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November 9 2004

University of the Pacific
Minutes, November 9, 2004
Taylor Conference Room

Call to Order: 3:05

Present: Brodnick, Cavanaugh, Fries, Gilbertson, Hoverstad, Jacobson, King, Meer, Perro, Richmond, Sexton, Sina

Not Present: Chi, Dugoni, Ensign, Lackey, Miller

Minutes: Minutes of the October 12 meeting were reviewed and approved.

Standing Reports:

A draft of the Academic Support Program Reviews from 2002-2008 was distributed by Gilbertson. The following programs are currently under review.

  • Student Academic Support Services & Judicial Affairs
  • Enrollment (Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar)
  • Research/Graduate Studies
  • Finance Center
  • Office of Information Technology
  • Planning and Research

Necessary adjustments were made and a new version of the schedule will be distributed.

Cavanaugh reminded the Committee that the Campus Master Plan meetings are being held on Wednesday, November 10.

Current Agenda Items:

Long Range Enrollment Plan

Gilbertson presented the strategic enrollment targets to 2010. These targets were established by Cabinet. The University has already reached the 2010 target for SAT score of new freshmen. The Regent's taskforce on enrollment will consider various scenarios for University enrollment in 2015.

Alumni Office Program Review 

Meer requested a postponement until November 23.

Academic Program Review (Physical Therapy, Geosciences, Conservatory)

Geosciences: Gilbertson announced that the department is undergoing a major staffing change and is changing its concentration to Environmental Sciences with an interdisciplinary approach. The department has very talented faculty, new facilities, new equipment but interested students are not there. With the advent of Environmental Sciences comes the requirement of field work. Student transportation is a concern of Risk Management. Cavanaugh suggested van pooling instead of individual vehicles as an option for the University. A task force will be created to review options. 

Conservatory of Music: The unit may have issues accreditation standards according to Gilbertson. Technology is in great need. Curriculum is not up to par. Performance level needs greater consistency, and recruiting is vital. Sina expressed concern from students regarding the many fees on their student accounts. There is also some concern with the future of the department of Music Therapy. It has both bachelor and master programs but very few students. Music Management on the other hand is thriving. The Conservatory will undergo departmental restructuring in the near future.

Physical Therapy: Great review. A definite change from 6 years ago is especially apparent with the addition of the doctoral program.

KPMG Audit and Financial Ratio Analysis

A brief summary of the audit and associated ratios was delivered by Cavanaugh. Approximately 5 years ago the University developed a Dept Policy with 3 objective ratios:

  • Leverage Ratio - Total unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets less net investment in plant/outstanding debt.
  • Debt Service to Operations - Total debt service/total expenses.
  • Unrestricted Resources to Debt - Unrestricted net assets/outstanding debt.

Cavanaugh also mentioned that our Moody rating is an A2 (good) and we remain highly tuition dependent.

Next meeting: November 23, 2004, 3-5pm

Meeting adjourned at 4:46