University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


September 1, 2005

Members Present: Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, Provost Paul Hosier, Dr. Ronald Core, Ms. Pat Leonard, Dr. David Cordle, Dr. William Sackley (for Mr. Lawrence Clark), Dr. Virginia Adams, Dr. Robert Roer, Dr. James Dragna, Dr. Mark Spaulding, Dr. Susan McCaffray, Dr. Thomas Schmid, and Dr. Robert Burrus.

Others Attending: Mr. Max Allen, Dr. Raymond Burt, Dr. Terry Curran, Ms. Nikki Howard, Ms. Nanette Manning, Dr. Matt Mayhew, Dr. Carol Pilgrim, Ms. Kay Ward, and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

Provost Hosier called the meeting to order at 3:30 pm.

The minutes of the June 23, 2005, meeting were approved as distributed on the Web.

  1. Early College Program . Dr. Raymond Burt began his presentation with some sobering national statistics: of every 100 high school graduates, just 41 go on to higher education, after one year only 29 remain in higher education, and after six years just 19 have graduated with an associate or bachelor's degree. Given that the high school graduation rate is a mere 60% nationwide, the needs of the country are not being met by these outcomes, and high schools are not adequately preparing students for employment and for life. A federal grant from the New Schools Project, with matching funds from the state, is funding a number of experiments in high school reform. UNCW has a grant to plan for one such experiment--the Early College Program. Beginning with 100 ninth graders in fall 2006, the program will add 100 new ninth graders each year, eventually serving 400 New Hanover County high school students. These students will have completed all high school requirements in their first two years, and will complete 60 credits of transferable college work (including Basic Studies) in their final two years, to lay the foundation for a high probability of success in graduation from college. The program will operate in Randall Library, and classes will be held in the afternoon and early evening. Students will reflect the community in diversity, economic status and motivation. Advantages for UNCW include: active participation in educational reform, attraction of a diverse body of students, service to the community as reflected in our mission, and a potential source of valuable research on the outcomes of the program. A broadly representative steering committee is currently planning program details including student support, curriculum, security, governance, financing and facilities. They are also preparing an application for a five-year implementation grant for submission in March.

  2. Progress Measures . The Council continued discussion on the draft priority progress measures. A shorter version that focuses on the educational and philosophical rationale for each measure (rather than including trends and benchmark data) met with the Council's approval. After making changes to #1 (revising the target date to 2007 to be consistent with the implementation plan for MALSA-created positions) and to #2 (recasting it to read, "Improve the student-staff ratio from 10.9 to 1 in 2003-04 to 10.0 to 1 by 2010."), the Council agreed with the phrasing and rationale for #1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 10. Dr. Spackman will prepare a projected graduation rate for 2015, based on a targeted 90% freshman retention rate, in response to the Council's request in order to finalize measure #4. The Council will address the remaining measures #7 and 9 at its October 5 meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 pm.

Future Meetings (All meetings in AL 215)


Oct. 5, 2005

3:30-5:00 pm


Nov. 7, 2005

3:30-5:00 pm


Dec. 8, 2005

3:30-5:00 pm

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Last Updated: September 19, 2005