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June 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM - Board Meeting

Agenda
Call to Order
Roll Call/Declaration of a Quorum
Adoption of Agenda
A. Consent Agenda
A.i. Elevation of Applied Exercise Science Concentration to Stand-alone Major of B.S. Kinesiology with Concentrations in Exercise Science and Pre-professional
Background Information:  The Department of Health and Performance is seeking approval of the elevation of the Applied Exercise Science concentration to a stand-alone B.S. in Kinesiology with two new concentrations.

The existing B.S. Health and Human Performance program will be modified into two separate majors as described below:

1. The B..S in Health and Human Performance with concentrations in
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Health Care Management
  • Human Movement
  • K-12 Teaching
  • Public Health

2. The proposed degree is B.S. in Kinesiology with concentrations in
  • Exercise Science
  • Pre-professional

The HHP: Applied Exercise Science concentration is a highly sought-out degree. The enrollment and graduation numbers have a pattern of high interest and success. The BS level will have more visibility as reported on the students’ transcripts and professional resume unlike the second level of a concentration. Also, the stand-alone degree will better position the faculty to add concentrations based on industry trends and/or faculty expertise (e.g. strength and conditioning, rehabilitative sciences, biomechanics, pre-professional).
Description:  ** Forwarded from 'Academic Affairs Committee' **
Proposed Implementation Date: Fall 2020

Item Details:
Over the past three years (Fall 2017 to Fall 2019) the current Applied Exercise Science concentration has had consistent enrollment (mean = 279.67) and graduation numbers (mean = 57.67). These numbers have represented, on average, about 34.8% of enrollment (839/1896) grand total) and 33.14% of graduation (173/522 grand total) in the Department of Health and Human Performance. The remaining five HHP concentrations will not be negatively impacted by the addition of a new BS degree in the department.

BS Kinesiology students will be required to select one of the two concentrations (Exercise Science or Pre-Professional). These two concentrations will attract students who have an interest in this discipline and allow for a more targeted career path. Those interested in pursuing careers in fitness will enroll in the Exercise Science Concentration. Those who are interested in furthering their education in physical therapy, occupational therapy, or physician assistant professional programs will select the Pre-Professional concentration. 

The curriculum in the program provides students the academic qualifications to sit for the Certified Exercise Physiologist exam administered by the American College of Sports Medicine as well as the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
 
A.ii. Change of Degree Designation-Bachelor of Science Radiologic Technology (BSRT) to Bachelor of Science Radiologic Science (BSRS)
Background Information:  The Department of Allied Health Sciences seeks to change the degree designation of the undergraduate degree to reflect the enhanced focus of the program. The undergraduate degree designation would change from Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology (BSRT) to Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS). This degree designation change matches an identical change to the name of the major.
Description:  ** Forwarded from 'Academic Affairs Committee' **
Proposed Implementation Date: Fall 2020

Item Details:
Changing the degree designation from Bachelor of Science Radiologic Technology (BSRT) to Bachelor of Science Radiologic Science (BSRS) will benefit the program and students, by reflecting recent changes to the curriculum and represents the diversity of diagnostic imaging fields as a whole. The common core curriculum of the degree program is designed to prepare students for application to the radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine technology concentrations. Additionally, students who complete the BSRS with a concentration in General Radiologic Science will meet eligibility requirements for admission to diagnostic medical sonography certificate programs in Tennessee and beyond. 

The Department of Allied Health Sciences will continue to offer students an option of earning a degree that satisfies the prerequisites to the existing pre-professional concentrations (Radiation Therapy, Radiography, and Nuclear Medicine) in the degree program. As of Fall 2020, the Department of Allied Health Sciences will also offer students the ability to select a General Radiologic Science concentration that will prepare students for non-licensure positions in the Allied Health Science fields.
 
A.iii. Revisions to Policy 2:010 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Retention Standards
Background Information:  APSU is seeking approval to honor Fresh Start for students who were previously granted a Fresh Start at one of the Tennessee Board of Regents Community Colleges or East Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech University and University of Memphis.
Attachments:
Description:  ** Forwarded from 'Academic Affairs Committee' **
Proposed Implementation Date: Fall 2020

Items Details:
"Academic Fresh Start" is a plan of academic forgiveness which allows undergraduate students who have experienced academic difficulty to make a clean start upon returning to college after an extended absence.

The Academic Fresh Start allows eligible students to resume study without being penalized for his/her past unsatisfactory scholarship and signals the initiation of a new Grade Point Average (GPA) to be used for determining academic standing.

Readmitted students who were formally enrolled in the institution as well as transfer students who meet institutional requirements for admission and who have been separated from all institutions of higher education for a minimum of four (4) years are eligible for the Fresh Start.

The other five public universities previously governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), along with the community colleges, honored fresh start policies that were applied to students who attended one of the "TBR" institutions. Adding this provision into APSU Policy 2:010 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Retention Standards will bring APSU into alignment with the policies of other institutions and support the success of students transferring to APSU.
Approval of Minutes
Attachments:
Campus Spotlight
Action Items
A. Academic Affairs Committee Report and Recommendations
A.i. Adoption of Minutes
Attachments:
A.ii. Consideration of Tenure Appointments
Background Information:  Per university policy, the President recommends the granting of tenure to eligible faculty members. The recommendations are made within the requirements of APSU policies on tenure. The university has followed approved policies and procedures in each case.
 
Description:  ** Forwarded from 'Academic Affairs Committee' **
Proposed Implementation Date:
August 2020

Item Details:
A total of three faculty members are recommended for tenure. The list of faculty members is provided below.

Name:                                     Department:
Ravi Manimaran                      Engineering Technology
John McConnell                      Educational Specialties
Tasha Ruffin                            Nursing

Currently, there are 353 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty of which 258 (73%) are tenured. The following summary table provides the numbers of tenure-track faculty granted tenure from 2016-17 to the present. The President is recommending three tenure-track faculty for tenure at this time. 
 
Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty
Year Hired 2011 2012 2013 2014
Tenure Decision Year 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
         
# Hired 29 29 17 27
         
# No Longer with University 11 11 2 3
  38% 38% 12% 11%
         
# Tenured or Currently Tenure Track 18 18 15 24
  62% 62% 88% 89%

 
A.iii. Appeal Negative Tenure Decision for Dr. Neeta Bhasin  
Background Information:  Dr. Neeta Bhasin, Assistant Professor, department of Languages and Literature, sought tenure during the 2019-2020 academic year. President White considered the recommendations made in the tenure review process, including recommendations at prior levels of review, and elected to deny Dr. Bhasin’s request for tenure. On March 19, 2020, the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board considered Dr. Bhasin’s request for the right to appeal this decision per APSU policy 1:010. The Academic Affairs Committee voted to grant the petition to appeal.
Description:  Per APSU policy 1:010,
  1. The following provisions shall govern the review by the Board of an appeal under this policy:
    1. A decision may be remanded for further consideration upon a finding that it was not made in accordance with applicable statute or federal law or university procedures; provided, however that the decision should not be remanded if the procedural error was not material to the decision and therefore constituted harmless error;
    2. A decision may be modified or reversed only upon a finding that the decision constituted an abuse of discretion or was made in violation of applicable state or federal law or university policies; provided, however, that the decision should not be modified or reversed if the violation of policy was not material to the decision and therefore constituted harmless error
    3. A decision should be affirmed in the absence of a finding of abuse of discretion or material violation of applicable state or federal law or university policies or procedures.
  2. Notwithstanding any provision herein to the contrary, any decision may be remanded by the Board for a resolution of the matter which is mutually acceptable to the parties or which is, in the best judgement of the board, a fair and equitable resolution.

The documents related to the appeal are attached.
 
A.iv. Tenure Upon Appointment-Dr. Kelly Kleinhans
Background Information:  The Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs proposes the award of tenure upon appointment for Dr. Kelly Kleinhans, associate professor and program director for the Master of Speech-Language Pathology, in the Department of Health and Human Performance. Dr. Kelly Kleinhans will begin her full-time appointment August 1, 2020. Dr. Kleinhans’ education, as well as teaching, scholarship and service experience meet the tenure criteria of the Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP). Therefore, the Department of Health and Human Performance and the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences recommend that Dr. Kleinhans be appointed with tenure at the rank of associate professor in the Department of HHP.

 
Attachments:
Description:  ** Forwarded from 'Academic Affairs Committee' **
Proposed Implementation Date: August 1, 2020

Item Details:
Dr. Kelly Kleinhans was hired by Austin Peay State University Fall 2018 as a full-time temporary instructor in the Department of HHP. She was rehired for a second year as a full-time temporary instructor in Fall 2019. A national search was conducted in 2019-2020 and Dr. Kleinhans was recommended for the full-time tenure-track position. Dr. Kleinhans possesses a terminal degree in Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Kleinhans rose through the academic ranks from assistant to associate professor with tenure in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at her prior institution. She has since maintained an active teaching, service and research agenda, and currently holds appropriate certificates and licensures as required by the accrediting body and Tennessee Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences.
 
A.v. Tenure Upon Appointment-Dr. Emily Lean
Background Information:  The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs proposes the awarding of tenure upon appointment for Dr. Emily Lean, the new Harper-Bourne Chair of Excellence and Director of Graduate Business Programs in the College of Business. Dr. Lean will begin her appointment on August 1, 2020. Dr. Lean’s education, as well as teaching, scholarship and service experience meet the tenure criteria of the Department of Management & Marketing. The Chair of the Department of Management & Marketing, the tenured faculty in the Department of Management & Marketing and the Dean of the College of Business recommend that Dr. Lean be appointed with tenure at the rank of full professor in the Department of Management & Marketing. 
Attachments:
Description:  ** Forwarded from 'Academic Affairs Committee' **
Proposed Implementation Date: August 1, 2020

Item Details:
Dr. Emily Lean joins Austin Peay State University from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee where she was a tenured Professor of Management. In addition to her faculty role, Dr. Lean was the Assurance of Learning Coordinator for the McAfee School of Business and Chair of the college’s Curriculum Committee. During her time at Union she played an instrumental role in the college’s maintenance of AACSB accreditation, and was honored for her teaching, research, and service.
 
A.vi. Tenure Upon Appointment- Dr. Maria Cronley
Background Information:  The President proposes the awarding of tenure upon appointment for Dr. Maria Cronley, the new Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Cronley will begin her appointment on July 6, 2020. Dr. Cronley’s education, as well as teaching, scholarship and service experience meet the tenure criteria of the Department of Management & Marketing. The tenured faculty in the Department of Management & Marketing, the Chair of the Department of Management & Marketing and the Dean of the College of Business recommend that Dr. Cronley be appointed with tenure at the rank of full professor in the Department of Management & Marketing. 
Attachments:
Description:  ** Forwarded from 'Academic Affairs Committee' **
Proposed Implementation Date: July 6, 2020

Item Details:
Dr. Maria Cronley joins Austin Peay State University from Ohio Northern University where she is currently the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Marketing. Prior to her time at Ohio Northern, Dr. Cronley was employed at Miami University in an array of academic and leadership positions, including professor of marketing, senior associate dean of the Farmer School of Business and senior associate provost. She also served as an assistant professor of marketing at Wright State University. Dr. Cronley earned her Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Cincinnati and her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Bowling Green University
B. Students Affairs Committee Report and Recommendations
B.i. Adoption of Minutes
Attachments:
C. Audit Committee Report and Recommendations
C.i. Adoption of Minutes
Attachments:
D. Business and Finance Committee Report and Recommendations
D.i. Adoption of Minutes
Attachments:
D.ii. Consideration of the Estimated Budget for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year and Proposed Budget for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year
Background Information:  Under Policy 1:022 (Budget Principles and Control), the original budget for the fiscal year is known as the Proposed Budget and is prepared in the spring. This budget includes the level of state funds recommended in the Governor’s proposed budget. The Proposed Budget is submitted to the Board for approval at the Summer Board meeting.

The Estimated Budget is the final budget submitted for each fiscal year. It includes final adjustments to the current year budget and is the budget against which final, year-end actual amounts are compared. It is prepared, submitted and considered by the Board at the same time as the Proposed Budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The purpose of this agenda item is to consider for approval both the Estimated Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20 and the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21.
 
Attachments:
Description:  ** Forwarded from 'Business and Finance Committee' **
Proposed Implementation Date: July 1, 2020

Item Details:
See attachment.
D.iii. Consideration of Capital Maintenance Requests for the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year
Background Information:  As the coordinating body for higher education in Tennessee, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) engages with institutions and governing boards on capital investments through its role to develop and approve recommendations for capital outlay and maintenance funding. THEC identifies capital investment needs and determines priorities for those investments to be considered by the Governor and the General Assembly as part of the annual appropriations act.
 
Description:  ** Forwarded from 'Business and Finance Committee' ** Proposed Implementation Date: Fiscal Year 2021-2022

Item Details:
For the 2021-2022 fiscal year, APSU will submit two capital maintenance projects for the Sundquist building roof replacement and the Sundquist building exhaust system controls replacement.
 
E. Executive Committee Report and Recommendations
E.i. Adoption of Minutes
Attachments:
E.ii. Consideration of the Presidential Performance Evaluation for Fiscal Year 2019-2020
Speaker(s):  Mitch Robinson
Background Information:  The performance evaluation and incentive payment for the President are based on six criteria. The criteria are weighted with the total points equaling one hundred. The six criteria are enrollment, graduation rate, fundraising, program development, athletics, and Board of Trustees' discretion.
 
Description:  ** Forwarded from 'Executive Committee' **
Proposed Implementation Date: By June 30, 2020

Item Details:
The performance evaluation for the 2019-2020 fiscal year is attached.
 
E.iii. Review of the Presidential Base Compensation, Performance Evaluation, and Incentive Plan for Fiscal Year 2020-2021
Speaker(s):  Mitch Robinson
Background Information:  A Presidential Base Compensation, Performance Evaluation, and Incentive Plan was developed last fiscal year. The plan aligns with the University’s strategic plan. The revised plan will be used to set the base compensation for the President, evaluate the President and set an incentive amount for fiscal year 2020-2021.
 
Description:  ** Forwarded from 'Executive Committee' **
Proposed Implementation Date: Fiscal Year 2020-2021

Item Details:
See the attached revised plan.
 
E.iv. Consideration of the President’s Base Compensation for Fiscal Year 2020-2021
Speaker(s):  Mitch Robinson
Background Information:  In the Presidential Base Compensation, Performance Evaluation, and Incentive Plan, it states:
The President shall receive a salary adjustment each year that funds are available to provide salary increases to faculty and staff. The purpose of the salary adjustment is to keep the President’s salary within the peer median as funds are available. Peer institutions are identified as Tennessee State University, East Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee at Martin and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Attachments:
Description:  ** Forwarded from 'Executive Committee' **
Proposed Implementation Date: July 1, 2020

Item Details:
See attachment for the peer institutions’ president salaries.
 
F. Other Business
F.i. APSU Awards
Speaker(s):  Ron Bailey
Background Information:  The Board of Trustees is asked to approve these awards recipients who have been selected because of their outstanding contributions to APSU and their communities.

Awards Recipients include:
  • APSU Philanthropist of the Year-Joe and Cathi Maynard
  • Govs Who Lead Through Military Service Award-Retired Lt. Col. Thomas E. Mercer Sr.; and
  • Govs Who Lead Through Service-Tom and Susie Perry.
Attachments:
Description: 
Proposed Implementation Date: Pending Board approval

Item Details:

APSU Philanthropist of the Year - Joe and Cathi Maynard
This award recognizes an individual or organization that has given a large amount of resources to Austin Peay State University. More than one individual or organization may receive the award dependent on the merit of nominations received. The minimum criteria for the award must be met for the award to be presented.

Govs Who Lead Through Military Service - Retired Lt. Col. Thomas E. Mercer Sr.
Austin Peay State University established the Govs Who Lead Through Military Service award to give special recognition to an individual or organization who demonstrates support of APSU through leadership, service and advocacy. His/her efforts have provided honor and distinction to APSU. More than one individual or organization may receive the award dependent on the merit of nominations received. The minimum criteria for the award must be met for the award to be presented.

Govs Who Lead Through Service - Tom and Susie Perry
Austin Peay State University established the Govs Who Lead Through Service award to give special recognition to an individual who demonstrates support through leadership, service and advocacy. His/her efforts have provided honor and distinction to APSU. More than one individual or organization may receive the award dependent on the merit of nominations received. The minimum criteria for the award must be met for the award to be presented.

Details of each proposed recipient are attached.
Information Items
A. Legislative Update
Speaker(s):  Carol Clark
B. Student Affairs Division Update
Speaker(s):  Eric Norman
C. Economic Impact Study Results
Attachments:
D. President’s Report
E. President’s Interim Items
E.i. Review of Contracts and Agreements
Background Information:  The following constitutes a record of business transacted at the University since the previous meeting of the Board of Trustees under the authority of the Board Policy 1:024 (Board of Trustees Delegation of Authority), which grants the President authority to act for the Board regarding all matters concerning contracts and agreements between the University and an outside entity.
Attachments:
Description: 
Item Details: See attached.
 
E.ii. Review of State Building Commission Actions
Background Information:  The following constitutes a record of business transacted between the University and the State Building Commission since the previous meeting of the Board of Trustees under the authority of the Board Policy 1:024 (Board of Trustees Delegation of Authority). 
 
Attachments:
Description: 
Item Details: See attached.
E.iii. Appointment of Dr. Maria Cronley as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Background Information:  At the June 8, 2018, Board of Trustees meeting, the board approved a delegation of confirmation of the president’s direct reports to be delegated to the board chair in order to facilitate the timely hiring of the individual selected. The board is being apprised of the selection of Dr. Maria Cronley as the provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. Dr. Cronley will begin her appointment in July.
Attachments:
Description:  Dr. Maria Cronley's resume is attached.
Adjourn
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