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September 11, 2003

University of the Pacific – Stockton Campus
Academic Council Meeting
Minutes of September 11, 2003

Attendance:
Business: R. Hoverstad (p), N. Peery (p)
Conservatory: R. Coburn (a), F. Wiens (a)
COP: B. Beal (p), D. Borden (p), L. Christianson, (p) C. Dobbs (a), B. Klunk (a), P. Meyer (p), C. Ostberg (p), L. Spreer (p), D. Tedards (p), K. Whittington (a)
Dental: H. Chi (p), J. Levy (a), B. Peltier (a)
Education: M. Draheim (p), V. Snyder (p)
Emeriti: G. Blum (p)
Engineering: A. Fernandez (p), D. Turpin (p)
Law: F. Galves (a), W. Jones (p), G. Scully (p)
Library: R. Imhof (p)
Pharmacy: D. Fries (p), S. Smith-Stubblefield (p), D. Umphred (p)
SIS: C. Smith (a)
Students: L. Nowinski(p), TBD (a)
Ex-Officio: D. Brennan (a), R. Brittin (a), A. Freedman (a), P. Gilbertson (p), J. Gonsier-Gerdin (a), B. Gundersen (a), K. Hatschek (a), C. Hawbaker (a), J. Herche (a), R. Koper (a), T. Kuhlman (a), T. Kulisch (p), T. Nelson (a), J. Sprankling (a), R. Sylvester (a), J. Preisser (a), J. Purnell (a)
Guests: President DeRosa, Regent Pat Kennedy, Mike Belcher Director of Public Safety

Chair Larry Spreer called the meeting to order at 3:20 p.m.

1. Approval of Minutes

Motion: D. Umphred moved, K. Whittingoton seconded to approve the minutes of May 8, 2003. Motion unanimously approved

2. Conversation with President DeRosa

The freshman class for this year is the highest in the last 33 years with enrollment of over 800 students with an SAT average of 1159 and a GPA of 3.45, and a greater diversity balance than previous years. There are 7 students in the new Founders Scholars Program, this program is designed for 15 of the top students, with an average of 1350 SAT and 4.0 GPA.

The Capital Campaign is at $112 million as of today (9/11/03), and another $20 million expected by the end of the year. The Cabinet is to evaluate 22 priorities and recommend which ones should be recognized and given a greater priority. The President will come back to talk about the MVP and get reactions/feed back from Academic Council members at a later meeting.

3. Capital Campaign – Regent Pat Kennedy

When Regents started planning on setting up the campaign the single strongest most effective characteristic at Pacific was the faculty, and people were willing to give money in support of the wonderful faculty and memories that everyone had of it. The following are 5 reasons why an institution should do a campaign and the benefits that may come out of it

  1. To raise money ($200 million of which $112 has been pledged with $6.2 million pledged by staff and faculty)
  2. Forces an institution to set its priorities
  3. It calls for an institution to all come together
  4. Re-engages alum and other people to Pacific (campaign currently has over 200 volunteers)
  5. Creates public awareness.

4. Approval of Letter from Academic and Staff Advisory Councils

Motion: B. Beal moved P. Meyer seconded to accept letter from Academic and Staff Advisory Councils for review and approval.

This letter is an invitation to contribute to the campaign and it will be mailed to all Stockton staff and faculty members of Pacific with information packets and payroll deduction forms.

Motion unanimously approved.

5. Chair’s Report

A lunch was held with all of the Committee chairs that report directly to Academic Council, to discuss the priorities of each committee and what items were coming up within each committee unit.

Promotions and Tenure guidelines are going forward to the Professional Relations Committee. In the interest of communication, The Provost will be holding open forums to discuss this topic. Chair Spreer asked AC members to encourage faculty, especially younger faculty, to attend these forums.

Also at the request of The Academic Council Executive Board, the Provost will respond in writing to the memo from PRC dated May 8, 2003. The outline of the forums that are being planned will include some data about promotion and tenure activities over the last 5 years, summarizing a mid range profile of faculty candidates, 5 have been selected from each year of the last 5 years. This information will be presented as anonymously as possible, to present an idea of expectations and the time period. Also data from faculty that have left the university in the last 5 years, and the reason for their departure will be presented. A 5 member panel will discuss the Teacher/Scholar Model at Pacific before the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Regents on October 9, 2003.

The General Education program is under review at this time, and since it is a university wide program, the review cannot be of the same form as with other programs. There is a larger review panel of 7 members, chaired by Gene Pearson, there are 5 task forces that are looking at every aspect of the education program, administration, learning pattern, and mentor assessment.

6. Provost’s Report

The General Education Program Review will be a more collaborative process, and Gerry Gaff has been invited for collaboration. It is very important for faculty to understand what is best practice in General Education. An Ethics Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar has been convened with 12 faculty members elected by their Deans to represent their schools. For about 5 years the University has discussed how it may enhance ethics education, and the decision was made to first focus on the professional schools. There will be 6 sessions over the year, to focus on different aspects of ethics education, to discover what people are doing among their units and share the information, and try to determine if there are common outcomes and common ways of promoting learning of ethics, and to offer recommendations for particular general education in ethics.

7. Mike Belcher – Director of Public Safety

Mr. Belcher gave a visual presentation of all parking areas, and described an increase of A parking spaces from 365 to 480. Mr. Belcher also talked about being aware of your surroundings, locking offices when left unattended, and to report any suspicious activities around campus.

8. Program Review

Motion: D. Umphred moved B. Beal seconded to accept Academic Affairs Program Review recommendations for the Department Speech Language Pathology.

  1. Offer more courses that address multicultural issues, or incorporate these into existing courses.
  2. Establish undergraduate program benchmarks by using data from comparable schools across the country,
  3. Incorporate curricular recommendations received by the program review panel during the next curricular review.
  4. Provide support to strengthen learning assessment, specifically the assessment of teaching effectiveness.
  5. Allocate an additional full-time faculty position in Speech-Language Pathology.
  6. Create graduate research or teaching assistantship positions with tuition remission or stipend support.
  7. Hire a full-time Clinic Director for the clinic in the new Health Sciences Learning Center Facility .
  8. Increase funding for part-time faculty and increase the chair's stipend.
  9. Develop a clear, coherent presentation of resource needs and timelines for the department over the next five years.
  10. Consider examining the potential for implementing a professional doctorate program (Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology).
  11. Increase program visibility to undergraduate students on campus through campus outreach and education about the program.

In a memo to the Academic Affairs Committee, the department clarified a couple of issues. First, the department would prefer to explore the feasibility of a Ph.D. program instead of a professional doctorate. Second, relevant to recommendation nine, the department received a gift of $100,000 to equip a full-service audiology clinic after the panel' s report was written.

Motion unanimously passed

9. Adjournment

Motion: V. Snyder moved, M. Draheim seconded to adjourn. Motion unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Ana T. Orellana,

Academic Council Secretary