Strategic Planning Advisory Committee 
Annual Report 
(2015-2016) 
Submitted by Dr. Pali Sen, Chair 


1.      The committee met on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. in the COAS Dean’s conference room (51/3201) and reelected Pali Sen as the incoming chair and Lauren Newton as the secretary for 2015-2016. We also set our future meeting dates on first Tuesdays of every month for this semester.

We discussed the data for 2015 FTIC Profile Gains over 10 years. The Graphs show a clear separation trend for increased profile and yield for FTIC students in fall and summer over the period. This year the committee has set its agenda as retention and graduation of better students at UNF. We will try to find a comprehensive solution on how to move forward.

The committee will take a look at the data collected from the Senior Survey administered by Academic Affairs of our graduating students. Instead of asking why students leave UNF we will ask why students stay at UNF. Some degree programs ask in-depth questions and students responses are interesting. We have access to the data.

Our October meeting will be examining the survey data and find the right questions to ask. Our October meeting will be on Tuesday 6th, at 12:15 in OFE/FA Conference Room. We will have Executive director of assessment, Dr. Judy Miller as our guest.

2.      The committee didn’t meet between two Faculty Association meetings but will meet on Tuesday, October 6 at 12:15 in the OFE/FA Conference Room, on 3rd floor. We wll discuss the National Survey of Student Engagement data related to retention and graduation rates.

3.      The committee met with the Executive Director of Assessment Judith Miller on Tuesday of October 6 at 12:15 in the FA meeting room. We discussed the National Survey of Student Engagement data related to retention and graduation rates.

The survey is administered via web to first year and senior spring semesters. The response rate is about 23.5%. The results held constant over the years with two take – home messages:
    a. UNF’s senior year is in pretty good shape, (res: 610)
    b. UNF’s freshmen year is in need of attention. (res: 260)


Among the high impact practices with positive association with learning or retention one question asks about the meaningful interactions with faculty. Here are some interesting responses.

Discussed course topics, ideas with a faulty outside of a class “Very often” or “often”
    First year      Senior
         21%           35%
Discussed academic performance with a faculty “Very often” or “often”
    First year      Senior
         27%           39%
On Campus environment:
Provide support to help students succeed academically “Very much” or “Quite a bit”
     First year      Senior
         76%           74%

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, November 3, at 12:15 p.m. in OFE/FA Conference Room. We will have the Interim Director of Institutional Research, Dr. Fen Yu, as our guest.

Points to mention:

No other committee ever showed any interest on all the data Institutional Research collects.

Retention / graduation lags
20% response rate limits some analysis

How can we retain freshmen with high SAT scores?
The interpretation of the NSSE data has no meaningful outcome but administrations still consider them valuable. This is problematic.

4.      The committee met with the Institutional Research director Fen Yu on Tuesday, November 3 at 12:15 in the OFE/FA Conference Room. We discussed the data on their IR and Assessment web site.
During our discussion we noticed 2nd year retention by housing status for FTIC has decreased slightly for on campus students from 2013 to 2014 from 83% to 80% and for off campus students from 87% to 82%.

On campus housing may not be a predictor variable for retention.

For cohort tracking 2003 to 2013 for six-year graduation, a logistic prediction model identifies high school academic variables, such as honors or math courses are not at all significant but ACT/SAT score is significant with a negative coefficient, meaning high school credentials are not impacting much the graduation rates. The question is now ‘what does’. The variables

  1. College GPA 3.0 or above
  2. Average 12 or more credit hours taken
  3. Honors program
  4. FL student residency status
  5. Scholarship given (Need or Non-need)
  6. Work Study
  7. AP courses in High Schools

are all highly significant. Lived on campus was not a significant variable. We also discussed about the senior exit survey and recommended a shorter version of it. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday December 1, at 12:15 in OFE/FA Conference Room.

5.      The committee last met on Tuesday November 3 at 12:15 in the FA meeting room. We discussed the institutional research data. The data gives some insight on the UNF students. High school credentials are not shown to impact much of the graduation rates. May be more investigation is needed. A mandatory short exit survey for graduating seniors may reveal better information. SPA has two information items in today’s agenda packet.

We cancelled our scheduled meeting on Dec 1 for a Dec 10 meeting at 12 noon with President Delaney in President’s conference room.

6.      The committee last met on Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. with President Delaney in President’s Conference room. We had discussion about varieties of issues related to recruitment, retention and graduation of UNF students. A lot of ideas were brought up in the meeting and the President suggested that we meet again.
Our next scheduled meeting is on Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room.

7.      The committee met with the Institutional Research director, Dr. Fen Yu, on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room. We discussed the data on their IR and Assessment web site.
We had discussion on UNF graduating senior survey responses on 3 questions only. The actual survey is long. In 2015 about 28% of students who received the survey responded. SPA committee will revisit the questions and will make recommendation on questions for a comprehensive outlook of our graduating students.
Our representative in the UNF Strategic Council attended the December meeting and reported the committee about UNF vision statement for next 10 – 20 years.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. in OFE/FA Conference Room. We have an information item in today’s agenda packet.

8.      The committee met on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room. We discussed the questionnaire data for the graduating senior survey.
The members went through the common questions of the senior survey. We have identified nine essential questions that can be asked to the graduating seniors. Major specific questions may be added for extra information. We also encourage ways to increase survey response rates.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. in OFE/FA Conference Room. We have an information item in today’s agenda packet.

9.      The committee met on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. in the OFE/FA Conference Room. Our representative in the UNF Strategic Council attended the April meeting and reported the committee about UNF strategy for making it better.
They discussed about focusing on attracting and retaining vibrant and diverse faulty, inspiring collaboration within and across the disciplines and training new faculty for effective delivery of their teaching. Dr. Eason will take your question if you have one.

The committee will not meet for summer.