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March 19 2003

University of the Pacific
Institutional Priorities Committee
Minutes, March 19, 2003
Taylor Conference Room

Members and guests present: Sina (Chair), Broderick, Frederick (guest), Hewitt, Hoverstad, Jones, Jacobson, Lundergan, Meer, Miller, Olson, Oppenheimer, Spreer, Stark, and Perro.

The meeting was convened at 3:00 p.m. Minutes of the meeting of 5 March were approved.


Enrollment - Brodnick reported that around 2900 offers of admission had been extended. Spreer added that around 1050 need-based and 500 merit-based financial aid awards had been sent. Housing and orientation material was to go to admitted students prior to the end of the week.

Budget - Perro reported that the Board Finance Committee had approved the FY04 budget. The full board will consider the matter in April.

Development - Meer reminded everyone of the announcement of the public phase of the campaign to take place on the weekend of April 5. He announced that Mr. Joe Brennon, currently of the University of Toledo, has accepted the position of Executive Director of Marketing and University Relations after a national search.

Student issues - Sina and Olson reported that the Student Life web site now has a terrorist alert system (, which not only gives the alert status but includes and explanation of the status and information about how to prepare and be alert to threats. Sina also emphasized that her group was taking steps to deal with student stress related to war and that a group of students and faculty were meeting to prepare and present a series of public forums about the global situation. She solicited feedback from the group.

In other student news, Sina announced that Olson was elected student body president for an unprecedented third term.

Other items - It was reported that the Stockton City Council had approved the mid-block crosswalks on Brookside road.

Continuation of discussion about University IT Vision - Chaired by Sina

Larry Frederick summarized the presentation that he made at the last meeting and asked the group to give their feedback on the list of university priorities that he included in that report. He requested specifically that the group consider whether the list of priorities was complete, whether it adequately reflected the University Mission and Vision, and whether it was prioritized correctly.

A lengthy and constructive discussion about the important priorities of the University as related to IT ensued. The result of the discussion was the development of a preliminary taxonomy of priorities, which is summarized below:

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, local community, donors, employers, potential students, the press, vendors
Learning styles, scholarship/research
Institutional financial and operational health
Enrollment, finance, banner, fiscal operations, development
The taxonomy emphasized the importance of community processes focused on teaching and learning. The consensus was that the development of a full taxonomy would provide OISR with a clearer picture of how to plan strategically.

There was full agreement that more discussion would be necessary to develop a more concise response to Frederick's request.

The meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.