The Hook's view of the proceedings.
The Rector as she closes the meeting.
The third and final day of the University of Virginia's retreat for its Board of Visitors began shortly after 8:30am in Richmond on Thursday, August 16.
9:05am - Hired facilitator Dr. Terry MacTaggart asks for a count of Board committees. Turns out to be 12. "That's a hell of a lot," says MacTaggart.
9:38am - "We have so little time together," President Teresa Sullivan tells the board. "Sometimes you make the assumption, 'Oh, nobody in the administration has thought about that.' That's actually not true. What is true is that nobody's asked the administration about it."
9:40am - BOV special advisor Bill Goodwin Bill Goodwin proposes 3-year term for Rector! (Currently just two). Rector agrees.
9:50am - meeting breaks for brief rest
10:13am - Non-voting UVA student member Hillary Hurd (who once endorsed the ouster and later criticized it) says she hopes to represent the diversity of student opinion. "We look forward to hearing more from you Hillary," says Rector.
10:21am - "Talking about teaching is not fashionable at many universities," says Sullivan. "But not at UVA." (In addition to teaching, Prez extols the biggest recent advance in science: the Higgs Boson, on which UVA researcher Brad Cox collaborated.
10:23am - Sullivan laments "long term secular decline" in state appropriations. "We're facing a serious and growing threat to faculty salaries."
10:28am - Sullivan laments "barriers" that have delayed the move to a new internal financial model. Rector asks for questions, but nobody offers one.
10:36am - Dean of Admissions Greg Roberts says some NYC prospective students spend as much as $40,000 on admissions consulting. "That makes it difficult for us to determine how authentic an application really is."
10:41am - Prez Sullivan laughing heartily as Dean Roberts tells of some schools– not UVA– that try to spike their application rates by sending prospectives so-called "snap apps," which are pre-filled, no-fee applications that merely require the student to send it in.
10:44am - Dean Roberts notes that to be "more strategic"by having the dean of admissions and dean of financial aid report to the same person (unlike the way it's done now).
10:45am - Dean Roberts notes that applications have essentially doubled form 2003 to 2012 (14,868 to to 28,260). He notes that the average SAT has leapt from 1322 to 1351.
11:01am - Under questioning from BOVer Tim Robertson, Admissions Dean admits that UVA's comparatively late January notification date to accepted students helps lower the offer percentage and increase the yield in order to look good for U.S. News & World Report rankings.
11:11am - Sullivan begins her remarks on Governor Bob McDonnell's initiatives that have become law– aka Top Jobs 21– by saying, "Many of you at the table know a lot more about this than I do."
11:16am - Meeting ends with Rector thanking everyone and talking about the future. Hook asks her if she's still thinking about resigning. "I don't think so." Hook asks Dragas if she's making any progress toward putting a voting member of the faculty and/or alumni-chosen person on BOV. "When the Board's ready to speak on any of those issues," says Rector, "I'll let you know."
11:57am - Afterwards, Faculty Senate chair George Cohen laments the failure of the Board to conduct a "self-assessment" as his group had hoped and that the events were discussed only indirectly. "It was not exactly what we were looking for," says Cohen. As for Goodwin's proposal for a three-year term, Cohen calls the timing "interesting" but says, "In the abstract, it's an idea worth considering."