University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


March 3, 2004

Members Present: Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, Dr. Raymond Burt (for Dr. Paul Hosier), Mr. Scott Cowdrey (for Dr. Robert Tyndall), Ms. Pat Leonard, Ms. Mary Gornto, Ms. Kay Ward, Dr. Jo Ann Seiple, Mr. Lawrence Clark, Dr. Carol Chase Thomas (for Dr. Cathy Barlow), Dr. Robert Roer, Dr. Terrence Curran, Dr. Daniel Noland, Dr. Carol Pilgrim, Dr. Thomas Schmid, Dr. Denis Carter and Mr. Robert S. Russell.

Others Attending: Mr. Max Allen, Dr. Tim Ballard, Ms. Sharon Boyd, Dr. Ele Byington, Ms. Mimi Cunningham, Dr. James Dragna, Mr. Mark Lanier, Dr. James McNab, Ms. Nanette Manning and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

With a quorum present, the meeting began informally at 3:35 pm with Dr. McNab's report. At 3:50 pm, Chancellor DePaolo formally called the meeting to order.

The minutes of the February 24, 2004, meeting were approved as distributed on the Web.

The Council heard six reports from task forces and working groups as follows.

1. Drs. McNab and Burt reported on the work of the International Issues Task Force. In response to a question about a possible single sentence describing the overarching goal of internationalization, they suggested: "Create an educational environment that prepares our students to be global citizens." In response to another question about the "aim for 100% participation in some form of study abroad by the time of graduation," it was pointed out that the current UNCW study abroad participation rate is approximately 6.7%. Handout.

2. Dr. Ballard reported on the work of the Basic Studies Review Task Force. The Committee has agreed on the underlying principles of the core curriculum, but has not yet settled on the structure needed to accomplish those principles. In response to a question, Dr. Ballard indicated that his committee would not be addressing assessment of Basic Studies learning outcomes, since his committee was not charged with doing so. Handout.

3. Dr. Seiple reported on the product of the working group assigned at the February 24 meeting to develop goals for the issue "quality academic environment and sense of campus community." She expanded on each of the points of her group's handout, and indicated that the goals and objectives of the Basic Studies Review Task Force and of the First Year Experience Task Force could be included among the objectives addressing this main issue.

4. Drs. Curran and Byington reported on the work of the First Year Experience Task Force. Dr. Curran remarked how similar his task force's "first year outcomes" were to the working list of outcomes of Basic Studies developed by Dr. Ballard's committee, even though these two groups have been working-thus far-independently. Dr. Curran described the comprehensive approach of this task force, the primary issues and challenges, and a list of 111 questions to be answered in addressing the first year experience of UNCW's freshmen. Br. Byington reported on best practices, innovative first year programs at other institutions, and a conference she attended on developing a comprehensive first year experience initiative.

5. Dr. Carter reported on the work of the Diversity Initiative Planning Committee. He described the Committee's timeline, highlighted by seven recently developed themes and a March 10 meeting to finalize planning themes and to prioritize thematic ideas. He also reminded the Council of the university's definition of diversity and of the purpose of a comprehensive diversity plan to be presented to the Chancellor by April 1. Dr. Carter indicated that he will work with the Basic Studies Review Committee on the issue of enhancing the curriculum with respect to diversity, especially in the core curriculum. Handout.

6. Dr. Noland reported on the product of the working group assigned at the February 24 meeting to develop goals for the issue "quality faculty/staff/administrator recruitment, retention and development." He described a list of six objectives, and stressed that a key feature is to tie development with evaluation (as we now do with post-tenure review for faculty), rather than using evaluation only for reward and punitive purposes. Handout.

Mr. Russell stressed the importance of prioritizing all the objectives the Council has been discussing, identifying the resources necessary to accomplish them, and committing future budget dollars for those purposes. The Council agreed that after the current planning phase of laying out all of the goals needed to address the main issues, Chancellor DePaolo's seventh guiding question for planning (What resources are needed?) must be fully answered in order for the university's strategic plan to succeed.

There was no new business.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:20 pm.

Future Meetings

March 24, 2004, 3:30-5:00 pm, AL 215

April 5, 2004, 3:30-5:00 pm, AL 215

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Last Updated: March 16, 2004