Questions Forwarded Pending Responses

February 6, 2014

 

QUESTIONER-I:  

DATE ASKED:  

FORWARDED TO:  

Anonymous

 

October 4, 2013

 

Len Roberson
Dean, The Graduate School
Asst VP Academic Technology

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-I:  

Was the Academic Program company accepted due to an appropriate *RFP process? If so, when was the information pertaining to the RFP released and who sat on the RFP committee? The state apparently forbids the hiring of a company that one does not go through a proper RFP process. If we did not go through an RFP how valid is his and what are the repercussions?

 

*RFP – Request For Proposal


  

QUESTIONER-II: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:

Anonymous

 

November 7, 2013

 

Len Roberson
Dean, The Graduate School
Asst VP Academic Technology

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-II
A set of anonymous questions about the Academic Partnerships International. The questions were embedded in the Service Agreement signed with Academic Partnerships, LLC and the University of North Florida Board of Trustees. (Attachment with Questions of Service Agreement)

 WRITTEN RESPONSES To Memo I of AP Contract Questions from The Graduate School Dean, Dr. Len Roberson
 

QUESTIONER-III:

DATE ASKED:

FORWARDED TO: 

Anonymous

 

December 5, 2013

 

Earle Traynham, Interim Provost
Academic Affairs

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-III
 For years there has been talk of creating a college of science, or some such college. Are there serious plans to do so, as it seems a logical thing for UNF to consider?
 

 

 

 

Written Responses To Questions

QUESTIONER-I:  DATE ASKED:   WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Oliver Schnusenberg, chair
Academic Standards Committee

 

April 4, 2013

 

Earle Traynham, Interim Provost
Academic Affairs

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-I: 
"The Academic Standards Committee, in their initial evaluation the survey results for the final exam policy, noted that several faculty members commented on a potential conflict, well, not a potential conflict, a real conflict, between the exam times on Fridays and graduation. This question is directed at the administration. Would it be possible to shift graduation to a different day of the week?"
 

QUESTIONER-II:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

 

December 5, 2013

 

Earle Traynham, Interim Provost
Academic Affairs

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-II:

1. Can a department at UNF be moved from physical location to another without being consulted? We ask because rumor has it that such plans are in the works which would be very costly and adversely effect a department on campus (and the plans have not been discussed at all with the department, let alone them being consulted).

 

2. For years there has been talk of creating a college of science, or some such college. Are there serious plans to do so, as it seems a logical thing for UNF to consider?

QUESTIONER-III: DATE ASKED: WRITTEN RESPONSES:

Anonymous

 

November 7, 2013

 

 John Delaney, President  
University of North Florida

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-III: 
I read with interest your response to the previous question about the effect of requiring freshman to live on campus. I ask, as a follow-up, whether the following data is being collected also:

1. The amount of student loans being incurred by students. It seems to me that the residence requirement may cause some students to take on extra loan debt (and this may become either a hurdle to completion or a difficulty later in life).

2. Whether UNF is seeing an increase in the number of students who transfer to UNF from FSCJ as sophomores, meaning they did not spend their first year at UNF. Such students likely received a weaker academic (and social) preparation during their first year of college and as such may have difficulty adapting once they get to UNF; not to mention the financial impact on UNF of a smaller freshman class size.

In short, are there unintended consequences to this policy that may not have been examined?

QUESTIONER-IV:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

 

December 5, 2013

 

 John Delaney, President
University of North Florida

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-IV: 

1a. After hearing the discussion at the November meeting about the incentive/signing bonus for "minority" faculty members, I was quite bothered. Has the administration had any discussions that move beyond a numbers perspective of white vs. non-white faculty members? For example, it may be fruitful to encourage some changes on campus that will get rid of the "token" hire approach we heard about in the last meeting.

 

1b. Are we to take away from Tom Serwatka’s statement at the November meeting about being ashamed of UNF because it is too white and that there is additional money to pay above market for faculty of the "right" color that color itself has a value that UNF is willing to pay?

 

 

QUESTIONER-V: 

DATE ASKED: 

WRITTEN RESPONSES:

Anonymous

 

December 5, 2013

 

John Delaney, President
University of North Florida

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-V:
 Faculty Association meetings are held on the same first Thursday of every month at the same time and in the same location.  Should the faculty interpret this lack of attendance and participation as a signal that you don’t believe these meetings to be of importance?  You have been missed 19 of the past 24 meetings and have not attended one this year.  If you continue this attendance record, it might be helpful to establish another way to communicate with your faculty about initiatives and plans, so we know where are headed.

QUESTIONER-VI: 

DATE ASKED: 

WRITTEN RESPONSES:


Anonymous

 


January 9, 2014

 


John Delaney, President
University of North Florida

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-VI:
 How do you justify the recent $60K salary increase for Tom Serwatka?
 

QUESTIONER-VII: 

DATE ASKED: 

WRITTEN RESPONSES:

Christine Holland

 

September 5, 2013

 

Shari Shuman
Vice President
Administration & Finance

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-VII: 

One of the two signs/maps Directory Communications and Visual Arts is still up on Building 3. The Communication Department and the Art and Design Department have not been together in almost 10 years. Building facilities should revise the signage to be more current. Can we have the signage revised?

 

 

QUESTIONER-VIII:  

DATE ASKED:

WRITTEN RESPONSES:

Scott Hochwald

 

September 5, 2013

 

Shari Shuman
Vice President
Administration & Finance

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-VIII:  

If I use a car for travel why can’t I be reimbursed for any amount below the amount it would cost for me to use my own car? I raise this question because I own a standard size car. I own that size car because I do not want to drive a subcompact or compact car. Hence, when I rent a car, I rent a standard-size or full-size car. The cost for my rental car and the cost for gas is always less than the cost that I would be reimbursed for using my own car. Sometimes the difference is over $100. Yet, I am just reimbursed for the cost of the rental car at the subcompact or compact car rate. Granted the amount of money involved is small, but it turns out I have to reimburse UNF for the difference. The reason for this is that in order for me to not be charged tax for the rental, I must use my Pcard. For one trip I owe $5. How much will it cost for my $5 check to be processed by UNF? Let’s be sure to include in that cost the time I will spend delivering the check to the cashier’s office and the time others will spend making sure it is credited to the right account. Put another way, can I rent a car and request to be reimbursed for mileage for my own car?

 

 

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