ACADEMIC BOARD MEETING

21 October 2003

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

 

BG Carter called the meeting to order at 15:15.

AGENDA ITEM # 1:  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF 23 SEPTEMBER MEETING

            The minutes were approved as presented.

AGENDA ITEM # 2:  NAVAL SCIENCE 402, LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS

            COL Tice removed this item from the agenda.

AGENDA ITEM #3: SACS REPORT AND QEP

            BG Carter reported on a conference call with Dr. Rudy Jackson, The Citadel’s SACS Staff Liaison.  BG Carter shared a memorandum for the record of the conference call prepared by Dr. Bob White.  In summary, the Off-Campus Review Team found The Citadel to be in compliance on 56 standards, not in compliance on 2 standards, and was unable to determine compliance on 7 standards.  BG Carter indicated that assistance would be sought from the Board in providing additional information on several of the standards.  BG Carter noted that The Citadel’s all-electronic submission had been well received and that Bob White and Spike Metts would be making presentations at the SACS annual meeting in December.

            BG Carter indicated that the SACS On-Campus Review Team members would arrive at The Citadel on 29 March for a visit of about 2 and one-half days.  Approximately six weeks before the visit, The Citadel will submit a focused response on the standards with ratings of “unable to determine compliance” or “not in compliance.” 

            BG Carter also indicated that The Citadel would be able to recommend two members of the visiting team who might be especially helpful in critiquing the QEP and making suggestions for improvement.  Our recommendations will likely include someone associated with the University 101 Program developed at USC who might help with modification of Citadel 101 and freshman orientation and someone from a service academy who might help with revisions of cadet life.

            BG Carter reported on a presentation on the status of the QEP he had made at a CAC luncheon.  His presentation addressed the QEP concept and the current status of The Citadel’s QEP.  BG Carter reported to CAC that nearly 17 pages of suggestions from faculty, staff, students, and alumni had been organized in 11 broad areas.  He asked that luncheon participants rank order these 11 areas from most important to least important.  Participants were also asked to provide suggestions on how the faculty can contribute directly to improving the academic performance of freshmen and first semester sophomores.  BG Carter asked that by 24 October each member of the Board also provide rankings of the eleven areas and suggestions on how the faculty could contribute directly to the QEP.

            BG Carter reminded the Board that the ultimate goal is reaffirmation by SACS in December 2004.  With the on-campus visit scheduled for 29 March 2004 and the focused response and the QEP due six weeks prior to the visit, the major work must be completed prior to the Christmas break with polishing done in January.

AGENDA ITEM #4:  SALARY ISSUES

            BG Carter explained that  29 Physical Plant employees have filed EEO complaints charging gender and race discrimination relative to salary and promotion actions.  The President has initiated a study of staff salaries.  BG Carter indicated that he and COL Metts would provide faculty salary data from studies done each year and would be requesting input from each department/school regarding needed actions relative to salaries. This study would be comparable to the one done several years ago when Foundation funds were used to address merit, salary inversions and compressions, and hiring salaries.  If the study indicates a need, a request can be made to the Foundation to designate to faculty salaries additional funds in the annual award.

AGENDA ITEM #5: ENROLLMENT GROWTH

            BG Carter explained that with the availability of Padgett-Thomas barracks for the fall 2004 semester and since the Band Barracks trailers are still in fairly good shape, the plan is to bring in an additional 100 freshmen in the fall of 2004.  This will increase revenues but will clearly require additional resources in faculty, supplies, etc.  BG Carter requested that each department/school provide by 1 November an estimate of the additional resources needed to accommodate an additional 100 in the entering class.

AGENDA ITEM #6: OTHER MATTERS

            COL Walker noted that the Academic Board was meeting in the Advisory Board Room that had recently been refurbished with funds provided by the School of Business Advisory Board.

            BG Carter explained that the search for the Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics would be postponed to the 2004-05 academic year.  He explained that the search had been delayed in order to pursue a potential donor who would endow a chair to be held by the dean.  It was felt that providing the dean an endowed chair would attract stronger candidates.  The search was further delayed with BG Carter’s decision to return to the faculty.  A potential donor has visited campus and was very pleased with meetings held with students and faculty.  The endowed chair has not been finalized, but it looks very good.  The search committee will be appointed in spring 2004 so that all preliminary actions—preparing position announcement, determining where the announcement will be placed, determining selection criteria, etc.—can be addressed before the end of the semester.  This will allow the search process to begin in August 2004.  BG Carter indicated that he would be meeting with the faculty of the School of Science and Mathematics in two weeks to discuss the dean search.

            COL Finch reported on the Provost search.  He indicated that approximately 20 applications had been received and that the committee had met with a number of groups to hear different positions on the kind of individual needed.  He and LTC John Carter urged members of the Board to make nominations and encourage qualified candidates to apply.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

                                                Respectfully submitted,

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