University of North Florida
Board of Trustees
Academic Affairs Committee

  • Meeting
October 16, 2012
University Center at 1:00 p.m.

Committee Members Present

Joy Korman (chair), Myron Pincomb, Sharon Wamble-King, Gordon Rakita, Bruce Taylor

Item 1 Call to Order 

With a quorum being present, the meeting was called to order.

Item 2 Approval of Minutes 

Minutes from June 19, 2012 approved.

Item 3 Open Comments 


Item 4 New Degree Proposal – Bachelor of Social Work

Krista Paulsen, chair of the Sociology and Anthropology department presented the proposal for a new degree: BSW.  Dr. Paulsen covered the occupation of social work, the workforce demand (nationally and locally), 2011-2019 need for 214 positions in this field each year.


The BSW within this department will be an easier transition as we already have a minor and concentration in Social Welfare.  The BSW offers an advantage to those students graduating in social welfare – the social worker is a protected title. Students graduating with a BSW (vs. a traditional Sociology degree ) will qualify for “advanced standing” expediting their time to the MSW degree and this will save students money.  80% of employers in the social work field preferred the BSW over the Social Welfare program as a degree for their employees.  Most of our graduates intend to work in NE Florida.  Once we have our accreditation candidacy, we can begin recruitment for fall 2013.  This program will require a 450 hour practicum and will be limited access (40 students year).  UNF Faculty are already in place and most resources are already available.  UNF also plans to initiate conversations with FSU about a potential partnership for the MSW degree to reduce costs and avoid program duplication. 


Joy Korman asked how the 40 students would be selected.  Paulsen responded that the department has plans to implement the Nursing program admissions model of an application and interview.


Motion: Trustee Rakita made a motion to approve the BSW degree as well as the limited access for this program.  Both motions were seconded and the item was passed unanimously. 

Item 5 New Degree Masters in American Sign Language Program 

Karen Patterson, chair of the department of Exceptional and Deaf Education presented the new degree program, Masters in American sign Language.  Patterson stated that what we were in effect doing is migrating our current concentration to a stand-alone degree program.  In 2009, this concentration had 5 students.  Currently, we now have 42 and the concentration is delivered mostly online with one weekend/term and includes 15 students from 15 states (and the Czech Republic) enrolled.  This proposed program will be one of only 3 masters and only one offered through distance learning.  There is a need nationally for masters degree in interpreting. UNF already has the faculty in place and some faculty live remotely (eg: Canada).   The budget to move this concentration to a program calls for one additional faculty member within the next 5 years.


Motion: Trustee Rakita made a motion to approve the item.  The motion was seconded and the item was passed unanimously.


Following the motion, Tom Serwatka added that we have nationally recognized faculty for this program.  Trustee Taylor asked to clarify the degree.  Larry Daniel, dean of the College of Education and Human Services indicated that the graduates would be signing both face-to-face as well as through video relay; a growing industry.  The MASL is the terminal degree for this field.  Trustee Wamble-King noted that signing is not a universal language and Dean Daniel noted that one of our faculty (Sherry Shaw) is studying international language.


Trustee Pincomb spoke about the importance of distance learning. 

Item 6 New Administrative and Faculty Hires 

Mark Workman presented the backgrounds (both academic education and race/gender breakdowns) of UNF’s 30 new Faculty hires for this fall term.

Item 7 U.S. News and World Report 

Shawn Brayton, Academic Affairs presented this year’s US NWR results for UNF and comparisons to last year’s standing.  The data she noted is based on 2010-11 academic year and fall 2011.


Brayton summarized UNF’s standing as moving in a positive direction.  She covered the Methodology and weights applied to certain areas (assessment 25% vs. alumni giving 5%).  Trustee Rakita asked that if we have reached our “max” on student profile, are we now going to concentrate on areas such as alumni giving.   In comparison to our peers, we are doing better in many areas.


Trustee Taylor noted that as we move up in these ranks , is it time to review those institutions that we are identifying as aspirants? Trustee Korman recommended we revisit this list of peers/aspirants.  Provost Workman indicated that our intention is to revisit mission, vision, etc.  in the spring.

Item 8 Update on the CAVP Workplan Project 

The Provost updated the committee on the Council of Academic Vice Presidents program           duplication project.  He stated that in the chancellor’s charge, the CAVP group was to be       rigorous in its screening process and that review would be prior to any BOT approval.


There was a motion to adjourn; the motion was approved unanimously.