University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


October 20, 2009

Members Present: Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, Provost Cathy Barlow, Mr. Charlie Maimone, Ms. Pat Leonard, Mr. Steve Demski, Dr. David Cordle, Mr. Larry Clark, Dr. Karen Wetherill, Dr. James McCann, Dr. Bob Roer, Dr. Mike Walker, Dr. Steve McFarland, Dr. Bruce McKinney, Dr. Dick Dillaman, Dr. Carol McNulty, Mr. William Fleming, Mr. Charles Soden (for Mr. Mark Blackwell), Mr. Max Allen, Mr. Mark Lanier, Mr. Rick Thompson, and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

Others Attending: Dr. Johnson Akinleye, Dr. Manny Avalos, Ms. Lisa Castellino, Dr. Terry Curran, Ms. Dana Harris, Ms. Cindy Lawson, Dr. Nathan Lindsay.

Provost Barlow called the meeting to order at 2:00 pm.

The minutes of the September 22 meeting were approved as posted on the Web.

Provost Barlow announced that the version of UNCW's mission statement recommended at the September 22 meeting was approved by the Educational Planning and Programs Committee of the Board of Governors, and will be presented for approval by the full Board at their November meeting. The Board of Trustees will act on the revised version during its October 22-23 meetings.

The Council then acted on five recommendations related to new progress measure areas.


Transfer student persistence. The Council adopted by majority vote the following expected outcome:

Sustain at 73% the 3-year graduation rate for transfer students from a North Carolina community college with a college transfer degree.

Mr. Clark asked that data on transfer student persistence be compiled for universities that have similarly large transfer student populations as UNCW.

Faculty grant activity. The Council adopted by majority vote the following amendment to Progress Measure 7 (addition underlined):

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, and by 2013 increase to 25% the annual proportion of tenure-track faculty submitting grant proposals.

During the discussion, there were questions about whether grant proposal submissions constituted an outcome. Submissions can properly be viewed as a faculty engagement outcome as evidence that faculty research agendas are being pursued in a serious way.


Diversity. Mr. Fleming gave a summary report on faculty and staff diversity as of January 2009. The data reflected a year of transition that incorporated changes in ethnic categories mandated by the Census Bureau and influences of career banding. The full report is online. (2009 Report is no longer available, 2011 Report is available to view.) The Council adopted the following recommendation:

The chief HR officer shall report annually in the spring semester to the Planning Council regarding faculty and staff racial/ethnic/gender diversity.


Faculty quality. The Council agreed to delay target-setting in the area of faculty productivity and involvement until benchmark data are available through Delaware II in late 2010.


Full-time faculty. The Council decided to table consideration of a target for full-time faculty until more detailed data (including breakdowns by academic program) are available, and definitions are clear.

The meeting ended with the beginning of a discussion about how to reenergize strategic planning in the same way that six years ago the original ten progress measures became transformative, driving forces for positive change.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:40 pm.

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


November 3, 2009


December 1, 2009


January 26, 2010


February 23, 2010


March 23, 2010


April 13, 2010


May 4, 2010

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