ACADEMIC BOARD MEETING

6 May 2003

BG H. S. CARTER

COL J. S. LEONARD

COL H.W. ASKINS, JR.

MAJ ROB CARROW for COL J. B. McMILLAN

COL J. R. BLANTON

COL I. S. METTS, JR.

COL C. E. CLEAVER

COL W. B. MOORE, JR.

LTC P. B. EZELL

COL L. W. MORELAND

COL D. J. FALLON

COL G. WILLIAMS

LTC J. LIPOVSKY for LTC S. NIDA

COL P. J. REMBIESA

LTC J. E. GOODWIN

LTC P. M. ROSENBLUM

LTC A. E. GURGANUS

LTC J. F. LINEBERGER †for COL F. W. SHEALY

LTC K. T. HENSON

LTC A. W. LeCLERCQ

COL R. TICE

MAJ S. NESMITH

LTC D. SULLIVAN for COL F. SHEALY

COL E. WALKER

 

BG Carter called the meeting to order at 1515 hours.

AGENDA ITEM # 1:† APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF 15 APRIL 2003 MEETING:

The minutes were unanimously approved as presented.

AGENDA ITEM # 2:† CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION COMMITTEE REPORT:

MAJ Harry Davakos presented proposals from the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Modern Languages and a proposal from the School of Business Administration that in the MBA course of study students be required to select electives that develop a theme or track.† These proposals were approved without opposition.

AGENDA ITEM # 3:† RECOMMENDATION OF FACULTY COUNCIL--COLLEGE-WIDE STANDING COMMITTEE ON THE EVALUATION OF TEACHING:

COL George Williams, Chair of Faculty Council, reported that the Faculty Council recommends the establishment of a standing faculty Committee on Evaluation of Teaching.† With 16 standing faculty committees, it was suggested that the charter of the standing faculty Curriculum and Instruction Committee be revised to include evaluation of teaching.† COL Williams indicated that he felt this would address the concerns of Faculty Council.† COL Metts indicated that the Office of Institutional Research is working on converting the Student Evaluation of Instruction questionnaire to an electronic format.† COL Metts reported that typing student comments over powers his office for several weeks after each administering of these questionnaires.† Conversion to an electronic format at other institutions has not resulted in a decrease in the response rate, but has resulted in more and better comments.

AGENDA ITEM # 4: FACUTLY CODE OF ETHICS:

COL Williams indicated that the President had charged the Faculty Council to develop a code of ethics for the faculty.† A subcommittee consisting of 5 members of Faculty Council and 2 members of the faculty who were not on Council drafted a document that was circulated to the faculty.† The subcommittee revised the draft, and Faculty Council has approved this version. †Faculty Council is now presenting its version of the Code of Ethics for the Faculty to the Academic Board for consideration.† BG Carter indicated that he would appoint a subcommittee of the Academic Board to review this document and come back with recommendations to the Board.† According to the decision-making process, if the Academic Board does not support the document as presented by the Faculty Council, its version will be returned to the Faculty Council.† If Council does not support the Board's version, both versions will be forwarded to the Provost for final action.

COL Williams provided the steps to access Faculty Council information and minutes on The Citadel web page.† He also indicated that standing committees are continuing efforts to revise charters.

COL Williams urged that Faculty Council representative elections be held before the fall 2003 semester begins.

COL Williams indicated that the Faculty Council had considered the Academic Integrity Statement proposed by the Provost and had approved this statement with the following modifications:

ďAll papers required in this course must be submitted in electronic format.† The purpose of this requirement is to promote academic integrity and facilitate record keeping.Ē

Considerable discussion ensued.† Issues were raised regarding required electronic submission of such documents as lab reports.† Support was expressed regarding the need for some explanation to the student of why this step is being taken.† After considerable discussion, the recommendation of the Faculty Council was accepted with a commitment to work on the wording.† The spirit of the discussions seems to be to encourage but not to require the faculty to adopt an academic integrity statement for their courses.

Regarding the Intellectual Property Right policy, COL Williams reported that the Faculty Council had considered the two-step process that had been proposed and had approved a different version.† That version was accepted by the Academic Board and will be published in the faculty manual and college catalogs.

AGENDA ITEM # 5:† SUNDAY EVENTS:

BG Carter reported that the President had requested that as much as practical events of the College not be scheduled on Sunday.

AGENDA ITEM # 6:† CLASS ABSENCES:

BG Carter shared his concerns over class absences.† The severe punishments do not seem to be serving as a deterrent to cutting classes, and are resulting in some cadets having hundreds of tours and facing suitability boards.† These punishments become so overwhelming that they lose their meaning.† The Cadet Leadership has also expressed concerns and has recommended that class cuts result in an academic consequence, rather than a cadet punishment.† One suggestion is that students receive an automatic failure after a specified number of unexcused absences in a class.

COL Metts pointed out that there are far more excused than unexcused absences each year.† This situation makes an academic consequence difficult to enforce.† The student misses the learning experience regardless of whether the absence is approved by the College or the student just decides not to come to class.† Both excused and unexcused absences need to be addressed.

BG Carter indicated that uniform, consistent enforcing of the class absence policy by the faculty is critically important.† The faculty needs to stress class attendance and to make policies clear in their syllabi.† BG Carter indicated that a team of faculty and staff would be working on this matter over the summer.

AGENDA ITEM # 7:† COLLEGE LEVEL EQUIVALENCY PROGRAM (CLEP):

COL Metts expressed concern at what he feels is a growing abuse of CLEP.† He reported that one student last fall had earned through CLEP in one afternoon more credits than he had passed during the entire academic year.† These credits enabled that student to meet minimum standards for continuance.† Students are now taking CLEP tests in science and language at the last minute to meet minimum requirements to order the cadet ring or participate in the May Commencement.† It is not clear how the lab experience in the sciences or the speaking and listening expectations in language are addressed through CLEP.† These last minute attempts to gain credits by cramming for the CLEP test are clearly not in the spirit of CLEP, and the fact that these students with weak academic records are able to pass CLEP tests calls to question the validity of the tests themselves.

COL Metts proposed that effective with the class entering in the fall of 2003 CLEP credits be recognized only if they are earned in the first semester the student is enrolled at The Citadel.† This would support the original concept of CLEP, to enable a student to convert to college credit some knowledge or skill gained before beginning college.† Currently enrolled students would be informed of this policy and would be permitted to earn CLEP credits through the fall 2003 semester. †Special notification will be given to Active Duty Students.† LTC Gurganus seconded this motion, and it passed without opposition.

AGENDA ITEM # 8:† SWIM TEST:

COL Metts proposed that passing the swim test be eliminated as a graduation requirement.† He explained that each spring a number of senior cadets still have not met the swimming requirement for graduation.† These studenst are in the main simply afraid of the water.† COL Metts reported that no other state institutions require swimming for graduation, the Commandantís Office does not have a need for the requirement, and none of the ROTC detachments use these results.† This requirement was decreed by General Harris when he was president of The Citadel and a cadet drowned while participating in Army Summer Camp.† LTC Goodwin expressed concern that this proposal would be brought to the Academic Board without first going to the Department of Health Exercise and Sport Science.† The proposal was seconded and passed with one opposing vote.

AGENDA ITEM # 9:† OTHER MATTERS:

BG Carter outlined the end-of-the-year events.† He encouraged schools and departments having programs in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies to be well represented at that commencement.† Faculty are encouraged to attend the Baccalaureate Service.† BG Carter reported that about half of the faculty is expected at the Cadet Commencement and that only about 50 had signed up so far.† He asked department heads and deans to provide another count.

BG Carter pointed out that this would be the last meeting for COL Askins, COL Cleaver, and COL Shealy.† Their work was applauded by the Board.

MAJ Nesmith pointed out that grades for spring 2003 are due at 10:00AM on 7 May.

The undergraduate and graduate candidates who meet all academic requirements for their respective degrees were approved for graduation.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

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