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May 8, 2008

Academic Council Meeting
Minutes of May 8th, 2008

Library Community Room

S. Joseph (p), L. Bangsund (p)
Conservatory: D. Ebbers (p), F. Rose (p)
College: M. Bates (a), L. Fox (p), S. Giraldez (p), B. Klunk (p), L. Koehler (p), D. Maxwell (a), C. Vierra (p), K. Whittington (a), Z. Zhou (p)
Dental: R. Cohan (p), B. Lundergan (p) J. Miles (a)
Education: D. Brennan (p), R. Oprandy (p)
Emeriti: R. di Franco (p)
Engineering: B. Ford (p), C.W. Lee (p)
Law: W. Jones (a), E. Telfeyan (a), K. Yelpaala (p)
Library: C. Hsieh (p)
Pharmacy: T. Little (a), J. Livesey (a), M. Susca (a)
SIS: S. Sample (p)
ASUOP: J. Foster (a)
Ex-Officio: P. Gilbertson (p), B. Gundersen (p), D. McNiel (p), J. Post (a) H. Trexler (a)
Guests: Rob Brodnick, Duane Isetti, Ted Leland, Mike McCallum, Louise Stark

1. Welcome
Chair Lydia Fox called the meeting to order at 3:05.

2. Approval of Minutes
Minutes for April 10, 2008 were approved as distributed.

3. Chair's Report
Chair Fox gave an overview of the Board of Regents meeting. The President's retirement effective at the end of next year, Diane Philibosian, whose term has ended from the Board, will chair the Presidential Search Committee. Faculty were advised if they had any concerns they can contact Diane directly.

A group of students gave a presentation to the full Board on their undergraduate research experiences and the Regents loved it. Ted Leland announced to the Advancement Committee a contribution of $50k from Pacific Fund for undergraduate research. Other presentations included Frank Gevurtz, from the law school, who presented how they have been infusing global issues across their curriculum rather than designating on a single course, Cynthia Dobbs presented on the writing and discipline initiatives, also there was a presentation on Social, Emotional Intelligence and how that was moving forward on campus.

At the Student Life Committee meeting there was a report of the assessment of the Community Involvement Program, a full-time director is expected to be hired and they have set enrollment targets for that program. Council will receive more information once a new director is in place, probably at the next September meeting.

A follow up on the discussion of committee structures from last meeting. The objective is to streamline committees so that faculty service is meaningful. At this point, it is not best to combine CAPD and the Faculty Research committee; both have functions at this time that do not necessarily overlap. The Professional Relations Committee, with the consultation of the Grievance Committee, are working on language to combine the Faculty Grievance Committee with the Student Academic Grievance Committee and the Student-Faculty Advocate Board, more information will follow. There has been consultation with folding in the functions of the Experiential Learning Oversight committee in with CAPD. Another proposal was to combine the University Facilities committee with the Academic Facilities Improvement committee, at this time it is not best for these two committee to be combined. It is hoped that that we can streamline some of these committees in the fall.

Recognition to Dr. Craig Vierra, winner of this year's Distinguished Faculty Award.

Chair Fox thanked the Executive Board for all their hard work this year, Brian Klunk, Bill Lundergan, Francois Rose, Susan Sample, Susan Giraldez and Kojo Yelpaala. Also to faculty that have ended their term on Academic Council; Rick Cohan, Linda Koehler, John Livesey, Des Maxwell, Craig Vierra, Francois Rose, Susan Sample, Bill Ford and Luann Bangsund.

4. Provost's Report
The Provost thanked Chair Fox for a great job on this year's Academic Council and for her strong advocacy of issues that are important for faculty.

A follow-up on the Presidential Search; the board will meet in June to set the criteria in the search firm that they will select to work with, the board will also set the criteria and expectations for the next president. The Regents consider this to be their most important responsibility. The University has the strongest board to take on his responsibility. There is hope the search will be concluded by January or February, the process will move fairly quickly once a search firm is selected and the committee is underway.

The board approved the construction of the John T. Chambers Technology Center and the Sports and Recreational Center sometime in the next fiscal year.

Diane Philibosian has termed out her service on the board, she completed 3, three year terms along with Janice Brown, the chair of the Academic Affairs Committee for the last 3 years. New to the board is Walter Robb, co-CEO to Whole Foods and Kathy Janssen who is re-joining the Regents after a year of absence.

An update to the Admissions profile for the fall, the Provost thanked all faculty for working hard on confirming applicants and building the yield rate. 69% of all applicants were accepted, at the moment there are 871 confirmed students, the goal is 900, typically because we lose about 10% between May and the end of August. The number of international students, both freshmen and transfer has tripled in the last four years. The grad applicants are significantly up this year, but mainly in Pharmacy, Chemistry Doctorial programs.

On Monday, the new Associate Provost for Enrollment will be announced. There will be one more candidate for deanship the Conservatory, if it is not successful a search firm will be hired and the search will start over. Interviews for the position of Assistant Provost for Diversity has been going on the last two days, another candidate is expected early next week. Jace Hargis, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and head of the Center for Teaching and Learning has resigned.

5. Program Planning and Self-Study Process
Mike McCallum, incoming chair of Academic Affairs, presented the document to Council. AA approved the document at their last meeting. Language in the document has been amended and endorsed by Affairs. A motion to approve was entertained; Rose moved, Klunk seconded and approved unanimously.

6. Committee Elections
Ballots for committee elections were distributed; the results are as follows:
Academic Facilities Improvement Committee, John Schamber (COP)
Community Involvement Program (CIP) Advisory Board, TBD
Institutional Priorities Committee, Francois Rose (CONS)
Judicial Review Board/Hearing Officer, Bill Ford (SOECS) and Mark Brunell (COP)
Student Activities Advisory Board, Jimmy Juge (COP)
Student Media Board, Xin Gao (PHS)
University Compensation Committee, Cynthia Eakin (BUS)
University Facilities Committee, Marlin Bates (COP)

7. Eberhardt Teachers Scholars
Nominations for the Eberhardt Teachers Scholars were submitted to Council. Klunk moved, Yepaala seconded to approve both nominations, approved unanimously.

8. Update on WASC review
Brian Klunk is taking over the role as chair of Pacific's self review, as we prepare for our series of visits from WASC, leading up to the re-affirmation of our accreditation, a process we have been engaged in since January of last year and will take us through until early 2012. WASC is the entire accreditation of the University. Brian gave an overview on the WASC process. There will be a steering committee for the overall process, a core committee, and four essay teams. Brian will report regularly and consult to the primary bodies, which includes Academic Council.

9. School of Engineering & Computer Sciences - 4-year degree plan
Louise Stark explained how the School of Engineering made a significant change from a 5 year to a 4 year program. The school has looked into streamlining some of the programs. It is still a 5 year program but with an option to be completed in 4 years. Last year the minimum number of units was 128, while the majority of the University was at 124 units and other competitors were at 120. During the last semester It was approved to become a minimum of 120 units, with 32 units of co-op. These are still very full semester, for the ambitious student. Students now can come in and in 4 years can finish with a Bachelors degree and have work experience of 71/2 months. Many students are excited about the option of finishing early.

10. Stockton-Pacific Community Partnerships
Ted Leland and Duane Issetti presented a report on dialogue with the community. At the last fundraising drive 333 million dollars were raised, 100 million from the Powell's gift. We were able to raise half of the cost of the University Center. They conducted several interviews with the community as well as campus interviews and were amazed at how many community involvement programs Pacific had. Their next step is to hold a funders conference, they have talked with a couple of large foundations, who are specifically interested in the central valley of California. The interest of the community is to not only send their children to Pacific but to also keep the graduates locally. Some ideas that have come up in dialogue with the community are to fully fund the center for Community Involvement, develop funding for a economic development outreach program, facilitate the Miracle Mile Improvement Association and expand public safety among many others.

Council Members thanked Lydia Fox for a wonderful and productive year as Chair of Academic Council.

11. Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 4:54 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Victoria Oliva,
Academic Council Secretary