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May 13, 1999

University of the Pacific
Academic Council
May 13, 1999

1. The minutes of the April 8, April 22, 1999 meetings were approved.

2. A conversation with President Donald DeRosa -

President DeRosa commented that he was very optimistic about the upcoming WASC Review. He stated that it is no longer enough to just "Pass" but that we want to move towards receiving an "A" from WSAC. "Pacific has many things to be proud of and this will show during the review."
National Commission: President DeRosa presented his concept of the National Commission. He stated that the major goals were to 1) gain valuable input from alumni, parents and friends concerning the programs we offer and how to enhance them in the future, 2) connect with alumni on a different level than we have connected in the past, and 3) develop endowment priorities as we enter our next major capital campaign. He reported that John Stein will likely be the University administrator working with the National Commission project.
Evaluation of Senior Administrators: President DeRosa indicated that he evaluates the senior administrators annually. He bases the evaluation by reviewing the goals set forth at the start of each year with the actual results. He suggested that he may develop a system of informal review that seeks some input from other sources.

3. Open Forum: What's on Your Mind? - Questions for President DeRosa
Roland diFranco asked how the results of Program Review would fit into the National Commission process. The President stated that the Program Review documents would be part of the information provided to the Panels. David Brock if the panels would be unit based or if they would incorporate more than one unit. The President responded that plans for the panels were still being developed but that regardless of how they are set up that they would all address certain themes and address programmatic linkages. Herb Reinelt raised the issue of whether or not the faculty had the energy to adequately participate in one more major project. The President responded that the Panels would involve some faculty involvement. Brad Stockert asked the President to comment on the laptop initiative. President DeRosa responded that it was important that adequate support structures be in place to make the program operate at maximum effectiveness. Roland diFranco stated that the laptop initiative was one of three areas of Computer Technology needing support. The other two are general academic support and the discipline based computer labs and initiatives. The Council Chair thanked the President for continuing the tradition of meeting with Council at the opening and closing of the academic year and invited the President to the Fall meeting of Council at the start of the 1999-2000 academic year.

4. Chair's Report - The Chair recognized newly elected and re-elected Council members: J. David Brock (Conservatory), Ruth Brittin (Conservatory), Mike Sharp (COP), Walt Zimmerman (COP), Marisa Kelly (COP), David Keefe (SIS), Gary Litton (Engineering) and Tom Brierton (Eberhardt School of Business). The Chair thanked members of the Executive Board (Audree O'Connell, Roland di Franco, Bob Cox, Chris Snell, and Brad Stockert) and Council Secretary Liz Santomier for making the year a successful one for Council. The Chair also recognized Council members who were completing their term of office: Audree O'Connell, Ed Pejak (Engineering), George Gould (Law), and Herb Reinelt (COP). The Council unanimously passed a resolution recognizing Herbert Reinelt "For his unwavering commitment to the concept of shared governance at the University of the Pacific and his dedicated service to the Academic Council."
The Chair reported that Freshmen confirmations now stood at 640 students. We are already close to last years final total of 647. The Chair also distributed a copy of a recommendation from CAPD regarding laptop computers which has been referred to the Academic Computing and Information Technology Committee for review.

5. Council Elections - Ballots were distributed. Marisa Kelly was elected Chair elect. Members elected to the 1999-2000 Executive Board were Roland diFranco, Brad Stockert, Jennifer Ross and Craig Hawbaker.

6. Provost's Report - The Provost thanked the Council for the diligent work this academic year.

7. IPC Report - Lydia Fox distributed copies of the budget time table and again requested input regarding priorities for the next budget cycle.

8. Recommendation from Graduate Studies Committee and Academic Affairs Committee. The concept of the M.S./Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences was approved unanimously.

9. Recommendation from the Council Bylaws Committee. The Academic Council Bylaws were approved unanimously with four minor corrections and a commendation to Committee Chair Roland di Franco and the Committee for their tireless effort.

10. University Information Technology Planning Committee. The charge and membership of this new joint committee were approved unanimously.

11. Diversity Hiring Plan - will be addressed at the start of the next academic year.

12. Report from the ad hoc Committee on Experiential Learning. Committee chair Bob Cox reviewed the recommendations contained within the report. Larry Spreer and Lydia Fox asked why there was a need to limit the program to students who had completed more than 60 units. Bob Cox stated that the Oversight Committee could always approve waivers. Lydia Fox asked why a student who was not a major was excluded form the program? Heather Mayne asked if the Service Learning in Mentor II would be an appropriate experience. Chair Cox responded that as currently constructed the Mentor experience was too limited (and students clearly would not meet the 60 unit minimum). Chris Snell and Roland diFranco asked about the manner in which faculty would be compensated for supervising these experiences. The Provost responded that currently 75% of students are completing similar experiences and a method for providing additional experiences would be addressed. Frank Gevurtz asked about the inclusiveness of the proposal. Chair Cox responded that it would be limited to undergraduates. Herb Reinelt and Ken Albala raised questions about the definition of the experiences and the criteria that would be used to approve such experiences. Council Chair thanked Bob Cox for his leadership in working with the ad hoc committee. Council will continue to address the recommendations contained within the report at the start of the 1999-2000 academic year.

13. Recommendation from Academic Affairs Committee - Program Review: Film Studies - will be addressed at the start of the next academic year.

The meeting adjourned at 5:15pm.