The fall semester will be here before we know it! These next weeks are hectic for many of you as we prepare the campus for the start of the new academic year. There is no better sight than the beginning of the fall term when the walkways and buildings are bustling with the excitement of our students. They are why we are here, why we work hard each day to make UNF an incredible place in which to learn and grow. Thank you for the extra mile you go to assist and support our students and faculty!
As promised in last month's Communique, I will address what UNF is doing to improve our performance funding metrics. This month I will speak to student enrollment. We are expecting a sharp increase in enrollment. By using best practices in market research, Enrollment Services has been able to identify productive recruitment territories both in and out-of-state. Advanced territory management techniques have allowed them to meet and expand our enrollment targets. Proven solutions in financial aid leveraging have enabled the University to be aggressively proactive in providing scholarships and aid to prospective and current students. Packaging of the aid enables the student to work toward graduation and degree completion with a minimum of debt load.
A new immersive Campus Tour program, which centers around academics and measured outcomes, has increased our student throughput by more than 249% in just eight months. Prospective students and their families are now able to take tours throughout the week at times that are convenient to them, as well as evenings and Saturdays. The entire visit and event program is planned with admission and enrollment as the goal. More than 73% of students who visit UNF apply, and of these, 31% enroll. Enrollment Services has been marketing much more precisely and vigorously than at any time in our past. By using best practices in predictive enrollment modeling (data mining and advance analytics) to increase the market share, Enrollment Services is able to use the latest in Customer Relationship Management technology to send the right message at the right time using the right channel. We have a significant increase in inquires, applications and, eventually, enrollment. Admitting students who want to be engaged and having a strong on-boarding process are the foundation for increasing retention.
Below are a few projects that I would like to highlight this month along with a list of staffing changes.
Virtual Parking Passes
UNF Parking Services is embarking on an exciting initiative to implement a virtual permit environment in Aug. 2017. Physical permits will no longer be required and your vehicle’s license plate number will serve as your parking permit. Simultaneously, our current permit pay and display kiosks will be expiring and require replacement by the end of this calendar year. Therefore, Parking Services is seizing the opportunity of integrating new technologies with the kiosk replacements to considerably enhance the overall campus parking experience. These new technologies include License Plate Recognition (LPR), Virtual Permits and Pay by Plate systems. Parking spaces will then be monitored by specialized vehicles with on-board LPR camera systems that will scan license plates to determine if vehicles are parked in valid locations according to the virtual permit purchased. Staff will need to park "nosed in" when virtual parking passes and LPR go into effect fall of 2017.
Skinner Jones Expansion and Lot 7 Closure
On Aug. 6, Ajax Construction will start the renovation of, and a new 4-story addition to, Skinner Jones Hall. Parking Lot 7 will close on Aug. 6 so the contractor can start relocating existing underground utilities and preparing the building foundation. Construction will be split into two phases; the first phase will include the renovation of the north side (Building 4) and start of the building addition. Once the renovation of the north side is complete in June 2017, the renovation of the south side (Building 3) will begin and continue until completion of the entire project in Dec. 2017. The College of Computing Engineering and Construction will move from Science and Engineering (Building 50) into the expanded Skinner Jones Hall allowing both Chemistry and Physics to expand their programs within the Science and Engineering Building.
Emergency Preparedness Training
Students, faculty, and staff are increasingly becoming victims of violence on college and university campuses. While campus shootings are rare, assaults, intimate partner violence, and stalking are not uncommon. To ensure we are prepared, Administration & Finance staff members are required to attend a one-hour class that covers 1) steps the campus is taking to keep you safe during an emergency and 2) What you can do to keep yourself safe during an active shooter situation.
Staff who attended Vince Smyth's "all-staff meeting" on June 29, have already completed this training. All others will need to register for one of the six sessions being held in August. Register soon to get your preferred date and time. To register, log into the myWings portal and click on "CPDT Class Register (Training)" in the Quick Links channel. The name of the class is Admin & Finance Emergency Preparedness Training.
The dates and times the class is offered are:
- Monday, August 15 at 3 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 16 at 10 a.m.
- Friday, August 19 at 9 a.m.
- Friday, August 19 at 10 a.m.
- Monday, August 29 at 11 a.m.
- Monday, August 29 at 2 p.m.
All classes will take place in 53/1420 & 1430 (Hicks Hall Meeting Rooms, first floor). Light refreshments will be provided.
We welcome these new staff members
Joseph Cartolano, Groundskeeper, Grounds
Jacob Koza, Applications Systems Specialist, Enterprise Systems
Thomas Lake, IT Security Analyst, IT Security
Kenton Strickland, Parking Attendant, Parking & Transportation Services
We congratulate these staff members who have recently been promoted
Doris James, Senior Custodial Worker, Student Union-Custodial
Casey Knowles, Senior Accounts Payable Rec Rep, Physical Facilities
We say goodbye to these staff members who recently left the University
Deborah Berard, Financial System Analyst, Controller
Siteria Dukes, Custodial Worker, Custodial Services
Bruce Rouzie, Senior IT Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering