Jay Coleman explained that the only way UNF can obtain new money is through enrollment growth or performance funding. Enrollments will rise and performance funding addresses student flow through and graduation rates within a 6-year period. Jay Coleman proceeded to share information about the state performance metrics and where we hope to fall in the coming years. Some major points included the following:
- We score low on cost per degree. Currently cost per degree was based on how much each degree costs the state to award it. This will soon shift to cost per student, which will not affect our score. UNF takes pride in having small class sizes and faculty taught undergraduate classes, and this is why we score poorly in this category. We are attempting to convince the state to change their mind on this.
- We score low on retention and graduation rates. Research shows that retention rates are largely based on retaining students through their first year. If we connect students to resources early we can help our score. We are also giving Math and writing placement tests to help place students in the correct courses. We need to reach 58% to get 1 point and right now we are at 54%.
- We want to grow enrollment to keep tuition dollars that our students pay. We are focusing on ways to increase enrollment such as growing a program and adding new faculty, and adjusting enrollment requirements. Enrollment Services is focusing more on High School GPA as opposed to SAT scores because it is a bigger indicator of success.
Jay Coleman also explained that the metrics do not focus on graduate students at all and transfer students have little weight. 32 states have performance funding, but not all funding scales are correct and fair. We are encouraging the state to look at statistics on student employment. Most students have real world experience and considering this element in the metrics might positively influence the results.
Jay Coleman shared a statistic snapshot of adjuncts, number of course sections, pay, and distribution among colleges which was put together by Institutional Research. $2.5 million is spent each year on adjuncts. There are 1141 adjunct sections across campus, and the total salary per credit hour is $786. In the past adjuncts were awarded $667 per credit hour and was raised to $750 per hour as a result of the Adjunct Affairs Committee’s work. The university may have exceeded the only 25% of classes may be taught by adjuncts “rule,” which will need to be examined. There are some outliers and special circumstances with the snapshot, such as Music because their activities are counted differently than other departments.