January 4, 2001

 

ACADEMIC BOARD

MINUTES

DECEMBER 12, 2000

BG H. S. CARTER

COL H. W. ASKINS, JR

COL R. E. BALDWIN

COL M. A. BEBENSEE

COL J. R. BLANTON

COL C. E. CLEAVER

LTC C. M. DeMILLE

LTC P. B. EZELL

COL D. J. FALLON

COL A. J. FINCH

LTC J. E. GOODWIN

LTC A. W. LeCLERCQ

COL J. S. LEONARD

COL R. A. MALONEY

MAJ J. E. BIRCHER, IV
for COL J. B. McMILLAN

COL I. S. METTS, JR

COL W. B. MOORE, JR

COL L. W. MORELAND

COL D. T. OUZTS

COL S. OZMENT

COL P. J. REMBIESA

LTC J. F. LINEBERGER
for COL F. W. SHEALY

COL G. B. STALEY

LTC S. J. SILVER
for MAJ T. C. THOMPSON

 

BG Carter called the meeting to order at 1525 hours.

AGENDA ITEM # 1: APPROVAL OF NOVEMBER MINUTES

The minutes of the November 14th meeting were approved unanimously.

AGENDA ITEM # 2: DEPARTMENTAL TENURE/ PROMOTION COMMITTEE COMPOSITION

COL Finch pointed out that in reviewing the tenure and promotion policies of some other institutions, he had noticed that the department head was typically asked to issue a separate report. COL Metts clarified that our policy calls for the department head to issue a separate "vote" only if he or she differs from the position the department has taken. He noted that there would be some advantages to having the department head routinely prepare a separate vote rather than merely a summary of the departmentís position. BG Carter asked the Board to give this some consideration and let him know if there is a wish to discuss a modification to the existing policy.

AGENDA ITEM # 3: HOLIDAY CONTACTS

COL Finch stated that he has had trouble identifying a member of his department to pick up mail over the holidays and serve as the department contact. He questioned the need for this. Other department heads indicated they were having similar problems. BG Carter offered to obtain clarification from COL Reger.

AGENDA ITEM # 4: SPRING SCHEDULE

No report.

AGENDA ITEM # 5: CADET AWARDS DAY

BG Carter suggested establishing an Awards Day in the spring term. He emphasized that there was no intention of detracting from what departments are presently doing, but it might make it more manageable to have ceremonies for Whoís Who, departmental honor societies, cadet awards, etc. all held on one day or over the course of an evening and a day. He asked department heads to discuss the idea with the faculty in their departments. COL Askins pointed out the possibility of conflicts--i.e., students receiving awards from more than one department. COL Metts asked department heads to send him a memo summarizing what they presently do so he can prepare a consolidated list.

AGENDA ITEM # 6: FINAL EXAMS

BG Carter discussed problems associated with lack of adherence to the published exam schedule. When some professors do not give final exams or reschedule them at unauthorized times, it makes it difficult for other professors to adhere to the published schedule and for the administration to enforce the leave policy. He announced that he plans to distribute a memo outlining the schedule and policy for leave at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring break next year. Cadets will be asked to sign a copy of the memo indicating that they have read and understood it. Board members raised several issues including inconsistencies within and among departments and the appropriate number of reading periods. BG Carter announced that he would appoint a committee to examine the final exam policy and make recommendations. Those members of Academic Board on the academic policy sub-committee will be asked to serve along with members of the faculty and a student representative.

AGENDA ITEM # 7: RECRUITING CALLS

BG Carter distributed to department heads the names and telephone numbers of prospective students in their majors who have especially strong high school records. They are asked to make a personal call to the student and to provide feedback to LTC Klein, Dean of Enrollment Management.

AGENDA ITEM # 8: ACADEMIC REORGANIZATION

BG Carter distributed an alternative proposal for the composition of an Academic Senate that he developed in response to concerns voiced by faculty members at the meetings held with all departments.

COL Leonard expressed concern that the new proposal skews membership toward the applied departments to the disadvantage of the humanities, social science, and science departments.

MAJ Bircher questioned the rationale for excluding the military science departments since so many cadets accept commissions. BG Carter acknowledged that this is true but pointed out that there are many academic major issues that the military departments do not deal with such as the curriculum, tenure, promotion, etc.

COL Baldwin asked about the implications of the projected state revenue shortfall on the plans for reorganization. BG Carter replied that he does not anticipate any new positions. At present, there are several vacant positions that could be reassigned, making it an opportune time to effect the changes.

BG Carter also reminded the Board that the College can establish an Academic Senate even if the administrative structure is not reorganized.

AGENDA ITEM # 9: MISCELLANEOUS

COL Ozment distributed copies of an excerpt from a study analyzing unconscious gender bias in faculty hiring.

BG Carter notified the Board that the College is currently working with a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study for the institutionís next capital campaign.

The meeting was adjourned at 1630 hours.

 

Suzanne Ozment

Secretary