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Minutes of Meeting

Executive Committee Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Location: OFE/FA Conference Room - Osprey Commons, Bldg 16, 3rd Floor, Rm 3108

Meeting Details

Call to Order:

The Executive Committee meeting was called to order at 12:16 p.m. by Vice President Scott Hochwald.

Members Present:

Scott Hochwald, Katrina Hall, Michael Bovenzi, Pali Sen, Richard Patterson, Steven Williamson, Paul Eason, Georgette Dumont, Elizabeth Gregg, Patrick Kreidl, Aisha Johnson, Gordon Rakita, David Fenner, Donna Mohr, Brian Kopp, Chip Klostermeyer

Members Absent:

Luke Cornelius, Pingying Zhang

Ex-Officio Members:

Cindy Chin

Others Attending:

Kathy Robinson

Meeting Minutes

  • Approval of Minutes

    The minutes from September 15, 2015 were approved as posted on the webpage.

  • Association President Updated Report – Chip Klostermeyer

    Board of Trustees Report- Albert Colom stated that our goal is for 2,000 freshmen for next year.

  • New Business



    Executive Committee- Scott Hochwald
    Agenda Item #1-FA 15-05R: Opposing guns on campus. The item passed 12-2.
    The next meeting is Tuesday, November 17th at 12:15 PM in the OFE/FA Conference Room.

    Academic Standards Committee –Steven Williamson
    After review, the committee did not find grade inflation or much change over the past 10 years. The First Day Attendance Policy will be brought to the next meeting. The plan is to track the first day of attendance rather than the last day of attendance policy. If it is an online course, there can be an assignment put on Blackboard to track the first day assignment. This will clarify the process and keep the university from having to return money. The issue of labs will be monitored by Megan Kuehner. The next meeting is Friday November 20 at 12:00 PM in the OFE/FA Conference Room.

    Agenda Item #7- FA 15-40- Acceptance of Online Course Credit Completed Prior to Initial Enrollment. This puts a policy in place for online courses, as required by the BOG. It will allow anyone who comes in with transfer credits for courses that they took online to have their credits accepted in the same way as any other course; these credits may include, but are not limited to, massive open online courses (MOOCs). It was clarified that the online courses were limited to regionally accreditation body. The item was approved for the agenda.

    Agenda Item #8-FA 15-41- Academic Standing- This is a revision of the policy of the academic standing in order to allow the retention of FTIC students to help our funding metrics. The item was approved for the agenda as written.

    Adjunct Affairs Committee – Liz Gregg
    No report. The next meeting is October 21st at 4pm in the COEHS Conference Room.

    Budget Advisory Committee – Richard Patterson
    Shari Shuman did not join them at the last meeting; they discussed comparison of staff and administrative CUPA salary data. They have requested a document done in 2009 by Tom Serwatka to be updated to current year. The next meeting is November 19th at 11 AM in the COAS Conference Room.

    Campus Technology Committee – Donna Mohr 
    They met October 9 and heard a review of the subcommittee work on evaluating screen cast technology; they will request a small sum of money to allow faculty to have access to screen cast software. They reviewed the technology grants; they received 13 grants; they took four grants to fund immediately; four to fund later if there were enough money; and five that were not funded. They may receive additional money from Shari Shuman’s office to fund additional proposals. They are reviewing how online exams are proctored remotely; there has been some discontent in that faculty don’t believe that there is real proctoring going on. There was a discussion on Blackboard and the instability since the upgrade. The next meeting is November 20 at 10am in the OFE/FA Conference Room.


    Faculty Affairs Committee –-David Fenner/Gordon Rakita
    They have three items on the agenda today.
    Agenda Item #9- FA 15-42- FA Bylaws Amendment 1st Reading (Faculty Affairs Committee Charge Update Proposal)
    A few minor changes in wording are being proposed. A friendly amendment was made to make UFF to Collective Bargaining Agreement. The item was approved for the agenda.
    Agenda Item #10- FA 15-43-Proposed New Bachelor’s Honorary Degrees
    This degree would be for individuals who might not meet the criteria for an honorary doctoral degree.  The item was approved for the agenda.
    Agenda Item #11- FA 15-44- ISQ Timing
    The Faculty Association leadership met with the Union leadership and this issue will be addressed. The item was approved for the agenda.


    Faculty Enhancement Committee - Paul Eason
    The committee is reviewing the summer teaching grants. In other business, they want more than just representation on the task force that will is planned to review the Faculty Enhancement.


    Nominations and Elections Committee – Pingying Zhang/Patrick Kreidl
    There are some nominations that will be presented in the floor at the next meeting.
    Information Item #1- Elections for the Nominations and Elections Committee


    Research Council- Aisha Johnson
    They met October 2 and discussed an issue of complaints about summer grants; in the current rules, the 12-month faculty need to be associated with the 9-month faculty.  They proposed that 12-month faculty may apply with certain conditions, as listed in the agenda. A question was asked if there was a concern with double-dipping; it was noted that they cannot use the money for salary. The item was approved for the agenda, 12-2.


    Strategic Planning Advisory Committee- Pali Sen
    The committee met Tuesday, October 6th with Judy Miller, the Executive Director of Assessment. They discussed the National Survey of Student Engagement Data related to retention and graduation rates. (National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is for reference. The survey is administered via web to first year and senior students in spring semesters. The response rate is about 23.5%. The results held constant over the years with two messages- the UNF’s senior year responses are 610 and in good shape; the UNF’s freshman year responses are 260 and in need of attention. Among the high impact practices with positive association with learning or retention, one question is about meaningful interactions with faculty. Interesting responses are as follows: Discussed course topics, ideas with faculty outside of class “very often” or “often”- first year 21%, senior 35%; discussed academic performance with faculty “very often” or “often”- first year 27%; senior 39%; on campus environment-provide support to help students succeed academically “very much” or “quite a bit”- first year 76%; 74% senior. The next meeting is November 2 at 12:15 PM in the OFE/FA Conference Room. The interim Director of Institutional Research Fen Yu will be the guest.

    Support Services Committee –  Brian Kopp
    No report. Next meeting is Tuesday, October 27 at 1:00 pm in the Library 2405.


    Academic Programs Committee - Michael Bovenzi
    They will meet on Thursday, October 29 and November 5 at 10 AM in the OFE/FA Conference Room.
    Agenda Item #2 –FA 15-35- COAS-Graduate (New Degree Proposal). This item was approved to be on the agenda.
    Agenda item #3-FA 15-36- COAS-Graduate (New Degree Proposal). This item was approved to be on the agenda.
    Agenda item #4-FA-15-37-COAS-Undergraduate. This item was approved to be on the agenda.
    Agenda item #5-FA-15-38-COAS-Graduate. This item was approved to be on the agenda.
    Agenda item #6-FA-15-39-BCH-Graduate. Log 3201508-2R and 2015508-3R were removed from the agenda; Log 201505-5 was approved to be on the agenda.

  • Consent

    There is no consent agenda.

  • Other

    2015-2016 Promotion and Tenure Guideline.
    Special Reports (Development Engagement) by Dr. Joshua Merchant, VP for the Development and Alumni Engagement.

  • Adjournment & Next Meeting

    The meeting was adjourned at 1:40 p.m.

    Association Meeting: Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 12:15pm at the Talon Room, Ospreys Commons, Bldg 16, 4th floor.

    Executive Committee Meeting: Thursday, November 17, 2015 at 12:15pm OFE/FA Conference Room, Osprey Commons, Bldg 16, 3rd Floor, Room 3108