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
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