The Graduate School's Mission
In concert with the University’s academic colleges, the Graduate School supports and promotes graduate education at the University of North Florida by developing, maintaining, and enhancing strong graduate programs and an excellent graduate faculty. Our programs cultivate students' advanced knowledge and skills in their chosen fields, encourage their proficiency with research and other forms of scholarship, and are relevant to our students and to the communities we serve.
Promote the development of new graduate programs that are appropriate to UNF’s mission, students, faculty, and the region; ensure the relevance of our programs to our students.
- New promising graduate degree programs.
Foster the maintenance of graduate programs that are appropriately sophisticated, rigorous, and current in both academic content and pedagogical/andragogical presentation.
- Enhanced program review and assessment.
- Improved curricula in all programs.
- Accreditation of all programs that have discipline-specific accreditation bodies.
Cultivate students' advanced knowledge and skills in their chosen fields.
- Stronger student educational and scholarly experiences and products in all programs.
- Better Graduate School policies and processes related to the quality of student work, in particular theses and dissertations.
- Editorial support for theses and dissertations; support for statistical analysis.
Foster instructional excellence in our graduate faculty.
- New initiatives in the Office of Faculty Enhancement focused on graduate level andragogy.
- New initiatives that financially support graduate faculty teaching enhancement.
Promote the relevance of the Graduate School to graduate students.
- Better communication between the Graduate School and graduate students.
- Ombudsman services for graduate students.
- Enhanced career placement services for graduate students.
- New initiatives to assist graduate students seeking admission to still more advanced educational opportunities.
Recruit graduate students of high promise, with the evidenced potential to accomplish goals appropriate to graduate study and to succeed in their chosen degree programs.
- Refined and streamlined Graduate School admissions policies, processes, and practices.
- Added scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships; development initiatives; better use of available funding for recruiting and retaining students.
- Strengthened recruitment partnerships with colleges and other campus agencies.
- New markets identified.
- Stronger online, print, and radio marketing.
- Stronger marketing through Grad Expos and similar events.
- Better retention and progress toward graduation.
- Greater awareness and visibility of UNF’s graduate educational opportunities.
Ensure that the graduate student body profile is diverse (with “diversity” broadly interpreted).
- Greater recruitment efforts and strategic funding to enhance diversity.
- Strengthened diversity-recruitment partnerships.
Foster scholarly excellence in our graduate students.
- Enhanced funding initiatives to support graduate student scholarly activity, particularly self-initiated activity, including support for participation in professional conferences and other research-focused activities.
- Enhanced funding initiatives to support graduate student scholarly events, such as campus presentations, lectures, symposia, colloquia, and conferences.
- An annual doctoral research symposium.
- Research mentor programs.
- An online graduate student scholarly journal.
Foster scholarly excellence in our graduate faculty.
- Enhanced Graduate School policies and processes concerning graduate faculty status appointment and review.
- New initiatives that financially support the scholarly activity of graduate faculty.
Ensure the relevance of our programs to the communities we serve.
- New programs are developed with a focus on regional needs.
- Greater communication between the UNF Graduate School and employers (marketplace and academic), civic leaders, regional stake-holders, and other community members.
- A UNF Graduate School annual community report.
- A community advisory board.