University of North Florida
Board of Trustees
Educational Policy Committee

  • Meeting
December 15, 2005
University Center at 10:30 a.m.

Minutes

Committee members present 

Ann Hicks, Wilfredo Gonzalez, Luther Coggin, Judy Solano, Bruce Taylor

Committee members absent 

Toni Crawford

Other trustees present 

Tom Foran, Carol Thompson, Edythe Abdullah

Item 1 Call to Order 

Chair Hicks called the meeting to order.

Item 2 Approval of Minutes 

Chair Hicks asked for a motion to approve the minutes. The motion was offered and the minutes were approved unanimously.

Item 3 Approval of Tenure by Reason of Appointment 

Provost Workman stated that in order for UNF to recruit and hire qualified senior faculty and administrators, it was necessary to allow them to carry their tenure status from their previous institutions. He stated that Dr. John McAllister, Dean of the College of Business and Dr. Marsha Lupi, Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Services both met UNF’s standards for tenure by reason of hire.

 

Chair Hicks asked for a motion to approve tenure for Dr. John McAllister and Dr. Marsha Lupi. This motion was made, seconded and unanimously passed.

Item 4A Approval of New Degree Program (Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Kindergarten/Primary Education 

In proposing the approval of a new bachelor’s degree in pre-kindergarten through third grade – ages three to grade three, Provost Workman stated that this was an existing track under a different major

 

Chair Hicks asked for a motion to approve a new degree program in Pre-Kindergarten/Primary Education. This motion was offered, seconded and unanimously approved.

Item 4B Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management (Acting Provost Workman) 

Provost Workman stated that the proposed program in Sport Management was being transformed from a track to a major. The program was previously a physical education track and consequently, subject to teacher state certification requirements.

 

Trustee Gonzalez asked about the program’s approval process, requesting clarification on when it was originally initiated. Ms. Shawn Brayton stated that this process was initiated more than a year ago. Both Florida State University and the University of Florida submitted similar programs to the State of Florida and a common set of prerequisites was sought and agreed upon prior to this final approval.

 

Chair Hicks asked for a motion to approve a new degree program in Sport Management. This motion was offered, seconded and unanimously approved.

Item 5 Student Code of Conduct 

Vice President Gonzalez stated that the Student Conduct Code was reviewed and approved by the Educational Policy Committee in January 2003. A committee composed of half faculty and half students was formed October 19, 2004 to review the current code.

 

Provost Workman asked for further clarification on class days – counting the number of class days. Vice President Gonzalez stated that this would be fine-tuned.

 

Trustee Taylor asked that the Student Code of Conduct articulate standards of student conduct, reflecting the type of conduct expected of a UNF student. President Delaney stated that the Student Conduct Code was a judicial code and Trustee Taylor’s request might take the form of an ethical code, which could serve as a preamble. Trustee Taylor proposed that this request be considered for future revisions. Trustee Coggin supported this request.

 

Trustee Hicks asked if there was an ability to affect dress code. Vice President Stone stated that faculty could address these concerns on a case-by-case basis and that students had been counseled when dress was disruptive. On occasion this could be actionable, if extreme.

 

Trustee Taylor stated that if there was a clear articulation of values that permeated throughout the student body, there would be an improvement in student attitude and self-pride. Trustee Foran stated that this could be addressed in freshmen seminars.

 

President Delaney suggested that Vice President Gonzalez and Associate Vice President Malcolm take this into consideration.

 

Clarification was requested regarding weapons on campus – particularly involving Greeks. Vice President Gonzalez stated that some weapons were allowed on campus when deemed appropriate. Vice President Stone stated that the University Police Department was competent in dealing with weapons infractions.

 

Trustee Abdullah asked that a stronger statement be made regarding harassment. Vice President Gonzalez stated that the existing statement allowed the university to bring flexibility to a variety of different situations. Chair Thompson stated that the existing statement was better than a narrower one.

 

Chair Hicks asked for a motion to approve the Student Conduct Code. This motion was offered, seconded and unanimously approved.

Item 6 Discussion on Community College Baccalaureate Degrees 

President Delaney stated that community colleges had begun offering baccalaureate degrees. There were differences of opinion between the Board of Governors (BOG) and the Florida Board of Education (FBOE) on who should regulate or oversee the baccalaureate degree approval process for community colleges.  UNF’s administration had agreed to support the BOG’s oversight of  the process. Currently, the bill before the Legislature allowed for the FBOE to oversee this.

 

President Delaney stated that UNF did not want to take the position of disallowing community colleges from offering the appropriate baccalaureate degrees.

 

This item was for informational purposes and did not require approval.

Item 7 U.S. News and World Report Update 

Ms. Brayton stated that each year, the U. S. News and World Report puts out a ranking of colleges and universities. Reputations of universities are frequently reported based on these rankings and UNF ranked 54 out of the 64 top southern regional universities.

 

These rankings were based on a number of different indices, including peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, and student selectivity and class size. UNF dropped in the peer assessment category over the last two years, currently ranking 2.9 out of 5.0. There was no clear understanding of why this drop occurred. UNF was moving up in their rankings for retention. Improvement was needed in faculty resources. Class size had remained consistent.

 

President Delaney discussed the alumni giving portion of the report, stating that there were plans for this to increase. He suggested the need to build attitudes in students that would encourage continued giving to the university.

 

This item was for information purposes and did not require approval.

Item 8 Proposed Bylaw Changes 

Vice President Stone stated that there were proposed changes in the wording of the bylaws. The proposed wording reflected the addition of a consent agenda.

 

Chair Hicks asked for a motion to approve the proposed bylaw changes. This motion was offered, seconded and unanimously approved.

Item 9 Adjournment 

Chair Hicks offered appreciation to the trustees for their participation in this meeting. She reminded everyone that the next meeting included the full board and was scheduled for January 26th.

 

The meeting was adjourned.