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September 14, 2006

Academic Council Meeting
Minutes of September 14, 2006
University of the Pacific
Community Conference Room, Library


Business: E. Typpo (a), N. Peery (p)

Conservatory: F. Rose (p), D. Ebbers (a)

College: M. Bates (p), K. Day (p), L. Fox (p), B. Klunk (p), D. Maxwell (p), A. Smith (a),

L. Spreer (a), B. Swagerty (p), L. Koehler (p), C. Vierra (p), K. Whittington (p),

X. Zhou (a)

Dental: R. Cohan (a), B. Lundergan (a), C. Lyon (a)

Education: R. Oprandy (p), L. Webster (p)

Emeriti: R. di Franco (p)

Engineering: C.W. Lee (a), M. Shami (p)

Law: G. Harris (a), K. Yelpaala (p)

Library: C. Hsieh (p)

Pharmacy: S. Bellamy (p), Dave Fries (p), J. Livesey (pa), M. Ravnan (ap)

SIS: S. Sample (p)

Student: P. Mauriello (p)

Ex-Officio: C. Wilson (a), D. DaGrade (a), G. Pearson (a), P. Gilbertson (p), G. Jongeward (a), Mike McCallum (p), E. Wittrup (a), S. Wheeler (a), E. Thomas (a), L. Itaya (a), D. Abood (a), M. Canniff (a), T. McGettigan (p), C. Manolakas (a), S. Sample (p), R. Oprandy (ap), T. Wrensch (a), Sandy Bellamy (p), J. Blankenship (a), H. Trexler (p)

Observer: J. Preisser (a), J. Purnell (p)

Guests: R. Brodnick (p)

Chair Brian Klunk called the meeting to order at 3:07 p.m.

1. Approval of Minutes

Motion: N. Peerry moved, M. Bates seconded to approve the minutes of May 11, 2006 with the following correction: change N. Peery to “p”, not “9”. Motion unanimously approved.

2. Introduction and Welcome to New Members

Chair Klunk introduced the following new members of Academic Council: Professors Marcus Ravnan, Cynthia Hsieh, Marlin Bates, Xiaojing Zhou, Keith Whittington, Robert Oprandy, Kojo Yelpaala, Bill Lundergan, Susan Sample, Dan Ebbers, and ASUOP representative Philip Mauriello.

3. Chair’s Report

Chair Klunk informed Council members that he was invited to attend the Council of Deans Retreat in June. The main topic of discussion was the University’s new planning document, Pacific Rising. At the Retreat, Vice President Leland reported on University Advancement progress and that one of their roles is to raise resources to enable faculty to perform their duties. Chair Klunk indicated that he invited Vice President Leland to attend a Council meeting this academic year.

Chair Klunk stated that President DeRosa is on the agenda for the October Council meeting.

Chair Klunk indicated that PRC will meet within the next two weeks to consider a draft on the Technology and Learning Committee and will have their report for Council consideration at the October meeting.

Chair Klunk stated that the Executive Board met with Intercollegiate Athletics representatives and those involved in the NCAA self-study accreditation. It was agreed that the Athletics Director should meet with Council on an annual basis in order to keep updated on current issues, including gender equity and diversity. Intercollegiate Athletics is currently up for review and the Executive Board will meet with the accreditation team in one week re their self-study report.

Professor di Franco asked if the gender equity issue is resolved as policy by the Board of Regents. Professor Fries stated that it was agreed that it is policy and it is included in the NCAA current review. All the issues addressed by Council have been confirmed and adopted by the Regents.

Chair Klunk indicated that t the May meeting, Council tabled the proposal on a pilot for Program Review. Due to Program Review shifting from Associate Provost Purnell to Assistant Provost Brodnick, the proposal is not ready to be considered at this time.

4. Provost’s Report

Provost Gilbertson reported on the enrollment status for fall 2006. More freshmen have been admitted than planned owing to a range of factors—fewer applicants than the previous year, decline in the number of transfer applications, and the number of students who actually matriculate. Last year, the University initiated a fee for electronic application submission which most competitive institutions have in place. It was decided that this fee will be dropped owing to a decrease in electronic applications.

Provost Gilbertson informed Council that 14 planning initiatives (CVT) were submitted to IPC by groups of faculty and 6 of this initiativesthese initiatives will move forward for Regent review at their October Board meeting.

Provost Gilbertson reported that the FSP has achieved its goal to match the 50th percentile of regional schools by rank and discipline and a 10% pension retirement contribution has been met.

Provost Gilbertson announced the following changes to the Provost Office: Rob Brodnick is now Assistant Provost for Planning, Innovation and Institutional Assessment. He will define administrative roles that follow the planning process. Mike Rogers will become Director of Institutional Research. Jean Purnell is now Associate Provost and has assumed the responsibilities for faculty development, new faculty orientation, and the faculty development leave program. In the absence of Heather Knight, a search will be conducted to replace the diversity position which could possibly be linked to the Inter-American Initiative. The responsibilities of this position will need to be defined.

The Graduate Studies Committee will meet this fall to review the Graduate Dean position and further modify and make a recommendation to Council. Hopefully a search will begin in November.

7. Approval of Honorary Degrees (moved forward on agenda)

Professor Mike McCallum, Chair of the University Awards Committee, presented three nominations for honorary degrees and briefly reviewed each nomination.

Motion: R. Oprandy moved, F. Rose seconded, to approve the three honorary degree nominations.

Under the question, Council members questioned the degree titles, the nominator on one of the nominations, and whether one of the nominees will be the Commencement speaker.

The motion passed with two abstentions.

5. Election of Executive Board

Chair Klunk announced that Professors Des Maxwell, Linda Koehler, and Susan Sample have agreed to serve on the Executive Board, if nominated and elected.

Motion: F. Rose moved, L. Fox seconded, to close the nominations for election of the Executive Board. Motion unanimously approved.

Motion: D. Fries moved, M. Bates seconded, to appoint Des Maxwell, Linda Koehler, and Susan Sample to the Executive Board. Motion unanimously approved.

6. Nomination of Emeriti Faculty

Chair Klunk announced the following Emeriti faculty nominations:

Don Bryan, Eberhardt School of Business, 24 years

David Miller, McGeorge School of Law, 25 years

Motion: R. di Franco moved, M. Bates seconded, to approve the Emeriti nominations of Professors Bryan and Miller. Motion unanimously approved.

8. Information Strategy Committee

Provost Gilbertson explained that the IT Panel Report recommended restructuring the Information Technology Planning Committee (ITPC), especially moving the emphasis of the committee from technology to information management. It is recommended that the ISC be established and is the primary body to advise the President on the strategic use of information. The committee would work collaboratively with various administrative and faculty groups to facilitate the effective and efficient use of information in support of the University’s mission and priorities. Appointments to the committee will be made annually by the President; the Provost would chair the committee, and the committee reports as appropriate through unit representatives to their units. Brief discussion followed on faculty representation to the committee.

Motion: D. Fries moved, L. Fox seconded, to approve the adoption of the Information Strategy Committee.

Under the question, Professor Swagerty asked if the faculty representative on the committee would be elected from Academic Council; Chair Klunk answered yes to the question.

Motion unanimously approved.

9. Pacific Rising

Assistant Provost Brodnick updated Council members on the University’s planning document Pacific Rising 2007-15. The Regents requested the University to initiate a planning process to create a document to replace the MVP before the end of 2007. Followed were many planning activities—administrative and academic retreats as well as group workshops. Collaboration Vision Teams were developed followed by campus community meetings by unit. Several revisions have been made to the planning document and Draft #5 is in the process. Discussion of the planning process followed.

No action required.

10. Center for Teaching Excellence

Chair Klunk introduced Tim McGettigan, Interim Director of the CTE,.. Director McGettigan informed Council members of the Center’s working relationship with Carnegie Foundation to strengthen academic teaching and scholarship. He encouraged all faculty to participate in lectures presented by Carnegie Scholar Mary Huber who will be visiting the University within the next week.

In answer to a question from Chair Klunk, Associate Provost Purnell responded that she is in the process of forming a committee to search for a full-time CTE Director this fall.

11. What’s on Your Mind

Professor Oprandy expressed that some faculty teaching summer session were frustrated that a few students received a grade of “F” even though they attended class. It was explained that the current system assigns a grade of “F” if a name cannot be located in Banner.

12. Adjournment

Motion: D. Fries moved, M. Bates seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 4:50 p.m.