ACADEMIC BOARD MEETING
OCTOBER 23, 2001
BG H. S. CARTER
COL J. S. LEONARD
COL H. W. ASKINS, JR.
MAJ R. P. CARROW for COL J. S. McMILLAN
COL J. R. BLANTON
COL I. S. METTS, JR.
COL C. E. CLEAVER
COL W. B. MOORE, JR.
LTC C. M. DeMILLE
COL L. W. MORELAND
COL D. J. FALLON
COL S. OZMENT
COL A. J. FINCH
COL P. J. REMBIESA
LTC J. E. GOODWIN
LTC P. M. ROSENBLUM
LTC A. E. GURGANUS
LTC J. F. LINEBERGER for COL F. SHEALY
LTC K. T. HENSON
LTC S. J. SILVER
LTC A. W. LeCLERCQ
CDR D. L. BARRICKMAN for COL R. F. TICE
AGENDA ITEM # 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of the September meeting were unanimously approved as
AGENDA ITEM # 2: FUNCTIONING OF THE WEBSITE
LTC LeClercq expressed concern that The Citadel website has gone
down on the average 15 times a day for some time. This causes
significant inconvenience for students working in the Library. The
traffic on the website is extremely heavy.
According to COL Metts a number of cadets are operating servers out
of their barracks rooms. ITS is in the process of identifying them and
disconnecting their computers from the system. In addition to solving
this problem, COL Metts indicated that the solution for the website
difficulties entails obtaining a more powerful server and getting it up
AGENDA ITEM # 3: ACADEMIC MEETINGS INVOLVING CADETS
COL Ozment reminded department heads that if they schedule meetings
involving cadets at times that overlap with required formations
(particularly the noon formation), they must schedule them on the second
Wednesday of each month (i.e., Sept 11, Oct 9, Nov 13, Feb 12, Mar 12,
AGENDA ITEM # 4: ASSESSING GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
COL Metts distributed information about the CAAP, the Collegiate
Assessment of Academic Proficiency, and identified some of the issues
that must be resolved such as how we will administer the test and how we
will ensure that students will take it seriously.
He also distributed information about several free 45-minute
internet workshops on the test and how it might be used. He urged
department heads to go to the website identified in the memo and sign up
for one of the internet workshops to learn more about the CAAP.
AGENDA ITEM # 5: SACS
BG Carter provided an update on SACS. The Citadel has been assigned
a new Associate Executive Director of the Commission on Colleges, Dr.
Rudy S. Jackson.
He reminded department heads to continue their efforts to ensure
that we have on file official transcripts for all faculty, syllabi for
all courses taught, etc.
AGENDA ITEM # 6: CURRENT BUDGET
BG Carter announced that at present we anticipate a 4% reduction in
state appropriations that will result in a reduction of $748,236.
The Citadel Board of Visitors decided that if there was a reduction
this year, we would not refund any of the increase in tuition and fees,
but if no reduction occurred, we would.
BG Carter distributed a summary of a draft of a Citadel plan for
meeting the approximately $750,000 reduction. It will take the form of
reducing the travel budget, reducing the female assimilation account,
reducing the overtime budget, etc.
LTC LeClercq voiced a concern about any reduction in temporary
help, citing the Libraryís dependence on temporary employees.
COL Finch expressed concern about reducing the female assimilation
budget. BG Carter said they would be looking carefully to see if there
are unexpended funds but acknowledged that this is a high profile area
for the college and that we must take care in making cuts in this
BG Carter clarified that there is at present no hiring freeze but
that they may change after November 1st.
AGENDA ITEM # 7: ACADEMIC RESPONSES TO SEPTEMBER 11TH
COL Ozment and BG Carter have been discussing the need to offer new
courses or modify existing courses in the spring term to address issues
associated with the September 11th terrorist attacks. COL Ozment noted
that these might take the form of special topics seminars in individual
departments, cross disciplinary courses, honors seminars, etc. COL
Ozment asked department heads to share any plans they have along these
lines and said she would be getting together a group of faculty to
discuss how to address recent events through the curriculum or through
Col Metts said that Professor Darden, who is teaching microbiology
this term, has reworked the class to focus on anthrax.
COL Moreland pointed out that Professor Feurtado will be offering a
course on Terrorism in the spring and may need to offer more than one
section because of increased interest in the subject.
COL Walker noted that other institutions on occasion provide
lecture series and produce edited books. We might look at this
possibility. We should also think of this as an occasion for helping
students examine issues of leadership.
LTC Gurganus said his German conversation students watch a German
news broadcast during each class and are getting first hand exposure to
Europeís response to the tragedy.
COL Moreland announced that Mark Grossman, the Under Secretary for
Defense in the State Department, will give a lecture on campus on
Friday, December 7th, at 11:00. He has been invited here by Phil Lader,
the current holder of the West Chair.
AGENDA ITEM # 7: MISCELLANEOUS
BG Carter reminded department heads that we will be taking a
one-week break for Thanksgiving this year and emphasized that no one
should be canceling classes the previous Friday.
COL Metts made the observation that increasingly there is a
tendency for faculty to submit "Iís" "IPís" and "NS" for midterm grades.
This has serious consequences for students and advisors since students
have no clear indication of their standing in their courses and cannot
make informed decisions about course withdrawal or seeking additional
help. At present, the withdrawal deadline is one week after the midterm
grading period ends, but there may be no reason to set it this late in
the semester if students cannot rely on midterm grades to help them make
decisions about withdrawal.
COL Moore pointed out that the 1950 formation continues to
interfere with planning for special events such as lectures. BG Carter
acknowledged this but indicated that there is little likelihood that the
1950 formation will be eliminated.
The meeting adjourned at 1610 hours.