March 15, 2001

 

Academic Board

Minutes

February 20, 2001

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

COL J. S. LEONARD

COL R. A. MALONEY

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

COL F. W. SHEALY

COL G. B. STALEY

COL P. W. LEON
for MAJ T. C. THOMPSON

The meeting was called to order at 1520 hours.

AGENDA ITEM # 1: APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF JANUARY MEETING

The minutes of the January 23, 2001 meeting were unanimously approved as written.

BG Carter recognized COL Bebensee, Chair of the Communication across the Curriculum Committee to report on the CAC Retreat on Diversity in the Classroom, held at Seabrook on February 17 and 18. COL Bebensee commented on the large number of participants-faculty, staff, and students-and on their enthusiastic response to the sessions led by the facilitator, Dr. Stephen McLeon Bryant, a psychiatrist from MUSC.

AGENDA ITEM # 2: TESTING OUT OF A COURSE

COL Metts indicated that students have raised the issues of whether departments should offer students the option of bypassing a course by passing a test. In the past, The Citadel has not permitted students to test out of a course other than through AP or IB credit or by taking a CLEP test. The request is most likely to come up in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies with students who have extensive experience in areas such as business or engineering.

COL Askins said he has spoken to military personnel who have said they would enroll in a degree program if the possibility for testing out of some courses existed. He gave the example of personnel at the Naval Weapons Station who could probably test out of most of the courses required in engineering in the first two years.

LTC DeMille mentioned the Dantes tests that are supposed to be comparable to CLEP tests and are offered only to military personnel.

COL Bebensee asked for a list of all available CLEP tests.

AGENDA ITEM # 3: CREDIT FOR ONLINE/DISTANCE EDUCATION

COL Metts reminded department heads that the college has agreed institutionally to accept courses comparable to ours from accredited institutions, regardless of whether those courses are taught in a traditional classroom or online. This policy will be included in next yearís catalog.

AGENDA ITEM # 4: PERFORMANCE FUNDING UPDATE

COL Metts clarified that performance funding is separate from the regular state appropriation of funds. The Commission on Higher Education has reduced the number of performance indicators to 14. The effect of our performance evaluation continues to have significant consequences. We can gain additional funds if we do well; if we "fail to achieve," we will lose 1% of our base budget. One performance indicator has to do with the availability of the instructor. Each semester, we include a question about this with the student evaluation of instruction forms for each class. We are graded on the rate of return as well as on the results. Therefore, COL Metts asked department heads to help get this form returned.

AGENDA ITEM # 5: ORGANIZATION/GOVERNANCE SURVEY

BG Carter distributed the results of surveys of Academic Board and Faculty Council on academic reorganization issues. Twenty people completed the Academic Board survey; only 10 returned the Faculty Council survey.

BG Carter pointed out that the results from the two groups are very different.

Several Board members expressed concern about the low return from Faculty Council. BG Carter indicated that he has asked MAJ Thompson to urge those who have not responded already to do so.

BG Carter reported that he met with Faculty Council to discuss some of the issues. That group expressed considerable concern about consolidating Academic Board and Faculty Council into one body.

BG Carter said that he is uncertain about the next step at this point, in part because of the mixed survey results and in part because of the budget crisis. While he anticipates minimal cost associated with restructuring, it cannot be accomplished at no cost.

AGENDA ITEM # 6: MISCELLANEOUS

BG Carter informed the Board that the budget news from Columbia is not good. The Subcommittee on Higher Education of the House Ways and Means Committee reported today to the full Ways and Means Committee their recommendation of a 10.5% cut for all colleges and universities except MUSC.

Our state appropriation is $17,620,390 of our total budget of approximately $52,000,000. The reduction that has been proposed for us is $1,972,687 which would actually be a cut of 11.9%.

The budget issues is unlikely to be settled until June. In the meantime, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee has been meeting. Each time, the Committee has considered recommendations on exceptions to the hiring freeze. The Committee is also looking at the status of the current budget in the hopes that we have some funds to carry over to next year. The impact of cuts at the 2.5%, 5%, 7.5%, 10%, 12.5% and 15% levels are being studied.

One way to generate more revenue is to raise tuition. Because we did not raise tuition last year, we are below the state average, so we have some latitude in how much we can increase tuition. BG Carter stated that he anticipates a significant increase for both in state and out of state students. We are also coordinating tuition charges with the College of Charleston for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

LTC DeMille announced that we have discontinued publication of the class schedule. The brochure cost $1700 per semester and, due to many changes made after it was printed, was never accurate. The schedule will be available online.

COL Rembiesa asked about the issue of noon meetings that involve cadets. COL Ozment explained that she has been in communication with the Commandantís Office and will be talking with COL Pinkerton further about a workable alternative. Suggestions from the Board included using the 1100 hour on Tuesday a couple of times a month, having one day a week at noon designated for academic meetings, or having a specific late afternoon hour so designated.

The meeting was adjourned at 1605 hours.

Submitted by

 

Suzanne Ozment