University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


January 14, 2004

Members Present: Dr. Paul Hosier, Ms. Pat Leonard, Ms. Kay Ward, Dr. Jo Ann Seiple, Mr. Lawrence Clark, Dr. Karen Wetherill for Dr. Cathy Barlow, Dr. Robert Roer, Dr. Terrence Curran, Dr. Mark Galizio, Dr. Carol Pilgrim, Dr. Denis Carter, Mr. Robert S. Russell.

Others Attending: Mr. Max Allen, Mr. Mark Lanier, Dr. Raymond Burt, Dr. James Dragna, Ms. Mimi Cunningham, Mr. Bobby Miller and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

A quorum was established and Dr. Hosier called the meeting to order at 3:30 pm.

The minutes of the December 18, 2003, meeting were approved as distributed on the Web.

  1. The Council discussed a proposal for a statement of strategic identity and UNCW core values. By consensus, the word "educational" was inserted in the regional engagement section, and the elaboration for the value diversity was revised to read:

Cultural, ethnic, global and other types of diversity fundamentally support the atmosphere of openness and free inquiry upon which teaching and learning rests. UNCW is committed to expanding the diversity of its faculty, staff, and student body and to increasing access for historically underrepresented groups. The University actively promotes study abroad experiences for our students and recruits international students to attend UNCW.

After considerable additional discussion, Dr. Hosier appointed a "writing subgroup," consisting of Drs. Tyndall, Roer, Dragna, Carter and Pilgrim, to be convened by Dr. Spackman, charged with bringing a revised proposal to the February 5 meeting that includes a university vision statement and, in the elaborations of the core values, includes mention, or increased forcefulness, of:

  • Internationalism,
  • Technology
  • Uniqueness with respect to student outcomes,
  • Changing "teaching excellence" to reflect recognition and reward,
  • The university as learning community (and what characteristics we want our graduates to have),
  • Lifelong learning,
  • Assessment (or reflective mindset),
  • "Impact," and
  • Personal values.
  • 2. Dr. Spackman briefly described the format that a completed strategic plan is likely to take. There will be a comprehensive version that includes background, process, projections, etc.; as well as a succinct version suitable for dissemination in a brochure and on the Web that focuses just on mission, vision, identity, values, main issues and university-wide goals.
  • 3. The Council then turned to the third and fourth guiding questions for strategic planning: "What are our main issues?" and "What do we work on or towards?" Progress slowed because of differing interpretations of the terms "main issues," "goals," and "strategies." Mr. Lanier proposed that, before the next meeting, each member a) identify five main issues (or qualitative strategic goals) facing the university, b) select at least two of those as the highest priority, and c) for each prioritized issue, suggest at least two quantifiable supporting goals. Dr. Hosier promised to follow up by e-mail with the details of this "homework assignment," and asked that all submissions be sent to Dr. Spackman, who will compile the results and communicate them to members prior to the February 5 meeting.
  • 4. It was agreed that after the Council develops a vision and core values, there should be an additional opportunity to collect feedback from stakeholders, including the Board of Trustees.

There was no new business.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 pm.

Future Meetings

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 28, 2004