ACADEMIC BOARD MINUTES
DECEMBER 15, 1998

BGEN R. C. POOLE, LTC A. W. LECLERCQ, COL H. W. ASKINS, JR., LTC J. S. LEONARD, COL R. E. BALDWIN, COL W. J. MACPHERSON, COL M. A. BEBENSEE, COL R. A. MALONEY, COL J. R. BLANTON, COL I. S. METTS, JR., CAPT M. L. BOYKIN, COL W. B. MOORE, JR., COL C. E. CLEAVER, COL S. OZMENT, COL M. H. EZELL, JR., COL D. H. REILLY, COL D. J. FALLON, LTC P. J. REMBIESA, COL A. J. FINCH, COL G. B. STALEY, COL J. A. FOLLEY, and COL G. L. WILSON

The meeting was called to order by BGEN Poole at 1520 hours.

AGENDA ITEM # 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES

COL Ozment stated that COL Ezell had directed her attention to a grammatical error in the minutes of the previous meeting. The error has been corrected. COL Askins moved and COL Fallon seconded the motion that the minutes, as corrected, be approved. The motion carried unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 2: OFFICIAL COLLEGE DESIGNATION

COL Askins expressed concern about repeated references to The Citadel as a "liberal arts" college in official college publications. He cited the new recruiting video as the most recent product to use this inaccurate label. COL Bebensee voiced doubts that prospective students pay much attention to college designations, but LTC LeClercq thought the "liberal arts" label may be off putting to male applicants in particular, and COL Askins noted that even if students do not understand the terms their parents and guidance counselors do. COL Askins moved and COL Baldwin seconded the motion that a resolution be sent from the Academic Board to LTC Klein and CDR Williams emphasizing the importance of using the correct designation-comprehensive college-in all official publications and statements. The motion passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 3: RESOLUTION ON MANDATORY ATTENDANCE BY CADETS AT SPORTING EVENTS DURING ESP.

COL Ozment circulated for Board member signatures the resolution to be sent to the President expressing disapproval of mandatory cadet attendance at sporting events during evening study period (copy attached).

AGENDA ITEM # 4: NCATE UPDATE

COL Reilly informed the Board of the progress that has been made by the Education Department in addressing the concerns of the NCATE review team. This semester, the department has been reorganized and is engaged in a search for five new faculty for 1999-2000. In addition, faculty members have developed a new conceptual base and a new mission statement. By February 1, 1999, the department must submit seven folios to NCATE. COL Reilly noted the significant progress that has been made thus far and solicited support from all departments.

AGENDA ITEM # 5: FACULTY COUNCIL REPORT

COL Ezell stated that he had sent to BGEN Mace a copy of the Academic Board's resolution about attendance at sporting events during ESP. BGEN Mace responded that only about 450 students attended the soccer match on the occasion that aroused concern. He also pointed out that academic officers were told they could excuse anyone who had a major test or paper the following day. COL Ezell felt this was helpful information but noted that a large number of students (freshmen, in particular) felt compelled to attend and sat through a soccer match in the rain.

Faculty Council has been discussing the morning p. t. requirement and is preparing a memorandum on the issue.

AGENDA ITEM # 6: GRADUATE COUNCIL REPORT

COL Reilly reported that the monthly meeting of the Graduate Council had to be rescheduled because a general faculty meeting was called at the time originally set for the Graduate Council to meet.

AGENDA ITEM # 7: CORE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE REPORT

COL Blanton moved that the Board reconsider its vote from the last meeting that each recommendation from the Core Curriculum Committee Report would be considered separately. COL Baldwin seconded the motion.

LTC Leonard suggested that it may not be desirable to take separate votes on each issue, but each should be discussed separately, amendments could be made, and then a vote could be taken on the whole.

COL Moore recommended that the Board have an opportunity to vote on a proposal made earlier in the term by COL Barrett that students should not be required to take more than two courses in any department.

COL Baldwin repeated his concern that the College was attempting to make decisions about the core curriculum without assessment data on which to base those decisions.

COL Finch repeated his concern that the process continues to be bogged down in confusion over procedural issues.

COL Ezell repeated the Faculty Council's strong disagreement with the Task Force's recommendations.

COL Blanton's motion to reconsider the earlier vote passed unanimously.

COL Reilly urged each Board member to put in writing his or her thoughts about the purpose of the core curriculum and opinions about the extent to which it is fulfilling its purpose. BGEN Poole encouraged the Board to consult the Strategic Plan as they prepared their written comments to share over e-mail prior to the next Academic Board meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 1640 hours.

Submitted by

Suzanne Ozment
Dean of Undergraduate Studies