University of North Florida
Board of Trustees
Educational Policy Committee

  • Meeting
March 12, 2009
University Center at 10:30 a.m.

Minutes

Committee Members Present

Dr. Edythe Abdullah, Mr. Luther Coggin, Ms. Toni Crawford, Mr. Wilfredo Gonzalez, Ms. Joan Newton, Dr. Katherine Robinson, Dr. Bruce Taylor

Committee Members Absent

Ms. Ann Hicks

Item 1 Call to Order

With a quorum being present, Vice Chair Crawford called the meeting to order.

Item 2 Minutes (December 11, 2008)

Vice Chair Crawford asked for a MOTION to approve the minutes from December 11, 2008. The MOTION was offered by Trustee Korman and seconded by Trustee Abdullah. The minutes were accepted as presented.

Item 4 Program Approval: Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling (MHC)

Vice Chair Crawford asked Provost Workman to speak about this item. Provost Workman introduced Dr. David Fenner, dean of the Graduate School, and Dr. David Whittinghill, director of the MHC Program, and asked them to present this item.

 

Dr. Whittinghill presented rationale for the proposed new degree, stating that this was actually a request to merge the MHC program into the Brooks College of Health (BCOH), as a stand-alone program. He provided some history of the program, noting that it was originally created as a track under the School Counseling Program within the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS).

 

Dr. Whittinghill provided justification for creating the proposed new degree as a stand-alone program, noting that the students would be allowed to sit for a licensure; thus, making this degree a career path. These graduates would address the unmet need for mental health resources in northeast Florida.

 

Dr. Whittinghill spoke about the economic impact of the proposed merge, clarifying that the program was already in existence and there would be no burden on either college and minimal cost variations. He mentioned that all coursework would be taught through the BCOH, with faculty currently teaching the coursework within the COEHS moving to the BCOH. He noted that the program was very health with 60 active students and up to 29 FTE each year.

 

Vice Chair Crawford asked for a MOTION to approve the Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling. The MOTION was offered by Trustee Robinson and seconded by Trustee Gonzalez. The MOTION was approved as presented.

Item 5 Tenure by Reason of Appointment: Dr. Kenneth Laali, Incoming Chair, Department of Chemistry

Vice Chair Crawford asked Provost Workman to speak about this item.

 

Provost Workman stated that this request represented another milestone for the university. He provided historical information stating that, the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry and Physics were created as stand-alone departments from the former Department of Natural Sciences. And most recently, the Department of Chemistry was created as a stand-alone department.

 

Provost Workman stated that the forthcoming Department of Chemistry was in need of strong leadership and an outside search had produced Dr. Kenneth Laali as chair. Provost Workman stated that Dr. Laali was a capable person with a distinguished record as a senior faculty member. He noted that Dr. Laali was well published and a successful mentor to students and junior faculty.

 

Provost Workman clarified that the purpose of this item was to approve tenure as a reason of appointment for Dr. Laali.

 

Vice Chair Crawford asked for a MOTION to approve tenure by reason of appointment for Dr. Kenneth Laali. The MOTION was offered by Trustee Korman and seconded by Trustee Abdullah. The MOTION was carried as presented.

Item 6 Update on the Proposal for the Purchase of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Vice Chair Crawford asked President Delaney to speak about this item.

 

President Delaney stated that discussions were ongoing but the university was not ready to make a recommendation. He noted that more deliberation was necessary before a final proposal was presented.

President Delaney said that a full report would be provided at the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting.

 

This item was for information only. No further action was required.

Item 7 Update on the Honors Program: Introduction of Dr. May Borg, Director of the Honors Program

Vice Chair Crawford asked Provost Workman to introduce Dr. Mary Borg.

 

Provost Workman stated that the university was giving consideration to a more effective integration of the Honors Program into curriculum. He introduced Dr. Mary Borg as the university’s new director of this program and described her as a student-centered faculty member capable of implementing the university’s mission for the program.

 

Dr. Borg presented three goals for the Honors Program, (1) increasing enrollment and retention of honors students, (2) becoming more relevant and integrated into the university, and (3) incorporating the Undergraduate Academic Enrichment Program into the Honors Program. She elaborated on each goal concluding that it was the intent of the program to recruit and retain more students who would want to stay in the program and graduate with Honors distinction.

 

This item was for information only. No further action was required.

Item 8 Review of the Peer Aspirant Institutions

Vice Chair Crawford asked Provost Workman and Vice President Serwatka to speak about this item.

 

Provost Workman stated that the strategic planning process promised to help the university define precisely what it meant to be excellent and to establish a roadmap for achievement. He yielded to Vice President Serwatka to speak about the peer aspirant institutions.

 

Vice President Serwatka stated that the executive committee, through the strategic plan benchmarking committee, was proposing a list of 10 peer aspirants. He mentioned that this list included institutions that were similar to UNF but performed better in certain areas. He clarified that the definition of what was similar to UNF as Master’s I or Doctoral II, private or public institutions.  

 

Vice President Serwatka stated that distance scores were used to determine how similar each institution was to UNF, based on a set of compositional variables. He noted that this selection process yielded 280 schools from which the proposed list of 10 was chosen.

 

Provost Workman stated that, given the vision for national quality and given the basis of defining what national quality means with these parameters, the university will pick wisely which metrics to pay attention to. He clarified that the intent was to raise the whole bar for the university.

 

This item was for information only. No further action was required.

Item 9 Adjournment

Vice Chair Crawford adjourned the meeting.