Minutes of February 21, 2005 Meeting
The meeting convened at 2:04 p.m. in room 817, Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Livingston Alexander, Nicholas Bircher,
Stephen Carr, Jerome Cochran, Richard Colwell, N. John Cooper, David
DeJong, Ronald Larsen, James Maher, Maureen McClure, and Arthur Ramicone.
Also present were: Jeffrey Liebmann, William Madden, Robert Pack, and Paul
UPBC members not present were: James Alexander, Carolyn Carson,
Mary Ann Caton, Christine Dollaghan, Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, Carol
Hodgkiss, Rakshiet Jain, Brian Kelly, Arthur Levine, Thomas Metzger,
Michael Stuckart, Stephen Wisniewski, and Thomas Wolf.
Approval of Minutes and Report of the Provost
The minutes of the December 9 meeting were approved. The Provost
discussed the schedule of upcoming meetings with the Legislature regarding
FY 2006 appropriations.
Presentation on University Strategic Issues
Maher provided the Committee with a presentation on strategic
planning implementation for academic programs of the University. He began
with a brief discussion of the overall University mission and the core
academic values that govern its programs. These core values include:
educating the whole person; intellectual excellence and growth; teamwork;
engagement with the community; and diversity. Maher summarized the
academic vision guiding the University as being the best it can be by
building on its strengths, including high quality students, faculty
research, and the interdisciplinarity made possible by an urban location.
He discussed externally-imposed constraints and the University's current
position among the top public research universities in the United States.
Maher then provided data showing the dramatic improvements at the
University in the past 10 years, including information on the
characteristics of incoming freshmen, freshman acceptance rates, student
retention and graduation rates, library resources, and research
expenditures. He outlined seven key strategic academic goals for the
-- Become one of the nation's top 25 research universities.
-- Offer truly superb undergraduate experiences in a research
university of nationally recognized stature.
-- Nurture a world-class environment which results in increased
sponsored research and scholarly and creative output.
-- Strategically develop areas of excellence in collaborative
-- Take advantage of the academic opportunities available in an urban
-- Become engaged with external constituencies with whom we have
common goals and interests.
-- Expand global focus by increasing international study and research
The meeting adjourned at 4:02 p.m.