University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


September 18, 2007

Members Present: Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, Provost Paul Hosier, Dr. Ron Core, Dr. Debra Saunders-White, Dr. David Cordle, Mr. Larry Clark, Dr. Cathy Barlow, Dr. Virginia Adams, Dr. Robert Roer, Dr. Mike Walker, Dr. Steve McFarland, Dr. Mark Spaulding, Dr. John Fischetti, Dr. Amy Kirschke, Dr. Dick Dillaman, Mr. William Fleming, Mr. Bob Russell, Mr. Daniel Thorpe, Mr. Max Allen, Mr. Mark Lanier, Mr. Doug Yopp and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

Others Attending: Ms. Sharon Boyd, Ms. Lisa Castellino, Dr. Terry Curran and Ms. Kay Ward.

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

The minutes of the May 9 meeting were approved as posted on the Web.

Provost Hosier introduced and welcomed new members of the 2007-08 Planning Council: Steve McFarland, Amy Kirschke, John Fischetti, Doug Yopp and Dan Thorpe.

Provost Hosier presented for approval an updated version of the Articulation of Quality that contained revisions based on the Planning Council's discussion at its May 9 meeting. The purpose of this document is to articulate our university's vision of quality with respect to specific words and phrases contained in the strategic plan. Besides the elimination of redundancies, a vision of technological quality was added in three instances, and adherence to the Honor Code was added in the section on integrity. Following agreement on an amendment to delete the document's italicized subtitle, the Articulation of Quality (pdf) was approved without dissent.

Dr. Spackman reminded members that, pursuant to its decision at the March 2007 meeting, the Planning Council will conduct a review of the strategic plan and progress measures this fall. A request will be sent well in advance of the October meeting for suggested modifications, and these will be considered at the October 17 meeting. It was also agreed that the newly approved Articulation of Quality would be subject to this review.

Dr. Spackman gave a brief overview of the characteristics and potential benefits of an integrated planning and assessment system in the context of the SACS expectation that we have, at the time of our next accreditation review, three to five years of electronic documents demonstrating that we have an ongoing, institution-wide, integrated, and systematic institutional planning and assessment process. Dr. McFarland demonstrated a Web-based system that he developed at his former institution that would meet these requirements, and that could be adapted to use at UNCW. Following considerable discussion, the Council agreed that such a Comprehensive Planning and Assessment System (CPAS, pronounced "SeaPass") has sufficient potential that Drs. McFarland and Spackman should develop a prototype for further review, refinement and use at UNCW.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:45 pm.

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


October 17, 2007


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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