Dr. Edythe Abdullah, Mr. Wilfredo Gonzalez, Mr. Hugh Greene, Ms. Joy Korman, Dr. Katherine Robinson, Dr. Bruce Taylor, Mr. Kevin Twomey
Mr. John Barnes, Ms. Toni Crawford, Ms. Ann Hicks, Ms. Wanyonyi Kendrick, Mr. Oscar Munoz, Ms. Joannie Newton
Chair Taylor called the workshop to order.
Chair Taylor welcomed everyone to the workshop and offered appreciation to FSCJ for their participation in what was intended to be a discussion on collaborative efforts between the two institutions. He asked President Delaney to introduce each institution’s leadership.
President Delaney introduced leadership from FSCJ and UNF and offered appreciation for their willingness to participate in this workshop. After formalities were exchanged the discussion turned to item 2 on the agenda.
Chair Taylor stated that President Delaney would discuss what was new at the University of North Florida.
President Delaney stated that he would be introducing college deans and offering an opportunity for them to speak about what was new in their respective college. He introduced Dr. Barbara Hetrick as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and asked her to talk about that college.
Dean Hetrick discussed general education, noting that efforts were being made to combine units and build a coherent and integrated program. She mentioned that these changes would include community-based transformational learning opportunities.
President Delaney introduced Dr. John McAllister as the dean of the Coggin College of Business.
Dean McAllister spoke about transformational learning opportunities, noting that students from his college recently won two major championships – one in the Department of Logistics and one in the Department of Finance. He spoke about program innovation, including the new Ibero-AmericanMBA which is a cohort program involving a consortium of three schools. Also that the Coggin College Career Management Center offered skills to achieve basic training in writing resumes and successfully interviewing.
President Delaney introduced Dr. Pam Chally as the dean of the Brooks College of Health.
Dean Chally spoke about her college’s exceptional success in the Center for Global Health, which was established to promote global understanding and collaborative action for improving health and medical care. She emphasized the center’s objectives to promote excellence in health and medicine locally, regionally and globally.
Dean Chally spoke about future opportunities, including the Us Group, distance learning, a possible interdisciplinary Ph.D. in health sciences, and a collaborative effort with FSCJ to provide needed graduate programs in health care.
President Delaney introduced Dr. Larry Daniel as the dean of the College of Education and Human Services.
Dean Daniel commented on the new building which would open in May. He noted that it would be suited to the needs of his college and the population the university served. He spoke about the College of Education and Human services as a full service college, offering 11 certification programs, 14 master of education degrees and the doctor of education in leadership degree.
Dean Daniel spoke about the future for his college, noting that there were plans for a first generation minority male teachers program, tutoring program in mathematics and science, increase in sites for professional development schools, and regional collaboration among higher education partners in teacher education.
President Delaney introduced Dr. Daniel Cos who represented the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction.
Dr. Cox spoke about the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction’s disciplines and student distribution within these disciplines. Other discussions focused on research and included information about a brain-computer-robot interface. The future for this college involved high-tech, high-end jobs for the Northeast Florida region and beyond.
President Delaney introduced President Steven Wallace and invited him to discuss the new Florida State College at Jacksonville.
President Wallace spoke about the evolution of the Florida college system and provided a current snapshot of FSCJ. He noted that the State College System consisted of 26 community colleges and 2 junior colleges, with some institutions now granting baccalaureate degrees. President Wallace talked about the state college system’s explosive growth, noting that numbers would reach 1 million in two years. He summarized the student population, paying particular attention to the 58 percent of Florida’s college graduates who enroll in one of the Florida state college system institutions. He noted that this presented a positive trend line for high school graduates that went on to higher education and showed an extraordinary partnership with the Florida state college system.
President Wallace then discussed the name change of FSCJ. He spoke about the opportunity to restructure the organization and reemerge still honoring a 44 year history. He discussed how FSCJ differed from UNF, noting an open admissions policy, academic skills center, remediation programs, different degrees, more applied career orientation, and a new technical college. He mentioned the collaborative agreement between the two institutions, mentioning that this was the only region in the state where there had been a successful partnership regarding bachelor’s degrees.
President Wallace concluded his discussion by stating that he wanted the leadership and Board of Trustees at UNF to understand that the establishment of the Florida State College System was a commitment to make sure adverse competition did not happen; that FSCJ’s focus was on nontraditional students or working adults and included a different mission, which included access and economic development.
President Delaney spoke about the university’s master planning, noting that UNF could not generate all of the graduates that north Florida needed. He stated that the community needed additional graduates and FSCJ would make that possible.
Item 4A The Jacksonville Commitment
Mr. Nat Glover, Special Advisor to the President, and Ms. Deb Kaye, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services, spoke about the Jacksonville Commitment. Details were provided about the program, as it entered its second cohort. Mr. Glover stated that the program had the potential to transform the city and noted that FSCJ’s contribution was instrumental in moving the program forward.
This discussion included a program overview, which included a mission statement and future needs. Highlights were presented on future needs for the program, which included additional scholarship funding, support for additional staff and marketing presence.
Mr. Glover stated that the purpose of the program was to add an additional level of college access and create a cornerstone for Jacksonville by designing a model scholarship program for the country.
Trustee Abdullah spoke about this item, noting that the CLIP grant was an opportunity set up by Bill and Melinda Gates. She elaborated that 13 cities were invited apply and, of those 13, nine applied. Seven were awarded $250,000 planning grants and Jacksonville was one of the lucky recipients. She stated that Jacksonville used the award to create the Learning to Succeed project which was designed to engage as many individuals as possible to create a community-generated stakeholder program that would change the mindset of the Legislature, community leaders and agencies. She noted that if the Learning to Succeed project was fully funded and that would mean a $3 million grant.
Trustee Abdullah talked about the strategy for this project and the prescribed plan to achieve the Gates’ goal.
Trustees from both institutions discussed the importance of working together to continue existing collaborative efforts and to develop additional and more regular opportunities for both boards.
Trustees from UNF discussed baccalaureate production, noting that UNF would need to become a 50,000 student institution to meet the capacity for the north Florida area. It was noted that UNF would not be able to meet this kind of growth.
It was reported that Jacksonville was currently in the low 20 percent range of adults with bachelors’ degrees, with hopes of raising the bar to 35 percent. Trustees discussed shrinking this gap, noting that there would be a need to matriculate students from FSCJ to UNF and vice versa, with a focus to avoid duplication of programs.
Trustees from FSCJ discussed a possible Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions to create some kind of structure to provide guidance and ensure collaboration. Trustees from UNF concurred.
Trustees from UNF and FSCJ added final comments about the Jacksonville Commitment, mentioning that between the two institutions, there was a talented group of trustees with a heart for community and students, and building a structure in the city that encouraged college as a positive and possible path would benefit everyone.
Chair Taylor thanked everyone for a very informative day and invited FSCJ to UNF for future conversations.
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