Meeting Notes Archives

October 9, 2014 meeting discussion points

  • During upcoming leadership transition, it will be important not to back-slide on important initiatives and recommendations put forward or are in process of implementation. One example given is the UA budget review process - it would be disastrous if this is somehow disassembled.
  • Unsustainable budget models need to be addressed, and the new President will need to maintain focus on this issue.  UA size and performance of administration could be compared to a few comparable university systems, to look at right-size and efficiency model.
  • University Senates are interested in the outcomes from the UA Review - and voiced an interest in having a presentation to the senates about findings and actions.
  • There is a concern regarding issues that are embraced differently by the campuses being debated in the public opinion polls.
  • Minority enrollments are being examined in the light declining African American enrollments at Chicago and Urbana.  New enrollment trends reflect many factors, including rising tuition costs in relation to available aid, and in some instances seem to show minority numbers shaped by a ‘middle class squeeze’. Focus should always be on important success metrics, that of graduation and successful employment, as well as on admission numbers. ‘Access to college’ is, and should be, an issue of great sensitivity. Better alignment with community colleges is needed. Most students who do not come to college, cite cost as the overwhelming reason. Is financial aid structured to provide the most benefit? Are there better ways to assist students who demonstrate potential but are not reaching college?

May 22, 2014 meeting discussion points

  • Pension legislation is of enormous concern to many employees. How will this affect the levels of faculty and staff at the University? What opportunities exist to avoid escalation to crisis? How can a supplemental benefit program be proposed and reach acceptance? How can we anticipate, and control, short-term and long-term consequences?
  • Filling incoming freshman classes is a changing demographic, as we are seeing higher numbers of applications, but lower yields. Tuition gaps are increasing, and there is a middle-class squeeze. How is the affordability issue for middle-class students best addressed?
  • What is the role of the President? Do leadership or administrative ambiguities exist that create unnecessary stresses across divisions (Board of Trustees/University; UA/Campuses, administration/faculty; campus/campus)?
  • Budget process with the campuses: how do we build more transparent processes? The Vice President for Academic Affairs is investigating new ways to support core business priorities of the campuses.

March 17, 2014 meeting discussion points

  • The new organization for Health Science units and the hospital at UIC will face serious challenges. Getting the right people in key positions to make the new structure work effectively will be crucial. Working through the implications of this new structure on complex inter-relations that link the President, the UIC Chancellor, the newly formed VC Health Affairs, the College of Medicine, and the Hospital will require time, patience, adaptability, shared dedication to overall success. Nothing in the new structure as now articulated addresses the vexed relation of the regional college of medicine in Urbana to the larger UIC health enterprise. Successfully resolving pertinent issues at Urbana will, in some form, involve increased autonomy, authority, and academic position control for Urbana.

  • Efforts regarding University-level academic priorities and strategic planning need to ask the question “What is in the best interest of the people of the State of Illinois?”

  • Drafts of the Academic Unit Review program were discussed with the committee, which is a tool for Provosts, Deans, and Department Heads to use in decision-making and planning activities.

November 22, 2013 meeting discussion points

  • Branding the University of Illinois as a tech leader and innovator in online education
  • MOOCs and associated strategies that fit identity and mission
  • Definition of success in a MOOC is different than in a traditional course
  • Comparison of: Extension Model / Distance Teaching of the 90s / MOOC
  • Changing roles of Universities / leveraging resources and budgets
  • Strategic approaches to building courses (team approach incorporating Learning Theory)
  • Relationships of campuses within the University of Illinois

September 16, 2013 meeting discussion points

  • Open Access to Research Articles Act SB1900 - at the November 2013 Board of Trustees meeting there will be a resolution to appoint a taskforce. Discussion was held regarding the road to compliance. Report from task force due January 1, 2015.
    • Expected division of labor: USC initiates process to create an open access to research articles policy; Board-appointed task force produces the required report, which includes the USC-generated policy;
  • UA Review process -  Update
    • Seven Review teams have submitted report recommendations; the Steering Committee reviewed; an appointed Advisory Committee produced the report draft for the President containing 47 recommendations. Currently the President is working through the list of recommendations with the Chancellors. Projected timeline is unknown but anticipate decisions of recommendations moving forward to implementation phase will be known by new calendar year.
  • VPAA leading budget effort for university - emphasizing strategic resource management

May 14, 2013 meeting discussion points

  • Medical Health Enterprise at the University of Illinois
    • History of medicine and health care at U of I
    • Current structure; its problems and its promise
  • University leadership and strengthened relationships in the community and state
    • Community engagement
    • Pipeline partnerships with high schools and community colleges
    • Access to students with potential (merit-based aid)

March 26, 2013 meeting discussion points

  • Fundamental issues public higher education across the nation will be facing in the years to come
  • Campuses working on plans focusing on multi-year financial modeling with an eye on sustainability and quality
  • FY14 appropriation forecast is 4.9% reduction.
  • How to shape priorities to position the University for success in the years to come?
  • How to develop processes that will support disciplined, rigorous strategic decision making while providing assurance that traditional academic values are being honored, including the value of seizing on exciting new research
    and educational initiatives

December 7, 2012 meeting discussion points

  • OVPAA overview: mission and portfolio
    • University Statutes
    • Primary Functions
    • Reporting Units
    • Key Policy Discussion Committees: (AAPC - Academic Affairs planning Council; EMPC Enrollment Management Policy Council; FAC - Faculty Advisory Committee)
  • OVPAA Priorities
    • FY14 tuition and financial aid
    • University-wide budget process and allocations
    • Diversity Programs and initiatives
    • Enrollment Management
    • Strategic Planning
  • University Administration Review