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Deans Council

Deans Council Meeting


October 19, 2011


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, Steve Hamrick, Ruston Hunt, Joyce Mills, Thomas Nelson, Jeff Orr, Nikki Palamiotis, Jeffrey Ray, Han Reichgelt, Zvi Szafran

Members Absent:   Dave Caudill, Joyce Mills, Nikki Palamiotis, Han Reichgelt

GuestsSylvia Carson, David Stone for Dave Caudill


Item 1. Updates

Dr. Szafran updated the Council on the following:

  • Bill Barnes is retiring at the end of the fiscal year.  Zvi thanked Bill for all his hard work and accomplishments while here at SPSU.
  • Reminder – Phase I of the USG assessment of space utilization will begin soon and SPSU is among the first group to be reviewed.  Szafran reminded everyone to make sure all space usage is documented in our software program – keep everything updated with Leigh Ann.
  • Design II Building won two awards – Merit and Brick Association and was awarded $2,000
  • Social Business Team – won first place in the USG Economic Development Conference at Georgia Tech.  Their business plan focused on providing micro loans to battered women for starting up new businesses.


Item 2. Applied Interdisciplinary Mechanics (AIM) Center

This item was tabled until Tom Currin is able to make some minor changes.


Item 3. Efficiency

Szafran asked the Council to check with their departments to be sure that all have permanent schedules for at least two years out.  The schedule should list the courses (not sections) and whether it will be taught day/night and in what format.  He further suggested departments not over-commit by listing too many courses.  Hamrick will set up a common location on the Registrar’s web page to post these.  These should be submitted to Steve as soon as possible. 

The Council then discussed issues related to twinned and large courses and how one might move toward more efficient course delivery.  The conversation was wide-ranging, and included such topics as:

  • The need to ensure that students don’t suffer as a result of any changes
  • The need to utilize technology in course redesign to help both students and instructors
  • Possibly paying extra comp for extra students
  • The need for resources to support on-line courses
  • To look at labs to see where physical experiments can be replaced with simulated experiments in order to increase capacity (without reducing workload credit to faculty)
  • Offer grants to faculty to redesign a course – course must meet or exceed current course outcomes and lower costs by 25%.  Tie payment for redesign for accepted course to actual savings to the University – open it up to teams.  Potential for large return.
  • If we don’t make changes, some other school is going to
  • Goal is to reduce costs to students as well – look at e-books, etc.
  • Suggested that Zvi read the book “The Goal”
  • Need to look at efficiency across the University not just in Academic Affairs.


Item 4. New Business

The Hope Scholarship has changed the way it assesses tuition and SPSU 1001 is causing issues in Financial Aid.  Szafran will talk to Financial Aid about this and we may start charging for SPSU 1001 beginning next fall.


Meeting adjourned at 4:15 P.M.