December 13, 2001
University of the Pacific - Stockton Campus
Academic Council Meeting
Revised Minutes of December 13, 2001
Business: T. Brierton (p), N. Peery (p)
Conservatory: D. Brock (a), J. DeHaan (a), N. Waldvogel (p)
COP: B. Beal (p), M. Kelly (p), C. Kramer (p), R. Lutz (a), C. Ostberg (p), M. Sharp (p), L. Spreer (p), D. Tedards (p), W. Zimmermann (p)
Dental: D. Castagna (a), R. Cohan (p), J. Cohen (a), J. Levy (a)
Education: M. Draheim (p), Phyllis Hensley (p)
Emeriti: G. Blum (p)
Engineering: D. Besch (p), G. Litton (p)
Law: W. Jones (p), C. Manolakas (p), G. Scully (p)
Library: T. Calvo (p), R. Ray (p)
Pharmacy: R. Abood (p), D. Fries (p), S. Smith-Stubblefield (p)
SIS: E. Savelieva (p)
Students: A. Hudson (p), J. Farrell (p)
Ex-Officio: S. Blalock (a), R. Brittin (a), R. Childs (p), A. Freedman (p), P. Gilbertson (p), B. Gundersen (p), K. Hughes (a), L. Knight (a), J. Livesey (a), J. Mansoor (a), F. Muskel (p), D. Parker (a), J. Purnell (a), S. Scully (a), D. Smith (a), L. Webster (a), B. Weick (p), B. West (a)
Guests: Don DeRosa, Bob Benedetti, Jack Nagle, Brad Stockert, Tim Smith, Eric Thomas, Bruce Peltier, Dave Fletcher, Roland di Franco, Jim Blankenship, Dick Turpin, Will Price, Linda Webster, Linda Kohler, Ken Beauchamp
Chair Ron Ray called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.
1. Executive Session
Chair Ray asked all non-voting members of Council to leave the room
2. Approval of Minutes
Motion: Richard Cohan moved, Marisa Kelly seconded to approve the minutes of November 8, 2001. Motion unanimously approved.
3. A Conversation with President DeRosa
President DeRosa reviewed the following four items: 1) Tuition Increase – recommendations will be made to the board in January to increase the cost of tuition on the Stockton campus. Information is still being gathered at the Law and Dental schools. The surcharge for electricity has added close to a 10% increase. The Green Committee is being reestablished to look at reducing energy costs. President DeRosa reviewed the handout titled “University of the Pacific, Tuition Increase needed when tuition dependent”. 2) Enrollment and selectivity – Associate Provost Tom Rajala is working on an enrollment model to 2010 and refining it further with models within schools related to taking specific courses. The same number of freshman will be admitted next year with a few in the Dental Hygiene program. To keep with the Next Level of Excellence theme of the National Commission, selectivity ratios in the top 10% of high school classes are the indicators of achievement. 3) Marketing initiative – Pacific’s goal is to market itself better to selective students. To do this, research is needed to see where we stand and how we are viewed. McGuire and Company is the firm doing this research study to lead to a statement that conveys what Pacific is and how we are different from competitors. This is still in the early stages and an ad hoc committee will be formed to guide the research. The National Commission recommended the marketing method of “branding” to separate “Pacific” from UOP. 4) Fund raising – In the spring, the quiet phase of this campaign began. If Pacific is going to be successful, it must be understood that more resources and endowments to support programs of distinction, faculty and students are necessary. President DeRosa encouraged Council to e-mail questions to him.
4. Program Review Report, Sports Sciences
Professor Roy Childs, Academic Affairs Chair introduced Becky Beal, Linda Kohler and Brad Stockert as representatives for the Sports Sciences department. Professor Childs stated that this is a very strong department. Professor Childs reviewed four recommendations: 1) the re-evaluation of faculty workloads; 2) the improvement and maintenance of facilities and equipment; 3) strengthening the graduate program to enhance undergraduate education; and 4) the re-evaluation of the administration, funding and role of the activity program. Motion: Phyllis Hensley moved, Marisa Kelly seconded to accept and endorse Academic Affairs Program Review recommendations for the Department of Sport Sciences. Dean Benedetti stated that Sport Sciences is not staffed the way other departments are for labs and there is a large experiential component that needs to be explored. Professor Childs stated that the challenge is now on the department to get the resources and technology needed. Approved with one abstention.
5. Program Review Report, Engineering
Professor Childs stated that the School of Engineering has set growth goals including building new programs in bio-engineering and computer engineering and are moving in the direction of achieving them. Professor Childs reviewed seven recommendations: 1) ensuring a critical mass of faculty for each discipline and program; 2) completing facility improvements and seeking alternative sources to fund through industry and grants; 3) increasing the research output of the faculty; 4) maintaining strength in the joint programs including additional interaction and cross unit activity; 5) conducting marketing studies and enhancing the resources committed to advertising and recruiting students; 6) keeping additional data on learning outcomes; 7) pursuing accreditation of the Engineering Management Program and enhancing the offerings in this field for all students. Motion: Dave Fries moved, Becky Beal seconded to accept and endorse Academic Affairs Program Review recommendations for the School of Engineering. Council requested clarification on recommendation number three. Professor Will Price, Program Review Panel Member, stated that research could be increased if the students were involved. Students are interested and the only way to include them is to do a research task. Council also inquired after the status of merging the computer sciences department with the School of Engineering. Provost Gilbertson stated that the Board is getting a revised report in the January meeting in anticipation of approval in the April meeting. Approved with one abstention.
6. Faculty Handbook
Chapter Seven – Chair Ray reminded Council that this chapter was reviewed at the September meeting and the concerns have been taken to PRC and the law and dental schools. Motion: Glendalee moved, Phyllis Hensley seconded to accept and endorse, with the option to revise wording, Chapter 7. Faculty Personnel Policies.
Section 22.214.171.124 - Professor Glendalee Scully stated that the law school was tardy with time to consider revisions and would like to request an asterisk or footnote in this section saying based on Law school documents. McGeorge has a pre-existing policy they would like to substitute. For several reasons, the faculty opposes the student being part of the committee. Professor Scully passed out the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Course Evaluation form. Since McGeorge is a small and isolated campus with fewer number of students and faculty they have concerns of confidentiality and the timing evaluation occurs (early fall). The role of the student on this committee would be their first lesson in confidentiality with the penalty of being denied bar rights with the dean’s obligation to fine against them on the moral section. New students would be unfamiliar with rules of the classroom and would make them under qualified while placing undue stress on them. Chair Ray stated that it is understood that unit policies vary across the board. Professor Scully emphasized that there is no objections to another units faculty member participating on the committee, the concern is that Law School policy allows the gathering of student input but, has no student member on the committee. The Law School is not sure that the statement “…normally include at least the following voting members:” would exempt them from not having a student on the panel. Professor Jim Blankenship, Chair of the Handbook Committee mentioned that this chapter was discussed in length with John Sims, Law School Professor on the Handbook Committee and this section was set with individual unit guidelines. Professor Christine Manolakas stated that it was not relayed to the law school faculty in those terms and it is in direct conflict with existing policies.
Section 7.9.2.b. – question regarding why no change was made to this section. Provost Gilbertson stated that language to protect disobedience cannot be incorporated and it is critical that the wording is clear and direct.
Section 7.2 – Associate Professor Bruce Peltier stated that the Dental School manages their own searches and requested the addition of “Dental manages their own searches based on the guidelines set forth in this document.” Emeritus Roland di Franco, Handbook Committee member stated that once the handbook is approved then the next year will be spent realigning the guidelines with each unit.
Section 7.3.5 – Professor Scully stated that the definition of Instructor at the Law School does not coincide with this section. Question raised if the Law School should give a different title. Also they have clinical positions that are not covered in the proposed handbook. No change was proposed.
Section 7.5.4.a – the Benerd School of Education would like Council to be aware that their faculty take on leadership responsibilities that take extra time and some faculty get stuck in a job that is not covered in the standard guidelines for Promotion and Tenure. The faculty assume these additional responsibilities because the job needs to be done and therefore they no longer hold a standard faculty position after tenure and they have a heavy load for promotion. No change was proposed.
Section 7.4.5 – the College of the Pacific would like to see “and University” deleted from the first paragraph based on discomfort in knowing the University can apply new language after the unit has decided on their guidelines. Provost Gilbertson stated that the University always goes over unit guidelines and this should eliminate misunderstanding of interpretation. Chair Ray stated that Section 7.5.5a covers this issue. Amendment: Becky Beal moved, Doug Tedards seconded to strike “and University” from the first sentence in Section 7.4.5 Recommendation from the Promotions and Tenure Committee. 6 approved, 13 opposed, and 7 abstentions. Amendment Not Approved. Question called on motion. Motion Approved with 3 opposed.
Chapter Nine – Chair Ray stated that the wrong copy of section 9.3.1 was sent and there are significant discrepancies in intervals between development leaves across campus. Chair Ray asked Council if they were agreeable to postpone this chapter until section 9.3.1 can be further reviewed. Motion: Walt Zimmermann moved, Richard Cohan seconded to postpone action on Chapter 9. Motion unanimously approved.
7. Ed.D. to Ph.D. in School Psychology
Chair Ray informed Council that this document was forwarded to Council from Academic Affairs and was added to the agenda and sent as an e-mail attachment to members. Chair Ray stated that if Council approves this proposal, it would allow implementation in the fall. Associate Professor Linda Webster, Educational and Counseling Psychology Chair, stated that this proposal focuses on making the educational and counseling psychology program more distinctive. Motion: Becky Beal moved, Marisa Kelly seconded to approve the Revision of Major from a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in School Psychology to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in School Psychology. Discussion followed regarding the interaction of the Psychology Department in the College of the Pacific. Webster informed Council that faculty in Psychology have agreed to serve on dissertation committees. Dean Nagle stated that both the Graduate Studies and Academic Affairs Committees have unanimously approved this major revision and they are currently recruiting one more faculty member in addition to the two faculty members already on staff. Unanimously Approved.
8. Chair's Report: Ron Ray
Chair Ray mentioned that the document on Intellectual Properties is on the table for review and will be on the February agenda. Chair Ray stated that the Faculty Compensation Committee has forwarded their recommendations to IPC and those will be e-mailed to Council members soon.
9. Provost’s Report:
Due to time constraints the Provost passed on his report.
10. IPC Report
This item was removed from the agenda due to time constraints.
11. ITPC Report
This item was removed from the agenda due to time constraints.
12. What’s On Your Mind
This item was removed from the agenda due to time constraints.
13. Other Business
Motion: Marisa Kelly moved, Phyllis Hensley seconded to adjourn. Motion unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m.
Denia Leach, Academic Council Secretary