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September 13, 2007

Academic Council Meeting
Minutes of September 13, 2007
University of the Pacific
Community Conference Room, Library


Business: E. Typpo (a)
Conservatory: F. Rose (p), D. Ebbers (p)
College: M. Bates (p), K. Day (Childs, R./F07) (p), L. Fox (p), B. Klunk (p), D. Maxwell (a), L. Koehler (a), C. Vierra (p), K. Whittington (p)
Dental: R. Cohan (p), B. Lundergan (p), J. Miles (p)

Education: R. Oprandy (a)

Emeriti: R. di Franco (p)

Engineering: C.W. Lee (p), M. Shami (p)

Law: G. Harris (p), K. Yelpaala (a), W. Jones (p)

Library: C. Hsieh (p)

Pharmacy:  C. Wilson (p), J. Livesey/V. Bandy F07 (p), T. Little (p), M. Susca (p)

SIS: S. Sample (p)


Ex-Officio:  P. Gilbertson (p),

Guests:  Bob Cox, Dieter Cremer, Elfi Kraka, Jace Hargis, Bob Benedetti, Jin Gong, Pat Cavanaugh, Lisa Cooper, Berit Gundersen, Donna McNiel

1.   Welcome
Chair Lydia Fox called the meeting to order at 3:00.  Chair Fox welcomed new members to Council and introductions were made.  

2.   Approval of Minutes
The minutes of May 10, 2007 were approved as submitted. 

Special Presentation
Chair Fox presented former Chair Brian Klunk with a plaque in appreciation for his outstanding leadership as Chair of the Academic Council for 2006-07. 

 3.   Chair's Report
Chair Fox spoke on the value of University Service and faculty governance, and that it only works if everyone participates.  It is difficult to staff many of the University committees and explained that it is the goal of the Executive Board to streamline the committee structure and reduce the number of committees.  Chair Fox encouraged the faculty to serve on the various committees.

The Close Personal Relationship Policy was tabled at the May 2007 meeting.  Professor Jones is working on this policy. 

Chair Fox indicated that progress has been made on encouraging and supporting undergraduate research.  Funds have been made available for this research.  Provost Gilbertson stated that $50,000 was set aside for the year. 

 Chair Fox stated that Council postponed committee elections until this fall.  Professor Dave Keefe was appointed Interim Chair of the Faculty Grievance Committee until elections are completed. 

 4.   Provost's Report
Provost Gilbertson reported that the University experienced a decline in new student enrollment for fall 2007; 65-70 freshmen and 30-50 transfer students.  The University employed a major research firm to conduct a study on this decline.  They interviewed students who chose a different institution as well as their parents; and students and their parents who chose Pacific.  From this study, the University is adjusting its strategy for recruiting.  Associate Provost Tom Rajala will present the recruitment plan to Council at a future meeting.  Enrollment is up at the LawSchool and steady at the DentalSchool. 

 IPC has completed review and revision of the Strategic Action Plan (SAP).  The new Plan added action steps to the twenty Strategic Directions that will make departments more accountable to accomplishing the goals of the University.  IPC discussed the summary of recommendations from the Technology Education Committee and responses have been sent back to the Committee. 

 The College Dean search is continuing.  The search committee and the Provost will conduct off-campus interviews in the coming week.  Dr. Jean Purnell is the chair of the Conservatory Dean Search Committee; Dr. Robert Halliwell is the chair of the Library Dean Search Committee; and Dr. Hector Estrada is the chair of the Diversity Search Committee. 

The Provost stated that the Marketing and University Relations search is continuing with the assistance of an external consultant. 

5.   Elections of Executive Board
The ballot for election of members to the Executive Board was distributed. 
Motion:  B. Klunk moved, R. di Franco seconded to close the nominations.  Motion was unanimously approved.  

 6.   Budget Update
Vice President Cavanaugh distributed information on the consolidated unrestricted funds budget, FY05 and FY06 final; Sacramento campus unrestricted funds budget, FY05 and FY06 final; San Francisco campus unrestricted funds budget, FY05 and FY06 final; Main campus unrestricted funds budget, FY05 and FY06; and a summary of proposed one-time allocations for FY07 budget.  He reviewed in detail each report and discussion followed on the budget shortfall due to decreased enrollment. 

7.   Consideration of Statement of Diversity and Inclusion
Interim Assistant Provost for Diversity. Lisa Cooper stated that a diversity retreat was held in May and from that retreat the Statement of Diversity and Inclusion was developed by a subcommittee of the Diversity Committee, the Curriculum Development Committee.  Council members briefly discussed the document and suggested minor clarification and revisions.  No action required.  The statement will be included in the Faculty Handbook. 

 8.  Executive Session
Council members discussed two honorary degree nominations. 
Motion:  B. Klunk moved, R. Childs seconded to approve the honorary degree nomination.  Motion carried (15 yes; 4 no). 
Motion:  B. Klunk moved, C. Vierra seconded to approve the honorary degree nomination.  Motion failed (yes 6; no 13).

 9.  Center for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Jace Hargis gave an overview of the services offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence as well as plans for future projects which includes a newsletter, promotion and tenure resources, instructional technology equipment availability, and scholarship of teaching and learning courses. 

10.  Consideration of Nanotechnology Major
Motion:  M. Bates moved, F. Rose seconded to accept the Nanotechnology Major.  Motion carried (no 1). 

Under the question of the motion, lengthy discussion ensued concerning the program structure, budget costs, and staffing needs.  Professors Cremer and Kraka were present to answer questions Council members had. 

11.  What's on your mind?
No new topics forthcoming.

12.  Adjournment
Chair Fox adjourned the meeting at 5:20 p.m. 

Respectfully submitted,

Debra Miller
Academic Council Secretary