Leadership Council Minutes
- 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
GUESTS: Vanessa Bard, Jessica Williamson
Item 1. Updates
Szafran introduced two of the three newly hired professional advisors; Vanessa
Bard, Engineering Technology and Management, and Jessica Williamson, Division
of Engineering. He then updated the
Council on the following:
- Faculty Searches
paperwork has been submitted to Budget for review; Mary Ellen is reviewing
Forms A. Once all is approved
notice will be sent to the departments that advertising may begin. Human Resources will provide training
for the new PeopleAdmin system.
- Per Dr. Szafran, no
furniture or equipment may be removed from any room or office vacated due
to the recent moves until decisions are made for where it should go.
- DegreeWorks Steve
announced that the team will be on campus January 4th and 5th
from 9-12. All undergraduate degree
programs have been scribed and the program is working. Szafran will send out an email regarding
this in the near future.
DegreeWorks will be an important tool for advising and to be most
effective, students must declare a major.
Steve can assist with this also.
Students who want to change their major must do this on a form (not
online) that requires signatures from both departments involved. Hamrick reminded the Council to be sure
that the rules set up in DegreeWorks are accurate for each major and to
let him know if changes need to be made.
Updates to DegreeWorks will be initiated when changes made by the
departments are entered into Smart Catalog.
- ABET fees, other expenses,
etc. Szafran prefers to have departments pay for all their own dues,
etc., and asked each to send him a list of things Academic Affairs has
been paying on their behalf.
Szafran will make sure sufficient funds are put in their budgets
next year to cover these expenses.
- Engineering The Board of
Regents recently approved engineering for the University of Georgia and
Georgia Southern. Szafran stated
that the University of Georgia plans to slowly roll out their programs
over the next few years probably one per year. Georgia Southern plans to replace their
current engineering technology programs with engineering programs. Szafran stated that he is not sure how
this will affect SPSU but feels it wont have much of an impact. He further stated that this may help us
enrollment-wise in the engineering technology programs as they phase out
their ET programs. Hamrick asked
about a school of engineering for SPSU.
Szafran stated that this is being discussed this with Dr.
- Board of Regents is
experiencing IT issues with the online degree proposal submission system. Our M.S. in Architecture proposal was
- Budget There are concerns
that we may lose stimulus funds year after next. State revenues are up 8% over last year.
- Undocumented Students
The University System of Georgia has new rules concerning undocumented
students. Undocumented students are
excluded from attending five specific USG institutions but may attend
others as long as they pay out-of-state tuitions.
- Benefits for Part-time
Faculty As long as part-time faculty teach more than half-time (10
hours) fall and springs semesters they may be eligible for benefits. Those teaching 10 or more hours in the
fall with a guarantee of 10 or more in the springs may receive benefits for
both semesters. Those teaching 10
or more in the fall with no guarantee for the spring may receive benefits
for the springs only if they end up teaching 10 or more credit hours for
the spring. Szafran reminded the
departments that benefits are billed to the departments.
- Albany State has submitted
a proposal for engineering technology.
SPSU has opposed their proposal as it is a duplication of what we
are already doing.
- Degree programs in
§ Media Arts
§ Environmental Science
§ Environmental Engineering
§ Structural Engineering
Item 2. Block Scheduling (Implementing the QEP)
Szafran distributed a handout for implementing our QEP for discussion and input
from the Council. He briefly went over
the scenarios in the handout and stated that this would be applied to all
first-time, full-time freshmen, including general studies/undeclared students, beginning
Fall Semester, 2011. Transfer students
will be required to take SPSU 1001. Mark
Nunes and Julie Newell will identify English 1101 and SPSU 1001 classes that
will be part of the cohorts. Departments
will enter their cohorts in Banner. Mark
Nunes suggested having all cohorts visible to all as they are being
scheduled. It was also suggested that we
use the same cohort schedules from year to year. Nancy Reichert had questions about how this
would work for her honors students.
Szafran and Bob Brown will talk about this. The following were major points from this
- Zvi will talk to Bob Brown
to see if students can be registered into cohorts during registration
instead of pre-registering them as some has suggested may work better.
- Develop cohorts and
publish them to help avoid conflicts
- Keep cohorts as a
- Look at how to handle honors
Rutherfoord and Bob Brown are refining SPSU 1001 and will have a common syllabus
available on Vista (or whatever product we may be using by then) in the near
future. Becky reminded the chairs that
if they are incorporating SPSU 1001 into an existing major course, the course
content for SPSU 1001 must be in addition to the other coursework and all
materials including assessment must be included in that course.
Item 3. Search and Hiring Procedures
announced that there will be training for the search committees. Julie Newell announced that she will be doing
a project for ELI (Executive Leadership Institute) for the Board of Regents and
has chosen to do it on our search procedures.
She feels this project will benefit our university and needs help from
the departments to see how each is conducting searches, what our campus
policies are, and what the Board of Regents policies are. She will be contacting all the departments in
the near future. Once her project is
complete, she will have a product that she can share with the campus. Szafran reminded the Council to be sure their
pools are as diverse as possible and that those with diverse pools will be
given priority for discretionary hiring.
Mary Ellen McGee and Joyce Mills will share lists of minority
institutions with the Council.
asked the Council to review the current P&P on searches that states that the
dean will convene the search committee and to vote to continue this policy or
have the department chair convene the committee but not be on the search
committee. The majority voted that the
department chair should convene the search committee but not be part of the
committee. Zvi will send out details
concerning this change.
Item 4. Follow-Up on Improving Graduation Rates
will be meeting with each department in the near future to talk about their
graduation rates. He stated that the
focus is on first-time, full-time freshmen and that currently that graduation
rate is approximately 30% and must improve.
He further stated that this is not a move to lower standards. Szafran will send out a report with the RPG
percentages. He also reminded the
Council not to discuss specific numbers with anyone off campus and that David
Cline is the only authorized person to release this kind of information.
Item 5. New Business
- New Faculty Orientation
January 5th from 5:30 PM to 9:45 PM
- ETCMA Open House tonight
in J 212
- H200 Renovation all
chairs have been replaced and it is ready for classroom use
- SACS Annual Meeting
Becky Rutherfoord and Bob Homer will be attending the meeting in Kentucky
in early December.
adjourned at 4:10 P.M.