University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


May 9, 2007

Members Present: Provost Paul Hosier, Dr. Ron Core, Ms. Mary Gornto, Mr. Steve Demski, Dr. Debra Saunders-White, Dr. Bill Sackley (for Mr. Larry Clark), Dr. Cathy Barlow, Dr. Robert Roer, Dr. Mark Spaulding, Dr. Sue McCaffray, Dr. Dick Dillaman, Dr. Rob Burrus, Mr. William Fleming, Mr. Bob Russell, Mr. Daniel Thorpe, and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

Others Attending: Ms. Lisa Castellino and Dr. Terry Curran.

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

Provost Hosier introduced Mr. Daniel Thorpe, newly elected President of the Student Government Association, and welcomed him as a member of the Planning Council.

The minutes of the April 23 meeting were approved as posted on the Web.

Provost Hosier reported on the outcome of an April 24 teleconference with GA concerning UNCW's annual retention and graduation goals. As a result of urging from GA, UNCW has revised its 2009-10 four-year graduation rate goal from 43% to 44%, its 2010-11 goal from 44% to 46%, its 2011-12 goal from 44% to 50%, and added a footnote to our annual retention and graduation goals that "UNCW will continue to increase graduation rates annually by 1% until a 75% six-year graduation rate is achieved." All other previously submitted retention and graduation goals remain unchanged. The revised plan, submitted to GA on May 1, 2007, for achieving our retention and graduation goals is online at:

Dr. Spackman gave a brief review of the seven month UNC-GA process for establishment of campus retention and graduation rate goals and showed a summary of the final goals for each of the sixteen campuses. The Planning Council then engaged in an extended discussion of factors influencing persistence and graduation of our students. Among these were the conjecture that more diligent advising of juniors may alert many students of a potential shortfall of three or four semester hours at the time of graduation (in four years) unless steps are taken to adjust their schedules in the last three semesters, and the observation that UNCW's five-year graduation rate has consistently been approximately 20 percentage points higher than our four-year graduation rate.

In an update of the UNC Tomorrow initiative, Dr. Spackman described the preparations being made for President Bowles' May 17 visit to UNCW. The focus of campus visits, as part of the preparation phase, is to ascertain what the campuses are doing currently to respond to regional and statewide challenges, and how each campus identifies those challenges. The purpose of the UNC Tomorrow process, which will serve as the foundation for future UNC System planning processes, is to position the University of North Carolina to meet the needs of the state over the next 20 years (and is not narrowly focused on workforce development).

Provost Hosier reminded the Council of the purpose of developing an Articulation of Quality-to broaden our thinking of quality beyond average freshman SAT scores and US News rankings to a much more sophisticated vocabulary of quality that addresses each of the areas of our mission, vision, identity and core values. Such an articulation of quality will assist the Chancellor and Provost in speaking to external groups about UNCW, and will help the campus to refine its understanding of UNCW's strategic plan. Dr. Spackman distributed a draft consolidation of the suggestions that four working groups submitted at the April 23 meeting. Discussion quickly led to the determination that additional work was necessary to eliminate redundancy, make the articulation "more articulate," and add mention of technology and the Honor Code. Provost Hosier and Dr. Spackman will work together to bring a revised draft to the Planning Council for consideration in the fall.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 pm.

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


September 18, 2007


October 9, 2007


November 6, 2007


December 4, 2007


January 22, 2008


February 26, 2008


March 25, 2008


April 22, 2008


May 6, 2008

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