University of North Florida
Board of Trustees

  • Workshop
June 10, 2014
University Housing Club House at 8:30 a.m.

Members Present  

Fred Franklin, Hugh Greene, Rad Lovett, Joannie Newton, Lynn Pappas, Myron Pincomb, Gordon Rakita, Lanny Russell, Bruce Taylor, Joseph Turner, Sharon Wamble-King

Members Absent  

Joy Korman, Oscar Munoz

Item 1 Call to Order  

Chair Greene called the workshop to order at 8:40 a.m.

Item 2 Approval of Minutes (March 18, 2014)  

Chair Greene asked for approval of the minutes from the March 18 workshop. A MOTION was made and seconded. The minutes were approved as presented.

Item 3 Presentation – Ms. Linda Howell, Director of Writing and Assessment  

Chair Greene asked Provost Traynham to introduce Ms. Howell.


Provost Traynham introduced Ms. Linda Howell as the director of the UNF Writes Program Assessment. He stated that the university established this program to respond to problems with student writing. Provost Traynham asked Ms. Howell to speak about the program.


Ms. Howell stated that UNF Writes was established as a pilot program to create awareness among students that faculty members across all disciplines expect student to learn how to write well. She noted that the pilot program was running through summer 2014 and a regular course would be offered fall 2014.


Ms. Howell explained how the program works and initial results, noting that, across the board, students improved on all rubric scores. She spoke about transfer students and students matriculating after completing high school through accelerated mechanisms. She noted that each college would have a means to identify and work with these students.


Ms. Howell clarified that, along with this university, there was a writing problem across the nation. She stated that initial data from this program looked promising and that UNF would continue with this pilot program, with the intent to build the curriculum within the colleges.

Item 4 Adjournment  

Chair Greene adjourned the workshop.