Selective admission to certain programs: During the 2007-08 academic year, Academic Affairs instituted a Selective Admissions policy to enable academic units to establish program admission criteria for entry into a major.
Exercise Science is the first program to submit a proposal following the policy. It was determined that the policy requires some minor adjustments to provide clarity. In consultation with Institutional Research, agreement was reached to develop a standardize approach to providing data to academic units for inclusion in selective admission proposals.
The French Studies major was created and will aid in strengthening the World Languages Department and the University by providing new opportunities for students to gain a global perspective and the ability to adapt to the changing global environment.
New Program approval process and Program Review process: In response to 2.1.1 of last years strategic plan, the New Degree Programs policy was refined and a three year timeline was implemented. It appears the changes worked well for the French Studies program. In addition, in response to 2.1.2 of last years strategic plan, the formal notification process with the BOG and the BOT liaison worked very well. In response to 2.1.4, the APC has taken an active role in assuring Academic Affairs has reviewed and approved the new degree proposal prior to being submitted to Faculty Association. Twelve program reviews have been conducted using the revised program review process including oversight of the Program Review Committee.
The Program Review Committee in consultation with the deans and provost agree the process requires further refinement. To make the process useful for all parties, additional “debriefing” conversations need to occur after the external reviewer has submitted his/her report. The process needs to clearly address the expectations for programs conducting a review with an external reviewer and those conducting a review upon completion of an accreditation visit. In addition, alignment with the strategic budgeting process needs to occur
Graduate programs: We launched five new graduate degree programs in 2007-08:
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Masters of Science in Civil Engineering
Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering
Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
The DNP is the terminal practice degree for nursing, and the DPT will soon be the entry level degree for professional physical therapists. The addition of the DNP and the DPT brings UNF’s doctoral degrees to a total of three. These two degrees, like the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, speak directly to the clear and immediate needs of the greater Jacksonville region; they not only provide opportunities for employment development, they address both the rising healthcare needs of the area and the level of quality of healthcare that can be offered. The three engineering degrees address the needs of the region in two fundamental ways. First, they provide opportunities for baccalaureate educated engineers to enhance their skills and secure advanced employment -- as well as helping to attract to the region industry that requires masters-educated engineers. Second, they address the needs of designing and building a strong infrastructure for a large metropolitan area that is growing rapidly.
In addition, UNF launched its first fully online degree program, a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Instructional Technology.
Admissions were suspended, beginning in fall 2008, for two programs, the Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling in the Brooks College of Health and the Masters of Science in Applied Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. The deactivation of these two programs was necessitated by budget cuts.
Eight GraduateTLO awards, each of $5000, were made: Mina Baliamoune-Lutz/Developing new activities to enhance a Graduate Study Abroad (Brazil) Course; Michael Francis/Spanish Paleography and Florida History Online; Christopher Janson and Carolyn Stone/Urban Education in America; Origins of Democratic Equality in Schools; Judy Rodriguez & Julia Watkins/A TLO in Belize CA for Graduate Nutrition Students; Sherry Shaw/Graduate Study Abroad and Mentored Interpretation Research; Jeff Steagall/ GlobalMBA Scholarships; William Voorhees/PAD 6934 Nonprofit Strategic Planning; Mei Zhao and D. Rob Haley/Health Care and Culture in China: The Qingdao Experience.
Programmatic growth, given the current budget situation, has slowed down considerably. We continue to discuss future developments and look for ways to position ourselves to pursue programming that clearly speaks to our mission and community interest. This includes not only adding programs but monitoring the vitality of existing programs.