President's Quarterly Report to Board of Trustees
Demolition of Steam
Plant, Abercrombie and Luttrell Halls
This project was
completed by Taylor Corporation. A change order was submitted by the contractor
which was denied by the University.
Taylor Corporation has appealed to the State of
Alabama Building Commission to review the
claim dispute. A tentative hearing date was scheduled for June 7, 2007 but is
now rescheduled for October 25, 2007 due to a conflict for Taylor Corporation.
occurred on June 11 and project signage was installed. Eidson and Associates from
are proceeding with the project in an expeditious manner. Site grading, foundation excavation and rebar
preparations have occurred. The concrete
building pad will be poured in late July or early August.
The contractor, Hale
Building Company, received the telescope mount and control mechanism for the
dome and telescope to function in unison.
The mount and controller will be installed the week of July 16. The contractor, along with JSU faculty, will
have to adjust and fine-tune the telescope’s operation. This project will greatly enhance the
University’s astronomical programs which can be shared with public schools.
CCS-Duncan of Madison, AL
is the General Contractor on this project. The State Building Commission
Inspector conducted an “Above Ceiling Inspection” on July 11. Historically, a project will take 6 to 8
weeks to fully complete after the “Above Ceiling Inspection” process. Based on previous experience and the current
status of the building’s interior and exterior work remaining, mid- to late
September would be a realistic completion schedule for this project.
Stadium Scoreboard and
Other Electronic Campus Signage
In early June,
Daktronics conducted on-site training for various JSU personnel on the operation
of the two scoreboards in Paul Snow Stadium and the video display boards at Theron
and Pete Mathews Coliseum. A deductive
change order is being processed to recoup some dollar savings realized on the
voluntary alternate to the steel support structure and several minor items
associated with this project. The
messages boards are fully operational and the display board at Paul Snow
Stadium was used for graduation April 27 and will be used again August 3rd
for Summer Commencement. After summer graduation the next use will be for our
2007 JSU Football Season opener at home with the University
of Tennessee, Chattanooga September 8th at 2:30
Office of Admissions reports that the Fall Semester 2007 application and
acceptance numbers are the highest ever recorded.
The total in your Board manual under “Tab 6” reflects applications as of July
11th which are 3,710 for newly accepted first time freshman and
transfer students. This is an increase of 490 or 15.2% above last year. Our
number of new applications for first time freshman and transfer students from
Georgia are also the highest ever recorded; 753 new applications from Georgia
have been accepted for an increase of 160 applications or 26.9%. In view of Georgia’s excellent Hope Scholarship Program,
this is significant and speaks to the value of
University in quality and
Housing has reservations for the Fall Semester at the occupancy rate of 92%.
Housing has been extremely busy accommodating the University’s summer camps
which are up in attendance, thanks to the efforts of our Department of
Continuing Education and our Athletics programs. Mr. Fuller will have a report
on the summer sports camp later.
Alabama Legislature passed and Governor Riley approved an appropriation for Jacksonville
of $49, 030,131 or a 14.78 % increase. The increase of $6,315,728 includes an
appropriation of $1,700,000 for the Alabama Small Business Administration Institute
of Commerce, $60,000 for the Alabama Writing Project, and $500,000 for the JSU
Wellness Initiative, and other items totaling approximately $3.75 million. Considering
the mandatory increases in Teacher Retirement Rate of $679,924 and the increased
cost in health insurance, Public Education Employees Health Insurance Plan
(PEEHIP), of $606,967 for a total of $1,286,891—the balance of new money (increase above last year's budget)
will be $1,273,837.
your notebook under Tab 6 is the Annual Undergraduate and Graduate Tuition and
Required Fees Combined list for all four-year public institutions of higher
education. The list indicates that JSU is the only four-year institution not
raising tuition. The annual cost for 15 semester hours at JSU is 5,070. The
median undergraduate cost for tuition and mandatory fees for 15 semester hours in
$5040. JSU is within $30 of this median.
State Bond Issue passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor awarded
JSU $4,575,928 from the Alabama
Public School and College
Authority Bond Issue of 2007. Within the Bond Issue legislation is a fund for
School and College Education Incentive
Fund of $55,000,000. Jacksonville
intends to vigorously pursue these funds for its additional capital projects approved
by the Board within the University’s Master Plan for the year 2025.
Rebecca Turner, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, has prepared
her report in your binder under “Tab 6” which you may read at your leisure. In
May of this year, the Board’s Executive Committee met with Governor Riley to
discuss the Capital Campaign and Master Plan for the University. During that
meeting Governor Riley challenged the University to develop a program that
would provide graduates from the College
of Education and Professional Studies
with the skills and methodology taught through the Alabama Reading Initiative,
thereby saving the State of Alabama
the cost of providing additional training to these teachers. Dr. Turner and Dr.
Cynthia Harper, Dean of the College
of Education and
Professional Studies, have prepared a program for Board approval that can be
presented to Governor Riley after review by the State Department of Education
and the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.
Turner will introduce JSU’s new Associate Vice President for Enrollment
Management and Student Affairs, Dr. Tim King.
Director Jim Fuller will present his Athletics Report and JSU’s
new Associate Athletics Director
for External Affairs, Mr. Roger Schultz.
Business Affairs Report
Clint Carlson will present the Business Affairs report.
Joe Serviss, Vice President for Institutional Advancement will provide a brief
update of our capital campaign.
Alicia Simmons, Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment,
presented earlier this year the University’s process of Program Review, a rigorous
system of internal assessment and quality control through which all programs and
units within the University undergo a study of effectiveness. This year a number
of our programs have completed this process and are ready to be recognized. I
ask Dr. Simmons to briefly review this
process with you and then recognize the units completing Program Review.
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