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February 12, 2009

Academic Council Meeting
Minutes of February 12th, 2009

Library Community Room

Attendance:
Business: C. Eakin (a), S. Joseph (a)
Conservatory: D. Ebbers (a), P. Langham (p)
College: M. Bates, (p), L. Fox (p), S. Giraldez (p), M. Hatch (a), J. Lessard (p), P. Meyer (p), Cynthia Ostberg (p), E. Thomas (p), C. Vierra (p), K. Whittington (a), X. Zhou (p)
Dental: B. Lundergan (a), J. Miles (a), D. Horlak (p)
Education: D. Brennan (p), R. Oprandy (p)
Emeriti: R. di Franco (p)
Engineering: H. Estrada (p), C. Lee (p)
Law: W. Jones (p), E. Telfeyan (p), K. Yelpaala (p)
Library: C. Hsieh (p)
PHS: T. Little (p), L. Norton (p), C. Peterson (a), M. Susca (a)
SIS: S. Sample (p)
ASUOP: K. Nichols (a)
Ex-Officio: P. Gilbertson (p), B. Gundersen (p), H. Trexler (p)
Observer: D. McNiel (p)
Guests: Heather Dunn-Carlton, Margee Ensign, Mike McCallum

1. Call to Order: 3:04pm

2. Approval of Minutes: Minutes of December 11th, 2008 were approved as submitted.
W. Jones moved, M. Bates seconded, approved unanimously.

3. Chair's Report
The Exec Board met with the Faculty Tack Force members include; Chair Hector Estrada, ENG; Courtney Lehmann, COP; Larry Levine, LAW, Fred Fendler, DEN; and William Chan, PHS. The task force will survey and collect faculty concerns and issues in regards to service, faculty will be contacted when to go online to submit their concerns.

At the October Board of Regents meeting, Chair Yelpaala reported that the Council's focus this year is; how to empower the faculty to intercept the future of the university. Council's job this year is not only to focus on routine issues of governance but how the faculty fit into the mission of the university. At the winter meeting, Chair Yelpaala followed up on his earlier statement to the board; the university cannot advance without teamwork and with all the units working coherently together. The shared governance concept encourages the faculty to participate in the creation of the mission; we are the ones that can move the university to its desired goals. What is it that we can do to ensure that the faculty can advance the mission of the university? What can the university do to make the faculty interested in going the extra mile to achieve the mission of the university? What can the university do to discourage the faculty to act as independent contractors, using the university as an instrument for advancement of themselves? The Council has two missions; one is process, how to make the process work well; the other is its mission and vision, joined governance on the substantive issues

At the Academic Affairs meeting, there was a presentation made by Dean Ravi Jain on the Masters of Science in Engineering Science, their goal is to make Pacific competitive nationally. The Engineering Masters is a 4 plus 1 concept, so our graduates would leave with a Masters and well prepared for the work force.

The School of Dentistry and its faculty have embarked on the idea of making professors effective teachers., How do we reach the current generation of students? This idea is a great one to look into.

The university is looking to use the WASC report process in moving the university in its desired direction, to channel the university to move towards its mission.

Cynthia Wagner-Weick, School of Business, has been appointed Director of the Powell Scholars Program. The program's goal for next year is to develop the students to become good leaders through experiential learning and community service.

4. Provost's Report
The Provost added to the Board of Regents meeting; there was a 28% decrease in endowments. Some programs that were dependent on endowment will be a affected, the budget's current fund will need to cover the undergraduate scholarships $325k, many are continuing students. The Regents approved the 4.4% increase in tuition, a 6.2% increase in the School of Pharmacy. The Law and Dental School increase of 5% will be decided at the April meeting.

The Board is establishing a task force on Athletics; the Regents would like to clarify their expectations for Athletics.

The undergraduate applicant pool is 14,500, roughly three times more than a year ago, the academic profile is higher. Currently we have admitted 3,000 compared to 1,200 last year. The average SAT 1224, 3.66 GPA for admitted students. Transfer applicants are solid at 400, and graduate applications are up, generally the applicant pool at the freshmen, transfer and graduate levels are the highest that they have been the last years. Enrollment projections for the Law school are about the same and the school of Pharmacy and Dental are strong as usual.

An update on the Conservatory Dean search, the second candidate is here this week; the third will visit the campus the following week.

5. Tiger Lore Revision
Heather Dunn-Carlton, Student Life, brought fourth a revision to Tiger Lore, the revisions are to better articulate the student's rights. The university policy is not explicit to students; it applies to faculty and staff on all three campuses. The Council suggested changes in wording, and discussed if this should also be included in the faculty handbook. Additionally work is also being done to revise the sexual harassment policy; this will be brought to Council at a later date. The agenda item was informational only, it will return for action at a later date.

6. Changing the Calendar for the Stockton Campus
Assistant Provost Berit Gundersen presented an impact report of the proposed calendar revision that affects all divisions. The draft calendar does meet all of the financial aid criteria; it does meet WASC minimum standards, it would benefit the Registrar's Office as far as posting degrees and transcript earlier; Housing and Greek Life would have some positive outcomes, ie; more time to clean and repair housing spaces and easier transition in between semesters. There are also concerns to shortening the calendar, Athletics have concerns regarding, food and housing for their students during the longer breaks, Housing would need to make increases, other inputs from Dinning, Business Office, the Conservatory, School of Engineering were reported. Anyone with additional information or concerns were encouraged to send them to Provost Gundersen.

7. Posthumous Degree Policy- Undergraduate
Chair Yelpaala pointed out, that the handbook has such a policy in place, Article 11.15.5 Posthumous Degree.

8. Inter-American Certificate Program
Susan Giraldez and Dean Margee Ensign presented the Inter-American Certificate program that Academic Affairs approved last week.
L. Fox moved, W. Jones seconded, 23 approved, 0 opposed and 1 abstention.

9. Demonstration of Online Evaluation
Assistant Provost Berit Gundersen presented to Council the online Course Response tool for evaluations. The core questions, which were approved by Council earlier in the year, are the main questions, but the tool allows for specific questions to be added to accommodate the departments needs. All user information is confidential, and sign in to Course Response is tied into signing into insidepacific. The Conservatory and the Law School have used Course Response this year; it is a user-friendly program that the units are encouraged to use.

10. TEC Report to ISPC, December 2008
ATS Director Position Job Description

The report from TEC and the job description are information only items.

Adjournment: 5:03 pm