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July 26 2001

University of the Pacific
Institutional Priorities Committee
Minutes July 26, 2001
Taylor Conference Room

Attending: Benedetti, Cavanaugh, Gilbertson (Chair), Hewitt, King, Kramer, KruegerDevine, Lundergan, Oppenheimer, Sina

Absent: Brock, Meer, Johnson, Stark


Welcome : Julie Sina, Vice President for Student Life

Gerry Hewitt, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy

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Minutes: Item 4A2 should reflect that presently the department chairs and the deans review and approve faculty requested course fees. These fees vary across the campus and greatly within COP. It is still recommended that an ad-hoc committee be formed to review the process of establishing fees vs. tuition differentials. Minutes were then approved with corrections noted.

Announcements: Next Meeting will be August 30, 12-2pm in the Taylor Conference Room.

Reports: The Provost presented an outline of the presentation made at the Dean's retreat regarding RCM Planning (Responsibility Centered Management/Budget). At this time the Provost is working on building a shadow budget for fiscal year '02 based on the RCM model. The RCM plan appears to allow for greater emphasis on strategic planning and outcome assessment. Further, those budget decisions outside of the academic arena need to be explored and how indirect costs are addressed. Additional information on this model will be provided for IPC.

Continuing Issues:

a. Differential tuition/course fees: As stated, an ad-hoc committee will be established to review all fees and any benefits to a tuition differential.



  1. PHS Scholarship: Not ready for discussion at this time.


  2. Academic facilities Improvements- Progress report was distributed. It was noted that the implementation of this plan is moving at a slow pace due in part to costs. It was also noted that some costs seemed out of line - i.e.: portable computer projection systems.


  3. "Next Steps" for WASC - discussed and completed during the June 28 meeting - see minutes.

New Issues:

1)"Next level Indicators": These were distributed to each member.

2) 10 Year Enrollment Projections: These were distributed to each member. The Provost explained that the projections were conservative in the undergraduate population to address the increased academic profile goals. Along with this, it should be noted that both high school GPA's and SAT scores have come under question in their ability to predict college success. Further, our growth needs to occur in colleges where capacity is open. But, there is a need balance expectations with what is reasonable for the particular college.

It was also noted that there is a drop in current graduate numbers, primarily in the School of Education. However, the graduate goals are very aggressive. It allows for the new Master's program in SIS and a doubling of enrollment in the MBA program.

In all areas of academic growth, Student Life must develop parallel planning to best serve the increase of students. Specifically, it was noted that there is a need to determine "residentiality" of the Dental and Law Schools.

3) Targeted financial aid for undergraduates in under-enrolled units: There is an interest in developing financial aid packages that are based on enrollment areas and need rather than a single system for distribution. The interest is in assisting under enrolled areas and would need to be part of a RCM program and enrollment goals. An initial grid system for financial aid distribution is being developed this fall.

Additional discussion ensued regarding IPC's expectations that an evaluation be completed on money allocated for the FY01 budget increases and one-time financing. Information regarding whether the money was actually spent and its effect should be included. If it was not spent, information regarding what happened to the money should be explained. It was suggested that the Vice Presidents present these reports rather than individual directors.

The Provost will confirm that the TA stipend increase is adjusted to the increase in Graduate student tuition.

Future Agenda Items

Comprehensive Assessment/Survey Plan - Purnell and Brodnick, August 30