University of North Florida
Board of Trustees
Educational Policy Committee

  • Meeting
October 12, 2006
University Center at 9:00 a.m.

Committee Members Present 

Mr. Luther Coggin, Ms. Toni Crawford, Mr. Wilfredo Gonzalez ,

Ms. Ann Hicks, Dr. William Klostermeyer

Committee Members Absent 

Ms. Joan Newton

Item 1 Call to Order 

Chair Hicks called the meeting to order.

Item 2 Approval of the Minutes, June 19, 2006 

Chair Hicks asked for a motion to approve the minutes.  The motion was offered, seconded and passed.

Item 3 Open Comments (Chair Hicks) 

There were no comments from the public. 

Item 4 Request to Rename the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences 

See below.

Item 5 Request to Rename the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction’s Division of Engineering 

Chair Hicks asked Provost Workman to discuss Items 4 and 5.


Provost Workman offered appreciation to the cast of supporting contributors. He stated that these requests were reflective of, and motivated by, the maturation of the University – its size, complexity, sophistication and the breath of its programs and faculty. These requests represented significant milestones in the evolution of the University. Provost Workman asked Dean Coulter to speak about these two requests.


Dean Coulter stated that each name was chosen to clarify the complexity of the academic unit, while maintaining the administrative integrity of the college. Each department included a variety of programs offering several degrees with accreditations.


Provost Workman stated that this request would bring UNF in line with conventions followed at other institutions and the only cost would be to change the office stationery.


Vice President Stone asked why some units were called “schools” and others called “departments.” Provost Workman stated that the term “school” was indicative of the maturation of a university and the complexity of the unit.


Chair Hicks asked for a motion to approve renaming the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences to the School of Computing. The motion was offered, seconded and carried.


Chair Hicks asked for a motion to approve renaming the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction’s Division of Engineering to the School of Engineering. The motion was offered, seconded and carried.

Item 6 Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program 

Chair Hicks asked Provost Workman to discuss this item.


Provost Workman stated that this program represented a milestone in the development of the University. In order to meet the needs of the State of Florida, it was recognized that UNF must grow fairly significantly. This institution’s current niche was that of a small institution but the demographics of the state suggested that UNF must grow in size to meet the range of educational needs of its students and of the community.


Provost Workman stated that in order to accommodate the growth of UNF, we needed to add programs consistent with our mission. The nursing program being brought forward for consideration met that qualification.


Dean Chally stated that it was important to consider why the University was in a position to make this program successful. She stated that this program would meet two major needs of the community – the need for more nursing faculty and higher qualified nurses. This degree would provide a much needed mechanism to educate faculty and increase the size of the program to add more nursing students; thus, upgrading healthcare throughout the community.


Dean Chally spoke about the desire to offer a doctoral degree that was high quality. She stated that nursing was UNF’s first flagship program – which suggested that the President and other people who made this recommendation believed the School of Nursing was a high-quality program with the potential for even greater quality.


Dean Chally stated that there were several fundamental needs required to support this program – space, funding, faculty and staff. The Brooks College of Health was supported by the J. Brooks Brown Foundation which recently endowed $5 million to the College. This endowment had generated significant interest in the program. There were also plans for additional space to be added to house the nursing programs.


Dean Chally concluded by stating that the University was well-poised to add this program and the groundwork was already in place. The program would also fit with the institution’s mission.


Chair Hicks asked if the program would be designated as a research program. Dean Chally stated that the program’s emphasis would not be on research but would focus on clinical degrees.


Provost Workman stated that the program would focus on clinical degrees because these were the needs of the community. He stated that there were institutions around the state that had much more to offer in terms of research.


Vice President Stone asked about employing faculty for the program – with other institutions offering similar programs, wouldn’t this be difficult. Dean Chally stated that the flagship status of the program would help, as well as higher salaries and connections throughout the country. Provost Workman stated that our ability to employ faculty would increase with a doctoral status for the program – many qualified faculty would like to teach at this level.


Provost Workman stated that this program was consistent with UNF’s mission – serving the needs of the region. He stated that UNF did not aspire to be a research university but should acknowledge that the University did value research. Students accepted into this program would be capable of research but the program would be practice-based.


Trustee Klostermeyer asked about external funding – would this inhibit other programs already in place. Dean Chally stated that the College of Health was heavily supported by organizations within the community. The program would help local hospitals and other healthcare organizations meet their missions. Trustee Klostermeyer suggested that there be dialogue with other colleges that might teach similar courses. Dean Chally stated that this would be considered.


Vice President Serwatka stated that, unlike other programs, doctoral programs required Board of Governor’s approval. Provost Workman stated that if this committee approved this program, it would be presented to the full Board, the Board of Governors and then to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), sequentially rather than concurrent.


Trustee Coggin spoke about area hospitals – their expansions and acquisitions. He offered his support of this program, stating that the program should be built as quickly as possible.


Trustee Gonzalez stated that, in keeping with the designation of flagship status, this program would certainly add status to this designation.


Chair Hicks asked for a motion to approve the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program. This motion was offered, seconded and approved.

Item 7 Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program 

Chair Hicks asked Dean Chally to speak about this item.


Dean Chally stated that 80 percent of accredited programs who offered this program offered it at the doctoral level. It was also anticipated that the accrediting body would soon mandate that this degree require a doctoral program.


Dean Chally spoke about the importance of maintaining a competitive edge in retaining students and faculty, stating that UNF had lost some students because they wanted to attend an institution where the doctoral program was offered. UNF currently had faculty with strong backgrounds in education and experience. This was demonstrated by UNF’s pass rate on national licensure exams – which was currently 98.73 percent.


Dean Chally addressed the space issue, stating that there was adequate space because the School of Nursing would be moving to the new addition already planned for the Brooks College of Health. She spoke about additional resources needed, including two new faculty lines, one administrative and professional line (specifically assigned to recruiting), .5 secretary and additional library resources.


Dean Chally concluded her discussion, stating that this degree was congruent with the University’s mission and focused on relevance. The ground work was in place and the program would allow the College of Health to focus on quality. This program was relevant to healthcare needs of northeast Florida.


Trustee Gonzalez spoke about the relevance of this program as related to the growing number of aging Americans – Florida attracted this segment of the population. He also spoke about the war in Iraq and the need for rehabilitative services for our servicemen and women. He concluded his comments, stating that this program would benefit UNF and was in keeping with the times.


Chair Hicks asked for other comments and questions. Upon receiving none, she asked for a motion to approve the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. This motion was offered, seconded and approved.

Item 8 Bachelor of Health Administration 

Chair Hicks asked Provost Workman to discuss this item. He, in turn, asked Dean Chally to speak about this item.


Dean Chally stated that Health Administration was currently a track within the College of Health and this request was to offer this program as a separate degree. She stated that the students completing this track had a very different educational experience than students in the community health program. This track required a different set of graduation requirements and a different body of skills.


Dean Chally stated that offering this degree would allow students and employers to distinguish themselves in terms of quality. UNF’s program was one of 34 programs in the country that earned full certification at the undergraduate level. She stressed that this was an established program offered to more than 100 students.


Dean Chally discussed additional resources, stating that there would be no additional resources required for this program – all required faculty were in place. This request was for students who completed this track to receive a bachelor’s degree.


Trustee Crawford asked if there was a master’s program in place. Dean Chally stated that UNF did have this program. Trustee Crawford stated that this designation made good sense.


Chair Hicks asked for a motion to approve the Bachelor of Health Administration. This motion was offered, seconded and approved.

Item 9 New Administrative and Faculty Hires 

Chair Hicks asked Provost Workman to discuss this item.


Provost Workman provided committee members with a program from UNF’s fall convocation and stated that all folks who were honored and who did distinguish themselves were listed in this program. In addition, this program provided brief biographical information about our 49 new faculty hires who were a remarkable, diverse and talented group of people.


Provost Workman spoke about the new faculty hires and the historical juncture of the University – many faculty members were beginning to retire and through growth and attrition, UNF was recruiting an entirely new faculty, through robust national searches, that would take the University into the future.


Provost Workman addressed minority recruiting, stating that the University was confident that appropriate steps were being taken to guarantee high-quality faculty. There had been concerted and ongoing efforts on behalf of the University to ensure that minority faculty were included in pools, to the extent to which they were available. This effort included setting aside a significant amount of money to advertise positions to reach potential applicants. Incentives were in place for departments to hire minority faculty with commensurate salaries.


Provost Workman stated that work was being done, through the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, to review the current hiring processes and to improve these in a variety of ways. The Affirmative Action Committee was asked to serve as an advisory committee to develop proactive ways to improve minority hires.


This item was presented for review only. No further action was required.

Item 10 Fall 2006 Student Profile 

Chair Hicks asked Associate Vice President Kaye to discuss this item.


Associate Vice President Kaye was happy to report that student enrollment peaked over 16,000, which was an increase of 600 over last year. The fall profile also included higher SAT scores, with an increase of 6 points.


Ms. Kaye stated that minority enrollment was slightly less than last year’s fall freshman class; however, the overall class included a slight increase. She discussed the summer program, stating that there was a strong attempt to recruit diversity during summer terms.


Ms. Kaye spoke about housing and the plans for building the next phase, hopefully easing the triple occupancy pressures. She stated that it was in the best interest of all out-of-town freshmen to live on campus. This approach elevated retention by more readily integrating the student with the campus community.


Ms. Kaye stated that there was intent to keep the freshman class stable during the fall term and to grow this class during summer terms. This approach had been very successful with an incredible turnout during the 2006 summer terms.


Ms. Kaye stated that geographic diversity had increased during the fall term. There was an equal split between the crown region, with a 3 percent of students coming from outside the state of Florida.


Ms. Kaye spoke about the Presidential Scholarship, stating that this had been an unbelievable success. Recruiting had begun for the fourth group of presidential scholars. High-profile students would be offered $4,000 per year, renewable, and the next level would receive $3,000, renewable. Retention for these students – from freshman to sophomore – was 95 percent (normal retention was 75 percent).


Ms. Kaye stated that additional funds were added to these scholarships to support transformational learning experiences.


The number of students enrolled with Florida Bright Futures also continued to grow, now including 5,550 undergraduate students. This was a 3 percent increase over last year, which is the highest rate over the past several years.


Ms. Kaye spoke about transfer students, stating that this number continued to fluctuate. UNF had benefited from FCCJ as a feeder school. FCCJ had increased the number of AA graduates by 2 percent. This was accomplished while other community colleges in the state were showing a decrease in this category.


Ms. Kaye spoke about the 10-year growth pattern for UNF, stating that the number of degrees would increase and the student age would become more traditional.


Ms. Kaye discussed the gender figures, stating that this number had increased by 1 percent females, with the national average remaining the same – 40 percent male. She stated that there was always room for improvement in ethnic diversity and UNF was continuing to enhance scholarship opportunities to encourage diversity.


This item was presented for review only. No further action was required.

Item 11 U. S. News and World Report Rankings 

Chair Hicks asked Director Shawn Brayton to discuss this item.


Ms. Brayton stated that UNF had moved up this year in this ranking, from 54 to 47. She clarified that the information used to determine this ranking was from two years ago; thus, this year’s ranking used data from the 2004 academic year. There was anticipation that UNF would improve again in the upcoming academic year.


Ms. Brayton stated that UNF had improved in graduation rates with retention remaining the same. Class size also remained the same and was attributed to the lack of classroom space. SAT and ACT averages improved and the acceptance rate showed the institution was becoming more selective; from 69 percent to 62 percent.


Ms. Brayton concluded by stating that UNF was doing very well and should continue to move up in these rankings.

Item 12 Adjournment 

Chair Taylor adjourned the meeting.