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Board of Regents Actions on Academic Division Items

Office of the ProvostFeb 24, 2016

The University of the Pacific Board of Regents met last week on the San Francisco campus for its February meeting, where it took the following actions on Academic Division items:

Approval of Program Expansions to Sacramento Campus
The Academic and Student Affairs (A/SA) Committee approved the expansion of the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior, Master of Arts in Education, and Master of Science in Analytics to the Sacramento Campus. Each of these programs has undergone a market analysis in Sacramento, and their expansion in the region will allow Pacific to serve more students for these high-demand academic programs. This action supports Pacific's initiative to develop and offer new and innovative programs on its Sacramento campus. 

Approval of Program Closure in SIS
The A/SA Committee approved the closure of the Bachelor of Arts in Culture and Development program in the School of International Studies (SIS). This program was originally slated for faculty review as part of the Academic Planning and Alignment process, and was eventually recommended for closure to the Provost by the faculty of the SIS pursuant to Section 3.7 of the Faculty Handbook. In their memo to Academic Council, SIS faculty stated two reasons for proposing closure: the major has been under-enrolled for a number of years, and the SIS currently offers three other degree programs that they believe provide adequate choices for the diverse interests of SIS students. As part of their closure plan, the faculty have designed a teach-out plan to allow all current students to complete their degrees in a timely fashion.   

Feedback on Draft Strategic Enrollment Plan
Following the first round of committee and campus conversations in the fall, the Strategic Enrollment Plan (SEP) Committee presented a draft plan to the President and the Board of Regents. The Committee will use the Board's feedback to update its draft plan before recirculating it for review in a second round of cross-campus conversations starting in March. The goal of these conversations is for the SEP Committee to gather feedback, questions, concerns and suggestions from the University community. The Committee will use this feedback to inform its final draft of the Plan, which it plans to present to the Board of Regents for endorsement at its May meeting. Look for an email from the Provost next week with the dates, times and locations of conversations on all three campuses and information on other mechanisms to provide your feedback.

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