April 13, 2006
Academic Council Meeting
Minutes of April 13, 2006
University of the Pacific
School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Room PHS 110
Business: E. Typpo (a), N. Peery (a)
Conservatory: F. Rose (p), L. Wang (a)
COP: D. Borden (p), L. Christianson, (p), K. Day (p), L. Fox (p), L. Koehler (p), B. Klunk (p), A. Smith (a), L. Spreer (a), B. Swagerty (p), C. Vierra (a), D. Maxwell (a)
Dental: H. Chi (a), C. Lyon (a), R. Cohan (a)
Education: Robert Oprandy (p), L. Webster (p)
Emeriti: R. DiFranco (p)
Engineering: C.W. Lee (p), M. Shami (p)
Law: W. Jones (a), G. Scully (a), G. Harris (a)
Library: R. Imhof (p)
Pharmacy: D. Abood (p), D. Fries (p), S. Bellamy (p), J. Livesey (a)
SIS: D. Keefe (p)
Students: N. Tran (a), TBD (a)
Ex-Officio: B. Gundersen (a), G. Pearson (a), D. Parker (a), T. Little (a), B. Jasti (a), F. Wiens (a), L. Itaya (a), D. Keefe (p), S. Wheeler (a), J. Sprankling (a), D. Brennan (a), J. Kenrow (a), P. Gilbertson (p), H.Trexler (p), M. Canniff (a)
Observer: J. Preisser, Chaplain (a), Jean Purnell, Asst. Provost, (a)
Guests: Asst. Provost Heather Knight
Chair Dave Fries called the meeting to order at 3:11 p.m. Chair Fries introduced Wendy Conley, new Administrative Assistant in the Provost office that will be working as the Academic Council secretary. Chair Dave Fries thanked Phil Oppenheimer, Dean of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for hosting today's meeting.
Dean Phil Oppenheimer welcomed the members of the Academic Council. He gave a brief overview of the Pharmacy campus and the graduate and under graduate programs.
1 .Approval of Minutes
Motion: L. Fox moved, L. Christianson seconded to approve the minutes of March 9, 2006 meeting.
Motion unanimously approved.
2. Chair's report
Chair Dave Fries thanked council members for attending the meeting on March 31, 2006 relative to the Graduate School and Graduate Dean reorganization.
Chair Fries also thanked council members and fellow colleagues for their responses to the request for volunteering for faculty committees. He informed council members that on the second request, we ended up getting a number of responses and that on any given committee that we had to make nominations for, we have 6 -12 volunteers. With the high number of responses, it made nominations much easier. He also informed the council that in the packet for today's meeting there is a sample ballot that will just confirm nominations. The election will be held at the April 27, 2006 meeting.
Chair Fries informed the council that there has been a rewrite of service requirements for Promotion and Tenure that the Professional Relations Committee has now approved and they will come before the Academic Council for consideration at the next meeting on April 27, 2006. The information will be sent out to council members next week so that it can be reviewed before the meeting.
Chair Dave Fries also asked council members to encourage their colleagues who are in charge of individual unit committee nominations and elections to get that done. He informed the council members that we would like to have all new members at the May meeting.
Chair Fries informed the council that the second draft of the Pacific Rising Planning document is out. He asked council members to look the document over and notify him or anyone else that is on the Executive Committee of any changes and/or additions that Academic Council should be addressing.
Chair Fries informed the council that there is a Regent's meeting coming up April 26-28, 2006 and that he and Brian Klunk will attend to represent faculty. The Academic Affairs Committee of the Regents will be looking at the Academic Council's survey and the recommendations that came from that survey. Dave Fries and Brian Klunk will be reporting on the progress that has been made on those issues. Dave Fries reported that some of the Regents have seen the survey and are quite complimentary on what has been done and the initiative that has been taken by Academic Council.
Chair Dave Fries informed the council that the new vice president, Elizabeth Griego would have liked to been in attendance today for an introduction but unfortunately had a conflict. She sends her apologies but will make every effort to attend the May 11, 2006 meeting.
Chair Dave Fries announced that President DeRosa will attend the May 11, 2006 Academic Council meeting to present some information and answer questions.
3. Provost Report
Provost Gilbertson informed council member that the planning document is available on the IPC website for their convenience in participating in the blog rather than reporting to Dave Fries or other colleagues. The website is http://pacific.edu/ipc.
National IP Panel Report
Provost Gilbertson informed the council members that the National IP Panel Report (final copy) arrived exactly 30 days after their visit. A summary has been provided to the Regents and a final summary is in the process of being finalized for distribution to the university community.
Research and Graduate Studies Proposal
Provost Gilbertson informed the council that a forum was held on March 31, 2006 with regard to the proposal on the restructuring of the Research and Graduate Studies office. He reported that there was good attendance by many Academic Council members, the Academic Affairs Committee and the committee on Graduate Studies. By the end of the meeting, three conclusions were made: 1) the implementation of the restructuring will take more time, 2) the notion of sequencing the proposed changes; the decentralizing of the aspect of the admissions process in way the programs would have more immediate contact with prospective graduate students, doing some office reorganization first and then maybe in the second stage considering the restructuring of the key position, the vice provost for the research graduate studies collaboration, 3) the third which is of the most concern and important to the people, the deploying of staff.
After further review, the conclusion has also been made that the restructuring will require more money than expected, probably in the $50,000 to $60,000 range.
After listening to all of the input prior to the forum and information collected during the forum, we will be making refinement as we go along with the restructuring.
Promotion and Tenure Committee Process
Provost Gilbertson reported that the Promotion and Tenure Committee process has been extraordinary, having twice as many candidates as almost any prior year in a decade. Provost Gilbertson informed the council that Dave Fletcher has done a great job as far as tracking many cases and it has taken a lot of extra work. Provost Gilbertson also reported that for the first time since a formal system as been set up for announcing promotion and tenure, there will be a 2 week delay in announcements for a small group of faculty where there is continuing deliberations going on. The group consists of about 8 to 10 candidates and they will be announced on Friday, April 28th. For the vast majority of candidates, the announcement will still remain Friday, April 14th.
4 Report from the NCAA Review Committee
Vice President Julie Sina gave a report from the NCAA Review Committee. Julie gave information on NCAA Review self study and informed the council that NCAA information is available on the President's website. Julie Sina asked subcommittee chairs to report to the council. Gene Pearson gave an overview on Governance and Commitment to Rules Compliance and Peggy Rosen reported on Academic Integrity. Julie Sina then reported on the Equity and Student Athlete Welfare portion of the proposal specifically with regard to gender equity, ethnic minority and student athlete welfare. Julie Sina asked council members for questions and/or feedback on the committee's report. Provost Gilbertson asked Julie Sina to characterize the steps as these reports were developed. He felt that most of the issues look to be fine tuning compared to the prior report which reflected a couple of quite serious issues that needed to be dealt with. Julie informed the council that the most serious discussions have been in the gender equity committee looking at the salary issue and the operational issue. After a good discussion regarding the committee's report, Julie reminded the council that the report is still in draft format and is a work in progress.
5. Report on Child Care Facilities Task Force
Vice President Julie Sina gave a brief summary regarding the Child Care Facilities Task Force committee's update. The committee is looking at a couple of different options. 1) Partnering with Central Methodist Church, 2) Campus Site would be another alternative. University received a proposal from Creative Childcare. The committee went on a tour with Creative Childcare and came back very impressed. After brief discussion, Julie Sina informed the council that the committee's final report will be available early June.
6. Ethnic Studies & Gender Studies Boards, University Wide Diversity Committee
Associate Provost Heather Knight gave a report on the Ethnic Studies & Gender Studies Boards, University Wide Diversity Committee. Heather Knight gave an overview of the diversity document included in today's meeting materials and informed the council that the document is a work in progress. She shared that clear progress has been made in diversifying the student body at Pacific; this is most noticeable form of success to date. Progress has also been made in diversifying Pacific's faculty in terms of ethnicity and gender. As research indicates, however, in order to maximize the benefits of our diverse student population, "close attention must be paid to the institutional context in which that diversity is enacted. We need, therefore, to broaden our understanding of Diversity beyond student demographics, as noted in "making Diversity Work on Campus: A Research-Based Perspective," it is not enough to simply bring together adverse group of students to learn from diversity. Diverse college campuses provide unique challenges and opportunities that must be considered if the learning opportunities that they present are to be maximized". It was suggested that wording regarding sexual orientation should be added to the document. Heather also passed around a flyer announcing the upcoming diversity retreat to be held on Friday, April 21st at Wine & Roses in Lodi. Following discussion a motion was made by R. Imholf to endorse the spirit of the diversity document and to have the Diversity Committee prepare specific goals and report those goals back to the Academic Council. R. Oprandy seconded the motion and it was unanimously approved.
7. Nominations for Committees 2006-07
Chair Dave Fries reported to the council that a draft ballot included in the meeting packet is not an action item for today's meeting but simply a sample ballot for the 2006-07 year. He advised the committee that the actual election will take place at the next meeting on April 27, 2006. After brief discussion, R. Imhof made a motion to accept the slate as distributed, F. Rose seconded the motion and the motion was unanimously approved.
8. Faculty Salary Plan: Progress Report
Chair Dave Fries asked Dick Abood to give a brief report on the Faculty Salary Plan. Dick Abood gave highlights of the document stating that the document was very well done and self explanatory. Lydia Fox suggested that a different chart format be used to better show the axis of the report. There was some discussion on the salary raises being inflation, merit, market or equity based. Provost Gilbertson confirmed that Salary Plan II is a market raise using CUPA average or medium salaries analysis of the western United States. The report will be brought back before the Academic Council as it progresses.
9. Draft Revision of Program Review
Chair Dave Fries suggested that due to time, the Draft Revision of Program Review be tabled to the next Academic Council meeting on April 27, 2006. It was the consensus of the group to move this item to the April 27th meeting.
Motion: F. Rose moved, L. Christianson, seconded to adjourn. Motion unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 4:56p.m.
Wendy L. Conley
Academic Council Secretary