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December 11 2002

University of the Pacific
Institutional Priorities Committee
Minutes, December 11, 2002
3:00-5:00 , Taylor Conference Room, Library

Members & Guests Present: Gilbertson (Chair), Brodnick, Hewitt, Hoverstad, Jacobson, Jones, Lundergan, Meer, Miller, Olson, Perro, Sina, Spreer, and Stark.

The meeting was convened at 3:05 p.m. There were no minutes from the December 4th meeting

Old Business

  • The schedule for meetings beginning on January 15, 2003 would be coordinated by Debbie Crowe in the Provost's Office
  • The Provost passed along a recommendation from Pat Cavanaugh to address issues related to the Faculty Pay Plan at the December 18th meeting. This discussion would give IPC a better sense of how small the available pool of dollars for allocation in FY04 would be. The Provost chatted about the philosophy behind the Plan and whether it could/should be phased in over a 3, 4, or 5-year period. Bringing this item in at the December 18th meeting would likely defer an initial discussion about rankings until January
New Business
  • The Provost continued with the review of the Budget Request items for the Academic Division with Item #9 (Scheduling Software). He noted how valuable this software could be in assessing available classroom space. Item #10 (Mentor Seminar Staffing) includes some funds for administrative support with the balance covering stipends for teaching load relief. Item #11 (Fellowship Awards Advisor) would support the process of identifying and mentoring candidates for national and international fellowships (e.g., Marshall, Rhodes, Truman, Fulbright, et al.). Item #12 requests an additional faculty position in the College's Physics Department. Dr. Hewitt wondered why an item so enthusiastically recommended in the Program Review process would rank only as "a 12." The Provost noted that most Program Review recommendations for new faculty positions took several years to receive funding; the Physics position has only just been endorsed this year by Program Review. Item #13 is for one-time funds for library acquisitions. #14 is for one-time Academic Facilities enhancements. #15 would cover "bridge funding" for the Jacoby Center, until the Center is fully endowed (through fund raising). Item #16 would address costs associated with the assessment of basic computer skills for new incoming students. Item #17 would provide for upgrades in South and Main Campus Engineering labs. And Item #18 would provide an additional faculty position in SIS. The Provost responded to several questions about how funds are reallocated when IPC-provided funds are augmented by fund raising proceeds. Dr. Stark wondered whether IPC could review the growth in the number of positions in the Administration (especially in the Academic Division); Mr. Perro mentioned that he'd be reporting on those figures at the 12/18 meeting
  • The Provost then reviewed the Program Ratio data provided by Planning and Research. He hailed the increase (from FY98 to 02) in the instructional faculty ratio (per student) in the context of our limited endowment resources and attributed the improvement to the recognition of the University's excess capacity (in certain units) in the mid-1990s. To the question about how much more "efficient" (a rankling phrase for Dr. Stark) Pacific's ratios would be in years to come, the Provost noted that the Stockton campus might reach "16" but not much higher. Goal setting on these ratios by academic unit is important
There being no additional items to come before the Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Jonathan Meer, Scribe for the Day