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Academic Leadership Council

Academic Leadership Council Minutes

Student Center Ballroom

April 27, 2011


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

MEMBERS ABSENT:   Denise Stover

Item 1. Updates

Dr. Szafran updated the Council on the following:

  • Tuition increase – 3% plus $100 additional fee per semester
  • Negative changes to the HOPE Scholarship program
  • Registration about even with last year at this time
  • Pell will pay this summer but it will be the last summer covered
  • Growth expected to be 3-4% per Dr. Szafran
  • Budget sill unsure
  • New hires – will go forward with urgent faculty needs
  • Schools want to advertise separately.  Dr. Szafran stated he is fine with this as long as they cover the cost of advertising from their own budgets
  • Szafran asked the deans to let him know of any searches that were approved for this year that need to be pushed to the fall.
  • Problems with PeopleAdmin
  • New Fulbright scholar for next year – Spanish teaching assistant will be shared with Georgia Highlands
  • George Stickel – UTEACH grant should be announced by May 1; if we are a finalist the grant will support our new education program and will provide $1,250,000 in funding over five years
  • Tom Currin – should receive the accreditation results for Construction Engineering in July.  Several other programs are undergoing accreditation process as well.
  • Steel Bridge Team placed number one in the Southeast Regional competition.
  • Andrew McMorran announced changes in the MAT – will send out information via email
  • Outstanding Faculty Awards went to Bill Griffiths, Tom Rotnem, and Beth Stutzman
  • Emeriti status was awarded to Howard Itzkowitz, Associate Professor Emeritus, and Alan Gabrielli, Professor Emeritus


Item 2.  Discussion of Year in Review – good and bad

    • Despite budget problems good year for construction and renovations
    • New hires
    • Good competition teams/results
    • Block scheduling going well
    • First scholar in residence program going well; 10/15/2011 is the next application deadline
    • ABET visit for engineering
    • Research centers
    • Summer engineering camps
    • Articles of Incorporation for the SPAR Corporation are with Dr. Rossbacher for review
    • Education program underway – waiting for BoR approval
    • Parking issues continue
    • Physics renovation went well
    • Remodel of E Building still not done – space being waster
    • 4 faculty appointed as advising fellows
    • Advisor training went well
    • 3 new academic advisors working out well
    • TCSG Articulation
    • Issues with distance education without IT support
    • International Programs – good and bad – issues with housing, etc., need better support, very low meal plans, and options for housing that don’t require 12-month leases
    • Bldg. J – no food in the summer creates a hardship for students as well as occupants.  Plan is to have grab and go food available in the main cafeteria.  Szafran will talk with Bill Prigge about this issue.
    • Graduation ceremonies – asked if it would be possible to reverse the schedule occasionally.  A poll showed the majority wants it to stay the way it is.
    • Issue with cutting off the p-card so early this year
    • Is it alright to have untenured senators in a department?  Most departments do not differentiate.
    • Promotion/tenure – resolution in the Senate to change the way we do promotion/tenure to notify the committees of any action higher up – effort to provide transparency in the promotion/tenure procedure
    • Fall kickoff schedule has been condensed – schedule will be sent out soon
    • Szafran asked if promotion/tenure process is working well and are faculty getting the guidance they need.  Suggested an ad hoc committee to review processes for faculty
    • New extra compensation form ready
    • Szafran reminded the Council that he must sign all requests to travel but only expense reports for deans and for faculty if their expense reports are over the amount submitted on their request to travel.  Insurance only requests do require a justification memo.



Meeting adjourned at 4:00 P.M.