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March 19, 2009

Academic Council Meeting
Minutes of March 19th, 2009

Library Community Room


Business: C. Eakin (a), E. Typpo(p)
Conservatory: D. Ebbers (p), P. Langham (a)
College: M. Bates, (p), L. Fox (p), S. Giraldez (p), M. Hatch (a), J. Lessard (p), P. Meyer (p), Cynthia Ostberg (p), E. Thomas (a), C. Vierra (p), K. Whittington (p), X. Zhou (a)
Dental: B. Lundergan (p), J. Miles (a), D. Horlak (p)
Education: D. Brennan (a), R. Oprandy (p)
Emeriti: R. di Franco (p)
Engineering: H. Estrada (a), C. Lee (p)
Law: W. Jones (a), E. Telfeyan (p), K. Yelpaala (p)
Library: C. Hsieh (p)
PHS: T. Little (a), L. Norton (a), C. Peterson (p), K. Salamon (p), M. Susca (p)
SIS: S. Sample (a)
ASUOP: K. Nichols (a)
Ex-Officio: P. Gilbertson (p), B. Gundersen (p), H. Trexler (p)
Observer:  D. McNiel (a)
Guests: Jim Dugoni, Lou Matz, Bruce Peltier, Peggy Rosson

1. Call to Order: 3:08pm

2. Approval of Minutes: Minutes of February 12th, 2008 were approved as submitted.
B. Oprandy moved, M. Bates seconded, approved unanimously.

3. Chair's Report
At the Emeriti Luncheon, Chair Yelpaala gave a report on what the Council was doing this year; in addition to the routine issues of governance, Council is focusing on the mission of the university and how to move forward with regards to faculty issues. It is somewhat a duty for faculty who have been at the university for a number of years to train the younger faculty to serve the university so that they can take on the mantle of leading this university.

Chair Yelpaala met with President DeRosa about his transition from the university. President DeRosa is very excited about the president-elect and knows we will be in very good hands. With regards to the items discussed earlier with the President about what the university can do to support the faculty to be more productive that would involve some resources, the President thought that given the circumstances these items should be put on hold for the moment.

As promised, Chair Yelpaala reviewed the Faculty Background Screening document and suggested a more legal structure, but written with the interest of the faculty in mind should the policy and document be approved by Council in the future. The revisions and drafting suggestions made by the Chair were made strictly in his individual capacity and not as a representative of the Academic Council or the Executive Board. The issue of the policy is to be approved by Council at a future date. The Network Security Policy is being worked on; we should guide the standards to protect and address the security concerns of faculty. Further research will be done to structure the network security in a way that it is different and unique to Pacific. It should be ready at the end of spring for review.

4. Provost's Report
The Provost added to the Chair's report regarding the Faculty Screening document, the legal counsel thought they were all great edits and the document will return to Council for faculty judgment. The Provost will then meet with Chair Yelpaala and Chair-elect Peterson as well ad Jane Lewis and VP Pat to decide if it will be presented to the president.

The Provost met with president-elect Pam Eibeck and is excited for her to become Pacific's next president, when you have a president with her professor profile, what you look for is personal maturity that shows good judgment and eagerness and openness to learn.

There are still some enrollment concerns at the law school with the applicant pool. The profile is roughly what the nation's is for law schools, but the hope is to come in with the same numbers from this year. Enrollment for the dental school is steady. On the Stockton campus, enrollment for undergraduate is more of some uncertainty.  There were final decisions made today for financial aid, and all the letters will be mailed out in the next few days. We are admitting around 5900 students, more than planned, but it provides opportunity for growth in under enrolled programs. The programs that we would like to have gained in are Engineering and Education. The academic profile of the applicant pool is strong enough to admit more students. The likelihood is to have more than 900 students. Our estimated yield rate is 16.6%; traditionally it has been 22-24%, but it is much lower given the economy. There have been 8,000 more direct marketing inquiries from sophomores and juniors than expected. The campus is planning a10% summer melt after the May 1 deadline for financial aid. Provost Rob Alexander will be here for the May meeting to talk about the freshmen profile. There is a lot of uncertainty but overall we are expecting more than 900 freshmen.

5. Pacific Fund
Jim Dugoni and VP Ted Leland presented the results from the 18 month old surveyed by Jerold Pearson Campaign for Pacific Fund, and the overall feelings of alumni giving. Out of 38 schools, Pacific had the highest overall positive feelings, but the lowest giving rate. There are 30,000 living alumni, and the goal is to increase the giving rate to 24% by 2012. The faculty and staff campaign will run from April 1-April 31, it is our way to invest in Pacific. Why give to Pacific? It increases the resources for students for undergraduate scholarships and faculty.

6. Global Program for Professional Development
Jin Gong, Dean of Grad Studies and Assoc Provost for Research and Collaborative Programs discussed the Global Program for Professional Development.  In June 2007, the Council of Deans began discussions for what would be the strategic plans for the global internationalization of the campus. The mission of the Pacific Global Professional Development Center prepares professional educators and practitioners from various world regions through distinctive educational and training opportunities, including certificate and degree programs, in order to advance best professional practices and equip professionals for leadership in a global society. The targeting markets include: China/Korea, Latin America, Kuwait and East Africa, these areas are being focused on because of resources and established connections. International interests for programs include; Masters of Law and Business, Water and Law and Advocacy, Masters of International Development and Entrepreneurship, Masters on Communication Management and Masters in Education. The goals are to develop programs that generate revenue to the university, increase enrollment for international students and expand international experiences for faculty. Dean Gong will return to Council and provide an update to Council.

7. Leadership Development
VP Elizabeth Griego brought for action the endorsement of a Pacific Leadership Development Statement. Even though leadership is mentioned in Pacific Rising and our mission statement, there is no definition. The proposed definition reads, "Responsible leadership at Pacific is an ethical act of influencing others toward effecting positive change through the accomplishment of a common goal." Council discussed removing the words "and taught" from the first bullet under, "At Pacific, we believe."
L. Fox moved to approve with the removal of the words "and taught", C. Peterson seconded, approved unanimously.

8. Revision to Four-Year Undergraduate Graduation Guarantee
On behalf of the CAPD Committee, Peggy Rosson proposed to eliminate remedy #2 from the four-year guarantee. Waiving a requirement is a very rare situation to getting to graduation, more often they would substitute or find another way for the student to graduate and fulfill the degree requirements. Listing the option to waive the requirement would seem more attractive to a student than using the other two remedies that seem more appropriate. There was also discussion in the wording for #1, for a student to declare and be admitted to a major by the beginning of the sophomore year. A suggestion to change the wording to "end of the 3rd semester", this change will be discussed at a later time.
M. Bates moved, S. Giraldez seconded, approved unanimously.

9. WASC Team 3
Lou Matz and Bruce Peltier shared an overall summary from various meetings with university committees about the objectives they would like to asses from the WASC review. One gain from completing the objectives is to live up to the core principles in Pacific Rising and to try to capture what makes Pacific apart from the rest. Feedback from Council was provided; one included to make 3 of the 7 or 5 objectives a university requirement and the remaining optional. Questions about how wellness will be measured and assessed were asked. The document will ultimately need to be endorsed by the President. Due to time, the discussion will continue at the April 9th meeting.

10. What's on your mind?
Chair Yelpaala reminded Council per the handbook we need to elect a full executive board by April and Council will need to work and develop the faculty issues to empower the incoming President. Also, a reminder to all the schools to elect all their faculty representatives to Council for next year and elect all new members to the various university committees.

Adjournment: 5:03 pm