Information Item# 5–Submitted By Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (2014/2015-Dec)

*How does UNF’s strategic plan compare with FGCU?  
In what areas should UNF’s strategic plan set more specific goals? 

Noted patterns in UNF’s strategic plan and FGCU’s strategic plan from the available sources of two Universities:


UNF strategic plan: great introduction, not a clear plan, where is the how?  Benchmarks and responsible agent could be included (for accountability); UNF seems to have a brochure for its strategic plan versus an outline format like FGCU with specific details.


Recommendation: Perhaps spend funds on people (such as stipends) to help create a more detailed strategic plan; perhaps the color and photographs with the “brochure” type format of the current strategic plan is not needed (same applies to UNF and FGCU websites) 


How is FGCU able to have larger external funding than UNF?  
What might be an appropriate level of external funding for UNF 
to set as a strategic goal and how might we achieve that goal? 



Information from Dr. John Kantner, Assistant VP for Research, UNF, a conversation format


FGCU’s numbers seem to be highly inflated by some huge U.S. Department of Education grants (e.g., a TRIO grant) that seem to be student support service grants and not research.  Also, they do not seem to be doing more externally funded research than UNF; they’re probably doing much less. 

If we are looking at amount of external funding reported to National Science Foundation…
Every university has to report to NSF how much research they get
2 year lag (due to reporting and assembling data) 
Called the R and D report


’12 FCGU – 14.4 million (300th on list of all universities and colleges)

’12 UNF- 7 million (365 on list)

*He provided a chart that is attached.


Generated by a survey that NSF sends out (detailed survey including amount of funding by federal, nonprofit, state….about 20 pages…time consuming task)

Devil is in the details.


A lot of variability is in this for non R1 institutions.

How numbers are generated---big impact on us who have less $; if one gets a large grant, impacts the overall numbers.


’11 UNF did better because we had one very big grant (ranked 30ish ahead)


Looking at UNF and FGCU- we tend to fare better when looking at international rankings, worldwide (citation data, journal impact score, amount of international collaboration), research output (’13 - 307 in nation, FGCU 380ish, ’12 UNF was 307, FGCU left off as well as UWF.)


Perhaps outputs are more important than inputs.


All institutions our size have seen a big drop since recession, relatively flat, compared with larger universities, less federal funding available, a lot of it is going to R1 and less so to smaller universities


University of MD Baltimore County-MD’s honor university, seem to have a similar mission and branding as us (big university, seem to have contact with students and emphasis appears to be on UG and focus on quality UG education; different in research support, ranked 160ish, bring in 75 million which is drop from past, they seem to be invested in faculty research which might be coupling with UG research mission)


List of UNF peer aspirants-being reassessed.


It’s possible to aspire to FGCU.  They seem to have mechanisms in place to directly support faculty research. 
This is part of a strategic decision that we would have to make.  


There is no reason why we can’t be doing twice as much.  It’s just a matter of positioning ourselves in the current economic climate for external funding. 


Money that is out of federal government right now seems to support:

  • Collaboration
  • Multidisciplinary


We seem to do better when we collaborate, and it seems UNF collaborates due to our location and particular faculty strengths.



According to Dr. Vines at FGCU, in 2013-14, FGCU had 591 online courses.  For 2014-15, they are anticipating a 1% increase.


See Dr. Fen Yu’s (Assistant Director of Institutional Research, UNF) chart that compares UNF and FGCU with the explanation below:  


The numbers provided below are a combination of both summer students and fall students. The data source is FL Board of Governors website. Since our summer students are slightly weaker than fall students, the combined profile is lower than what’s posted on our web (which includes only fall students).  




Florida Gulf Coast

University of North Florida

Average ACT



Average SAT Verbal



Average SAT Math



Average GPA



% Student Living on Campus



Six-Year Graduation Rate



Freshman Retention Rate



Average SAT Verbal



Average SAT Math



# of FTICs



Average Alumni Giving Rate






Average GPA



External Funding (Contracts and Grants*)



Distance Learning

901 FTEs (8.7%)

1346 FTEs (16%)


*Contract & Grants resources are received from federal, state or private sources for the purposes of conducting research and public service activities. 



Information from Dr. John Kantner, Assistant VP for research and Graduate Dean:
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