University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


October 16, 1996 Meeting

Members present: Dr. James Leutze, Chair, Timothy Jordan for R. O. Walton, Tyrone Rowell, Ms. Pat Leonard, Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital, Dr. Jo Ann Seiple, Dr. Steve Harper, Dr. Marsha Dowell for Dr. Virginia Adams, Dr. Denis Carter, Dr. Richard Viet, Dr. James Sabella, Dr. Terry Curran, and Dr. Neal Hadley.

Others attending: Mark Lanier, Dr. Paul Hosier, Dr. Melton McLaurin, Sam Connally, William McCartney, Richard Scott, Ms. Nikki Howard, Stanley Colbert and Robert Fry.

The meeting was called to order at 3:10 PM. The minutes from the September 4, 1996 meeting were approved as distributed.

Special reports and Non-Planning Items

Report on the Possible Establishment of a "University Press"

Dr. Viet introduced Mr. Colbert who made a presentation on the benefits of establishing a university press at UNCW. UNC and Duke have the two largest presses in North Carolina. These are providing adequate services but are not providing state-of-the-art publishing using new technology. Because of this lack of technological innovation, UNCW has an opportunity to create a niche using this approach. There is also an opportunity to focus on campus strengths such as Biology, English, and Nursing. Starting a university press can be simply or complex.

Mr. Fry reported on information he received from Mr. William A. Frohlich, Director of the Northeastern University Press. Mr. Frohlich provided information on the short and long term cost of a University Press, a suggested management and organizational structure, and required equipment. He projected that a press must do several million dollars in business before it will be able to show a profit.

Mr. Lanier reported on current General Administration policies related to University Presses. Existing statements relate to the establishment and management of the UNC Press on the UNC Chapel Hill campus but do not address the creation on a press on other UNC campuses. If the university decides to continue discussions on this item then he will get further clarification from General Administration.

The Council would like to continue discussions on this item and asked Academic Affairs and Business Affairs to develop a draft plan including short and long term cost estimates.

Planning Council WWW

Mr. Fry reported that he was in the process of making changes to the Planning Council's Web site and asked members to periodically review the information placed on the server. He also noted that he has not received any further revisions to the Chancellor's vision statement and will be publishing that document on the Web within the next few months.

University-Wide Strategic Issues

Enrollment Affairs Report on Identified Critical Issues

Dr. Denis Carter reported on enrollment levels and strategies for the 1997-98 academic year. He recommended that the university continue to use the current performance prediction equation. This recommendation prompted a lengthy discussion. Minimum SAT scores will be instituted next year to better control enrollment levels and raise quality. Issues related to enrollment increases were discussed and several Council members presented information on areas directly affected by larger student bodies. Because of expected funding levels, fall 1997 enrollment levels will be about the same as this semester.

Time and Place for Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on December 4th, at 3 PM in Alderman 215. This meeting will focus on Academic Affairs planning materials and on the Master Facilities Plan being developed by Business Affairs in conjunction with Jefferies and Farris Associates, Architects & Planners.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:30 PM.

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