UNF Board of Trustees
Trustee Tony Crawford inquired about the additional resources for funding. Dr. Camp explained that the proposal provided a detailed plan for resources needed and sources for these resources. Dr. Ahearn explained that they were in the process of applying for grants and hiring two additional instructors who would bring grants with them and that the proposed program was likely to increase external grant funding for basic biological research at UNF. Dr. Rossi, Assistant Professor in Biology, explained that he also would be submitting a grant. Trustee Crawford asked if there was any likelihood of receiving funds from the State. Dr. Serwatka stated that some of the funds had already been budgeted by the university for new positions. In addition to funds received from the State, the faculty anticipated the ability to match those funds. They anticipated an enrollment of 6-10 students the first year. The program would eventually enroll approximately 30 students. Full-time students would be enrolled for 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer semester, students would enroll for 1-3 credit hours. FTE's were based on 34 credit hours per year per student.
Trustee Abdullah asked if there were any technology courses and why there were no database courses. Dr. Ahearn replied that faculty were already using these databases for their research and that as the program expands that was one area where they might be able to add new coursework.
The committee voted to recommend approval of the program.