13 November 1995

The Citadel Academic Board

OFFICIAL MINUTES

24 October 1995

LGEN C. E. Watts III, CPT M. L. Boykin, COL J. W. Gordon, COL R. A. White, BGEN R. C. Poole, MAJ J. S. Carter, COL I. S. Metts, Jr., COL G. L. Wilson, COL H. W. Askins, Jr., COL S. D. Comer, LTC H. T. Nath, COL M. A. Bebensee, LTC O. R. Emory, COL D. H. Reilly, COL J. M. Basel, LTC D. J. Fallon, LTC P. E. Ross, Col J. C. Berlinghieri, LTC A. J. Finch , COL R. K. Templeton, LTC J. R. Blanton, COL J. A. Folley, COL D. H. White

AGENDA ITEM 1 - APPROVAL OF MINUTES FOR 10 MAY, 14 AUGUST, AND 19 SEPTEMBER 1995.

The meeting was called to orderby BGen Poole. It was decided that the draft minutes for the above meetings were to be approved at the 14 November meeting. Any comments were to be submitted in the meantime.

Lieutenant General Watts spoke, indicating that 13-15 October was the best Parents' Day Weekend ever, and that all parents were extremely complimentary and that that should be passed on to the faculty and staff. He discussed the impending visit of the Advisory Council to the Board of Visitors, the current legal situation and The Citadel's legal representation in court, and that the college's operational budget looks reasonable. The President indicated that he will be on the road to raise funds for the legal defense effort, and hoped to raise the sum of $1 million. In addition the Turner grant would help.

AGENDA ITEM 2- REVISION OF THE FACULTY MANUAL

Major John Carter, Chair, Faculty Council, spoke, indicating that the Council was bringing forward the procedure for revising the document (i.e., steps 1-5, pp 1-2, FM). His plan was to have this procedure accepted by both the Academic Board and the Faculty Council. Both bodies must accept it and then send forward to the VPAA. The bold-face materials are the official recommendations to the Faculty Council. The official Faculty Manual currently in use remains the 1993 edition, which version is the one on the VAX.

Acceptance was moved (Colonel R. White) and seconded (Colonel Gordon), and was passed unanimously.

BGen Poole, VPAA, stated that he was very pleased with the work of the Faculty Council, and that it was move engaged that this year in administrative issues.

Major Carter is to report back to Faculty Council and Col Gordon to Academic Board on a meeting dealing with library issues, a meeting to be attended by the VP for Facilities, Col Tomasik.

AGENDA ITEM 3 - GRADING AT THE CITADEL

LtCol Wilson moved to elimination of the "D" grade and its replacement by a system of "A", "B", "C", "No credit", and "F." The motion died for want of a second. The VPAA asked Major Carter to look at the issue.

AGENDA ITEM 4- ARTS AND HUMANITIES AND MATH/SCIENCE "TRANSFER BLOCKS"

Col Gordon distributed copies of these and reported on CHE task force meeting. Discussion followed. LtCol Emory moved and LtCol Fallon seconded a motion for calling for a committee to be formed and to report back to Academic Board on matters pertaining to these transfer blocks. Col Gordon was directed to coordinate the formation of such a committee.

AGENDA ITEM 5 - SOUTH CAROLINA GERMAN INITIATIVE

Col Gordon distributed copies of a CHE proposal and responded to questions. He also discussed departmental "summary sheets" for the cadet academic officers to use in their academic files. Summary sheets have been received on time from the following departments: Chemistry (LtCol Blanton); Civil Engineering (LtCol Fallon); Electrical Engineering (Col Askins); Mathematics and Computer Science (Col Comer).

AGENDA ITEM 6 - CDF FACULTY FELLOWSHIP NOMINATIONS

BGen Poole requested comments. Absent any requests to alter the process, he indicated that he would follow the same process as used in the last process of selection.

AGENDA ITEM 7- FACULTY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

BGen poole requested comments. He indicated that we would follow the same process as used last time.

AGENDA ITEM 8 - APPROVAL OF FACULTY LEAVES

BGen Poole discussed the faculty leave policy, indicating that department heads must look critically at leave requests submitted. Classes must be effectively covered by only a reasonable limit on absences to attend meetings could be accepted. He had been forced to look at a profile of last year's absences and at individual classes.

AGENDA ITEM 9 - MISCELLANEOUS

The VPAA thanked everyone for the great jobs done to make Parent's Day such a success, and for the department heads to pass that along to their departments.

He stated that he would not permit internship to receive credit retroactively, and that this practice must cease.

Regarding grade changes, he stated that there were far too many, and that changes of grades should be rare and uncommon.

Regarding the Honor Committee, he stated that faculty members could not be taking class time to speak disparaging fashion of the honor system: Department Heads are asked to meet with their faculty and cut down on rumors and the like regarding the Honor Committee.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

John W. Gordon, Ph.D.
Colonel, USMCR
Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies

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