University of North Florida
Board of Trustees
Educational Policy Committee

  • Meeting
May 24, 2005
University Center at 8:30 a.m.

Item 1 Call to Order

Chair Hicks will call the meeting to order.

Item 2 Approval of Minutes (March 14, 2005)

Chair Hicks will ask for approval of the minutes from the March 14, 2005 meeting.


Proposed Action -- Approval -- Motion and second required.

Item 3 Tenure and Promotion

An individual can achieve tenure in two distinct ways: 1) tenure decision, and 2) tenure upon appointment. The tenure nominations before the committee were all considered through the tenure decision process.

Tenure decision is by far the more common of the two methods. An individual is hired typically as an assistant professor. After 6 years of employment, the individual goes through a review to determine if tenure is to be awarded on the basis of meritorious performance. At the University of North Florida the candidate is evaluated by his or her department colleagues, the department chair, the college dean, a university central committee, and the provost. Using the input provided by each of these groups and individuals, the President reviews the candidates for tenure. Based on his or her review, the President makes a recommendation to the University of North Florida Board of Trustees for their approval. The Board of Trustees approved list is forwarded to the Florida Board of Education.

Tenure upon appointment is restricted to the hiring of senior administrators or distinguished faculty. The candidate must receive a positive vote from the relevant disciplinary department, even if the appointment is in an administrative capacity. UNF agrees to award tenure as a condition of appointment in order to be competitive in hiring these individuals. The Provost and the President also conduct a thorough review of all instances of tenure on appointment.

Following University rules, policies, and procedures for granting of tenure, the President is recommending the faculty listed on the attachment.

Proposed Action -- Approval -- Motion and second required.

Item 4 Legislative Budget Requests

Each year the Florida Board of Governors requests the universities to submit plans for how each would spend its share of proposed new funding initiatives to be included in the Legislative Budget Request for the eleven state colleges and universities.

For the fiscal year 2005-06, the Board of Governor’s budget request will include a request for resources to meet specific university requests that address its overall strategic plan. These resources would allow the university boards the flexibility to address issues related to their universities’ missions and priorities. Each university’s special request is to be included in this amount in priority order.

Additional issues such as enrollment growth, funding for new space (operating dollars for newly constructed buildings) and cost-to-continue issues are determined by formula and will be prepared and submitted by the Chancellor.

If adopted by the Board of Trustees, the university’s attached proposal for “University Initiatives” will be sent to the Florida Board of Governors for approval. It will then be forwarded to legislative appropriations officials and the Governor.

Proposed Action -- Approval -- Motion and second required.

Item 5 FEEA Report

The Florida Educational Equity Act (FEEA), Section 1000.05, Florida Statutes, and other state and federal legislation, mandate that students and employees should not be discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability or marital status. The annual Educational Equity Update is a reporting tool that enables the OEA to monitor and ensure that provisions of the laws are adhered to, and that educational resources are equitably distributed.

Reporting Requirements – State Universities

Previous state university equity reporting has included separate Title IX Reports, Gender Equity Reports, University Employment Accountability Plans and the Educational Equity Act Plan. Under the DOE reorganization, and in line with the streamlining of the K-20 equity reporting format for 2004-2005, university equity in education reporting will comprise requirements of the FEEA, EAP, and Gender Equity in Athletics. Additionally, universities will submit policies and procedures for review by the OEA.

[Florida Educational Equity Act, 2004-2005 Annual Update, K-20 Technical Assistance Manual, FLDOE, 2004]

Proposed Action -- Approval -- Motion and second required.

Item 6 Academic Learning Compacts

Attached is a recommended policy on academic learning compacts. The purpose of this policy is to establish the requirements for UNF’s Academic Learning Compacts. This policy has been vetted by the President’s Academic Affairs staff and the academic deans. Upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the policy will be adopted and submitted to the Board of Governors, in compliance with the BOG’s policy.

Proposed Action -- Approval -- Motion and second required.

Item 7 Proposed Reorganization of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

The College of Arts and Sciences has submitted a proposal to reorganize its Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice into two departments: the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. This proposal has been reviewed and recommended by the Faculty Association and by the Provost and the President of the University and requires approval from the Board of Trustees.

Proposed Action -- Approval -- Motion and second required.

Item 8 Adjournment

Chair Hicks will adjourn the meeting.