MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL OF ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATORS

1:30 p.m., Monday, August 13, 2007 in Lyceum 200

 

Present:        Dr. Staton, Deans Hopkins, Reithel, Burnham, Lee, Wells, Rholes, Chitwood, Pate, Dr. Christy Wyandt for Dean Eftink, Ms. Sandra Cox-McCarty for Dean Davis, Mr. Wicker, Dr. Angle, Dr. Fant, Dr. Clark, Mr. Schwab for Ms. Bunniran, Dr. Gates, Dr. Gispen, Dr. Canty, Ms. Schiferl

 

Absent:         Dean Eftink, Dean Davis, Dean Wilder, Dean Sullivan-Gonzalez, Dean Buntin, Dr. Willamson, Ms. Bunniran, Ms. Harrington


          1. Approval of Minutes.


          The Provost announced that Chancellor Khayat has approved the minutes of the May 14 meeting and June18 email ballot vote with no exceptions.


          2. Reaction to Undergraduate Council Minutes of May 4, 2007 (see Attachment #1).


          On a motion by Dean Hopkins and a second by Dean Chitwood, the Council unanimously approved the Undergraduate Council Minutes of May 4, 2007, with the exception of the Transfer Policy that is part of the minutes as Attachment #1. Regarding the exception of the Transfer Policy, Dean Hopkins indicated that he had many concerns with the Transfer Policy statement and that he had discussed the concerns with Dean Maurice Eftink, author of the statement. Dean Eftink was in agreement that the statement should not be approved at this time and that further discussion with the deans should ensue. A revised Transfer Policy statement will then be submitted.


          3. Reaction to Graduate Council Minutes of March 30, 2007 (see Attachment #2).


          On a motion by Dean Reithel and a second by Dean Wells, the Council unanimously approved the Graduate Council Minutes of March 30, 2007.


          4. Reaction to Graduate Council Minutes of May 8, 2007 (see Attachment #3).


          On a motion by Dean Wells and a second by Dean Rholes, the Council unanimously approved the Graduate Council Minutes of May 8, 2007.


          5. Approval of Master of Criminal Justice Program and Master of Social Work Program. (see Attachments #4 and #5).


          The Provost announced that the Master of Criminal Justice Program and Master of Social Work Program have been approved by IHL as new programs for the University of Mississippi. Due to a revision in the program approval process by IHL, it was necessary to submit the new programs to IHL during the summer under an abbreviated process. Otherwise, there would have been a year’s delay in getting the programs approved under the new process. On a motion by Dean Chitwood and a second by Dean Wells, the Council unanimously affirmed the approval of the Master of Criminal Justice Program and the Master of Social Work Program. The Provost announced that she will inform the Council as new programs are proposed by other universities. A copy of IHL’s revised program approval process was distributed as well as the timeline and the Authorization to Plan documents. The full proposal requirements have not changed.


          7. Other News or Announcements.

 

          Dean Brian Reithel inquired about the cut-off time for faculty to submit grades. He indicated that a faculty member was in the process of submitting grades at 5:00 p.m. when the system was closed, and all grades had to be redone. Dr. Charlotte Fant stated that she was aware of the issue and will be forming a smaller group to further discuss the timing of entering grades.


          Ms. Karen Schiferl asked about the completion of the alcohol information for new freshmen and transfer students, athletes, and some sophomores and when holds would be put on the student’s records. Dr. Fant indicated that students could find this information electronically and holds would only be put on their records before preassignment for spring. Kimberly Kraft Moulds is the contact in the Student Health Center.


          Dr. Fant announced that the number of students looks approximately the same as last year.


          The Provost announced that the Commission on the Status of Women recommended that the university look at the issue of gender pay equity. As a result of that recommendation, working with chairs and deans and EORC, the university made some equity adjustments. Additionally the university raised the minimum wage of $9.00 per hour for permanent employees. This largely affects women employees.


          Dr. William Oliphant has rejoined the Provost Office, with primary responsibility for budget, personnel, and building issues.


          Dr. Christy Wyandt distributed a handout from Dean Eftink. The handout included an update on SACS items and an update on Catalog/Degree Audit initiatives. Dean Eftink is asking deans to emphasize to faculty to upload their syllabi and to be sure to insert learning outcomes. Dr. Kathy Gates reminded the deans that chairs can go to the web and see what faculty have done in uploading their syllabi.


          Dr. Kathy Gates announced that a group of 10 people are on the campus from Brazil to look at the Campus Management system. She discussed the problem of no Internet access for a day that occurred on campus last week. It was a mistake by AT&T. IT will be scheduling maintenance in the middle of the night this week.



          7. Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.



APPROVED by Chancellor Khayat on September 13. 2007.