Expanded Deans Council Meeting
July 11, 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
Guests: Sam Conn
Item 1. Updates
RACAA Meeting – Dr. Szafran talked about topics discussed at the RACAA Summer Meeting:
It was stated that we need to get the information out to faculty about the importance of Complete College Georgia, PLA, TCSG articulations, etc. because it seems the information is not flowing and we must have faculty buy-in for any of these programs to be successful. Additionally we need support from outside Academic Affairs for these programs. Szafran stated that Student Services has a plan to increase the level of customer service, we need to have need-based financial aid, and that our recruiters need to actively recruit adult learners. Our goal is to have 50% graduation rate for first-time, full-time freshmen.
It was also stated that we need feedback from outside Academic Affairs as to what measures are being implemented to help retention and graduation rates, need better departmental websites with information about our programs, courses, syllabi, FAQ, etc. Szafran stated that we need to look at improving gateway courses and that the Physics faculty have agreed to radically redesign their introductory Physics courses to help improve student success.
Item #2. Discussion with Sam Conn on IT Issues of Mutual Interest
Sam Conn visited today’s Council meeting to present a briefing on IT happenings around campus. He talked about:
It was also expressed that we need a minimum computing standards documents for students so they will know what to purchase – Dr. Conn agreed this is a good idea and will provide one and post to the IT website. Dr. Conn closed by expressing his desire for feedback from the campus.
Item 3. Pay Issues – Part-time Faculty
Dr. Szafran clarified that the pay range for part-time faculty is $900 - $1,500 per credit hour and that cross-listed courses are counted as one course only. There will be no pay increases for part-time faculty unless justified. Szafran also reiterated the need to have permanent schedules in place to maximize enrollment in the summer. Hamrick estimated that this summer’s enrollment is down 10%.