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November 7, 2013

Academic Affairs Committee
DUC 211 A/B
3:00 - 5:00 PM


Present: E. Anders, M. Draheim, J. Haffner, Y. Kim, L. Fox, M. Lee, S. Merry, G. Rohlf, L. Shing, J. Uchizono
Guests: E. Boyce, B. Hanyak, P. Oppenheimer
Not Present: L Fox, A. Gillen, L. Matz, M. Park

Call to Order 3:00 pm

I. Program Changes
School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Department of Pharmacy
Doctor of Pharmacy (change in units)

Eric Boyce presented the proposal.
Motion to approve by M. Draheim, second by J. Haffner, motion passes unanimously.

Department of Speech Language Pathology & Audiology
Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)

Bob Hanyak and Phil Oppenheimer presented the proposal - The Stockton Audiology Program has been asked to determine if this program should be implemented in Stockton through the years. Not a big enough medical community in Stockton and not enough placement sites for students. With the new building in SF, and space available for additional programs, it is now time to pursue approval of this program. The school of Pharmacy and Health Sciences proposed a few programs for consideration, with Audiology being the most feasible. The provost and the president had a market analysis done for the proposed programs and Audiology was the best prospect. Currently, there is only one other program in the State of California and it is a combined program with San Diego State and UC San Diego. There is a shortage of audiologists in the state and throughout the country. Audiologists provide lifetime patient care from newborn hearing screenings through geriatric care for our aging population. Very few programs are in the western United States. This is an accelerated three year professional doctorate program, similar to the other PHS programs. The majority of programs are four year programs. Pacific's PHS is known for their accelerated health sciences programs. The accrediting body does not have an issue with an accelerated program.

The accreditation process cannot be submitted until the Regent's formally approve the program, and then it takes 18 months. The approval is expected January 2014 with a goal to admit a class for fall 2015. There will be no university financial aid for this program, again similar to other PHS programs. The exit plan regarding equipment purchase is to have it sold by the university. The goal is to raise $1 million for the initial purchase of equipment. The Stockton community has potential donors, specific dollar amounts have not been determined. He would like to fundraise the $2 million. With no fundraising, the university would be in the black by year three.

There is a significant demand for hearing aids with the growth of the geriatric market. They are users for life, and repurchase every five years, with advances in technology. Kaiser is the main competition for hearing aids. However they (Kaiser) will also be a big supporter of this program as they will need to form a partnership for clinical placement of students. Right now Kaiser can't hire audiologists fast enough. Hearing aid sales is a cash business, no insurance.
Tuition price point is $35K/year. There was an evaluation and comparison with other schools, and this is lower than what other Pacific professional schools charge, but higher than the competition. Audiologists earn between $85K-$100K immediately out of school, and the 3rd year is a paid residency. A typical Kaiser audiologist, three years after graduation earns about $125K/year.

The cohort size is smaller than he would like. The target is 20. Pacific Portland had 20 in the first year and 23 the second year. The numbers in the budget are conservative at 15. There will be five academic faculty and four clinical faculty, with clinical being self-supporting. The current audiology clinic in Stockton has never used university funds.

Is the three year teach-out plan too short? They were required to put a teach out plan in the proposal, but he doesn't think this program will need it. It is a strong proposal, which is receiving a good reception from the industry. WASC wants consistent teach out policies for programs. Accreditation requires an individual teach-out plan for each student.

The program is designed to have review courses (speech-language pathology) within the program. Students won't need to take a year to take these courses before being admitted. Undergrads with degrees in SLP will still be required to take these courses as well.

Discussion - issue with student enrollment goal, and not mentioning Kaiser in marketing plan, and they are the primary competitor. Bob Hanyak has prior experience/knowledge with budgets and fundraising.

Motion to approve by J. Haffner, second by S. Merry, motion passes unanimously.

II. Consent
Minutes - October 3, 2013

Course Changes -
School of Business
BUSI 142 Personal Selling and Sales Management
BUSI 107 Marketing Management (change in prerequisites)
BUSI 143 Product Innovation (change in prerequisites)
BUSI 149 Strategic Marketing (change in prerequisites)

College of the Pacific
Department of Theatre Arts
THEA 011 Introduction to Theatre (increase in units)
THEA 112 Playwriting (elimination of prerequisites)

School of Education
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
EDUC 150 Teaching and Assessment (change in units)

School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Department of Pharmacy
PHRM 152 Pharmacy Law & Ethics (change in units)
PHRM 167 Therapeutics VII: Endocrine/Musculoskeletal (change in prerequisites)

Request by M. Draheim to pull THEA 011 Introduction to Theatre from consent agenda.

Motion to approve consent agenda by J. Uchizono, second by M. Lee, motion approved unanimously.

THEA 011 - The form has not been completed, as it is not necessary to complete the form as the only item being changed is the number of units. The assumption is that nothing is changing other than the increase in units. This increase in units can be an issue for other departments and students' ability to take this course. This is a required course for School of Education students. What is the driving force behind the increase in units? The catalog copy needs to be corrected as it still states 3 units versus 4 units. AAC wants the Degree Audit Information completed, items 4-9. Send it back and request an explanation for the increase and have them check with other units which may be affected. Chair Rohlf will contact Professor Mahala for an explanation and additional completion of the form.

Motion to table THEA 011 Introduction to Theatre by. M. Draheim, second by J. Haffner, motion passes.

III. What's on your mind?
Greg met with the Provost, and discussed AAC, the Assessment Working Group (AWG) and the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC), the bodies at the University that deal with quality assurance. The university is in process of hiring an Associate Vice President for Planning who may have oversight over these processes. They discussed the charge of Academic Affairs and he informed her of the discussions that the committee has been having. Academic Program Review is this bodies' purview and we need learning outcome driven program review.

Regarding Focusing On Our Future, after the academic alignment reviews, they will be sent to a Comprehensive Academic Review Team (CART). Instead of creating a new ad-hoc committee, members from existing committees, such as IEC, AWG, AAC, and the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) will be used to constitute CART. This is still being discussed, and is an active and evolving process.

Changes to our charge are still in holding pattern. The AWG may have a specific/defined charge as an administrative standing committee.

Adjournment - S. Merry moves to adjourn at 4:40 second by M. Draheim.