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April 23 2003

University of the Pacific
Institutional Priorities Committee
Minutes, April 23, 2003
Taylor Conference Room

Members and guests present: Gilbertson (Chair), Brodnick, Hewitt, Hoverstad, Jacobson, Jones, King, Lundergan, Meer, Miller, Oppenheimer, Perro, Sina, Spreer, and Stark.

The meeting was convened at 2:05 p.m. Minutes from the April 16th meeting were approved as distributed

REPORTS:

Advancement: Mr. Meer distributed a gift report for the Stockton campus, dated 4/18/03.

Student Life: Dr. Sina discussed Student Life's concerted efforts to enhance weekend programming activities for students. She also noted a significant uptick in the level of activity in the Career Resource Center; this activity will be addressed in the program review report for the department by the end of the fiscal year. She also updated the Committee on the status of the vendor visits for the One-card system. Three vendors vying for the One-card system account will be visiting campus in the next several weeks. Finally, Dr. Sina updated the Committee on the status of several personnel searches in the Student Life division.

Academic Resource Planning, School of Engineering and Computer Science

The Provost called on Mr. Brodnick to lead the review of the reports for the School of Engineering and Computer Science. From 1997 to 2001, there was major growth in the number of new freshmen in the School (from 69 to 86) but a concomitant decline in the quality of those students, as measured by their SAT scores and high school GPAs (from 1157 to 1123 and 3.53 to 3.39). However the contribution model of the School did improve significantly in those same years, from -46% to -23%. (It was noted that the Computer Science department migrated from the College to the School of Engineering in the Fall of 2002.) The projections for 2007 call for an increase in the SAT scores of incoming students (to 1210) and a continuing improvement in the contribution model, to -5% (i.e., becoming virtually a self-sustaining unit).

The Provost then shifted the discussion to the School's enrollment targets for 2003-2007. He predicted that the major planned capital project (i.e., the $10 Million Technology Center) would accommodate the School's planned enrollment expansion. He also addressed the long-standing issue of the proposed addition of a targeted graduate program (at the Masters level) of an unspecified size, funded by key industry partners working with the University in support of regional economic development initiatives. The Provost added that such a program would not even be on the table without the impressive growth in the School's undergraduate population in recent years.

The Provost concluded the discussion with a detailed breakdown in the relative performance of enrollments (i.e., mechanical vs. civil vs. bioengineering). He noted that the bioengineering program has grown faster than was originally expected, becoming a major feeder for the University's pre-med programs.

There being no additional items to come before the Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m. to permit a tour of the new Health Science Learning Center and Clinics Building on the North Campus.

Jonathan Meer, Scribe for the Day