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Provost's Report to the Faculty for April 2012

As announced previously, there will be three commencement events this May in order to accommodate a record number of graduates. The events are scheduled for 10a.m., 3p.m. and 7p.m. on Monday, May 14th. While all members of the faculty are welcome to participate in all three events, we have asked that faculty plan to participate in at least two of the graduation ceremonies. Those with special program responsibilities, such as Faculty Marshals, will need to participate in all three events. All faculty are also invited to attend the Baccalaureate Service on Sunday evening at 6p.m. in the Paul Porter Arena, followed by the President’s reception for students and families in Bost Gymnasium. Food service will be available for the noon and evening meals.


The President has asked that the University move ahead with plans to issue iPads to full time traditional undergraduates beginning with the Fall Semester, 2013. The Mobile Learning Taskforce has invited Prof. George Saltsman, Director of the Adams Center for Teaching Excellence at Abilene Christian University, to speak to our faculty at this Friday’s Faculty Meeting. Prof. Saltsman, is an instructor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and an electronic publishing consultant. His education includes a BS in Computer Science and a MS in Organizational and Human Resource Development, and he is near completion of an Ed.D. He recently co-authored the book An Administrators Guide to Online Education. Prof. Saltsman will provide a brief report on the iPad initiative at ACU and respond to questions about educational uses of the device.


On May 3 & 4, Gardner-Webb will host Dr. James Kelley, Educational Technology Consultant for Apple Computers, for a series of sessions on educational applications of the iPad. Dr. Kelley will be available to meet with faculty Thursday evening, 6:30-8:30 in the Mac Lab of the Communications Studies Building, and again Friday afternoon, 1:30-3:30 in the same location. Dr. Kelley will provide a demonstration of educational applications and allow time for questions. The two presentations will be identical. Interested faculty should RSVP to Dr. Bob Carey or to Annette Spurling, Sect. for Communications Studies. Dr. Kelley will also meet with the Mobile Learning Taskforce Friday morning, 8:30-9:30, in Hamrick 117.


As we move ahead with the Mobile Learning Initiative there are a host of questions that will need to be answered and preparation that will need to be undertaken if the imitative is to be successful. The Mobile Learning Taskforce will continue to be the key resource for engaging faculty in the dialogue and preparations that will be necessary for this program to begin well.


Last week’s meeting with the Administrative Advisory Committee included discussions of grade distribution data that is provided to members of the faculty each semester. The recommendation of the AAC was that the University continue to provide data to individual faculty members about their own grade distributions and how their grading practices compare to departmental and university-wide averages. However, the committee also recommended that individual data on other faculty members not be included in those reports. They recommended further that Deans and Department Chairs continue to receive grade distribution reports for the faculty members within their School or Department in order to aid departmental assessment efforts and faculty consultations. I will work with Dr. Tubbs to develop a new plan for reporting grade distribution data based on the AAC recommendations.

Respectfully submitted,


Ben Leslie