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Academic Plan Implementation Continues

Office of the ProvostApr 18, 2016

As this academic year draws to a close, the Provost would like to thank the faculty, staff and students who have contributed to the work being done in support of Goal 1 of the Academic Plan ("Pacific will enhance its portfolio of academic programs to meet new and emerging societal needs"). Much progress has been made this year to build Pacific as a Three-City University in the four strategic areas:

Premier Educator for Water/Environmental Stewardship of the Region

  • A draft report proposing a Water and Environmental Sustainability Initiative was submitted to the Provost including a recommendation to create a coordinating structure for water/environmental efforts at the University level, across schools and colleges
  • The draft initiative report is still in development and continues to be revised. Work will continue on this initiative during the summer.

Educational Leader in Rapidly Evolving Healthcare Environment

  • Health Initiative Conversations were held in February and March on all three campuses with faculty, staff and students to provide input on a proposed health initiative and generate additional ideas. The reports are available on our SharePoint site for review.
  • These conversations were facilitated by a healthcare consultant, and additional conversations were held with health industry leaders, who talked about their short-term and long-term employment needs.
  • A summary of findings and draft recommendations for Pacific's future health initiatives will be reviewed by the Steering Committee at the end of the term and a report will be given to the Provost
  • Work will continue on this initiative during the summer.

Champion of the Liberal Arts

  • In August 2015, the College of the Pacific held a retreat to renew the collective agreement about what constitutes the core of Pacific's liberal arts education. A new mission statement was crafted that emphasizes experiential learning, student and faculty collaborative research and community engagement as guiding principles for liberal arts education in the College. 
  • The Jacoby Center Review Committee has recommended refocusing the Jacoby Center's mission to providing experiential learning opportunities for COP students. 
  • The College has a new program proposal in process for a Bachelor of Arts in Media X (Stockton Campus)

Diversify and Expand the Sacramento Campus Pacific continues to diversify and expand the educational offerings on the Sacramento campus, thereby increasing Pacific's visibility and influence in the Sacramento region. New and expanded programs on the Sacramento campus include:

  • Two programs that began enrollment in fall 2015
    • Master in Business Administration (MBA)
    • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Three programs that will enroll beginning fall 2016
    • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    • Master of Public Policy (MPP)
    • Master of Education (MAEd)
  • Three programs that will enroll beginning spring 2017
    • Bachelor of Science degree completion program in Organizational Behavior (BS)
    • Master of Science in Analytics (MS)
    • Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) 

Other New Programs in Development
Pacific continues to build enrollment and its reputation through the development of other new programs in response to changing student and industry needs. New programs in development include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science (COP); Stockton Campus
  • Master of Science in Athletic Training (COP); Stockton Campus
  • Bachelor of Arts in Media X (COP); Stockton Campus

Look for regular, ongoing updates in the fall on the work being done within the Academic Division to support and implement the goals of the Academic Plan. 

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