University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


January 22, 2007

Members Present: Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, Provost Paul Hosier, Dr. Ron Core, Ms. Pat Leonard, Ms. Mary Gornto, Mr. Steve Demski, Dr. Debra Saunders-White, Dr. David Cordle, Mr. Larry Clark, Dr. Cathy Barlow, Dr. Virginia Adams, Dr. Robert Roer, Dr. Robert Burrus, Mr. William Fleming, Mr. Bob Russell, Mr. Max Allen, Mr. Mark Lanier, and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

Others Attending: Ms. Sharon Boyd, Ms. Lisa Castellino, Dr. Terry Curran, and Ms. Kay Ward.

Chancellor DePaolo called the meeting to order at 3:30 pm.

The minutes of the November 8 meeting were approved as posted on the Web.

Provost Hosier explained that one of the recommendations of the Chancellor's Task Force on University Budget Processes called for an adjustment in membership of the Planning Council. The Council voted without dissent to add to its membership: Special Assistant to the Chancellor (Max Allen), Assistant to the Chancellor (Mark Lanier), Chair of the Staff Advisory Council (Sherri Batson), and Director of University Planning (Ken Spackman). Provost Hosier asked Dr. Spackman to inform these individuals and modify the Web membership list accordingly.

Pursuant to a question about the timing of Planning Council meetings and subsequent discussion, it was decided that all meetings for the 2007-08 academic year will be scheduled on non-Senate Tuesdays from 2:00-3:30 pm. This will allow faculty members to plan teaching schedules that avoid conflict with Planning Council meetings. And because other Planning Council members often attend Faculty Senate meetings, the Tuesday 2:00-4:00 time slot is often free in their schedules when the Senate is not meeting. Provost Hosier asked Dr. Spackman to contact the Chancellor's Office to implement this scheduling plan.

Provost Hosier gave an overview of the recommendations of the Chancellor's Task Force on University Budget Processes, including underlying principles, timelines, roles of individuals and groups, the budget template, and flow charts. Dr. Core emphasized the importance of the theme of tying planning and budgeting together. Mr. Lanier highlighted the educational components of the recommendations and the facility of a single template for all budget development processes. Implementation of the Task Force recommendations has already begun.

The Budget Task Force recommendations also contained a concept draft of a budget planning calendar. This draft was distributed and it elicited a number of specific suggestions for improvement, including enhancements in the categories of enrollment management, data availability, and annual strategic priorities. Provost Hosier asked Terry Curran, Bob Russell, Lisa Castellino and Ken Spackman to incorporate these suggestions into the budget planning calendar and report to the Council at the February meeting.

Dr. Spackman presented several slides on the cumulative effect of campus-initiated tuition increases with three purposes: to demonstrate the influence of the Strategic Plan in allocating the tuition increase revenues, to show the considerable positive impact these revenues have caused, and to illustrate the kind of planning-budgeting-assessment loop envisioned by the Chancellor's Task Force on University Budget Processes that could be applied to other funding processes. The past four years of campus-initiated tuition increases will have provided more than $8.2 million in continuing funding to UNCW, resulting in a significant decrease in student-faculty ratio, a significant increase in faculty salaries and benefits, and a significantly greater capacity to provide our students with need-based financial aid.

Provost Hosier presented a brief update on the latest draft Accountability Plan for the University of North Carolina, and its associated core measures. Dr. Spackman described the features of one of these core measures, the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA). One advantage of beginning a longitudinal CLA study in fall 2007 is that it would provide us with general education assessment results in 2011, just in time to inform the selection of a topic for the Quality Enhancement Plan required for SACS reaffirmation of accreditation. Reservations were expressed concerning the cost of the CLA and the relatively small sample size of students to be tested.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 pm.

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March 28


April 23


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