME CHANGE FOR DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

BG Carter recognized LTC Goodwin who informed the Board that the Department of Health and Physical Education wishes to change its name to the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science to reflect more accurately its current curricula. This name change is supported not only by the faculty but also by the majority of student majors.

AGENDA ITEM # 8: FURLOUGH POLICY

BG Carter distributed a copy of the Furlough Policy that will be sent to all students and their parents this summer in the hope of reducing the number of requests to faculty and to the administration for special leaves. BG Carter asked department heads to encourage the faculty in their departments to include the appropriate sections of the Furlough Policy on their course syllabi.

Concern was expressed about the baseball team scheduling games that led to team members missing more than 20% of some classes. BG Carter offered to discuss this issue with Mr. Steers and Mr. Robinson.

AGENDA ITEM # 9: MISCELLANEOUS

COL Metts stated that unless there are objections the policy governing testing out of courses that was distributed at the last meeting will be published in next year’s catalog. We will continue to place no limit on the number of IB or AP credits students can receive but will limit to 30 hours the amount of credit students may earn by any other means of testing (CLEP, Dantes, etc.).

LTC DeMille asked department heads to emphasize to the faculty the importance of submitting senior grades on time so they can be cleared for graduation.

The Board officially approved awarding degrees to all students who have met the published requirements.

BG Carter asked department heads to be sure their departments would be represented at the baccalaureate service.

The meeting was adjourned at 1600 hours.

Submitted by

 

Suzanne Ozment