May 22, 1998

MINUTES ACADEMIC BOARD MEETING
MAY 5, 1998

MGEN J. S. GRINALDS, MGEN R. C. POOLE, LTC A. W. LeCLERCQ, COL H. W. ASKINS, JR., MAJ MATT CHANDLER for COL W. J. MACPHERSON, COL R. E. BALDWIN, COL R. A. MALONEY, COL M. B. BARRETT, COL I. S. METTS, JR., COL M. A. BEBENSEE, LTC W. B. MOORE, JR. , COL J. R. BLANTON, LTC S. OZMENT , COL E. B. DAVIS , COL D. H. REILLY for CAPT M. L. BOYKIN, LTC R. R. CARTER, LTC P. J. REMBIESA, COL S. D. COMER, LTC G. B. STALEY, LTC D. J. FALLON, COL R. A. WHITE, LTC A. J. FINCH, LTC G. L. WILSON, COL J. A. FOLLEY

     MGEN Poole called the meeting to order at 1515 hours.

AGENDA ITEM # 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF 14 APRIL 1998
      COL Askins moved and COL Baldwin seconded the motion to approve the minutes as written. The motion passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 2: CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION COMMITTEE REPORT
      MGEN Poole recognized MAJ John Murden the chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee to present the Committee's report. MAJ Murden distributed a summary of the Committee's recommendations (copy attached) and invited questions and discussion about them. The first recommendation concerned adding, deleting, and renaming courses in the Physics Department. Most of the changes involved reconfigurations and renamings rather than changes in course content. COL Folley asked about the implications for students with military contracts, namely whether the requirements were being increased. LTC Rembiesa said there were no increases. Fewer labs will be offered (4 instead of 7) which should result in fewer scheduling problems, according to LTC Rembiesa. No additional faculty or laboratory resources will be required to implement the changes. One section of the new courses will be offered in the 1998-1999 academic year for those who are currently physics majors; the courses for non-physics majors will be offered for the first time in the 1999-2000 academic year. LTC Fallon moved and COL Askins seconded the motion that the changes to the physics curriculum be accepted. The motion passed unanimously.
      COL Metts reminded everyone that the new one-hour courses that have been approved cannot be combined to substitute for a three-hour elective course, even for those students who change their majors.
      The next recommendation applied to the renumbering of two computer science courses and the addition of a new course--CSCI 317, Computer Networks and Internets—which has been taught twice as a special topics course. No additional resources or faculty are needed to effect these changes. COL Comer moved and LTC Fallon seconded the motion that the change be approved. The motion passed unanimously.
      The third recommendation, for courses in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, included renumbering one course and adding a 1-3 hour special topics course to provide flexibility in the curriculum. COL Metts pointed out that students should be notified and the catalog description must clearly state that only a three-hour special topics course will meet a degree requirement. LTC Fallon moved and COL Comer seconded the motion that the changes be accepted. The motion passed unanimously.
      The fourth recommendation, for biology courses, entailed reducing the credit hours for Biology 120, 121; adding three new courses; moving the social science requirement to the sophomore year; deleting public speaking and a senior seminar from the requirements for a biology major; and establishing a biology minor. No additional faculty, laboratory, or classroom resources will be needed to support these changes. COL Baldwin moved and COL Askins seconded the motion that the changes be supported. The motion passed unanimously.
      Changes to the business administration curriculum were presented in the fifth recommendation. The revisions included adding and deleting courses and changing course content. MGEN Poole expressed concern about eliminating the course in cost accounting. COL Bebensee explained that the essential material is included in Managerial Accounting and suggested that the name of the course might be changed to reflect that inclusion. MGEN Poole also questioned the need for a course in Professional Selling, but COL Bebensee indicated that there had been considerable demand for it over the last several years when it has been taught through the seminar course. Another new course, Principals of Economics, is envisioned as serving the needs of non business majors, possibly as a way of meeting the social science core requirement. The Board agreed that this course would be added on the condition that it is approved as a social science requirement by the core curriculum committee. With that understanding, the motion to adopt the changes passed unanimously.
      The final recommendation had to do with adding two fine arts courses, Regimental Band I and II, to the education curriculum. COL Metts clarified that since each of these is a four-semester course it will be scheduled in the semester in which credit is to be awarded, and only students in The Citadel's Regimental Band are eligible to enroll in these courses; transfer credit will not be accepted. The motion to approve the addition passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 3: CORE CURRICULUM TASK FORCE REPORT
      Postponed.

AGENDA ITEM # 4: PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS
      MGEN Poole reminded the Board that we must take action on the Professional Standards document at the last Board meeting of the academic year.

AGENDA ITEM # 5: STUDENT EVALUATION OF INSTRUCTION
      COL Metts indicated that since student evaluation of instruction is now a part of faculty evaluation, we must determine exactly what is to be provided and by whom. Specifically, we must decide how to include the comments that students write on evalution forms. COL Metts recommended that the department head take the responsibility for summarizing the comments for each faculty member as part of the annual review. COL Askins expressed concern about how cumbersome this could become over a tenure or probation period. COL White agreed that it would be burdensome to have to transcribe them all. COL Comer said that he has his secretary transcribe them all. It is not an insurmountable task, and it does avoid the problems created by selectivity. COL White and LTC Finch stated that presently their practice is to read them all and to summarize them concisely in the faculty member's summary evaluation. COL Barrett noted that the advantage of this method is that the faculty member has the opportunity to make comments on the evaluation form if he or she thinks it warranted. COL Metts said that he would draft wording on how to handle the comments on student evaluations, taking into consideration the issues that had been raised.

AGENDA ITEM # 6: CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY
      Postponed.

AGENDA ITEM # 7: CONFIRMING OF GRADUATES
      COL Metts moved that all candidates for undergraduate degrees from the Corps of Cadets and the enlisted military programs who have met all academic, conduct, and financial requirements be awarded the diplomas for their respective degrees. The motion passed unanimously.
      COL Reilly moved that all candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees from the College of Graduate and Professional Studies who have met all academic, conduct, and financial requirements be awarded the diplomas for their respective degrees. The motion passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 8: MISCELLANEOUS
      COL Metts informed the Board that he has placed on reserve in the Daniel Library a three-ring binder containing all the indicators, measures, and benchmarks for the state mandated performance funding process. COL Metts distributed handouts showing the procedure for staff recommendations and a chart listing each of the 37 indicators and showing where we stand. He announced that The Citadel will not receive feedback on the 22 indicator we have reported on thus far until June or July. He reminded the department heads to send reports of faculty scholarship to him as soon as possible.
      MGEN Poole stated that the tenure and promotion recommendations have been forwarded to the President.
      COL Metts distributed a draft of an administrative calendar for department heads and asked for suggested changes.
     LTC Ozment distributed the guidelines that have been developed for study abroad programs (including a student application form and a sample course evaluation form). She also gave Board members copies of an e-mail that LTC Moore sent to all history majors last fall--with helpful tips for course selection, internships, etc.--and urged all department heads to develop something similar for their own majors if they have not already done so.
      COL Metts gave each department head the format for the annual report which is due in mid-June.
     MGEN Poole announced that there would be one more meeting to finish business that had been postponed. He indicated that there will be an orientation session for new department heads prior to the beginning of the next academic year. Finally, he recognized LTC Carter, COL Comer, and COL White who are stepping down as department heads and thanked them for their leadership.

     In closing remarks to the Board members, MGEN Grinalds expressed his appreciation for a great year and pronounced it a "wonderful introduction to The Citadel."

The meeting was adjourned at 1720 hours.

Submitted by

Suzanne Ozment
Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Women

Curriculum and Instruction Committee Recommendations to the Academic Board

1. Physics: Restructuring Physics sequences

a) Add the following courses

PHYS 221, 222 Physics with Calculus (3 credit hours each)

PHYS 271, 272 Laboratory for Physics with Calculus (1 credit hour each)

PHYS 231,232 Applications of Physics with Calculus (1 credit hour each)

PHYS 323 Modern Physics ( 3 credit hours)

PHYS 333 Applications of Modern Physics (1 credit hour)

PHYS 373 Modern Physics Laboratory ( 1 credit hour)

b) Delete the following courses

PHYS 210, 211, 212 Physicsfor Scientists and Engineers (3 credit hours each)

PHYS 260, 261, 262 Physics Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers

(1 credit hour each)

PHYS 205, 206 Physics for Biology and Premedicine (3 credit hours each)

PHYS 255, 256 Physics Laboratory for Biology and Premedicine

(1 credit hour each)

PHYS 313 Modern Physics ( 3 credit hours)

c) Rename:

PHYS 203,204 College Physics

PHYS 253, 254 Laboratory for College Physics

2 Math and Computer Science:

a) Add the following course:

CSCI 31 7 Computer Networks and Internets ( 3 credit hours)

b) Renumber existing courses to reflect normal sequencing in the curriculum.

CSCI 262 renumbered as CSCI 305

CSCI 315 renumbered as CSCI 223

3 Civil and Environmental Engineering:

a) Add the following course:

CIVL 450 Special Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering

(1 to 3 credit hours)

b) Renumber existing course to reflect movement to senior year.

CIVL 316 renumber as CIVL 416

4. Biology:

a) Change credit:

BIOL 120, 121 from 4 credit hours to 3 credit hours

b) Add new courses:

BIOL 130 Introduction to Biology Laboratory I ( 1 credit hour)

BIOL 131 Introduction to Biology Laboratory II ( 1 credit hour)

BIOL 320 Intern Research (3 credit hours)

c) Move social science core course from first semester senior year

to second semester sophomore year

d) Delete from Biology curriculum

ENGL 205 Public Speaking

BIOL 411 Senior Seminar

e) Define requirements for Biology Minor

5 Business Administration:

a) Changes in Accounting Concentration requirements.

Drop from required course list:

BADM 317 Business computer Applications

BADM 401 Cost Accounting

Add to the required course list:

BADM 318 Commercial Law

BADM 427 Accounting Information Systems

b) Change content of BADM211, 212 Accounting.

c) Add two new courses to the catalog and to the list of approved electives:

BADM 308 Principles of Insurance

BADM 415 Professional Selling

d) Add a new course Principals of Economics

(It is anticipated that this course would be a suitable for Core Curriculum social science course.)

6. Education:

a) Add the following courses: FNAR 201, 301 Regimental Band I and II ( 3 credit hours each) Each course requires completion of a four semester sequence.