University of North Florida
Board of Trustees
Student Life and Facilities Committee

  • Meeting
October 15, 2013
Osprey Commons, Talon Room at 10:45 a.m.

Members Present

Carlo Fassi, Fred Franklin, Hugh Greene, Rad Lovett, Oscar Munoz, Joannie Newton, Lynn Pappas, Myron Pincomb, Gordon Rakita, Lanny Russell, Bruce Taylor, Sharon Wamble-King

Members Absent

Joy Korman

Item 1 Call to Order

Chair Pincomb documented a quorum and called the meeting to order at 12:20 p.m.

Item 2 Approval of the Minutes (June 11, 2013)

Chair Pincomb offered trustees an opportunity to amend or approve the minutes. A MOTION for approval was offered and seconded. The MOTION was approved as presented.

Item 3 Open Comments

Chair Pincomb offered those in attendance an opportunity for comments on items on the agenda. There were no comments.

Item 4 Fall 2013 Student Profile

Chair Pincomb asked Mr. John Yancey, director of Admissions, to present this item.

Mr. Yancey stated that the purpose of this presentation was to provide metrics and trends for current fall enrollments and the profile for this year’s first-time-in-college students.

Mr. Yancey started by reporting on enrollment comparisons between fall 2012 and 2013. He noted that, although overall enrollment had dropped slightly, minority enrollment was up and had met the academic profile.

Mr. Yancey spoke about the SAT and GPA, noting that both were up but the ACT had dropped slightly. He talked about student applications, explaining that the university was becoming more selective.

Mr. Yancey then reported that students were coming from the local area at about 50 percent and from out of the area at 47 percent. He noted that the goal was to have an equal number of students from both areas.

Mr. Yancey stated that fewer students had transferred to UNF this last year. He clarified that there was a drop in the national average and that Florida State College Jacksonville had also seen a drop in enrollment. He also clarified that more than 63 percent of the transfer students were from the local area.

The discussion shed light on the regional outlook, noting that the largest number of students did come from northeast Florida. Mr. Yancey reported that efforts were being made to increase yield for the panhandle area.

Metrics were provided on the last ten years, clarifying that headcount and full-time enrollment were both up, indicating that the university was moving toward a more traditional campus. Mr. Yancey reported that the gender gap had closed and the university had become significantly more diverse. He also reported that there was a 65 percent increase in undergraduate degrees within the last ten years.

Mr. Yancey provided data on changes in the academic profile over the last decade. He noted that the GPA had increased by 0.31 to 3.94, SAT and ACT scores were 1215 and 26, and had increased by 63 and 4.1 points respectively.

Mr. Yancey reported on enrollment projections for 2014-2015, noting that anticipated headcount would increase by 1,900 and the academic profile would include scores on the SAT at 1217 and the ACT at 26.5. GPA would be 3.95.

Mr. Yancey asked Ms. Anissa Agne, director of Financial Aid, to speak about metrics for financial aid.

Ms. Agne provided data on financial aid, clarifying that overall dollars were slightly down because classes began a week later. She noted that institutional/Foundation scholarships had increased but state/federal scholarships had decreased because the First Generation scholarships had not paid out.

Ms. Agne reported on student loans and grants, noting that, over the last year, loans were higher but grants and scholarships were gaining. She clarified that institutional/Foundation scholarships increased by about 50 percent and student loans were up by only 3 percent.

Ms. Agne spoke about Bright Futures trends, noting that the number of academic scholars, the highest level of Bright Futures, had increased, as well as the academic profile for these students. She reported that SAT requirements would be changing for Bright Futures for the upcoming year, as well as the funding model.

This report was for information only.

Item 5 Capital Projects Quarterly Report and Change Orders

Chair Pincomb asked Vice President Shuman to present this report.

Vice President Shuman clarified that the Board of Trustees authorized the President or his designee to approve change orders for pre-established amounts and these change orders were to be entered into official minutes. She provided a list of change orders from May 24 to September 27, 2013 and offered opportunity for trustee comments/questions.

Vice President Shuman spoke about capital projects, reporting that the consultant selection process was underway for the repurpose of the aquatics center and the Skinner-Jones Hall North and South renovations. And, a feasibility student was underway for an elevated parking deck, primarily to increase parking for housing students. Vice President Shuman also provided an update on the purchase of the East Park property.

This report was for information only.

Item 6 Presentation on Transformational Learning Opportunities (TLOs)

Chair Pincomb asked Provost Traynham to introduce the speakers for this item.

Provost Traynham spoke about TLOs as a hallmark of a UNF education and reported that two students would speak about their TLO experiences. He introduced Ms. Sakwabo Williams first, as a student who graduated in April with a major in International Business.

Ms. Williams spoke about her experience with the Coggin in Cologne program in 2012 and an internship with Commercial Services in Paris. She expressed that her experience with TLOs convinced her to become a player in global commerce.

Provost Traynham introduced Mr. Brandon Little as a senior majoring in Transportation and Logistics.

Mr. Little spoke about three UNF internships landed through various career days, including the Coggin in China study abroad program, and internships with Logistics Analyst at Crowley Maritime Corporation, Target Distribution Center and Arizona Chemical. He told about several opportunities brought about because of his experiences and noted that he had been transformed by his expanded global perspective.

Item 7 Adjournment

Chair Pincomb adjourned the meeting at 11:20 a.m., noting that lunch would follow and include conversations with these two students and several others with similar experiences.