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December 10, 2009

Academic Council

December 10th, 2009
Library Community Room
3:00 - 5:00pm

Attendance:
Business:
S. Joseph (p), C. Eakin (a)
Conservatory: F. Hsaio (p)
College: M. Bates, (p), S. Giraldez (p), M. Hatch (a), J. Lessard (a), P. Meyer (p), Cynthia Ostberg (p), T. Storch (p), E. Thomas (p), C. Vierra (p)
Dental: L. Giusti (p), D. Horlak (a), J. Miles (p)
Education: H. Arnold (a), D. Brennan (p)
Emeriti: R. di Franco (p)
Engineering: H. Estrada (p), C. Matthews (a)
Law: G. Caplan (a), E. Telfeyan (a), K. Yelpaala (p)
Library: C. Hawbaker (p)
PHS: X. Guo (p), L. Norton (a), C. Peterson (p), K. Salamon (p), M. Susca (p)
SIS: D. Keefe (p)
ASUOP: C. Moynahan (p)
Ex-Officio: P. Gilbertson (p), B. Gundersen (p), H. Trexler (p)
Observer:  D. McNiel (p)
Guests: Cecilia Rodriguez, Rahim Khoie, Bruce Peltier, Lou Matz

1. Executive Session – Consideration of Honorary Degrees

2. Approval of Minutes: Minutes of November 12th, 2009, R. Di Franco moved, M. Bates seconded, approved.

3. Chair’s Report
Chair Peterson discussed the faculty meeting earlier in the day. The meeting, the first held from years past, was well attended and intended to receive feedback or concerns from faculty. The comments will be posted on the Academic Council’s website.

The Provost search is moving forward, you may find updates at the university’s homepage, under Provost Search . There has been an initial screening of 20 candidates, the committee will meet in January to screen an additional 30-40 candidates, from there they will select candidates for airport interviews.

4. What’s on your mind?
Suggestions were discussed for the next all faculty meeting, it included giving opportunity for faculty comments, time limits for comments, and having brief discussions after the comments are real aloud. The communication for the next meeting will be more advertised so everyone is aware. It was suggested to create a message board or forum like page from the all faculty meetings. The executive board will discuss suggestions for the next meeting, which will be held in the spring.

5. Provost Report
The Provost thanked Brian Klunk for his leadership in the WASC report that will be submitted in the next few days.

The position for the Director for Learning Assessment is in its final stage, the search committee has recommended a candidate, an announcement will soon be forthcoming.

There were questions regarding the three city campus initiatives, planning is continuous. The Business School has been discussing offering an MBA program in Sacramento with specialized concentration areas that are not being offered in other institutions, last week it was voted for launch next fall. The College has developed a new masters program for Communication. Related, is the Regents Facilities committee, the committee will discuss possible facility space for non dental programs on the San Francisco campus.

The Drexel University program in Sacramento is from a private university in Philadelphia. It is more like Pacific than most schools in the US. Drexel University is a private institution; they are entrepreneurial, innovative, and comprehensive. Their focus on experiential learning mirrors that of Pacific’s focus.  Their director will be on campus January 8th, to meet with a group of leaders from the university. Drexel University is eager to see an MBA program focusing on Social Entrepreneurship. USF opened its site in Sacramento with multiple programs. We will need to think of our presence in the Sacramento area.

The Delegation of President and Vice Presidents of Chinese Universities were on campus last week. A group of 23 presidents were on campus for three days, they had presentations on all aspects of the university. It was a great opportunity to showcase Pacific, as the delegation selects only two schools for site visits once a year, one public and one private. The selection of Pacific was mainly from the Gradate Dean Jin Gong’s involvement and connections with the Ministry of Education in China. There are three new collaborations in discussion that may give us opportunities for more student and joint research.

6. Update from Vice President Elizabeth Griego
Elizabeth Griego provided an update from Student Life on the division’s goals and crime statistics. Goals for Student life included; strengthening current and developing new distinctive shared learning initiatives with faculty, establish the Center for Social Emotional Competence, working on Leadership programs like the one word program, obtain a better understanding of  retention, develop the GE e-portfolio, foster innovation, creativity and distinctiveness in programs and services, reallocate facilities and assist President Eibeck in her listening campaign.

The organization of student life was also made available. If not transparent already, Joanna Royce-Davis, Steve Jacobson, Lisa Cooper and Dan Shipp are vice presidents in the division of student life.

An overview of crime statistics on campus was presented. We have a safe campus; however we are in a city that is continuously rated one of the most violent per capita cities in the US. We have very few crimes against people; most of the crimes that occur are of petty theft. Public Safety is creating stronger presence on campus; their response time is less than two minutes. The memorandum of understanding with Public Safety will limit response calls to the campus only.

Questions regarding married student housing was discussed. Any student must be registered to live on campus. Are married students allowed to stay in housing over summer? The executive board will follow up with Steve Jacobson.

Both the CIP and the SUCCESS program are targeted for first generation college students. The programs support and retain students. Recently, they have submitted for a grant of 1 ½ million to continue the support of the SUCCESS program for an additional five years.

In regards to commuting students and joining them into student life participation on campus; there is not an organization for commuting students. The DeRosa Center has helped join students together as well as the variety of student organizations. SL welcomes any interest in creating such an organization. 

7. 2010-11 Academic Calendar
Cecilia Rodriguez, Registrar and Rahim Khoie from the Academic Affairs committee presented the 2010-11 calendar approved in May 2009. The calendar provides specific dates of deadlines in the academic year. The last day to add classes and last day to drop without record of enrollment would be the same day, September 3rd. In past years the calendar has allowed an additional two weeks before a W would appear. The reason for the change is for financial aid purposes, it is difficult to track students who have dropped classes and recalculate their aid. The calendar will be publicized in different areas including the online schedule of classes. J. Miles moved, R. di Franco seconded; 18 approved.

8. Task Force on Faculty Service 
Hector Estrada the final report from the task force on university service. 45% of faculty who responded did not participate in committee service the prior year. 71% of faculties know the issues of filling committees. The survey generated 30 pages of comments. Comments of reasons why participated is low included; the increasing administrative work load on faculty, lack of value of service for tenure decisions, lack of incentives to engage in university committees and the lack of value of serve given by the university community. Recommendations included: streamlining committees, require university service not only for promotion and tenure but for yearly evaluations; release time for large commitments and monetary compensation. The full report is located on the Academic Council’s website. The recommendations will be presented to the Presidential Advisory Committee.

9. University-wide Learning
After approving the objectives last month, Lou Matz and Bruce Peltier presented the catalog copy of the university-wide learning objectives. M. Bates moved, J. Miles seconded to approve the catalog copy; revisions to the document were discussed including combining the last three paragraphs into one, along with minor edits to language. M. Susca moved to approve the amended catalog copy, K. Yelpaala seconded, 1 opposed, 17 approved.

10. Online Learning Committee
There is a online learning committee that does not show up in the handbook. The committee is actually a Task force to help the online technical capacity support to faulty for teaching online, mainly used for course taught to master students in Shanghai in the School of Education.

11. Adjourned at 4:54