University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


March 28, 2007

Members Present: Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, Provost Paul Hosier, Dr. Ron Core, Ms. Pat Leonard, Ms. Mary Gornto, Dr. David Cordle, Dr. Virginia Adams, Dr. Robert Roer, Dr. Dick Dillaman, Dr. Rob Burrus, Mr. William Fleming, Mr. Bob Russell, Mr. Max Allen, Mr. Mark Lanier, Ms. Sherri Batson, and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

Others Attending: Ms. Lisa Castellino, Dr. Terry Curran, Ms. Cindy Lawson, and Ms. Kay Ward.

Provost Hosier called the meeting to order at 3:30 pm.

The minutes of the February 22 meeting were approved as posted on the Web.

The Planning Council discussed a schedule for review of the strategic plan and of the strategic priorities, and agreed that a review should be initiated each fall semester, beginning in fall 2007. Specifically, at each September meeting new Council members will become familiarized with the strategic plan, and the university's progress can be assessed in relation to the plan following publication of year-end reports. At the October meeting, members will come to the meeting prepared to recommend any modifications to the strategic plan or to the progress measure statements, or to suggest the formation of subgroups to study potential modifications of these documents. The review of the strategic priorities will also occur each fall as accomplishments are reviewed through year-end reports. Adjustments to the strategic priorities will be made each spring. Both annual reviews of the strategic plan and annual reviews of the strategic priorities should be added to the university's planning/budgeting calendar. It was suggested that the format of annual year-end reports be adjusted to more closely reflect progress on strategic priorities and the strategic plan.

Following considerable discussion, it was agreed to remove the dates "2005-2010" from the title of the strategic plan. The end notes indicate when the plan was developed and when revisions were adopted, and therefore provide evidence that the plan is kept current. The Council also agreed to carry forward the strategic priorities piloted this year to the next academic year, and designate the priorities as Strategic Priorities 2006-08 to reflect the biennial influence of these priorities.

Provost Hosier introduced the challenge for UNCW to better articulate our institutional quality (beyond, for example, average SAT scores and national university rankings), to provide a "vocabulary of quality" and to identify both achievements and goals we can strive for. He assigned working subcommittees to contribute toward the articulation of "quality" as it relates to the words and phrases of UNCW's mission, vision, identity and core values. Dean Cordle summarized the task succinctly as follows.

Examine the assigned portions of the strategic plan and answer the question: what would this campus look like with
regard to these areas (mission, vision, identity, values) if UNCW were a high quality institution in every respect?

The subcommittees were asked to report at the April 23 meeting of the Planning Council both orally and perhaps with a brief handout of bulleted findings.


  1. The agenda for the April 23 meeting will be reserved for reports by the subcommittees charged with articulating aspects of UNCW's quality.
  2. The agenda for the May 9 meeting will include a draft of UNCW's initial

UNC Tomorrow report prepared in advance of President Bowles' May 17 visit to our campus. Prior to the May 9 Planning Council meeting, Mr. Lanier will transmit to members an electronic draft of the report, which is designed to describe what UNCW is doing to meet present and future challenges facing the state and our region, and how we currently identify those challenges. Mr. Lanier explained that the UNC Tomorrow project is a major factor that will lead to a new UNC system planning process.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 pm.

Future Meetings (At 3:30-5:00 pm in AL 215)


April 23


May 9

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