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February 22 2000

University of the Pacific
Institutional Priorities Committee
February 22, 2000
Taylor Conference Room

Attendance: Benedetti, Borlik, Brock, Cavanaugh, Chambers, Fletcher, Fox Gilbertson, (Chair), KruegerDevine, Oppenheimer, Stein

Absent: Gluskin, Myers

Also Attending: Caplan and Wile from McGeorge School of Law

Meeting convened by Chair at 3:00 p.m.

Minutes of meeting of February 15 approved, except item III.3.d. is to refer to director of OISR as member of IPC and III.9. use of $180,000 should be for program support not tech grant.


Gerry Caplan, Dean of McGeorge School of Law, and Professor Phil Wile, Chair of the Planning and Budget Committee at McGeorge School of Law, reviewed issues and challenges relating to the School of Law, including the downsizing to improve student profile, the tuition increase to maintain place among private California law schools, the multicultural scholarship initiatives, and, most especially, the decline of bar passage rates among recent graduates.

Identified among reasons for this decline are the growing number of law schools in California and the high quality of public law schools in this state. Overall decline in law applications means fewer students competing. Privates are beginning to increase tuition discounting, especially at new schools seeking to increase market share. Finally, overall credentials of applicant pool is declining as more lucrative employment opportunities appear.

The Planning Budget Committee is developing a ten-year plan to move where the school wants to be at the end of that period. In the meantime, the school is exploring more immediate solutions to address the challenges of enrollment, student profile, and bar passage rates.


The IPC discussed the reception of its budget recommendation report which had been distributed on campus. Overall, the report is being well received on campus with a good range of initiatives being addressed and the context of various issues being helpful. Some concern over the second tier treatment of the Faculty Equity Pool. Overall, many faculty and staff are pleased with the recommendation to begin salary adjustments on September 1.


The budget model for this program was reviewed and discussed with the hope and expectation that it would evolve into a self-sustaining program. A follow-up on the market research done to date was deemed advisable.


The IPC discussed the current status of the OISR budget.

No further action to come before the Committee, it was adjourned at approximately 5:00 p.m.