Questions Forwarded Pending Responses


Michelle DeDeo


November 3, 2011


Jeffrey Coker 
 Undergraduate Dean
 Office of the Undergraduate Studies 

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.

George Candler

March 1, 2012


Marianne Jaffee 
Executive Assistant to
the Provost & Director of Planning

The faculty list of WebPages needs to be updated and current.  Is someone maintaining this and if so who should they talk to?




April 5, 2012


Len Roberson
Graduate Dean
The Graduate School 

How was UNF's Graduate Admissions Policy 2.0630P vetted via constituent groups and promulgated?  Are meeting minutes and vote tallies available?  UNF's policy omits two options (i.e. 6C9-3.006(b)(2) & (3), detail below) from the prior/historical framework.

PRIOR LAW (repealed 06/21/2011):

6C9-3.006 Admission Requirements - Graduate.
(1)  The following are the minimum University requirements for admission to graduate programs.  (Refer to Rule 6C9-3.007, F.A.C., for special graduate admission requirements):

(a) An appropriate baccalaureate degree from an approved college or university.  An approved college is one that has been accorded either Candidate or Membership status by an appropriate regional accrediting agency recognized by the Board of Regents;

(b) At least one of the following:

1. A grade point average of  3.00 (B) or higher in all work attempted as an upper-division student, normally the 60 semester hours taken during the last two years of baccalaureate study.  Regardless of GPA, applicants must present a valid graduate test score;

2. A composite score of 1,000 or more on the verbal and quantitative sections of the aptitude section of the Graduate  Record Examination (GRE), or an appropriate score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)   for applicants to graduate programs in the College of Business Administration;

3. Or an approved combination of grade point average and graduate test score (see Rule 6C9-3.007, F.A.C.);

4. A graduate degree from an accredited institution.

(c) Applicants who are otherwise qualified but who hold baccalaureate degrees from
non-approved institutions may gain admission through a degree validation process.

(2)  The University is authorized to grant a limited number of exceptions to those applicants who do not meet the basic admission requirements of the State University System.  All applicants requesting an exception must submit GRE or GMAT scores, as appropriate, prior to making the request.  Students granted an exception will be placed in a provisional program for the graduate degree program which they wish to enter.  Continuation as a graduate student will depend upon successful completion of the provisional program and any subsequent work.

(3)  The following are required of all applicants:

(a)   Application for admission;

(b)   Non-refundable application fee in the amount set forth in subsection 6C-7.003(3), F.A.C.;

(c)   Transcripts from each college attended, whether or not credits were earned;

(4)   Admission to graduate study is granted on an individual basis with a review of the entire academic record of the applicant, including quality of past performance, GRE or GMAT scores, appropriateness of work taken, and suitable professional experience.  To ensure that all pertinent application materials are received in time, applications for admission should be initiated at least two months before the registration period for the term in which entry is sought. 

Specific Authority 240.227(8), 240.233 FS. Law Implemented 240.227(8), 240.233 FS. History-Formerly 6C9-2.02, Amended 3-20-84, Formerly 6C9-3.06, Amended 12-10-86, 
7-31-97, Cf. 6C-7.002, 6C-7/003(3), F.A.C.



Written Responses To Questions



Caroline Guardino


March 1, 2012


Dr. Thomas Serwatka
Vice President & Chief of Staff
to the President

Is there a way that faculty can receive a discount for performances, swimming classes, athletics?  
At UNF we pay the same price as the public. Several responded that summer camps, the Child Development Center, and other events have offered faculty discounts.  Caroline indicated that in her experiences, she has paid the same as the public.



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