Strategic Planning Committee Meeting
Cottonwood Room - Nebraskan Union
October 31, 2000 - 3 p.m.
James Roark, Barbara Audley, Charles Bicak, Paul Bishop, Mike Bohnhoff, David Clark, Roger Davis, Bruce Elder, Kent Estes, Randy Haack, Marilyn Hadley, Ben Homan, Roger Jones, Larry Kuskie, Kathy Livingston, Peter Longo, Bonnie Mumm, John Oseth, James Rundstrom, Ryan Samuelson, Debbie Schroeder, Jim Scott, Annabell Zikmund
Betty Jo Armagost, Gordon Bennett, William Lewis, Michael Sumpter
James Roark called the meeting to order.
Minutes of the October 3, 2000, Meeting were distributed.
Roark referenced the previous document defining academic programs and subprograms that had been shared with the campus. After the document was distributed campus-wide, some faculty noted omissions or corrections. They were encouraged to bring their concerns to the attention of their respective deans. Dean Nikels asked for inclusion of the Research Services Council in the same area as General Studies and the Honors Program. Davis suggested Women's Studies be included in that group.
Bohnhoff distributed the DRAFT document of measures to the Committee members for discussion. Roark expressed his hope that the Committee could get through the nine criteria and measures at the meeting so a revised edition could be circulated to department faculty through their chairs. That would enable chairs to reply to Roark's office before the next meeting of the Committee on November 21.
The Committee discussed possible additions to the measures. Scott reminded the Committee that the list should be short and concise. The Committee made four changes.
CRITERION 3 - Quality and Outcomes of Teaching/Learning - the Committee added "Diversity of Faculty" as a measure. Also under this criterion, the Committee added "Open-ended response that can include instructional resources (i.e., equipment, library holdings)."
CRITERION 5 - Quality and Outcomes of Service to the Public, the Committee added the measure of "Brief catalog of non-credit activities."
CRITERION 8 - Cooperation and Partnership with Other Programs, the Committee amended the first measure by adding the word "programs" so that it would read "Cooperative ventures with other UNK departments/programs."
Roark then asked the members if the document was approved? It was.
There will be a 10-page limit on program reports. The first page would be for overall comments; then one page allowed for each of the nine criteria. The next task for the committee is to refine this document and put more details in it and to give examples. Also, the document will be sent to chairs for feedback by the next meeting.
Roark reminded the Committee that the 1995 Strategic Plan set out some priority programs, largely based on the recommendation of North Central* after the last accreditation visit. He plans to bring the recommendations for Priority Programs to the Strategic Planning Committee for input in developing the final list of Priority Programs. Kuskie asked how this could be an annual activity. Roark agreed that Priority Programs would not have major changes each year. The list may see gradual changes. Scott could see the exercise being done annually for the first couple of years; then stretched out to every 3-5 years. From the Board of Regents point of view, academic prioritization is very important. Haack served on the Angle Committee ("Burns Committee") that dealt with prioritization of other facets of campus, i.e. Student Affairs, University Relations, and Business & Finance.
The next meeting will be held in the Warner Conference Room on Tuesday, November 21, at 3 p.m. Meeting was adjourned.
*30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504