ACADEMIC BOARD MEETING
NOVEMBER 17, 1998

BGEN R. C. POOLE, LTC A. W. LeCLERCQ, COL H. W. ASKINS, JR., LTC J. S. LEONARD, COL R. E. BALDWIN, MAJ R. J. McDOWELL (for 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, COL P. J. REMBIESA, COL A. J. FINCH, COL G. B. STALEY, MAJ R. M. GAY, COL G. L. WILSON, and COL J. A. FOLLEY

The meeting was called to order at 1525 hours by BGEN Poole.

AGENDA ITEM # 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF OCTOBER 20TH MEETING.

The minutes of the meeting of October 20, 1998 were approved unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 2: CORE CURRICULUM TASK FORCE

BGEN Poole recognized COL Ezell, Chair of the Faculty Council, to comment on the Faculty Council’s response to the report of the Core Curriculum Task Force. COL Ezell stated that the Faculty Council had not intended to be harsh in its criticism and recognized that assessment data were not available to the Core Curriculum Committee when it made its recommendations. He emphasized the willingness of the Faculty Council subcommittee to work with the Core Curriculum Task Force.

COL Askins and COL Blanton pointed out inaccurate wording on page 3 of the Faculty Council document in the description of The Citadel as a "liberal arts" college; the descriptor should be "comprehensive."

COL Metts asked for clarification on whether the Council is in support of the subcommittee’s report. COL Ezell indicated that it is and said that from the Council’s perspective, the Task Force has not finished its work, that Faculty Council wants to see more flexibility in the Core Curriculum.

In response to a question from LTC Leonard about what kind of assessment data the Faculty Council was seeking, COL Ezell mentioned results of comprehensive exams, opinion surveys, studies of student performance in subsequent courses, etc.

COL Metts noted that the Core Curriculum Oversight Committee established to collect and analyze such data was never successful in breaking down departmental barriers, so the College turned to the departments for assessment. He indicated that there are a few questions on the senior survey about the core curriculum but acknowledged that there is no comprehensive assessment of the core.

COL Finch said the Core Curriculum Committee was aware of the difficulties of overall assessment of the core and did investigate to learn what other colleges are doing. He pointed out that another challenge is to measure student mastery of certain skills such as critical thinking. According to COL Metts, standardized tests designed to measure such skills do exist.

LTC Rembiesa criticized the "parochial struggle for credit hours" among departments, and CPT Boykin labeled the Committee’s proposal as an "affirmation of the status quo."

COL Finch expressed concerns about the process in which we are engaged. He reminded the Academic Board that the Task Force was made up of representatives of the Academic Board, the Faculty Council, and the Curriculum Committee and said the Task Force did consider much of what the Faculty Council subcommittee has suggested.

LTC Rembiesa moved and COL Finch seconded the motion that Academic Board accept the Task Force recommendations with no further discussion. The motion failed.

LTC Leonard moved and COL Cleaver seconded the motion that Academic Board proceed with its consideration of individual recommendations and vote on each separately. COL Ezell voiced opposition to considering the proposal piecemeal, but LTC Leonard stated this would allow the Academic Board the opportunity to make alternative recommendations. The motion passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 3: FACULTY COUNCIL REPORT

COL Ezell reported that Faculty Council committees are presently working on a number of issues, chief among them Post Tenure Review, the Professional Standards document, student lateness to class resulting from test taking (an issue raised by COL Folley at the October Academic Board meeting), a recommendation to the VPAA Search Committee, and the desirability of a Faculty Senate.

AGENDA ITEM # 4: GRADUATE COUNCIL REPORT

COL Reilly reported on several matters under consideration including review of the summer school housing policy issued by the Commandant’s Office, the appointment of thesis committees by the Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, and the development of a new procedural document for student appeals.

AGENDA ITEM #5: CADET ATTENDANCE AT SPORTING EVENTS DURING ESP

BGEN Poole informed the Board that he had discussed with BGEN Mace and MGEN Grinalds the issue of mandatory cadet attendance at sporting events during ESP. BGEN Mace has agreed to give ample notice in the future and any requirements during ESP for AY 1999-2000 will be indicated on the college calendar.

COL Finch spoke against the practice under any circumstances and moved that Academic Board draft a resolution to send to the President. COL Wilson seconded the motion which was approved unanimously. COL Ozment, as secretary to the Board, will draft a resolution and distribute it over e-mail to the members of the Board.

AGENDA ITEM # 6: CLARIFICATION OF DECISION MAKING PROCESS

Following the October Academic Board meeting, COL Metts was asked by BGEN Poole to draft and distribute for review a clarification on the decision making process for inclusion in the Faculty Manual. COL Ezell said he has also circulated COL Metts’s draft to members of Faculty Council who will discuss it at their next meeting.

CPT Boykin asked if Academic Board and Faculty Council must always consider each other’s policy recommendations. COL Metts said that would be the case and that pertinent issues must go before Graduate Council as well. Every motion that comes forward from Graduate Council or Faculty Council must come before Academic Board. CPT Boykin expressed concern about how much this slows down the decision making process, but COL Ezell disagreed. COL Metts noted that the presence of the chair of Faculty Council and the chair of Graduate Council on the Academic Board should help to expedite matters since these chairs can and should alert Academic Board to issues that are forthcoming from their councils.

BGEN Poole suggested that the procedure be modified to include a statement that issues can be raised by the VPAA and the deans as well.

COL Bebensee commented on the need for faculty to have hard copies of the Faculty Manual. COL Metts responded that each department head has a hard copy, each new faculty member is given a hard copy, and two hard copies are available in the Library. Any other faculty member who would like to have one may.

AGENDA ITEM # 7: MISCELLANEOUS

COL Ozment asked department heads to remind their faculty of the correct procedure for marking absence forms. The only appropriate marks are "A" for "absent" and "L" for "late."

The meeting was adjourned at 1650 hours.

Submitted by

Suzanne Ozment
Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Women