19 January 1996
The Citadel Academic Board
13 December 1995
LGEN C. E. Watts, CPT M. L. Boykin, COL J. W. Gordon, LTC P. E. Ross, BGEN R. C. Poole, MAJ J. S. Carter, LTC H. T. Nath, COL R. K. Templeton, COL H. W. Askins, COL S. D. Comer, COL D. H. Reilly, COL D. H. White, COL M. A. Bebensee, LTC O. R. Emory, COL R. A. White LTC D. J. Fallon, COL J. C. Berlinghieri, LTC A. J. Finch, LTC J. R. Blanton, COL J. A. Folley, LTC R. F. Gaskins, COL W. J. MacPherson, COL I.S. Metts, COL G. L. Wilson, (Colonel Basel used the weak excuse of his wedding and honeymoon in Austria to avoid the meeting.)
AGENDA ITEM 1 - APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF 14 NOVEMBER AND 13 DECEMBER, 1995
The meeting was called to order by BGEN Poole. LGEN Watts provided opening remarks. He indicated that Fall Semester 1995-96 Academic Year was one of the finest semesters we have had. He also reported on the legal front, describing the "strict security" versus "intermediate security" issues attending the Virginia case about to be heard by the Supreme Court. The key was which of the two would be approved, and that the story in Federal district court had been the best course of action for us.
AGENDA ITEM 2 - DRAFT ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR FALL SEMESTER 1996-97
Colonel Gordon distributed a draft calendar for AY 1996-97, the main feature of which a start-day for classes (4 Sept 96) after Labor Day and proposed Christmas furlough commences on 21 December. The calendar was discussed, to cover areas regarding exams, academic orientation, numbers of class meeting days, etc.
AGENDA ITEM 3- POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS
Captain Boykin, Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, distributed a proposal entitled "CCJCC: The Citadel Criminal Justice Command College." He indicated that he wanted to propose a new name for this department, so that it would become the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, and that the department wished to establish a Citadel Criminal Justice Command College. He described various aspects, challenges and opportunities of some. Questions followed: Was there an accrediting agency: Would a two-plus-two program be considered? What would be the next step for the program? Captain Boykin indicated that the proposed would be taken to CHE, and that, it would be approved, there would be a waiver in Political Science/Criminal Justice.
AGENDA ITEM 4 - SC CONGRESSIONAL AND SENATE DELEGATION INTERNSHIPS
Colonel Gordon reported on task force and services of meetings. Colonel Folley indicated that he would like to get selected cadets to the Charleston AFB for internship opportunities. Colonel Gordon reported that the number of internships had increased but that there had been no significant problems all fall.
AGENDA ITEM 5 - INTERNATIONAL STUDIES/STUDY, ABROAD COMMITTEE
Colonel E. B. Davis, Professor Department of Political Science, reported on the work of the committee, the background, etc. He will also be working a presentation to the Faculty Council, plus a return visit to Academic Board. Colonel Robert White, Professor and Head, Department of English, indicated that it would be well for the International Student Coordinator, when named, to work with Professor Davis's committee.
AGENDA ITEM 6 - ACADEMIC WARNING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Colonel David Reilly discussed this proposal. It was moved (Colonel Templeton) for adoption (second, Colonel Askins), and passed. Students will now get a letter of warning.
AGENDA ITEM 7 - POLICIES/PROCEDURES FOR SPECIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Colonel David Reilly indicated that he would like to get comments made on this topic by the January meeting of the Academic Board. He distributed a proposed draft in order to get feedback.
AGENDA ITEM 8- QUESTIONS ON STUDENT EVALUATION INSTRUCTION
Colonel Metts discussed. He indicated that one of the actions that needed to be brought to closure this year was the Student Evaluation of Instruction and its use in promotion and tenure decisions. At present it appears that only the summary--not the actual evaluation--is actually available and there is no effective use of the SECI.
The VPAA emphasized that the SECI will happen, the only question is how we are going to do it.
Major Carter, Chair, Faculty Council, indicated that we can get input into the Faculty Council.
AGENDA ITEM 9 - REMINDERS
Regarding the Faculty Manual, Colonel Metts indicated that the college is reviewing this and we need to get any revisions to Major Carter. This also applies to General Orders 15 and 20.
AGENDA ITEM 10 - JANUARY UPDATE OF THE CITADEL'S ASSESSMENT PLAN
Colonel Metts distributed copies of the document presented to CHE this year. The plan to be followed was discussed. Colonel Metts requested that any department get with him.
AGENDA ITEM 11 - UPDATE ON SACS
Regarding SACS, Colonel Metts reported on the meeting with Dr. Jack Allen, The Citadel's liaison with SACS, and stated that the college would be to report on four major areas in addition, there is a requirement to do follow-up reporting in nine specified areas from the report, and we were working on those.
AGENDA ITEM 12 - MISCELLANEOUS
Colonel Metts reported that the President had reinstated the Budget Review Committee. The Faculty council representative to this committee is Captain Sheila Foster, and the Graduate Faculty representative is Lt. Colonel James Leonard. These terms would expire in three years. The Academic Board then voted on an individual to serve a two year term. Nominees were Professors Askins, Comer and Finch. A vote was taken, and Professor Comer received the majority.
Regarding the core curriculum, the VPAA indicated that his is going to discuss with Major Carter the creation of an ad hoc committee to review the core curriculum (such a review is called for by the Strategic Plan currently under review by the Board of Visitors).
He also indicated that we need to talk about the concept of examinations. The department heads should talk to their colleagues about examinations and their concept and philosophy regarding same. These discussions should also consider reading day and its value, as well as the length of exam period.
The VPAA reminded everyone of the social lunch at his quarters the following night, and expressed holiday wishes to all.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.