MINUTES ACADEMIC BOARD
APRIL 13, 1999

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

COL Metts presided on behalf of BG Poole who was delayed in returning from a meeting of the Commission on Higher Education in Columbia. The Academic Board meeting was called to order at 1520 hours.

AGENDA ITEM # 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES

COL Staley asked that the Minutes of the March 16th meeting be revised to indicate that he had not pursued the matter of "A, B, C, U" grading for modern language classes at the final meeting the Academic Board held on the core curriculum because he had felt the need to consult with his department. COL Baldwin moved and COL Wilson seconded the motion that the minutes be approved as amended. The motion passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 2: REPORT FROM THE CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION COMMITTEE

CAPT Maria Lynn Kessler, Chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee, was recognized to give a report from the Committee. CAPT Kessler distributed a summary of the curricular changes that have been approved by the Committee. She presented the changes for each department in turn to give the Academic Board an opportunity to vote on separate proposals.

(1) COL Blanton moved and COL Baldwin seconded the motion that the changes proposed for the Chemistry Department be approved (no increase in hours).

  1. B.A. Degree in Chemistry:
    Substitute College Physics (203 & 204) for Pre-Med Physics (205 & 206)
  2. B.S. Degree in Chemistry:
    Substitute Physics 221 & 222 for Physics 211 & 212; Substitute MATH 234 for MATH 232; and Require CHEM 409 (biochemistry)
  3. Change in Prerequisite:
    Replace 211 & 262 or 206 & 256 with PHYS 204 or 221 as corequisites for CHEM 305 & 306.

The motion passed unanimously.

(2) COL Reilly moved and COL Finch seconded the motion that the changes proposed for the Education Department be approved.

    EDUC 311 will be replaced by EDUC 3XX, Teaching Students with Special Needs.

The motion passed unanimously.

(3) COL Askins moved and COL Finch seconded the motion that the changes proposed for the Electrical Engineering Department be approved.

  1. Change name of department to Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  2. Change ELEC 104, Engineering Fundamentals I, to a one credit hour,two contact hour course
  3. Change ELEC 206, Computer Applications for Electrical Engineers,from two to three credit hours
  4. Approve two new senior electives: ELEC 418, Advanced Digital Systems, and ELEC 419, Computer Network Architecture

COL Leonard asked if the Mathematics and Computer Science Department has any objection to the departmental name change. COL Cleaver responded that as the courses offered are very different in the two departments, the Mathematics and Computer Science Department has no concerns.

COL Metts pointed out that the name change, if approved by the Academic Board, will have to be approved also by the Board of Visitors.

The motion passed unanimously.

(4) COL Leonard moved and COL Baldwin seconded the motion that the changes proposed for the English Department be approved.

  1. Add a new public speaking course, ENGL 206, Persuasive Speaking
  2. Add three new sophomore literature courses-ENLG 213, Masterpieces of American Literature; ENGL 214, Masterpieces of World Literature I; and ENGL 215, Masterpieces of World Literature II-that will serve as alternatives to the current ENGL 202 if the Core Curriculum receives final approval.

The motion passed unanimously.

(5) COL Wilson moved and COL Bebensee seconded the motion that the changes proposed for the Health and Physical Education Department be approved.

    Add two new courses, RPED 150, Kendo, and RPED 142, Aerobics

The motion passed unanimously.

6) COL Cleaver moved and COL Blanton seconded the motion that the changes proposed for the Mathematics and Computer Science Department be approved.

  1. Add CSCI 101, Fundamentals of Computing-to be required of Computer Science and Mathematics majors.
  2. Replace MATH 232, Differential Equations, with MATH 234, Applied Engineering Math in the requirements for mathematics majors.
  3. Replace the mathematics elective in the Computer Science major with a general elective.
  4. In the Computer Science minor, replace CSCI 223 with CSCI 305 to provide a better sequencing of courses.
  5. Delete CSCI 115 and CSCI 205. There is no demand for these courses.
  6. Change the prefix to identify courses in Information Technology and Management Technology:
    1. CSCI 110 will become INFT 110
    2. CSCI 208 will become MISC 208
    3. CSCI 216 will become MISC 216
    4. CSCI 217 will become INFT 217
    5. CSCI 386 will become MISC 386
  7. Add MISC 490 and INFT 490, Special Topics in Management Information Technology and Information Technology.

COL Metts noted that there are problems with the new prefixes as they are proposed. He suggested that the department work with the Registrar's Office to find a workable solution.

All points of the proposal EXCEPT the change in prefixes passed unanimously.

7) COL Staley moved and COL Finch seconded the motion that the change proposed for the Modern Language Department be approved.

    In the Spanish minor, change the requirement to either SPAN 305 OR one SPAN 400-level course

The motion passed unanimously.

8) CAPT Boykin moved and COL Wilson seconded the motion that the changes proposed for the Political Science and Criminal Justice Department be approved.

    Addition of a minor in criminal justice.

The Curriculum Committee handout did not include details about the composition of this minor, and CAPT Boykin did not recall the specific courses to be included. COL Blanton moved and COL Wilson seconded the motion that the original motion be tabled until the necessary information could be provided. The motion to table passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 3: 1998 PERFORMANCE FUNDING RATINGS

COL Metts distributed handouts and described the CHE rating process used to determine funding allocations. He reported that The Citadel's rating for 1998 was 2.51, a score which puts us in the "Achieves" category with the result that we will receive approximately the same amount of funds we received last year. Were we to have a rating in the "Exceeds" or "Substantially Exceeds" categories, we would receive higher levels of funding.

COL Leonard asked if department heads and faculty need to take particular actions to help the College improve its ratings. COL Metts replied that one area in which faculty and department heads might be able to help would be in maintaining appropriate FTE levels.

COL Wilson asked about the ratings of other colleges. COL Metts said he would share it when he receives it from CHE.

AGENDA ITEM # 4: MERIT RATING PLAN

COL Metts distributed copies of a draft merit rating plan and asked department heads to review it one final time before a final draft is sent to Faculty Council.

COL Leonard asked about when the merit evaluations will be made. COL Metts said that if funds become available, merit pay would be based on the 1999 Personal Data Sheets.

COL Bebensee observed that departments have different standards for evaluation and asked if this will be acceptable for merit evaluations. BG Poole, who had returned from Columbia by this point in the meeting, answered that departments may use their own established standards but that one absolute requirement that applies to all departments is that student evaluation of instruction be used in the process.

AGENDA ITEM # 5: CORE CURRICULUM OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

COL Metts distributed a final draft of the charge and composition of the Core Curriculum Oversight Committee. COL Staley moved and COL Leonard seconded the motion that the committee charter be approved. The Board agreed to state in the document that the committee will select its own chair. The last sentence of the first paragraph of the document should read: "The Chair of the Core Curriculum Oversight Committee will be selected by the Committee and must be one of the representatives of non-Core areas." The charter, with this one amendment, was unanimously approved.

AGENDA ITEM # 6: ADJUNCTS, OVERLOADS AND COURSE REDUCTIONS

BG Poole reminded the department heads that they must have written permission from him to employ adjuncts and to assign overloads or permit course reductions. He also reminded department heads that they must advertise for all adjunct positions and follow EEO guidelines in hiring.

COL Cleaver expressed concern about last minute needs for adjunct faculty. BG Poole stated that the College will address those as they occur. The advantage will be that as a result of the advertising, we will have a pool of candidates from which to draw. In response to a question from CAPT Boykin, BG Poole explained that ads will be run in the local newspaper and on the internet.

AGENDA ITEM # 7: GRADUATING SENIORS' MEETING

BG Poole announced that all graduating seniors will be required to attend a meeting at 4:00 on April 26th to get instructions about the graduation ceremony and to complete the senior survey. Those students who have internships will have to attend the meeting as well and should make arrangements with their internship supervisors.

AGENDA ITEM # 8: FALL BREAK

BG Poole indicated that Faculty Council has submitted a request that a Fall Break be added to the college calendar and that the issue will be studied by the deans and by the Commandant's Office.

COL Bebensee asked if Spring Break could be scheduled for the middle of the spring term. BG Poole explained that Corps Day interferes with such scheduling.

AGENDA ITEM # 9: REPORT FROM FACULTY COUNCIL

COL Ezell informed that Board that Faculty Council had also sent a request to the VPAA to allow for 3 working days between the end of exams and the deadline for the submission of grades. BG Poole said that this has been implemented for this semester (with the exception of grades for graduating senior, which are due the day after exams end).

COL Ezell also reported that Faculty Council discussed and voted unanimously in support of the process that was followed in conducting the search for a new VPAA.

AGENDA ITEM # 10: REPORT FROM GRADUATE COUNCIL

COL Reilly stated that the Graduate Council has not met since the last Academic Board meeting. At its next meeting, it will be considering curricular changes from the departments of Biology and Political Science and Criminal Justice.

COL Reilly urged department heads and faculty to attend the recognition dinner to be given for students in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies on May 4th.

AGENDA ITEM # 11: MISCELLANEOUS

CAPT Boykin asked for suspension of the tabling of his motion on the creation of a criminal justice minor. Following the Board's vote to table, he had acquired the details on the program and asked to be able to present them. COL Wilson moved and COL Folley seconded the motion that the tabled motion be suspended and that the criminal justice minor be considered. The Board voted unanimous approval.

CAPT Boykin distributed information about the minor, showing that it will consist of 15 hours with four required courses (CRMJ 201, 370, and 380 and SOCI 302) and one criminal justice elective. CAPT Boykin moved and COL Baldwin seconded the motion that the criminal justice minor be approved. The vote was unanimously in favor.

COL Ozment reminded department heads to submit nominations for the Grimsley Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and to urge the faculty and students in their departments to submit nominations. The deadline is April 16, 1999.

COL Trez distributed material that departments might use in one of their meetings as the basis for a discussion about coeducational classes and avoiding sexual harassment.

COL Trez also reminded the Board of the draft gender equity and minority equity plans that he distributed in January. COL Bebensee moved and COL MacPherson seconded the motion that the Board endorse the gender and minority equity plans. The Board approved the motion unanimously.

BG Poole reminded the Board that on April 23rd retiring faculty will be honored at a reception in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium and at the parade.

COL MacPherson called the attention of the Board to the joint swearing in ceremony on May 8th at 0745 hours in the Summerall Chapel.

BG Poole emphasized the obligation of all faculty to participate fully in the events of graduation week.

The meeting was adjourned at 1720 hours.

Submitted by

Suzanne Ozment
Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Women