College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction

Significant Activities in the College during 2008-2009

Achievements


All degree programs that qualify for ABET or ACCE accreditation are accredited, with the exception of the new SoC Information Technology BS degree program (BS-IT) and the SoC Information Science BS program. An ABET team reviewed in October 2008; the final action will be announced in August 2009. ABET will review the Information Science program in October 2009, with final action in August 2010.

The College continues to be the UNF leader in student cooperative education and internship placement.

For at least the past seven years, College graduates have had the highest total SAT scores of graduates of all UNF colleges. College graduates always have had the highest quantitative scores and usually the highest or second highest verbal score. During these same years, College graduates have had the lowest or second lowest GPA among the five UNF colleges.

The School of Computing opened two new laboratories in Building 15 for its academic programs and research in Fall 2008. Space for two more laboratories was renovated. 

The College's five ABET-accredited BS programs were reviewed for re-accreditation in November 2007; each one was re-accreditated (announced inn August 2008). Two programs, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering, must file interim reports (July 1, 2009) that will be evaluated during the 2009-2010 cycle. 

 College faculty members secured $3,518,356 in new sponsored research funding, which is by far the greatest amount in the College's history. 

 The College now has very active study abroad activities in its construction and engineering programs.

Strengths

The College's faculty is excellent. All tenured and tenure-earning faculty members have doctoral degrees. Most of them are active in sponsored or non-sponsored research and in professional activities. 

The College has excellent instructional and research laboratory facilities 

The College and its schools/department have excellent support from the First Coast business community. Each has an industry advisory council to assist program development, student support, and public relations. 

The College has excellent distance learning facilities and staff that provide a strong basis for flexible student access to courses. 

 The College offers a comprehensive array of BS and MS programs

 

Weaknesses

 The College’s School of Engineering and Construction Management Department need additional laboratory and office space to meet their expanding missions. Additional space has been promised when Building 4 is available in a few years. 

The College’s computing environment lacks the reliability and speed need for some of it research and distance learning needs. This is a continuing issue that must be resolved or UNF or the College will miss some excellent opportunities. 

The Construction Management Department needs a teaching laboratory specialist to make effective use of its laboratory facilities.

Opportunities

The College will explore the creation of five-year bachelor masters in Computing and Engineering. This will increase enrollment in the graduate offerings and be a draw for the best students in the Northeast Florida region, students who might otherwise not consider UNF. 

Through the addition of the new engineering MS programs to complement the one in the School of Computing, the College is positioned for significant continuing increases in sponsored research funding. 

 With its now broad array of BS and MS programs, the College is poised to be an even stronger force in the economic development of the First Coast region.

Threats

Declining state funding for several consecutive years has weakened the College significantly. The College returned sizable and recurring faculty salary funds, expense funds and adjunct funds in spring 2009. 

The College needs more faculty, in all three units, to support its programs. The units have two-year rotations for many of their undergraduate course sequences. This does not meet student demand and hampers enrollment growth. The ability to offer sufficient graduate courses is significantly below the college's aspirations.

The lack of state funding to UNF for graduate waivers negatively affects the College’s ability to recruit graduate students. 

Salaries for College faculty and staff are stagnant and have been for several years now. This condition affects morale, especially when new employees' salaries top those of continuing, productive employees. 

The new engineering MS degree programs were approved with the intention of adding six new faculty positions during the years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 (two each year). However, the State's budget cuts have postponed indefinitely the allocation of these necessary positions. In the interim, the MS programs will be phased-in more slowly, including the implementation of five-year BS/MS degrees.