ACADEMIC BOARD MEETING

17 February 2004

BG H.S. CARTER

COL I.S. METTS, JR.

COL. L.W. MORELAND

COL K.P. BRANNAN

LTC P.M. ROSENBLUM

COL. P.J. REMBIESA

COL W.B. MOORE, JR.

COL. D.J. FALLON

COL A.J. FINCH

LTC S.A. NIDA

COL D.T. OUZTS

COL M.A. BEBENSEE

LTC J.S. CARTER

COL J.B. MCMILLAN

MAJ A. BEDDINGFIELD

LTC J.I. MOORE, JR.

COL A.W. LECLERCQ

COL A.E. GURGANUS

COL A. EKREM

CDR J.D. SNIVELY

MAJ L.A. ZURAW

MAJ S. NESMITH

LTC G. FEURTADO

 


BG Carter called the meeting to order at 1515.

AGENDA ITEM # 1:  APPROVAL OF MINUTES 20 JANUARY 2004

The minutes were approved as submitted.

AGENDA ITEM # 2:  REPORT FROM COMMITTEE ON CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

LTC Gardel Feurtado presented recommendations from the Department of English and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Department of English

ENGL 407, “Principles of Literary Criticism”

The catalog description will be changed to indicate that this course is “open to juniors and seniors.”  This course is required for Education majors with English as a teaching field.  It is offered only in fall semester, and this change will give Education majors two opportunities to take this course.

ENGL 411, “Writing in the Profession”

The title of this course is to be changed to “Legal Writing,” and the course description is to be changed to “Study and practice of effective writing techniques and terminology pertinent to the legal profession.”

These changes will ensure that the title and description reflect what actually happens in this course.

ENGL 412, “Rhetoric of Law”

This course is now taught as a “Special Topics.”  The success of this course warrants including it as a permanent offering.

LTC Feurtado indicated that the Committee on Curriculum and Instruction recommended approval of these changes.  The Board approved all changes without opposition.

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

LTC Feurtado reported the recommendation of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee that the following changes presented by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science be approved:

  • Delete CSCI 101, “Fundamentals of Computing” (3 credits)
  • Add CSCI 103, “Survey of Computer Science” (1 credit)
  • Require Computer Science Majors to take CSCI 421, 491 or 499
  • Make all catalog changes necessary to reflect these changes
  • Make course title and description changes in catalog necessary to reflect current course content

These changes were approved without objection.

AGENDA ITEM # 3: QEP UPDATE

BG Carter provided copies of the 27 actions proposed in the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).  These actions cover a broad spectrum of issues and areas.  BG Carter reminded the Board of the SACS visit 29-31 March.  He announced that he would be meeting with the faculty in three groups:  Humanities and Social Science; Science and Mathematics and Engineering; and Business Administration and Education.  Prior to these meetings, the QEP will be available to the faculty on The Citadel website.  Questions were raised regarding the sources of funds and resources that had been identified.  BG Carter explained that some funding would be coming from lottery revenues, some from the annual Foundation award, and some from the E&G budget.

AGENDA ITEM # 4: SACS VISIT

BG Carter reminded the Board of the dates of the SACS visit -- Monday, 29 March through mid-afternoon on Wednesday, 31 March.  Board members should be available in case SACS team members wish to meet.  Most of these meetings will likely come on Tuesday, 30 March.  BG Carter reported that each institution is permitted to nominate two “expert evaluators” to serve on the visiting team to provide expertise related directly to the QEP.  For The Citadel’s QEP, it will be important for the SACS team to understand cadet life, especially as it provides a context in which learning takes place.  The Citadel thought that having graduates who also had experience in education would be helpful.  In spite of a positive initial response from SACS, The Citadel’s two recommendations, Dr. John Palms and COL Myron Harrington, have now been rejected.  Replacements are now being sought.

AGENDA ITEM #5: BUDGET

BG Carter explained that funds released through the mid-year review had addressed only a limited number of funding requests that had to be met.  The mid-year review had identified nearly $7 million in “unfunded requirements” in the areas of Health and Safety; Accreditation; Environment/Energy Conservation; High Priority Maintenance and Repair; Personnel Services; and All Other.  Only $246,675 has been allocated to address “must pay bills.”  BG Carter announced that he would be releasing Foundation funds to address some of the most pressing equipment needs.  He also reported that he was waiting for an answer form COL Holland regarding additional resources to address the 100 additional freshmen expected for fall 2004.

AGENDA ITEM # 6: OTHER MATTERS

BG Carter gave a report on enrollment projections for fall 2004.  Padgett-Thomas barracks will be ready, and Band Barracks (trailers) will be available to handle the additional 100 cadets expected.

BG Carter reported that funds were now available to replace Law Barracks.  Law Barracks will be used for “overflow” for fall 2004.  It should be empty by September 2004, and demolition will begin at that time.

The issues of replacing the Band Trailers and what will happen to the fifth barracks were raised.  It is unlikely that the size of the Corps would be increased to fill a fifth barracks, and the trailers could be replaced by some sort of multi-use facility.  It could house overflow cadets, cadets in conduct difficulty, visiting athletics teams and provide office space.

COL Finch reported that the last provost candidate would be leaving this afternoon and that the Search Committee would be meeting on Monday, 23 March.

BG Carter requested the assistance of the Board in preparing a publication that would help incoming students in selecting a major.  This publication is part of the QEP, and a template for submissions will be provided.

PROF Lisa Zuraw asked about the status of the Board’s review of the Faculty Code of Ethics.  BG Carter requested once again that members of the Board discuss this document with their faculties and provide recommendations.

COL Rembiesa asked about the status of the search for the Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics.  BG Carter responded that the search committee would be named and charged very soon so that the search could begin with the return of the faculty for the fall 2004 semester.

LTC Moore asked about the status of the two issues raised by COL Bebensee – pay for adjuncts and the concept of academic bankruptcy.  BG Carter responded that COL Fallon and COL Bebensee were gathering information and would report back to the Board.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1600.

                                                                             Respectfully submitted,        

                                                                             Isaac S. Metts, Jr., Ph.D.
                                                                            
Associate Vice President
                                                                                 
for Academic Affairs