University of North Florida
Board of Trustees
Academic Affairs Committee

  • Meeting
January 15, 2013
Osprey Commons at 12:15 p.m.

Committee Members Present 

Joy Korman (chair), Myron Pincomb, Lynn Pappas, Gordon Rakita, Carlo Fassi

Item 1 Call to Order 

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

Item 2 Approval of Minutes 

Minutes from October 16, 2012 approved.

Item 3 Open Comments – none

Chair Korman asked to rearrange the agenda in the following order: item 5, 4, and 6. 

Item 4 2011-12 Accountability Report  

Provost Workman presented the University’s 2011-12 Accountability Report highlighting the more important data points and pointed out that much of the data is already loaded up by the Board of Governors staff.  Workman indicated that this is the last time we will be using the template as it reflects what is now the old BOG strategic plan.  He stated that beginning next year, we will be responding to the university’s progress in achieving the new BOG (9) goals and 28 metrics. 


Provost Workman discussed the probable move of the SUS to performance-based funding and while there will likely be a few years for transition; UNF must focus on achieving results for both our local and state-mandated goals.  There was a question about the importance of publications such as US News and President Delaney pointed out that while we cannot allocate our funding just on the rankings, we cannot afford to ignore the importance of these publications in the public. 


Motion: There was a motion to approve the UNF 2011-12 Accountability Report.  Motion seconded and approved unanimously. 

Item 5 Exception to the 120 Credit Hour Requirement  

Shawn Brayton sought approval for an exception to the 120-credit hour requirement for the Department of Music, noting that the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accreditation requires the classical voice concentration for music performance majors to fulfill 8 hours of foreign language, totaling 128 hours of study for these majors.  Brayton mentioned we have several program where this exception for accreditation purposes is necessary. 


Motion: There was a motion to approve the Exception to the 120 credit hour rule for classical voice students.  Motion seconded and approved unanimously. 

Item 6 Academic Affairs Presentation – Predictive Analytics 

Provost Workman provided a presentation to the committee on UNF’s participation in the Education Advisory Board’s (EAB) Student Success Collaborative (SSC).  He highlighted the effectiveness of a data analytics program and the importance of data mining and analysis in the decision-making process. 


EAB’s SSC currently has 27 member institutions with which UNF will collaborate as we begin to implement this new program.  Using a data analytics program is expected to positively impact UNF’s retention and graduation rates and lead to greater student efficiency (time to degree) and greater student success.  The model provides advisers and students with data that will demonstrate where a student is likely to be more successful and alternatives if necessary to his or her current field of study.  The Provost will keep the AAC informed as we get further along in the implementation process.


No motion was necessary. 


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