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August Meeting Minutes
August 9, 2012
The following were present: Dr. Deborah Curtis, Dr. Shari Bax, Dr. Rick Sluder, Dr. Jim Graham, Dr. Steve Boone (for Dean Gersham Nelson), Dean Roger Best, Dean Mike Wright, Dean Joe Vaughn, Dean Mollie Dinwiddie, Dean Joseph Lewandowski, Dr. Joy Stevenson, Dr. Art Rennels and Ms. Donna Mayeux.
The minutes were accepted as presented.
Strategic Leadership Team: Nothing to report as the group has not met since last reported.
Faculty Senate: Dr. Rennels announced that Faculty Senate is hosting a mixer to greet new faculty. Details to follow soon.
Retention Planning Update: Dr. Sluder provided an update on the Student Success Committee in the form of a handout (attached). He plans to start providing an update at the Academic Council meetings and send the same information to the Support Staff and Professional Staff Councils. There is soon to be a news release announcing the initiative. Dr. Curtis stated the first meeting was met with a lot of enthusiasm.
Teleconference with Educational Advisory Board: Over-riding Course Level Restrictions: Dr. Vaughn reported there have been a couple of instances where someone has been over-riding the restriction level on courses, putting undergraduate students in graduate classes. This messes up the transcript and financial aid. At times there are legitimate reasons for doing an over-ride such as a dual credit student but this is only after it has been approved by the graduate school. Send any problems like this to Tina Church who is authorized to fix the problem and also knows whether the student should be in that class. The issue has been addressed directly. The deans asked Dr. Vaughn to let them know if this occurs in their college.
Evaluations of Faculty and Administrators: Postponed.
Chinese Visitors on August 22: Dr. Stevenson shared a handout (attached) about Great Bridge Opportunities which is a high school/university student exchange between the U.S. and China. She explained the anticipated plans regarding the exchange. Two visitors from China will visit UCM in this regard August 22. There will be a chance at noon for deans and chairs to meet the visitors. Dr. Stevenson will also provide more details later regarding a dinner that is scheduled with the Chinese guests that evening.
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned.
Donna Mayeux (for Debbie Combs), Recording Secretary