ACADEMIC BOARD MEETING
20 January 2004

 

BG H.S. CARTER COL L.W. MORELAND
LTC K.P. BRANNAN LTC P.M. ROSENBLUM
COL J.R. BLANTON COL P.J. REMBIESA
COL W.B. MOORE, JR. COL A.J. FINCH
COL D.J. FALLON LTC S.A. NIDA
COL K.T. HENSON COL D.T. OUZTS
COL M.A. BEBENSEE COL J.S. LEONARD
LTC J.S. CARTER COL J.B. McMILLAN
MAJ A. BEDDINGFIELD COL J.W. PEEPLES
LTC J.I. MOORE, JR. COL A.W. LeCLERCQ
COL W.E. WALKER LTC A.E. GURGANUS
COL A. EKREM MAJ L.A. ZURAW
COL R.F. TICE MAJ S. NESMITH
LTC P.B. EZELL  

BG Carter called the meeting to order at 1515.

AGENDA ITEM # 1:  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF 9 DECEMBER 2003

The minutes were approved as submitted.

AGENDA ITEM # 2:  DECLARING ACADEMIC BANKRUPTCY

Col. Bebensee asked the Board what could be done when a student who has been academically dismissed and has not attended college for five to 25 years, returns to complete a degree and does very well academically.  Is the old low GPR really indicative of the type work the student now does?  Can some type of “adjusted GPR” be established?  General Carter suggested Col. Bebensee and Col. Fallon review this situation and come back to the next Board meeting with a possible recommendation.  General Carter presented to the Board a policy from the Academic Affairs Handbook of the University System of Georgia that addresses a similar situation.  Other institutions might also have similar policies.

AGENDA ITEM # 3: ADJUNCT PAY

Col. Bebensee asked if other schools and departments were experiencing any difficulty in securing adjuncts because of the low standard pay of $2000 per three credit hour course.  After a brief discussion on the subject of adjunct compensation, General Carter agreed to discuss the issue with the Deans.  They will try and develop a more rationally and economically sound package for adjuncts.

AGENDA ITEM # 4: QEP

General Carter briefed the Board on the status of the QEP. The outline has been developed to include the concept, preamble, history, and the process used to arrive at the QEP goals.  There will be a section in the QEP that addresses each of the goals, the current and future activities for each goal, and a timeline for accomplishing each.  The QEP is due February 13.  It will be available on the Citadel web site.

AGENDA ITEM # 5: PROVOST SEARCH

Col. Finch announced there are four candidates for the Provost position that will be visiting the campus.  Arrangements for these interviews are being made.  Dr. Donald Steven will be on campus February 2-3.  Dr. John Thornell will be on campus February 4-5. Dr. D’Ann Campbell will be on campus February 9-10, and Dr. William Swart will be on campus February 16-17.  A variety of campus activities have been planned for each visit.  General Carter encouraged everyone to participate and to provide Dr. Finch and the search committee with evaluative information.

AGENDA ITEM # 6: ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2004-2005

General Carter briefed the Board on the draft 2004-2005 academic calendar.  In the draft calendar he recommended the delay of the start date for College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) from January 3 until January 10.  January 3, 2005, is the New Years Day holiday so there would be no Monday night class.  Another Monday night class would be canceled two weeks later for Martin Luther King Day.  This would not be good for Monday classes.  The delay of the start of CGPS classes until January 10 will give time to attend to administrative details resulting from the end of fall semester, would put The Citadel more in line with the College of Charleston start date for the joint programs, and would also keep CGPS classes more in line with the classes for the Corps of Cadets.  The disadvantage of delaying the start date until January 10 is the narrow window at the end of the final exam period and CGPS commencement exercises.  The consensus was to start CGPS classes on January 10, 2005, and remind all faculty in fall 2004 and again in the beginning of spring 2005 to adjust their course syllabi to accommodate the narrow window for reporting final grades of students graduating in May 2005.

AGENDA ITEM # 7: SCHEDULING OF CLASSES

General Carter reminded Deans and Department Heads to use the entire day, morning and afternoon periods, for scheduling classes.

AGENDA ITEM # 8: SACS FOCUSED REPORT

General Carter reported that Col. Bob White has the SACS Focused Report, the off-site report, in good form.  He encouraged any school or department that has assessment reports and actions taken as a result of the assessment to get that information to Col White.

AGENDA ITEM # 9: ELIMINATION OF PROGRAMS

Col. Henson reported that The Citadel was reprimanded in 2000 by NCATE because of low enrollments in three undergraduate teacher education programs.  These three programs were the general science tract, the biology tract, and the math tract.  The numbers in these three areas continue to remain low to zero.  We will not get pass NCATE standards with the current enrollment. Col. Henson has discussed this issue with the departments involved and the school of education.  The faculty and the education oversight committee recommended the elimination of these three programs.  The motion was seconded and approved by the Board with no dissenting vote.  This does not mean a degree has been dropped, just the program in the three areas mentioned.

General Carter recommended the School of Education go back to CHE at some time with a proposed solution to aid in the preparation of math and science teachers.

AGENDA ITEM # 10: OTHER

Lt Col Moore presented seven graduate courses in the Master of Science in Computer Science program for Board approval.  Some of the courses had already been offered, and others were proposed to bring our course inventory in line with the College of Charleston since it is a joint program.  These seven courses are:

                        CSCI 631 – Privacy and Security Issues           3 Credit Hours

                        CSCI 672 – Human-Computer Interaction        3 Credit Hours

                        CSCI 657 – Embedded Systems Design           3 Credit Hours

                        CSCI 690 -  Special Topics in Computing         3 Credit Hours

                        CSCI 691 – Independent Study                        Variable Credit

                        CSCI 698 – Project Thesis                               3 Credit Hours

                        CSCI 699 – Research Thesis                            6 Credit Hours

All courses were approved by the Board.

General Carter announced there would be a Martin Luther King presentation in the Summerall Chapel on 20 January at 6:30p.m.

General Carter reported a member of the Corps of Cadets, David Cooper Gasque, was killed in an automobile accident on Saturday, January 17, 2004. He was from Beaufort, South Carolina. General Grinalds and General Mace attended the funeral.

General Carter shared with the Board information concerning the academic performance of the Corps of Cadets from fall semester.  The freshman class had a higher average GPR (2.70) than the sophomore class (2.60).  This is probably the first time this has occurred. Also, in the freshman class 27% qualified for Dean’s List. The strength of the Corps is 1860.

Lt Col Ezell announced the Maymester/Summer 2004 schedule is now on the web and on PAWS.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

                                                                 Respectfully submitted,

                                                                 Pat Ezell
                                                                 Associate Dean of the College of
                                                                      Graduate and Professional Studies