GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
The Executive Board
Meeting of August 22 2000
Poole Board Room, Wardlaw Building
Members Present:Abdel-Khalik (ME); Allen (Arch): Boyd (Stu Servcs); Callen (ECE); Estes (EDI); Hall (Bio); Jayaraman (Mgt); Ledon (Staff Rep); McGuire (LCC); Richards (GTRI); Schwan (CoC); Swank (GTRI); Welch (GTRI): Williamson (Liby); Clough (Pres.); Spriggle (Ugrad Stu Rep); E.Thomas (SoF):
Members Absent: El-Sayed (Chem) Wardi (ECE); M.Thomas (Provost); Liotta (Vice Provost); Jenman (G.S. rep):
Visitors: Zimring (Arch); Mark Smith (Pres Office); Marc Smith (ME)
(a) The President, Board Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary met last week to outline a program for the main Faculty Assemblies. The hope is to make meetings more useful, interesting and thereby to raise attendance.
(b) Much construction is taking place on the campus and more is to follow during the year. Landscaping renovations on the Hill will not be completed by the start of the football season. The parking deck on Atlantic should open in January and is well ahead of schedule. Construction of the Environmental Sciences and Technology building should start shortly; cost is $50M and the most expensive facility undertaken by Tech. A new Baseball field will be started in early 2001 provided that sufficient gift funding can be secured. The City will continue the Orme Street Sewer project starting late this year. An early part of the 5th Street developments will commence in the summer of 2001 with a building for the Yamacraw project. Progress continues on the creation of a Day Care Facility behind 10th Street on city-owned land.
(c) The Capital campaign continues to be successful. The Georgia Tech endowment is close to $900M.
Zimring asked what was the process for faculty input and review of building plans. The president replied that committees of potential faculty occupants are created to advise on the interior arrangements of new buildings. An Architectural Commission advises on the broad "look" of the campus. If faculty of Architecture wish to make input to the process, they should indicate their interest through the Dean of Architecture.
Callen asked about SACII. The President replied that this was on schedule and various designs were under consideration with price tags between $41-45M.
Schwan asked about the search for a new Provost. President replied that the search committee has been created, that this is being announced in the Whistle (edition of August 21st) and that faculty are encouraged to suggest candidates to Jim Meindel (MiRC). Mike Thomas continues in the position until a replacement has been appointed.
Schwan commented that this committee and others, appeared not be to "pro-active" and that this might be alleviated if the committees had staff support. Smith agreed. Abdel-Khalik asked whether the last statutory requirement (review of Institutional documents) was an appropriate charge and whether it might be better to remove that charge. Smith replied that the charge was appropriate and should be retained. The President commented that Tech will be designing a better web site, that this will include all regulations and policies, and this should assist in monitoring the appropriateness of Institutional documents.
(b) Thomas asked members to indicate preferences for liaison assignments to Committees.
(c) Attention was drawn to the list of meeting dates for the year.
(d) Thomas announced that, by unanimous e-mail vote of the Board, Karsten Schwan is appointed to serve a one-year term on the Board to represent Computing and replace Limb (elected in spring 2000) who has resigned from Tech. An election for the position will be held in Spring 2001.
7. The Chair asked for any other business.
(a) The Chair asked members to consider whether they wished to hold a retreat this Fall.
(b) J.R. Spriggle listed student concerns which might be appropriate topics for discussion by the Board.
Mandatory mid-term grades in all courses.
Impact of TAs on the teaching program
Development of a formal list of "Tutors" available to assist students.
(c) The Chair suggested that a review of grading policy might be an appropriate topic for the retreat.
Edward W. Thomas
Secretary of the Faculty
August 23, 2000
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