University of North Florida
Board of Trustees
Educational Policy Committee

  • Meeting
December 15, 2005
University Center at 10:30 a.m.

Agenda

Item 1 Call to Order

Chair Hicks will call the meeting to order.

Item 2 Approval of the Minutes (September 22, 2005)

Chair Hicks will ask for approval of the minutes from the September 22 meeting.


Proposed Action -- Approval -- Motion and Second Required 

Item 3 Open Comments

Chair Hicks will address those in attendance and offer opportunity to comment on items on this agenda.

Item 4 Approval of Tenure by Reason of Appointment

An individual can achieve tenure in two distinct ways: 1) tenure decision, and 2) tenure by reason of appointment. The two tenure nominations before the committee are being recommended considered under the tenure by reason of appointment procedures.

Under tenure by reason of appointment, senior administrators or distinguished faculty may be granted tenure upon being hired at UNF. The candidate must receive a positive vote from the relevant disciplinary department, even if the appointment is in an administrative capacity. UNF agrees to award tenure as a condition of appointment in order to be competitive in hiring these individuals. The Provost and the President also conduct a thorough review of all instances of tenure on appointment.

Under these guidelines the administration recommends awarding tenure to Dr. John McAllister, Dean of the Coggin College of Business and to Dr. Marsha Lupi, Associate Dean in the College of Education and Human Services.

Proposed Action -- Approval -- Motion and Second Required 

Item 5 Approval of New Degree Programs

Item 5A Bachelor's Degree in Pre-Kindergarten/Primary Education

With the devolution of power to the university boards of trustees, the approval of undergraduate and master’s degree programs is vested within the authority of the University of North Florida’s Board of Trustees. In accordance with the procedures established by UNF’s Board at its February 2002 meeting, the University is submitting its request to add a new academic program. This request is to initiate a new undergraduate degree in Pre-Kdg/Primary Education, within the College of Education and Human Services.

This program has been offered as a track in the college’s elementary education major. The University administration believes this program is more appropriately offered as a stand alone major.

In this proposal, the faculties establish community and student needs for the program and clearly identify the resources that will be required to continue this program as a separate major. The proposal has been vetted through the respective departments and colleges, and through UNF’s Faculty Association and its Academic Program Committee. This has also been approved by the Provost and the President.

Proposed Action -- Approval -- Motion and Second Required 

Item 5B Bachelor's Degree in Sport Leadership

With the devolution of power to the university boards of trustees, the approval of undergraduate and master’s degree programs is vested within the authority of the University of North Florida’s Board of Trustees. In accordance with the procedures established by UNF’s Board at its February 2002 meeting, the University is submitting its request to add a new academic program. This request is to initiate a new undergraduate degree in Sport Leadership, within the College of Education and Human Services.

This program has been offered as a track in the college’s physical education major. The University administration believes this program is more appropriately offered as a stand alone major.

In this proposal, the faculties establish community and student needs for the program and clearly identify the resources that will be required to continue this program as a separate major. The proposal has been vetted through the respective departments and colleges, and through UNF’s Faculty Association and its Academic Program Committee. This has also been approved by the Provost and the President.

Proposed Action -- Approval -- Motion and Second Required 

Item 6 Student Conduct Code

The University, in accord with State requirements, maintains a Student Code of Conduct for defining behavioral rights and responsibilities within this community. The current code, approved by the Board of Trustees in January 2003, is administered through the Division of Student Affairs.

Over the past year, UNF’s administration working in concert with student leadership has revised and updated this current code. Based on internal reviews and in concurrence with members of Student Government, the administration recommends the revised code for required approval by the Board of Trustees.

Proposed Action -- Approval -- Motion and Second Required   

Item 7 Discussion on Community College Baccalaureate Degrees

House Bill 137 provides language that would define the processes and procedures under which community colleges would award baccalaureate degrees. The Access Task Force, which reports to the Governor, is offering similar recommendations on community colleges awarding baccalaureate degrees in their preliminary report.

In response to these two initiatives, the Educational Policy Committee will discuss what position, if any, the University wishes to take on these recommendations.

Proposed Action -- Discussion -- No Motion Required   

Item 8 U.S. News and World Report Update

Each year, the U.S. News and World Report puts out a ranking of colleges and universities. Reputations of universities are frequently reported based on these rankings. Often, students selecting schools that best fit their needs will also turn to these rankings.

While there has been criticism of how these rankings are developed and used, most institutions will race to the U.S. News and World Report website when the rankings first come out to see how they have done that year. Many institutions will also examine these rankings to determine how they can improve their results for the next year.

Whether this is, in fact, the best barometer that UNF can use in judging its own success is certainly open to question, but the fact that there are numbers of people who pay attention to the yearly results is not. Thus, the University felt it was important that the Education Planning Committee be informed about the most recent rankings.

Proposed Action -- Report -- No Motion Required    

Item 9 Proposed Bylaw Changes

In accordance with Board discussions, proposed revised bylaws are being presented to the committee for review and recommendation to the full Board. The proposed change provides for a consent agenda at full board meetings. The consent agenda would include minutes and items approved through the committee process. The revised bylaws are attached.

Proposed Action -- Approval -- Motion and Second Required    

Item 10 Adjournment

Chair Hicks will adjourn the meeting.