University Planning

University Planning and Quality Council


December 14, 2000 Meeting

Members present: Dr. James Leutze, Dr. John Cavanaugh, Timothy Jordan, Ms. Pat Leonard, Dr. Robert Tyndall, Dr. Bruce Rabon for Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital, Patton McDowell, Dr. Jeffrey Hill for Dean Jo Ann Seiple, Dr. Robert Keating for Lawrence Clark, Dr. Cathy Barlow, Dr. Virginia Adams, Dr. Neil Hadley, Dr. Terrence Curran, Dr. Stephen McNamee, Dr. Richard Veit, Dr. Ronald Sizemore, Dr. Denis Carter, Dr. Douglas Smith, and Dr. Lynn Snowden.

Others attending: Mark Lanier, Dr. Kenneth Spackman, Dr. Melton McLaurin, Dr. Paul Hosier, Ms. Nikki Howard, Ms. Marla Rice-Thomas, Ms. Nanette Manning, and Robert Fry.

Since Dr. Leutze was delayed, Dr. Cavanaugh called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. Mr. Fry called for any corrections to the Minutes of October 26, 2000 meeting. Hearing none, the minutes stand as distributed.

Planning Items:

Mr. Fry reported that he, Drs. Spackman and McLaurin had attended the early December meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in Atlanta.

  • Dr. Kenneth Spackman gave his observations regarding the meetings he attended on Faculty Credentials documentation and Web Page Usage and the progress UNCW has made in this area.
  • Dr. McLaurin made remarks on the importance of conducting the SACS required substantive change review as it relates to the new Ph.D. program in Marine Biology.
  • Mr. Fry remarked that representatives from many schools who had been recently reviewed by SACS had commented on the need to demonstrate a clear linkage between budgeting and planning. Feeling that UNCW could do a better job in this area, he reviewed a model he had discussed with the VC's during their recent retreat.

Dr. Spackman gave a status report on UNCW's Self-Study process and indicated that committees would be spending time during the early part of this semester preparing their reports on the 81 unit self-studies completed during this past spring and fall. Principal committees will be consolidating these reports during the late spring and preparing their summary reports for Steering Committee review. A final report will be prepared by Fall 2001 for review by the campus community. He currently needs conformation that Section II recommendations have been acted upon.

  • In response to a Section II recommendation, Ms. Leonard informed the Committee that the next publication of the "Code of Student Life" will include the UNCW Mission statement.

Mr. Fry reviewed some of the material presented at the last Council meeting and then asked members to suggest any critical issues that they feel will have an impact on the university during the next five to ten years.

  • Dr. Robert Keating cited a problem with not being able to offer competitive salaries and the impact this is having on many academic programs.
  • Dr. Lynn Snowden sees a different type of professor coming for interviews at the university. These individuals are younger, are specially trained, and have a different set of expectations than previous candidates.
  • Dr. Stephen McNamee indicated that the lack of a competitive benefits package is hindering faculty recruitment.
  • Drs. McLaurin and Veit commented on the transition from FTE funding to the new credit hour model and the impact that this transition has on new positions and may have on course offerings in the future. Concern was expressed about the possible adoption of this approach for all new and continuing funding.
  • Drs. Sizemore and Hadley expressed a need to improve graduate school program funding. A need for additional funding, more graduate student stipends and health care benefits for teaching assistants.
  • Mr. Fry used some of the previous Council discussions to expand this list of critical issues.

Mr. Fry reviewed Vice President's recent memorandum that requested campus revisions to Minority Presence Plan. Dr. John Cavanaugh reviewed discussions he had had with Ms. Roxie Shabazz, the new undergraduate admissions director, on this topic.

Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

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