University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Retreat
September 10, 2013
Osprey Commons Talon Room at 8:30 a.m.

Members Present

Bruce Taylor, Hugh Greene, Carlo Fassi, Fred Franklin, Joy Korman, Rad Lovett, Oscar Munoz, Joannie Newton, Lynn Pappas, Myron Pincomb, Gordon Rakita, Lanny Russell

Members Absent

Sharon Wamble-King


Chair Taylor welcomed everyone to the retreat, stating that he was looking forward to a rich discussion with purposeful results.

Approval of the Minutes

Chair Taylor asked for a MOTION for approval for the minutes from the September 10, 2012 retreat. A MOTION was offered by Trustee Korman and seconded by Trustee Newton. The MOTION was carried as presented.

President’s Report

President Delaney introduced Dr. Edythe Abdullah, a former trustee, as the newly hired special advisor to the President. Trustees welcomed Dr. Abdullah with much enthusiasm, noting that she was a positive addition.

Dr. Jan Ignash, Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, State University System of Florida

President Delaney introduced Dr. Ignash, stating that she was an exceptionally capable academic leader.

Dr. Ignash communicated briefly about the recent legislative climate and then presented current major Board of Governors’ initiatives. She spoke about the “Three Great Books,” (1) Annual Accountability Report, (2) System-Wide Strategic Plan, and (3) University Work Plan, noting that alignment involved all three books.

Dr. Ignash spent some time discussing performance-based funding, specifically metrics used to evaluate excellence and improvement, which are both tied to the goals outlined in each university’s work plan. She provided details on the Board of Governor’s performance funding model, noting that the model included metrics chosen by each university’s Board of Trustees. She also noted that the model included metrics for excellence and improvement, evaluated with key metrics common to all universities.

Dr. Ignash talked about the General Appropriations Act and Senate Bill 1076. She stated that the bill gave universities a path toward achieving special preeminent status and laid groundwork for performance-based funding, a longtime priority of the Board of Governors.

Dr. Ignash spoke about the Access and Educational Attainment Commission, noting that the commission’s objective was to collaborate between business, industry and workforce and higher education to identify workforce gaps. She listed the top three critical workforce needs identified as: (1) computer and information technology, (2) accounting, financial services and auditing, and (3) middle school teacher retention. She clarified that there was sufficient capacity in the current State University System and the Florida College System to expand, without building new colleges or universities. She also clarified that the university system and college system should work together to expand in strategic ways.

Dr. Ignash provided details on the Legislature’s appropriation of $15 million to fund programs identified by the commission, including the possibility of an additional $15 million for the following year.

Dr. Ignash discussed virtual college initiatives, including a University of Florida online campus and a Florida Virtual Campus for the Florida College System and the State University System. She stated that these initiatives could create a positive impact on student access, student retention, time to degree and affordability. Dr. Ignash stated that Florida was a leader in online course volume and the State should strive to be a leader in online education as a whole.

Dr. Ignash concluded her discussion with questions from trustees.

Discussion on Presidential Goals for 2013-2014

Trustees discussed long-term university goals, concluding that President Delaney and Chair Taylor would prepare a final list to trustees for approval.

Academic Partnerships for Distance Learning

Dr. Len Roberson, associate vice president of Academic Technology, provided trustees with a presentation on UNF and Academic Partnerships.

Dr. Roberson clarified that Academic Partnerships was a higher education service company with online education expertise in program development, marketing, and student services. He explained that Academic Partnerships would market and recruit, and provide enrollment and retention services. The university would own the courses and the content, set the tuition, admit students with current admission requirements, teach the courses, and graduate the students.

Trustees discussed market rate tuition, noting that the intent was to be competitive both within Florida and outside Florida. Academic Partnerships would retain 50 percent of the cost of the course, not including fees. And, the cost of the course would be the same for all students, residents and non-residents.

Trustees noted that the university would need to maintain open and honest conversations regarding measurable success within these courses. Dr. Roberson stated that the first courses would be offered in May 2014.

Dr. Roberson concluded his conversation with questions from trustees.


Chair Taylor adjourned the retreat at 2:10 p.m.