University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


October 17, 2007

Members Present: Provost Paul Hosier, Mr. Steve Demski, Dr. Debra Saunders-White, Dr. David Cordle, Mr. Larry Clark, Dr. Virginia Adams, Dr. Robert Roer, Dr. Mike Walker, Dr. Steve McFarland, Dr. Mark Spaulding, Dr. John Fischetti, Dr. Dick Dillaman, Mr. William Fleming, Mr. Daniel Thorpe, Mr. Max Allen, Mr. Mark Lanier, Mr. Doug Yopp and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

Others Attending: Dr. Johnson Akinleye, Ms. Lisa Castellino, Dr. Terry Curran, Dr. Denise DiPuccio, Mr. Mark Gallovic and Ms. Cindy Lawson.

Provost Hosier called the meeting to order at 2:30 pm.

The minutes of the September 18 meeting were approved as posted on the Web.

Provost Hosier indicated that it has been more than two years since the Planning Council approved UNCW's Strategic Plan and Progress Measures, and that it is time to review them in light of the progress the university has made and to reflect new issues and challenges that have arisen since that time.

Mark Gallovic, Director of Education Abroad, introduced a proposed modification of Progress Measure 8. The rationale for the change is to align the progress measure with data available for our peers through the national database Open Doors, and to recognize the value of, and current efforts in support of, study abroad programs awarding one or two credits. After considering the most recent comparative data, it was decided to set both a 2010 target of 20% for the study abroad participation rate, and a longer term 2015 target of 25%. The modification agreed upon, subject to review at the November 6 meeting, is as follows:

Progress Measure 8: By fall 2010, increase the international student population to 3% of the total student population. Increase the study abroad participation rate to 20% of undergraduates completing UNCW degrees by 2010, and to 25% by 2015.

It was agreed, subject to review at the November 6 meeting, to modify Progress Measure 7 by changing the indicator from annual R&D expenditures to a three-year moving average of R&D expenditures, and by adjusting the target date from 2010 to 2009-11. The revision reads as follows:

Progress Measure 7: Increase the three-year moving average of total annual R&D expenditures from $12.5 million in 2001-03 to at least $20 million by 2009-11.

During the discussion of modifications to Progress Measure 4, Dr. Curran distributed a summary of progress toward 51 specific strategies to increase retention and graduation rates. He also discussed potential obstacles to meeting our retention and graduation goals, including UNC-GA expectations for enrollment growth that exceed UNCW's current enrollment plans. Possible strategies for substantially increasing enrollment, given both space constraints and ambitious retention and graduation goals for first-time full-time freshmen, were discussed: creation of a satellite campus in Onslow County for the junior and senior years, enhanced distance education, and a creative look at scheduling in summer school and a January "J-term" for study abroad and intensive coursework. It was agreed that it was necessary to modify Progress Measure 4 to reflect the goals submitted to UNC-GA in May 2007 as part of a systemwide effort to increase retention and graduation rates, as follows:

Progress Measure 4: Increase the freshman to sophomore retention rate from 85.7% in 2004-05 to 90% by 2011, the four-year graduation rate from 42.8% in 2004-05 to 50% by 2012, and the six-year graduation rate from 61% in 2004-05 to 70% by 2012 and to 75% by 2017.

Discussion began on the proposal to add a new objective under Goal I of the Strategic Plan: "Improve our transfer student transition, experience and achievement." Proponents argued that the Strategic Plan currently has no objective explicitly addressing transfer students, and that such an objective could serve as a focus of future efforts and resource allocation for transfer student initiatives, and as an impetus to establish progress measures in this area. Opponents observed that Objectives 1 and 5 under Goal I are inclusive of all students, and therefore such a new objective would be redundant. Further discussion and action on this proposal was postponed to the November meeting.

New Business

Dr. Spackman distributed two handouts describing the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), since a decision about UNCW's participation may be necessary in the coming months. The result of a partnership between AACSU and NASULGC, the VSA will provide a Web-based portrait of standard institutional data aimed at an audience of prospective students, public policy-makers, legislators, and university faculty and staff. The data will be presented in a common five-page template to ensure consistent, comparable and accurate information in areas such as enrollment and demographics, undergraduate success and progress, costs and financial aid, admissions, program offerings, faculty profile, Carnegie classification, and institutional highlights, as well as student perceptions (NSSE) and student learning outcomes (CLA), all in a context that recognizes mission distinctiveness but is free from competitive ranking. Finalization of the College Portrait template and procedures for participating institutions is expected in November 2007. It appears that the VSA may eventually be a component of the UNC Accountability Plan, though there may be advantages to earlier independent participation.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:05 pm.

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


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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