After a year of planning and restructuring Imagine Pacific 2020, official program review templates are ready for not only university departments and
offices, but also students to voice their opinion about resources and programs on campus.
“The purpose of receiving this data is to ask where do you see opportunities for efficiency or further investments,” said President Lesley Hallick.
During the first week of February, staff, faculty and students will receive a template via email.
The templates were originally released to staff and faculty in August. The administration received feedback from departments that the templates were too broad and vague. The templates have since been simplified with the main focus being on what is a part of a staff or faculty member’s weekly routine that they feel could be eliminated or reallocated so they can better serve students.
“[Imagine Pacific 2020] isn’t about eliminating positions, but restructuring them,” said Hallick.
“This is an opportunity to make [Pacific] a better place to be.”
For students, the template will be an chance to share what they think is
working at Pacific and what is not in all departments, both academic and student services.
Surveys will be analyzed during late March and early April. Two or three issues will be given task forces that will work over the summer to create proposals to fix the problems. Next fall, the task forces will have recommendations on how to improve the prominent issues on campus.
Hallick said one issue she expects to see gathered from the template responses
is scheduling. She stated that hearing the opinions of faculty and students will be a better way to fix the scheduling problem instead of gathering data through the number of declared majors and students registering for specific classes.
“The question is how do we make sure we aren’t slowing someone up on their way to graduation,” said Hallick.
Adding more sections of specific classes and possibly additional professors to departments that need help with course demands are some ways Hallick proposes to solve this issue.
“Looking out five or six years we don’t want to lose what’s great [at Pacific], we just want to make it better,” said Hallick.