22 Feb 94
General Faculty Meeting, VPAA Cliff Poole presiding
11:00 AM
SCN Auditorium, Bond Hall
  1. President Watts:
    1. the SACS visitation team will be arriving today (22 Feb 94), the review process begins tomorrow (23 Feb 94)

    2. An update and report on the legal situation: The district judge in Charleston taken the following actions on various motions:
      1. The request for intervention by eight cadets. This was determined to be not necessary since The Citadel represents their position. This motion was denied but there is a possibility of later redress.

      2. The plaintiff's request that this be converted into a class action suit has been taken under advisement. Such an action would preserve the suit beyond Miss Faulkner's involvement. The allegations of harassment advanced by the ACLU were determined to be unsubstantiated.

      3. The request by the plaintiff for a summary judgement against The Citadel and the State of South Carolina was set in abeyance since this requires study to determine the degree to which this situation is analogous to that of VMI and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

      4. To the request by South Carolina to dismiss the case since there is no requirement to provide this education, it is anticipated that this ruling will be included with the previous motion.

      It is anticipated that the rulings, after possible further hearings, will be forthcoming in late March or early April.

      At the district court hearing the VMI case, VMI and the Commonwealth of Virginia have presented their solution. A late March, early April decision is anticipated, after which appeals can be expected.

    3. Concerning the investment in this situation, The Citadel and the State have paid/spent some $800,000 to date.

    4. A question was asked concerning the response of the women's colleges; they are interested in the long-term implications of any decision in these matters.

  2. Dean Metts: The SACS process begins today (22 Feb 94) with an organizational meeting. Various meetings will be held on Wednesday and Thursday (23-24 Feb). There will be an exit presentation by the review team to convey their initial impressions on Friday (25 Feb) at 1000 in 165 Bond.

    The areas of planning, assessment and evaluation, and budget are anticipated as potential points of concern.

    The "steering committee" which has been working towards this event will become the "response committee."

  3. Professor Nichols on Strategic Planning. Faculty are invited to peruse the Self-Study document for a background history of events to this time. The previous committee became the core of the Self-Study Committee.

    Membership has been expanded to 25 individuals; a roster sheet was distributed. A greater degree of coordination with the president's office is anticipated; likewise, Leonard Fulgum will be a liason to the Board of Visitors. Further evidence of openness has been expressed through Mr. Fulgum's invitation to Professor Coussons (Chair of Faculty Council) to sit in at the Board of Visitors meeting in the Fall.

    The various issues will be assigned by the executive committee to subcommittees for review and reports; these reports will be circulated to Faculty Council, Academic Board, and other forums for perusal and comments.

    The agenda of the committee anticipates a strategic planning document for the Spring of 1995; Professor Mailloux will be the new chair.

    Questions advanced from the floor:
    Concerning some 60% administrator representation on the roster. (1) Two more faculty members will be added. (2) The goal was to represent communities and constituencies, not necessarily disciplines. (3) The committee needs a recording secretary. (4) Recommendations and suggestions with respect to additional membership is invited.

    Concerning the posting of meeting agendas and inviting ad hoc participation: this could be considered.
  4. Professor Smyth on Writing Across the Curriculum. Following the 1993 conference in Charleston, there has been continuing faculty interest and initiative. To expand the focus of the process, there has been consideration of communication as well as writing. Thanks were expressed to all works, participants, presenters, etc. An invitation was extended for participation in upcoming activities.

  5. Dean Poole -- Cadet related:
    1. The basic expectation is that cadets will attend classes. Faculty should establish their policies within the college guidelines and state these policies in the course syllabus at the beginning of the course. In general, class absences are the cadet's problem and arrangements for these are to be coordinated in advance, not cleaned-up after the fact.

    2. There is an unacceptable level of clutter in the classrooms. Food and tobacco (of any kind) should be proscribed

    3. Changes to the Charleston, overnight, and weekend pass system. In part, a cumulative and current 2.0 grade point is a reasonable guideline since this level must be attained in order to graduate! The goal is to raise academic performance; the elimination of Thursday evening CPs is to help ensure Friday performance.

  6. Dean Poole -- Faculty related:
    1. Concerning academic and faculty governance: faculty input is needed and requested. Department Heads are presumed to represent their departments and report back to their faculty; likewise with Faculty Council.

    2. A goal is to create a greater collegiality than the formal structure suggests.

    3. A two-year calendar process is underway.

    4. Anticipate an all-faculty meeting day, a "colloquy," on the first day we return in the fall.

    5. Anticipate also a fall convocation in academic regalia.

Tom Richardson, recorder (secretary, Faculty Council)
e-mail: RICHARDSONT