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April 14, 2011

Academic Council
April 14, 2011
Library Community Room

J. Post (p), S. Wheeler (a)
Conservatory: F. Hsiao (p), P. Langham (p)
College: M. Bates, (a), S. Giraldez (p), C. Goff (p), M. Hatch (a), J. Lessard (p), J. Lu (p), P. Meyer (p), C. Ostberg (p), L. Rademacher (p), T. Storch (a), C. Vierra (p)
Dental: L. Giusti (p), D. Horlak (a), J. Miles (p)
Education: H. Arnold (a), T. Nelson (p)
Emeriti: R. di Franco (p)
Engineering: H. Estrada (p), C. Lee (a)
Law: G. Caplan (a), W. Jones (a), M. Vitiello (a)
Library: S. Sutton (p)
PHS: S. Carr-Lopez (p), W. Chan (a), T. Little (p), L. Norton (p), C. Peterson (p)
SIS: A. Kanna (p)
ASUOP: tbd
Ex-Officio: P. Eibeck (p), M. Pallavicini (p), B. Gundersen (p)
Observer: Diane Borden, Courtney Lehman, Ray Rennard, Edie Sparks

Call to order: 3:04pm

1. Approval of minutes from the March 17, 2011, C. Peterson moved to approve with one editorial correction, R. di Franco seconded, approved.

2. Chair’s Report-
Chair Giraldez congratulated Cathy Peterson and Robert Coburn recipients of Fullbright scholarships, along with two School of International Studies students that will be going to South Korea. Professor Peterson will visit Malawi and Professor Coburn will visit Japan.

The next Council meeting will be May 5th, with a reception to follow.

Please mark your calendar for April 21st, the Stockton Faculty Compensation Committee will hold and open forum at noon in WPC140. There will be a brief introduction of the history of the committee and provide an update of FSP III.

Chair Giraldez and Chris Goff will attend the Board of Regents meeting next week and give a summary to Council at next month’s meeting.

3. President’s Report-
President Eibeck shared topics that will be discussed at the Board of Regents meeting. The San Francisco building at 155 5th Street, is in a current purchase agreement but likely to be resolved next fall. The Audit committee has asked the university to identify risks that may include financial, reputational, academics etc. A survey was completed to identify, assess and prioritize a list of risks. The preliminary results of a student spirit survey will be discussed; the results will be used to identify what are the concerns of students. The budget will also be discussed.

President Eibeck thanked Council for their progress on faculty workload issued and offered her support in the effort of trying to control the number of committees and their charge.

Discussions will need to be held on how strategic planning and program review will be handled. President Eibeck is hoping to have shared dialogue as we reflect the best ways to have faculty input in budget discussions, program review recommendations and strategic planning.

4. Provost Report-
As ALO, Provost Pallavicini attended a WASC conference that included details for WASC deadlines and site visits. The Provost discussed putting together a structure and processes for all campuses to allow and develop a sustainable effort around initiative to improve program quality, both academic and administrative.

The Provost shared the proposed revisions to the University’s mission statement. The proposed changes read: “University of the Pacific’s mission is to prepare individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities by providing a superior, student-centered learning experience that integrates both the liberal arts and professional education.” During the discussion, the Council acknowledged potential revisions to the mission statement, thoughts included using learning centered versus student centered, integrating the sciences and the use of “prepares students”. The Council recommended leaving the mission statement as is and will revisit as our next strategic academic planning is reviewed. The statement will be on the agenda for the September meeting.

Provost Pallavicini shared her thoughts of a proposed reorganization of the Provost office and asked for feedback from Council. The additions included three part-time Assistant Provost that would enable faculty to take a leadership role in administration for 2-3 years in rotations. The positions will be open to all campuses. Additional feedback can be sent to Provost Pallavicini or Chair Giraldez.

5. New Major Approval:  Film Studies
For the past 14 years, the Film Studies Program has been offered as a self-designed major. Over 20 students have graduated with the major in the past five years. The major will offer cross-disciplinary work, and be housed in the Department of English. Goals for the program include, place Film Studies in the context of the Liberal Arts where students analyze the elements of film, provide hands-on experience with film production in a variety of capacities, provide students with the ability to think critically and communicate effectively, locate film as a cultural artifact that both represents and constructs historical, soci-economics, political and psychological meaning, focus on film aesthetics, international cinemas, individual major filmmakers, film genres, film history and key events in the technological and cultural evolution and develop visual literacy for readings of individual films. C. Peterson moved to approve, J. Lessard seconded, approved.

6. New Program Approval: Pacific Humanities Scholars
The proposed Pacific Humanities Scholars program is a three-year degree program for outstanding students majoring in the Humanities.  The program is modeled particularly on the Pacific Legal Scholars Program, which has enjoyed success by offering a unique cohort experience. Only one other University in the country offers a similar program, Georgetown College in Kentucky. The program will focus on the traditional Humanities disciplines (English, Film, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Religious and Classical Studies, Theatre Arts, and Art History) it will stand out to prospective students because it offers a shorter time to degree track. The enrollment goal is 7-15 scholars per year. Students would need to maintain a 3.5 gpa throughout the program. Goals for the program include, creating a truly singular educational experience , engage in experiential learning and ability to foster collaborative learning among others goals.  J. Lessard moved to approve, H. Estrada seconded, 16 approved, 3 opposed, 1 abstention, approved.

7. What’s on your mind?
Council thanked President Eibeck for her letter to the Sacramento Bee regarding the state cuts to Cal Grants and the difference between private nonprofit and for-profits schools.

Cathy Peterson reminded Council the faculty workload survey closes tomorrow, please complete.

8.  Strategic Planning
Tabled for May meeting.

9. Diversity Course Requirement Committee
An unofficial University Diversity Committee has been established and assigned the task to determining which courses meet the University’s Diversity Curriculum Requirement. While the committee remains unofficial, it recognizes the need for official status and election of faculty responsible for approval of courses. Pending Council’s approval of a Diversity Curriculum Committee, its membership and charge, Council extends the following voting faculty who are currently serving at this capacity: Xiaojing Zhou, Marcia Hernandez, Gesine Gerhard, Bob Oprandy and Craig Hawbaker. The authority expires July 30, 2012 when it will be replaced by an officially established and recognized committee. C. Peterson moved to approve, H. Estrada seconded, 1 abstention, approved.

10. Handbook language: IPC membership  
The proposed additions to the IPC membership in the Faculty Handbook include “…Academic Council elects four of the five faculty representatives…” and “In addition, the past chair of Academic Council, or/an Executive Board designee, serves a one-year term.” R. di Franco moved to approve, C. Peterson seconded, approved unanimously.

11. Elections
Chair Elect Chris Goff distributed the spring 2011 ballot for committees that are voted by Academic Council members. The results are as follows: Commencement Speakers Committee- Caroline Cox, COP and Lydia Fox, COP, Sustainability Committee- Laura Rademacher, COP, University Compensation Committee- Bob Christoffersen, University Facilities Committee- Bill Ford, ENG and Scott Jensen, COP, Institutional Priorities Committee- Peter Meyer, COP, Student Media Board- Paul Turpin, COP, Chair-Elect of Academic Council- Harriet Arnold, EDU.

12. Adjourned: 5:01pm