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Deans Council Meeting


April 4, 2012


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:  



Item 1. Updates

Dr. Szafran updated the Council on the following:

  • Budget – no raises again for next year; formula funding appears to be there
  • MSCE – no word yet from the System Office
  • Faculty Senate – Zvi missed the meeting but two things passed.  He will make a recommendation to the President regarding them.
  • Summer Pay – issues were brought up at the Senate meeting – revenue is up (because tuition went up) but not faculty salaries.  Faculty are opposed to the commitment date to teach the course changing.  Szafran stated that better planning for summer courses would address the issue of small classes and that by offering the courses students want and need, the courses will have higher enrollment.  He also stated that the BoR requires permanent schedules and that not all of our departments have permanent schedules geared toward students’ needs not what faculty want to teach.  Tom Currin recommended giving faculty the opportunity to opt out of teaching classes at the end of phase two registration.  Szafran stated he is willing to accept the proposal if the deans agree to work with their chairs to develop permanent schedules and that either the deans put in the schedule or assure that only needed courses are put in for the summer.  This was agreed to.


Item 2. Complete College Georgia

All programs have a three-year and a four-year path toward graduation.  Szafran suggested we create  a four-year permanent schedule and look to see if it can be configured to fit a three-year program.  Most students are taking 12 credit hours so therefore could not complete their degree in four years.  Action items:

  • Summer - move to permanent schedule and have deans review and only allow courses that meet students’ needs; give faculty the opportunity to opt out of teaching by the end of Phase II.
  • Have all courses listed in the catalog show the frequency by which they will be offered.  Require this as well when courses go the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for approval.  Include whether the course will be a day or night course, or both.
  • Define what a “night” course is and what time they will begin
  • Permanent schedule should be defined as the minimum offerings to allow students to graduate in four years

All agreed.  Each dean discussed their top strategies for improving RPG.  Szafran asked each to send their plans to him electronically.


Item 3. Outreach Efforts

Postponed to a later date.


Meeting adjourned at 4:30 PM