Located just miles from the Atlantic Ocean in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida is a nationally ranked metropolitan university with a wide range of academic offerings. The University serves 16,500 students, more than 13,000 of whom are undergraduates. More than 50 undergraduate programs, many designed for the working student and almost a dozen that are fully online, provide advanced academic and professional education to over 1,900 students.
A public university and member institution of the State University System of Florida, the University of North Florida first opened its doors to 2,027 juniors in the fall of 1972. The University was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) in 1974, and is currently accredited by SACS to award baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees.UNF began admitting freshmen in 1984. Today, UNF offers 55 undergraduate degree programs, 30 graduate degree programs, and five doctoral degrees. The UNF Board of Trustees was established in Florida’s Constitution in 2001. Each university in the State University System has a 13-member board — six members appointed by the Governor and five appointed by the Florida Board of Governors. The remaining two members are the president of the Faculty Association and the president of Student Government. The Florida Board of Governors has constitutional authority for the entire State University System.
UNF received the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, recognizing the University’s commitment to community and civic engagement. At UNF, students and faculty engage in mutually beneficial community-based research and learning, and take pride in working together to make their community stronger.
UNF is organized into six colleges:
The Brooks College of Health prepares students to enter a variety of fields through specialized programming enhanced by partnerships with area healthcare organizations. Brooks graduates consistently excel on licensure exams, and its programs boast many accolades: The Physical Therapy graduate program was ranked No. 1 of the Top 25 programs in the nation; the School of Nursing was ranked one of the Top 50 nursing schools in the Southeast; and the online Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics was ranked No. 9 in the country. With an emphasis on hands-on learning in clinical settings and research in laboratories with cutting-edge technologies, nearly 3,000 students each year work toward degrees in health administration, health science, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, and athletic training. Both nursing and nutrition and dietetics are UNF Flagship Programs, two of six such programs on campus.
The accomplished professors of the Coggin College of Business, in partnership with area business professionals, provide classroom and real-world training that offers graduates an employment advantage. As a testament to the quality of the College’s programs, The Princeton Review has named Coggin a Best Business School every year for the past decade. Students develop valuable knowledge and experience through internships and working with business mentors, while also gaining a global perspective through study abroad. The Coggin College of Business curriculum is designed around several academic areas: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and logistics. Coggin is also home to two Flagship Programs: international business and transportation and logistics.
The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of UNF’s six colleges with more than 6,300 students studying across an expansive array of undergraduate majors and a growing number of graduate programs. The College’s School of Music, a Flagship Program, is one of the most recognized performance-based music programs in the country with faculty members who are renowned artists and established practitioners in their fields. The Coastal Biology program, another Flagship Program, provides high-quality learning experiences in an area rich in waterways. The College designs programs to allow students to engage and respond to the local community through unique and relevant opportunities — providing transformational learning that can significantly impact a student’s thinking and their future. The College consists of 15 academic departments, and also houses a variety of unique programs and centers including the Public Opinion Research Laboratory.
The College is composed of three academic units: the School of Computing, the School of Engineering and the Department of Construction Management. One of the College’s hallmarks is the high level of interaction between faculty and students on innovative research projects. In addition, the College teams up with corporations to provide students with real-world academic challenges, paid internships and rewarding partnerships with professionals who serve as mentors. Many seniors spend their final year solving problems posed by area businesses as part of their capstone project. Through this combination of classroom, hands-on and workplace learning, the College promotes academic fundamentals and skills in leadership, problem-solving and communication, and its graduates have an almost 100 percent employment rate within six months of receiving a UNF degree. In addition, UNF ranks in the Top 50 nationwide and No. 2 in the state for return on investment on computing education degrees.
Partnerships are a key to the success of UNF’s education programs. Students gain clinical learning opportunities through the Urban Professional Development Program, a two-time national award-winning program created in collaboration with Duval County Public Schools, as well as the Jacksonville Teacher Residency Program. As a result of these and other joint efforts, UNF’s education students gain significant classroom experience and graduates now comprise more than 25 percent of the newly hired teachers in area schools. In addition to its K-12 programs, the College offers training for positions in higher education and administration, sport management and American Sign Language/English Interpreting. Many of the College’s 1,400 students participate in study-abroad experiences through a 30-year-long partnership established with the University of Belize and the country’s Ministry of Education.
UNF’s honors program was elevated to the Hicks Honors College in 2015. In fall 2016, the exceptional students entering Hicks had an average GPA of 4.43 and an average of 30 college credits. The College provides these high-achieving students with challenging curriculum including unique courses in leadership, innovation and critical thinking. Hicks students also have the opportunity to study abroad at an affordable price through scholarship funding available through the College.
The Thomas G. Carpenter Library on campus combines beauty with function. An architecturally unique structure, the Library provides students with easy access to a wealth of information resources and learning services. Named after UNF’s founding president, Thomas G. Carpenter, the campus Library was built in 1980 and renovated and expanded in 2005. Within four floors and 199,000 square feet, the Carpenter Library offers students access to more than 360 computers and laptops, 860,000 volumes, 300,000 e-books, 38,000 electronic journals, 260 databases and 66,000 streaming videos. The Carpenter Library Learning Commons offers students a flexible academic environment with state-of-the-art technology, research consultations, instruction, study rooms and online resources. Through its Art in the Library program, the Library has added 130 pieces of art donated by artists and collectors.
The University has 17 centers and institutes that support research activities including the Environmental Center, the Taylor Engineering Research Institute, Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives, and the Florida Institute for Education, to name a few. There are also several centers and institutes with a primary function outside of research, such as the Taylor Leadership Institute, which is an initiative of Student Affairs. The Institute emphasizes the encouragement, promotion and rewarding of personal, civic and community engagement with a concentration on values and leadership constructs. The leadership minor offers an in-depth study of leadership from a theoretical perspective balanced with practical application. The Taylor Leadership Institute works closely with the Hicks Honors College.
UNF has designated six Flagship Programs based on excellence in faculty accomplishments, the potential to produce exceptional educational outcomes for students, and the power to link quality education to a range of community needs. With this status, Flagship Programs receive additional budgetary funds to hire accomplished faculty and staff, support related and auxiliary programs and facilities, recruit top students, and develop community partnerships. Since announcing the initiative in 2004, the University has designated the following Flagship Programs: the School of Nursing, Coastal Biology, International Business, Transportation and Logistics, the School of Music, and Nutrition and Dietetics.
The School of Nursing was selected as UNF’s first Flagship Program in 2005. It offers a wide choice of undergraduate and graduate programs tailored to meet community needs and adapt to changes in healthcare delivery trends. The primary goal of the program is to prepare nurses to practice effectively in a variety of settings and administer care that promotes, maintains and restores health to individuals, families and communities.
UNF selected Transportation and Logistics as a Flagship Program in 2006. Students complete courses in information systems, quantitative methods, transportation, warehouse management, distribution, international logistics, logistics management and a capstone in supply chain management. Students are encouraged to complete an internship to provide practical experience. The UNF curriculum emphasizes the perspective of logistics as an integrated part of supply chain management.
The International Business Flagship Program offers students the choice of an international business major or minor to help prepare them to compete in the global marketplace. A number of double-degree programs, including the graduate-level GlobalMBA, gives students the opportunity to combine intensive classroom study with residential experiences in overseas countries. The program trains students to understand international business, from free-trade areas to global competition to currency crises and foreign investment opportunities.
The Department of Biology’s Coastal and Marine Biology Program was awarded Flagship Program status in 2006, establishing it as a center for excellence. Students pursuing degrees in the program have the benefit of working directly with accomplished faculty members conducting research on a broad range of topics. With UNF’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the St. Johns River and the Intracoastal Waterway, students have the opportunity to take field-intensive courses and gain hands-on experience. Last year, more than 1,000 acres of wetlands just minutes from campus were donated to the University for use as a Coastal Research Station.
The renowned music program at UNF has grown from its earliest offerings in piano and voice to a full range of performance concentrations that now include strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, music technology, music education and jazz studies. The designation as a Flagship Program in 2011 provided the needed resources to expand offerings and allow the department to emerge in 2016 as the School of Music. With dedicated faculty members who are recognized artists in their fields, the School of Music and its graduates continue to receive national accolades and awards, and perform in some of the world’s most respected orchestras, ensembles and venues.
The Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program engages and transforms students into effective nutrition and health professionals who work in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, schools, nursing homes, wellness centers and food service companies. Students at all levels are engaged in transformational learning including research, study abroad and community projects. In addition to providing accredited bachelor and master programs, the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics offers an online Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition. DCN students are trained to provide leadership in dietary prevention, intervention and treatment of chronic disease at both the individual and population levels.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville became a cultural institute of UNF in 2009. As a result, the Museum works closely with the University to expand learning opportunities for students while providing professional enrichment for faculty and staff. On a programmatic level, MOCA hosts faculty-curated exhibitions in the UNF Gallery, as well as classes in its classrooms and auditorium. Moreover, the partnership enables students and faculty to collaborate with visiting artists and scholars, as well as to work directly with objects from the Museum’s permanent collection. MOCA serves the community through exhibitions, collections, educational programs and publications designed to enhance an understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art.
The University of North Florida offers an innovative model for the role of research in a metropolitan comprehensive university. High-quality scholarship is expected from every tenure-track faculty member, and the essential role of scholarship in faculty lives and identities is described in the Scholarship Statement. The University accordingly features an enviable portfolio of basic, applied and translational research activity that in many disciplines enjoys an international reputation. And yet, as a public master’s university, the University also emphasizes the engagement of undergraduates in the vibrant research enterprise. Many students who receive a bachelor’s degree at UNF graduate having been directly involved in faculty-mentored research — and often as collaborators with faculty on conference papers and published articles. A metropolitan university with a mission that includes serving the region of Northeast Florida, the University of North Florida is increasingly investing in faculty and student research activity that is responsive to a wide range of community partners — research that meets local needs and opportunities while contributing solutions to global challenges. This includes interdisciplinary research on topics such as transportation and logistics, coastal sciences, advanced manufacturing, applied health and advanced data analytics. Supporting these efforts are 17 centers and institutes and dedicated administrative units that proactively help faculty and students secure the resources they need to conduct impactful research. The University of North Florida’s research standing is improving rapidly. In the past few years, the University has moved up 39 places in the international University Rankings of Academic Performance report, and institutional citation rates are routinely double that of peer institutions when scaled for faculty size. Since 2013-14 alone, the value of external funding awards made to the University has increased by more than 40 percent, to almost $13 million. This includes numerous competitive grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Education and the Small Business Administration, among other federal and state agencies. Partnerships with industry account for more than 20 percent of externally funded research, anchored by major collaborative agreements with companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Florida Blue and Mayo Clinic. The University also has a small but valuable portfolio of inventions that is actively moving towards commercialization, mostly through licensing agreements with local companies. Research at the University of North Florida is increasingly dynamic — for students, for regional partners and for solving larger challenges — and meaningful research opportunities continue to grow.
UNF currently enrolls more than 13,000 undergraduate students, as well as nearly 2,000 graduate and nearly 1,000 post-baccalaureate and nondegree-seeking students.The academic profile of incoming freshman has continued to rise over the last few years. In the fall of 2017, the incoming freshman class has a high school GPA of 4.27, an average SAT of 1271.40 and an average ACT of 26.43. These are elite figures that put UNF toward the top of the Florida State University System in terms of academic profile.Nearly 4,000 students live on campus in six residence halls, one of which was ranked the second most luxurious in the country.Nearly 40 percent of UNF’s students come from the Jacksonville area. Almost 54 percent come from other parts of Florida. Slightly more than 67 percent of UNF students are white, 10 percent are black or African-American and 10 percent are Hispanic. UNF students come from 60 different countries. About 57 percent of students are female. The Student Government Association focuses on the allocation of the Activity and Service fee, and reviews the allocation of the Athletic and Health fees. The president of the University consults with the Student Government president for the allocation and expenditure of the Capital Improvement Trust Fund fee, and any other non-instructional fees beyond matriculation. The Student Government also focuses on the evaluation and establishment of student programs, student activities, clubs and organizations, and other activities.Decisions reached by the Student Government regarding these matters are forwarded to the vice president for Student and International Affairs, who forwards them, with recommendations, to the president of the University. Upon approval by the president, these decisions become the policies, practices and regulations of the University.
The University currently employs more than 500 full-time faculty members — 435 of which have a Ph.D. or appropriate terminal degree. Less than 1 percent of classes at UNF are taught by graduate assistants.The UNF Constitution established the Faculty Association, independent of the bargaining process, for the development and implementation of recommendations in areas of traditional faculty concern. Within the shared system of academic governance, the Faculty Association focuses on faculty appointment, retention, promotion and development; academic programs, organization and standards; academic services and continuing education; and instruction, service and research programs.Decisions reached by the Faculty Association are forwarded to the vice president for Academic Affairs and then to the president. When approved by the president of the University, the decisions become the policies, practices and regulations of the University.In addition, faculty members are represented by the United Faculty of Florida UNF chapter, which serves as the bargaining agent of the faculty. UFF-UNF represents all UNF tenure-line faculty, instructors and lecturers, and visiting professors on all labor-related contract negotiations. With the exception of faculty currently holding administrative posts and adjuncts, all UNF faculty are considered in unit and are covered under the collective bargaining agreement, negotiated by the chapter and university administration. Only active members of the Union, however, have access to the resources noted above or receive additional Union-related benefits, including Union representation in the grievance/arbitration processes.UNF employs more than 1,000 staff. These employees fall into two groups: the Administrative and Professional Association (A&P) and the University Support Personnel Association (USPA).
The University has been NCAA Division I since 2009-10. All athletic teams are known as the North Florida Ospreys.All 19 intercollegiate sports compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference except for swimming and diving, which competes in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association. UNF teams include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s indoor track, men’s and women’s outdoor track, and women's beach and indoor volleyball.
The 1,380-acre core campus is just 12 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, between the St. Johns River and the Intracoastal Waterway. The nature-rich campus includes freshwater lakes, five miles of hiking trails and a nature preserve filled with abundant wildlife. Ten recently constructed or renovated campus buildings have been LEED® certified, demonstrating UNF’s commitment to green construction and environmental sustainability. Last year, UNF received a donation of 1,050 acres of pristine saltmarsh wetlands located along the Intracoastal Waterway in Jacksonville. The $8.8 million gift created the William C. Webb Coastal Research Station, expanding hands-on learning and research opportunities for students and faculty, particularly those in the coastal sciences.
Students get involved on campus through more than 200 clubs and organizations and 26 fraternities and sororities. The UNF campus also has new facilities designed to promote a vibrant campus life. The 150,000-square-foot Student Union was recently ranked among “25 Best Student Union Centers” in the nation, one of only two Florida institutions to make the list. The $40.1 million facility, completed in 2009, hosts approximately 6,500 events annually and provides space for a variety of student activities and programs, dining facilities, Student Government offices and the Division of Student and International Affairs. The $19.5 million Student Wellness Complex is a state-of-the-art, comprehensive wellness facility and LEED® Gold-certified building that houses the largest fitness center in Northeast Florida at 27,000 square feet, a 34-foot climbing wall, a 1/8-mile indoor track and several group fitness rooms. The unique building has received several awards since its completion from chapters of the American Institute of Architecture, including Outstanding Design for an Athletic Facility and an Excellence in Design Award.
The University of North Florida has a projected Education & General (E&G) budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18 of $160 million. Approximately $94 million comes from state general revenue and lottery appropriations. Tuition accounts for $66 million or 41 percent of the operating budget. The University’s total budget is $279 million of which $160 million is the E&G budget, $74 million is auxiliary funds and student fees, $8 million is Contract and Grants and $37 million is Financial Aid.
The UNF endowment includes approximately 365 separate endowed funds including scholarships, fellowships, professorships and center/program support funds. As of June 30, 2017 the endowed portfolio was valued at just over $105 million. During fiscal year 2017, more than $30 million was raised in private support. UNF’s last campaign, The Power of Transformation, was the most successful campaign in UNF’s history, raising $130 million. The campaign was publicly launched in 2009, with a goal of $110 million, but exceeded expectations, thanks to 25 donations of more than $1 million each. Over 27,000 donors contributed to the campaign, including alums, corporations, foundations and friends. UNF’s previous successful campaign, Access to Excellence, fulfilled its promises to students who are now outstanding alumni in vital careers. That campaign, from 1997 to 2003, raised more than $100 million.
The UNF Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity that provides financial support and counsel to the University and enables it to achieve critical elements of its mission. The Foundation's dynamic and distinguished Board provides leadership in obtaining and managing private funding for the First Coast's only public university. Gifts to the Foundation enable UNF to fund innovative new programs and enhance existing ones far beyond what are possible using state allocations alone. The UNF Foundation Board includes 48 members who manage the UNF Foundation assets and maintain fiduciary responsibility. In addition to sharing their financial skills sets, all the Board members make gifts to the University.
Of UNF’s 83,000 alumni, roughly 80 percent live in Florida, with 60 percent living in Duval County or one of the four surrounding counties (Baker, Clay, Nassau or St. Johns). The remaining alumni live throughout the rest of Florida (20 percent) or out of state (20 percent). Outside of Northeast Florida, UNF’s largest alumni populations are in Tampa, South Florida and Atlanta, and the most active UNF regional area is Washington D.C. The Alumni Association began in 1975 as an Alumni Advisory Council, with the first official Alumni Association meeting in 1976 with 10 Board members. Today, UNF has an active Alumni Association Board with 30 members.
The president of the University reports to the Board of Trustees. Six citizens are appointed by the Governor and five citizens are appointed by the Board of Governors. These appointees must be confirmed by the Florida Senate. The remaining two members are the president of the Faculty Association and the president of Student Government. The Board is responsible for cost-effective policy, implementing and maintaining high-quality education programs consistent with the University’s mission, performance evaluation, meeting state policy, budgeting, and education standards.
The Board of Governors is comprised of 17 members, 14 of whom are appointed by the Florida Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate for a term of seven years. The remaining members include the chair of the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates, the Commissioner of Education and the chair of the Florida Student Association. The Board oversees the operation and management of the Florida public university system's 12 institutions.
UNF is committed to diversity in all its forms and is a place where different cultures and perspectives are welcomed, appreciated and incorporated into the fabric of university life. The University of North Florida strives to be an environment rich and fluent in the exchanges of ideas, experiences and outlooks — a place where students and faculty learn from one another and value our differences.UNF is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Institution. The University received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award three times, recognizing its commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The University of North Florida’s academically talented students receive individualized attention and opportunities to engage in transformational learning: e.g., community engagement, internships, international study, and research. Dedicated faculty and staff create a rich learning environment on a beautiful campus that provides an inspiring setting for our diverse community. Together, we enhance the economic and cultural development of our growing metropolitan region.
The University of North Florida will be an institution of choice, nationally recognized for high-caliber students, faculty, and staff. We will be known for engaging students with experiential learning grounded in critical thinking, effective communication, and analytical skills. We will expand our reach and relevance through innovative programs and research that drive the economy, build upon our extensive partnerships, and position our students for lifelong success. Students will develop the global perspectives and cultural understanding needed to address future challenges.
The UNF Constitution includes a section on the president:
The president shall be the chief executive officer of the University and shall be responsible for the entire administration and supervision of the University, subject to the Florida Statutes. The president shall lead in fostering and promoting education, research, and service as the primary aims of the University. The president shall enforce the rules and regulations of the Florida Board of Education, Board of Governors, and the University Board of Trustees and shall interpret the proposals and actions of the University to those boards.
The University of North Florida is committed to values that promote the welfare and positive transformation of individuals, communities and societies. We value:
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.
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Nationally, the University of North Florida is being recognized by some very elite organizations and is showing up on nearly every national college ranking. More and more, UNF is being seen among elite institutions as a high-caliber education destination and a great place to study, live and thrive.
UNF is located in Jacksonville. At 840 square miles, it is the largest city, in terms of land area, in the contiguous United States.More than 1.6 million people live in Northeast Florida, home to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and the headquarters for three Fortune 500 companies. With a median age of 38, Jacksonville is the youngest major city in Florida and was recently recognized by Time Magazine as a top destination for millennials.Northeast Florida has seen tremendous growth in the financial services industries as 20 major banks, insurance and investment services firms on the Forbes Global 500 list have operation centers here. The Jacksonville area is a leader in healthcare with more than 20 hospitals – including one of only three Mayo Clinics in the country and one of just six MD Anderson Cancer Center partnerships.More than 50,000 active duty military personnel are stationed in Northeast Florida and more than 3,000 retired military choose to stay in Jacksonville every year, providing a skilled, reliable workforce for local businesses.Jacksonville — or Jax, as it is known to locals — has more than 80,000 acres of parkland including two national parks, seven state parks and more than 400 city parks. In fact, Jacksonville, the City of Parks, boasts the largest urban park system in the U.S.
The president of the University of North Florida will be a leader on campus, in the Northeast Florida region and in the state of Florida. The University of North Florida seeks an innovative and results-oriented thought leader who possesses integrity and honesty, and exhibits the highest ethical standards. UNF encourages candidates from all professional backgrounds. The University president should possess the academic credentials needed to secure the respect of faculty, staff, and all the stakeholders UNF serves. The successful candidate must be a proven strategic thinker who, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, will collaboratively develop, articulate and execute a vision for the future of UNF and its role in the region with the student experience as a top priority. To support a clear strategy and vision, the next president must be exceptional in securing funding from all possible sources. The next president will build a well-defined academic and research vision that leverages UNF’s unique strengths and core values.
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