University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


July 29, 1999 Meeting

Members present: Dr. James Leutze, Chair, Dr. John Cavanaugh, Robert Walton, Dr. Jo Ann Seiple, Dr. Virginia Adams, Dr. Andrew Hayes, Dr. Howard Rockness, Dr. Terrence Curran, Ty Rowell for Patton McDowell, Dr. Bruce Ragon for Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital, Dr. Neil Hadley, Dr. Richard Veit, Dr. Dick Ward, Dr. Lynne Snowden and Ms. Sue Cody.

Others attending: Mark Lanier, Dr. Paul Hosier, Ms. Nikki Howard, Ms. Mimi Cunningham, Sam Connally and Robert Fry.

Effects of Recent Legislative Decisions on Capital Funding

The Legislature's recent decision to adjourn without providing any solution to the University's capital needs has a direct impact on a number of expansion decisions currently before the Planning and Quality Council. Dr. Leutze provided the Council with some background information and an update based on recent discussion between the President and the Chancellors. Depending on actions in the legislature next summer, UNCW's growth beyond 10,100 students in 2001 could be halted for up to three years. This no growth scenario will force the university to become more selective in the admissions process. Mr. Fry reviewed an enrollment scenario which was based on the general classroom building now being planned to be completed by fall 2001 and the requested new education facility being available for occupancy in the fall of 2003.After discussion, the Chancellor asked that a study group be formed and charged with developing several enrollment scenarios for Council review. A new residence hall now in the planning stages is the first capital expansion decision which will need to be addressed within the next few months.

Mr. Lanier distributed copies of articles about the bond issue that were in the Sunday Charlotte Observer.

Mr. Fry also addressed questions about enrollment levels for the next academic year.

Planning Outcomes

Mr. Fry informed the Council that a version of the university's Planning Outcomes is now available on the Web. This information, which focuses attention on campus activities linked to the university's eight planning goals, was originally produced for the July Board of Trustees meeting. He indicated that this and similar documents will provide a good reference tool for the upcoming self-study process.

Since this information is now available on the web, Mr. Fry intends to write a monthly article for the Communiqué which will direct the community's attention to these WebPages. He expects readers to add items to this database after reading these articles.

SACS Self Study

The Institutional Effectiveness Committee's web survey now has about one third out of the 36 expected. Mr. Fry asked the Deans to remind department chairs that the deadline for survey responses is mid-August.

Mr. Fry asked the Council for permission to staff its Mission and Goals Committee. This Committee is basically charged with the same responsibilities as the self-study's Purpose Committee. He feels that now is the time for the university to update both the mission and eight goals and to begin preparing for the self-study's survey activities. By using this group as the Purpose Committee, it will eliminate redundancy and make for a more efficient self-study process. The Council approved this request.

Items in Progress

Mr. Fry provided a status report on several items:

  1. Continuity Planning - Joint project to be developed by Dr. Tyndall and Mr. Fry.
  2. Planning Database - A demonstration model of this database is expected during the next several months.
  3. Vision Statement - Discussion of this statement will take place at the Chancellor's September retreat with the Vice Chancellors. Mr. Fry suggested that this statement should include expectations in the following areas: enrollment, physical plant, academic and non-academic programs, services, and outreach to the community.
  4. Classroom Scheduling Process Improvement Project - Mr. Fry updated the Council on revisions being made to the classroom scheduling process.

Future Council Meetings:

  • September 22, 1999, Alderman 215 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM.
  • December 1, 1999, Alderman 215 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:45 PM.

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