University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


December 18, 2003

Members Present: Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, Dr. Paul Hosier, Dr. Robert E. Tyndall, Ms. Pat Leonard, Dr. Jo Ann Seiple, Mr. Lawrence Clark, Dr. Karen Wetherill for Dr. Cathy Barlow, Dr. Robert Roer, Dr. Terrence Curran, Dr. Susan McCaffray, Dr. Carol Pilgrim, Dr. Thomas Schmid, Mr. Robert S. Russell.

Others Attending: Mr. Max Allen, Mr. Mark Lanier, Ms. Sharon Boyd, Mr. Ed Davis, Dr. Rebecca Porterfield, Dr. Raymond Burt, Ms. Mimi Cunningham, Ms. Nikki Howard, Ms. Peggy Chance and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

A quorum was established and Chancellor DePaolo called the meeting to order at 3:35 pm.

The minutes of the November 21, 2003, meeting were approved as distributed on the Web.

Dr. Spackman pointed out a correction in one of the dates of the five Planning Council meetings scheduled for spring 2004. The correct dates are listed at the end of these minutes. He also outlined the following timeline for development of a strategic plan:

  • by April 2004, the Planning Council will have developed the essential features of a strategic plan, to include focused university goals;
  • April-July 2004, formulation of strategies is completed and the plan is written;
  • August 2004, implementation of the strategic plan is underway.

Mr. Lanier presented a tabulated summary of results compiled from the Web-based identity and core values survey. (See He pointed out that UNCW's blend of teaching and research appeared frequently in the responses.

The Council continued discussion toward the formulation of a statement of identity and core values. In response to a question, Chancellor DePaolo agreed that the university's core values may best be presented in a bulleted list. The discussion included these comments.

Clark: He suggested that we stress our university's uniqueness and its aspirations in an identity statement.

Tyndall: We are a community promoting scholarship and diversity.

Wetherill: The university encourages creative thinking and offers a small college experience.

Seiple: We are a community of learners.

Pilgrim: We are an innovative learning community that embraces the link between research and teaching.

Other comments on characteristics of UNCW:

  • Creative, open environment for students and faculty, with a tradition of active, engaged learning unique to a regional public university.
  • Fosters the core values, skills and ability to ask meaningful questions, seek answers, and engage in learning for a lifetime.
  • Active, engaged learning and personalized education.
  • UNCW aspires to provide individual students the opportunity for active learning through real-life learning experiences, collaborative research with faculty, mentorships, internships, etc.
  • Passion for excellence.
  • Faculty who are passionately engaged in teaching and learning.
  • UNCW believes teaching students is critical versus teaching subjects.

Attempts at an identity statement developed during the discussion:

  • UNCW is unique for an institution its size in its commitment to engaging undergraduate students with faculty, to excellence in teaching, and to active learning through research and creative activity.
  • UNCW is a mid-sized public university offering its students opportunities that uniquely combine the infrastructure of a large research university with continued commitment to excellence in teaching and to an individualized undergraduate experience typical of a small private college.
  • UNCW values student opportunities that uniquely combine the infrastructure of a large research university with continued commitment to an individualized undergraduate experience typical of a small private college.
  • UNCW embraces the link between faculty research and undergraduate education.
  • UNCW embraces a creative, innovative environment of discovery that engages students with faculty.

Mr. Allen's suggestion met with wide approval:

UNCW is a community where passionate and engaged teaching, learning, and research matters.

Dr. Roer asked Dr. Spackman to e-mail the list of suggested identity statements to members after the meeting. Dr. Spackman repeated his request that Council members send him their proposals for identity statements based on today's discussions.

There was no new business.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:20 pm.

Future Meetings

January 14, 2004, 3:30-5:00 pm, AL 215
February 5, 2004, 3:30-5:00 pm, AL 215
February 24, 2004, 3:30-5:00 pm, AL 215
March 3, 2004, 3:30-5:00 pm, AL 215
March 24, 2004, 3:30-5:00 pm, AL 215

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Last Updated: January 6, 2004