Colleges of Distinction

Coggin College of Business

  • In honor of a $5 million gift by Blanche and Luther Coggin that will be matched by $5 million from state funds, the college was named the Coggin College of Business.
  • The College's international business program has developed into one of the most active in the nation, with 13 student and faculty exchange relationships with business schools in Western and Eastern Europe, South America and China.
  • The new $500,000 Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) was launched this fall, with 12 students directing the fund as a part of a 6-credit hour course.
  • The Logistics faculty hosted the 2003 Logistics and Supply Chain Seminar series, which were attended by senior logistics professionals from around the world. Speakers included internationally recognized logistics and supply chain experts from Fortune 500 companies and other leading logistics academic programs worldwide.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • The Lazzara Grand Theater located in the new $22 million, 120,000-square-foot Fine Arts Center had its grand opening celebration on Jan. 23, 2003.
  • The Freshmen Interest Group Program has been experiencing great success since its inception. Designed to help ease the transition for first-year students to university life, the program involves a learning community where freshmen are involved in a cluster of classes, some of which may be taught inside their residence hall.
  • The June 2002 issue of Downbeat magazine (the premiere professional jazz journal) announced that the UNF jazz program has produced six ensemble and individual award recipients in the magazine's 25th Annual Student Awards.

Computing Sciences and Engineering

  • A COCSE student was named UNF's first Goldwater Scholar.
  • A COCSE student was the recipient of UNF's first NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention.
  • The College's new civil engineering BS program graduated its first students in August 2002.
  • The College's bachelor's programs in computer science and electrical engineering received accreditation renewals by ABET, the recognized agency for accreditation of USA university programs in engineering, technology, and applied science education.
  • The College exceeded $1 million is sponsored research funding for the first time.

College of Education and Human Services

  • The College is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, one of only 12 teacher education programs in Florida to hold this distinction.
  • The College has continued its commitment to urban education and has launched†its fourth urban professional development school, focused on ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) teacher preparation.
  • In 2002, three out of the five First Coast counties selected UNF graduates as Teacher of the Year.
  • Twenty-five percent of Duval County's new teachers are hired each year from UNF, the largest percentage of any public or private college of education.
  • Over 80 percent of the College's graduates stay and teach in the First Coast.

College of Health

  • Graduates in all areas continue to score significantly above the national average on their licensing/certification exams.
  • The 2002-2003 president of the American Academy of Health Behavior is a professor in the College of Health.
  • The 2002-2003 chair of the Florida Board of Nursing is the dean of the College of Health.
  • The STARS (Start Taking Alcohol Risks Seriously) program received theFederal Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Program Award and was recognized by the U.S. government as effective in preventing and reducing drug and alcohol abuse.