Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Association Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Location: Talon Room, Ospreys Commons, Building 16, 4th Floor

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:19 pm by Faculty Association President, Gordon Rakita.
    The minutes of the meeting of January 9, 2014 were approved as posted on the web page.

    President Rakita thanked President Delaney for providing the monthly luncheon buffet for the Faculty Association meeting and has been doing since February 2013.


    Dr. Timothy Robinson, Director of the International Center, announced the annual SAILS scholarships (Student Affairs International Learning Scholarship).  Friday, February 14 is deadline for students applying for Summer A or C programs; Friday, February 28 is the   deadline for summer D programs.  Last year, 263 students applied; 172 students were awarded $300,000 worth of travel scholarships.  The Center expects over 300 applications this year; so far, there have been 188 applications and 85 awards.  Funding comes from the Student Life and Services Fee. 

    Nominations for the 2014-2016 Faculty Association Officers will be taken from the floor today; no more nominations will be accepted after this meeting.  Also, nominations for vacant positions on the standing committees and the university committees will also be continued until the March 6 Faculty Association meeting.  Standing and University Committee vacancies for the term of years 2014-2016 are listed on the Faculty Association website – Homepage & Hotline web page.

    Faculty Association Officers & Standing Committee charges are also included in the agenda packet.

    The APC Workflow Program Changes deadline is Tuesday, February 18.


    Judy Miller, Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, had two announcements:

    1.  IDEA evaluations are now being administered.  Full-time regular faculty should currently be receiving e-mail invitations to evaluate Chairs and Administrators.  The invitations will be sent every three days until February 19 or until the faculty member responds.  The surveys are administered by an external vendor, so responses are anonymous unless a faculty member provides identifying information when answering an open-ended question. 
    2. The National Survey of Student Engagement (administered to freshmen and seniors) will be launching on Tuesday, February 11.   Data resulting from the survey will be used in comparing UNF with other groups of institutions, including the SUS institutions.  Past surveys have been used to inform potential improvements and track the effects of improvements.  The current survey will be used (among other things), to track the results of the new GenEd curriculum.

    Volunteers are needed for following committees:

    Academic Standards Committee - CCB vacancy (remainder term) (9/15)   

    Intercollegiate Athletic Committee** - Faculty At-Large (remainder term) (1/2014 to 8/2016)


    Academic Programs Committee - Cheryl Frohlich
    Cheryl Frohlich reported.  The APC Workflow System deadline is Tuesday, February 18


    Academic Standards Committee - Elinor Scheirer

    Elinor Scheirer reported.  At the last meeting, the committee finalized language regarding grade appeals processes; this issue will be forwarded to the Executive Committee, for possible placement on the March legislative agenda.   The committee is working on four other issues:

    i)  reworking the definition of undergraduate full-time enrollment in summer sessions, to bring it more in line with the definition used for financial aid purposes;

    ii)  development of a new policy about student processing of exceptions to policies;

    iii)  writing a document, in conjunction with the Dean of Students, regarding student rights and responsibilities;

    iv)  developing a statement on the awarding of in memoriam/posthumous degrees. 

    The next committee meeting will be on Friday, February 14 in the College of Education and Human Services, Bldg 57, Room 3201.


    Adjunct Affairs Committee - Daniel Dinsmore

    Daniel Dinsmore reported.  The committee met last on Monday, February 4.  To try to make adjuncts feel more a part of the university community, the committee is making sure all links work to sites with information useful to adjuncts.  The committee continues to examine adjunct pay compared to other institutions.  The committee is also looking at accreditation issues related to adjunct faculty.  The next committee meeting will be on Monday, March 4 at 9:00 am in the College of Education and Human Services, Bldg 57, Room 2302.


    Budget Advisory Committee - Jeffrey Harrison

    Jeffrey Harrison reported.  The next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, February 11.  Interim Vice-President for Institutional Advancement Anne McCullen has been invited to attend this meeting to discuss the UNF Foundation.


    Campus Technology Committee - Donna Mohr

    Donna Mohr reported.  The committee met last on January 10.  The committee discussed the newest generation of smartboard technology and recommended that the university purchase two of these boards.  The next committee meeting will be on Friday, February 14 at 9:30 am in the Coggin College of Business, Room 2004.  One issue for ongoing discussion is the evaluation of clicker technology by a subcommittee headed by Deb Miller, Director of Academic Support Systems of CIRT.  There are two possible vendors; both have done preliminary demonstrations on campus, and another demonstration is planned.  Faculty should talk to Deb Miller if they are thinking about adopting clickers for the summer.  The committee will also discuss blackboards, whiteboards, and custodial services, and begin a discussion about a strategic plan for classrooms.

    Faculty Affairs Committee - David Fenner

    David Fenner reported.  The committee discussed revision of the charge for the Academic Programs Committee.  The committee also discussed whether to revisit the issue of Faculty Exit Surveys.  The next committee meeting will be on Thursday, February 13 at 12:15 pm in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Building 16, Room 3108.


    Faculty Enhancement – Georgette Dumont/Alan Harris

    Georgette Dumont reported.  The committee last on January 13.  Executive Assistant to the Provost and Director of Planning Marianne Jaffee attended to discuss the processing of the Summer Teaching Grant proposals by Academic Affairs after recommendations are submitted by the committee.  The committee will use the information to streamline the process for next year.  The next committee meeting will be on Monday, February 10 at 12:00 in the OFE/FA Conference Room, Building 16, Room 3108.


    Nominations & Elections Committee – Albert Loh

    Albert Loh reported.  The committee last met on January 24 to review the timeline for nominations and elections.  The next meeting will be on Friday, February 21 at 11:00 am in the Coggin College of Business, Room 2004.  So far, there is one nomination for Faculty Association President, Chip Klostermeyer.  There is one nomination for Faculty Association Vice-President, Scott Hochwald.  There is one nomination for Faculty Association Secretary, Katrina Hall.  Nominations are closed as of this Faculty Association meeting.  At the next Faculty Association meeting, on March 6, nominations will be taken for members of Faculty Association and University standing committees.


    Research Committee – Tammie Johnson

    Tammie Johnson reported.  The committee met on Tuesday, February 4 at 9:00 am in Building 39, Room 4032.  The committee discussed improvements to the process for handling summer scholarship applications.  They also considered the possibility of moving the proposal deadline to the spring semester but decided against it.  The next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in Building 39 in the 4th floor conference room 4032.


    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee - Pali Sen

    Pali Sen reported.  The committee met last on Tuesday, February 4 at 12:15 pm in the OFE/FA conference room.  Interim Provost Earle Traynham was the guest.  He shared information about the future role of FTIC (first-time in college) students. (Inaudible)  There was a question raised about the overall participation rate on online ISQ for the Fall, 2013 semester; he estimated the rate at about 50%.  The committee also has an information item in the agenda packet.  The committee will meet next on Tuesday, March 4, 12:15 p.m in the OF/FA conference room, Building 16, Room 3108.

    Support Services Committee - Robert Schupp

    Robert Schupp reported.  The committee met on Tuesday, February 4.  The Director of the Office of Faculty Enhancement Dan Richard was the guest.  The next committee meeting will be on Tuesday, March 4 at 1:00 pm in Building 42, Room 2004.


    Executive Committee - Scott Hochwald

    Faculty Association Vice-President Scott Hochwald reported.  The committee met on Tuesday, January 21.  There are no legislative agenda items.  The next committee meeting is on Tuesday, February 18 at 12:15 PM in the OFE/FA conference room, Building 16, Room 3108.


    President John Delaney

    “The news of the hour is that the Board of Governors has submitted to the legislature a funding formula that, frankly, is biased toward the larger schools and biased against the smaller schools.  They’ve got 10 metrics that they’ll be measured by.  One is submitted by the universities; and so the tenth metric’s really irrelevant, because everybody is submitting a metric that they are going do well on.  So there’s really nine others. Graduation rate is at the top (they’re all weighted equally at this point in time).  And so:  graduation rate; freshmen retention, from the freshman to the sophomore year; employment after graduation within 6 months; salary after graduation (the data for that is a little spotty, but they’re sticking with it at this point in time). 


    One of the ninth metric (sic) is percentage of your students that graduate with more than 120 hours.  I don’t really know how in the Hell to move that metric, particularly.  My youngest daughter did a year of nursing school before she decided that she didn’t like blood; and that’s my own daughter, and I’m paying the bill. And, uh, I can’t figure that one out. 


    There’s problems with all of these metrics, not the least of which is there’s been very little – virtually none – input from the universities; and any input that was given has essentially been rejected.  And we’ll just start, say, with the graduation rate. UNF, after 6 years, it’s about a 50% graduation rate.  About 10% to 15% of the students that start here, historically fully intended to transfer to Florida or Florida State in their junior year, which they do, and then graduate from there.  Another 10% to 15% get homesick, break up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, run out of money, and then go back home and graduate from the hometown university.  And after six years, we’ve got 7% of our students – 7 or 8 – that are still taking classes.  They’re taking one or two classes a semester while they work full-time.  So, we’ve got about 83% have either graduated from some place or are still working towards graduation. The University of Florida has a graduation rate, I think, of about 85%.  Half of the students that go to the University of Florida start, completing two years of credits; they walk in the door with two years’ worth of credits. So their students have six years to complete two years’ worth of classes.


    None of the metrics – it’s really a one-size-fits-all for the system – there’s no peer-to-peer types of measurements.  There’s no evaluation of the different missions of the varying universities.  We’re trying to take those apart right now; they’ve been handed over whole-cloth to the legislature.  Eight of the presidents, yesterday, spent the day going through the legislature, pretty violently opposed to the current format that’s being presented.  All of the presidents have spoken to the incompleteness of these metrics.  And again, you think that one-ninth of your score is based upon how you rank with students that take more than 120 hours to graduate.  The weighting just doesn’t really make any sense whatsoever. 


    But, the biggest impact is this, that the governor, and the senate in particular (and right now the house has agreed) that three or four of the institutions in the state - of the eleven that are in the state - every year will lose money, and it will go to the three or four institutions that have the most points on the document.  So the larger schools were in the top five; the smaller schools were in the bottom four; and we were really in the middle.  So we were not in danger of losing money, but we also didn’t get the extra money that the schools at the top got.  The president of the University of West Florida has described it as kind of a death spiral thing; if they keep taking money from you every year, there’s no way to dig back out and move some of those metrics. 


    So we are putting together groups to look at each of these individual metrics, and see what we can do to move the needle.  Some of them… for example the percentage of your students with Pell grants – the more Pell grant students you have, the more points you get.  But the way they’ve done the scoring, virtually everybody gets the maximum points; there hasn’t been any kind of tiering.  At UNF, we have about one-third of our students are Pell-grant eligible - which means that they’re below the federal poverty line - which is a really huge percentage.  And, quite frankly, those students - it’s more difficult for them to graduate, because they have to work while they’re trying to go through school - which is really one of the flaws of the metric. 


    So, we’ve got a third of our students are Pell; we’ve got about another 5% that are military, which often are transient and don’t graduate from the place they start.  And another 5% have a certified disability, either a learning disability or a physical disability.  It’s a program that we’ve invested a lot of resources in to help the students with disabilities.  We’ve now become a magnet statewide; many of you would know this.  We have more deaf students at UNF than the rest of the universities combined; more blind students than the rest of the universities combined.  And frankly, you get punished, because it’s difficult for students with some of those limitations to get through in a six-year time frame. 


    So these are all metrics that we’re working - trying to break apart.  Obviously, we’ll have a more full presentation as the details spill out.  They still haven’t released the scoring on the points, but we’ve gone to the NSA and been able to get a copy, and that’s why we know where we stand relative to the rest of the system.


    So with that, Gordon, I’ll turn it back over and let’s see if anybody has some questions.                                  


    Legislative Liaison - Janet Owen

    There was no report; the Legislative Liaison is in Tallahassee.


    United Faculty of Florida - Janice Swenson

    Janice Swenson reported.  We are anticipating having to go back to bargaining because our contract ends in June.  The bargain team consists of Cheryl Frohlich as chief negotiator, Janice Swenson, and Susan Perez.  We have an advisor from UFF, of course, as part of the team.  Male faculty members are invited to join the team, as well as members of other colleges.  The team is looking for more input from faculty; anyone wanting to participate or provide input should talk to Cheryl Frohlich or Janice Swenson. 


    Constitutional Convention – Matthew Corrigan

    The UNF Constitution is a document that came from a commitment to shared governance, and also the idea of going across associations – students, staff, and faculty – to come up with some common values and standards.  The Constitution requires the calling of a convention every ten years to review the constitution; the process is underway right now.  We’ve had two meetings so far, involving faculty, students, and staff.  Faculty can submit ideas through the Faculty Association, or through the Faculty Association web site (http://www.unf.edu/president/UNF_Constitution.aspx under Hotline page). 
    Issues under consideration include:

    1. Should the provost be evaluated after 5 years, for retention, by the faculty, as the deans and chairs are?
    2. The issue of civility.
    3. Status of adjuncts.

    Faculty are encouraged to participate. 


    Question #1 for either President Delaney or Interim Provost Earl Traynham:

    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


    The Provost will respond in writing.


    Question #2 for President Delaney:

    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.


    President Delaney will respond in writing. 


    Questions #3 & #4, the first for President Delaney, the second for Faculty Association President Gordon Rakita:

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


    President Delaney will respond in writing. 


    #4 - 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?


    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.”   


    Question #5 to President Delaney and Interim Provost Earl Traynham:

    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.


    The Provost will respond in writing.


    Question #6 for Deb Murphy, Chair of the Department of Art and Design:

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


    Deb Murphy:  “I get the important, intellectual question.  The duck has had a very interesting few months of adventures.  As you know, it was in the pond by Coggin and the library.  Apparently, a group of students decided to ride it like a bronco, and there was some minor damage.  (Inaudible) But there was writing on the duck, and it was kind of a triumphal boast, and the poet couldn’t resist adding that word that rhymes with “duck.”  And so, it had to be repaired and repainted.  It has been at the zoo for the last month; rumors have it that Sergeant Quackers received a few proposals from the aviary.  He’s back on campus now, and I’m happy to report that he’ll be returned to the pond tomorrow.”
    There were no consent agenda items.
    There were no legislative agenda items.
    1. Faculty Association Officers (2014-2016) Nominations
    2. Faculty Association Standing and University Committee Nominations
    3. Annual IDEA Ratings of Chairs and Administrators
    4. UNF Non-Matriculator Topline
    The meeting was adjourned at 1:04 pm.