Committee to Implement U.A.P.C. Goals

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

A committee of administrators chaired by University President William P. Leahy, SJ, will hold a series of meetings during the 1996-97 academic year to map out implementation of the University Academic Planning Council's recommendations for Boston College's long-term future.

The biweekly meetings will address the task of translating into specific objectives the broad goals outlined in the recently issued UAPC report "Advancing the Legacy: The New Millennium." The report, which was accepted by the Board of Trustees in May, was distributed last week to the Boston College community.

"Through the UAPC, we looked for a broad consensus and now with the committee we will seek outcomes, strategies and resource implementations," said committee coordinator Associate Academic Vice President Robert Newton. "We have to first weigh what we want to achieve, then devise the means to do that."

The committee also includes Executive Vice President Frank B. Campanella, Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties William B. Neenan, SJ, Financial Vice President and Treasurer Peter C. McKenzie and Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Smyer, who co-chaired the UAPC with Newton.

Newton said the committee will seek the assistance of deans and faculty members in this process.

"We will focus on a recommendation in the report, and identify persons who can best propose to the committee how we should move forward," he explained. "The committee will then be able to consider these proposals and suggestions in working out a plan."

The UAPC's 18-month study examined Boston College's academic and financial picture, along with more general market trends, and proposed five broad goals to guide University decision-making into the 21st century. It advocates strengthening support for professional and graduate education and affirming research as central to the University's mission. Other recommendations emphasize the University's Jesuit liberal education tradition; stress rigorous intellectual development and personal formation; and propose diversity, technology and internationalization as distinctive features of the Boston College environment.

The copies of "Advancing the Legacy" distributed during the past week were designed for both internal and external audiences, Newton said.

"This is a special opportunity to raise Boston College's profile, and inform others in the academic community of our plans for the next decade," he explained. "We anticipate individuals will be interested in sharing the publication with other colleagues in higher education."

Newton said additional copies are available through the Academic Vice President's Office. The document also is available on line.

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