University Planning and Quality Council

Minutes

September 6, 2006

Members Present: Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, Provost Paul Hosier, Ms. Pat Leonard, Ms. Mary Gornto, Mr. Stephen Demski, Dr. David Cordle, Mr. Lawrence Clark, Dr. Karen Wetherill (for Dr. Cathy Barlow), Dr. Robert Roer, Dr. Michael Walker, Dr. Mark Spaulding, Dr. Sue McCaffray, Dr. Robert Burrus, and Mr. Bob Russell.

Others Attending:  Mr. Max Allen, Ms. Lisa Castellino, Dr. Terry Curran, Ms. Gay Howe, Mr. Mark Lanier, Ms. Cindy Lawson, Ms. Kay Ward, and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

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

The minutes of the May 10 meeting were approved as posted on the Web.

Provost Hosier introduced the three new members of the 2006-07 Planning Council: Dr. Michael Walker, who replaces Dr. Jim Dragna as a representative of Student Affairs; Dr. Richard Dillaman, who replaces Dr. Tom Schmid as a faculty representative; and new SGA President Ms. Katherine Gurgainus.

Provost Hosier explained the new UNC-GA directive that campuses propose annual goals, for each of the next five years, for first-year retention rates, four-year graduation rates, and six-year graduation rates.  These goals should "stretch the campus to allow more students to succeed and graduate," according to GA.  Dr. Spackman presented background information, including historical and comparative data within the UNC system provided by GA, comparative data for our peer institutions, and additional UNCW data on retention, persistence and graduation.  Observations were made about the predictive value of retention rates on graduation rates, of persistence rates on graduation rates, and of four-year graduation rates on six-year graduation rates.  Mr. Russell informed the Council that the State Budget Office is implementing a "results based budget" in the next two to three years, and that the goals we set in the areas of retention and graduation may eventually influence our state appropriation.

The Council discussed factors influencing retention and graduation rates, reasons why students leave UNCW or do not graduate within six years, obstacles to increasing these rates, and possible interventions to overcome those obstacles.  Eventually, a comprehensive plan for achieving retention and graduation goals must also be submitted to GA.  Formal instructions for submitting campus goals and plan are expected soon.

As a recommendation to the Chancellor, the Council approved the following retention and graduation goals.

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

First-year retention rate

86%

86%

88%

90%

90%

Four-year graduation rate

42%

42%

43%

44%

44%

Six-year graduation rate

65%

67%

68%

69%

70%

The meeting was adjourned at 5:37 pm.

Future Meetings  (All meetings at 3:30-5:00 pm in AL 215)

Fall 2006

Thursday

October 5

Wednesday

November 8

Thursday

December 7

Spring 2007

Monday

January 22

Thursday

February 22

Wednesday

March 28

Monday

April 23

Wednesday

May 9

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