University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


November 5, 2003

Members Present: Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, Dr. Paul Hosier, Ms. Kay M. Ward, Ms. Beverly Vagnerini for Dr. Robert E. Tyndall, Dr. James Dragna for Ms. Pat Leonard, Ms. Mary Gornto, Dr. Stephen McNamee for Dr. JoAnn Seiple, Mr. Lawrence Clark, Dr. Perri J. Bomar for Dr. Virginia Adams, Dr. Cathy Barlow, Dr. Robert Roer, Dr. Terrence Curran, Dr. Mark Galizio, Dr. Susan McCaffray, Dr. Denis G. Carter, Mr. Robert S. Russell.

Others Attending: Mr. Max Allen, Ms. Mimi Cunningham, Ms. Nikki Howard, Ms. Nanette Manning, Dr. Becky Porterfield, Ms. Peggy Chance and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

A quorum was established and Chancellor DePaolo called the meeting to order at 3:00 pm.

The minutes of the May 13, 2003, meeting were approved as distributed on the Web.


Chancellor's Report. Chancellor DePaolo indicated that the Board of Governors will be acting on the UNC Long-Range Plan 2004-2009 in January 2004. She said that the effort to raise the cap on out-of-state freshmen students enrolled at UNC institutions, led largely by UNC Chapel Hill, has met with strong opposition from the public and the Board of Governors is unlikely to act soon on this issue. Two committees, both with student representation, have been charged with making recommendations on campus-initiated tuition and fee increases by December 1 for review by the senior officers, and then by the Board of Trustees prior to submission to the Office of the President by December 19. Chancellor DePaolo strongly reaffirmed the importance of the role of the University Planning and Quality Council in strategic planning for the university.

Report on Diversity Planning. Dr. Carter reported briefly on the work of the Diversity Initiative Planning Committee. He described the process for the development of a Comprehensive Diversity Plan for the university, and presented a handout setting forth the work plan of the committee.

Accreditation Update. Dr. Spackman acknowledged the recent highly successful accreditation visits hosted by the School of Nursing (for voluntary accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education on October 3) and by the Graduate School (for the substantive change to offer the PhD in Marine Biology by the SACS Commission on Colleges on October 23). He announced that in order to equalize their accreditation visit schedule, SACS has postponed UNCW's next reaffirmation visit by one year to 2013 (and the self-study process will begin in 2011).

Action Item

The Council took no action on the recommendation of the Planning Coordinators Committee for a process and timetable to address the first two questions of strategic planning.

Planning Items

The Council engaged in an extended discussion of what form an answer to the question "Who are we?" will take, the process for articulating its answer and establishing UNCW's core values, and the content messages that communicate UNCW's identity and values. There was consensus that "Who are we?" should have an answer that is concise enough for members of the campus community to remember (though variations of the answer will be necessary depending on audience and purpose). Members expressed a desire to have the Planning Council "sift and consolidate" information from multiple sources, and directed that two meetings be scheduled in the remainder of the fall 2003 semester for that purpose.

Chancellor DePaolo's advice to the Council included these questions that must be addressed:

  • If, in the process of deciding what we want to be, we choose the harder path, then how do we make the harder path happen?
  • What is UNCW's optimum size for what we want to be, and what must we do to make that case to the Office of the President?
  • What will it take to make us "clearly, demonstrably the quality alternative to the mega-universities," and what areas do we have to focus on to get there?

There was no new business.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:35 pm.

Future Meetings

November 21, 2003, 1:30-3:00 pm, AL 215
December 18, 2003, 3:30-5:00 pm, AL 215

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Last Updated: November 18, 2003