Anonymous question received 4/20 to President Delaney and Provost Workman:
Recently, the administration released a list of the “hardest” courses at UNF, as if to attach a scarlet letter to each. Would it not be equally fair to release a list of the easiest courses at UNF? If not, the message the administration is sending to faculty is clearly one of low standards, low expectations, and throughput over learning?
Comment by Judy Solano: I distributed that course list and spoke to my faculty about it and what the intentions were behind it. The question came from someone who refused to attend the meeting and only saw the list without hearing the explanation behind it. I would tend to disregard the question. The intentions were to discuss what can be done to help students succeed better in difficult courses.
Mark Workman: As you know, I had a task force working with me over the last academic year considering the broad issue of academic redesign and that conversation has centered significantly on strategies developed by the National Center for Academic Transformation that speak very squarely to the issue of what we can do to increase student success in challenging classes. The intention of doing this was hardly to identify them in any way as failures on the part of the faculty.
Anonymous question received 4/26 to President Delaney:
Recently while strolling around campus, I noticed one of our police officers rolling around on an expensive Segway. Two nearby students commented "What's wrong with a bike?" So I refer the question to you Mr. President, in this era of tight budgets, pay cuts, greenhouse gases, and an obesity epidemic, what's wrong with a bike?
This question will be forwarded to Mauricio Gonzalez.
Judy Solano to Candice Carter:
Did I understand you to say in your earlier report that you changed the bylaws of your committee with regards to student participation? Because those are Bylaws of the Association they are not changed until it comes through the Faculty Association and there has to be two readings of it.
Candice: We voted at the committee level to recommend that change and plan on submitting it to the Faculty Association in an upcoming meeting.
Matthew Corrigan to HR representatives:
On the ORP 3% contribution does that go to a separate fund or is that the part of the roughly 10% that the University gives us?
Jennifer Neidhardt: What they are telling us right now about the mandatory 3% employee contribution for ORP is that it will go to your employer accounts so it will be as if it were employer money (3% by employee + employer contribution reduced to roughly 7.4%).
Jeff Harrison to Jennifer Neidhart: So you will be doing automatic deductions for the 3% employee contributions?
Jennifer Neidhardt: Yes, that is correct.
Question from Marsha Lupi to Jennifer Neidhart: What if you have already contributed 5%?
Jennifer Neidhardt: What we will do is question those individuals to see if they want to contribute an additional 3% up to the maximum allowed or do they want to leave it at 5%?
Vicki Stanton to HR representatives:
I have several colleagues that are looking forward to going into DROP. Can you provide a little more detail for those who don’t yet have 30 years but are in the 50-57 window who would be anticipating entering DROP very soon?
Deborah Bundy: For people that are coming up in the ranks but are not there yet, we have no guarantee that DROP will continue to be around. It is a year-to-year thing that we are going to have to watch.