ACADEMIC BOARD MEETING
MINUTES
DECEMBER 14, 1999

BG H. S. CARTER, COL R. A. MALONEY, COL W. H. 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, LTC C. M. DEMILLE, COL D. H. REILLY, COL D. J. FALLON, COL P. J. REMBIESA, COL A. J. FINCH, COL F. W. SHEALY, LTC A. W. LECLERCQ, COL G. B. STALEY, LTC J. S. LEONARD, COL G. L. WILSON, LTC J. A. LIPOVSKY

The meeting was called to order at 0900 hours.

AGENDA ITEM # 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF 18 NOVEMBER 1999 MEETING

COL Bebensee moved and COL Askins seconded the motion that the minutes of the November 18th meeting be approved as written. The motion passed unanimously.

BG Carter distributed to department heads information giving average salaries by discipline and by rank for professors in their discipline. The figures were taken from four salary studies solicited by the college. He asked that each department head review the material in preparation for discussions with him and the designated dean about upcoming salary increases.

AGENDA ITEM # 2: CHANGES TO THE MBA CURRICULUM

COL Bebensee presented several changes to the MBA curriculum on behalf of the Business Administration Department. He explained that following initial accreditation by AACSB in 1996, the Department continued to review its curriculum. In particular, an attempt was made to address the variations in levels of preparation of incoming students by reducing to 39 the number of hours required of all students. The Department has now learned that all students must have at least 45 hours. Therefore, the Department proposes to add 4 one and one-half hour courses and 1 three-hour business elective. This will result in a total of 48 hours (30 hour MBA and 18 hours of pre-requisites) required of those who do not have an undergraduate business degree. Those who do and those with extensive work experience will be able to exempt some of the requirements. The change in requirements will become effective in May 2000. On behalf of Graduate Council, which already voted approval of the proposed changes, COL Reilly moved that the curriculum be modified as described above.

COL Bebensee seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 3: REVISED PHYSICAL EDUCATION MAJOR CURRICULUM

COL Wilson presented several changes to the curriculum for Physical Education majors. These changes have already been approved by the college-wide Curriculum Committee. The principal change is in the order in which courses should be taken, namely that methods classes formerly taken in the sophomore year have been moved to the junior year. This was warranted by the fact that students pursuing a teaching track were taking a number of methods courses in their second year. If they did not have a 2.5 GPR at the end of that year, they were not eligible to remain in the teaching track and yet would have a number of methods courses on their transcripts that would not apply to a degree in one of the other physical education tracks.

COL Wilson noted that there will also be a two hour reduction in the total requirement. Two one hour courses--PHED 229 (Adult Fitness) and PHED 222 (Aquatics Methods)--have been dropped as the material covered in these courses is adequately covered elsewhere.

COL Reilly cautioned that NCATE and the State Department of Education are now expecting students to have spent 100 hours in the schools prior to student teaching.

COL Wilson stated that both PHED 101 (Introduction to Physical Education) and PHED 102 (Learning Theory) require students to spend considerable time in the schools, so meeting this requirement will not be a problem.

COL Metts pointed out that to be eligible for their rings cadets must have completed their first year of modern language. Since PE majors will now be starting modern language in their junior years, they should receive careful advising.

COL Wilson moved and COL Baldwin seconded the motion that the curricular changes be endorsed. The motion passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 4: ISSUES REGARDING THE POLICIES FOR THE OPERATION OF COMMITTEES

COL Finch expressed some concern that college-wide committees seem to be establishing their own policies. He cited the example of the Faculty Development Committee having decided not to consider funding development activities for non tenure track faculty.

COL Bebensee added that both the Research Committee and the Faculty Development Committee had rejected consideration of funding for professors conducting research into teaching in their disciplines.

COL Rembiesa commented on the inappropriateness of this given that more and more professional organizations, including the American Physics Society, are calling for research on teaching in the discipline.

COL Askins gave another example--the Research Committee's cap of $3000 annually to an individual--which penalizes faculty in science and technology.

BG Carter suggested that the charters of each committee be reviewed.

LTC Lipovsky said these are not readily available. They are published on the VAX at the end of the list of committees but they are very general and do not, in most cases, include operating policies.

BG Carter stated that the deans will discuss possible solutions to the problem to present to Academic Board and Faculty Council.

AGENDA ITEM # 5: POST TENURE REVIEW

COL Metts reminded Board members that of the materials from Faculty Council that have already been distributed.

The three major issues to be settled are:

  1. the composition of the Post Tenure Review Committee,
  2. the schedule for Post Tenure Review, and
  3. the outcome or consequences of the review process.
He distributed a draft outlining possible approaches for Academic Board to consider. The draft proposes an academic cluster organization and an institutional schedule to which all departments adhere.

COL Metts asked department heads to read the draft carefully and send suggested changes to him for consolidation.

BG Carter indicated that he hopes Academic Board will be prepared to vote on the process at its January meeting.

COL Askins asked about faculty who plan to retire soon.

COL Metts responded that those who state in writing their intention to retire within three years will not be reviewed.

LTC Lipovsky pointed out that when faculty in Business Administration or Education are reviewed, their departmental representatives will be unable to participate. That will result in a very small committee conducting the review of faculty from those departments.

    Several questions were raised during the general discussion:

  1. what happens at the departmental level?
  2. why not use the same process as that used for tenure and promotion--select one faculty member from outside the department, then send the recommendation on to the Faculty Tenure and Promotion Committee (FTPC)?
  3. why not let the department head make a recommendation that is forwarded to the FTPC?
COL Wilson observed that post tenure review at the department level poses problems for small departments.

BG Carter emphasized that the process should be focused on faculty development. We should have an approved process ready to be implemented next year.

AGENDA ITEM # 6: PERFORMANCE FUNDING

COL Metts informed the Board that The Citadel has received strong ratings for predictions in the faculty salary category, but we have not done well in the area of credit hour production for faculty. This results in part from accrediting agency limits on faculty/student ratios in education classes and partly from The Citadel's practice of giving course reductions to department heads and to those teaching graduate classes. The Commission on Higher Education has changed the definition of Full-Time Faculty to anyone hired primarily to teach who teaches at least one course.

AGENDA ITEM # 7: ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2000-2001

COL Ozment explained that the deans have worked out a compromise for the spring 2000 term. Undergraduate evening classes will start the same week that cadet classes begin while graduate classes will begin a week earlier. This will mean that faculty teaching undergraduate evening classes will have to turn in final grades very soon after administering their exams, but this was deemed preferable to having evening and day sections of the same courses out of sync for an entire term. A longer term solution is to have one undergraduate commencement for cadets, enlisted students, and evening undergraduates.

BG Carter noted that this is a sensible course to pursue as we will increasingly need flexibility in the graduate schedule as we work with other institutions on cooperative programs.

AGENDA ITEM # 8: NCATE UPDATE

COL Reilly expressed confidence that our preparations for NCATE review are on schedule. The major concern is that faculty and staff be well prepared for the visit. A series of briefings have been scheduled. The head of each department that teaches content courses for education majors should send the names of two faculty members to the Education Department. They will be invited to attend one of the briefings. The Academic Board will be briefed at 1500 hours on Tuesday, January 25th, the date and time of the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.

AGENDA ITEM # 9: GRADUATE COUNCIL REPORT

The Graduate Council met on December 13th.

Three items were on the agenda:

  1. changes to the MBA curriculum,
  2. a revised strategic plan for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, and
  3. comments from BG Carter about filling the graduate deans position.
AGENDA ITEM # 10: AACSB UPDATE

COL Bebensee had no additional news.

AGENDA ITEM # 11: FACULTY COUNCIL UPDATE

LTC Lipovsky reported that the Council has received a memo outlining issues of concern from the Faculty Tenure and Promotion Committee but has not met since the last Academic Board meeting.

AGENDA ITEM # 12: MISCELLANEOUS

BG Carter informed the Board that COL Reilly will be on sabbatical next year and that he is not planning to fill the graduate deans position at this time. He will take a more active role himself next year and may appoint an acting graduate dean for the year.

BG Carter also indicated that a series of faculty forums will be held on the issue of academic organization and administration. The deans will develop a white paper on the pros and cons of reorganization into schools. Several smaller meetings of faculty in the three academic clusters will be held to foster discussion.

BG Carter notified the Board that he does plan to request approval from the Board of Visitors of the position of Dean of Business Administration at the BOV meeting in January.

COL Metts announced that Professor Alix Darden in the Biology Department has been awarded a $62,000 research grant from CHE.

COL Metts also announced that, on the recommendation of the Computer Committee, twenty new computers will be distributed to faculty and four upgraded computers will be recirculated.

COL Cleaver asked about The Citadel's policy on accepting distance education courses.

COL Ozment noted that an Academic Board subcommittee, chaired by COL Finch, has been asked to examine this issue. At present, we cannot always determine from a transcript whether a student has taken a course online or not.

According to COL Reilly, The Citadel has received a Gear Up Grant from CHE designed to help raise awareness among seventh graders of the importance of going to college. Sessions are held on Saturdays and during a summer camp.

COL Moore raised the issue of the institutions position on the Confederate flag. Given the controversy among the alumni, he urged the Faculty Council to take a position.

LTC Lipovsky agreed to put the topic on the agenda for the next meeting.

COL Moore moved and COL Moreland seconded the motion that the Academic Board endorse the The Citadel's official position that the Confederate flag should be removed from the State House. The motion passed unanimously.

Submitted by

Suzanne Ozment
Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Women