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November 8 2005

University of the Pacific
Minutes, November 8, 2005
Library Community Room

Call to Order: 2:25

Present: Brennan, Brodnick, Byl, Chi, Ensign, Frederick, Gilbertson, Kreitzman, King, Miller, Perro, Sina, Spreer, Vierra

Not Present: Cavanaugh, Lackey, Royce-Davis, Sexton

Special Guest: Sondra Roeuny, Director of Performance Management

Minutes: Minutes of the October 25 meeting were reviewed and approved.

Standing Reports: Gilbertson introduced Gene Pearson who will be filling in for Dave Fries for the remainder of the 2005-06 academic year while Fries chairs the Academic Council.

Brodnick mentioned that the Cluster Program Groups will meet two days in December to discuss distinctiveness and integration. The first Friday, December 9 will feature 2 seminars while Saturday, December 10 will be a special session of COD with an invitation to IPC. 

Current Agenda Items:

Freshman Persistence Study

Persistence is the number of new freshmen that have returned for their sophomore year. The ultimate goal of the study is to create positive change. Brodnick presented findings of a task force, of which he was a part, studying new freshman and their persistence behavior: The relationship of known, quantitative variables was explored. The second phase of the research blended qualitative and quantitative methods. Seven themes were identified:

  • Precipitators of attrition
  • Mission affects campus culture
  • Importance of faculty involvement
  • Importance of rapid integration
  • Effects of local social environment
  • Rapid shifts in students' character
  • Navigating the hurdles
  • Diversity and homogeneity in social integration

Some recommendations were:  

  • An effective predictive model could not be built
  • Strengthen the early-warning systems already in place
  • Enhance the pre-enrollment experience
  • Create more opportunities for students' meaningful interaction
  • Random interactions and events can have lasting results
  • Maximize student fit through selection and programming
  • Freshmen persistence is a highly localized phenomenon

Performance Management System

Rescheduled for a later date.

Next meeting: November 29, 2005, 2-4pm

Meeting adjourned at 3:19