Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Location: Schultz Hall, 9/1421

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:16 p.m. by FA President, Patrick Plumlee.
  • APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – October 6, 2011 (2 minutes)
    A motion was made by Candice Carter to approve the minutes from October 6, 2011 (as posted on the web).  The minutes were approved.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (5 minutes)
    - A correction to an announcement in the agenda packet: Veterans’ Day is on Friday, November 11 and not Thursday.
    - The Faculty Commons will be closed from December 9 through January 3 for HVAC work.
    - IT Services Unavailable from December 26 through 31.
    - There will be 3 open hearings on November 8th for several university policies:  Campus Safety and Security Reporting, Export Control Laws and Regulations – Compliance Policy, and  Weapons and Destructive Devices on Campus.
    - The Campus Climate Survey will be available beginning November 8.
    - Important 2012-2013 dates for Faculty
    - SkillSoft e-Learning information is included in the packet.
    - Volunteers are needed for the following committees:
    • Faculty Enhancement Committee - At-large vacancy (remainder term) (9/12) 
    • Strategic Planning Advisory - COAS vacancy (remainder term) (9/12) 
    • University Technology Committee – At-Large vacancy (remainder term) (9/12) 
    • Campus Safety Advisory Council (?)
  • STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS (2 minutes per report)
    Academic Programs Committee - Candice Carter
    The Committee met November 3 and has eight agenda items for today.  The first item is the second reading of the Faculty Association Bylaws Amendment to remove the requirement of the student members because their attendance has not been occurring. There are six agenda items from COAS-(Undergraduate & Graduate) which include a new degree program request, the addition of a new minor, the termination of two degree majors, course additions, existing course changes, a change to a degree major, and the termination of a degree major concentration. The last agenda item is from COEHS (Graduate) which is a change to a degree major. The next meeting will be December 1 at 10:00 in 10/1120.

    Academic Standards Committee - Diane Tanner
    The Committee met October 13 and has one agenda item today which is a proposed change to the First Baccalaureate Degree Requirements policy.  The next meeting will be November 18 from 12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Peter Magyari
    The Committee met October 28 and has one agenda item which is a resolution to increase Adjunct Compensation by 10.71%. The next meeting is November 18 at 11:00 a.m. in 39A/4136.

    Budget Advisory Committee - Zornitza Prodanoff
    No report.

    Campus Technology Committee - Lauren Newton
    The Committee met October 26 and will be meeting again on November 9 at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Conference Room.  They have an information item pertaining to the impact of the IT service outages from December 26-31 when the University installs new wiring, power supplies, and generators.

    Faculty Affairs Committee – Elinor Scheirer
    The Committee met on October 13 and will be meeting again November 10 at 12:15 p.m. in 57/3201 with Newton Jackson as a guest.

    Faculty Enhancement Committee - Adel Boules
    The Committee met October 20 to discuss with Marianne Jaffee the procedural details for this round of teaching proposals.  The next meeting is November 17 at 12:15 p.m. in 10/1106.

    Nominations & Elections Committee – Diane Tanner for Lian Ann
    The Committee’s next meeting is November 10.  Nominees for the upcoming vacancies for the 2012-2014 Nominations and Elections Committee were solicited from the floor.  Existing nominees include Carolyne Alikhan for COEHS, Cynthia Jordan for Library, and Steve Williamson for At-large. There were no additional nominees taken from the floor, thus no ballots for the voting will be necessary.  Cindy will send letters to the 3 newly elected members.

    Research Committee - Caroline Guardino
    The Committee announced that there were 51 grant proposals to review.  The next meeting is planned for November 4 at 3:30 p.m. in the Boathouse to divide up the research proposals and discuss the plan going forward.

    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Christopher Brown
    The Committee met on October 5 as a committee to discuss the activities for the upcoming year and then met again on October 12 with Provost Workman and President Delaney to discuss last year’s findings and the plan for this year.  The next meeting will be Wednesday November 9 when the committee will be meeting with Dan Richard to discuss faculty satisfaction.

    Support Services Committee – Alan Harris
    The Committee met October 11 where Dan Richard shared the services of Faculty Enhancement. There will be a flyer from Faculty Enhancement attached to the committee meeting minutes.  The next meeting is November 8 in 50/3300 with Frederick Beck from Student Health Services as a guest.

    Executive Committee – Jeffrey Harrison
    The Committee met on October 18 to set the agenda for this meeting.  The next meeting is on Tuesday November 15 at 12:15 p.m. in the Faculty Commons, Honors Hall, Bldg 10, Rm 1102 to review a number of items for the next subsequent agenda.  The Advisory Council for the Faculty Senates initiated a template to be used by other Faculty Senates to create a comprehensive document about the nature of shared governance.
  • SPECIAL REPORTS (10 minutes)
    President John Delaney
    The President reviewed some of the outcomes from serving on a committee to review the Texas Breakthrough Solutions and the various issues related to it.  With no metrics established previously to review this, they did agree that they needed to come up with some measures including enhancements to STEM and improving graduation rates.  Legislators now realize that tenure is different at the college level as opposed to at other levels.  Tenure is not at risk. They have put together an approach to present to BOG with a few key objectives i.e. not to focus on specific majors and to focus internally on how to increase the numbers.  He feels the conversations raised by the Texas Breakthrough Solutions will begin shifting focus.  There is not a one-size fits all approach.  It will definitely take some more work but ultimately positive outcomes should result.

    Academic Affairs Provost & Vice President Mark Workman
    Very shortly, Academic Affairs will be sharing with the deans and chairs a new degree review policy that would coincide with the lifting of the moratorium on new degree proposals.  There will be a release of a policy on the criteria for offering courses or programs through Continuing Education.  Additionally, there will be a call for proposals as part of the National Center for Academic Transformation initiative.
    Faculty should be aware that the CAVP will be meeting during the BOG meeting to discuss a number of issues, among them some pertaining to the reorganization of FCLA and CCLA and the cost-sharing of e-journals, both of which could have a significant impact on the functioning of our library.  More details will follow.

    Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
    Janet reported on some currently popular topics in Tallahassee: (1) the Governor’s October 13, 2011 request for data to the 11 state universities, (2) the large amount of carry forward funds in reserve at some institutions, and (3) the lack of PECO funds available for 2012-13. Bills of interest that have been filed for the 2012 session include a professional deregulation bill aimed at architects and interior designers (like the one in 2011), and a bill to increase to 6 the number of companies from which contracts may be purchased by participants in the SUS ORP.
    At next week’s Board of Governor’s meeting at FAU, the BOG will take up the UCF dental school purchase and the proposal to split-off USF Polytechnic.

    United Faculty of Florida – Cheryl Frohlich
    Cheryl provided an accolade to President Delaney—to show appreciation of his work and the time he spends on University and faculty business.  There have not been any grievances listed in the last month but UFF has worked on solving some issues that arose.  UFF will be looking at the Teaching Assignment for Part-time Faculty Members which allowed someone filling this position to be hired as an Assistant Professor and work 9 hours (3 course load) per semester which was the same teaching assignment for a full-time assistant professor.  In addition, this position was referred to in the tenure and promotion article of the contract and other sections of the contract.  Therefore, if they were an Assistant Professor that happened to work part-time and worked the maximum hours per semester (9 hours) allowed under this document and had to do research to become tenured then the only difference between a full-time Assistant Professor and the part-time professor would be the service they rendered onto the university and the part-time professor's salary.
    The Union has three committees they are looking for faculty (union members) to fill.  The committees include communication, grievances, and bargaining.

    Intercollegiate Athletic Committee – Jay Coleman
    Jay Coleman presented an update on Athletics and how our men and women athletes are performing academically. There are currently 328 student athletes in 17 sports (7 men and 10 women’s teams).  Participant distribution was 55% female in 2010-2011.  58% of the $2.48 million in awarded financial aid dollars goes to females.  There are 33 coaches (18 female).  Women’s golf will start competing in 2012-2013.  Women’s sand volleyball starts competition this spring using the same coaching staff as indoor volleyball.  The Athletics total revenue in 2011-2012 is estimated at $7.4 million ($6 million is from student athletics fees).  UNF has one of the lowest budgets in the Atlantic Sun.  As a comparison, Univ. of Texas has budget of $154 million; Ohio State’s is $127 million, Michigan’s is $110 million, UF’s is $98 million, FSU’s is $58 million, USF’s is $40 million, and FGCU’s is $7.1 million.  A question is always asked about the prospects of a football program.  The cost factor is huge.  Taking some information from a study by FGCU: over $100 million to begin scholarship FCS football (including $90 million for a stadium), and operate at a loss of $4.8 million / year.  Due to Title IX, would have to add 110 female scholarships to offset 90 in football, costing $5.9 million annually, plus costs to start 2-3 new women's programs.
    In Fall 2010, the average overall GPA of 2.97 exceeded the 2.96 of the general undergrad student population. In Spring 2011, the average overall GPA of 2.99 exceeded the 2.95 of the general undergrad student population.  52% of the eligible student-athletes were named to A-Sun All-Academic Team (GPA > 3.00).  67% of student-athletes graduated within 6 years (2001-2004 entering class average), substantially higher than for the general student population.  There were 8 teams with perfect NCAA academic progress rate; one team is below level that requires academic improvement plan. Will Pearce (track) was awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and was the winner of the Atlantic Sun Male Post-Graduate Scholarship.  120-140 student-athletes go to supervised study hall each week and many also use A.C.E. for tutoring.
  • IONS & RESPONSES (10 minutes)
    A written question from Mei Zhao to Patrick Plumlee:
    I noticed that the Microwave in the Faculty Center’s Kitchen is almost broken and it could hurt our faculty members who use it to warm their food. Would the Faculty Association please replace it with a new one?
    Patrick Plumlee: The Faculty Association currently does not have the funds to replace it, but any donation of a new or used microwave from anyone in the University would be welcome.

    Scott Hochwald read a written question from Pali Sen to Provost Workman which was a follow up to a previous question asked at the October FA meeting:
    Currently the success rate of a class is calculated as the number of students who passed it with C or higher after the add/drop date.  The calculation includes the students who withdrew from the class within the University approved withdrawal deadlines.  Why should students who withdraw from a class because they were unprepared for the class, they changed jobs, they changed majors, etc. be part of a calculation that measures student success?  Since students are permitted to withdraw from classes why should their decision to do so be viewed as a lack of success on their part?
    This question will be forwarded to the Provost.

    Judy Solano asked Provost Workman about the moratorium on new degree programs with respect to the new degree program for Art History.
    Provost Workman: Art History was an approved exception.

    A written question submitted by Michelle Dedeo to Provost Workman and Jeffrey  Coker:      
    Question Context:
    The response from the Provost’s office dated October 18, 2011 seems to contradict calculation of Pass rates currently in use the Mathematics Department as well as in the ENLACE Florida (the state-wide network consisting of faculty from 8 Florida universities including UNF) policy brief regarding Pass Rates in GE Math courses dated October 2009.  There has been a great focus on improving Pass rates in General Education classes these past few years. One of the main “improvements” has been in implementing a computer component to the class requirements. For many classes, software has been useful, but it cannot cure all ills. Withdrawals and Pass rates need to be looked at in a larger context and clarified.  First, since a C or higher is required in at least two math classes at the level of College Algebra or higher for a student to graduate from a Florida university, a D has been regarded as a Fail. Thus only A/B/C are a Pass and D/F/FA/WF are a Fail in the department.  Second, the Withdrawal (W) has also been regarded as a Fail, despite the fact that the withdrawal can be not only from unpreparedness, but for medical, military or financial reasons.
    The second distinction is extremely important. Between Spring 2005 and Spring 2010, the Withdrawal rate for College Algebra (MAC1105) at UNF has averaged 24% with little deviation from year to year. If we include Withdrawals in the Fail rate, we have a 53.5% Pass rate in MAC1105. If we simply exclude Withdrawals from the calculation, the Pass rate becomes 70.4%.  Personally, I would like to exclude Withdrawals from the calculation. Once a student in enrolled in a class, faculty cannot control a majority of the conditions that lead a student to drop. I believe we should focus on improving the Withdrawal rate - which could be done by better screening students before they take the course - in addition to improving the Pass rate for those students in the course.
    My question is this: What method is UNF’s administration going to use to calculate Pass rates for general education courses?

    Caroline Guardino to Jay Coleman:
    Why are the prices of UNF basketball ticket prices so high compared to the prices from three years ago?
    This will be forwarded to the Athletics Department.
    President Delaney commented that he’ll find out about getting steeper faculty discounts.


    Zornitza Prodanoff to Jay Coleman: Is there an Ice Hockey team this year?
    Jay: No, there is not. 
    Krista Paulsen from Sociology and Anthropology added that UNF has an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) club ice hockey team this year, but the students pay related fees out-of-pocket.
  • CONSENT AGENDA
    FA President Plumlee will present the consent agenda items # FA 11-52, FA 11-53, FA 11-54, &  FA 11-56 for approval.
    A motion was made to approve the consent agenda.  No discussion.  The motion passed.

    Agenda Item# 4- FA 11-52: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Undergraduate) – (Music): Terminate Bachelor of Arts – Music Major (1 package)

    Agenda Item# 5- FA 11-53: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Undergraduate) – (Art & Design, Communication, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Physics): New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study (5 packages)

    Agenda Item# 6- FA 11-54: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Graduate) – (English): Terminate MA – English Major Creative Writing Concentration
    (1 package)

    Agenda Item# 8- FA 11-56: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COEHS (Graduate) – (Leadership, School Counseling, & Sport Management): programs of study change (1 package)
  • LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)
    Agenda Item# 1- FA 11-48: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    Faculty Association Bylaws Amendment: Second Reading Academic Programs Committee membership Changes Proposal Candice Carter moved the item.  Judy Solano asked about the student attendance record and whether it affects the attainment of quorum. Candice stated that there has been no participation by students in the APC meetings. The APC has communicated with Student Government about the proposal to remove student membership & participation from the APC. No further discussion.  The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 2- FA 11-50: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Undergraduate) – (Art & Design): New Degree Program Request- Proposal for a Bachelor of Arts -Art History Major (1 package)
    Candice Carter moved the item.  No discussion.  The item passed.    

    Agenda Item# 3- FA 11-51: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Undergraduate) – Add a new minor – Interdisciplinary Minor (1 package)
    Candice Carter moved the item.  No discussion.  The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 7- FA 11-55: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee
    COAS (Graduate) – Terminate a degree-major of existing program - Master of Sciences-Applied Sociology Major (1 package)
    Candice Carter moved the item.  Krista Paulsen expressed support for this change. The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 9- FA 11-57: Submitted by the Adjunct Affairs Committee
    Adjunct Affairs Resolution
    Peter Magyari moved the item.  No discussion.  The item passed.

    Agenda Item# 10- FA 11-58: Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee
    Graduate – First Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
    Diane Tanner moved the item.  Diane pointed out a few minor typographical changes to delete the   No.12 that will be made to the item.  The item passed.
  • INFORMATION ITEMS
    1. Most IT Services Unavailable Dec 26-31
    2. Elections for the Nominations and Elections Committee
    3. Two Funding Cycles Request for Research Grants 
    4. 2012-2013 Important Dates for Faculty
  • ADJOURNMENT
    A motion for adjournment was made.  The meeting adjourned at 1:05 p.m.