University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


January 27, 2009

Members Present: Provost Brian Chapman, Mr. Charlie Maimone, Ms. Pat Leonard, Mr. Steve Demski, Dr. Debra Saunders-White, Mr. Larry Clark, Dr. Cathy Barlow, Dr. Susan Pierce, Dr. Robert Roer, Dr. Mike Walker, Dr. Steve McFarland, Dr. Bruce McKinney, Dr. John Fischetti, Dr. Dick Dillaman, Dr. Rob Burrus, Mr. William Fleming, Mr. Bob Russell, Mr. Max Allen, Ms. Nancy Jones and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

Others Attending: Dr. Johnson Akinleye, Ms. Dana Harris, Dr. Jose Hernandez, Dr. Nathan Lindsay, Dr. Kemille Moore and Ms. Kay Ward.

Provost Chapman called the meeting to order at 2:00 pm.

The minutes of the December 2 meeting were approved as posted on the Web.

The Council followed up its December meeting by having various groups report on data collected in the eight areas identified in December for identification of potential new metrics.

  1. Undergraduate research experience (Goal I)
    Dr. Spackman presented four years of data for the NSSE item that asks first-year students and seniors about whether they plan to work, or have worked, with a faculty member outside of course or program requirements. For several reasons (sampling, not capturing DIS or honors, student perception, increase in research involvement inside course or program requirements), it was determined NSSE should not be the means of measurement for the undergraduate research experience. Instead, Bob Roer and Steve McFarland will work with Kate Bruce to begin to collect now (and ensure that Digital measures collects in the future) numbers of opportunities and participation in various internal undergraduate research activities.

  2. Undergraduate success and progress rates (Goal I)
    The Council decided to report annually, in association with the peer update of first-time full-time freshmen retention and graduation rates, the Undergraduate Success and Progress Rate. It may, however, be desirable to set targets for transfer students. Before that determination can be made, more data on transfer student persistence and graduation rates is needed. Dr. Spackman will provide this at the next meeting.

  3. Number or percentage of faculty achieving external funding annually (Goals II and VII)
    Dr. Roer presented annual data for each academic year from 2003-04 through 2007-08 on number of funded proposals, number of faculty funded, total funding received, number of proposals submitted, number of faculty submitting, total amount submitted, number of full-time faculty, percent faculty submitting, and percent faculty funded. A combination of these metrics would present a more complete picture than the currently publicized total R &D expenditures. Two questions arose: does the number of faculty submitting include only principal investigators, and are research faculty included in the count of full-time faculty? After answers to these questions are found, we may be able to set a target for the percentage of full-time faculty submitting, and implement strategies to impact this metric.

  4. Economic development (Goal V)
    Dr. Roer presented a matrix from a UNC Chapel Hill white paper entitled "Mapping Carolina's Community Economic Development Assets," showing activities of six areas within the university in each of six categories of economic impact. UNCW is already engaged in populating such a matrix from our UNC Tomorrow report as a first step to summarize where we place our efforts. We will then be in a much better position to determine how to assess progress in this area.

  5. Outreach activities (Goal V)
    Although nationally, evaluation of specific outreach activities is well-developed, there seems to be no single overall metric to measure the cumulative outcomes of a campus' entire outreach activities. However, the Council thought that total annual service learning hours would be a good measure of student involvement in outreach, and asked that trend data be prepared for the next meeting for consideration of a potential target in this area. Mr. Demski will contact Donna Chapa Crowe for this information.

Data for potential metrics in the areas of percent full-time faculty, faculty/staff quality, and faculty and staff diversity will be discussed at the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:25 pm.

Future Meetings (At 2:00-3:30 pm in AL 215)


February 24, 2009


March 24, 2009


April 14, 2009


May 5, 2009

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