University of North Florida
Board of Trustees
Educational Policy Committee

Meeting
September 20, 2007
University Center at 10:30 a.m.

Agenda

Item 1 Call to Order 

Chair Hicks will call the meeting to order.

Item 2 Minutes (May 17, 2007)

Chair Hicks will address the Committee and ask for approval of the minutes from the May 17, 2007 meeting.

 

Proposed Action: Approval. Motion and second required.

Item 3 Open Comments 

Chair Hicks will address the committee and offer the opportunity for open comments.

 

Open Comments: No motion required.

Item 4 Approval for a New Academic Program, Bachelor of Arts, French Studies, Department of World Languages, College of Arts and Sciences (Attachment 1, 2)

The approval of undergraduate and master’s degree programs is vested within the authority of the University of North Florida’s Board of Trustees. In accordance with these procedures, the University is submitting its request to add a new academic program to the Educational Policy Committee. In particular, this request is to initiate a new undergraduate degree in French Studies. The degree would be offered through the College of Arts and Sciences.

 

Provost Mark Workman will address the committee and present this proposal.

 

Proposed Action: Approval. Motion and second required.

Item 5 Approval of Tenure by Reason of Appointment (Dr. Courtney Hackney, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences) (Attachment 1, 2)

The tenure nomination before the committee is being recommended under the tenure by reason of appointment procedures. Under these procedures, the administration recommends awarding tenure to Dr. Courtney Hackney, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences.

 

Provost Mark Workman will address the committee and present this request.

 

Proposed Action: Approval. Motion and second required.

Item 6 Report on Animal Research (Attachment 1, 2)

In response to a recommendation from Trustee Kendrick, Drs. Kerry Clark and Joe Butler will brief the EPC on animal research at UNF, on the care that animals used in such research receive, and on the board charged with maintaining standards of care, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

 

Proposed Action: Discussion. No motion required.

Item 7 New Degree/Major Programs Policy (Attachment 1, 2)

Attached is the New Degree/Major Programs policy. This policy has been vetted by Academic Affairs and the Council of Deans.

 

This policy is being presented to the Board of Trustees for review and approval, in compliance with the BOG’s policy.  

 

Ms. Shawn Brayton, Director, Academic Affairs, will address the committee and present this request.

 

Proposed Action: Approval. Motion and second required.

Item 8 New Administrative and Faculty Hires (Attachment 1)

In an effort to keep the Educational Policy Committee apprised, Academic Affairs is providing a report on recent administrative and faculty hires for review by the committee.

 

Provost Mark Workman will address the committee and discuss this item.

 

Proposed Action: Discussion. No motion required.

Item 9 Fall 2007 Student Profile (Attachment 1)

In the continued effort to keep trustees apprised of current metrics and trends within the University, Mr. John Yancey, Director of Admissions, and Associate Vice President Deb Kaye will present a progress brief on current fall enrollments and the profile for this year’s first-time-in-college students.  

 

Mr. John Yancey and Ms. Deb Kaye will address the committee and discuss the fall 2007 student profile.

 

Proposed Action: Discussion. No motion required.

Item 10 U. S. News and World Report Rankings (Attachment 1, 2, 3)

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. Often, students selecting schools that best fit their needs will also turn to these rankings. The University felt it was important that members of the Educational Policy Committee be updated on UNF’s performance in specific elements of this ranking system.

 

Ms. Shawn Brayton, Director, Academic Affairs, will address the committee and discuss this item.

 

Proposed Action: Discussion. No motion required.

Item 11 Report from the University’s Graduate School (Attachment 1, 2)

Dr. David Fenner, Dean of the Graduate School, will present a report on funding issues for the University’s Graduate School in response to a request from BOT Chair Taylor.

 

Proposed Action: Discussion. No motion required.

Item 12 Adjournment 

Chair Hicks will adjourn the meeting.