University of North Florida
Board of Trustees
Educational Policy Committee

  • Meeting
September 22, 2005
University Center at 11:00 a.m.

Agenda

Item 1 Call to Order

Chair Hicks will call the meeting to order.

Item 2 Approval of Minutes (May 24, 2005) 

Chair Hicks will ask for approval of the minutes from the May 24 meeting.

 

Proposed Action --  Approval -- Motion and second required.

Item 3 Establishing a Graduate School

The Office of Graduate Studies and the University’s Graduate Council propose a name change for the Office. Upon approval of their recommendation the Office of Graduate Studies would become the Graduate School of the University of North Florida.  This proposal recognizes the growth in responsibility assumed by this office and is consistent with the nomenclature used on other SUS campuses. The proposal has been vetted through and is supported by the graduate faculty, the academic deans, and the university administration.

No new positions or additional financial support is required for this change in name.

 

Proposed Action -- Approval -- Motion and second required.

Item 4 Degree Projections Through 2012-2013

In accordance with a request from the Board of Governors, degree projections through 2012-2013 are attached. These projections are being presented to the Educational Policy Committee for review and approval. Upon the committee’s approval, the projections will be sent to the BOG by the October 1, 2005 deadline.

 

Proposed Action -- Report -- No motion required.

Item 5 Tuition Waiver Policy

Attached is a recommended policy on tuition waivers. This policy has been vetted by the Associate Vice Presidents, the University’s constituent groups, the academic deans, and the Executive Staff. It is being presented to the Educational Policy Committee for review and recommendation to the full Board, in compliance with the BOG’s policy.

 

Proposed Action -- Approval -- Motion and second required.

Item 6 Proposed Bylaw Amendments

In accordance with Board discussions, proposed revised bylaws are being presented to the committee for review and recommendation to the full Board.  Proposed changes to the bylaws include: a) an updated description of the Chair’s duties; b) elimination of references to an annual meeting; c) a shift in the timing of the election of officers from July to January; and d) a statement about the composition of the Finance and Audit Committee membership consistent with recommendations of the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee.  The revised bylaws are attached.  

 

Proposed Action -- Approval -- Motion and second required.

Item 7 Fall Enrollments/Student Profile

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

 

Proposed Action -- Report -- No motion required.

Item 8 New Administrative and Faculty Hires

In light of recent discussions at previous committee meetings and 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.

 

Proposed Action -- Report -- No motion required.

Item 9 Ongoing Administrative Searches

In light of recent discussions at previous committee meetings and in an effort to keep the Educational Policy Committee apprised, university administration is providing a report on ongoing administrative searches for review by the committee.

 

Proposed Action -- Report -- No motion required.

Item 10 U.S. News and World Report Data

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.

While there has been criticism of how these rankings are developed and used, most institutions will race to the U.S. News and World Report website when the rankings first come out to see how they have done that year.  Many institutions will also examine these rankings to determine how they can improve their results for the next year.  

Whether this is, in fact, the best barometer that UNF can use in judging its own success is certainly open to question, but the fact that there are numbers of people who pay attention to the yearly results is not. Thus, the University felt it was important that the Education Planning Committee be informed about the most recent rankings.


Proposed Action -- Report -- No motion required.

Item 11 Adjournment

Chair Hicks will adjourn the meeting.