Board of Trustees Meeting Held on February 8
I wish to provide a short summary of key items that transpired at the Board of Trustees meeting held on February 8. The business meeting included the approval of several action items and presentations on enrollment management, educational planning focusing on teaching with technology, and a report by the Chair of Trustees, Bob Finocchio, on his visit with Superior General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J.
Dennis Jacobs, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, gave the trustees an update on progress towards elaborating our educational vision and honing strategic goals and objectives. In addition, Provost Jacobs articulated a vision for the use of technology in the Jesuit education we offer. Kirk Hanson, Executive Director of the Markkula Center, joined Provost Jacobs to present the Markkula Center’s initiatives that leverage technology to enhance teaching.
Mike Sexton reported that total freshmen applications for fall 2013 reached nearly 15,000, showing a 4.8% increase over last year. The enrollment target is 1275 students. In addition to the Early Action and Regular decision option, this year Santa Clara offered a first-ever binding Early Decision option. Indicators suggest that the overall acceptance rate will be competitive and selective to reach the enrollment target.
Bob Finocchio summarized for the trustees a special meeting he attended with Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, in Rome. Bob and other representatives of U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities were invited by Fr. Nicolás to offer him their perspectives on the state of Jesuit higher education in the United States. Topics on academic life and Jesuit mission, campus culture, Jesuit presence, service to the local church, and service and solidarity with the disadvantaged were discussed for Fr. Nicolás’s reflection in preparation for his visit to the U.S. in October.
Other business at the meeting included the approval of several important action items. The Trustees
- approved a balanced budget for 2013-2014;
- approved two new degree programs in the Leavey School of Business, Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and a Master of Science in Finance; and
- approved the proposed changes to the Faculty Handbook regarding grievance committee timeframe and reconsideration process in lecturer and senior lecturer decisions.
In addition to the presentations and approval of action items, the trustees received reports from trustee committee chairs on their respective committees; Patti Boitano, Chair of the Board of Regents; Barbara Molony, president of the Faculty Senate Council; and Jenna Saso, president of Associated Student Government. Following the meeting, trustees were joined by students and Faculty Senate members for lunch.