University of North Florida
Board of Trustees
Educational Policy Committee

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

Minutes

Committee Members Present 

Mrs. Ann Hicks, Dr. Judith Solano

Committee Members Absent 

Mr. Luther Coggin, Mrs. Toni Crawford, Mr. Wilfredo Gonzalez, Mrs. Joan Newton

Call to Order 

Committee Chair Hicks called the meeting to order, announcing that there was not a quorum; thus, approval of all items would be deferred to the action agenda for the June 20th Board of Trustees meeting.

 

Committee Chair Hicks provided an update regarding the Equal Opportunity and Affirmation Action Regulation and the Sexual Harassment Regulation, stating that revisions to these regulations would be presented to the Board of Trustees after the Fall 2006 term began.

Item 1 Approval of the Minutes 

Approval of the minutes was deferred to the next meeting, scheduled for September 28th. A quorum was not represented.

Item 2 Open Comments 

There were no comments from the public.

Item 3 Tenure and Promotion 

Provost Workman stated that in order for UNF to recruit and hire qualified senior faculty and administrators, it was necessary to allow them to bring their tenure status from their previous institutions. He stated that Dr. Jorge Febles had substantial administrative experience and a long record of effective teaching and scholarship, meeting UNF’s standards for tenure by reason of hire. Dr. Febles would be an asset to the University and the College of Arts and Sciences as the Chair of the World Languages Department.

 

Committee Chair Hicks stated that since there was no quorum, the item would be placed as an action item on the agenda for the June 20th Board of Trustees meeting.

Item 4 Proposed Reorganization of the Coggin College of Business 

Provost Workman stated that this request represented the maturation of the University. Similar proposals had been presented to the Board of Trustees for the Department of Natural Sciences, the Department of English and Foreign Language and the Department of Communication and Visual Arts. He stated that the Department of Management and the Department of Marketing and Logistics were co-joined for administrative purposes rather than academic purposes.

 

Dean McAllister offered support for this request, stating that these departments had outgrown their titles. Both departments had an equal amount of faculty and graduates, creating a rich area in terms of numbers and disciplines.

 

Committee Chair Hicks offered her support for the proposed reorganization of the Coggin College of Business. She stated that since there was no quorum, the item would be placed as an action item on the agenda for the June 20th Board of Trustees meeting.

Item 5 UNF Florida Educational Equity Act (FEEA) Report 

Ms. Yara Cull stated that the FEEA Report was a reporting tool that enabled the Florida Department of Education to monitor and ensure that provisions of the laws governing discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability or marital status were adhered to.

 

Ms. Cull referred to the report included in the meeting materials, stating that UNF’s overall numbers were good. FTIC rates increased for blacks and other minorities and black students were being retained at the highest rate. African and Hispanic graduation rates showed a marked increase; however, the Hispanic student graduation dropped.

 

Committee Chair Hicks asked for clarification regarding the use of the report. Ms. Cull stated that the administration would review the report and take appropriate action. Provost Workman stated that the consciousness of the importance of hiring would be raised.

 

Chair Taylor asked if administration could produce trends based on previous reports. He asked if future reports could be presented in a more user-friendly way. President Delaney stated that this would be accomplished.

 

Committee Chair Hicks stated that since there was no quorum, the item would be placed as an action item on the agenda for the June 20th Board of Trustees meeting.

Item 6 UNF Equity Accountability Program (EAP) Report 

Ms. Yara Cull stated that the purpose of the EAP Report was to ensure that there was appropriate representation of women and minorities in senior level administrative positions, within tenure track faculty and within faculty-granted tenure.

 

Ms. Cull stated that this report represented that UNF’s goals were met and exceeded. The upcoming goal was to reach parity in areas that were underrepresented.

 

Chair Taylor asked if a report could be prepared depicting how UNF ranked with other universities. Ms. Cull stated that this report represented the State of Florida only and the requested report could be prepared.

 

Committee Chair Hicks stated that since there was no quorum, the item would be placed as an action item on the agenda for the June 20th Board of Trustees meeting.

Item 7 Adjournment 

Committee Chair Hicks adjourned the meeting.