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Academic Leadership Meeting Minutes

May 29, 2013

Ballroom A


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


ALC MEMBERS:  Austin Asgill, Tom Ball, Sam Beadles, Jill Brady, Renee Butler, David Caudill, Richard Cole, Lance Crimm, Tom Currin, Meg Dillon, Ameen Farooq, Alan Gabrielli, Stephen Hamrick, Bob Homer, Ruston Hunt, Andrew McMorran, Yongli Ma, Thomas Nelson, Julie Newell, Mark Nunes, Jeff Orr, Nikki Palamiotis, Phil Patterson, Hassan Pournaghshband, Dawn Ramsey, Jeffrey Ray, Nancy Reichert, Han Reichgelt, Ronny Richardson, Becky Rutherfoord, Khalid Siddiqi, George Stickel, David Stone, Denise Stover, Mark Sugalski, Linda Sun, John Sweigart, Zvi Szafran, and Tim Zeigler


MEMBERS ABSENT:   Alan Gabrielli, Thomas Nelson, Phil Patterson, Ronny Richardson, Linda Sun, Tim Zeigler


GUESTS:  Brichaya Shah



Item 1. Updates


Dr. Szafran updated the Council on the following:


  • New Degree Programs – Both Environmental degrees were approved by the BoR.  We’ve been asked to work with KSU on the Bio degree.  The BoR stated that they are willing to consider our DPS.
  • BoR – discussing how the new Affordable Care Act will affect the USG.  Most likely there will be no impact for the first couple of years but there may be issues down the road.
  • MOOCs – Georgia Tech has their first MOOC degree program in Computer Science.  They’ve partnered with AT&T and received $2,000,000 from them for the first year.
  • New Zealand – Zvi and Raj Sashti recently visited five polytechnic campuses interested in partnering with us for student and faculty exchange programs, degree completion programs, etc.  Sashti will be sending out more information in the next few weeks.
  • Education Program – Received official verification from the State that Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Computer Science were approved.
  • NSF Grant – Russ Hunt announced that SPSU received a multi-year NSF grant in the amount of $600,000 over four years and will provide scholarship money for transfer students.
  • New Honors Director – Iraj Omidvar was introduced as the new director
  • Summer Pay – Hamrick stated that he uses cross listing codes to determine pay for faculty in the summer and asked the chairs and deans to be sure that all classes are correctly coded and to check the class numbers to be sure they are correct before he turns in the final payment data to Payroll.
  • Fulbright Scholar – SPSU has received funding for our second Fulbright Scholar in Residence from New Zealand.  Anna Terry will be here in the fall.


Item 2. Online Campus Draft Prospectus


Szafran opened the discussion on the Online Campus Draft Prospectus which has been distributed to Academic Affairs, discussed in an Open Forum and in his weekly Blab.  Questions/comments from the Council included:


  • When will a decision be made?  Szafran responded that there will be at least two more open forums and the earliest this could be implemented would be the end of fall.  He clarified that this is not a yes or no proposition but a continuation of the support of online education and all will have the opportunity for input during the development phase.
  • What is to be gained by this?  Szafran responded that we currently have small programs, inconsistently run, no common marketing, etc.  This will also provide a line of separation that will be useful for assuring faculty they may choose between traditional teaching and online; intellectual property; and will provide us with different kind of market – distance, adult, non-traditional students.  There is potential for increased revenue for the departments who choose to participate.
  • Nikki does recruiting for graduate programs.  The new online recruiter will report to Ron Koger, who is on board with the prospectus.
  • Enrollment services for these students needs to be addressed.
  • Concerns that departments will be competing for core courses by adding the option of taking classes outside the departments in the Online Campus.  Students already have the option of online, face to face, and e-Core.
  • Prospectus does not include a budget or business model, no cost comparison, and no explanation of the benefits to opt in.  States that it is “cost effective” but that is not included.  The prospectus must have cost, how it would affect faculty who opt in, don’t opt in, etc.
  • Accreditation issues might also be a possibility.
  • Motivation – retaining and growing market share for SPSU? –  need to have one clear example of how this would be included in the prospectus.
  • Most students and faculty prefer face to face – it’s about convenience, most online students cannot attend classes on campus.
  • How much of this plan is targeting of international students?  Szafran agreed there is a big international market as well that we should market to.
  • Marketing is looking to hire a new marketing firm specializing in higher education – someone from the Deans Council should be included in those meetings.



Item 3.  Minor Draft on Summer Camps


The draft policy was distributed to faculty involved in doing camps on campus and received no feedback.  Szafran reminded the Council that anyone conducting any type of camp on campus should have a background check done before the camp begins.



Item 4.  Review of Fall Kick-Off Program


Dawn Ramsey added part-time orientation to the schedule – no other changes.



Item 5.  New Business





Action Items




Future Agenda Items



Meeting adjourned at 3:58 PM.