Colleges of Distinction

Brooks College of Health

  • Four public health faculty members served in leadership roles for prestigious organizations including the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association, Upsilon Phi Delta Health Administration National Honor Society and the American Dietetic Association in 2006. In addition, a UNF nursing student served as president of the National Student Nurses’ Association.
  • On national licensure examinations, the pass rate for UNF’s nursing students was 96 percent in 2006, compared to 89 percent nationally and 86 percent in Florida. The pass rate for UNF’s physical therapy students was 98 percent, compared to 80 percent nationally and 91 percent in Florida.
  • The first class of nurse anesthetists students was admitted in fall 2006. This new graduate specialty program in the School of Nursing was created in response to a national shortage of certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Coggin College of Business

  • The Princeton Review ranked the college among the best business schools in the country.
  • The Transportation and Logistics program was ranked 13th in the nation, as reported in Supply Chain Management Review.
  • 2006 marked Coggin College’s 30th anniversary of being accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only one in five business schools in the world has earned this prestigious designation.
  • A new minor in entrepreneurship was approved in 2006 to be introduced to students in 2007-08. Interest in entrepreneurship crosses all disciplines, particularly computing sciences, engineering and health.
  • In spring 2006, Coggin seniors’ average score on the Educational Testing Service’s Major Field Test in Business was in the 90th percentile among seniors at 512 schools.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • The new Social Sciences Building opened in 2006, housing the departments of sociology, anthropology, psychology, criminal justice, and political science and public administration, as well as labs, research centers and the dean’s office.
  • Science faculty received $2.1 million in 2006 to develop a rapid-response sensor network to be used for everything from environmental monitoring to anti-terrorist activities.
  • A new chair of World Languages was hired in 2006 to help expand the opportunities for UNF students to learn to speak, write and understand world languages, as well as understand and interpret the literature and culture of those languages.
  • During the 2005-06 academic year, College of Arts and Sciences students traveled to Cambridge, Paris, Strasbourg, Peru, Berlin, Spain, Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Sicily, Rome, Florence and Morocco to participate in study abroad programs.
  • The new 6,000-square-foot photo lab was completed in January 2006, providing more than 200 photography students with wet labs and classroom spaces.

College of Computing, Engineering and Construction

  • The Taylor Engineering Research Institute was established in 2006 with a $1 million endowment, which the state matched with $500,000. This is the college’s largest cash gift to date.
  • The UNF FEEDS (Florida Engineering Education Delivery System) Center provided presentations, classes, exam-review sessions, video productions, meetings and Webinars to 1,950 participants in fiscal year 2005-06. The center also delivered 19 courses originating at UNF and other state universities.
  • The college introduced a new bachelor’s degree in Information Technology in fall 2006.
  • Approximately 85 percent of the college’s students participated in co-operative education or internships in 2006.
  • In 2006, 170 Building Construction Management students completed a service-learning project, constructing a 10,000-square-foot roof for the Boys’ Home of Jacksonville. In total, 320 students devoted 3,360 service-activity hours to the community, applying what they learned in class to real-world situations.

College of Education and Human Services

  • Wachovia contributed $300,000 to create the largest education scholarship endowment in the college. Qualifying for a $150,000 state match, it will have a significant financial impact on aspiring teachers.
  • The college celebrated the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence and the Roddenberry Graduate Fellowships.
  • Two SUCCEED grants totaling $337,000 in 2006 helped establish an alternative certification program for second-career individuals in the critical shortage areas of math, science and special education, as well as reading and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). The program enrolled 71 participants, exceeding its goal by 7.5 percent.
  • UNF’s national award-winning urban professional development school partnership with Duval County Public Schools, which offers on-site teacher development, expanded from four to five schools in 2006. The project serves more than 200 teacher education students annually.
  • A professor in the College of Education and Human Services received the 2006 Florida Times-Union EVE award for education.