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March 20, 2008

Academic Council Meeting
Minutes of March 20, 2008
University of the Pacific

Library Community Room


Business: S. Joseph (p), L. Bangsund (p)
Conservatory: D. Ebbers (p), F. Rose (p)
College: M. Bates (p), L. Fox (p), S. Giraldez (p), B. Klunk (p), L. Koehler (p), D. Maxwell (a), C. Vierra (p), K. Whittington (a), Z. Zhou (p)
Dental: R. Cohan (a), B. Lundergan (p) J. Miles (p)
Education: D. Brennan (p), R. Oprandy (p)
Emeriti: R. di Franco (a)
Engineering: B. Ford (a), C.W. Lee (p)
Law: W. Jones (a), E. Telfeyan (a), K. Yelpaala (a)
Library: C. Hsieh (p)
Pharmacy: T. Little (a), J. Livesey (p), M. Susca (a), C. Wilson (a)
SIS: S. Sample (p)
ASUOP: J. Foster (p)
Ex-Officio: P. Gilbertson (p), B. Gundersen (p), D. McNiel (p), J. Post (p) H. Trexler (p)
Guests: Lynn Beck, Pat Cavanaugh, Marcus Perrot, Cynthia Ostberg

1. Welcome
Chair Lydia Fox called the meeting to order at 3:05.

2. Approval of Minutes
The minutes of February 14, 2008 meeting were approved with one correction.
Warren Jones (p)

3. Chair's Report
Chair Fox shared her experience with the Dental School on Faculty Development Day. The second scheduled April 24th meeting is canceled. Future agenda items will include the Program Planning and Self-Study document, and the College's Promotion and Tenure Guidelines.

4. Provost's Report
Provost Gilbertson updated Council on various university searches; interviews for the Library Dean position have been completed and are close for an appointment, interviews for the Conservatory Dean are going well; some preliminary interviews with candidate for Associate Provost for Enrollment are scheduled; and there will be interviews with candidates for the Assistant Provost for Diversity in April.
The decline in undergraduate freshmen enrollment was briefly discussed; the projected number of enrollments is under 800 students. The pilot for the Social Emotional Intelligence initiative was completed, candidates for Founder's Scholars as well as marginal applicants were interviewed; overall it has been a successful process.

5. FY 2009 Budget
VP Pat Cavanaugh and Marcus Perrot presented the FY 2009 Budget, which includes the tuition recommendations for all three campuses. The document will be submitted to the Finance Committee of the Board of Regents next week and on the agenda for approval at the April Board of Regents meeting in Sacramento.

6. Revision to Handbook
A revision to handbook section 7.5.4.a Evaluation Criteria was submitted and discussed.
Motion: J. Livesey moved, B. Klunk seconded, Motion carried unanimously.

7. ESL Transition Program for International Students
Dean Lynn Beck, Benerd School of Education, presented a proposed ESL Transition Program for International Students. The tuition-supported program would help bridge international students develop their English language skills. The students admitted to the program would qualify for admission to Pacific except for their TOEFL scores No academic credit would be awarded towards a degree for the ESL courses. Students would live on campus and experience being a college student in the United States for one or two semesters while they complete the necessary ESL coursework. There is no guarantee students who complete the program would apply to Pacific, nor is there a guarantee of admission. The program will be administered by the Center for Professional and Continuing Education.
Motion: F. Rose moved, R. Oprandy seconded to endorse the program. Motion carried unanimously.

8. IT Policies
A revision to the Network Attached System Security Policy was submitted. Concerns were raised about approving a policy that mentions security standards without the details of those standards being specified.
Motion to approve: B. Klunk moved, M. Bates seconded. Motion failed (3 in favor, 5 opposed, 10 abstentions).
The document is returned to ISPC.

9. Innovative Initiative Report: Legal Scholars Program
Director Cynthia Ostberg gave a presentation on the Legal Scholars Program. The program will begin Fall 2008, it is a distinctive program in California. The Legal Scholars Program offers both a 3+3 accelerated program with McGeorge School of Law or a 4+3 program, in which students can do 4 years as an undergraduate and 3 years at the Law School.

10. Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 5:04 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Victoria Oliva,
Academic Council Secretary