May 13, 2004
University of the Pacific – Stockton Campus
Academic Council Meeting
Minutes of May 13, 2004
Business: R. Hoverstad (p), N. Peery (a)
Conservatory: R. Brittin (a), J. Haffner (a), N. Waldvogel (a)
COP: B. Beal (p), D. Borden (p), L. Christianson, (p) C. Dobbs (a), B. Klunk (p), P. Meyer (p), C. Ostberg (p), L. Spreer (p), D. Tedards (p), K. Whittington (p)
Dental: H. Chi (a), J. Levy (a), B. Peltier (p)
Education: M. Draheim (p), V. Snyder (p)
Emeriti: G. Blum (p)
Engineering: M. Doherty (p), CW. Lee (p)
Law: F. Galves (a), W. Jones (p), G. Scully (p)
Library: R. Imhof (p)
Pharmacy: D. Fries (p), S. Smith-Stubblefield (p), D. Abood (p)
SIS: C. Smith (a)
Students: L. Nowinski(a), TBD (a)
Ex-Officio: B. Cox (a), D. Brennan (a), T. Kulisch (a), R. Silvestre (a), C. Hawbaker (a), T. Nelson (a), C. Eaking (a), C. Saviz (a), L. Fox (p), T. Kuhlman (a), Joel Herche (a), R. Koper (a), P. Gilbertson (p), A. Freedman (p).
Guests: President Donald DeRosa, Julie Sina, VP for Student Life, Peggy Kay, OIT, Raoul Villalpando, OIT
Chair Larry Spreer called the meeting to order at 3:04 p.m.
1. Approval of Minutes
Motion L. Christianson moved, D. Fries second to approve the minutes of April 22, 2004
Motion unanimously approved
2. President DeRosa
The Capital Campaign is at about $130 million to date, and the Dental School is approaching its $50 million goal. Two capital projects that are critically important to Pacific’s success are going to be challenges. The first is the Biology Building, critical to the entire University, currently we have superior teaching, but the facilities are not comparable to other institutions. This campaign sits at a little over $3 million, the key to success is a major donor or foundation or series of foundations, and a lot of attention is going to be focused on that effort to make it a success. The other facility that is critical is the University Center, which will be a gathering place for students, faculty, staff and community members. This is a $30 million project of which $3M have been raised, a major donor is needed. Our goal is to raise the money for these two projects and not to use bonds. The Administration is committed to carry the Salary Plan II forward for the second year. Very important assessments have been done and some adjustments might be made but the fundamental commitment to the goals that were established a year ago is still the same.
Pacific has achieved the greatest percentage increase of applications in the last 3 years of any comparable University in California. 64% of the 5200 applicants were admitted, 937 students have confirmed and 22 more will confirm who are international or athletes; there are 9 students that missed the deadline by one day and will be accepted. Three hundred + transfer students have been admitted; a more detailed assessment of transfer students will be conducted this year.
President DeRosa stated in his report to the Board of Regents at their April 27, 2004 meeting that the University is at a point where it has to consider its future. In 2004 Pacific has already met or nearly met goals for 2010 in numbers and quality of the student body that were set in 2002. The current Board of Regents is engaged, and they are thinking strategically and want what is best for Pacific. President DeRosa mentioned that the format of the meeting with the Board of Regents has been changed. The first hour and a half has only the board members and President DeRosa attending a private lunch and Board members ask the President anything that’s on their mind. Some of the questions asked were: How large should this University be; What kind of students; What would happen if we take more of the students who are highly qualified on paper, What does that do to other things that we are trying to achieve in the University; Do we need more financial aid to go for a more diverse student body in the future. A retreat is being planned for the Board members to fully discuss these and other issues. A Regent Task Force with faculty and student representatives is considering the format and issues to be addressed during this retreat.
President DeRosa thanked Council for passing the reformulation of the Promotion and Tenure committee.
3. Bruce Peltier Update on Ethics Across the Curriculum Work Group
In September 0f 2003, Provost Gilbertson appointed a task force to examine the ways that ethics are currently taught and learned at the University of the Pacific. This work group was asked t make recommendations of how to encourage and strengthen ethics education across the university curriculum.
- The university should conduct a study to evaluate the campus culture with regard to ethics.
- Ethics should, in some form or manner, be a part of every course.
- Ethical focus of Mentor 1 and 2 should be strengthened.
- Ethics should become a central theme of the University’s general education program.
- The university should develop a clear, brief “values” or honor statement about the importance of ethics.
- The university should create and offer more ethics courses across the campus.
- Positive examples of ethical excellence or models should be celebrated.
- Recommendations for COP Departments and School of International Studies.
- Recommend that COP departments and SIS examine their curricular programs to identify opportunities to explicitly consider issues of ethical significance.
- Recommend that explicit attention to ethics appropriate to the program should be part of the learning objectives of each COP department and SIS.
- Recommend that the Dean of COP appoint an ad hoc committee to develop a plan to implement ethics objectives in an ongoing and intentional way through the undergraduate education.
4. Provost Report
Provost Gilbertson met with the Faculty Compensation Committee to review a summary memorandum to the President that staff from the Office of Planning and Research, Office of the Provost and the office of Budget and Finance had assembled.
Two critical adjustments were made: 1. Allocation pools by the Deans will be by division in the College and by Unit in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. For the other units the allocation is to be treated uniformly as was done with Education last year. This will allow the Deans to moderate oddities due to small numbers of faculty by being able to move funds across disciplines within a division. In the end the goal remains to adjust the medium salaries within rank and discipline. 2. Required that the Deans provided on average 2.5% increase by rank within their school or college.
Provost Gilbertson announced that Professor Lou Matz is the new Director for General Education.
An agreement has been signed with the International Center for Economic Growth, which has been working with the School of International Studies on an international research grant proposal directed to the Federal Government.
5. New Portal, Peggy Kay
Peggy Kay and Raul Villalpando gave a brief presentation on the new portal to be called InsidePacific.
Through work performed over the last two years, the University of the Pacific has made a commitment to view an institutional portal as a strategic direction and not just a one-time project. In the fall of 2002, a Portal Strategy Task Force defined the need and direction for a next generation portal implementation. In the fall of 2003, the Portal Selection Task Force selected a portal product called Luminis as the new University web services frame work.
Our “next generation” portal, dubbed, “insidePacific” will be responsive to our needs as users and enable Pacific to improve communication and productivity and respond to today’s students comfort with web technology and preference for this medium for transacting business and communication.
More information is available on the project web site: http://www.pacific.edu/portalproject.
6. Summer Tuition discount for ELOC
Council was presented with a proposal for a 50% discount for summer ELO tuition for approval. Discussion followed. Motion: G. Scully moved, S. Smith-Stubblefield second to approved/endorse a discount for summer ELO tuition. Motion unanimously approved
7. Lydia Fox, Chair Professional Relations Committee
Lydia Fox gave a brief report on what PRC had accomplished this year. One the major issues was the change in make up and procedures for the Promotion and Tenure Committee. Elections for the new PTC will happen in the fall of 2004 since the faculty vote for approving the changes occurred too late in the spring semester.
Another charge for PRC was to review governance documents and faculty evaluation guidelines. Evaluation Guidelines were reviewed for SIS, Business School, Dentistry and Pharmacy.
Uniform Course Student Evaluations for all Pacific courses was discussed by PRC but was sent back to the AC chair with recommendation to create a faculty committee for review.
8. Julie Sina, Vice President for Student Life
Vice President Sina reported on the Community Involvement Program Taskforce chaired by Regent John Corson. There were some initial concerns in the community about the University of Pacific discontinuing support of the Community Involvement Program. The University puts about $3 million of its financial aid dollars into the Community Involvement Program and remains very true to the initial commitments of the program that were created in 1969. The only major change has been the addition of support for Housing grants and staffing needs. Among the recommendations of the task force are:
- To Expand the current Geographic boundaries of CIP eligibility beyond the immediate Stockton area.
- Reconfiguration of the CIP Advisory Board and Bylaws.
Dr. Sina also reported on the hiring of new International Programs and Services Director Dr. David Schmidt, whose expected start date is August 1, 2004. One of the things Dr. Sina is looking forward to is cooperating with Faculty to modify the Study Abroad Program and Advisory Committee.
Student Media Task Force Report – This is comprised of students, faculty, staff and members of the community who came forward with a set of recommendations, the primary of which is the creation of a Student Media Board. Also recommended was having student media be self governed and established as a co-curricular activity reporting to Student Life. Discussion followed.
Motion: B. Beal moved, G. Scully seconded to adjourn. Motion unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 5:15p.m.
Ana T. Orellana
Academic Council Secretary