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August 31 1999

University of the Pacific
Institutional Priorities Committee
August 31, 1999
Taylor Conference Room, University Library

IPC Members Present: Benedetti, Borlik, Brock, Chambers, Fletcher, Fox, Gilbertson (Chair), Gluskin, Krueger-Devine, Oppenheimer

Absent: Cavanaugh, Myers.

The meeting was convened by Chair Gilbertson at 3:12.

Minutes of August 23, 1999 meeting were distributed and approved with the following correction: The Dental School provides $71 million annually in unremunerated care to the community and to provide education for its students.

Announcements: Provost Gilbertson provided information on the status of funding and staffing in the Development area. .

Debriefing from 8/28/99 Administrative Retreat:

The listing from the combined group reports was distributed and discussed.

Operating Budgets: We need to know what we are currently spending in this area and also need to know comparisons. Formulas should be developed (based on # of faculty, # of students, etc). Suggestion I (need to collect program reviews for non-academic as well as academic units) will be addressed by providing an additional binder for the WASC accreditation team.

Technology: Training comes through as a priority from all groups. Training is high on OISR funding list. The IPC decided to delay funding in this area. Should we move this up, for funding in January? The Provost reported that the IPC will be getting additional funding requests from the CIO. A discussion about the extent and effectiveness of training thus far was held (how many people have attended so far, what have they done?) What is the process of evaluation? We need to show the university community that this matters, that it is worth the expenditiure.

ELO: It was agreed that budget projections are needed and the Provost will provide these. Given that many units are already participating, it is important to provide enough support so more units will participate. It was pointed out, however, that many units that currently participate, do so without funding (unpaid overloads, etc), so the costs may be higher.

Marketing: There was a long discussion of the US News and World Report university ranking issue. It was pointed out that there has been no change in our ranking. The Provost will send us copies of the relevant pages from this issue. It was agreed that we should use this as a positive marketing tool. Questions were raised about what progress we have made in the marketing area (given the investment the IPC has recommended in the past). The decision was made (by Marketing) to focus on students as the target audience. The team of Marketing Director (Russ Wyllie), Assistant Provost for Continuing Education (Barbara Shaw) and Associate Provost for Enrollment Services (Tom Rajala) will complete the marketing plan. The first project will be to conduct market research.

Other: It was agreed that facilities should be a priority. The question of upgrades and maintenance was raised. The question of priorities was raised (e.g. new Student Union or academic facilities). It was agreed that the University Facilities Committee should provide the IPC with the data to help set those priorities.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:55.

Prepared and submitted by Lydia K. Fox