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September 28 2004

University of the Pacific
Minutes, September 28, 2004
Taylor Conference Room

Call to Order: 3:07

Present: Brodnick, Dugoni, Fries, Gilbertson, Hoverstad, Jacobson, King, Lackey, Meer, Miller, Perro, Richmond, Sexton

Not Present: Cavanaugh, Chi, Ensign, Sina

Minutes: Minutes of the September 14 meeting were reviewed, revised, and approved.

Standing Reports:

Brodnick briefed the Committee on enrollment. Friday, 10/1 is the freeze, and there are 880 freshmen registered.

Lackey updated enrollment for the Law School. Currently, they are at 255 new daytime students and 106 evening students.

Current Agenda Items:

Discussion of the Classics Major

Gilbertson distributed the Program Review Decision for the Department of Classics. The recommendations of the task force were as follows:

  • Elimination of the major in Classics
  • Establishment of the Department of Religious and Classical Studies
  • Initiation of a search for Bible scholar for the new Department of Religious and Classical Studies
  • Examination of the Philosophy curriculum in light of the Task Force recommendations.

Classics has shown a significant decrease in enrolled majors and degrees awarded since fall 1998.

Peer Study and Comparison Framework & US News Data Review

The following are key points from US News presented by Brodnick.

  • Pacific maintained its position in the top tier of national universities.
  • Student selectivity has improved. SAT scores show a 14 point gain and the acceptance rate continues to decline.
  • Faculty compensation is increasing, the merit increase will continue to be applied.
  • While the freshman persistence rate is stable, the graduation rate headed toward 70%.
  • Pacific is still rated as a "Best Value".
  • Pacific is in the top 40 regarding diversity.

Gilbertson informed the Committee that the Dental School is part of a national effort to avoid being ranked by US News.

Brodnick presented results of the Peer Study. Some findings were as follows:

  • A method for determining institutional similarity was established.
  • Four primary factors were identified, academic quality, small private, location in California, and size.
  • Graphics showing the relationship among 30 pairs of variables were explored during the presentation.
  • The study resulted in two peer groups, the top seven most similar, and the top 18.
  • There are plans to extend the study to the 250 "national universities" peer group.

For a more comprehensive look at the study, go to:, click on Research Reports; Pacific Peers Study.

At the conclusion of the meeting, adjustments to the agenda were made for upcoming meetings.

Next meeting: October 12, 2004, 3-5pm

Meeting adjourned at 4:28