Minutes of 21 September 2004 Meeting of the Academic Board

BG D.A. STEVEN

COL I.S. METTS, JR.

COL D.J. FALLON

COL A.J. FINCH

COL M.A. BEBENSEE

COL D. OUZTS

DR. R. JONES

COL J.R. BLANTON

COL J. LEONARD

COL B. MOORE, JR.

COL K.BRANNAN

COL A. GURGANUS

LTC P.M. ROSENBLUM

LTC J.S. CARTER

LTC S.A. NIDA

LTC J.I. MOORE, JR.

LTC J.W. PEEPLES

COL P. REMBIESA

COL A.W. LECLERCQ

COL A. EKREM

COL J.B. MCMILLAN

COL R.M. LAKE

MAJ S. NESMITH

LTC W.W. WOOLSEY

MAJ A. BEDDINGFIELD

 


BG Steven called the meeting to order at 1515.

Item 1. Approval of Minutes of 4 May 2004

The minutes were approved as submitted without opposition.

Item 2. Transfer Credit Policies and Procedures

            COL Leonard raised the issue of how prerequisite requirements should be handled when the student indicates that the prerequisite has been completed at another institution but an official transcript has not yet been received by The Citadel’s Registrar.  Since SIS will not override an internally set prerequisite, it was recommended that the Registrar override the prerequisite manually and place the student in the next course with the understanding that if, within two weeks of the end of Drop/Add, an official transcript with the transferable prerequisite is not received by The Citadel’s Registrar, the course will be dropped from the student’s schedule.  This process was deemed acceptable.

Item 3. Salaries for Adjuncts

            COL Bebensee reviewed the continuing difficulty in finding qualified adjuncts because of the low payment of $2,000 for a three-credit course.  He gave as an extreme problem attempting to attract an Accountant during tax season.  Data from other institutions seem to confirm that The Citadel’s compensation is low.  BG Steven indicated that he would look into the matter with the help of COL Bebensee and COL Leonard.  LTC Rosenblum reminded the Board that compensation for labs needed to be considered.

Issues to be addressed:

·        uniform rate over the entire College with exceptions permitted on a case-by-case basis;

·        compensation left to individual schools;

·        normal rate to be determined with grounds for exceptions.

Item 4. Faculty Ethics Statement

            LTC Woolsey reminded the Board that the Faculty Council had presented a new ethics statement to the Board last spring and that no action had yet been taken.  LTC Woolsey reviewed the history of this action.  Two years ago, a subcommittee of the Faculty Council had developed a statement of ethics that had been accepted by Faculty Council with the understanding that the matter would be revisited at some point in the future.  Last year the Faculty Council reviewed the statement and, after considerable discussion, decided to adopt the statement of professional ethics adopted by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in 1987.  After reviewing that statement, the Board supported the Faculty Council in the adoption of the AAUP statement of professional ethics.  This new statement will replace the old statement on The Citadel’s webpage with a “hotlink” to this statement on the AAUP webpage.

Item 5. Other Matters

            BG Steven reminded the Board that we would be searching for two deans this year.  The School of Education has unanimously endorsed Dean Walker as chair of the search for the Dean of Education.  BG Steven indicated that according to the Faculty Manual, the Board needs to select one member to serve on that search committee.  LTC Rosenblum was selected.

            Dean Fallon indicated the need for a member of the Board to serve on the search committee for the Dean of Science and Mathematics, and LTC Nida was selected.

            LTC Woolsey reminded that Board that the Faculty Council had recommended that a separate standing committee of the Faculty be established to address Student Evaluation of Instruction.  The Academic Board had taken the position that this could be handled by the Standing Committee on Curriculum and Instruction and no new committee was needed.  COL Feurtado, who had served on the Committee on Curriculum and Instruction, agreed that this committee should deal with Student Evaluation of Instruction.  BG Steven agreed to meet with LTC Woolsey, COL Feurtado, and COL Metts to discuss the matter further and bring a resolution to the Board.

            COL Metts asked the members of the Board to review the computer printouts of their course offerings and provide corrections as soon as possible since the fall 2004 data would be “frozen” for reporting purposes on Friday, 24 September.

            MAJ Nesmith reminded the Board that mid-term grades would be due by 14 October.

            COL Metts reminded the Board that since much of the summer had been dedicated to preparations of responses for SACS, the deadline for annual assessment reports had been extended.  He encouraged those schools and departments that had not yet submitted reports to do so as soon as possible.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

                                                                                Respectfully submitted,

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