Academic Board

18 March 2003

BG H.S. CARTER
COL I.S. METTS
COL H.W. ASKINS, JR.
COL W.B. MOORE
COL J. BLANTON
COL L.W. MORELAND
MAJ H. DAVAKOS
MAJ S. NESMITH
LTC P.B. EZELL
LTC S. NIDA
COL D. FALLON
LTC P.M. ROSENBLUM
MAJ S. FOSTER
COL F.W. SHEALY
LTC J. GOODWIN
COL R.H. TICE
LTC A.E. GURGANUS
LTC G. WILLIAMS
LTC K. HENSON

 

The meeting was called to order by BG Carter at 15:22.

AGENDA ITEM 1.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF 18 FEBRUARY 2003:

The minutes of the 18 February 2003 meeting were approved as submitted.

AGENDA ITEM 2.  CURRICULUM COMMITTEE REPORT:

MAJ Harry Davakos presented proposed curricula changes from seven departments.  All proposed changes were approved.  Copies of proposed changes are available in hard copy. Changes in Health, Exercise, and Sport Science Teaching Track will be coordinated with the School of Education.

AGENDA ITEM 3.  FACULTY ATTENDANCE AT COMMENCEMENT:

BG Carter announced that one-half of the faculty should be designated to attend the May Cadet Commencement.  Deans and department heads are asked to submit the names of those faculty who will attend.

BG Carter noted that the speaker had not yet been named.  He also noted that Graduate Commencement will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, 4 May.  This will be the 35th year, and the speaker will be Dr. Tom Mahan, former Dean of Graduate Studies.

AGENDA ITEM 4.  STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND SACS:

BG Carter reported that the President has approved a statement of Philosophy on Student Activities to include an oversight council to coordinate all these activities.  This action, while much needed in its own right, addresses concerns related to the upcoming SACS Compliance Report.  The area of student activities was identified as a weakness in the last SACS review, and the statement of philosophy and the oversight council address several of the commitments The Citadel made to address recommendations from the last SACS reaffirmation review.  (Hardcopy handout available.)

BG Carter reported that the proposed Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) developed by the Strategic Planning Committee has been approved in concept by the President.  The QEP will be presented to the SACS Leadership Committee on 4 April.  At that time, the Leadership Committee will also receive a report on the status of the Compliance Audit.  (QEP and Leadership Committee membership available in hardcopy.)

BG Carter reminded the department heads and deans that he, COL Metts, and COL Bob White would be visiting each department and school to verify SACS compliance in the areas of transcripts for adjunct faculty, annual evaluation of faculty, and course syllabi.

AGENDA ITEM 5.  FACULTY TENURE AND PROMOTION COMMITTEE (FTPC) APPEALS COMMITTEE:

COL George Williams presented the recommendation of the Faculty Council on the process for selecting the members of the Standing Appeals Committee.  The Faculty Council recommended that the Standing Appeals Committee of five members and two alternates be recommended to the Provost each year by the Committee on Committees.  The Provost, as with other standing committees of the Faculty, will be responsible for final approval of the membership.  This approach was supported by the Academic Board without opposition.

AGENDA ITEM 6.  OTHER MATTERS:

COL George Williams, Chair of the Faculty Council, reported that the Council is working through subcommittees on statements of academic integrity and a code of ethics for the faculty.

COL Cleaver expressed concern with holding faculty responsible for advising students when students can change their schedules on PAWS without notifying faculty.

COL Cleaver also expressed concern that the Faculty Curriculum and Instruction Committee had not met to discuss such important, far-reaching actions.  Proposed changes were sent to committee members by e-mail, and votes were taken electronically.  As important as the curricula are, changes deserve more careful review.

LTC Nida asked about the policy of the College regarding academic work and fees for students who are called to active duty.  COL Metts explained that these students are given full refunds except for the room and board expenses already incurred.  The students will be given the opportunity to receive a grade of "I" or "W" in each course, whichever the student feels will be most appropriate.

BG Carter urged everyone to be aware of possible reactions to the world situation and to be prepared to step in with counsel or referrals when the situation calls for it.

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 16:12.

                                                         Respectfully submitted,

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