University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Meeting
May 27, 2010
University Center at 10:00 a.m.

Minutes

Members Present

Mr. Sitou Byll-Cataria, Mr. Hugh Greene, Mrs. Ann Hicks, Mrs. Wanyonyi Kendrick, Mr. Oscar Munoz, Mrs. Joannie Newton, Dr. Katherine Robinson, Dr. Bruce Taylor 

Members Absent

Dr. Edythe Abdullah, Mrs. Toni Crawford, Mr. Wilfredo Gonzalez, Mrs. Joy Korman, Mr. Kevin Twomey 

Item 1 Call to Order

Chair Taylor recognized a quorum and called the meeting to order. 

Item 2 Chair’s Report

Chair Taylor introduced the agenda, noting that three of the items required Board of Governors approval. He listed these as undergraduate tuition differential fee, academic enhancement fee, and UNF’s work plan. 

Item 3 Open Comments

Chair Taylor moved this item until after Item 4, and renumbered as Item 4A. 

Item 4 Review and Approval of the 2010 University Work Plan

Chair Taylor asked President Delaney to introduce this item. 

 

President Delaney stated that this report would be submitted to the Board of Governors and included a very specific outline of what the university planned to do with current resources as well as the tuition differential fee. He asked Provost Workman to expound further on this plan. 

 

Provost Workman stated that this item was a newly instituted annual work plan the university would use to share its vision and mission statements with the Board of Governors. He noted that the university was well positioned to develop this work plan which was as a result of the strategic planning process. He clarified that, unlike this year in which the annual report was submitted prior to the work plan, in subsequent years, the work plan would be followed by an annual report. 

 

Provost Workman clarified that the intent of the work plan was to provide an indication of the university’s commitment to fulfill goals, as well as institutional specific goals based on available resources, in combination with metrics. He walked trustees through the work plan, noting that all elements were obligatory. 

 

Provost Workman spoke about peer institutions, noting that UNF had identified 10 institutions to use as benchmarks. He discussed the university’s strategic evolution, mentioning that this was driven by the size and complexity of the Jacksonville metropolitan area. He also spoke about the university’s master planning process as paralleling the strategic planning process. 

 

Provost Workman stated that UNF would evaluate peer institutions with the most relevant points of comparison being institutions outside of the state. He clarified that this exercise would demonstrate UNF’s institutional uniqueness. Provost Workman expounded on these comparisons, noting that the university intended to demonstrate to the Board of Governors that UNF was more like institutions outside of the state than inside. The purpose of this comparison would be to avoid analysis that UNF had overlapping mission with other State University System institutions. 

 

Provost Workman spoke about some mandatory projects and listed four goals: (1) richness of the academic environment, (2) access and diversity in terms of need, merit and talent, (3) enhancement of the research capacity at UNF, and (4) stewardship of the local region and advancement of the quality enhancement plan.  He provided commentary on each of these goals and connected these to the New Florida Initiative. 

 

Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval for the 2010 University Work Plan. A MOTION was offered by Trustee Greene and seconded by Trustee Robinson. The MOTION was carried unanimously. 

Item 4A Open Comments

This item was relocated on the agenda in an effort to allow for comments regarding tuition. Chair Taylor asked for open comments from the public. There were no comments. 

Item 5 Approval of Tuition and the Differential Fee

Chair Taylor asked President Delaney to speak about this item. 

 

President Delaney stated that the university was advocating for a 15 percent increase in undergraduate tuition, which included an 8 percent increase to the base and the full 7 percent increase approved by the Legislature in tuition differential. Also, a 15 percent increase in in-state graduate tuition and no increase in out-of-state undergraduate or graduate fees. 

 

President Delaney discussed how much funding the differential fee would generate and where these funds would be directed. He stated that 30 percent would be directed toward need-based scholarship and 70 percent would be used to add classes and faculty.  

 

Trustees discussed where UNF ranked within the State University System regarding graduate tuition and fees. The administration responded that out-of-state graduate tuition and fees was near the top and in-state graduate tuition and fees was below the mean. 

 

President Delaney clarified that this discussion included approval of tuition and the differential fee, which was separate from the Item 6 which was the academic enhancement fee. 

 

Trustee Byll-Cataria explained that students did support the need more faculty as opposed to academic advising, which they deemed extremely inadequate. He asked for clarification on how to explain to students that there would be two enhancement fees – the tuition differential fee and the academic enhancement fee. President Delaney responded that the university did hire new faculty last year but there was such a deficit that additional work was ongoing this year to continue adding new faculty. He stated that without the additional money these fees would generate, additional faculty could not be funded. 

 

Trustee Byll-Cataria offered friendly opposition to adding advisors, which he deemed were deficient, in place of adding faculty. The administration responded to Trustee Byll-Cataria’s comment regarding deficient advisors, stating that the university recognized this lacking and was making strides to improve, including recruitment of a director of advising, adding additional advisors, and adding formal training for new and current advisors. 

 

Chair Taylor called the question, all in favor of the MOTION. Trustee Munoz offered the MOTION and Trustee Kendrick seconded. The MOTION was carried with one vote in opposition, made by Trustee Byll-Cataria. The MOTION was carried. 

Item 6 Approval of the Academic Enhancement Fee

Chair Taylor asked President Delaney to speak about this item. 

 

President Delaney stated that this item established a new local fee set at 5 percent of tuition. He clarified that this fee would be used to add to the academic advising program which would, in-turn, increase graduation rates. 

 

On behalf of his constituents, Trustee Byll-Cataria expressed concerns regarding this fee. He reiterated his concerns, stating that students were more concerned with adding faculty and subsequent course sections. The administration clarified that the administration was in dialogue to address these concerns. He noted that five  new faculty lines would be opening up which would add to course sections. 

 

Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval of the academic enhancement fee. The MOTION was offered by Trustee Munoz and seconded by Trustee Kendrick. The MOTION was carried with one opposition, made by Trustee Byll-Cataria. 

Item 7 Adjournment

Chair Taylor adjourned the meeting.