The Interim President of The Citadel, Major General R. Clifton Poole, UMSC, opened the meeting. The minutes for the meeting of 22 October were approved as amended.
CAPT Boykin spoke to the items contained in the hand-out material. He gave background information on The Criminal Justice Program, covered plans for the major, hiring issues, etc.
Lengthy discussion followed. COL Comer asked whether there should be additional prerequisites for the courses listed in the handout, and CAPT Boykin stated that, if the courses are taken as laid out, that would essentially amount to prerequisites. In general, however, there should be the greatest flexibility possible. He discussed the educational requirements of various police forces. COL Gordon asked about FBI and DEA requirements, and COL Moreland responded with information.
CAPT Boykin indicated that his department intended to begin with the day program offering for Criminal Justice first, and then get a College of Graduate and Professional Studies one in place.
COL Metts, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, quoted Chief Reuben Greenberg and raised the issue of putting more counseling in the program for future police officers. The Interim President, MAJGEN Poole, raised the question of whether a Criminal Justice student should have a minor in Psychology, and weren't they really joined together at the hip? Psychology has an extensive program and the two could fit together well. LTCOL Wilson, Head, HAPE, asked about the requirement for a drugs course, and CAPT Boykin responded that that would be dealt with as a special topics course.
CAPT Boykin moved(seconded by LTCOL Finch) that the Academic Board formally approve the undergraduate program in Criminal Justice and formal name change to "Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice."
The motion carried unanimously.
MAJGEN Poole stated that he believed that under state law we were entitled to take one course per year. Also, we need to get some sense of the level of support for the concept, and we could look at specific arrangements next meeting. LTCOL Fallon raised concerns about being too restrictive in this age of continuing education, as LTCOL Finch indicated that he had less of an issue with faculty taking courses from another department. COL Metts said that it had all come up before, and we needed to think seriously about accomodating this if it is a professional requirement. COL Gordon wished to know if sister institutions had a similar policy, and would The Citadel be in line with practices generally across the state.
COL Askins responded that they do not at present, and COL Reilly said the development of a policy was on the agenda at several insititutions. LTCOL Leclercq indicated how helpful it had been for her to take CLE (Continuing Legal Education) courses at the University of Tennessee.
The Interim President asked that this item be tabled until the next meeting.
LTCOL Cassidy gave a detailed presentation and spoke to the points contained in a handout (copy attached). He described each member of the staff and their qualifications, and talked about the approach the Counseling Center used and needs of college students today, as well as covering services provided and various issues. He dealt with LD/ADD issues, and gave an interpretation on recurrent 4th classmen's situations as regards military activities and academic performance.
A lengthy discussion followed. CAPT Boykin and COL Metts discussed various recruitment, sleeping-in-class, academic performance and other issues. COL Gordon discussed positive steps that faculty could take, and expressed the view that professional adult leadership was needed in the barracks particularly after hours and on weekend nights in order to give cadets positive reinforcement and correction. COL Metts indicated that we would start using special advising for particular groups that would be identified based on academic performance in high school.
The Interim President thanked LTCOL Cassidy for his report. He indicated that he would have a formal recommendation for the Board of Visitors regarding adult leadership in the barracks on a constant basis. In the meantime, we need to be rigorous in dealing with any upperclassmen who sleeps in class. We need a "culture change" -- that is our problem and we need to fix it.
Lengthy discussion followed. COL Gordon asked about one of the indicators and its relationship to the overall process, i.e., how it would get back to the Legislature. COL Metts explained the process, which is that the indicators would be presented to the CHE, and the CHE would present them to the State Legislature.
COL Metts indicated that, in the last five years, the percentage of how much the State gives higher education has dropped from 17% down to 13%. The whole idea behind the indicators was as a way to improve funding for higher education. The problem is that we might end up competing within our sector for money.
John W. Gordon
Dean of Undergraduate Studies