University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Meeting
March 18, 2014
Osprey Commons, Talon Room at ~11:15 a.m.

Agenda

Item 1 Call to Order

Chair Greene will call the meeting to order.

Item 2 Chair’s Report

Chair Greene 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 Student Government President’s Report, Including a YouTube Hard Hats for Higher Education - UNF

Student Government President, Carlo Fassi, will address the Board and discuss in-state tuition and fees for undocumented students. 

Item 5 Open Comments

Chair Greene will offer opportunity for comments concerning items on this agenda.

Item 6 Consent Agenda

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

Proposed Action - Approval - Motion and Second Required

Item 6A Minutes, January 7, 2014

Item 6B Items from the Student Life and Facilities Committee

Item 6Bi Activity and Service Fees, Athletics Fees, and Health Fees

The item presented the proposed increase for the student athletics, health and activity and service fees for 2014 2015. These fees were recommended by a committee of students, faculty and staff, endorsed by the President, and reviewed by the Student Life and Facilities Committee.

Item 6C Items from the Academic Affairs Committee

Item 6Ci Tenure and Promotion

This item presented a list of tenure nominees for university faculty. Eighteen candidates recommended by promotion to associate professor and one candidate as an existing associate professor. In addition, 11 faculty members were promoted to full professor or university librarian.

The President, Provost, University Promotion and Tenure Committee and Academic Affairs Committee reviewed these nominees and made a recommendation for approval to the full Board.

Item 6Cii Florida Equity Report

This report addressed the annual requirements of the Florida Educational Equity Act (FEEA), Gender Equity in Athletics, and the Equity Accountability Program (EAP) statutes. Each state university is required to maintain an annual equity plan for appropriate representation of women and minorities in senior level administrative positions, within tenure track and non-tenure track faculty and within faculty granted tenure. In addition, universities are required to monitor student participation in programs or courses where certain protected classes are underrepresented and to ensure that provisions of non-discrimination laws are adhered to and educational resources are equitably distributed.

This report was approved by President Delaney and then presented to the Academic Affairs Committee by Ms. Cheryl Gonzalez, director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. The Academic Affairs Committee recommended approval by the full Board. Upon approval, the report will be submitted to the Board of Governors, through the Office of the Chancellor.

Item 6D Items from the Finance and Audit Committee

Item 6Di Market-Rate Tuition for Graduate Program – Special Education

Through the university’s collaboration with Academic Partnerships, UNF launched three on-line graduate programs. The Board of Trustees approved Market-Rate Tuition at $1,375 per three-credit course ($458.33 per credit hour) for each of the three graduate programs.

At the time of the Board’s consideration, the university expressed concerns that there might be a need to lower tuition for the Special Education program, as there were other programs with a lower tuition. Continued analysis shows that UNF’s current rate would be higher than six other State University System institutions. In light of this, the university would like to propose a lower Market-Rate Tuition for the Special Education on-line degree program, to be set at $368 per credit hour. The university has clarified with the Board of Governors that we can launch the program with tuition up to the Market Rate Tuition approved, but not above.

Interim Provost Traynham presented this item to the Finance and Audit Committee, with a recommendation for approval by the full Board.

Item 7 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 7A Capital Projects Quarterly Report and Change Orders

This item provided a quarterly report to the Board of Trustees and described 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 7B Update from the Retention and Graduation Committee

Dr. Jeff Coker, dean of Undergraduate Studies, updated the committee on the progress made by the Retention and Graduation Committee.

Item 7C Quarterly Data Report – Faculty Composition and University Research

Assistant Vice President for Research, John Kantner, and Interim Associate Provost, Jay Coleman, presented a set of metrics on faculty composition and university research.

Item 8 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 8A Presentation on Working Memory

Dr. Tracy Alloway, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, provided a presentation to the Academic Affairs Committee on Working Memory.

Item 9 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 9A Auditor General's Federal Awards Audit

The purpose of this item is to provide an update to the Finance and Audit Committee on the preliminary and tentative findings and recommendations from the State of Florida’s Auditor General for UNF’s federal awards audit for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

 

Vice President Shuman presented a report on UNF's Financial Audit.   

Item 9B Office of Internal Auditing Quarterly Update

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

Item 9C Quarterly Budget Report

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

Item 9D Treasurer’s Report

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

Item 10 Auditor General’s Report on UNF’s Financial Audit and UNF's Response

The State of Florida Auditor General conducts a yearly audit of UNF’s financial statements and reports findings to the Legislature. The audit’s scope is to (1) review basic financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, (2) review established and implemented internal controls over financial reporting and compliance with requirements that could have a direct and material effect on the financial statements, and (3) review compliance with the various provisions of laws, rules, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements that are material to the financial statements.

 

Proposed Action – Report – No MOTION Required

Item 11 Adjournment

Chair Greene will adjourn the plenary session.