The State projects the budget will be off $3.5 billion next year. If every entity in the State is cut the same percentage, it would be a 15% cut. We have already absorbed a 5% cut. If the state implements a 15% cut, equates to a total 10% cut for UNF. We have about half of it already covered just in case the cut is implemented. A main issue is tuition. With each 5% tuition increase creating only a 1% increase on UNF’s budget, we would need 20 to 30% to see any real effect from tuition. This fall, UNF reduced enrollment to the budget level given which resulted in 1,100 less enrolled than last year. We think the current enrollment can be maintained.
Museum of Contemporary Art:
UNF was asked to take over the museum. Two faculty in the Department of Art and Design on the museum’s board. Shari Shuman is chairing a group in charge of looking at the possible acquisition. UNF would not provide any subsidies for the museum. The art collection is worth $10 million, and it would give UNF a presence downtown and would be owned by UNF. There is nothing concrete yet, but we are getting close to a handshake agreement. If it looks like there is no financial exposure and little risk, it could be closed out in December or January after being discussed with the BOT. There are some donors who would like to help with the operations of the museum. If we buy it, there will be state operating and maintenance money provided.
Religious Student Centers
We have reserved four 2-acre plots for religious student centers near the new student residences. The space will be available on a first come, first serve basis, and leased to build centers for students.
Coffees with Delaney
Coffees are set up once or twice during a semester. They are informal conversations are good opportunities to ask questions on any topic.
Question from Judy Solano for President Delaney:
What developments are there on the non-denominational center/sanctuary?
Response form President Delaney:
We have a site overlooking a lake at the southeast corner of the campus. We have raised $1.5 million already and have preliminary sketches. The private dollars matched by the state.
Comment from Kathy Robinson
The Coffees with Delaney are sponsored by UFF.�
Provost Mark Workman
A follow up on budget comments from the President.
When UNF’s budget shrinks, Academic Affair’s budget shrinks. We have about 40 vacant lines this year. Of these lines, 12 have been authorized to be filled. We are also pursuing a renewed search for the Dean for Computing, Engineering, and Construction, the Director of the Fine Arts Center, and the QEP Community-Based Learning center director. A new search will be initiated for the Executive Director of Assessment.
There is a draft of our QEP on the Institutional Effectiveness Committee’s website. Faculty are encouraged to read the proposal and submit comments.
The SACS report is now in the hands of the SACS team. If we are not found to be in compliance, we have a chance to respond. The SACS team will be here in February.
The Strategic Plan Committee will be meeting tomorrow to move the new mission and vision statements forward. There are subcommittees set up for each of 5 goals identified and another committee that will provide benchmarks for their progress.
Commencement time is changing to 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. This will have an impact on convocation in the Fall, which will be shifted to colleges and Student Affairs to be more meaningful than one big ceremony.
Congratulations to Lillia Loriz, Director of School of Nursing, who was recognized by the Nursing Students Association and recognized as the Florida Nursing Director of the year.
Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
The funds going into the trust fund for PECO are based on gross receipts and communications tax. PECO funding is now in good shape. The BOG met and the Chancellor announced he is leaving in February. The BOG is grappling with the idea of lifted the ban of FTIC enrollment.
The former Senate president who has 2 more years on his term, put forward a significant tuition increase proposal to get us to the national average.
The NCAA peer review visiting team just finished their review of UNF. We will receive the decision in late spring or early summer.
United Faculty of Florida –Henry Thomas