The VPAA conveyed the thanks and appreciation of the Academic Board to the departing Dean of Enrollment Services, LtCol Ronald F. Gaskins, on this occasion of his last attendance at the meeting.
The approval of the minutes of the 13 December 1995 meeting of the Academic Board was postponed until the next meeting.
The VPAA indicated that he did not at all like the term "SCUM." The term was demeaning to everyone, to the uniform, and to the citizen-soldier heritage if the college, and that the term should not be used.
At the moment the college is approximately 125 cadets short.
The VPAA indicated that he had gotten the President to give us money from the reserve fund to hire a consultant in order to check on attrition in a factual, empirical manner.
The Dean of Planning and Assessment, Col Metts, discussed ways that the dimensions of the problem were/have been laid out for the consultant, and that the problem had been computerized. A data base Fall 1990-Fall 1995 would be built.
He indicated that cadets were starting to take their last semester off. There are fourteen individuals now who are taking their remaining hours elsewhere. Sixteen others were gone because of the academic discharges, and nine had been discharged through the college's disciplinary/suitability processes.
The 2.0/2.0 rule was discussed.
The VPAA pointed out that we are second-best-off in the state among public institutions in terms of freshman attrition (Clemson is first, or best), and that we remain tops in terms of four year graduation rates.
He also indicated that we were bringing in an additional person for Financial Aid and two new Admissions people.
LtCol Wilson brought up the "forgivable F," and discussion followed. The new barracks are to be ready in July, and Col Bebensee stated that it was good to compare formal statements of reality versus what a young man actually says. The VPAA indicated that we have hired a consultant to help with Admissions. The VPAA stated his strong conviction that our admissions situation would turn around like the 1970's.
He also discussed distance learning, USC programs, and that we should perhaps do more in the area of collaboration problems.
LtCol Emory stated that he could accept the one exam-a-day concept only if it is guaranteed that cadets are actually in ESP that night before the final.
The VPAA stated that the Commandant of Cadets is charged with not letting cadets out when that have exams next day.
Col Trez, Commandant of Cadets, said that it is counterproductive to keep cadets in who do not actually have an exam for two or three days.
The Head, Daniel Library, Lt Col LeClerq, expressed willingness to keep the library open for extremely extended hours during times when student preparing for finals. The VPAA expressed appreciation, and indicated that, at the University of Richmond, he had found that after 2:00 AM no one was really there in the library studying.
Col Trez expressed a request to identify the at-risk students.
Col Gordon discussed the Intensive Advisement Program for 4th classmen being conducted in Spring Semester 1995-1996. He indicated that he and the Cadet Academic Officers would work on a plan to identify and try to assist sophomores as well.
Col Comer indicated that the exam period should be shortened.
Col White (English) indicated that there should be two exceptions to the rule about exams: take-home exams are appropriate in some courses, and freshman in English classes employing the portfolio system.
The VPAA stated that, in summary, examinations are important, and that there should be a "gradable" at the end of the course.
LtCol LeClerq stated that she was happy to be at The Citadel and said thanks for all that support and cordiadility so far that she had received,
The VPAA indicated that he wants the Academic Board to consider having the Commandant of Cadets being able to sit in on meetings as an ex officio member.
The hour being late, the remaining items were left to the next meeting for action/discussion.
The meeting was adjourned with a statement of positive support and good wishes for the Department of Business Administration in the impending AACSB accreditation visit.
John W. Gordon, Ph.D., Colonel, USMCR, Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies