Minutes of December 11, 2000 Meeting



	The meeting convened at 2:03 p.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
Learning.

	UPBC members present were: Carolyn Ban, Mary Ann Barber, Tammeka
Beattie, Clifford Brubaker, James Cassing, Jerome Cochran, Richard
Colwell,  Arthur Levine, James Maher, Thomas Metzger,  Barbara Mowery,
Richard Pratt, Arthur Ramicone, Marilyn Ross, Debora Rougeux, Michael
Stuckart, and Philip Wion.  Also present were: Elizabeth Baranger, Samuel
Conte, Rainer Johnsen, Jeffrey Liebmann, Jeffrey Masnick, and Robert Pack.
	UPBC members not present were: Frank Cassell, N. John Cooper,
Nathan Hershey, Jaime Ann Rakow, Joan Snyder, Valerie Watzlaf, Bruce
Williams, and Thomas Wolf..

Approval of Minutes and Report of the Chair

	The minutes of the October 9 meeting were approved.  Maher updated
the Committee on computer network issues, stating that necessary
improvements will be in place by mid-summer 2001.  He added that the
selection of an Internet service provider is proceeding, but that no
decision has been made.  Maher also stated that Wion will continue to
chair the Attribution Subcommittee.  Wion added that the methodology will
be revised this year to reflect reorganizations of information technology
functions.

Discussion of the Middle States Accreditation Self-Study

	Baranger explained the process through which the University
receives its accreditation from the Middle States Association every 10
years.  The current draft self-study, presented for review to the
University community, is the result of the efforts of several groups over
the past year.  The self-study focuses on the student experience at the
University.  Johnsen, chair of the Student Experience Study Group,
explained that the self-study covers the intellectual, physical, and
social environment of students.  The document covers: new academic
programs and teaching/learning techniques; classroom and facilities
improvements; enhancements to student services; and enrollment management
efforts to improve admissions and retention and other initiatives to
benefit students.  Conte, chair of the Management Initiatives Study Group,
added that the self-study highlights many recent planning documents, such
as recent facilities and technology plans and reports such as the Revenue
and Cost Attribution Methodology and Study.  Lastly, the self-study
includes an assessment plan that is now required by Middle States.
	Maher cited initiatives at the University that are unusual in
higher education, such as the Integrated Student Services Project and a
similar effort related to residence issues.  Maher commended the document
as a fair assessment of the current status of the University.  He
emphasized that the document highlights many recent accomplishments and
successfully applies the accreditation language and standards to the
University's present circumstances.

	The meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.