Academic Leadership Council
Academic Leadership Council Minutes
Student Center Ballroom
July 20, 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, Tom
Nelson, 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 introduced our new Dean of Arts and Sciences, Thomas Nelson, and updated
the Council on the following:
- SPSU chosen as UTeach replicating institution and granted $1.4 million in funding
- David Veazie received an award in the amount of $455,000 for electron microscope equipment
- Architecture building received a gold award from the Brick Institute of America for
its use of brick on Building I-2
- The new Chancellor is changing a lot of the initiatives started under the outgoing
Chancellor including organizational structure changes, reporting lines, streamlining
USG strategic plan, etc. Will be meeting with the new Chancellor regarding our Surveying
degree and the TCSG.
- Contract wording will be changed to reflect what will happen to a faculty administrator’s
salary in the event they revert back to faculty.
- Last 5 degree proposals were approved at the BoR; others being submitted soon
- State budget revenues are up 13% over last year. No talk about further cuts at the
state level however there are budget cut talks at the Federal level which may affect
the states. Possibly no raise again in FY 13.
- Enrollment is predicted to be up 1-2%
- Professor Oh has recruited a faculty member from Korea to teach/do research at SPSU
for one year at no cost to the University
- DoE received a $4.5 million dollar donation from Kawasaki in the form of robots
Item 2. QEP Update
Bob Brown has received a few complaints about problems with ENGL 1101; there is plenty
of space but it is not distributed evenly. Pre-register students by the end of the
week and release the caps on classes by then as well. Estimate the needed seats and
release the other and notify Bob Brown by email and copy Mark Nunes. Each department
should respond to Bob by tomorrow by the close of business.
Item 3. Formalization of Processes and Activities
Szafran stated that capturing what we do here, i.e., Polychrome in Architecture, helps
to advertise internally and externally as well as demonstrate outcomes. Szafran suggests
each department capture their own successes by some means (including International
Programs, the Library, etc.) and will help with the funding. We need better advertising
of up-coming events, videos, still photos, write-ups, pod casts, etc. Each Dean has
agreed to one event per semester on a rotating basis.
Reappointment, pre/post tenure, promotion and tenure – some faculty still don’t know
how best to prepare their packets. Szafran is not suggesting that we change the P&P--just
simplify the procedures into a more concise document.
Item 4. Agenda for Next Year
Szafran suggested the Council needs to review the Strategic Plan to make sure we are
meeting or making progress toward our goals. Topics for discussion:
- Are we meeting program review cycles? Reminded the Council to get data to Bob Homer
for posting on the website.
- Accreditation for the Engineering Programs – The University cannot apply for accreditation
until the first student graduates and to be careful when advising students that you
have all the facts. All programs are SACS accredited and many are additionally accredited
by professional entities such as NAAB, ACSE, ABET, etc. ABET will review only after
the first graduate and if approved accreditation will be awarded retroactively as
determined by the accrediting team. Current students should be made clear on this
process and that it would be a good idea for departments to notify their alumni when
their programs receive accreditation.
- Identify potential degree programs and to keep Deans Council in the loop when planning
any new program.
- Retention/Graduation Rates – our graduation rate is currently 30% of first-time full-time
students and is up from the past but is still too low. The ALC should continue to
look at ways to improve graduation and retention rates. Our low graduation rating
hurts us at the System Office. We need to keep standards high, remove roadblocks,
offer students additional support, take departmental SPSU 1001 courses seriously as
this is a good tool to help students, etc. Should we raise entrance requirements?
- By December 16 each department should develop a plan to address the following:
- Improvement of department retention and graduation rates
- Identification of potential sources of additional revenue by department
- Identification of potential cost-saving measures and greater efficiencies by department
- Analysis of what department has done to engage part-time faculty in the life of the
department and University and how it plans to continue
- Analysis of how department has done so far in increasing diversity within the department
and how it plans to continue
- Increasing faculty participation in grants and contracts. Look at ways to secure
grants before asking for institutional funding; give faculty strong credit for receiving
grants in their reappointment, pre/post-tenure, and promotion/tenure packets; develop
inter-institutional collaborations; piggy back with others; ask SPARC for assistance.
Encourage faculty not to be afraid of rejection but if it happens to view it as a
learning opportunity. It was suggested that all new faculty be required to sign up
to receive grant opportunities through Russ Hunt. Nancy Reichert stated that she
worked this summer to develop a co-curricular leadership program and wants to identify
what is going on across campus and would like feedback. She will be sending email
Meeting adjourned at 4:00 P.M.