Deans Council Meeting
December 7, 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
Guests: Greg Conrey
Item 1. Updates
Dr. Szafran updated the Council on the following:
Item 2. K Buildings & Other Renovations
Szafran reported on the estimates for cleaning up the environmental issues in the K Buildings which would be approximately $130,000 for the three buildings. They also need new roofs which would cost approximately $500,000 and could come from MRR money. Alternately, to demolish the buildings would be approximately $300,000. To bring the buildings up to a good standard would cost approximately $4-5 million dollars; building a new building would not cost much more.
The dilemma is that the Board of Regents and the legislators are pushing for renovations instead of new construction. It has been decided to clean up the buildings but that decision didn’t take into account the additional roof costs. The Council needs to come up with a plan for the use of the buildings to include no structural changes and only low-level interior changes. We will set aside a time for the deans to walk through the buildings and evaluate the space and prioritize space utilization proposals for that space and others and to see what could be housed in those buildings. Jeff Ray stated that he has serious concerns about the structure of the buildings.
Szafran also reported that Building E is coming along nicely with minor cost overruns, Building I1 is still being negotiated with the Board of Regents, and the CSE Data Center is still working out some technical issues.
Item 3. DegreeWorks Issues
Issues regarding DegreeWorks included that the CTE training given to faculty was not sufficient and that Tom Ball and Vanessa Bard have offered four training sessions so far to their students and faculty and are finding that faculty are unable to do what DegreeWorks states that they can do. Ball also stated that there are good things in DegreeWorks but issues are causing serious problems and faculty and students are not using it. Ball prepared some recommendations regarding DegreeWorks and distributed his handout to the Council. Steve Hamrick will look into the issues reported and is willing to help in any way possible. He stated that neither he nor Maralee Clark was invited to the CTE training, which might have been helpful. Both he and Maralee are working on correcting known issues and reiterated that he is willing to train anyone that needs it.