March 27, 2001

ACADEMIC BOARD

MARCH 20, 2001

BG H. S. CARTER

LTC J. W. PEEPLES
     for COL H. W. ASKINS, JR.

COL R. E. BALDWIN

COL M. A. BEBENSEE

COL J. R. BLANTON

COL C. E. CLEAVER

LTC C. M. DeMILLE

LTC P. B. EZELL

COL A. J. FINCH

LTC J. E. GOODWIN

COL J. S. LEONARD

CDR M. C. JONES
     for COL R. A. MALONEY

CPT K. H. BURKETT
     for 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

MAJ T. C. THOMPSON

BG Carter called the meeting to order at 1520 hours.

AGENDA ITEM # 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF FEBRUARY MEETING

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

AGENDA ITEM # 2: CITADEL FOUNDATION GIFTS

BG Carter recognized Mr. Ken Sigmon from the Citadel Foundation. Mr. Sigmon expressed appreciation for faculty support of the Foundation. He reminded department heads that they will be notified when donations are made for their programs but emphasized that this information should be kept confidential.

AGENDA ITEM # 3: CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION COMMITTEE REPORT

BG Carter recognized CPT Maria Lynn Kessler, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, to present proposed curricular changes in Modern Languages, Biology, and English. CPT Kessler distributed a summary of the Committee’s recommendations.

Each of the following changes received unanimous endorsement from the Academic Board:

Modern Languages

Changes to course descriptions for Spanish 203, 204, 390, and 391.

Change title of Spanish 204.

Add Spanish 392: Special Topics in Contemporary Spanish Usage

and Spanish American Culture.

Biology

1) Change title and catalog description of Biology 401.

2) Add Biology 414, Environmental Physiology and Biochemical Adaptations

of Animals and Biology 215, Cell and Molecular Laboratory Techniques.

English

Change title of English 205,

Change prerequisite for English 206.

Add English 340, 348, and 349 to category of American Literature courses required of English majors.

Delete English 348 and 349 from category of World Literature, Criticism, Language and Writing required of English majors.

Add English 402/403 to the list of courses required for English majors, and modify the catalog description. Delete one general elective in the second semester of the senior year to accommodate this additional requirement.

Add English 208: Humanities Special Topics.

AGENDA ITEM # 4: EMPLOYEE FURLOUGHS

BG Carter responded to concerns that some employees may be placed on furlough to address the budget crisis. He emphasized that at this time there the institution has no intention of requiring any employee to take a furlough.

AGENDA ITEM # 5: ORGANIZATION

BG Carter distributed a copy of a document he received from Faculty Council about the issue of academic reorganization. He asked department heads to let him know if they wished the issue to be placed on the agenda as an action item for the next Academic Board meeting.

AGENDA ITEM # 6: SUMMER TEACHING POLICY

BG Carter distributed copies of MEMO # 20 (March 10, 2000) on Compensation for Maymester, Summer School, and Semester Overload Teaching. He also distributed copies of a draft statement intended to clarify the circumstances under which faculty will be assigned summer courses. The suggestion was made to change the word "departments" to "department heads" in the third paragraph. With this one change, COL Moreland moved and COL Baldwin seconded the motion that the draft statement be approved. The motion passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 7: HOLIDAY BREAKS AND SPRING BREAK

BG Carter distributed a draft policy on cadet furloughs that he plans to have included on the Citadel home page and in the College Catalog and The Guidon. He will also request that faculty include the statement on the syllabus for each course they teach. He acknowledged that there will inevitably be exceptions but wants to minimize the number. COL Leonard recommended that the policy statement be adjusted to take into account the fact that students will finish exams at different times at the end of each term and that current exam policy does allow them limited ability to reschedule exams (i.e., if their professor teaches another section of the same course).

AGENDA ITEM # 8: BUDGET REDUCTION UPDATE

COL Moreland, as chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, was asked to provide an update on the plans to reduce the budget.

COL Moreland explained that the Steering Committee met six times in eight weeks to develop a plan. Because 70% of the budget is in personnel, discussion included ways to reduce personnel expenditures. At the same time, the Committee took into account the need to ensure that program quality is not compromised, that obligations in support of Title IX are met, and that programmatic and institutional accreditations are maintained.

COL Moreland indicated that the plan that has been sent to the President addresses a budget cut of 11.2% ($2,250,000) and includes an expected carryover of $260,000, additional revenues from tuition increases and an increase in campus parking fees, and various budget reductions in administrative travel, temporary employment, overtime employment, etc.

BG Carter elaborated on the projected savings in personnel costs from the hiring freeze, from the elimination of some positions as an outcome of the consolidation of fund-raising offices, limiting the hiring of adjuncts, and from the reduction of overtime, temporary, and adjunct salaries.

Both BG Carter and COL Moreland stressed that if our revenues are larger than we presently anticipate or if Governor Hodges provides any budgetary relief to higher education that the plan will be revised. The first adjustments to be made will be to minimize effects on personnel lines.

Some discussion followed about the advisability of establishing a means for departments to carry over funds for next year. COL Bebensee pointed out that since the mid-year budget review was cancelled, some departments do not even have enough funds to finish this fiscal year.

AGENDA ITEM # 9: PROMOTIONS AND TENURE

BG Carter announced that the President has approved tenure and promotion for the following faculty members

Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor:
Nancy Bell (Psychology)
Bill Bloss (Criminal Justice)
David Heisser (Library)
Keith Knapp (History)

Promotion to Associate Professor:
Judy Lehr (Education)

Promotion to Full Professor:
Gardel Feurtado (Political Science)
Steve Silver (Business Administration)

Tenure:
Jeff Goodwin (Health and Physical Education)

AGENDA ITEM # 10: MISCELLANEOUS

COL Ozment distributed notices about the ACE Conference for academic administrators this summer in Washington, DC and urged department heads to consider attending.

COL Ozment also distributed information about Turnitin, a service that helps faculty track down internet plagiarism. COL Leonard said he had received information about the company and a trial subscription to the service. He plans to use some student papers to get some sense of the extent of the problem at The Citadel and will report back to Academic Board.

BG Carter distributed information about a request from the Commission on Higher Education that we nominate a project for service learning.

COL Metts reminded department heads to respond to the draft statement he sent out by e-mail on testing out of a course.

COL Metts reported that he had just returned from serving on a SACS Visiting Team and that SACS is looking closely to see that institutions are not only assessing their programs but also that they are using the results for program improvement.

The meeting was adjourned at 1620 hours.

Submitted by

 

Suzanne Ozment