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March 8, 2001

Meeting Summary
March 8, 2001

  1. The minutes of the February 8, 2001 meeting were approved as distributed.

  2. Chair's Report: Chair Marisa Kelly reminded members that the April meeting would be held in Room D-121 of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and health Sciences. The Chair also welcomed Regent Joan Cortopassi.

  3. Provost's Report: The Provost reported on the decision making process which led to the recommendation that the University replace the existing network with a Cisco Systems network. [A Regent's Committee will review the proposed contact this month.] The provost reported on a presentation to the Cabinet by Quest Consulting. Three options were presented:

    1. continue patchwork repair on the existing system,
    2. a modified version of recommendation #1 with additional replacement of equipment, or
    3. install a new system that would provide the architecture and equipment for current and future software opportunities including video streaming and voice-over IP.
    The new system would allow for redundancy (backup servers); permit insertion of "cards" to upgrade functionality and introduce a third level of servers [five nodes] to the University infrastructure between the local servers and the main University server. The Provost reported that the decision has been made to proceed with Option #3. Implementing the new network will involve University expenditures of $1.5M and donation of $660K of equipment by Cisco Systems. The University will spend an additional $500K to upgrade electrical wiring and climate control in university network "closets".

    The Provost also clarified the enrollment goal stated in the revised MVP statements. The 6000-6500 goal is a total University goal and not a Stockton campus goal. The current enrollment is now about 5700. The stated goal may be modified downward once an optimum enrollment for the McGeorge School of Law has been determined.

  4. L.L.M. in International Water Resources Law; J.S.D. in International Water Resources Law: The proposed degree programs were introduced by Dean Gerald Kaplan. Three professors at the law school currently specialize in water law and additional professors have expertise in environmental law. These two new programs will add to the distinctiveness of the law school programs. Professor Stephen McCaffrey stated that this would be one of only two such programs in the world and should be of interest to students from many parts of the world. In response to questions Professor McCaffrey indicated that maximum enrollment in the J.S.D program would be 10-12 students but that initially it was expected that there would be between three and five students. Both degree programs were approved.

  5. IPC Report - David Brock: Professor Brock reported that IPC continues work on Drafts of the revised MVP. He encouraged council members to provide input to IPC members. He reported that several open forums had been held but that they had not been well attended. He indicated that the purpose of the MVP was to provide direction and goals for the next 7 to 10 years and that all members of the University should have an interest in the document.

  6. What's On Your Mind? Bob Cox, COP - English, complimented the Registrar for providing the "Registration cards" to faculty advisors but suggested that in the future the Schedule of Courses and Planning Sheet should be distributed directly to students. Dave Fletcher, School of Engineering, expressed concern that the on-line system was by passing faculty advisors and if advisees registered for inappropriate classes, it was difficult to intervene in a timely fashion. Peter Meyer, COP - Economics, suggested that a system of automatic e-mail inform the faculty advisor when a student has registered. Chair Marisa Kelly suggested that Registrar Brown be invited to a Council meeting early in the next academic year. David Keefe, School of International Studies, asked if the person or person's responsible for arbitrarily changing the spring semester final exam schedule and then reversing the decision was going to be held accountable for the inconvenience and confusion caused for students and faculty. Richard Cohan, School of Dentistry, asked if any progress had been made on increasing the options for the University 403B plans in the past three years. The answer was that no progress has been made but that with a new Director of Human Resources it was possible that the University might address the issue.

  7. AITT2 Task Force Report: John Livesey reviewed a draft of the Executive Summary of the report which was distributed at the council meeting. He summarized three of the recommendations:

    1. the University should institute a "General Computing" requirement for undergraduates that would involve data management and document construction as well as communication and public presentations using computer technology;
    2. University funding for appropriate hardware and software and training to successfully implement such a requirement and
    3. formation of a Technology Policy Committee to replace the several different computer and information technology committees that currently exist. Roland di Franco, COP - Mathematics, asked if the proposed committee would be involved in planning and environmental scanning for future technology innovations. Newman Peery, Eberhardt School of Business, raised concerns over centralized versus unit-based decision making on technology issues.
  8. Program Review - Department of Economics, College of the Pacific: Newman Peery, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, reviewed the history of the report. He reminded Council that when the report had come to Council it had been pointed out that there had not been a student member on the review panel. A student was added to the panel and a revised report was submitted to the Academic Affairs Committee. Chair Peery summarized the recommendations of the Academic Affairs Committee. He indicated that many of the recommendations of the report have been implemented already, including :

    1. collaboration between the Economics Department and the Eberhardt School of Business resulted in creation of a Economic concentration as one of the possible concentrations for Business majors;
    2. additional budget support was provided when IPC funded enhancement of COP "other budgets" this year; and
    3. part-time faculty are being used to teach advanced courses, when appropriate, rather than introductory courses. Recommendations not yet addressed include development of a computer laboratory facility and the mathematics preparation of University students.
    Council members raised questions and concerns regarding use of part-time faculty and the recommendations regarding the mathematics preparation of University students. Council voted to ACCEPT the report with the deletion of the sentence in Recommendation # 4 of the Academic Affairs Report which made reference to the Mathematics Resource Center.

  9. Handbook Policies - Section 4.7 and Section 11: The Council approved Section 4.7 Evaluation of Administrators and agreed to postpone discussion and action on Section 11 until the April meeting.

  10. The meeting was adjourned at 4:55 p.m.