University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


November 8, 2006

Members Present: Provost Paul Hosier, Dr. Ron Core, Dr. David Cordle, Dr. Larry Clark, Dr. Abdou Ndoye (for Dr. Cathy Barlow), Dr. Virginia Adams, Dr. Robert Roer, Dr. Sue McCaffray, Dr. Richard Dillaman, Dr. Robert Burrus, Mr. William Fleming, and Mr. Bob Russell.

Others Attending: Mr. Max Allen, Ms. Lisa Castellino, Dr. Terry Curran, Ms. Gay Howe, Mr. Mark Lanier, Ms. Cindy Lawson, Dr. Kemille Moore, and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

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

The minutes of the October 5 meeting were approved as posted on the Web.

Dr. Curran presented UNCW's plan for achieving annual retention and graduation rate goals developed in the preceding two meetings. Both the annual targets and the plan were submitted to UNC-GA on October 24. The plan comprises 50 strategies, organized into six categories: admissions, academic planning and assessment, advising and registration, curriculum, financial aid and scholarships, and student support programs. Each strategy contains a goal, action, timeline, and estimated cost. The total estimated cost of implementing the entire plan is $16,735.000. Both Provost Hosier and Dr. Curran regard the plan as a "work in progress" that will have to be prioritized and condensed to identify those actions that will have the greatest effect, are accomplishable, and are affordable.

Ms. Castellino gave a brief report, embedded in Dr. Curran's presentation, that included a seven year survey assessment schedule. The schedule incorporates surveys administered to admitted students, freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors to address strategically key questions about how college affects students, and, at the same time, to avoid burdening the same group of students with multiple surveys in short time spans.

Two observations recurred during the discussions:

  1. The kinds of data we collect, and the efforts we expend to retain and graduate cohorts of first-time freshmen, are equally as important to apply to UNCW's substantial transfer student population.
  2. Assessment of how college affects UNCW students must not be limited to indirect methods of surveying students for their perceptions and satisfaction; it must also include direct assessment of student learning and development.

Because of prolonged discussion of the retention/graduation plan, the second agenda item-an overview of UNC-GA's proposed metrics and the Collegiate Learning Assessment-was postponed to a future meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:17 pm.

Future Meetings (All meetings at 3:30-5:00 pm in AL 215)

Fall 2006


December 7

Spring 2007


January 22


February 22


March 28


April 23


May 9

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Last Updated: November 30, 2006