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October 13, 2005

University of the Pacific – Stockton Campus
Academic Council Meeting
Minutes of October 13, 2005

E. Typpo (p), N. Peery (a)
Conservatory: F. Rose (p), L. Wang (a)
COP: D. Borden (a), L. Christianson, (p), K. Day (a), L. Fox (p), L. Koehler (a), B. Klunk (p), A. Smith (a), B. Swagerty (p)
Dental: H. Chi (a), C. Lyon (p), R. Cohan (a)
Education: M. Draheim (p), L. Webster (p)
Emeriti: R. DiFranco (p)
Engineering: C.W. Lee (p), M. Shami (p)
Law: W. Jones (a), G. Scully (p)
Library: R. Imhof (p)
Pharmacy: D. Abood (a), D. Fries (p), S. Bellamy (a), J. Livesey (p)
SIS: S. Sample (a)
Students: N. Tran (p), TBD (a)
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: Barbara Shaw, Assistant Provost; Joanna Royce Davis, Interim VP for Student Life; Rob Brodnick, Director Planning & Research.

Chair Dave Fries called the meeting to order at 3:13 p.m.

1. Approval of Minutes

Motion: C. Lyon moved, R. di Franco second to approve the minutes of May 12, 2005 and September 8, 2005

Motion approved with one correction in the May minutes to include recognition to Glee Scully for a tremendous job done as Academic Council Chair for 2004-2005 academic year. One correction on the September minutes to show that Ken Day was present at the meeting. Motion unanimously approved.

2. Chairs report

Chair Fries welcomed new Academic Council members. Chair Fries gave brief report on the Board of Regents formal approval for the funding plan for construction of the University Center and the Biology building, approval for the 1x spending surplus, $35,000 awards for faculty, $132,000 Faculty Development funding, $282,000 Academic unit support, Regents also approved the sale of KUOP license. Since the September meeting Pacific has had 2 planning retreats, with the last one being held this last weekend 10/8/05 and having about 120 participants. There were very successful planning retreats. Much work was done and excellent ideas brought out, however much of the planning that is ahead of us will be done in the Colleges, Schools, Units and its essentials that each of us and our colleagues be involved in this process. In the new planning there will be a goal to define certain new programs that are between 2 or more departments/Schools on campus, and these programs will be innovative, distinctive in character. There were about 150 ideas for “Collaboration Clusters” that were generated from the first retreat and those were condensed to 18 possibilities. At the October retreat participants were given one hour planning segments to visit one of the 18 possibilities and contribute ideas. All this work will be compiled and Academic Council will sponsor forums and invite faculty to present all of this material and expand into new clusters, new ideas and new programs.

3. Provost Report

Provost Gilbertson presented Council with copy of final enrollment headcount for Fall 2005. Board of Regents approved nomination for Honorary Degree for Jose Hernandez, Commencement 2006 speaker. Clint Eastwood’s honorary degree nomination was approved during the spring Board of Regents meeting. Board approved the Stockton master plan as well as the Law School master plan. President DeRosa’s appointment was renewed for another 4 years. Provost Gilbertson commented on a special procedure that happened during de Academic Affairs Committee meeting, they divided into two groups and operated as a mock admissions committee. The two groups were given 2 or 3 actual Pacific applicants and they had to decide weather they should be admitted, placed on a wait list or denied. This procedure helped regents see that the final decision about admitting a student is an art form. The process helped them understand how the Assay, Student activities, background, SAT Scores are factors that are weighed in the admissions process.

Regents supported the Commencement calendar change; announcement should be coming out from President’s office to confirm the change. Mr. Patrick Cavanaugh is the chair for the search of the Dean of School of Business. The search committee has met and developed a profile statement and they are working with a search firm. The screening process is expected to begin in early November. Dental School Dean search is on its final stage; 3 final candidates will be brought to campus in the next couple of weeks. President has decided not to make a decision on an appointment for the Vice President of Student Life. Regents welcomed the appointment of Mr. Ted Leland as the new Vice President for Advancement.

IPC has been working on reviewing on the results of the Core and Aspirational Values from the October 8, 2005 retreat. IPC is working on updating their website to make all of the planning documents be available. Discussion followed.


Motion: R. DiFranco moved, L. Fox seconded to accept nomination and appointment of Professor Gene Pearson to serve a one year term on Institutional Priorities Committee (IPC). Motion unanimously approved

Motion: L. Fox moved, R. Imhof seconded to accept nomination and appointment of Professor Simalee Smith-Stubblefield to serve a 3year term as Commencement Marshall. Motion unanimously approved

Motion: G. Scully moved, R. di Franco seconded to accept nomination and appointment of Professor Lee Christianson. Professor Lydia Fox and Professor Robin Imhof to serve on the Academic Council Executive Board for the 2005-2006 Academic Year. Motion unanimously approved.

Chair Fries reminded Council that nominations for 1 year term for Promotion and Tenure are being accepted, this will be substitute Professor Farley Staniec while on development leave.

4. Report on Summer School

Associate Provost and CPCE Dean Barbara Shaw presented Council with a 2004 Summer Session Statistical Report. Summer 2004 highlights:

  • Gross revenues increased 12.6% from $3,051,506 in Summer 2003 o $3,435,386 in Summer 2004
  • Net revenue increased by 25.2% from $1, 756,726 in Summer 2003 to $2,198,891 in Summer 2004
  • We continued to make progress in increasing the adjusted revenue/cost ratio moving from 2.92% to 3.13%
  • Total units enrolled increased by 573 to 8312 units while total enrollments grew by 274 to 2443 enrollments in Summer 2004.
  • Summer 2004 included 9 online courses from the departments of Biology, Chemistry, English, Psychology, Modern Languages, Music Therapy, and Sports Sciences. These Courses accounted for 132 enrollments – predominately Pacific students. Also, Summer Sessions again supported two online prerequisite Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy courses.

5. Report on Persistence Study

Joanna Royce-Davis and Rob Brodnick presented Council with a report on Freshman Persistence Study.

Persistence rates, the percentage of new freshmen that return the following fall, at Pacific are somewhat above the national average. Yet increasing student quality measures have been recently met with moderating rates. The university’s Enrollment Management Team investigated the issue and explored recommendations for improving persistence rates. The research occurred in two stages and employed post hoc, quantitative, and qualitative methodologies. The data collection focused on the level of integration that students achieve, the reasons that are known that contribute to either their persisting or attrition, and other ad hoc indicators relating to persistence behavior in the context of three primary content areas, cognitive, institutional, and social factors. The final results combined the findings from stages one and two synthesizing the findings into themes and recommendations for intervention aimed at improving persistence and related processes. The following themes emerged and are discussed in detail in the report:

1. There are precipitators of attrition that serve as risk factors, yet an effective predictive model for persistence behavior could not be constructed.

2. University mission affects the campus culture which, in turn, affects the environment of retention.

3. Faculty involvement is a highly important retention factor.

4. Rapid integration into the social and academic environments is critical.

5. The local, campus and Stockton, social environment is a point of high leverage.

6. Shifts in the students’ character over time stresses fit when the environment remains stable.

7. Unnecessary administrative and service hurdles still exist for students.

8. Diversity and homogeneity are two dynamics at play in academic and social integration.

The results suggest that interventions in current practice are in order. While this report only contains some specifics of such interventions, there are broad areas for improvement and tactics that become more clear with an understanding of the dynamics at play in the current freshman population. They include:

• enhancing pre-enrollment experiences based on students’ needs;

• having faculty form relationships with confirmed students before enrollment;

• enhancing the referral of students who have the co-existence of multiple risk factors and who are not integrating as hoped;

• giving students opportunities to learn meaningful things about their peers;

• monitoring both social and academic programming with passé programs eliminated and more current models employed; and

• maximizing “institutional fit” both through student selection and adapting the campus and classroom environments to meet changing student character;

• seeking a balance between the ideal environments for professional and liberal education.

Motion: L. Fox moved, D. Fries, seconded to adjourn. Motion unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 5:12p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Ana T. Orellana

Academic Council Secretary