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November 13, 2008

Academic Council Meeting
Minutes of November 13, 2008

Library Community Room

Business: C. Eakin (p), S. Joseph (p)
Conservatory: D. Ebbers (p), P. Langham (p)
College: M. Bates, (p), L. Fox (p), S. Giraldez (a), M. Hatch (a), R. Koper (a), J. Lessard (p), E. Thomas (a), C. Vierra (p), K. Whittington (a), X. Zhou (p)
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 (p), C. Lee (p)
Law: W. Jones (a), E. Telfeyan (p), K. Yelpaala (p)
Library: C. Hsieh (a)
PHS: D. Abood (a), C. Peterson (p), M. Susca (p)
SIS: S. Sample (p)
ASUOP: K. Nichols (a)
Ex-Officio: P. Gilbertson (p), B. Gundersen (p), H. Trexler (a)
Observer: D. McNiel (p)
Guests: Jolene Baker, Mike McCallum, Cecilia Rodriguez, Chris Snell, Louise Stark

Agenda Change: Item #5 is informational only, add the 4-Year Guarantee Plan as item #6, and move item #7 to the end of the agenda.

1. Call to Order: 3:04pm

2. Approval of Minutes: Minutes of October 9, 2008 were approved with the following corrections: in Attendance. X. Zhou was present, change Pharmacy to PHS and in #3 change UC to University Center.
C. Peterson moved, M. Susca seconded, approved with three corrections.

3. Chair's Report
Marlin Bates, from the College, completes this year's Executive Board. Congratulations to Cathy Peterson for becoming Chair-elect. From a meeting with the President, Chair Yelpaala shared some points with the President of what the Council will be achieving this year. The Task Force will study the question of service. The faculty is seeking some balance between the rewards and penalties system for teaching, research and service. Also, a new concept of faculty housing, it would be a good idea if the University can establish housing so good faculty can be hired and stay with the University.

With the help of the Executive Board, a document was created for the Task Force, which will be sent out to a handful of faculty who will meet next Thursday and discuss what the charge of the Task Force will be. The goal is to have the Task Force submit a report early in the coming year, so there will be some idea of what issues the faculty have with service.

4. Provost's Report
Provost Gilbertson shared some highlights from the President's address. Focusing specifically on the economic collapse and it's impact to the University, we are measuring carefully the impact of the University's endowments. Pacific's endowments provide 1% of the budget; we are not dependent on state income except for CalGrants, although it is expected to be cut down. Student loans look very positive, we have 2,700 applicants as far as today, last year there were only 700.

Preview Day is this Saturday and we have doubled the numbers to about 800 students.

The President is considering some modest tuition increase, no information is available but it is hoped to be under 5%. Last year's tuition increase was 6.8%, and in previous year's it has been between 4-5%.

5. Background Screening for Faculty Hires
The Dean's have been working on this document the last few months, the goal if to gather feedback from Council so that it can be improved. The last three years the external auditor's have cited the University on this issue. There are many other University that do not have background checks on new hires. There may be candidates who will be turned away in having such a policy. We have to find a reasonable way to implement. Some faculty were reluctant to have Pacific be one of the first to approve and implement such a policy; there have not been any incidents at the University. Feedback was given regarding how the information would be handled and disclosed. The University attorney will be consulted before approving any policy.

6. 4-Year Guarantee Plan
Cecilia Rodriguez, Registrar, presented a revised 4-Year guarantee Plan for approval. This plan was implemented in 1991, other schools have used Pacific's policy as a guideline to create their own. As of this date 14 other institutions have similar policies in place. The plan expands the student's responsibility and has spelled out some remedies that the University will provide. The policy is used as a marketing tool and only affects a small margin of students. With feedback from Council, the plan will be revised and brought back to Council for the December meeting.

7. Revised Stockton Campus Academic Calendar
Mike McCallum, chair of Academic Affairs presented the revised calendar approved from Academic Affairs last week. The Calendar would shorten the semester by about two weeks. Classes would commence August 31st and end April 30th, 2009. After some discussion of this matter the Provost indicated that the Administration was not opposed to the idea of changing the calendar but he would not support trying to implement an immediate change since there were several areas of impact which have to be resolved taking a comprehensive look at the issues. The Provost will ask the other divisions to provide an impact analysis and report back to Council in February. The regular academic calendar will be approved by Academic Affairs next week, since one has not been approved.
L. Fox, R. Oprandy seconded, to table the item for February's meeting. Lydia made the initial motion to approve and then made the motion to table it.

8. Items from Academic Affairs
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
Chris Snell and Jolene Baker briefly discussed the proposed Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. They have 10 students coming to Preview Day interested in this new BS in Athletic Training. It has been approved by Academic Affairs.
R. di Franco moved. L. Fox seconded, approved unanimously.

Master of Science in Engineering Science
Louise Stark briefly explained the new program approved last week at Academic Affairs. The program would commence in Fall 2009, a 30 unit program with a target of 20-25 students. The program would be a good tool for enrollment. Two new faculty will need to be hired. Students are excited about the new program, there is interested from current students to continue into this program. There is also interested from the community.
R. Oprandy moved, M. Bates seconded, approved unanimously.

Master of Arts in Music Therapy

9. Demonstration of Online Evaluation

Adjournment: 5:13pm