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August 31 2004

University of the Pacific
Minutes, August 31, 2004
Taylor Conference Room

Call to Order: 3:07

Present: Brodnick, Chi, Ensign, Fries, Hoverstad, King, Lackey, Meer, Perro, Richmond, Sina, Sexton

Not Present: Cavanaugh, Gilbertson, Jacobson, Miller

Minutes: Minutes of the July 6 meeting were reviewed and approved.

Standing Reports:

Sina opened the meeting in the Provost's absence with introductions around the room. New members include: David Fries, Professor; Mary Lou Lackey, Assistant Dean for Administrative Affairs, McGeorge School of Law; Jennifer Sexton, Associate Director Campus Recreation. The IPC Planning and Budget Processes will be discussed at the next meeting.

Brodnick presented an early look at the fall enrollments using the daily registration counts from the IRIS Website. The trends of seventy-five to one hundred additional students seems to be the trend again for the fifth year. He confirmed that cancellations will occur in the 3rd week of classes for those who have not paid or made payment arrangements for their tuition.

Meer announced that the University ended FY04 with a larger surplus than expected. 

Current Agenda Items:

Comparing Pacific's Freshmen to National Peers by Peer Category

Brodnick presented a freshmen comparison using the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) freshmen study online. He discussed the following 7 primary areas of comparison.

  1. Self rating - Students rated themselves as compared with the average person their age in 21 categories such as cooperativeness, mathematical ability, drive to achieve.
  2. Important objectives - Students were asked to rate the importance of 21 objectives such as being financially well off, raising a family, helping others who are in difficulty, and so on.
  3. Political opinions - Students were asked to rate their degree of agreement on 15 items -- sale of handguns, same sex marriage, abortion should be legal, to list a few.
  4. Why go to college - Students rated 13 reasons for deciding to attend college.
  5. Why attend this institution - Students rated 17 reasons that influenced their decision to attend Pacific.
  6. High school activities - Students rated how frequently they participated in activities over the last year.
  7. Future activities - Students were asked the chances that they would participate in 21 items such as, get a bachelor's degree, obtain at least a "B" average, get a job to help pay for college.

The group noted some concern over lower levels of incoming student self-concept and other ratings. Further investigation was suggested to determine if the unique demographic composition of Pacific's incoming students contributed to the ratings.

Brodnick also mentioned that his office will be administering a faculty survey this year which has corresponding items to the CIRP survey.

Next meeting: September 14, 2004, 3-5pm

Meeting adjourned at 4:15