Annual Report of the Academic Services Committee for 2002-2003


Submitted by Lynn Fountain, Committee Chair

Senior Research Scientist



September 12, 2003


The following people served on the committee during the past academic year:


Lauren Ashman, student

Carol Colatrella, LCC, Chair of the Library Sub-committee

Jeffrey Donnell , ME, Secretary

Lynn Fountain, GTRI Chair

Joseph Hoey, Office of Assessment

Maureen Kilroy, GS&R

Gerald O’Brien, CoS, Secretary, committee representative to the Classroom Facilities Committee

Jim Sowell, Physics

Jane Weyant, CoE

Tom Horton, Exec. Board Liaison


The committee met seven times during the academic year to monitor infrastructure that supports research and teaching.  General environmental issues such as parking were not addressed.  The committee received presentations on multiple areas related to research and teaching.   The topics covered in the last year included:


·         Ron Bohlander chaired the sub-committee on Distance Learning and Intellectual Property Rights; resolutions from this committee were brought before the ACS before being presented to the Academic Senate and General Faculty.

§         New bookstore status and plans:  Rosalind Meyers, Associate VP-Auxiliary Services and Bobby Pearson, Director of the GT Bookstore presented renderings and plans for the new bookstore, discussed campus transportation (trolley) plans, and discussed plans for the old bookstore space.

§         Office of Technology Licensing: George Harker, Director of OTL, discussed how intellectual property issues are handled at GT for faculty and students.  The committee recommends that OTL be in included in new faculty and graduate student orientations.

§         Office of Assessment: Joseph Hoey presented two reports, including the ACT Student Opinion Survey:  A Comparative Report of 1997 and 2001 Surveys at Georgia Tech.

§         Continuing Education and Distance Learning with an emphasis on the new Global Learning Center:  Bill Wepfer , Vice-Provost for Distance Learning and Professional Education discussed the challenges facing the new Global Learning Center.

§         Classroom scheduling, availability, utilization, and condition: Les Saunders, Director of Capital Planning and Space Management challenged the committee to review campus cultural issues that impact the scheduling of classroom and laboratory space.  The committee met subsequently to brainstorm ideas and will follow up on these topics during the 2003-04 academic year.


The Academic Services Committee drafted a resolution on resource allocations for the renewal and sustained support of common assets (with an emphasis on classrooms and the library) to be presented at a fall 2002 General Faculty meeting.  The resolution passed.