LEGISLATIVE ITEMS (5 minutes to reorder list) (20 minutes to act immediately on or remove item)
Agenda Item# 1- FA 18-01: Submitted by the Executive Committee
University Matriculation Calendar (2019-2020 Academic Year) Draft & Addendum (edited 11/6/2017)
The University Matriculation Calendar, which has changes relative
to previous years. Please note that this calendar has the Wednesday before
Thanksgiving as a non-instructional day.
Dumont noted that for those faculty and students who have Wednesday night
classes, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving as a non-instructional day, and with
reading days being offered the week following Thanksgiving, will make it such
that students will have their last instructional day the week before
Thanksgiving, then having had no instructional days for two weeks, will return
to class to take a final exam.
Connolly noted that Nursing faculty hold clinical days with students on
Wednesdays, and the proposed schedule will cut into the required clinical hours
for Nursing students. One option would be to start classes earlier to protect
Hochwald noted that given days missed because of hurricanes, it is frequently
the case that faculty lose instructional days because of weather. He recommend
the entire week of Thanksgiving be offered as non-instructional days and that
the calendar be changed in number of days to reflect this change.
Rainbolt noted that having time off for Thanksgiving supports the perspective
that UNF is family friendly, that is respects the goal of many families that
prefer to spend time together over the Thanksgiving holiday. He felt having the
time off was a great idea.
Jones noted that she is in favor of the proposal, but she disagrees with the
logic that if we provide a Wednesday before Thanksgiving, that students would miss
classes on the Tuesday as well.
Klostemeyer asked when dorms will be opened. If the dorms open on a Wednesday,
it might be difficult for parents to take time off from work rather than
dropping students off on the weekend.
Rakita asked what would happen if we do not approve the calendar at the meeting
today. Cindy Chin noted that the University Matriculation Calendar will need
approval by the Board of Trustees in March.
Motion from the Floor by Georgette Dumont
Table the item so
that the following issues can be addressed in the Executive Committee:
- Closure of classes on Wednesday before Thanksgiving
- 2 Reading Days on the Thursday and Friday in the last week of
- Staring classes on Wednesday and the implications of moving into
Tumeo noted that the number of hours for instruction already are limited and that
cutting into those hours could be problematic.
motion to table the item passed by majority vote.
Motion from the Floor by
Should there be a need to approve the calendar before the February
FA meeting, if the need exists, the Executive Committee would make that
decision on behalf of the FA.
from the Floor by Georgette Dumont:
The proposal must return the item to
the FA during the February meeting to have it certified.
Jones asked if the Executive Committee would be better informed if they had a consensus
by the FA.
motion to have the Executive Committee vote on the University Matriculation
Calendar if needed passed by majority vote.
Agenda Item# 2- FA 18-02: Submitted by the
Academic Programs Committee (CCB Graduate)
CCB (Graduate) – (Marketing & Logistics): New Degree Program
Request: Proposal for Master of Science – Logistics and Supply Chain
Management Major (1 package)
There is one package in this item
from the Department of Marketing and Logistics in the Coggin College of
Business. It is a proposal for a new graduate program in Supply Chain
David Fenner noted that in the
proposal there is identified a 3% added cost of living adjustment (COLA) each
year and whether that language was required for such academic proposals.
Kim Cheek noted that she asked the SACS Liaison Shawn Brayton about this last
week. Ms. Brayton responded that they were directed by the State of Florida for
the COLA, and that this adjustment would be applied when available, but should
not be considered a guarantee.
Gordon Rakita noted that if the state requires is to provide the information, whether
the State will provide the necessary funds to offer faculty this COLA.
Dan Richard noted that it seems dishonest to require such COLA in proposals
when evidence has shown that such COLA are typically not provided to faculty
despite the inclusion of this language.
George Rainbolt noted that we should
not be dishonest if we do not need to be. He indicated that we should consider
striking the language about COLA from the paragraph.
Rebecca Marcon noted that faculty bargaining is part of negotiation of salaries
and that we cannot arbitrarily grant COLA increase outside of the collective
bargaining process. Such an approach would be a grievance by the UFF Chapter.
Mark Tumeo noted that once the request of a new degree plan is approved, that
the plan does not go back to the State. As such, he supported a motion to
strike the language regarding COLA.
Robert Frankel, the Chair of the Marketing and Logistics Department noted that
the statement was required, followed the direction from the Provosts’ office, as
part of the budgeting process.
Chris Johnson, Associate Dean of the Coggin College of Business, noted that the
language indicates that the College has the budgeted funds for COLA, but that
the College does not guarantee that this COLA will be part of the budget plan.
All such expenses are subject to change because they are part of the budget
Robert Frankel noted that the language regarding COLA is to protect faculty, to
allow their salaries to be adjusted properly if the finding is available. All
such COLAs are dependent on budgets being funded.
Motion by George Rainbolt to table the
item and send it back to the Executive Committee.
Chris Johnson suggested that instead of tabling the item, could we add
statement that says “pending available funding” as to not hinder the progress
to implement the program.
Radha Pyati noted that passing this proposal does not add legal force to these
Heather Truelove asked whether we could receive better language from Academic
Chris Johnson noted that the delay in the process seems unnecessary given that
the language was required.
Mark Tumeo noted that despite the need to move this proposal along, this is a
much larger issue. As a Faculty Association, we should get clarity around this
Connolly suggested that we move the item with the additional language.
David Fenner noted that there is a benefit to moving the proposal along, and
that the language issue could be addressed separately through a different
Scott Hochwald indicated that the budget should reflect reality.
Pyati asked if we could request a statement from Academic Affairs for the State
required statement regarding the budget and include such a statement in the
The Motion to send the
proposal back to the Executive Committee failed by majority vote.
was a Motion to add a friendly amendment “The salary and budget figures above
are pending based on available funding and in adherence to the Collective
Bargaining Agreement” at the bottom.
Motion was approved by majority vote with the friendly amendment.