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Deans Council Meeting

April 23, 2014

B 120

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

Members: Rich Cole, Nancy Colyar, Tom Currin, Ruston Hunt, Thomas Nelson, Jeffrey Ray, Han Reichgelt, Zvi Szafran


Members Absent:   Thomas Nelson


Guests: Dianne Payne



Item 1. Updates

Dr. Szafran updated the Council on the following:


  • e-Core has decided to lower the cost of e-Core classes effective Fall 2014 to $169 per credit hour down from $189 per credit hour.  SPSU's rate is $179.60 so they are a bit lower than our on-campus rate.  Plus about 30% of e-Core classes offer free text books.  Our online rate is approximately $100 more than our on-campus rate.
  • Szafran is hoping for an expedited process for searching for lecturers and should know the process in a week or two.
  • Faculty announcing that they are leaving and how this affects searches:  if this is in a department that already has an ad out and the position(s) are identical and you have a sufficient number of qualified candidates, the department can hire multiple faculty out of the current ongoing search as long as all requirements are met.  If this is not the case, the department must fill the vacancy with a limited term instructor.  The VPAA must approve these.  
  • OWG’s – OWG committees are still meeting. A group has been established to combine the strategic plans for SPSU and KSU. CSE's OWG is having difficulty convincing KSU's director of graduate studies to continue to allow transition courses for graduate students who do not have the appropriate undergraduate degree.  KSU's director of graduate studies does not want to continue to offer these courses after consolidation and CSE feels this will harm their programs. The faculty awards' OWG is progressing well and will offer many awards and at higher amounts than we currently provide.  The awards will be broader in nature than our current awards. The OWG dealing with SPARC has decided to disassemble SPARC and is transitioning everything to KSURF at KSU.
  • Saturday's open house was our largest ever.
  • Programs - Questions are still being asked about the future of some of Business Administration's programs.  Szafran suggested that Ronny and others advocate for a transition rule established to protect the students who may be affected.   Losing these programs would also affect their faculty.



Item 2. New Business

The Surveying competition team won nationals this year.  The Steel Bridge team placed high enough to go to nationals.  Randy Emert has secured at $10,000 gift and is working on a second.  

The meeting adjourned at 2:49 PM.
Closed session began at 2:49 PM.