In order to strengthen the core competencies of the University and thus to further the university’s aspiration to become a regional institution of national quality, the President and Provost invited individual faculty members, faculty teams, and directors to submit academic Flagship Program proposals for select undergraduate or graduate programs. Programs are selected for Flagship status in general because of their excellence in the scholarly accomplishments of their faculty and the demonstrable potential of those faculty to sustain a trajectory toward scholarly distinction; their potential to produce particularly compelling or exceptional educational outcomes for students; and their power to link the quality of education at UNF to a range of civic needs in the region. For this reason, Flagship Programs are selected to receive significant budgetary support for a period of five years (with the possibility of further, albeit reduced, support), during which time they are ideally expected to become self-sustaining or to have generated external funding support.
The School of Nursing was selected as the first Flagship Program at UNF in July 2005, because of its response to an identified need in nursing education through the development of a nationally distinctive community-based and population-focused undergraduate nursing curriculum.
The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics was selected as the sixth Flaghship Program in June 2011, in the most recent call for proposals. The program has a strong commitment to community based transformational learning at the undergraduate and graduate level, and has plans to develop a Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition, only the second such program in the country.
For more information about the Flagships at UNF, please visit Academic Affairs.
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