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ALC Meeting
February 27, 2014
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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, Nancy Colyar, Lance Crimm, Tom Currin, Alan Gabrielli, Bob Homer, Ruston Hunt, Wendy Kallina, Alana Kyriakakis, Andrew McMorran, Thomas Nelson, Julie Newell, Mark Nunes, Iraj Omidvar, Jeff Orr, Nikki Palamiotis, Phil Patterson, Hassan Pournaghshband, Dawn Ramsey, Jeffrey Ray, Han Reichgelt, Ronny Richardson, Tony Rizzuto, Becky Rutherfoord, Raj Sashti, Khalid Siddiqi, Mark Sugalski, Linda Sun, John Sweigart, Zvi Szafran, and Tim Zeigler


MEMBERS ABSENT:   Austin Asgill, Tom Ball, Sam Beadles, David Caudill, Nancy Colyar, Lance Crimm, Alan Gabrielli, Ruston Hunt, Wendy Kallina, Alana Kyriakakis, Andrew McMorran, Thomas Nelson, Iraj Omidvar, Jeff Orr, Nikki Palamiotis, Hassan Pournaghshband, Dawn Ramsey, Han Reichgelt, Ronny Richardson, Tony Rizzuto, Becky Rutherfoord, Raj Sashti, and Tim Zeigler




Item 1. Updates

Szafran updated the Council on the following: 

  • Iraj Omidvar has published two new books.  Szafran offered his congratulations.
  • RACAA – Topics discussed at the recent RACAA Meeting:
    • All departments will be called upon to identify whether Math is an integral part of their curriculum.  If not integral, they must identify an alternative course that still meets the same outcomes, rigor, etc.
    • Full-time for faculty has been defined as an average of 30 hours or more per week and will entitle them to higher level of benefits to include healthcare.  Faculty teaching between 20 and 30 hours will not be eligible for healthcare.  Health care plans must meet a standard which the BoR health care plans meet.  Summer semester does not count in calculations toward benefits.  The first term a faculty member teaches above half-time does not count toward benefits but the second semester they go over half time will.  The USG will use a 12-month look back (previous spring and fall) to determine if the faculty member is eligible for benefits.  The conversion used to calculate equivalent work hours per week is to take clock hours (60 min) and multiply them by 2.75 to come up with the clock hours per week.  Lab hours count at full par.  Any benefits eligible faculty must be approved by the VPAA first.    Zvi will distribute a handout on the new rules.  Szafran further stated that full-time (limited-term faculty) regular faculty (hired without need for a search) and all benefits-eligible part-time faculty hired for a specific term may only be used for two years.  Waivers must be granted to use these faculty longer than two years.  Zvi and Alana are working on this.  This new rule applies as well to graduate assistants.
    • Chairs must make sure all on-line courses are fully accessible to learning challenged students.  This also applies to all on-line support materials.
    • D2L – It has been reported that 250,000 students use it daily now for approximately 160,000 courses in the USG.   Real-time integration with Banner is in testing right now.  E-portfolios are being explored.  
    • Funding – The System Office is moving to a performance funding model; they will run the new model along with the old model to compare outcomes but our funding will be based on the new model.  Credit will be given for students meeting milestones and for students starting here and transferring and students transferring in from other institutions.  
    • $12 million dollars has been earmarked for equity for key faculty and is not to be used as an across-the-board increase.  
    • New policies are being considered regarding e-Core.  e-Core is expensive so they are working to reduce the cost of e-Core including books.  All schools will be asked if they are an e-Core affiliate or not and if the new policy is passed all schools would have to list it and the cost of e-Core.  Since KSU has its own online core this may hurt those courses.
      State funding is being identified to help adult students (Go back, Get ahead) go back to college and will be surveying institutions to see if they are adult-friendly.
    • Talked about teacher prep programs - Zvi will make Gabrielli aware of these.
    • Complete College Georgia - pushing 15 to finish, offering incentives, and setting up website.
    • Reverse transfer credit
    • Student Affairs - insurance for international students will be going up by 25%
    • State waivers – currently have 18 approved waivers - adding one additional waiver for study abroad
    • Tobacco bill - if passes will ban tobacco on all campuses and will be enforced by President
    • House Bill 1044 - bill to help students in need.  Each campus should have an administrator identified to help students without housing, etc.
    • Alcohol  Policy - looking at institutional policies on alcohol use.  Must have a professional serving alcohol at all functions and will be responsible for making sure students have not had too much to drink and are of legal age to drink.

Item 2.  Consolidation Issues

Following are items related to the consolidation that were discussed today:


  • Faculty have expressed concerns about P&T, evaluations, etc.   This has been talked about in the OWGs and about grandfathering in faculty that may be affected by new P&T rules.  The Board of Regents, however, has prohibited this.  Some concessions will have to be made to accommodate faculty if necessary.  Szafran stated that we will give faculty full support through the process.
  • Szafran will keep everyone updated on the progress of the various OWGs he is working on.
  • Organization chart?  Should know something in the next few weeks.  
  • Szafran asked Julie for updates – she stated that not much new is happening.
  • Jill stated that the attorneys have taken on a policies collection group and are making sure that the OWGs are working on all the policies, procedures, and KSU's faculty handbook.
  • Once all the work is done and the recommendations have been made, what is the next step?  Will faculty governance have a say?  This is still in discussion.  
  • Jill brought up a question about the wellness requirement - SPSU does not require physical education but KSU does.  There is an OWG that is looking at this and asked why it is not consistent among institutions.  Could area B replace Speech with PE?  Tom Nelson is looking for information.
  • ETCMA wants to stay together as a unit
  • Physics faculty are working together to find common outcomes; KSU Physicists want to merge with our Physics Department.  
  • Concerns have been raised about what will happen to Biology and Chemistry faculty here as well as faculty at KSU especially in the Environmental area.
  • CSWE - suggesting a college with departments
  • Graduate Studies - provisional admission does not exist at KSU - discussing what that actually means - those needing transitional courses at KSU come in as post-baccalaureate.  Have there been structure discussions or not?  Papp emailed academic departments and asked them to consider this.
  • Honors - talked about Honors at both campuses.  Spoke about issues we faced in the past when separating from Georgia Tech.  
  • Szafran talked about KSU's policies for faculty awards and how once we are consolidated their policy of awarding one per college, for example, would be difficult due to vastly varying sizes among the colleges.
  • Linda Sun - spoke about articulation programs in International Programs and is working with students who have concerns about courses transferring.  Study abroad students are required to sign a disclosure statement, waiver of liability, and contact information sheet.  The International Programs Office must be informed of all study abroad students.  This is required by our Legal Affairs Office.  Linda was asked about insurance for international travel and will check on this.
  • Promotion and Tenure packets have all been given to Dr. Rossbacher for review.
  • Rich Cole talked about his OWGs and specifically about a new testing center opening soon at KSU.  
  • Bob Homer – is on the Accreditation Team and reminded the ALC that we are required to submit a prospectus to SACS by October 1, 2014 and will be asking for information and documentation.  An important element of the document is an impact statement on how the consolidation will affect us and what it will look like.  Rich Cole stated that in Team Dynamix there is a place to enter risks and encouraged all to look at that.

Meeting adjourned at 3:46 PM