Board of Trustees Meeting
January 23, 2006
Hale Building Company was awarded
the contract to complete the interior portion of this structure for the
Department of Technology and Engineering. A pre-construction conference is
planned for the end of January that will initiate work on this project that
will be completed in six months.
Eugene Turner Contractor was
awarded the contract on November 15, 2005 to reconfigure classroom space for
the Alabama State Forensics Lab. The Lab will be moving to McClellan from its
campus location in Brewer Hall. A pre-construction conference was held January
12 to initiate this work which will be completed in the next six months.
Demolition of Steam Plant, Abercrombie and Luttrell Halls
Taylor Corporation of Oxford, Alabama,
our demolition contractor has completed the demolition of the Central Steam
Plant, Abercrombie Hall and Luttrell Hall.
The last phase of the project site restoration will be complete in early
Roof Replacement 2002
The University has pursued legal
action against Standard Roofing to seek a remedy for leaks in Stephenson Hall
and other locations. A waterproofing consultant inspected Stephenson and other
facilities and will be making recommendations to correct and remediate the leak
Our architect continues to
develop and improve the design of the environmental friendly building using “LEED
Certification” (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) technology
The project design was reviewed
and reworked to simplify construction and incorporate desires of those using
the facility. The project will be ready for bid in March and construction is
expected in four to six months.
With your approval today we will
now move to bid this project in March. Construction is expected to take nine to
twelve months. This will greatly improve the safety of our Art faculty and students
working with ceramics, as well as complete our commitment to the National
Schools of Art and Design for reaccreditation.
Spring ’06 Enrollment
Enrollment for Spring ’06 increased slightly over ’05. Both
head count and credit hour production were up over the prior year. The
College of Education
and Professional Studies and the College
of Nursing increased in
enrollment. A chart of credit hours produced and head count is in your binder
The residence hall report indicates an average 93% occupancy
rate with only Sparkman Hall at 85%. All other halls are occupied at 94% or
greater for the spring semester. Our oldest Hall, Daugette was 99% occupied. University
owned apartments have an occupancy rate of 99% and all University houses are
This year the Council of Presidents and the Alabama
Commission on Higher Education recommended a budget that would increase Jacksonville
funding from last year by 12.02% or $4,184,080 to a total of $38,997,403. The
budget was built using the 05-06 appropriation as a base to which mandated
increases in teacher retirement, retiree’s health insurance, and other mandated
costs were added. $150,000,000 in new funding was added to the budget with
$4,000,000 for equity into two categories: doctoral and non-doctoral
Governor Riley’s Education budget included the ACHE budget
request and an additional funding of one time money from the Education Trust
Fund surplus for Higher Education.
share of these funds would be $5,399,737 dollars.
The formula for dividing these funds is based on a split
between K-12 schools, Higher Education, two-year and four-year similar to prior
bond issues and allocated to higher education institutions on the basis of the
number of full time equivalent students at each institution. Overall it is a
fair way to allocate these one time funds and JSU is grateful to the Governor
for his support of Higher Education.
I am pleased to present Dr. Rebecca Turner, Vice president
for Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Turner’s report is in your binder under
Tab 6 which you may read at your leisure.
of Commerce and Business
Administration was selected to The Princeton Review’s Best 237 Business
Schools, 2006 edition. JSU’s achievement Jacksonville
Commerce and Business of being named
into the "Best 237" shouldn’t be overlooked. After all, there are
7,000 business schools worldwide, including 2,000 in the United States that
were eligible for the honor. That would calculate to JSU being ranked in the
top 10 percent of business schools in the world – quite an accomplishment.
Dr. Turner has some guest to introduce: first, an update on
the Alabama Department of Education award to
University to fund the
Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative for the 15 school systems in
JSU’s service area.
AMSTI provides three basic services to math and science
teachers: professional development, equipment and materials, and on-site
support to teachers from university faculty and AMSTI-trained professional
educators. We are very glad to have Dr. Joe Morton, State Superintendent
of Schools who led this initiative with us today. Also we need to acknowledge
our Trustee, Congressman Bud Cramer, who secured federal funds for this effort
which began in his district. The results of AMSTI have been dramatic,
indicating improved scores in math and science for the school that have
Dr. Turner’s second guest Dr. Frank King, Associate Vice
President for Distance Education has an update on two distance learning
projects: the Calhoun County Fiber Project and the State Department of
Education distance learning project ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classrooms,
Educators and Students Statewide).
Mr. Jim Fuller athletic director will provide any news from
our athletic teams.
Mr. Joe Serviss, vice president for institutional
advancement will provide a brief update of our capital campaign. I also want to
thank Mr. Serviss and his staff for the excellent 2004-2005 Annual Report.
Institutional Research and Assessment
In your material you will find a copy of the Jacksonville State University 2005-2006 Fact
Book. Dr. Alica Simmons has done an excellent job on this edition which is
valuable to our faculty and staff pursuing contracts and grants and to the general
public seeking to know more about JSU. The hardcopy edition contains a CD of
our fact book which is also available on line at the JSU website.