University Planning and Quality Council
September 13, 2001 Meeting
Members present: Dr. James Leutze, Dr. John Cavanaugh, Timothy Jordan, Ms. Pat Leonard, Mr. Ty Rowell for Mr. Patton McDowell, Dr. Jo Ann Seiple, Dr. Lawrence Clark, Dr. John Fischetti, for Dr. Cathy Barlow, Dr. Bettie Glenn for Dr. Virginia Adams, Dr. Daniel Noland, Dr. Ronald Sizemore, Dr. Lynne Snowden.
Others attending: Mark Lanier, Dr. Kenneth Spackman, Dr. Gay Davis, Dr. James Dragna, Dr. Denis Carter, Ms. Nikki Howard, Ms. Mimi Cunningham, Richard Scott, Samuel Connally, Ms. Kay Ward, Ms. Sharon Boyd and Robert Fry.
Dr. Leutze called the meeting to order at 3:40 PM. The minutes of the April 26, 2001 meeting were approved as distributed.
Report on SACS Self-Study
Dr. Spackman compared the results of 1991 and 2001 campus-wide surveys that were conducted in conjunction with the last two SACS Self-Studies. He stated that a draft copy of the Self-Study document would be available on the web for review and comment between October 1st and the 19th.
Facilities Committee Report
Mr. Fry provided information on the Facilities Website and discussed the current plan and timeline for new construction and renovation projects. Dr. Leutze provided background information on the significance of the Chancellor's Walk. The Walk has historical significant and was designated as the Chancellors' Walk by the Board of Trustee in memory of former Wilmington College last President, Dr. William Randall, and Dr. William Wagoner, the first Chancellor of University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Randall Library and Wagoner Hall now sit at the end of this ½ mile walkway. This walk was discussed because of the possible placement of the Creative Arts facility and performance venue at the eastern end of the walk.
Mr. Fry gave an update on fall 2001 enrollment. Freshman headcount reached a new record high of almost 2,000 students. He explained the unusual circumstances that resulted in this dramatic increase. The SAT average dropped six (6) points. New Hanover freshman students increased by about 47% over the previous year. There is a 2% increase in students continuing from Spring to Fall, and a slight drop in the percentage of females attending. The overall first year retention rate exceeded 80% for the first time in the school's history. This provides another indication that students are not only enrolling at UNCW in record numbers but are choosing to stay and graduate. Overall enrollment increased by about 700 students and graduate students increased by 60.
Enrollment Projections for 2001-02 and 2002-03
Dr. Cavanaugh reported that due to the record high enrollment this fall, UNCW will reduce spring transfers to about 100. UNCW is currently planning on a freshman class of about 1,700 next year. This will reduce overall enrollment slightly and bring the university into line with previous submitted funding estimates for 2002-03.
Planning Coordinator's Report
The Planning Coordinators are working on a revised university-wide planning process, a series of overarching themes called "Areas of Excellence," and a group of campus-wide goals under each "Area of Excellence." Mr. Fry reviewed the process with the Council and answered questions from the members. Every effort is being made to involve the campus community in this newly developed process. Dr. Leutze requested the council members review the draft process and forward comments to Mr. Fry. The Council is to be prepared to vote on this process at its next meeting.
Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:00 PM.
Next meeting: October 23, 2001, 3:30 PM-5: 00 PM in Alderman 215
Minutes submitted by Yvonne G. Smith, September 19, 2001.
Last Updated: October 16, 2001