November 10, 2005
Academic Council Meeting
Minutes of November 10, 2005
University of the Pacific - Stockton Campus
Business: E. Typpo (p), N. Peery (a)
Conservatory: F. Rose (p), L. Wang (p)
COP: D. Borden (p), L. Christianson, (p), K. Day (a), L. Fox (p), L. Koehler (a), B. Klunk (p), A. Smith (a), B. Swagerty (p), C. Vierra (p), D. Maxwell (p)
Dental: H. Chi (a), C. Lyon (p), R. Cohan (p)
Education: M. Draheim (p), L. Webster (a)
Emeriti: R. DiFranco (p)
Engineering: C.W. Lee (p), M. Shami (p)
Law: W. Jones (p), G. Scully (p)
Library: R. Imhof (p)
Pharmacy: D. Abood (p), D. Fries (p), S. Bellamy (p), J. Livesey (p)
SIS: S. Sample (a)
Students: N. Tran (p), TBD (p)
Ex-Officio: B. Gundersen (a), G. Pearson (a), D. Parker (a), T. Little (a), B. Jasti (a), F. Wiens (a), L. Itaya (a), D. Keefe (p), S. Wheeler (a), J. Sprankling (a), D. Brennan (a), J. Kenrow (a), P. Gilbertson (p), H.Trexler (p), M. Canniff (p)
Observer: J. Preisser, (a), J. Purnell (p)
Guests: President Donald DeRosa, Pofessor Larry Spreer.
Chair Dave Fries called the meeting to order at 3:07p.m.
1. Approval of Minutes
Motion: L. Fox moved, L. Christianson seconded to approve the minutes of October 13, 2005
Motion unanimously approved.
2. Chairs report
Chair Fries welcomed the newly elected Academic Council representatives from the College of the Pacific. Also gave brief description of the Collaboration Cluster Planning: Pacific 2008 - 2005. 16 Ideas have been developed, launching of some of these programs could occur within the next year, the task is to get faculty participation in these cluster projects. A blackboard site with the name of Collaboration Cluster Class, within this each cluster should have folder with ideas, each of the groups will have 2 co-coordinators, these people will be in charge of the site, will enroll and suggest other people to be in the groups, anyone is welcome to participate in each group, a mailing list will be available to exchange emails as well as file sharing among the participants of each cluster. More information about the clusters can be obtain by going to: https://blackboard.pacific.edu .
3. President DeRosa's Report
President De Rosa will be starting the Faculty breakfast, he will be inviting Junior faculty talking about their work here at Pacific and the things they see as strengths and challenges, but also to encourage them to be involved in the work of the University. President DeRosa talked about the clusters, the importance of this work and how critical it is that the challenge be taken seriously. The Board of Regent has given us the challenge to specifically plan for the feature (2015) and to have in mind the programs that will set Pacific apart from other universities. There is good collaboration among all sectors of the University, and it has strengthened over the past few years. Other items President DeRosa is working on is recruiting new members to the Board of Regents at Pacific, by 2007 every member who was a member at the beginning of 1998 will have to cycle off the board. Changes to the bylaws were made so that it was not a permanent seat on the board that one held; and, it also assures that Pacific has a reasonably good turnover in the leadership positions of the Board. The process to elect a new Board Member takes about 6 months. Ground braking for two new buildings at the University will be happening this year, the new Biological Sciences Building and the University Center in the Stockton Campus. Law School will be developing their expansion of the Library, and significant modifications to the Dental School will occur. For the Stockton campus, renovation of Knoles Hall is on schedule, specially the 2nd floor; as the fundraising is closer in hand. Additions to Engineering will be made. The target is to add to the facility that it is now OIT and HR building. A Multipurpose Center and Athletics and Recreation addition is in the planning stages. Fundraising has to proceed on that project, and a funding plan that is clear cut must be achieved, before they can move ahead. More aggressive marketing of Pacific will be made, President DeRosa feels that there is a great story to be told. Some of the benefits of this can be seen at the Law School, which has gained significant visibility thru its initiatives, some of them include sponsorship on NPR. Stockton Campus has put together great promotional material and helped increase the number of undergraduate applicants, but more needs to be invested. Simple things like the Decade Report, tells a good story, and its being sent out nationally to other Colleges and University Presidents and Provosts, as well as opinion leaders, alumni and donors of Pacific. There is still work to do on enrollment, particularly undergraduate. Law School is doing well, McGeorge has been doing better in the national rankings. Demographics at the Dental School remain good. Pharmacy still looks good. Pacific needs to make sure that other areas have some growth to balance off overall enrollment in all 3 campuses, and overall enrollment by programs, so that we have optimum enrollment in all of the schools. President DeRosa talked to Council of the changes to the Commencement schedule. There will be an all University event to be held on Saturday morning at 8:30 in the Spanos Center. Degrees will be conferred at this time. Diploma and Hooding ceremonies will occur at 12:00noon. There will be 6 simultaneous ceremonies. Conservatory will have their ceremony at 3:30pm to preserve their concert and their ceremony as the final event of the day. Honorary Degree recipient and guest speaker will be Jose Hernandez, astronaut and CIP graduate. Clint Eastwood will also be awarded an Honorary Degree. Discussion followed.
4. Recommendations from the Ad Hoc Committee on the Teacher Scholar Model
Professor Larry Spreer presented Council with set of 8 recommendations from the Teacher-Scholar Task Force:
- The Task Force recommends that Pacific adopt a new aspirational value:
"Enable the Pacific Teacher-Scholar"
"Enhance the Teacher/Scholar Community"
- The task Force recommends that guidelines be developed and adopted that improve the evaluation of teaching at Pacific
- The task Force recommends that University move to a process of performing Student Course Evaluations using an electronic, web-based tool.
- The Task Force recommends that the university implement pre-tunure development leaves to support scholarly productivity
- The Task Force recommends the development and adoption of a formal mentoring program for junior faculty.
- Faculty should be thoroughly involved in developing and designing future innovative academic programs.
- The Deans and faculty of the Schools should be allowed more budget flexibility to allow accumulation of funds to invest in innovative or entrepreneurial programs.
- The Task Force recommends that the Academic Council develop specific ways to address faculty concerns regarding service.
Major discussion on these recommendations will be made and take action on the December 8, 2005 Academic Council meeting.
Motion: L. Fox moved, F. Rose seconded to accept nomination and appointment of Professor Quenyen Dong to serve a one year term on Promotion and Tenure Committee (PTC). Motion unanimously approved
6. FacultyParticipation in the Pacific's NCAA Review
Chair Fries presented Council Members with a list of the composition of the steering committee and subcommittees for review and approval. Motion: M. Draheim moved, L. Fox seconded to accept and endorse list of faculty participation for the NCAA review as presented to Council. Motion unanimously approved
7. Investment of Retirement Funds (TIAA/CREF and other)
Dr. Richard Cohen presented council with information on TIAA-CREF Retirement Funds. A survey was handed out and results will be disclosed on the December 8, 2005 Academic Council meeting.
8. Recommendations to IPC for funding of Academics in 2006-2007 Academic Year Budget.
Chair Fries presented Academic Council with a list of Recommendations for IPC Funding Consideration. Motion: L. Fox moved, F. Rose seconded to accept list of Recommendations for IPC Funding Consideration. Motion unanimously approved
9. Core and Aspirational Values of Pacific
Chair Fries presented Council members with a list of Core and Aspirational Values for discussion. Discussion followed and a consensus among member was to table conversation for December 8, 2005 meeting.
Motion: L. Fox moved, D. Fries, seconded to adjourn. Motion unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 5:04p.m.
Ana T. Orellana
Academic Council Secretary