University of North Florida
Board of Trustees
Educational Policy Committee

  • Meeting
May 18, 2006
University Center at 12:30 p.m.

Agenda

Item 1 Call to Order

Chair Hicks will call the meeting to order.

Item 2 Approval of the Minutes, March 16, 2006

Chair Hicks will ask for a MOTION for approval of the minutes from March 16.


Proposed Action: Approval. MOTION and second required. 

Item 3 Open Comments

Chair Hicks will address guests and offer opportunity for open comments on items on the agenda.

Item 3 Tenure and Promotion

An individual can achieve tenure in two distinct ways: 1) tenure decision, and 2) tenure by reason of appointment. This tenure nomination before the committee is being recommended under the tenure by reason of appointment procedures.

Under tenure by reason of appointment, senior administrators or distinguished faculty may be granted tenure upon being hired at UNF. The candidate must receive a positive vote from the relevant disciplinary department, even if the appointment is in an administrative capacity. UNF agrees to award tenure as a condition of appointment in order to be competitive in hiring these individuals. The Provost and the President also conduct a thorough review of all candidates for tenure on appointment.

Under these guidelines the administration recommends awarding tenure to Dr. Jorge Febles, chair of the Department of World Languages.


Proposed Action: Approval. MOTION and second required.   

Item 4 Proposed Reorganization of the Coggin College of Business

The Coggin College of Business has submitted a proposal to reorganize its Department of Management, Marketing and Logistics into two departments: the Department of Management and the Department of Marketing and Logistics. This proposal has been reviewed and recommended by the Faculty Association and by the Provost and the President of the University and requires approval from the Board of Trustees.


Proposed Action: Approval. MOTION and second required.     

Item 5 FEEA Report

 The Florida Educational Equity Act (FEEA), Section 1000.05, Florida Statutes, and other state and federal legislation, mandate that students and employees should not be discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability or marital status. The annual Florida Educational Equity Act Update is a reporting tool that enables the DOE to monitor and ensure that provisions of the laws are adhered to, and that educational resources are equitably distributed.

Reporting Requirements – State Universities

Over the past two years, state university equity reporting was assigned to the DOE’s Office of Equity and Access. The responsibility for compliance oversight at State universities for all equity reporting will now be assumed by the Board of Governors, through the Chancellor’s Office. The Chancellor’s Office and the Council on Equal Opportunity and Access, comprised of all EEO Officers at State universities, will work in partnership to discuss future requirements and formats following the 2006 reporting cycle.

To meet the current reporting cycle, universities are guided by the implementing rule 6A-19.010 F.A.C. which outlines the annual reports required in the areas of student participation in programs or courses where certain protected classes are underrepresented. The statutory requirements have been met by race and gender participation measured on four factors:

  • Entry to first-time-in-college (FTIC) status
  • Retention after one-year in FTIC status
  • Graduation after six years, measured by cohort
  • Entry to graduate status and graduate completion rates
The FEEA Report must be approved by the University Board of Trustees and filed by the President to the Commissioner of Education and the State Board of Education, via the Chancellor, by June 30, 2006.

Proposed Action: Approval. MOTION and second required.     

Item 6 Equity Accountability Plan

The statutory guidelines of the Equity Accountability Program (EAP) Report, FS 1012.95 require that each state university maintain an annual equity plan for appropriate representation of women and minorities in senior level administrative positions, within tenure track faculty and within faculty-granted tenure.

Reporting Requirements – State Universities

Over the past two years, state university equity reporting was assigned to the DOE’s Office of Equity and Access. The responsibility for compliance oversight at State universities for all equity reporting will now be assumed by the Board of Governors, through the Chancellor’s Office. The Chancellor’s Office and the Council on Equal Opportunity and Access, comprised of all EEO Officers at State universities, will work in partnership to discuss future requirements and formats following the 2006 reporting cycle.

To meet the current reporting cycle, universities complied with the statutory requirements to meet the April 1 annual reporting date with the understanding that refinement of the data may occur following that date to meet local Board of Trustees review and approval. A draft of the EAP Report was forwarded by the Office of the President to the Commissioner of Education via the Chancellor on March 28, 2006 to meet the April 1 statutory deadline.

The EAP Report must be approved by the University Board of Trustees and filed by the President to the Commissioner of Education and the State Board of Education, via the Chancellor, by June 30, 2006.


Proposed Action: Approval. MOTION and second required.       

Item 7 Adjournment

Chair Hicks will adjourn the meeting.