Questions Forwarded Pending Responses

November 3, 2011

QUESTION SYNOPSIS-I:
Currently the success rate of a class is calculated as the number of students who passed it with C or higher after the add/drop date.  The calculation includes the students who withdrew from the class within the University approved withdrawal deadlines.  Why should students who withdraw from a class because they were unprepared for the class, they changed jobs, they changed majors, etc. be part of a calculation that measures student success?  Since students are permitted to withdraw from classes why should their decision to do so be viewed as a lack of success on their part?

November 3, 2011

QUESTION SYNOPSIS-II:
Regarding the Response Posted Below:

The response from the Provost's office dated October 18, 2011 seems to contradict calculation of Pass rates currently in use the Mathematics Department as well as in the ENLACE Florida (the state-wide network consisting of faculty from 8 Florida universities including UNF) policy brief regarding Pass Rates in GE Math courses dated October 2009.

There has been a great focus on improving Pass rates in General Education classes these past few years. One of the main "improvements" has been in implementing a computer component to the class requirements. For many classes, software has been useful, but it cannot cure all ills. Withdrawals and Pass rates need to be looked at in a larger context and clarified.

First, since a C or higher is required in at least two math classes at the level of College Algebra or higher for a student to graduate from a Florida university, a D has been regarded as a Fail. Thus only A/B/C are a Pass and D/F/FA/WF are a Fail in the department.

Second, the Withdrawal (W) has also been regarded as a Fail, despite the fact that the withdrawal can be not only from unpreparedness, but for medical, military or financial reasons.

The second distinction is extremely important. Between Spring 2005 and Spring 2010, the Withdrawal rate for College Algebra (MAC1105) at UNF has averaged 24% with little deviation from year to year. If we include Withdrawals in the Fail rate, we have a 53.5% Pass rate in MAC1105. If we simply exclude Withdrawals from the calculation, the Pass rate becomes 0.4%.
Personally, I would like to exclude Withdrawals from the calculation. Once a student is enrolled in a class, faculty cannot control a majority of the conditions that lead a student to drop. I believe we should focus on improving the Withdrawal rate - which could be done by better screening students before they take the course - in addition to improving the Pass rate for those students in the course.

My question is this: What method is UNF's administration going to use to calculate Pass rates for general education courses?

Response from Jeffrey Coker, Undergraduate Dean on 10/18:
Normal withdrawals are not counted as part of the pass rate for a particular course. However, a withdrawal that has an impact on a student's GPA--"WF" or "FA" (punitive F)-is included in calculation of course pass rate. The reasoning is that an instructor who records a grade of WF for a student has indicated, at the time of late withdrawal that the student indeed was failing the course.  As such, this should be counted as part of overall course performance. As grading policy is established by the university, departments may not opt out. Also, please note that pass rates are calculated as "D or above" rather than C or higher.

Patrick PlumleeFA PresidentFaculty Association

QUESTION SYNOPSIS-III:
I noticed that the Microwave in the faculty center's kitchen is almost broken and it could hurt our faculty members who use it to warm their food.

Would the Faculty Association please replace it to a new one?

Written Responses To Questions

Mauricio GonzalezVice PresidentInternational and Student Affairs

QUESTION SYNOPSIS-I:
Recently while strolling around campus, I noticed one of our police officers rolling around on an expensive Segway. Two nearby students commented "What's wrong with a bike?" So I refer the question to you Mr. President, in this era of tight budgets, pay cuts, greenhouse gases, and an obesity epidemic, what's wrong with a bike?

Dr. Jay ColemanFaculty Athletic RepresentativeIntercollegiate Athletic Committee

QUESTION SYNOPSIS - II:
Why are the prices of UNF basketball ticket prices so high compared to the prices from three years ago?

View all written responses in Questions & Responses.