MINUTES ACADEMIC BOARD MEETING
JANUARY 19, 1999

MGEN J. S. GRINALDS, 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, LT M. HAMILTON for 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 A. J. FINCH, LTC P. J. REMBIESA, COL J. A. FOLLEY, COL J. W. TREZ, SR. and COL G. L. WILSON

The meeting was called to order at 1520 hours.

MGEN Grinalds provided the Board the following update. The Admissions Office has received 1100 applications. The average SAT of these applicants is 1101. Eighty-eight applicants are women, and applications from minorities have also increased.

The attrition rate has improved. The fourth class attrition rate is 1% lower than at this time last year.

Last summer, there was a significant 11% increase in enrollment in summer sessions.

In the area of fundraising, CDF raised $1.4 million in the 1998 calendar year; the Brigadier Foundation raised $1.1 million; and Institutional Advancement raised $3.2 million.

Alumni Association membership has quadrupled. At present, there are 1, 605 members. That total reflects ten times more graduates from the College of Graduate and Professional Studies than were previously members.

In the fall, 150 recruiters from 98 organizations visited the campus for Career Day. Employment figures for recent graduates are encouraging. A survey of 1998 graduates revealed that 95% are either enrolled in graduate school or have obtained full-time jobs.

Commencement exercises will be held on May 8 in McAlister Field House. At the request of the senior class, Pat Buchanan has been invited to speak.

On January 20th, several state senators will be meeting with the Board of Visitors to discuss the issue of when and under what circumstances "Dixie" should be played on campus. The College has no plans at this time to alter its position.

While the subject of a possible merger of the Medical University of South Carolina, the College of Charleston, and The Citadel has been in the news lately, it is not clear how seriously lawmakers are considering it. Of principal concern to The Citadel would be the fate of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

AGENDA ITEM # 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF DECEMBER 15, 1998 MEETING.

COL Finch moved and COL Askins seconded approval of the minutes as written. The motion passed unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 9: CORE CURRICULUM

BGEN Poole indicated that he would be forced to leave the meeting early, as he had to catch a flight and, therefore, rearranged the agenda in order to comment on the Core Curriculum. He emphasized the importance of completing the process we have begun and in which we have already invested so much time and energy. He pointed out that the Board has thus far devoted part of three meetings to the core curriculum but has not made much progress in its deliberations. He distributed a memorandum (copy attached) outlining a schedule for three special meetings on the topic.

COL Finch alerted the group to a conflict with the date of the third meeting. VPAA candidates will be on campus at that time. BGEN Poole said he would reschedule this meeting.

LTC Leonard made a counter proposal to that BGEN Poole had presented. He moved that the majority report of the Core Curriculum Committee be approved except for the recommendation about the "forgivable F" and that the College continue to study ways to include flexibility in the core curriculum and to address the problem of assessment. COL Wilson seconded the motion. COL Reilly maintained that each of the recommendations deserves full discussion before the Board votes. However, COL Baldwin argued that such full discussion should be based on assessment data, which we don't have. LTC Leonard's motion failed with a vote of 8 in favor and 9 against. Following the vote, there was some discussion about the appropriateness of ROTC department heads voting since they had been told that their participation in the special meetings would be optional. BGEN Poole determined that they must participate in the special meetings after all.

COL Askins reminded Board members to review the Strategic Plan and come to the special meetings having thought about what the core curriculum should accomplish.

Following this discussion, BGEN Poole left for the airport, and COL Reilly chaired the remainder of the meeting.

AGENDA ITEM #2: PLANS FOR MINORITY AND GENDER EQUITY IN ATHLETICS.

COL Trez was recognized to distribute and give an overview of the plans for Minority and Gender Equity in Athletics. COL Trez asked Board members to study the plans and offer suggestions for modifications.

AGENDA ITEM # 3: SCHEDULE CONFLICTS DURING DROP/ADD

COL Bebensee commented on the fact that faculty were asked to be available on the morning of Friday, January 8th to advise students, yet students had military duties at that time. COL Ozment told the Board that the Registrar's Office informed the Commandant's Office of the drop/add period. She described the steps that BGEN Poole had taken to address the problem as soon as he learned of it and the steps that have been taken to prevent a similar communication breakdown in the future.

CAPT Boykin asked that the College reconsider its demands on faculty time on other occasions as well, namely on Parents Day when few parents, other than those of freshmen, visit with faculty

AGENDA ITEM # 4: DEPARTMENTAL LIBRARY REPRESENTATIVES

LTC LeClercq that the Library is currently examining its budget for journals. The staff is conducting a study of use and is taking a particularly close look at the most expensive journals to determine whether there is justification for continuing to subscribe to them. Each departmental library representative will be given a complete list of journals for that department. Faculty will have an opportunity to provide feedback. The Library is aware that the journal collection for three departments-Psychology, Education, and Business Administration-need improvement.

AGENDA ITEM # 5: PANEL MEMBERS FOR PRAXIS TEST.

COL Reilly announced that validation studies will be conducted in March and April on the PRAXIS Test that is replacing the NTE in July 1999. Faculty from the areas of mathematics, science, French, Spanish, German, and Latin who are interested in helping with these studies should get in touch with COL Reilly.

AGENDA ITEM # 6: LOW COUNTRY UNIVERSITY

COL Finch had asked that this item be placed on the agenda, but he indicated that the President's comments on the topic had answered his concerns. COL Reilly stated that he had just attended a meeting of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance where there was much talk about the demand for graduate programs by businesses and industries considering locating in this area. For that reason, among others, The Citadel should continue to follow closely the discussions about the possibility of a merger of area colleges.

ITEM # 7: FACULTY COUNCIL UPDATE.

COL Ezell reported that the Faculty Council had recently voted unanimous support for the process to revise the Faculty Manual and unanimous support for the revision to General Order 12.

ITEM # 8: GRADUATE COUNCIL UPDATE

COL Reilly reported that the Graduate Council is in the process of reviewing changes in GRE testing and developing a statement on student integrity.

ITEM # 9. See above.

ITEM # 10: MISCELLANEOUS.

In response to questions about the Police Corps program, COL Reilly explained that three full-time people, on loan from the Charleston City Police Department, are working to develop the program which is being supported by federal funds through the Justice Department. The Police Corps will function like military training for ROTC contract students. Students who are selected for the program will receive scholarship assistance, participate in mandatory summer training programs held at The Citadel, and will be required to serve on a police force following graduation. Students from any major may participate.

The meeting was adjourned at 1630.

Submitted by

Suzanne Ozment
Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Women