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November 12, 2009

Academic Council

November 12th, 2009
Library Community Room
3:00 - 5:00pm

Attendance:
Business: S. Joseph (a), C. Eakin (a)
Conservatory: F. Hsaio (p)
College: M. Bates, (a), S. Giraldez (p), M. Hatch (a), J. Lessard (a), P. Meyer (p), Cynthia Ostberg (a), T. Storch (a), E. Thomas (p), C. Vierra (p)
Dental: L. Giusti (p), D. Horlak (a), J. Miles (p)
Education: H. Arnold (a), D. Brennan (p)
Emeriti: R. di Franco (p)
Engineering: H. Estrada (p), C. Matthews (a)
Law: G. Caplan (p), E. Telfeyan (p), K. Yelpaala (p)
Library: C. Hawbaker (p)
PHS: L. Norton (a), C. Peterson (a), K. Salamon (a), M. Susca (p), X. Guo (a)
SIS: D. Keefe (a)
ASUOP: C. Moynahan (a)
Ex-Officio: P. Gilbertson (p), B. Gundersen (p), H. Trexler (a)
Observer:  D. McNiel (a)
Guests: Pat Cavanaugh, Bruce Peltier, Lou Matz, Arturo Ocampo

1. Approval of Minutes
Minutes of October 15th, 2009, R. Di Franco moved, K. Yelpaala seconded, approved.

2. Chair Elect Report
Susan Giraldez chaired the meeting. The all faculty meeting on December 10th is moving forward, it will take place on the Stockton campus in the Biology Building, room 101 during Pacific Hour at noon. The Law and Dental School will be video conference. The all faculty meeting is being called primary because it is the handbook; there should be two meetings a year. It is also an opportunity for all faculty to join in on decisions and discussions. Please send agenda items for discussion. Each year, one of the meetings will be held on the Stockton campus and the second will alternate every year between the Sacramento and San Francisco campus.

Chair Peterson emailed all university committees for a status report. This came from faculty concern regarding a strain on time for serving on multiple committees. The report will help to decide if any committees can be stream lined to reduce faculty time for service on university committees.

Another draft response for WASC has been posted, please review and submit any questions or concerns to your representative.  The WASC steering committee meets next Wednesday to approve the final draft to be submitted at the end of December. The representatives are as follow: for COP Tom Krise, Greg Rolf, Lydia Fox, Edie Sparks, Lou Matz and Brian Klunk; Conservatory, Eric Hammer; Business, John Knight; Education, Marilyn Draheim; Engineering, Louise Stark; Dental, Nader Nadershahi and Bruce Peltier; Health Sciences, Cathy Peterson; SIS, Margee Ensign.

3. What's on your mind?
Kojo Yelpaala further discussed why the Exec Board asked all committees for a status report. The handbook calls for a report to Council by each committee every year on what their goals are, what their agenda is and what the committee has accomplished. The survey conducted by the Faculty Task force was also a method to gain more information on faculty service. The goal for the reports is to address a series of issues which are meant to advance the interest of the faculty.

4. Provost's Report
Provost Gilbertson shared working with President Eibeck. She has approached issues in the Advancement Office, has requested the review of the indirect income formula for grants and contracts. Her plans are to increase the revenue stream to the units to fuel and stimulate the work in contracts. The President is close to appointing a task force on the three city campus plan beginning in Sacramento. They will formulate policies and procedures for advancing current Stockton programs in Sacramento. The Business school has proposed two additional concentrations for their MBA program that will offered in Sacramento.

The President's Advisory Council (PAC) has been formed. It is group of university leaders; composed of Dean's and Academic Representation, the faculty representative is Cathy Peterson. The President's office will be announcing the reorganization of her office. The President is very active and engaged; she will be hosting town hall meetings and has met with numerous student groups.

The direct marketing initiative, launched last year for undergraduate recruitment, has made applications triple in numbers. Around this time last year there were roughly 4200 applicants, this year there are 7500 applications, up 75%. Last year, the tuition discount rate for students was 45%, which meant even thought there was an increase in enrollment and an increase in tuition rate, the actual net revenue was at zero percent increase. CalGrants did not drop this year, next year it is expected to have a 5% cut to all recipients and holders. 30% of Pacific students are dependent upon CalGrants.

5. Budget Update- Pat Cavanaugh
Vice President Cavanaugh presented a Budget, Endowment and Campus Master Plan overview. Budget issues for this year and next is the continuing economic distress on students and their families that could impact fall to spring retention and FY 2009 to FY 2010, the low return on short-term investments, significant Cal-Grants cuts remain a real possibility, and the salary adjustment plan for faculty and staff to ensure ongoing competitiveness.

From June 30, 1993 through September 30, 2009, the University's endowment has achieved an average annual increase of 8.3% per year after endowment payout, topping out at over $220 million in the early fall of 2007. However, with the economic contraction beginning in mid FY 2008, the endowment lost over 25% of its value through March, 2009. Since June 30, 2009, endowments are up, over $15 million or 9% to $181 million. Because of this upturn, less than half endowments are now underwater.

The last master plans for the Stockton and Sacramento campus were completed in 2005. It is time to update with complete facility improvements, the pre-planning for the next campaign, and our new President. It is essential for the development of a comprehensive plan for improvements in academic facilities and other university facilities.

6. University-Wide Learning Objectives  
Lou Matz and Bruce Peltier brought fourth for approval the final copy of the University-Wide Learning Objectives. They have gone through multiple revisions and has been presented to Council twice. The learning objectives will be published in the faculty handbook and university catalog. Catalogue copy will be submitted at the December meeting. H. Estrada moved to approve and ask for catalogue copy to be submitted, the action of the Council will be the final action of approval, P. Meyer seconded; approved unanimously.

7. Diversity Requirement Catalogue Copy
Last month the Undergraduate Diversity Curriculum was approved by Council, Arturo Ocampo presented the catalogue copy of the requirement.
C. Hawbaker moved, K. Yelpaala seconded; 13 approved, 1 abstention.

8. Sustainability Commitment and Policy
Gene Pearson gave updates on sustainability. The IPC committee has added a goal action item for guidelines for new construction. Vice President Cavanaugh submitted a resolution to the Board that any future building on this campus and the other two campuses will meet LEED Silver certification and we will strive to meet LEED Silver in major renovations, the resolution was approved. The policy was distributed to the Alumni Council, all units and the Board of Regents Academic Affairs committee for input. The Council has been asked to endorse the commitment statement and will be presented to President Eibeck.
E. Thomas moved, M. Susca seconded; endorsed unanimously.

9. Handbook Revisions: CAPD
Jeff Miles (Bus) submitted revisions for the for the CAPD committee charge in the handbook. The changes being made are to keep in vision with the priorities of the university and the charge statement for the Center for Teaching and Learning.
J. Miles moved, M. Susca seconded; approved unanimously.

10. Adjournment: 4:45 pm