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October 9, 2008

Academic Council Meeting
Minutes of October 9, 2008

Library Community Room

Attendance:
Business:
C. Eakin (p), S. Joseph (p)
Conservatory: D. Ebbers (p), P. Langham (p)
College: M. Bates, (p), L. Fox (p), S. Giraldez (a), M. Hatch (a), R. Koper (a), J. Lessard (p), E. Thomas (p), C. Vierra (p), K. Whittington (p), X. Zhou (p)
Dental: B. Lundergan (a), J. Miles (a), D. Horlak (p)
Education: D. Brennan (a), R. Oprandy (a)
Emeriti: R. di Franco (p)
Engineering: H. Estrada (p), C. Lee (p)
Law: W. Jones (p), E. Telfeyan (p), K. Yelpaala (p)
Library: C. Hsieh (p)
PHS: D. Abood (p), C. Peterson (p), M. Susca (p)
SIS: S. Sample (a)
ASUOP: TBD
Ex-Officio: P. Gilbertson (p), B. Gundersen (p), H. Trexler (p)
Observer: D. McNiel (a)
Guests: Jolene Baker, Mike Canniff, Pat Cavanaugh, Rod Cook, Larry Frederick, Christopher Snell

Agenda Amendment, add Course Evaluation- Core Questions to agenda, item #7 as an action item.

1. Call to order: 3:06 pm

2. Approval of September 11, 2008 Minutes
Minutes were approved with the following two corrections; in what's on your mind, the sentence is changed to "all conference rooms, classrooms and anything with a door, will be occupied during these dates" and in Consideration of Honorary Degree Nomination replace text with "Discussed in executive session"
M. Bates moved, L. Fox seconded, approved with two corrections.

3. Chair's Report
Chair Yelpaala shared information from the Board of Regents meetings last week. From the Facilities Committee, there was positive feedback with the attraction of the new University Center and a discussion regarding fundraising. The Audit Committee made some recommendations in what should be done in University finances. The Student Life Committee discussed Emotional Intelligence and how it may be measured. Chair Yelpaala presented to the Regents the mission of Council for this year, the focus is; how can faculty position themselves today, to intercept the future of the University; that is , what must the faculty do today so that the mission of the University can be achieved in the future.

4. Provost's Report
Provost Gilbertson reported an Enrollment change from the last meeting, the overall student count dropped to 6,251; the Stockton campus is at 4,679. A drop in transfer students was a concern; the main reason was the inability for the students to secure their loans, so we must watch what happens in the spring.

From the Board meetings; Diane Philabosian gave a detailed report to the board on how the Presidential Search is going. In the Regents Academic Affairs Committee there were presentations on the Inter-American Program which was formally launched last week, this is a unique program that plans to certify students as professionals in each one of our schools. Susan Giraldez is setting up the curriculum on the Stockton campus; the law school has also hired a new faculty member to begin the work for this program. Also, the presentation on the Global Center for Professional Development, this is the work of the Deans to develop a program template plan, for Pacific's presence in other countries in the world. Although the regents were excited with the project, there was concern about being spread too broad geographically. We have relationships and partnerships in China, Korea, Middle East, Latin American and East Africa.

The sale of KUOP radio station is in escrow after several years.

5. Election of Chair-Elect and Vacancy, on Exec Board
Ballots were distributed for elections; results will be announced at next month's meeting.

6. Budget Update
VP Pat Cavanaugh presented a budget update to Council; there is a drop in endowments from last year, about 22 million. With the increase in numbers of enrollment from last spring, the FY09 budget has increased by about 2 million. The Stockton campus is about 90% dependent on student tuition and the overall University is about 70% dependent from student tuition.

7. Network Attached System Security Policy
Larry Frederick and Rod Cook resubmitted for approval the Network Attached System Security Policy from ISPC. There were suggestions to approve the policy and work through to improve the standards once the policy is in place. After much discussion, faculty members were asked to submit suggestions.
L. Fox moved M. Bates seconded to approve the policy, 6 approved, 12 opposed. Action failed.

8. Course Evaluation- Core Questions
Mike Canniff brought forth the Core Questions for Course Evaluations with changes from last month's meeting. After a discussion for the following changes; question #2 delete "course content", in #4 add "n/a" to the scale and separate the last bullet point into to statements "provided appropriate feedback" and "provided feedback in a timely matter".
L. Fox moved to approve the policy with the three revisions, M. Bates seconded, approved unanimously.

9. Voting Rights, Clinical Professor of Sport Science
Christopher Snell and Jolene Baker from Sport Sciences department requested a one time exception to the handbook for full faculty voting rights to the Athletic Training Program Director. As part of the accreditation the program director must have full voting rights with faculty status. It is fairly likely in the field to designate the position to a clinical faculty; other Institutions have made similar exceptions to meet the voting requirements for the accreditation agency.
M. Bates moved, C. Peterson seconded to approve full faculty voting rights to a Clinical Track Professor of Sport Sciences who is the Director of the Athletic Training Education Program, approved unanimously.

10. Faculty Task Force on Service
The Exec Board has had conversations regarding faculty service; it is suggested to form a task force to address the question. The purpose is to see how best the University can address the question of rewards for service to ensure that faculty is actively involved in the governance of the University and to clarify level at which service is relevant;, university level, school or department. Hector Estrada volunteered to be part of the task force, any faculty who is interested please contact the Chair.

11. Adjourned 5:05 pm