Programs Committee – Michael Bovenzi
They met this morning at 10 am. Next meeting is March 5th.
They ask that the college committees meet more regularly to help with the flow
of the programs through the process.
Academic Standards Committee –Edwin
The committee has a meeting on Wed, February 11th
at 10:30am in 57/3201. Guests from Registrar’s
Office will be at the meeting. Information item #1 includes the Latin
percentages by college, which range widely across the University. They will
discuss tightening the standards and will be sending the faculty a survey to
determine faculty thoughts on standards.
Agenda item FA-15-04 is the Online Accelerated-Term Policy. Mr. Harris answered the question about WP/WF
grades and noted that the WP/WF are available as an avenue for faculty when
students drop after the deadline.
Adjunct Affairs Committee – Melissa
Robert Schupp reported for the next meeting is February 13th
at 11:oo AM in Bldg. 51/Rm 2121.
Budget Advisory Committee – Julie
They met January 23 and Richard Pattison will be co-chair. They have two
projects—one is to take the salary data and analyze the parallel data for
administration and staff. They will also look at the budget and prepare a
report on how the budget is allocated. Their
next meeting is TBD.
Technology Committee – Donna Mohr
They met on Tuesday, January 27. They developed
recommendations based on the technology survey sent out last semester. The
recommendations included better technology in classroom and a mini-grant for
faculty to develop their technology knowledge. The next meeting is Tuesday, February
24th at 12:15pm in the OFE/FA Conference room.
Faculty Affairs Committee –David Fenner
They discussed the climate survey and discussed student
incivility to professors in emails. They will have OSRP come talk at the next
meeting; will discuss ISQ content and faculty scholarship grants. The next
meeting is Thursday, February 12th at 12:15 pm in the OFE/FA
Faculty Enhancement Committee – Paul
Dr. Kristine Webb is new co-chair and Susan Massey is on the
sabbatical leave. They will review the
teaching grant parameters at the next meeting. The next meeting is scheduled
for Wednesday, February 25rh, at 10:00 am in the OFE/FA Conference Room.
Research Committee – Courtney McLelandThe next meeting is Wednesday, February 11th at 9:30am in bldg.
12/Rm 2405A, and Research Grant Recommendations & Funding Report was
already submitted to the Executive Comte.
Planning Advisory Committee- Pali Sen
The committee met on last Tuesday, February 3rd
at 12:15. We met with our guest Provost Traynham. Our discussion covered issues related to the
future strategic planning at UNF. The
provost reported that UNF had a good year this year as far as meeting the
requirements in the matrix for the Board of Governors. President Delaney will speak more on
that. One of the biggest focuses at the
Academic Affairs for this year will be to retain more students at UNF while
keeping the quality high. The provost
request more faculty involvement in nurturing students to stay. This may be a challenge with increased focus
on Distant Learning courses. The provost reported that the strategic plans from
each college were coming in and each college had prioritized their
programs. He will review them in the
coming months. He has also mentioned
about his recommendation for next year for two new faculty positions in the
College of Health to keep the faculty adjunct ration at about 75% to 25%, which
is UNF’s goal. The provost also
mentioned that since associate deans and chairs were not in unit faculty, they
did not receive a raise this year. He expects new recurring money for the next
year and will recommend a salary increase and adjustment of stipends for
associate deans and chairs, which is good news for them. Members of the SPA committee requested a
presence in the upcoming strategic planning meetings beginning next Monday. The
provost will recommend it to President Delaney. Our next meeting is scheduled
for Tuesday, March 3rd at 12:15pm in the OFE/FA Conference Room.
Services Committee – Robert Schupp
The January meeting was a reorganizational meeting for the
committee. The next meeting is February 26th at 2:00 pm in 42/2004—Mark Snow
will be the guest.
The committee met January 20 to craft the agenda. The next meeting is Tuesday,
February 17th. There are no agenda items, but there was an advisory
council meeting on January 30. They discussed the distance learning and the
bill regarding guns on campus. The group crafted a resolution on the gun bill
that will be presented later.
Regarding the Search Committee for the Provost, they
recommended a candidate; he was invited back last week. In the interim, he
talked with four dozen faculty who felt that the candidate was not suitable for
the university. He met with the Search Committee this morning, and they
discussed a second candidate. She will
be back on February 19th.
The Board of Governors has not yet released its calculation
of the metrics, but UNF has been looking at the data. They do not want to be in
the bottom three; at this time UNF tied for 6th of 11th
(tied with FSU). The graduation rate
jumped significantly, so the fall 2008 freshman class graduated at a higher
rate—55% graduation rate. They anticipate it being about the same this year,
which means next year’s score will be lower by 5 points at least. At least five
of the universities will be in the poor performing category. What is now problematic is that the new money
awarded last year is non-recurring; and the universities used that money for
recurring expenses. This year they anticipate that $200,000,000 will be taken
from the regular budget and given to the higher performing universities. A group is meeting every month to work on the
He references the gun bill in the Senate, but the feeling is
that it will not go through.
President Delaney said the faculty activity reports have
been helpful; the numbers of transfer student numbers have dropped; there is a
mix of views from the vice presidents regarding changing the admission
requirements to admit more students.
One of the 10 metrics is on distance learning; UNF selected
this metric because they have a lot of energy from faculty and UNF’s distance
learning offerings are low. Faculty can choose the manner in which they deliver
their course; UNF has a commitment to quality, including for distance learning.
The DL task force/committee is working on the DL issue.
Regarding the contract, President Delaney thinks the
agreement is close and that he anticipates it being done in a few weeks.
Legislative Liaison Report - Janet
Owen She is in Tallahassee, so no report.
United Faculty of Florida – John
has all the tentative agreement articles done and signed by both groups; an
update will be sent to faculty with the links. They anticipate the agreement
being reached in a few weeks. The group is lobbying in Tallahassee against the gun
CDRC Report- Pam Bell
Pam Bell of the Child Development
Research Center said that students do not know that they exist, and she would
like faculty to help spread the word. They have a special rate for faculty;
major population is 2 ½ to 6 years old (no kindergarten) and open for children
up to age 10. She has brought fliers for the group.
IDEA Survey- Judy Miller
Dr. Miller noted that the IDEA ratings will be going out; emails were sent
about a week ago for the provost and possibly the dean and/or chair. The
invitations go to full-time faculty, but not visitors. The evaluation started
last week; reminders will be sent every 3 days and end February 11th.
They aim for a 65% response rate. The
evaluations are important because the administrators take them seriously and
they are part of the periodic rating system for the administrators. In the past, faculty have expressed concern
that the responses are not anonymous. She noted that in the survey, the
demographic information is either optional or not asked for at all; no one at
UNF will know if faculty completed the survey; please be careful when making
comments which can be identifiable. There is more information in the packet.
Agenda Item #1-
FA 15-04:Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee
Online Accelerated-Term Programs Proposed Policy
The item was approved.
Item #2- FA 15-05: Submitted by the Executive Committee
Resolution Opposing Guns on Campus. The resolution passed. Kathy Robinson asked
to make a comment; she said the Advisory council of the Faculty Senate has
worked on resolution; will go to the president of the senate, the house, and
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