Leadership Council Minutes
Rotunda - 2:00 PM
NOTE: At times, issues of
confidentiality may require that some items discussed in meetings be excluded
from these minutes.
Glenn Allen, Austin Asgill, Tom Ball, Bill Barnes, Richard Bennett, Renee
Butler, David Caudill, Lance Crimm, Tom Currin, Venu Dasigi, Ameen Farooq, Alan
Gabrielli, Steven Hamrick, Bob Homer, Ruston Hunt, Sonny Kim, Andrew McMorran,
Joyce Mills, Julie Newell, Mark Nunes, Ilseok Oh, Jeff Orr, Nikki Palamiotis,
Phil Patterson, Dawn Ramsey, Jeffrey Ray, Nancy Reichert, Han Reichgelt, Ronny
Richardson, Richard Ruhala, Becky Rutherfoord, Khalid Siddiqi, Denise Stover,
John Sweigart, Zvi Szafran, Andy Wang, and Tim Zeigler
Item 1. Updates
Szafran updated the Council on the following:
- The Board of Regents has
simplified the process for the generation of certificates, minors, and
online degree programs that fall within the individual institution’s
normal degree offerings. As long as
these are approved through the normal campus procedures and SACS, the BoR will approve them with just a letter of
- ABET – The ABET visit for
Construction Engineering went very well; the official accreditation report
should be received in August 2011.
- Budget – State revenues
are up; no other news. Dr.
Rossbacher approved beginning faculty searches and Szafran encouraged all
to get their paperwork in. Please
remember that it is extremely unlikely that all the searches will be
brought to completion.
- Grant – SPSU received a
grant from the University System of Georgia to hire someone to work with adult
students, especially students who attended our University but didn’t
- DegreeWorks – is being
installed. Steve Hamrick and
Khondra Moss will be contacting the chairs and administrative assistants
in the next few weeks to be sure the correct information is being entered
into the program.
Smart Catalog is the source of the initial load into DegreeWorks so
it needs to be current and updated.
- Degree Programs – Master
of Architecture is almost ready to be submitted; still working on CET – Structural,
and --Environment Engineering Technology, and Environmental Science.
- Blackboard Issues – David
Stone announced that Blackboard won’t support Vista after 2012. A survey is going out to students and
faculty that will help determine needs and assist David in finding a new
product that will be compatible and serve the needs of the students and
Item 2. Improving Graduation Rates
Council continued a discussion on ways to improve graduate rates at SPSU. Szafran stated that the Board of Regents is
considering tying funding to graduation rates, another good reason to bring our
numbers up. He further stated that we
have made moves to improve graduation rates by building better facilities for
our students, offering more degrees, and hiring more faculty. He also stated that we are working to improve
advising by offering advisor training workshops for faculty, hiring
professional advisors, and adopting a QEP that focuses on learning communities
for our students. Bob Brown talked about
the pilot QEP currently being done in CSE and the rollout campus-wide beginning
Fall 2011. He
distributed a handout on the QEP and implementation plan, developing cohorts,
block scheduling, etc. He will also be
developing a manual to guide the departments.
Becky Rutherfoord is developing the official curriculum for SPSU 1001,
which must be followed in all sections.
There will be a need for a significant number of faculty
to teach these sections and they will be compensated $500 for the one-hour
course if it exceeds their workload.
Szafran encouraged the chairs to schedule these classes early to be sure
there are enough sections and faculty to teach them. Szafran also talked about scheduling the
blocks of courses for the cohorts which much include SPSU 1001 (or a
departmental equivalent that meets the required learning outcomes of SPSU 1001),
English 1101, and a department-specific course.
Mark Nunes will be scheduling English 1101 as in the past (with several
extra sections) and the departments will need to fit their students into those
sections. Szafran reminded the Council
that they need to assign their students to classes in groups of 12 or a number
close to that. Anyone with questions or
concerns about this should contact Bob Brown.
adjourned at 3:00 P.M.