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Extended Deans Council Meeting

March 20, 2013

B 120


Note:  At times, issues of confidentiality may require that some items discussed in these meetings be excluded from these minutes.


Members:  Dave Caudill, Rich Cole, Tom Currin, Steve Hamrick, Ruston Hunt, Yongli Ma, Thomas Nelson, Jeff Orr, Nikki Palamiotis, Jeffrey Ray, Han Reichgelt, Becky Rutherfoord, Zvi Szafran


Members Absent:   Nikki Palamiotis


Guests:  Joel Fowler, Faculty Observer



Item 1. Updates

Szafran distributed an article by David Brooks entitled “How Movements Recover” and updated the Council on the following:

  • The University of North Georgia will be inaugurating a new president soon – Szafran and Tom Nelson will be attending.
  • A California company specializing in the heat treatment of aircraft parts will be opening a location in Eastman, Georgia, and has reached out to SPSU for academic connections.  We have identified several faculty with experience in this area to collaborate with this company in the future.
  • Budget – The House portion of the budget has approved money for Building D.  Hopefully the Governor will also pass.
  • Rose Street – property purchase has been approved
  • End of Year Expenditures – the Senior Staff met yesterday to recommend projects for end of year money.  Of interest to Academic Affairs are the following:
    • Year two of three year plan for wireless networking
    • Building M renovation
    • Building I data center
    • Building E first floor and restroom upgrade
    • Design and renovation of the Rose Street property
    • Furniture for Building I
  • BoR – the budget process continues.  The Board of Regents supports the Senate version of the gun legislation.
  • Upcoming activities on campus: Irish-American Jeopardy is at noon tomorrow, speaker on U.S.-Japan Cultural Relations, French Consul General will speak tomorrow night at 6:00, and a visit is being planned for the Chairwoman of African Unity during the week of April 15, 2013.
  • Candidate interviews for the new Registrar are on-going.
  • Sam Conn is heading the Library Director search.
  • UTEACH visit went well yesterday.




Item 2. Approval of Minutes

The February 13, 2013, Extended Deans Council Meeting minutes were approved.



Item 3. Online Instruction

David Stone talked about some of the topics from the RACDE Meeting he attended recently:

  • MOOCs  -  Stone reported that the Board of Regents wants the USG to become a leader in this area and wants to know what each institution is currently doing or has plans to do.  If the BoR does not get ideas or feedback, it was suggested that they may come up an initiative of their own. 
  • Columbus State University’s is currently working on a low-cost bachelor’s degree
  • Distance education is being discussed for K-12
  • e-Core has an open source history book that is free for their students.
  • Albany State and Learning House are in a dispute over ownership of instructional materials.
  • Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee is pushing to improve graduation rates in the county.




Item 4. Part-Time Faculty Pay

SPSU is moving toward developing an academic research network separate from our production site.  Han Reichgelt and Sam Conn are working together on this project and will start with a pilot in the School of Computing and Software Engineering.  The proposal is to use part of the CSE network to create a virtual machines lab for campus use.  Han cited two good reasons to consider this:

  • Security and risk management – no access to Banner, etc. on this network
  • Need a good return of investment – CSE spent a lot of money on their server and it makes sense to use it for this purpose as well.

Sam spoke more in detail about the benefits of moving in this direction as well as training for faculty, etc.



Item 5. MOOCs

The Council once again discussed the pros and cons of MOOCs. 



Item 6. New Business

  • Steve stated that there have been some problems with D2L. Students or anyone else having access issues and should put in a work order for resolution.
  • Promotion and Tenure decisions have been made and faculty were called personally by Dr. Szafran as well sent written notification.
  • Summer work schedule has been determined and a notice should be coming out soon from Human Resources.






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Meeting Adjourned at 3:55 PM