Trustees Ann Hicks (chair), Kevin Twomey, Floyd Willis, and Hank Rogers, and Bill Wilson
Trustee Toni Crawford and Carol Thompson
Chair Hicks called the meeting to order at 12:10 p.m. Chair Hicks asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the previous meeting that were circulated prior to the meeting. The minutes were approved unanimously.
Chair Hicks commented on the Founders’ Day activities held that morning. She said Dr. Carpenter’s remarks were very informative and she was proud to be a part of UNF’s fabulous student body. She also thanked Ms. Deborah Kaye, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services, for the UNF bags that were given to each member at today’s meeting.
Dr. Sandra Gupton, Professor of Educational Leadership and Chair of the Division of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Services, was nominated to receive tenure as a condition of employment. Dr. Hank Camp explained the tenure process and gave a brief description of her accomplishments. Trustee Twomey stated it was helpful to have received the information in advance of the meeting. Chair Hicks then asked for a motion on the tenure nomination. Trustee Twomey moved and several seconded the motion to approve the nomination to be forwarded to the full Board of Trustees.
Ms. Kaye commented on the success of the recruitment efforts. She said UNF’s total enrollment increased to 13,670 from last year’s total of 13,160. The SAT increased from 1125 to 1135. There was an 8% increase in freshmen applications and a 4% increase in admitted students. Minority enrollment is stagnant and efforts will be made to enhance minority recruitment. Chair Hicks asked how many freshmen were enrolled this year. Ms. Kaye reported that 1,547 were enrolled for fall and 428 during the past summer. UNF’s housing occupancy rate is at 107%.
Ms. Kaye reported that for the first time this year, UNF awards a guaranteed scholarship to top first time in college scholars who are admitted during the “Early Action” process. Students admitted to UNF as Early Action with a GPA of 3.5 and above, 1250 and above on SAT or a 27 and above ACT are awarded a scholarship of $4,000 over four years. Students with a GPA of 4.0 and above are awarded an $8,000 scholarship over four years. Trustee Twomey said he would be interested to know how many students applied and received the scholarship.
Shawn Brayton reported that the U.S. News and World Report puts out an annual ranking of colleges and universities. Whether the rankings is, in fact, the best barometer that UNF can use in judging its own success is certainly open to question, but a number of people pay attention to the yearly results. Students and their parents often turn to these rankings when researching schools which best fit their needs. Many institutions will examine these rankings to determine how they can improve their results for the next year. Therefore, the University felt it was important that the BOT and, in particular, the Education Planning Committee be informed about how these rankings are generated and how UNF is ranked.
UNF is currently listed in the report as a Tier Two Southern Regional University. The highest ranking UNF can obtain is a Tier One Southern Regional University, which Interim President Kline indicated he would like to achieve. Ms. Brayton walked the committee through a series of handouts to help explain the overall rankings and how UNF performed in relation to its Masters Tier 2 peers, university institutional benchmarks (peers and aspirational institutions), and to itself over the last 4 years. Interim President Kline noted that many of the Masters Tier 2 peers are smaller schools and many are private. Ms. Brayton reported UNF fit in the Tier 1 range in all but two areas: percentage of classes under 20 and student/faculty ratio. The trustees said they would be interested in knowing the names of benchmark schools. Chair Hicks asked who chose UNF's institutional peers and aspirational schools as benchmark schools. Interim President Kline explained that the Board of Regents with some consultation with the university administration chose the benchmark schools back in 1999. Trustee Willis indicated that as a measure of performance, he would be more interested to see a survey of student success after graduation, rather than the indicators outlined in the U.S. News rankings.
Dr. Hank Camp reported that UNF received a request from the Florida Board of Education to do a baccalaureate degree needs assessment, but were later learned it was not required. However, the university will go ahead and conduct a needs assessment in order to better understand the unmet needs in the region. Results of this study will enable local higher education institutions to develop appropriate degree programs to meet such unmet needs.
Chair Hicks asked how much of the agenda should be taken to the full Board. It was decided that the tenure nomination was the only item to go to the Board.
The meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m. Submitted by Sharon Holeman.
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