Academic Leadership Council Minutes

Ballroom - 2:00 PM

December 1, 2010


NOTE:  At times, issues of confidentiality may require that some items discussed in meetings be excluded from these minutes.


ALC MEMBERS:  Robert 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


Dr. 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:



§  Education

§  Media Arts

§  Biotechnology

§  Environmental Science

§  Environmental Engineering Technology

§  Structural Engineering Technology



Item 2. Block Scheduling (Implementing the QEP)


Dr. 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 discussion:



Becky 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


Szafran 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.


Szafran 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


Szafran 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



Meeting adjourned at 4:10 P.M.