Agenda Item FA 15-43

Submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee

Proposed New Bachelor's Honorary Degrees

11/05/15: Passed

11/12/15: Approved

Proposed New Bachelor’s Honorary Degrees 


Recommendation:

The Faculty Affairs Committee recommends the creation of a process for the University to bestow honorary Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees. The new proposed policy language for the Faculty Handbook is to be inserted after the criteria for honorary doctoral degrees.



Current Policy Language

 

8.8 Honorary Degrees (formerly 8.7)

 

Candidates for an honorary degree (LittD/Doctor of Letters; ScD/Doctor of Science; PedD/Doctor of Pedagogy) may be nominated by any dean of one of UNF's five colleges. Nominations will be accompanied by supportive data which should include (1) resume, (2) an explanation of why the award should be given, and (3) names and addresses of distinguished persons in a position to provide an objective evaluation of the recommendation.  The Faculty Affairs Committee of the Faculty Association shall screen all nominees. The name of any nominee receiving approval of a two-thirds majority of the committee shall be forwarded to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Association; upon a positive majority vote by the Executive Committee, the nomination shall be forwarded to the President of the University for consideration and disposition.

Criteria for Recognition:

  • Excellent character exemplifying ethical conduct and values consistent with the University of North Florida; and
  • Extraordinary achievement or distinction in the arts and sciences, education, the professions, public service, philanthropy, or private enterprise; and
  • One of the following:
    • Distinction on a national or international level
    • A history of support of UNF
    • A record of distinguished contributions to the northeast Florida region

 


New Proposed Policy Language for the Faculty Handbook:
(to be inserted after the criteria for honorary doctoral degrees with blue font)

 

8.8 Honorary Degrees (formerly 8.7)


Candidates for an honorary degree (LittD/Doctor of Letters; ScD/Doctor of Science; PedD/Doctor of Pedagogy) may be nominated by any dean of one of UNF's five colleges. Nominations will be accompanied by supportive data which should include (1) resume, (2) an explanation of why the award should be given, and (3) names and addresses of distinguished persons in a position to provide an objective evaluation of the recommendation.  The Faculty Affairs Committee of the Faculty Association shall screen all nominees. The name of any nominee receiving approval of a two-thirds majority of the committee shall be forwarded to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Association; upon a positive majority vote by the Executive Committee, the nomination shall be forwarded to the President of the University for consideration and disposition.
 

Criteria for Recognition:

  • Excellent character exemplifying ethical conduct and values consistent with the University of North Florida; and
  • Extraordinary achievement or distinction in the arts and sciences, education, the professions, public service, philanthropy, or private enterprise; and
  • One of the following:
    • Distinction on a national or international level
    • A history of support of UNF
    • A record of distinguished contributions to the northeast Florida region

 

Candidates for an honorary bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) may be nominated by any dean of one of UNF’s five colleges.  Nominations will be accompanied by supportive data which should include (1) resume, (2) an explanation of why the award should be given, and (3) names and addresses of distinguished persons in a position to provide an objective evaluation of the recommendation. The Faculty Affairs Committee of the Faculty Association shall screen all nominees. The name of any nominee receiving approval of a two-thirds majority of the committee shall be forwarded to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Association; upon a positive majority vote by the Executive Committee, the nomination shall be forwarded to the President of the University for consideration and disposition. No member of the UNF administration, faculty, or staff is eligible to receive an honorary bachelor from UNF. There should be a quota of no more than two honorary bachelor’s degrees a year for the university.

 

Criteria for Recognition: 

  • Character exemplifying ethical conduct and values consistent with the University of North Florida; and
  • Achievement or distinction in the arts and sciences, education, the professions, public service, philanthropy, or private enterprise; and
  • One of the following:  
    • Evidence of strong support of UNF
    • A record of contributions to the northeast Florida region