University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Plenary Session
January 7, 2014
Herbert Center at ~11:45 a.m.

Agenda

Item 1 Call to Order 

Chair Taylor will call the meeting to order.

Item 2 Chair’s Report 

Chair Taylor will address the Board and present the Chair's report.

Item 3 President’s Report 

President Delaney will address the Board and present the President's report.

Item 4 Open Comments 

Chair Taylor will offer opportunity for open comments concerning items on this agends.

Item 5 Consent Agenda 

Chair Taylor will address the Board and present the consent agenda for approval. All items were reviewed by their respective committees and received a recommendation for approval by the full Board.

 

Proposed Action - Approval - MOTION and Second Required

Item 5A Minutes (1) October 15, 2013 Presidential Evaluation, (2) October 15, 2013 Plenary Session,   (3) October 18, 2013 Conference Call 

Item 5B Items from the Student Life and Facilities Committee 

Item 5Bi Amendments to Regulation – Special Fees, Fines and Penalties  

The purpose of this item is to seek approval of amendments to the special fees, fines and penalties regulation. These amendments are proposed to reflect the current fee amounts.

Item 5Bii New Regulation – Smoke-Free Campus Initiative

The purpose of this item is to seek approval of an effort to enhance the health of students, faculty, staff and guests by implementing a smoke-free campus initiative. If approved, the initiative will be effective August 2015.      

Item 5C Items from the Academic Affairs Committee

Item 5Ci 2012-2013 Accountability Report 

 

The Accountability Report is prepared for the Board of Governors and focuses on the university’s performance relative to providing access to degrees, meeting Florida’s workforce needs, building world-class academic programs and research capacity, and meeting institutional and community responsibilities. The report also includes goals and metrics approved as part of the Board of Governors’ Strategic Plan.

Item 5Cii Amended Regulation - Admissions - First Time in College (FTIC)

The purpose of this item is to present amendments to the Admissions First Time in College (FTIC) regulation. The proposed amendments are necessary to reflect current eligibility requirements for admissions for first time degree-seeking freshmen.

 

Item 5Ciii Tenure as a Condition of Employment ( Dr. J. Mitchell Miller, Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences and Dr. Holly Miller , Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences)

 

Under tenure by reason of appointment, distinguished faculty may be granted tenure upon being employed at UNF. The candidate must receive a positive vote from the tenured faculty in his or her disciplinary department.

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 candidates for tenure or appointment. Under these guidelines, the administration recommends approval of tenure, by reason of appointment, for Dr. J. Mitchell Miller, Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Dr. Holly Miller, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences.  

Item 5Civ New Program - Doctor of Clinical Nutrition

The proposed distance learning Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN) program is an advanced clinical practice doctoral degree. The emphasis will be in advanced evidence based practice, chronic disease prevention, and treatment of underserved populations. In that more than half of the ten major causes of mortality in the United States are related to nutrition, the degree has important social, economic, and health relevance. Moreover, the proposed degree is consistent with the SUS Strategic Planning Goal related to "Teaching and Learning Excellence and Productivity: Strengthen Quality and Reputation of Academic Programs." Currently there is only one other Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition in the United States (in the northeast). The proposed degree also addresses the profession's strategic plan to increase academic training of practitioners. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics House of Delegates’ Executive Summary Spring 2012 stated that “A constant flow of high quality, professional education opportunities must be provided, using all available technology and delivery methods to facilitate movement up the career ladder and support the growth and development of specialty and advanced practice.” This degree will position the UNF Department of Nutrition and Dietetics as a leader in the preparation of advanced practice nutrition and dietetics professionals. The degree will provide a career ladder for both current UNF Master's and other Master's level nutrition graduates throughout the U.S.

Item 5Cv New Program - Masters of Music

To meet the growing demand for trained musicians in the northeast Florida and greater southeast region demonstrated through hundreds of requests from local students, public school and private studio teachers, church musicians, and professional performers, the University of North Florida Music Flagship Program plans to initiate a Master of Music (M.M.) performance degree, with concentration areas in conducting and jazz studies, woodwind, brass, percussion, strings, piano, and voice.

The M.M., a practice-oriented degree designated by the National Association of Schools of Music, will consist of 36 credit hours of graduate courses offered by the Department of Music. After completion of the two-year M.M. degree program in Performance, students will have the option of pursuing a doctoral degree in another school; serving as musicians and music leaders in religious and civic settings; and performing regionally, nationally and abroad. Music educators currently certified to teach will benefit from pursuing the M.M. by adding to their expertise as musicians, and having the option to pursue career paths in administration, which requires a Master’s Degree. Duval County teachers hired before July 2011 will receive a sustained salary increase for achieving a Master’s Degree. 

Item 5D Items from the Finance and Audit Committee    

There are no action items coming from the Finance and Audit Committee

Item 6 Reports from the Student Life and Facilities Committee 

This item provides a listing of reports from the Student Life and Facilities Committee. Individual reports will be discussed as deemed appropriate by the committee chair or an individual Board member.

Item 6A Capital Projects Quarterly Report and Change Orders  

This item is provided as a quarterly report to the Board of Trustees and describes current progress on each project, funding sources, and any current issues, including change orders.

 

The Board authorized the President or his designee to approve change orders in the name of the Board for pre-established amounts. Approvals are for the purpose of expediting the work in progress and are to be reported to the Board and entered into its official minutes. 

Item 6B Spring 2014 Quarterly Data Report - Retention and Graduation Rates

Vice President Serwatka and Dr. Jay Colemen, Interim Associate Provost, presented metrics on retention and graduation rates.

Item 6C Performance - UNF's String Quartet

Dr. Randall Tinnin directed a performance by UNF's String Quartet.

Item 7 Reports from the Academic Affairs Committee

This item provides a listing of reports from the Academic Affairs Committee. Individual reports will be discussed as deemed appropriate by the committee chair or an individual Board member.

Item 7A Presentation – Music Flagship Program   

Provost Traynham introduced Dr. Randall Tinnin, chair of the Music Flagship Program, who spoke about this item. 

Item 7B Performance - UNF's Jazz Trio

Dr. Randall Tinnin directed a performance by UNF's Jazz Trio.

Item 8 Reports from the Finance and Audit Committee 

This item provides a listing of reports from the Finance and Audit Committee. Individual reports will be discussed as deemed appropriate by the committee chair or an individual Board member.

Item 8A Office of Internal Auditing Quarterly Update  

This item provided a report for this quarter's activities in the Office of Internal Auditing. 

Item 8B Compliance Update

This item provided an update and discussion regarding the evolvement of our compliance function and a new Policy and Compliance Committee.

Item 8C Financial Statement Metrics and Ratios

This item provided a discussion regarding reporting of key financial indicators and what may or may not be of interest and relevance to the committee.

 

Item 8D Independent Accountant’s Report on Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures, Intercollegiate Athletics Program  

This item provided an independent accountant’s report on the financial statements for Athletics in accordance with guidelines set forward by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Item 8E Quarterly Budget Report   

This item provided a review of this quarter's budget report.

Item 8F Treasurer’s Report   

This item provided an overview of the current treasurer's report.

Item 9 Ratification of Contract – American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 

 Chair Taylor will ask Mr. Leonard Carson, special labor counsel to the university, to speak about this item -- via conference phone.

 
 Proposed Action -- Approval -- MOTION and Second Required

Item 10 Election of Board of Trustees Leadership for 2014-2016

As stated in the Board of Trustees bylaws, a chair and vice-chair shall be elected by the Board of Trustees at its first regular meeting of the year and shall serve for a two-year term, to begin immediately upon selection.

President Delaney will address the Board and present this item.

Proposed Action -- Approval -- Nomination and Vote for Each Officer Required

Item 11 Adjournment 

Chair Taylor will adjourn the plenary session.