U.A.P.C. Issues Revised Draft; Comment Sought by April 22

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

The University Academic Planning Council has issued a revised draft of its recommendations for Boston College's long-term goals, and is inviting commentary from the University community until April 22.

The new document, which the UAPC began distributing earlier this month, restates five major goals, and strategies for achieving each. Its release follows a series of meetings at which UAPC members discussed campus reaction to its preliminary report, which had been published in January. The UAPC received over 200 pages of comment from individuals, departments, offices and organizations throughout BC.

The revised document addresses several topics raised by the University community, according to a letter accompanying the new draft from University President J. Donald Monan, SJ. The University's Catholic and Jesuit identity, and its commitment to undergraduate teaching, received particular attention in the revision, he said.

"In refining its expression of those two areas, however," Fr. Monan wrote, "the council realized that even its most conscientiously composed statements would not, and indeed should not, be the final word on these matters."

Both topics, he explained, will be discussed further as the University implements the UAPC recommendations.

"The University community will continue to play a major role in shaping these goals and strategies," said Associate Academic Vice President Robert Newton, who co-chairs the UAPC with Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Smyer.

Copies of the report are available through the AVP's office. Comments should be directed to Newton or Smyer.

The final report is expected to be submitted to the Board of Trustees in early June.

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