Strategic Planning Advisory Committee 
Annual Report 
(2014-2015) 
Submitted by Dr. Pali Sen, Chair 

 

 

1.  The committee met with President of the Faculty Association on September 2 at 12:15 p.m. in the
OFE/FA Conference Room and reelected Pali Sen as the incoming chair and Robb Waltner as the secretary for 2014-2015. 

 

The committee decided to consider items such as how does UNF's strategic plan compare with comparable SUS institutions (such as FGCU, UWF)?  In what areas should UNF's strategic plan set more specific goals?

 

The committee would like to have greater articulation between committees in planning. For instance we would like to hear from the Distance Learning Committee about the future usage of DL courses at UNF.

 

Our October meeting was researching about strategic planning at UNF and other SUS institutions to gather information about future planning since the Executive Committee met with the President Delany on Oct 7 at 12:15. Our November meeting was on Tuesday 4th, at 12:15 in OFE/FA Conference Room.

 

2.  The committee met on November 4, 2014 at 12:15 p.m. We discussed about Strategic planning and Distance learning. Two members attended DL ad hoc committee meetings and gathered information about the plan on distance learning at UNF.  SPA agreed with DL committee that faculty should be a major part of distance learning process and be involved in planning about it. But the ad hoc committee was about to dissolve soon and faculty involvement in DL process was unknown for future.

 

We also compared about UNF’s strategic plans with similar institutions such as Florida Gulf coast. Both plans had good starting points, but UNF’s plan did not include details like FGCU did. FGCU had goal for academic excellence for 14 – 15 calendar year spelled out very clearly including the specifics under ‘benchmarks’.  UNF should provide some funding to get specific goals in planning. Will the strategic planning that we were doing now at UNF continue in future years?   

 

Our next meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, December 2nd at 12:15 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room.  Associate VP of Academic Technology & Innovation Len Roberson would be our guest.

 

3.  The committee met on December 2 at 12:15 p.m.  We had Dr. Len Roberson as our guest. The discussion was mostly on DL courses.  A question was asked about the APC process involvement in DL courses.
Dr. Roberson answered currently they did not go through APC process, but the members of DLC were proposing some policy changes in near future. He also said there was no policy that only DL trained faculty could teach DL courses.

 

There were discussions on how faculty were asked to teach DL courses even if they were not ready for the delivery method.  It was suggested that the delivery of a course was a faculty decision and was protected under academic freedom.

 

Florida State Statue governed DL fees and money generated from it could be used towards developing and supporting DL courses only, and may not be used for hybrid courses. It can be used for faculty training and hiring DL coaches.  A suggestion was made to use DL fee for lab support. A website involving DL fees will be created soon.
 

Our next meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room. We had one information item for the FA April agenda packet (Published Data from the UNF website: Common Data Set.)

 

4.  The committee met on February 3 at 12:15 p.m.  We met with our guest Interim 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 Delany spoke more on that.  One of the biggest focuses at the Academic Affairs for this year was to retain more students at UNF while keeping the quality high. The provost requested more faculty involvement in nurturing the students to stay.  This might be a challenge with increased focus on Distant Learning courses. 

 

The interim provost reported that the strategic plans from each college came in and each college had prioritized their programs.  He would review them in the future months. He also mentioned about his recommendation for next year for two new faculty positions in Brooks College of Health to keep the faculty adjunct ratio at about 75% to 25%, which was UNF’s goal.

 

The provost also mentioned that since associate deans and chairs were not in unit faculty,  they were out of raise for this year.  He expected new recurring money for the next year and would recommend salary increase and adjustment of stipends for associate deans and chairs.  Good news for them.

 

Members of the SPA committee requested a presence in the upcoming strategic planning meetings beginning next Monday.  The provost recommended to President Delaney.

 

Our next meeting was scheduled for Tuesday March 3 at 12:15 in the OFE/FA Conference Room.

 

5.  The committee met on Tuesday, March 3, at 12:15 p.m. The members were happy to know that Aaron Spaulding would represent SPA committee in the strategic planning process at UNF.  There was a discussion on some published data at UNF website.  We were waiting for data on transferring students from UNF.  The request was placed at the Office of the Institutional Research.

 

Our next meeting was scheduled for Tuesday April 7th at 12:15 in the OFE/FA Conference Room.

 

6.  The committee did not meet in April for a May meeting.  The next meeting was scheduled for May 5th.
We will have guest Albert Colom, VP for enrollment.

 

7.  The scheduled meeting on May 5th was cancelled due to unavailability of Albert Colom.   SPA will not meet
in summer.