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January 11 2005

University of the Pacific
Minutes, January 11, 2005
Taylor Conference Room

Call to Order: 3:08

Present: Cavanaugh, Chi, Ensign, Fries, Gilbertson, Hoverstad, Jacobson, King, Lackey, Meer, Miller, Perro, Richmond, Sexton, Sina

Not Present: Brodnick, Dugoni

Special Guest: Lisa Dobbins

Minutes: Minutes of the December 21 meeting were approved.

Standing Reports:

Cash sales from the Summit on Thursday, 1/13, will be donated to the Tsunami Relief Fund, according to Sina.

Current Agenda Items:

Budget Presentation: Academic, cont.

Miller presented the budget request for the General Education Program with the focus on Mentor Seminar. There are 3 focal points:

  1. Program administration: a full time director is needed. Presently, a full-time Associate Dean for General Ed was appointed which created a faculty vacancy in Philosophy.
  2. Mentor Seminar staffing: 7-9 new full time faculty are needed to be on track.
  3. Faculty development training: Gilbertson stressed that Mentor I & II are very difficult classes to teach. Full time tenure-track faculty are needed.

Mentor Seminar is a very unique program. The department is anticipating 106 sections and the goal is to have no more than 20-25 students in a class. The program represents one of the most fully interdisciplinary programs on campus. The following are the expectations:

  • Revitalized and refocused Mentor Seminar Series
  • Higher (80%) participation of tenure-track faculty in the Mentor Seminar Series
  • Continued participation by professional school faculty in the Mentor Seminar Series
  • More vigorous and innovative development opportunities for General Education faculty
  • More streamlined and interconnected path requirement model
  • Continued refinement of program-wide student learning outcomes assessment strategy

Budget Presentation: Technology

According to Frederick, the focus of the Office of Information Technology this year is sustainability. The top ten IT issues for FY05-06 are:

  1. Funding IT
  2. Administrative/ERP/Information Systems
  3. Security and Identity Management
  4. Strategic Planning for IT
  5. Faculty Development, Support and Training
  6. Infrastructure Management for IT
  7. E-Learning/Distributed Teaching and Learning
  8. Web Services/Enterprise Level Portals
  9. Business Continuity
  10. Government, Organization and Leadership for IT

As of February 1, OIT will have a security officer.

Next meeting: January 25, 2005, 3-5pm

Meeting adjourned at 4:58