Task Force on Undergraduate Advising (TFUA) made up of students, faculty and staff campus wide holds regular meetings researching best practices, alternate models and current data on UNF advising in order to submit a comprehensive report to Academic Affairs outlining enhancements for advising on our campus. TFUA has submitted its report and recommendations and AA is currently reviewing this report for feasibility and consistency withe the university and AA mission and goals. Undergraduate Studies Council initiatives: Continued UNF Reads program for incoming freshmen in 2009. o The council continues meeting on a regular basis to research retention efforts and brainstorm ideas for enhancing graduation and retention rates. Freshmen class of 2009 will participate in a common read of A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. Under discussion is the possibility of incorporating a new calculation of GPA for students returning from suspension who have since attained an AA degree. Implemented a policy for “early graded feedback” for all general education coursework. Undergraduate Studies has been authorized to search for a new position of Retention Director, with an anticipated start date for this person in the winter of 2010. Academic Center for Excellence new initiatives: Recruited, hired and trained an academic advisor/mentor specifically for the students in the Jacksonville Commitment program (JCP). This advisor is housed in ACE and meets weekly with the JCP students.
Researched and designed a student success course (SLS 1995 Surviving the First Year) to be piloted fall 2009 with JCP students. Identified one academic advisor to work specifically with freshmen and sophomore student athletes, concentrating on those students identified as the most academically at-risk. Continued to dedicate advisors to work with the Pathways Scholarship and Academic Potential Program students on a regular basis with enhancements to the retention efforts for both of these programs. Curriculum Advising Program Planning (CAPP) enhancements: The CAPP team continues to meet on a regular basis to streamline degree evaluations, the timing of updating data and how this data feeds into the UNF catalog in order to provide students accurate information in a timely manner. Online Catalog: The CAPP team conducted a series of troubleshooting meetings with ITS to create the online presentation of the programs of study. Banner Upgrade: During fall 2009, the CAPP enhancements will be included in Banner 8.2. The CAPP team will be instrumental in determining if the software is functioning appropriately. Banner Releases: Software releases applied during spring 2009 affected CAPP and the team diligently tested the system and constructed work around activities to circumvent the software defects. During the 2009-10 academic year, the CAPP team will participate in the review of the online catalog and recommend a series of navigational adjustments. Banner Upgrade: During fall 2009, the CAPP enhancements will be included in Banner 8.2. The CAPP team will be instrumental in determining if the software is functioning appropriately. The CAPP team will be providing SunGard via the CAPP Users Groupd with input on the prioritization of RPEs and defects for upcoming releases.
In 2008-09, UNF did not begin any new graduate degree programs. However, in line with student demand, our fiscal stewardship obligations and, in one case, recommendations originating through our Program Review process, we deactivated two programs, the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling program and the Master of Science in Applied Sociology program. While we have suspended admissions in both cases, we of course continue to meet our obligations to students completing those degree programs.
We continue to monitor enrollment trends among all graduate degree programs and tracks within those programs.
The Graduate School hosted a series of conversations between the leadership of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program and the (now) Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling program, as well as the two deans of the respective colleges, conversations that focused on developing a plan to address the overlap in both curricular offerings and in the career trajectories of students graduating from them. These conversations led to a proposal that was shared with a Program Review external consultant who was brought to campus to review the MACP program and advise us on the relationship between the MACP and MHC programs.
Program Review: History (UG, GR), Counseling Psychology (GR), International Studies (UG), and Criminal Justice (UG, GR) participated in the program review process this year. Each program had an on campus visit with an external reviewer.
Debriefing sessions for each program will be held during June and July. During these sessions the recommendations from the self-study document and the external reviewer are discussed.
The strategic plans, ALC's and GLO's of the appropriate departments and programs will reflect steps to be taken in light of the program review process.
Academic Affairs redirected one faculty position from the College of Education and Human Services to the College of Arts and Sciences as a result of curricular and enrollment issues. Brooks College of Health transferred two faculty lines from E&G to Foundation in response to the budget reductions. E&G and Auxiliary resources that had previously been directed to the Fine Arts Center have been reduced in consideration of the budget reductions.
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