University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


September 23, 2008

Members Present: Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, Mr. Charles Maimone, Ms. Pat Leonard, Mr. Steve Demski, Dr. Debra Saunders-White, Dr. David Cordle, Mr. Larry Clark, Dr. Susan Pierce, Dr. Robert Roer, Dr. Mike Walker, Dr. Bruce McKinney, Dr. John Fischetti, Dr. Amy Kirschke, Dr. Dick Dillaman, Dr. Rob Burrus, Mr. Max Allen, Mr. Mark Lanier, Ms. Nancy Jones and Dr. Kenneth Spackman.

Others Attending: Dr. Johnson Akinleye, Ms. Cindy Lawson and Dr. Nathan Lindsay.

Chancellor DePaolo called the meeting to order at 2:00 pm.

The minutes of the September 2 meeting were approved as posted on the Web.

Dr. Spackman summarized the mission review process to date, reported on the results of the mission survey, and presented the resulting modifications recommended by the Mission Review Committee. Extended discussion resulted in many additional suggestions for revision, but no satisfactory way to incorporate them all. The Planning Council instructed the Mission Review Committee to consider these new suggestions as it develops a revised version to be communicated at the upcoming open forums.

The Planning Council revised its former mission review policy to reflect the procedures used in the spring 2005 review and in the current one. The following policy was approved without dissent.

The UNCW mission statement is reviewed at least once every four years. A mission review is initiated by the Provost who appoints a Mission Review Committee selected from the membership of the University Planning and Quality Council. The Mission Review Committee oversees the review process that includes the development of a draft revision; a survey of student leaders, faculty and staff to collect feedback on the draft revision; and a determination by the Mission Review Committee of any additional modifications to be made based on the survey results. The resulting proposal for mission revision is presented to the University Planning and Quality Council, which makes its recommendation to the Chancellor. The approval sequence includes the Chancellor, the UNCW Board of Trustees, and the UNC Board of Governors, which is the final approval authority. Occasionally, minor revisions to the mission statement are necessary when a change in academic program offerings or other restructuring occurs. In that case, the University Planning and Quality Council may make its recommendation to the Chancellor without a Mission Review Committee or survey.

Dr. Spackman summarized the process and timeline for UNCW's SACS Fifth-Year Interim Report due at the end of March 2009. Eleven working committees have been formed to gather the necessary supporting documentation and write narratives demonstrating compliance in 14 areas. An organizational meeting of the membership of these committees took place on September 19, when committee resource manuals were distributed. (The PowerPoint used at that organizational meeting is posted here.) A steering committee that includes convenors of the eleven working committees will oversee the process and give approval of a combined report to be sent to a leadership team chaired by the Chancellor for final approval.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 pm.

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


October 21, 2008


November 4, 2008


December 2, 2008


January 27, 2009


February 24, 2009


March 24, 2009


April 14, 2009


May 5, 2009

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