University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Plenary Session
March 20, 2012
University Center at 2:15 p.m.

Minutes

Members Present

Bruce Taylor, Hugh Greene, Matt Brockelman, Joy Korman, Rad Lovett, Joannie Newton, Lynn Pappas, Myron Pincomb, Patrick Plumlee, Lanny Russell, Sharon Wamble-King

Members Absent

Fred Franklin, Oscar Munoz

Item 1 Call to Order

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

Item 2 Chair’s Report

Chair Taylor spoke about the UNF Foundation Board drive, and asked trustees to make an annual unrestricted gift before December 31, 2012. He thanked Trustee Lovett for his time and effort, over the years, on the Foundation Board.

Item 3 President’s Report

President Delaney updated trustees on the UNF budget, noting that the university was preparing several scenarios, based on the numbers that come out of the Legislature, which would be available in May. President Delaney spoke about reapportionment and redistricting and how these actions might affect the State University System.

Item 4 Open Comments

Chair Taylor offered opportunity for open comments concerning items on this agenda.

 

Mr. Carlo Fassi, president, Student Government, stated that students voted unanimously against Item 5Bi. He noted that students acknowledged that the Board of Trustees approved tuition but students would like to ask that tuition not be increased for one year.

 

Mr. Joseph Turner spoke about other options, including cuts at the university level or increases to revenue. Joseph stated that increasing tuition was easy. He asked the Board to consider that college students were struggling the hardest and that $500 increase to a student was a month’s rent. Joseph urged the Board to exhaust all efforts before raising tuition. He asked trustees not to take the easy way out.

 

Ms. Monica Bowman stated that she was an out-of-state student who was looking to receive an advanced degree at UNF. She noted that if tuition costs continued to increase, her parents would not be able to pay costs and she would have to transfer back to South Carolina. Monica stated that she was in the Honors Program, on the Dean’s List, in Student Government and a community volunteer. She stated that her parents attended UNF and wanted their children to have a traditional college experience. Monica stated that raising tuition not only affected current students, but their families and upcoming students.

 

Chair Taylor thanked students for their comments.

Item 5 Consent Agenda

Chair Taylor asked that Item 5Bi Increases in Undergraduate Tuition and Tuition Differential for 2012-2013 be pulled from the consent agenda.

 

Proposed Action: Approval. Motion and second required. 

Item 5A Minutes (January 17, 2012) 

Item 5B Action Items from the Finance and Audit Committee 

Item 5Bi Increases in Undergraduate Tuition and Tuition Differential for 2012-2013 (moved to Item 8D)

Item 5C Action Items from the Academic Affairs Committee 

Item 5Ci Tenure

The purpose of this item is to present a list of tenure nominees for university faculty. The President, Provost and the University Promotion and Tenure Committee have reviewed these nominees and are making a recommendation for approval to the Board of Trustees.

 

Twelve (12) nominees are being recommended based on a traditional review of their credentials.

Item 5Cii New Degree Program – Bachelor of Arts

The purpose of this item is to submit, for approval, a proposed new degree program. The College of Arts and Sciences proposes to transition the Bachelor of Art in Art History concentration to a stand-alone Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History in the Department of Art and Design.

 

This new degree would reform and update UNF’s current Art History program; thus bring Art History in line with national standards. The proposed new degree is also consistent with the current State University System (SUS) strategic planning goals, including access to and production of degrees, building world-class academic programs, and meeting community needs.

 

Estimated demand for the proposed program, based largely on current enrollment numbers, includes about 69 students enrolled in the concentration and 63 students with minors in Art History. Though no systematic survey has been done, inquiries from students indicate they are dissuaded from enrolling in the current program because of the heavy studio art requirements; therefore, the proposed degree program is likely to attract these added students. Additionally, MOCA, Jacksonville has been interested in art history classes, especially in the offering of a museum studies course.

 

Because this proposal is seeking to transition the Art History concentration of the Bachelor of Arts in Art to a stand-alone degree program, there will be no change in Education and General Funds to support the program. Also, this proposal will not have an impact on other programs or resources and no additional faculty of resources will be required.

Item 5Ciii Program Termination – Bachelor of Arts in Music

The purpose of this item is to present, for approval, the termination of the Bachelor of Arts in Music. Since this degree’s inception, two new degrees – Bachelor of Music (B.M.) and the Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) – have been instituted, both of which incorporate performance as an essential and widely accepted element. Because the Bachelor of Arts in Music does not include the performance element, which is considered to be a necessary component to any respectable baccalaureate-level degree in music, there are no students enrolled in the degree and it has ceased to serve a role in the Department of Music’s curricular offerings.

 

Since the Department of Music’s faculty are engaged in the offerings of the two new degrees, B.M. and B.M.E., none would be affected by the proposed termination of the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree.

Item 5Civ Program Termination – Masters in Human Resource Management

The purpose of this item is to present, for approval, the termination of the Masters in Human Resource Management. The last degree for this program was conferred in summer 2006 and, because of a lack of adequate enrollment, this program was inactivated.

 

The Coggin College of Business added a Human Resource Management concentration to the MBA curriculum in fall 2002. Enrollment was monitored in the MBA concentration and there was not sufficient student demand to justify reactivating the Masters in Human Resources management.

 

Because the Masters in Human Resource Management suspended admissions about 10 years ago, there will be no need to accommodate students or faculty, gender and racial distribution of students, and faculty will not be affected. There will be no potential negative impact of the proposed action on the current representation of females, minorities, faculty and students.

Item 5Cv Limited Access Program Request – Biology Major: Medical Laboratory Sciences Concentration

The purpose of this item is to seek approval for (1) limited access status and (2) approval to exceed 120 credit hours to degree for the Medical Laboratory Sciences concentration of the Biology major.

 

The College of Arts and Sciences Biology department is seeking limited access status for the Medical Laboratory Sciences concentration of the Biology major. The program can only accommodate 30 students.  The Biology department plans to initiate the Medical Laboratory Sciences program in fall 2012.

 

Closure of medical laboratory science training programs over the past several decades, combined with increased demand for trained personnel, has resulted in a nationwide shortage of qualified medical technologists to staff clinical laboratories. The facilities, equipment and personnel required to properly train these students is limited and health care organizations with which we are affiliated can only accommodate a limited number of students at any given time. Because this clinical experience is a requirement for licensure and completion of the program, the administration is proposing limited access status. The proposed limited access is not anticipated to impact the current diversity.

 

Approval to exceed 120 credit hours to degree for the Medical Laboratory Sciences concentration is necessary to be in compliance with the National Accrediting Agency Clinical Laboratory Sciences. The university is seeking approval to exceed the 120 credit hour limit by five semester hours, bringing the total number of hours required for this specific concentration to 125 credits.

Item 5Cvi Florida Educational Equity Act Report

The purpose of this item is to present the annual report addressing the requirements of the Florida Educational Equity Act (FEEA), Gender Equity in Athletics, and the Equity Accountability Program (EAP) statutes. Each state university is required to maintain an annual equity plan for appropriate representation of women and minorities in senior level administrative positions, within tenure track and non-tenure track faculty and within faculty granted tenure. In addition universities are required to monitor student participation in programs or courses where certain protected classes are underrepresented and to ensure that provisions of non-discrimination laws are adhered to and educational resources are equitably distributed.

 

This report must be approved by the university President and the university Board of Trustees and submitted to the Board of Governors through the Office of the Chancellor. 

Item 6 Reports from the Finance and Audit Committee

This item provides a listing of reports discussed at the committee meeting. Individual reports will be discussed as deemed appropriate by the committee chair or an individual Board member.

Item 6A Auditor General’s Report on UNF’s Financial Audit

This item provides a review of the findings and recommendations from the State of Florida’s Auditor General for UNF’s financial audit for the fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2011. 

 

Vice President Shuman will address the committee and present this item.

Item 6B Office of Internal Auditing – Quarterly Report

The purpose of this item is to present a report to the Board of Trustees for this quarter’s activities in the Office of Internal Auditing.

Item 6C Whistleblower Hotline 

Vice President Shuman will provide an update on the whistleblower hotline.

Item 6D Quarterly Budget Report

This item provides a review of this quarter’s budget report.

Item 6E Treasurer’s Report

This item provides for review an overview of the annual treasurer’s report for year ending September 30, 2011.

Item 7 Reports from the Academic Affairs Committee

This item provides a listing of reports from the Academic Affairs Committee. Individual reports will be discussed as deemed appropriate by the committee chair or an individual Board member.

Item 7A Academic Affairs Quarterly Presentation -- Deans Larry Daniel and Shirley Hallblade 

Dean Hallblade will describe new library projects and services with a focus on UNF Digital Commons. Dean Daniel will discuss urban education initiatives in the College of Education and Human Services. 

 

Chair Taylor addressed the Board and asked for approval of the consent agenda. A MOTION was offered and seconded. The consent agenda was approved with Item 5Bi pulled for additional discussion. 

Item 8 Action Items for the Board of Trustees

Item 8A Student Conduct Code – Added Language

Chair Taylor asked Vice President Gonzalez to speak about this item.

 

Vice President Gonzalez reminded trustees that the student conduct code was presented, with amendments, at the Board meeting in January. He noted that, since then, the Board of Governors had made the university aware of a mandatory provision that was not included. Vice President Gonzalez clarified that the provision was not substantive but was procedural and required Board approval.

 

Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval for added language to the student conduct code. The MOTION was presented and seconded. The MOTION carried unanimously.

Item 8B Naming of an Academic Building on Campus

Chair Taylor asked Vice President Allaire to speak about this item.

 

Vice President Allaire stated that the university would like to recommend that the College of Education and Human Services building recognize Tom and Betty Petway. He noted that both had quite an impact on the community, region and state. Vice President Allaire mentioned that Tom was very much involved with higher education and had served on the Board of Regents and the Board of Governors. Vice President Allaire stated that Betty was greatly involved with UNF and the community.

 

Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION to name the College of Education and Human Services building to recognize Tom and Betty Petway. A MOTION was made and seconded. The MOTION was unanimously approved.

Item 8C Fraternal Order of Police Contract

Chair Taylor asked Mr. Leonard Carson to speak about this item.

 

Mr. Carson stated that the Fraternal Order of Police contract had been ratified by the bargaining unit. He provided a summary of the agreement, noting that a reopener would be negotiated in the near future.

 

Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval of the Fraternal Order of Police Contract. A MOTION was offered and seconded. The MOTION was carried as presented.

Item 8D Increases in Undergraduate Tuition and Tuition Differential for 2012-2013

Chair Taylor asked Vice President Serwatka to speak about this item.

 

Vice President Serwatka stated that the university administration recommended an overall 15 percent increase to the in-state undergraduate tuition differential.  In addition, the administration recommended an 8 percent increase in the undergraduate out-of-state fee.

 

At the graduate level, the administration recommended a 15 percent increase in in-state graduate tuition.  It also recommended a reduction in the out-of-state graduate fee to keep the total per-credit-hour cost for out-of-state graduate students the same as last year for out-of-state graduate students.

 

Trustee Brockelman stated that, despite circumstances, the university administration always had a choice and a chance to do something different.

 

Chair Taylor asked that the university communicate with students, possibly on an individual basis, the reasons for the choice to increase tuition.

 

Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval:

15 percent increase to the in-state undergraduate tuition differential,

8 percent increase in the undergraduate out-of-state fee,

15 percent increase in in-state graduate tuition, and a reduction in the out-of-state graduate fee to keep the total per-credit-hour cost for out-of-state graduate students the same as last year for out-of-state graduate students.

 

A MOTION was presented and seconded. Chair Taylor asked for a vote on the MOTION and Trustee Brockelman asked that the record reflect that he voted “yes” for #3 but “no” on #1 and 2. The MOTION was carried with one dissention.

Item 9 Report to the Board of Trustees

Item 9A Capital Projects Quarterly Report and Change Orders

Chair Taylor asked Vice President Shuman to speak about this item.

 

Vice President Shuman stated that this was the typical quarterly report made to the Board of Trustees to inform members of all change orders on any capital projects. Vice President Shuman discussed the timing of the biology building, the student wellness center and the dining facility. She noted that all change orders were listed in each project’s report.

Item 10 Adjournment

Chair Taylor offered appreciation to Trustee Brockelman, stating that this was his last meeting, as a trustee. Trustee Brockelman introduced Carlo Fassi as the newly elected president of Student Government and his replacement on the Board of Trustees. Chair Taylor adjourned the meeting.