President John Delaney
“Despite my expressed worries about the legislative session,
the legislature approved a significant funding increase for higher education in
general and UNF in particular. Janet
will, of course, provide details in a few minutes.
We will be proposing raises for faculty and staff to
the respective unions, and subsequently to the Board of Trustees. I would like to address compression and
inversion for faculty as part of a salary package.
The performance funding plan was accepted by the
legislature, and in a more acceptable format.
Also, the first phase of renovations for Skinner-Jones Hall was funded
at about $13 million. This last project
is subject to gubernatorial veto, and we are working to keep funding for this
project. The funding is a sign of an
improved Florida economy and augurs well for the next few years.
I recently met with the Faculty Association’s
Executive and Faculty Affairs Committees jointly. I hope to institutionalize such a meeting on
a regular basis as a format for discussions on items of shared governance.”
Liaison Report – Vice-President for Governmental Affairs Janet Owen
“In this session, it was good, money-wise as well as legislation. Even the ‘no’s’ were good – no
pension/retirement changes, no health insurance changes, no textbook
affordability bill, no gun legislation.
So the ‘no’s’ were good; and the ‘yes’s’ were even better.
We had the biggest budget in Florida’s history, $77.1
billion. And it was great for the state
universities - $200 million in a performance funding package. Of course, a large part of that – about $80
million – comes from base budgets. But,
thankfully, UNF is in the winning category; we have enough points to get our
base budget cut… contribution to the pot returned, as well as additional
money. And then, we were successful in
getting about a $2.5 million recurring add to our base, that we said was to
help us with performance funding metric(s) in the future… so, in terms of
academic enhancements and student support services that we need to address to
look at graduation and retention rates and those kinds of things.
PECO was wonderful, and I’ll tell you why. We need to thank the commissioner of
agriculture, who came up with an initiative where he transferred some tax on
energy to the PECO trust fund as a(n) every-year recurring contribution of
about $160 million to a fund that was dying.
So, we’re really appreciative of that, which allowed there to be PECO
projects. It was $11.750 million for
Skinner-Jones Hall; and our BOG approval was for $9 million; so that was more
than we were actually even approved for.
We have to thank a lot of our legislators for coming together and
supporting that. But, I really want to give
a special thanks to you all and individually to Dr. Jay Coleman, Dr. Barbara
Hetrick, Dr. Mark Tumeo, Dr. Garner, Dr. Eason, and Dr. Pyati, who, on 24-hours
notice, turned around incredible letters of support, each one individually
written, specifically talking about that corporation or company’s tie to UNF
and what they do and why the renovations in 3 and 4 are so important. And we got letters from the JAX Chamber, USA
Partnership, Stash Investments, Shahid Khan’s business, Haskell, two from Mayo,
the Department of Defense Army Research Lab, Vistakon, Saft Batteries, Stellar,
Goodrich Corporation…. That’s just to
name a few; and then a ton of engineering firms and other environmental
companies here in town who support. So,
I’m hoping we can, you know, tap that energy and keep going with it.
Like I said, probably together with the special that
we got and our performance funding, we’re probably upwards to about $10 million
to our base recurring, which is going to be very helpful, and especially as we
look to the future.
Differential tuition, which I am characterizing, I
think appropriately, as 15% authority given to the Board of Governors to
consider requests by the universities, which, of course they have not given us
in the last two years. But, nonetheless,
that authority was removed from statute.
I think, it’ll be, in an election year, characterized as: ‘We got rid of your 15% increase.’ But the truth is, it was authority to the
Board of Governors that was repealed from law, so they won’t be considering
that for the rest of us. They will be
able to consider up to a 6% of a tuition increase for the pre-eminent
universities based on their performance on three metrics that represent two
points per metric… and, anyway, just for Florida and Florida State. The inflationary adjustment is also gone; but
the good news is, they did approve a waiver of the out-of-state fee portion for
undocumented students; the big Florida GI bill also provides a waiver for
out-of-state military veterans….
But, I will get my report out later today, and if you
need particular bills – and particularly I’m thinking nursing and education –
you want to look at those, just holler and I’ll get them to you.“
Faculty of Florida – Janice Swenson
Cheryl Frohlich reported. “We had our elections just recently, and we
have a new president that will be coming in, John White; and I am sure that
he’ll be here and be informing you on all the things that will be changing at
the next meeting.”
Diana Tanner – Parking Advisory Council
will be a change to the daily permit fees, right now, it costs $3 to get a
daily permit; the new rates will be $5 for premium; and that’s to put us on par
with the other universities around the state.
Discount will be $2; so it’s being lowered a dollar. Hopefully that will make students not lie
when they come to you and ask for a daily permit; because they’ll have to pay
$3 less to be able to go out in a discount lot to park.
be no changes to the locations in which specific groups park, the hierarchy of
permit sales, citation fees, permit categories, or sales ratios. There’ll be a couple of minor changes to some
parking spaces over near the housing areas; that will be converted to housing
from premium. Alumni Hall parking will
change from premium to discount.
I’ve been waiting for this part for a long time; no longer will we call the
parking spaces premium; we’ll call them the blue spaces; and the discount
spaces will be called the gray spaces; and that will begin on August 16. Faculty/staff parking will eventually become
yellow parking – they’re trying to stay away from pairing orange with blue
is a new garage that they began construction on May 1; it should be finished
January 1; it has four stories, 554 parking spaces. It’s for use primarily for housing, so it’s
going to sit behind the other parking garage.
The top two floors – there’ll be four floors – floors four and three
will have ramps that go over to the current parking garage, so that they can
make those two floors premium, or they can block them off and make them just
Schuman noted that registered guest permits are still $2.