Colleges of Distinction

Brooks College of Health

  • classroomThe college introduced two doctorate programs: the doctorate of physical therapy and the doctorate of nursing practice. So far, 50 students have been enrolled in the programs.
  • UNF nurse practitioner students obtained a 100 percent pass rate on their national certification exam.
  • UNF’s School of Nursing earned national recognition when its students won the top prize at the Student Nurses Association National Convention in 2007 with their presentation of a project called “Homebasing” for the School Community Health Project category.
  • The Brooks College of Health expects to open a new wing in fall 2008 that will include the addition of Student Medical Services on the second floor and provide a new home for the School of Nursing. The expansion will allow more students to be accepted into programs in the college and is expected to increase collaborative partnerships with BCOH students and faculty.

Coggin College of Business

  • The Princeton Review once again recognized the Coggin College of Business as being among the best business schools in the country.
  • Coggin seniors consistently attain scores in the 75th to 90th percentile on the Educational Testing Service’s Major Field Tests in Business when compared to the average scores of seniors at other participating schools.
  • The Osprey Financial Group (OFG), a student-managed investment fund, is composed annually of both graduate and undergraduate students. During the five and a half years since the OFG’s inception, the students have added $310,004 to the fund’s value – a cumulative return of 62 percent and an average annual return of 9.2 percent. In 2007, the fund totaled $810,004.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • College of Arts and Sciences’ faculty published 10 books, 106 journal articles, 21 book chapters, 34 articles in conference proceedings, nine encyclopedia articles and 17 book reviews. They made 237 referred or invited presentations at scholarly conferences and were involved in 200 juried creative works or performances.
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  • More than 500 students from Arts and Sciences completed internships as part of their criminal justice, communication, psychology, art and design, history, political science or sociology majors. Placements ranged from the Department of Juvenile Justice in Jacksonville to Sen. Edward Kennedy’s office in Washington and the World Food Program in Rome.
  • The college offered 17 study-abroad courses in 2006-2007 allowing students to explore the cultures and historic sites of China, Italy, France, Spain, Thailand and Japan. The college plans to offer additional opportunities in the coming year.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

  • The college added three new master’s degree programs: civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.
  • In 2007, its biggest year in research ever, the college dedicated $1.6 million to research. The college has extensive applied research under way in the medical community in such areas as brainwave measurement; patients’ biometrics during surgery; and data-mining patients’ records.
  • The college implemented a new information technology track in computing and added concentrations in mobile computing, spatial information systems and networking.
  • School of Engineering formed an outreach program – Make the Connection – to middle schools and high schools to help attract students to engineering programs.
  • The college has increased its Distance Learning Program, experimenting with self-directed studies, and now offers seven classes in the Florida Engineering Education Delivery System studio each semester.
  • The Building Construction Management program has grown by 20 percent each year.

College of Education and Human Services

  • As a field-based college of education, COEHS makes 3,000 school-based placements each year, primarily in Duval County Public Schools. The placements account for more than 250,000 hours of school-based experiences for the college’s students each year.
  • The Florida Legislature awarded COEHS $500,000 for 2007-08 to develop a program to mentor new teachers and evaluate the success of ongoing teacher-professional development. The college is working with the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership and Duval County Public Schools on the project.
  • The Florida Department of Education recently recognized COEHS as an approved Educator Preparation Institute, an official site for fast-track preparation of persons to teach those who already have bachelor’s degrees in other fields.
  • The college brings in approximately $2 million in external grants annually. Current grants focus on teacher professional development, parent training, teacher certification, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) education, services to gifted children and various services to urban schools.