Deans Council Meeting
September 1, 2010
Note: At times, issues of
confidentiality may require that some items discussed in these meetings be
excluded from these minutes.
Members: Bill Barnes, Dave Caudill, Tom
Currin, Alan Gabrielli, Steve Hamrick, Ruston Hunt, Joyce Mills, Jeff Orr,
Nikki Palamiotis, Jeffrey Ray, Han Reichgelt, Zvi Szafran
Members Absent: David Caudill, Alan Gabrielli, Jeff
Ray, Han Reichgelt
Guests: Venu Dasigi
for Han Reichgelt, David Stone for David Caudill, Bob Homer
Item 1. Updates
Szafran updated the Council on the following and
asked for any start-up issues:
- Jeff Orr has received 69
applications to date for the three academic advisor positions currently
open and asked for someone to chair the search committee. Tom Currin volunteered to be chair.
- CSE no start up issues
but they are looking for additional space.
Szafran stated that the opening of the
ETC and the Architecture annex will not net additional classroom
space. Building G will be converted
to lab space and eventually Building K will house classrooms but that will
not be for a while.
- Library Joyce is excited
about the new workstations and adding an additional Librarian. The Rotunda will be used for the used
- Grants Russ announced
that weve received a $50,000 grant from NRC, Peter Sakaris received a
$10,000 award, and many new grant proposals have come in recently. He also stated that faculty and students
are working on a prototype of an oil-capping device. The sign for Continuing Education should
be going up on Friday; their space is working out very well. Hunt is also working on new
relationships with ASME and is looking for somewhere for them to teach
their classes. ELS
is out of space and has offered to pay for renovating the U
- Online Enrollment David
Stone announced that online enrollment is up 10% and that they received
positive feedback from the online orientation.
- Assessment Bob Homer
reminded the Council to continue assessment for the 5th year
report. Becky sent a draft of the
last response to SACS regarding the WebBSIT
- Comprehensive Program
Reviews need to be in. Szafran reminded the Council that the schedule is posted
and that each program must be assessed.
The BoR is allowing professional
accreditation reports to substitute as long as all questions are
answered. Bob Homer will be posting
the program reviews to the website.
- New Programs Bill Barnes
announced that the M.S. in Architecture is in draft and that the new ETC
and Architecture Annex may not be ready for occupancy by Christmas so
those involved should have a contingency plan in place.
- Enrollment Steve
announced that 5,500 students are enrolled which is a 7% increase over
last fall. Hamrick will be
attending a summer orientation meeting next week and asked that the
Council send him any issues/concerns they may have and he will raise them
there. Student and Enrollment
Services will have a plan in place to handle the results of the student
engagement reports. Venu Dasigi suggested moving
orientation to when faculty are on campus.
- DegreeWorks contracts have been
signed by both and representatives will be here next week. The target date for implementation is
- Gabrielli asked if
orientation could be delayed to allow for AP test results. Building J renovation is still missing
some doors and the classroom is not ready for teaching in needs AV
equipment, etc. David Stone will
follow up on this. Building H
renovation is going well and the new labs will be used fall semester. There are some issues with the old BCP
space renovation. Chairs will be
replaced soon in H 200. Szafran announced that the architect is pricing out a
potential three-way move involving the Office of Faculty Support,
Advancement, and Student and Enrollment Services.
- Graduate Studies Nikki
talked about the current numbers and stated that most programs had a
significant increase in enrollment and new students. Enrollment is up almost 700 students
enrolled fall semester.
- Faculty Advisor Training
so far only 18 have registered so far all full-time faculty
are encouraged to register soon; a pilot training for part-time faculty is
scheduled for fall with rollout in the spring.
- Regents Test Exemption
SPSU received the official exemption notification
- Budget no additional
news on cuts; state revenues have been up for the last few months
- ELI starting up again
- Diversity Conference
coming up soon
- I-Strategy new software
program will enable departments to view budget reports
- MAT Discussion old
business received response from the Math Department offering flexibility
with placement of student with high SAT scores.
- E-Core numbers are down
slightly from earlier trend additional fee to take E-core classes may be
- Continuing problems with
Banner and Vista communication with each other and only able to load into
Vista not delete.
- Benefits full-time
temporary faculty can get benefits over the summer if they are being
rehired in the fall
- Reappointment Szafran went over the new P&P on reappointment of
non-tenured faculty and stated that we need a consistent policy since the
new P&P was not interpreted consistently among the departments. It was decided that those using the
annual evaluation as a basis for reappointment should submit a cover sheet
and a letter from the chair and/or dean and those submitting a full
reappointment packet should keep them brief. Szafran and Koger are looking into a document management system
for the campus that would alleviate overcrowded offices and reduce paper
Item 2. CTE Advisory Committee
announced that faculty are registering for workshops and needs feedback and
approval on the professional development proposal that the committee presented
to the Deans Council in May. Concerns
were raised on the scholarship aspect of the proposal and after discussion it
was decided that an existing P&P already addresses scholarship and that
scholarship should be removed from the proposal and a note added that Dawns
office is available to help.
Item 3. Online Evaluation Form
Stone distributed a proposed online evaluation form for distance learning
courses. Their committee unanimously
adopted the course evaluation and Stone brought it to the Council today for
review. It was clarified that this is an
instructor evaluation form not a course evaluation form. After discussion it was decided to implement
the new form for distance learning courses and to consider a similar instrument
to replace the currently used SIRs.
Item 4. Major Issues Timeline
Szafran asked for items for a major
issues timeline. Suggestions:
- TCSG articulation
- Polytechnic Summit
- Budget disbursement more
control for the deans
- Space allocation
- Research foundation
- Graduate programs
- Credit for directed
- New degree programs:
- M.A. Architecture
- Transportation Logistics
- CET Masters in Geospacial; Environmental Technology, Structural
- Education proposal for BoR should be ready soon
- BCP ideas coming forth
- B.A. Media Arts Letter
of intent drafted, working on full proposal
- Healthcare Information
- Computational Science
- MBA Healthcare
Management concentration Nikki has contact at Wellstar
- Engineering Physics
Phil is working on this
- Marketing of new programs
Szafran stated that we need to move to
closure quicker on new programs to keep SPSU growing and diverse.
Item 5. New Business
- Bob Homer announced that a
new student satisfaction survey will be sent out this fall.
- The TADL schedule is going
out this afternoon.
adjourned at 4:21 P.M.