FACULTY ASSOCIATION MEETING
October 12, 1998
Special Meeting with Chancellor Adam Herbert
||Call to Order
|| A special meeting of the Faculty
Association was called to order by President Steve Shapiro at
9 a.m. to hear discussion of the Mission Differentiation Plan
for the State University System. Please consult the Board of
Regents link on the Faculty Association web site for a full
copy of the plan.
Chancellor Herbert began with an informal talk.
He said that no institution would be hurt by the differentiation
plan. Remembering the hurdles he had to face as President
when UNF expanded, he said that in his view UNF should not
have had such barriers to growth. He wants UNF to have the
option of doctoral programs in the future. Comprehensive doctoral
university is the designation for UNF and for Florida A &
M, which means about 8-10 doctoral programs. There must be
product differentiation for available resources. The state
needs to be more focused as it goes forward. Since the political
institutions of the state have not provided this focus, and
since the universities have not clearly defined their goals,
the state system needs to do that now to demonstrate return
on appropriated dollars. The alternative is micro-management
by non-educational agents. If the system itself gives a sense
of direction, the legislature will defer to it.
Dr. Herbert showed some transparencies of the
objectives of the system, where student growth will occur,
especially among younger, traditional students, and the SUS
"delivery platforms." FAU's 2010 enrollment projection was
given as an example. 82,000 extra new students will need to
be accommodated in the next decade throughout the system.
SUS Research Alliance Priorities were displayed along with
the Florida Research Alliance map showing corridors of development
along major highways. Co-operation between UF and FSU is vital
for the future of the I-10 corridor. Herbert displayed the
Carnegie Foundation Classification and parallel SUS and institutional
classifications; he also showed how the SUS institutions squared
with the Top 10 AAU public institutions. He promised that
he will not do anything within this plan that will hurt UNF;
in fact, funding for undergraduate programs is a priority.
||QUESTION AND ANSWER PERIOD:
Steve Shapiro: Would
you address differential tuition?
Chancellor Herbert: UF's students' family income is
the highest in the state; FSU is next. Many qualify for a
free ride on the Bright Futures scholarships. UF, FSU, and
USF should cap their undergraduate enrollments. Differentiated
tuition recognizes different costs at those places. Some institutions
must provide greater value for an education and doing so will
make UNF more attractive to students.
David Courtwright: The I-10 alliance is geographically
long; could it be broken into smaller components?
Chancellor Herbert: That may happen, but the MAG lab
requires UF-FSU partnership. Jacksonville offers UF a window
of access to people, but collaboration with UF comes with
Allen Tilley: Are there models of comprehensive universities,
like an Antioch College, for instance, with which UNF could
Chancellor Herbert: Yes. Each institution must do that;
each should engage in shaping the university for the coming
Jim Crooks: Have you looked at social problems in Florida
and how the universities could deal with them?
Chancellor Herbert: Yes. Community development is also
a vital part of what we have to do to transform the state.
The social sciences, the arts, all contribute to the quality
Ellen Wagner: What is the plan to recognize the role
of scholars and research at UNF?
Chancellor Herbert: We must maintain a commitment to
scholarship at each institution and must convince legislators
that we should have research assignments at least at the 20%
level; they would like to see it reduced to 10%. We must be
pro-active in persuading law-makers that research is essential
at all universities, even those without doctoral programs.
Marianne Barnes: The quality of educational systems
is problematical; K-12 needs more emphasis.
Chancellor Herbert: That is getting emphasis; a special
Board of Regents committee will deal with that. Florida must
have a strong pool of undergraduates.
Chris Rasche: She is concerned over the impact of differentiation
on UNF's future hiring. How can we be competitive in hiring
as an undergraduate teaching institution?
Chancellor Herbert: That has always been a problem.
The mission needed to be defined in order to help UNF take
off as a comprehensive doctoral university. Graduate enrollments
have been declining here for several years. What does that
Jeffrey Michelman: Where does the plan stand on articulation
agreements with community colleges.
Chancellor Herbert: He strongly opposes community colleges
offering four-year degree programs. The big issue is the A.S.
degree and what we can expect from that. The integrity of
existing delivery system is important.
Lew Radonovich: How much flexibility do you expect
in this system?
Chancellor Herbert: The plan creates three levels of
partnership with the private sector; companies can find educational
assistance in their own communities or plug into the center
of the alliance or wherever they locate; we have the capacity
to work with them. We have the collective strength to help
foster economic growth and development.
Scott Hochwald: What will happen to the teaching, scholarship
and service allocations of faculty assignments?
Chancellor Herbert: Those things would not change.
Willie Ervin: How will you get the general public to
understand this arrangement?
Chancellor Herbert: It takes time, but we must plan
for the future. We will then have greater control over our
destiny. Unfortunately, the press had made the proposal into
a discussion of "tiering" within the state. Outstanding liberal
arts institutions are happy to be so and have nothing to apologize
about. In 20 years, who knows?
|| The meeting was adjourned at 10:15
Elizabeth L. Furdell, Secretary
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