University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


September 22, 2009

Members Present: Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, Provost Cathy Barlow, Mr. Charlie Maimone, Ms. Pat Leonard, Mr. Steve Demski, Dr. Debra Saunders-White, Dr. David Cordle, Dr. Hank Weddington (for Dr. Karen Wetherill), Dr. James McCann, Dr. Bob Roer, Dr. Steve McFarland, Dr. Bruce McKinney, Dr. Lou Buttino, Dr. Carol McNulty, Mr. Mark Blackwell, Mr. Max Allen, Mr. Mark Lanier, Mr. Rick Thompson, and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

Others Attending: Dr. Johnson Akinleye, Dr. Terry Curran, Ms. Cindy Lawson, Dr. Nathan Lindsay, Ms. Nanette Manning and Ms. Kay Ward.

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

The minutes of the September 1 meeting were approved as posted on the Web.

The UNC Board of Governors plans to review recommended mission statement revisions at its September meeting, with consideration for approval at its October meeting. However, the Board has determined that UNCW will not be permitted to use the phrase "selected doctoral programs" in its mission statement. Following discussion, Dr. Saunders-White moved, Ms. Leonard seconded, that if UNCW is allowed the opportunity to submit alternative language, our recommendation be changed from, "...and in selected doctoral programs responsive to state and regional needs." to "...and in our doctoral programs in marine biology and educational leadership."

The Council heard updates from individuals representing various groups on data related to potential new progress measures. Provost Barlow suggested that we hear all the group reports first, then return to them one by one at the October meeting to make decisions on actions to be taken.

a. Transfer student persistence. Dr. Spackman presented data from the UNC-GA Web site showing that UNCW has the highest 3-year graduation rate for transfers (73%) from a NC CC with a college transfer degree.
b. Percent full-time faculty. Dr. Spackman showed several trend and peer comparison graphs related to full-time and part-time faculty. Fall 2008 percent full-time faculty (62%) was lowest in the UNC System, but at the median among our peers. Fall 2009 data are likely to be drastically different as a consequence of budget cuts. Details of percent full-time faculty and courses taught by full-time faculty are being compiled for response to the SACS 5th Year Interim Report.
c. Faculty achieving external funding. Dr. Roer reported that in 2008-09, approximately 21% of tenure-track faculty submitted grant proposals. It may be achievable to move from approximately "one in five" faculty submitting to "one in four" through a mentoring program for junior faculty or placing more emphasis on certain disciplines.
d. Faculty/staff quality. Dr. McFarland presented a summary of faculty productivity and involvement data now available through annual reporting in Digital Measures. Benchmark data are expected to be available through Delaware II in late 2010.
e. Faculty/staff diversity. Dr. Spackman presented data that showed faculty and staff gender diversity is favorable with respect to both the UNC System and our peers. Faculty and staff ethnic diversity is comparable to our peers, and comparatively low in comparison with sister UNC institutions.
f. Economic development. Dr. Roer reported that a spreadsheet is being developed to track GA's Phase II accountability measure "economic impact by campus and university" and for quantifiable comparison with the rest of the state.
g. Outreach activities. Mr. Demski reported that candidates for community engagement metrics have been identified, but data associated with each one needs to be compiled and examined.

Dr. Spackman gave a brief summary of the September 10 workshop for budget managers on the subject of linking planning, budgeting and assessment. The primary purpose of the workshop was to ensure common understanding of the meaning of expected outcomes and quantifiable success measures in the context of budget request development. Sample slides were shown from the presentation (pdf) that is posted on the Web.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 pm.

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


October 20, 2009


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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