University of North Florida
Board of Trustees
Educational Policy Committee

Meeting
September 30, 2009
University Center at 3:30 p.m.

Minutes

 

Committee Members Present

Dr. Edythe Abdullah, Mr. Luther Coggin, Mr. Wilfredo Gonzalez, Mrs. Ann Hicks, Mrs. Joy Korman, Dr. Katherine Robinson, Dr. Bruce Taylor 

Committee Members Absent

Mrs. Toni Crawford 

Item 1 Call to Order

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

Item 2 Minutes

Chair Hicks asked for a MOTION to approve the minutes from May 29. The MOTION was offered by Trustee Gonzalez and seconded by Chair Taylor. The minutes were accepted as presented. 

Item 3 Open Comments

Chair Hicks offered opportunity for comments from the public. Upon receiving none, she continued with the business at hand. 

Item 4 New Administrative and Faculty Hires

Chair Hicks asked Provost Workman to speak about this item.

 

Provost Workman reported that during the current year, the university hired 16 new faculty and administrators which was significantly less than in previous years. He attributed this to the recent budget deficit and stated that plans were to search on 40 new lines in the upcoming year, along with any other lines that might become vacant.

 

This report was for information only. No additional action was required. 

Item 5 Fall 2009 Student Profile

Chair Hicks asked Associate Vice President Kaye to speak about this item.

 

Associate Vice President Kaye stated that she would be providing a progress brief on current enrollments and the composition of this year’s first-time-in-college (FTIC) students. She noted that the numbers provided were unofficial with official numbers available at the end of October.

 

Associate Vice President Kaye began her brief by speaking about enrollment, stating that for fall 2009, the university’s enrollment was 16,509 students. She clarified that this was an increase of 1,100 students, which returned the university to the 2007 enrollment level. (The decrease in the 2007 enrollment of 1,000 students was an intentional response to the budget deficit.)

 

Associate Vice President Kaye stated that the academic profile increased from the previous year, yielding the strongest freshmen class ever. She noted that the average SAT score was 1199.2, (an increase of about 9 points) the average GPA was 3.73, (an increase of about 10 points) and the ACT was 23.85 (an increase of 5 points).

 

Associate Vice President Kaye discussed geographic diversity, noting that these numbers increased slightly, with the Crown Region accounting for 54 percent of FTIC students and 28 percent of FTIC students from Duval County. She discussed how these numbers were positively affecting occupancy in student housing.

 

Associate Vice President Kaye talked about minority enrollment, stating that the fall 2009 rate was 22.28 percent, which was slightly above figures for fall 2008. She noted that, in spite of the increased academic profile, the university was able to maintain diversity.

 

Associate Vice President Kaye reported that 90.6 percent of FTIC students received state scholarships. She spoke about the Presidential Scholarship Awards, noting that the revisions made for the 2009 year were significant and resulted in a total of 136 scholars on our campus.

 

The discussion continued addressing the Academic Roadmap initiative. Associate Vice President Kaye clarified that this initiative was developed to systematically track student’s progress toward graduation. She noted that all programs had not been implemented but the initiative was expected to have a positive impact on the student support infrastructure and, as a consequence, six-year graduation rates.

 

Transfer students were discussed, clarifying that there was an increase which brought numbers more consistent with the last couple of years.

 

Associate Vice President Kaye discussed the Jacksonville Commitment program, clarifying that this was a citywide partnership among four higher education institutions, the Duval County Public Schools and the City of Jacksonville. She reported that during 2008-2009, the program brought in 39 students to UNF and these students were retained at 100 percent. She announced that the program had 75 new students enrolled at UNF for the 2009-2010 academic year.

 

Financial aid was discussed, noting that students were borrowing more money than in previous years, which was a direct result of the economic downturn. The administration clarified that UNF had one of the lowest borrowing rates compared to peer aspirants. Also, the university had a loan counseling program. Associate Vice President Kaye noted that the university was trying to offset tuition increases for need-based students.

 

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

Item 6 Approval of Regulation – Student Conduct Code

Chair Hicks asked Vice President Gonzalez to speak about this item.

 

Vice President Gonzalez stated that the Student Conduct Code was periodically reviewed to create a code that would more efficiently and effectively serve students. He reported that modifications were made based on observations from recorded student cases, with oversight from the Office of the General Counsel. He listed other reviewing entities as Student Government, open forums for the UNF community, Associates Plus and the President.

 

Vice President Gonzalez stated that there were three major modifications. He listed the proposed modifications as: (1) the Vice President for Student Affairs will determine an appropriate sanction for a student found responsible for misconduct charges, (2) prior to the conduct hearing, a student may be removed from housing, and (3) the time limit for sending a sanction letter to the student following the hearing will be 14 class days instead of 10 days. Vice President Gonzalez clarified that these modifications were proposed to create a code that was more accurate and consistent.

 

Vice President Gonzalez added that the proposed Student Conduct Code also required students charged and/or convicted with a criminal offense to self report the situation. These offenses would be kept separate from non-criminal offenses.

 

Chair Hicks asked for a MOTION to approve the Student Conduct Code. The MOTION was offered by Chair Taylor and seconded by Trustee Korman. The MOTION was approved as presented. 

Item 7 Adjournment

Chair Hicks adjourned the meeting.