ACADEMIC BOARD MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 22, 1998

MGEN J. S. GRINALDS, COL A. J. FINCH, BGEN R. C. POOLE, LTC A. W. LeCLERCQ, COL L. D. DORNETTO, LTC J. S. LEONARD for COL H. W. ASKINS, COL R. E. BALDWIN, COL I. S. METTS, JR., COL M. A. BEBENSEE, COL W. B. MOORE, JR., COL J. R. BLANTON, COL S. OZMENT, CAPT M. L. BOYKIN, COL D. H. REILLY, COL C. E. CLEAVER, COL G. B. STALEY, COL M. H. EZELL, JR., COL G. L. WILSON

The meeting was called to order at 1520 hours.

MGEN Grinalds opened the meeting by discussing with the Academic Board his plan to use the Advisory Council of the College more effectively. The Council meets only twice a year. The Presidentís proposal is to have the members of the Advisory Council head task forces assigned to deal with specific issues such as marketing, diversity of the student body, etc. The task forces would be made up of members from various college constituencies such as the Alumni Association, the Citadel Development Foundation, the Brigadier Foundation, the Academic Board, the Faculty Council, the Board of Visitors, etc. Recommendations from the task forces would be incorporated into the Strategic Plan of the College. The first step will be to identify the issues that task forces should work on. COL Ezell pointed out that the current Strategic Plan would be a good source of issues to address first. MGEN Grinalds agreed and asked Academic Board to be prepared to help identify others.

The remainder of the meeting was chaired by BGEN Poole.

AGENDA ITEM # 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF AUGUST 24 AND SEPTEMBER 16

The minutes of the last two meetings, those held on August 24 and September 16, were unanimously approved as written.

AGENDA ITEM # 2: POST-TENURE REVIEW TASK FORCE

COL Ezell said that the four representatives elected by Faculty Council to serve on the Post-Tenure Review Task Force are Guy Toubiana (Modern Languages), Joel Berlinghieri (Physics), David White (History), and Jim Hutchisson (English). BGEN Poole called for nominations of three department heads to serve on the Task Force. COL Finch moved and COL Baldwin seconded the nomination of Mark Bebensee (Business Administration), COL Reilly moved and COL Bebensee seconded the nomination of COL Askins (Electrical Engineering), and COL Bebensee moved and COL Blanton seconded the nomination of COL Wilson (Health and Physical Education). The nominations were approved unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 3: GUIDE TO FACULTY AND STAFF EXPERTISE

COL Ozment shared with the Board the plan of the Public Relations Office to develop a Guide to Faculty and Staff Expertise that could be distributed to the media as well as to organizations and agencies statewide. The Guide will be arranged by subject and will provide information about Citadel faculty whose expertise qualifies them to serve as commentators, public lecturers, consultants, etc. COL Reilly commented on the need for a common form to solicit information. The Board unanimously endorsed the development of such a Guide.

AGENDA ITEM # 4: FACULTY STAFFING ANALYSIS

Copies of the Faculty Staffing Analysis, which will be discussed at the next meeting, were distributed.

AGENDA ITEM # 5: CORE CURRICULUM REPORT

BGEN Poole opened the floor for further discussion of the proposal in the Core Curriculum Report that the College allow forgivable Fís in a limited number of courses.

The discussion initially focused on the studentís record. COL Staley asked if other colleges that have such a policy delete the first "F" entirely. COL Metts stated that the transcript cannot be altered in that way. COL Wilson indicated that one of the deans at MUSC told him that in considering applicants the Medical University only looks at the most recent grade in a course. LTC Leonard asked if the forgivable Fís could be handled as the "U" in English 101 is handled. COL Dornetto opposed the policy altogether saying that it would be regressive and a further erosion of standards to permit forgivable Fís.

COL Bebensee asked whether we are trying to address problems with particular courses or with the freshman year. According to CAPT Boykin, freshman difficulties result from a combination of poor academic preparation and the Citadelís fourth class system. COL Dornetto argued that the forgivable F will not address the studentsí real problems such as lack of sleep and lack of study time.

COL Cleaver noted that grades are inflated at many schools. If our grades are out of line, our students will be less competitive for jobs. COL Ozment asked if the forgivable F is not just another form of grade inflation.

LTC Leonard suggested that the College identify a few courses that are roadblocks for a substantial number of students and permit forgivable Fís in those courses only.

BGEN Poole stated that since little progress was being made in resolving the issue, the Board might best use the remaining time by covering other issues. COL Ozment reminded the Board that the two-year College Catalog will be revised in the spring semester for printing in early summer. Any changes to policy should be approved in time for publication in the catalog.

The next topic was the core requirement in history. COL Moore reported that his department has conducted a student survey to elicit opinions on a more flexible core and will be meeting to consider a three-way option in western, U. S., and world history. LTC Leonard spoke in favor of the three-way option. CAPT Boykin said he had been glad to see some increased flexibility proposed for the English core and would be glad to see the same in history. COL Bebensee said he would like to see more options for the fourth semester of the English core such as Advanced Writing and Public Speaking. LTC Leonard indicated that he too would like to see more options but believes they should be literature options.

BGEN Poole postponed further discussion of the Core Curriculum until the next meeting.

COL Ezell informed the Board that Tom Thompson is chairing the Faculty Council committee assigned to study the Core Curriculum proposal. Other members are Gardel Feurtado, George Williams, Kanat Durgun, Jeffrey Koob, and Mary Greenawalt.

AGENDA ITEM # 6: MISCELLANEOUS

BGEN Poole distributed copies of College Committee assignments.

COL Reilly announced to the Board that he has recently been appointed to the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. The Alliance hopes to attract businesses to the tri-county area by giving them an opportunity to meet with representatives of institutions of higher education. He said he might be calling on faculty and department heads.

COL Reilly reminded the Board that the next NCATE visit will be a crucial one. A schedule of planned events will be distributed at the next Academic Board meeting.

BGEN Poole distributed information on the budget.

BGEN Poole notified the Board that once again this year cadets will have p. t. two mornings each week--on Monday and Thursday. Remedial p. t. will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. Cadets will have more leaves and passes this year. Incentives have been developed to give the "best battalion," the "best company," the "outstanding cadet" a weekend leave. The result is that seniors have to be on campus only three nights each week--Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. The tactical officers do not seem to be having much impact on ESP or on academic performance in general. BGEN Poole expressed concern that academics will be further jeopardized when Friday afternoon inspections are held. Students may well use ESP on Thursday to prepare for the inspection prior to parade rather than to study.

COL Metts reported that our draft proposal on post-tenure review is being reviewed by the Commission on Higher Education.

COL Staley reminded the Board of the fine arts event scheduled for that evening and encouraged everyone to attend.

LTC LeClercq announced several special programs coming up at the Library: a book club discussion of Gone With the Wind and a lecture by Robert Rosen on Confederate Charleston.

The meeting was adjourned at 1700 hours.

Submitted by

Suzanne Ozment
Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Women