Questions Forwarded Pending Responses

March 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:

Matthew Corrigan

 

January 9, 2014

 

Jay Coleman
Interim Associate Provost
or
Marianne Jaffee
Executive Assistant to the Provost

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-II
 “I think it would be helpful, since we’re doing a new ISQ method, which we see if there are any differences between going totally online and what we did before, in terms of response rates, in terms of means on particular questions, in terms of demographics of students who are answering the questions. So, when you get a chance, could you try to make those comparisons, maybe from last fall – you know, the previous fall? That would be helpful. Thanks. “

QUESTIONER-III:

DATE ASKED:

FORWARDED TO: 

Anonymous

 

February 6, 2014

 

John Delaney
UNF President

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-III
 

#1 - As a follow-up to last month's question, could the administration please provide the faculty with the following public information: The total salaries (including any salary funds drawn from the Foundation) for 2011-12, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014 for the following individuals: Tom Serwatka, Shari Shuman, Pam Chally, Barb Hetrick, Mark Tumeo, Ajay Samant, Larry Daniel, Jay Coleman, Len Roberson, Jeff Michelman, John Kantner, Mark Workman.

 

#2 - Two recent pieces of information cause me to ask: Is UNF "over-administered"?  

  1. First, in Florida Trend's June 2013 issue, it was noted that the number of administrators at UNF increased by 15.7% from 2007 to 2011. (In 2007, there were 235 administrators and in 2011 there were 272 administrators). As a side note, in fall 2007 there were 16,406 students and in fall 2011 there were 16,368 students. 
  2. Second, we recently learned that Tom Serwatka received a $60,000 raise. I think a thorough analysis of this issue is warranted. Has the Budget Advisory Committee looked into this? Is there another group of non-administrators on campus that should be examining this issue?
Responses from President Rakita: “I’ll answer that, and I’ll answer it from the floor. The answer to the first part – Has the Budget Advisory Committee looked into this issue?
No, to my knowledge the Budget Advisory Committee has not looked into it.
Should they, or should some group of non-administrators look into it?
I would ask that the Budget Advisory Committee await the response from the President’s office about the salaries that was asked in Question 2, and then, given that response, make a recommendation to me about any action the Faculty Association may want to take on the issue.”

 
 
QUESTIONER-IV: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:

Gordon Rakita

 

February 6, 2014

 

John Delaney
UNF President

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-IV
The Faculty Association President received a question for President Delaney regarding upper division transfer students: UNF is accepting a lot of transfer students to fill in for low FTIC enrollments. Regardless of the grades they earn, a large number of these transfer students are, in the common experience of many UNF faculty, often much unprepared for the academic challenges of UNF classes. Would the President speak to how the University can ameliorate the problem of upper division transfer students who are not prepared for the challenge of UNF classes? How do such students fit in to his vision for UNF?

 

 

 

Written Responses To Questions

QUESTIONER-I: DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES:

Anonymous

 

February 6, 2014

 

Debra Murphy
Associate Professor & Chair
Art and Design

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-I
What happened to the large, yellow duck that was floating near the library and business building? Will we be seeing this artwork again?

QUESTIONER-II: 

DATE ASKED:

WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Peter Magyari

 

October 3, 2013

 

Janet Owen
Vice President
Governmental Affairs

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-II
"There's been some chatter about the fact that the online (inaudible), but, the chatter that the State University System is looking at coordinating online courses, so there's not going to be any (inaudible) offered at each of the state universities. And so, my first question is: Is there any basis to that chatter? And my second question is: With the very public roll-out this past week of the University of Florida's five full-time online bachelor's degree programs, with an announcement that next year that will expand up to 39 programs, how does that affect that chatter about having one university direct online learning for the State University System?"

QUESTIONER-III:  DATE ASKED:   WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

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?
 
QUESTIONER-IV:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

 

February 6, 2014

 

Earle Traynham, Interim Provost
Academic Affairs

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-IV:

In announcing his intention to step down as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services (see emailed announcement below), Larry Daniel stated that once leaving the Office of the Dean he would both assume a faculty role AND “continue to serve as Executive Director of the Center for Urban Education and Policy.” As the Director of the Center for Urban Education and Policy has a prominent role in promoting the College’s vision for educational reform, for representing the College to the greater public, and for bringing external funds to the College, it seems only logical that the new Dean of the college would have significant input into the person chosen to fulfill that role (e.g., to work with faculty and a search committee to select a person to assume that role). It also seems logical—for the reasons noted above—that the new Dean would have direct supervisory authority over the “Director” and her/his responsibilities. Yet by appointing himself “Executive Director” into the indefinite future, Dean Daniel seems to be circumventing normal lines of authority and using a power that is not his to use in order to ensure himself a future administrative role within the College. It also seems that Dean Daniel is assuming a representative role that ignores the contexts behind the change in leadership within COEHS. If, on the other hand, the Provost or the President approved this future role for Dr. Daniel, faculty would like to know the rationale for the decision, why they were not consulted in the decision, and whether or not the new Dean will have the authority to supervise the person fulfilling the role of Director (and thus have significant input into the messages emanating from the “Center”)? 


Dear COEHS Faculty and Staff:
It is my pleasure to serve as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services. The upcoming academic year will be my tenth year as Dean, and, with my approaching the completion of a decade of service, this milestone has given me reason to reflect on the many things that we as a College have been able to accomplish over the past years as well as the bright future that we have ahead of us. I have also been thinking about my own career and the experiences I have had over my 30+ years as an educator. The 13 years I have spent at UNF have been the most enriching of my career, and I hope to be a part of the UNF community for many years to come. However, there is an optimal time for every experience, and I am at a point in my own career in which a change of pace is in order. Therefore, I am announcing my decision to resign as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at the end of the current fiscal year (June 30, 2014).

I look forward at that time to joining the Department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management in a full time capacity. I will also continue to serve as Executive Director of the Center for Urban Education and Policy. In the meantime, we have a busy year ahead of us with many challenges and opportunities awaiting. I will be corresponding with you in a few days regarding some important items to be accomplished this year. Thank you for all that you do, individually and collectively, to ensure outstanding service to our students and the community. As always, if you have ideas as to how we might be more effective as a College, please drop me a note or schedule a time to meet with me.

Best regards,
Larry Larry G. Daniel, Ph. D.,
Dean and Professor College of Education and Human Services
University of North Florida
1 University of North Florida Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224-7699
Voice: (904) 620-2520; FAX: (904) 620-2522 Email: ldaniel@unf.edu

QUESTIONER-V: DATE ASKED: WRITTEN RESPONSES:

Anonymous

 

February 6, 2014

 

Earle Traynham, Interim Provost
Academic Affairs

 
QUESTION SYNOPSIS-V: 

Given the recent shortfall in the projected FTEs combined with the proposed recalculations of the allotment faculty lines that may result in the moving some lines from COAS to the professional schools, how will these factors impact the faculty and the departments that participate honors program? Using the honors courses offered in Fall 2013 as a sample, approximately 60% of the courses were taught by COAS faculty, is this factored into the FTE calculations? Honors courses require significantly small class sizes and may affect the FTE calculations. This may prevent departments from participating in the honors program in the future.

 

 
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