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August 30 2001

University of the Pacific
Institutional Priorities Committee
Minutes August 30, 2001
Taylor Conference Room

Attending: Brock, Cavanaugh, Gilbertson (Chair), Hewitt, King, KruegerDevine, Lundergan, Olson, Oppenheimer, Sina, and Stark

Welcome: Matt Olson, President of ASUOP

Guests: Jean Purnell, Assistant Provost for Assessment

Rob Brodnick, Director of Records and Research

Minutes: The minutes were approved with the correction that "the Provost is working on building a shadow budget for fiscal year '02 …".

Report: Guests Purnell and Brodnick gave a power point presentation on the proposed Assessment Plan. Special attention was given to focusing Strategic Indicators, a better definition of academic quality, University-Wide Strategic Assessment Instrumentation, and closing the loop between gathering information and decision-making.

The role of IPC in assessment was discussed in five areas; governance, using the results of assessments, institutional strategy, setting priorities, and funding recommendations. For IPC to be effective in linking planning priorities with budget decisions, it will be necessary for reports to be clustered in the spring. Special attention should be given to measuring the results of previous allocations. How this applies to Academic Program Review is not yet clear, as the initial cycle is not yet complete and there is no previous history of assessment. Reasonable expectations of units being reviewed remain a problem. When reports are accepted and recommendations made, there is an expectation of implementation.

Budget Update: Preliminary figures suggest a year end surplus of between two and three million dollars. Possible one-time allocations will be discussed at the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:53.