September 22, 2000

 

 

MINUTES

ACADEMIC BOARD MEETING

SEPTEMBER 19, 2000

 

 

BG H. S. CARTER

COL J. S. LEONARD

 

 

COL H. W. ASKINS, JR.

COL R. A. MALONEY

 

 

COL R. E. BALDWIN

COL J. B. McMILLAN

 

and LTC A. MILAK

 

 

COL M. A. BEBENSEE

COL I. S. METTS, JR.

 

 

COL J. R. BLANTON

COL W. B. MOORE, JR.

 

 

COL C. E. CLEAVER

COL L. W. MORELAND

 

 

LTC C. M. DeMILLE

COL D. T. OUZTS

 

 

LTC P. B. EZELL

COL S. OZMENT

 

 

COL D. J. FALLON

COL P. J. REMBIESA

 

 

COL A. J. FINCH

LTC LINEBERGER

 

for COL F. W. SHEALY

 

 

LTC J. E. GOODWIN

COL G. B. STALEY

 

 

LTC A. W. LeCLERCQ

LTC S. J. SILVER

 

for MAJ T. C. THOMPSON

 

            BG Carter called the meeting to order at 3:15 p. m.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 1:  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF AUGUST MEETING

            The minutes of the August 21, 2000 meeting were unanimously approved as written.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 2:  STATUS OF REINSTATEMENT OF VETERANS PROGRAM

            BG Carter reported that the issue of reinstatement of the Veterans Program and the Fifth Year Program continue to be studied. The Fifth Year Program is more likely than the Veterans Program to be reinstated since there seem to be fewer complicated legal issues associated with it. 

 

AGENDA ITEM # 3:  QUALITY/CAPABILITY OF CITADEL INTERNET SERVICE

PROVIDER

BG Carter asked LTC LeClercq to comment on the current status of service. She indicated that while things have improved in the past week, the server continues to go down several times a day. If this happens at night or on the weekend, there is no one readily available to correct the situation (although ITS does have someone on call). COL Leonard and LTC Silver confirmed that the problem is widespread. BG Carter said he would look into the matter further.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 4:  SELECTION OF TWO REPRESENTATIVES TO THE

STRATEGIC PLANNING STEERING COMMITTEE

Two representatives of Academic Board are needed to serve on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee. COL Askins agreed to continue to serve in this capacity. The Board authorized BG Carter to select a second representative.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 5:  REVIEW OF DEPARTMENTAL PROFESSIONAL

DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS

BG Carter stated that the professional development standards have been received from all but two departments. The documents are being reviewed by the deans in anticipation of the start of the probationary reappointment, tenure, and promotion review processes.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 6:  EVALUATION OF CONTRACT AND ADJUNCT FACULTY

            BG Carter reminded department heads of the importance of conducting formal annual evaluations of contract and adjunct faculty. The results of these evaluations will allow us to confront problems if there are any and will provide a justification for the continued employment of those who are doing a good job.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 7:  SREB/SREC

            BG Carter distributed information on the Southern Regional Electronic Campus that was established by the Southern Regional Education Board. The SREC offers a  comprehensive collection of high quality distance education courses, the majority of which are web based. BG Carter mentioned that the U. S. Army has undertaken a $600,000,000 initiative to offer on-line education to military personnel, and he has asked COL McMillan to investigate the possibility of The Citadel obtaining a grant to develop programs that military personnel might be interested in pursuing.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 8:  MASTERS PROGRAM IN LEADERSHIP

            BG Carter stated that he had met last spring with heads of several departments that might be involved if The Citadel were to develop a degree program in leadership and plans to call the group together again soon to discuss the project further.

 

 

AGENDA ITEM # 9:  LOWCOUNTRY GRADUATE CENTER

            BG Carter distributed copies of a letter from the Ad Hoc University Study Committee to the presidents of MUSC, The Citadel, and the University of Charleston proposing that a Lowcountry Graduate Center be established and that a Governing Board for the Center be designated. BG Carter reported that the three presidents have responded positively to the proposal. The need for the Center has become more critical in recent months as Lowcountry colleges have learned of plans by USC to offer a number of credit courses and programs via distance education through a site at the former Naval Base.

            LTC Goodwin asked if the college has explored contracting with a company that specializes in putting courses on line. BG Carter expressed interest in pursuing such an option, whereby Citadel faculty develop their own courses and an outside firm simply does the technical work.

            BG Carter pointed out that we must begin examining policy issues related to distance learning (e.g., what cadets will be permitted to take during a regular academic semester, etc.). A sub-committee of Academic Board will be asked to consider policy matters.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 10:  MISCELLANEOUS

            COL Metts announced that he and Jim Hutchisson, the Chair of the Faculty Tenure and Promotion Committee, will determine a date for an informational meeting on the probationary reappointment, tenure, and promotion process.

            COL Metts reminded department heads to let him know as soon as possible if adjustments need to be made to the draft schedule for post tenure review. Adjustments are possible, but the schedule does need to be set soon.

            COL Metts also reminded department heads that annual plans are due October 2nd.

            LTC Leonard asked for dissemination of a complete schedule of deadlines for all stages of the annual review process. COL Metts said he would send these.

            COL Baldwin asked for an update on the possibility of increases to the departmental budgets. BG Carter explained that he is continuing to work on it, but no adjustments have been made to date. In response to a question from COL Baldwin about use of CDF funds, BG Carter said that those monies can be used to make up some of the difference in the meantime.

            BG Carter commented on the “merger” of the Citadel Development Foundation and the Institutional Advancement office to form The Citadel Foundation. As was the case with CDF, The Citadel Foundation is a separate corporation. It will be housed in the new Holliday Alumni Center. The corpus from CDF has been labeled the Academic Endowment Fund. Contributors to the new foundation will still be able to specify what their donation will support.

            BG Carter stated that the College is preparing a case statement, based on goals identified in the Strategic Plan, to be presented to prospective donors to the major capital campaign that will begin soon.

            BG Carter expressed concern about sleep deprivation of cadets. He asked department heads in their work with freshmen, in particular, to send any information to COL Ozment about the amount of sleep cadets are getting and about what is interfering with their sleep.

            COL Cleaver asked about cadet guard duties and voiced the opinion that students are missing more classes than ever due to guard. COL McMillan explained some of the reasons cadets are assigned to stand guard, one of them being the need to account for federal property (i.e., rifles). BG Carter indicated he would continue to work with the Commandant’s Office on the issue of guard.

            COL Ozment distributed information about ACE workshops on Chairing the Academic Department.

 

            The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                                            Submitted by

                                                                                                            Suzanne Ozment