Live Blog: UCF Board of Trustees meeting March 24
Follow our blog of today's Board of Trustees meeting live from the Fairwinds Alumni Center:
All of today's proposals were approved by the board. No new business left to discuss.
The Board is still reviewing and clarifying discussion from committee meetings.
The board is reporting the information for this morning's committee meetings for the entire board.
Coach Johnny Dawkins was just introduced to the Board. "I believe this university has a lot of promise in a lot of different areas...You can count on us to make you proud." -Dawkins. He handed out basketballs to the entire board!
President Hitt recognized 3 exiting board members, including SGA President Cait Zona. Today was her last BOT meeting. Hit also recognized the recipients of the Order of Pegasus. "What can we say? You're the best of the best." -Hitt. The Legislative Scholars were introduced to the board and recognized for their work with state legislature.
The Board has moved on from public comments--many of which were questions, and not answered by the board--to the approval of last meeting's minutes.
"All of this was able to happen because SGA is not transparent." -Milich
Jacob Milich has taken the mic for public comment.
The Board is back from lunch! The meeting will start up again soon.
Provost's Update from Dale Whittaker. UCF recognized as one of 2 preeminent universities in the state. Working on: identifying fall goals on attributes of success, late stages of redesign academic budget model, starting 5-year plan towards preeminence, continuing faculty hiring, and welcoming 3 candidates for dean of College of Arts and Humanities.
Whittaker then introduced an academic couple, both UCF professors, Yonetani (music) and Sugaya (biomedical sciences). The couple has been teaching music and the brain at the honors college for 10 years. Yonetani performed "Handel's Largo" on her violin.
The Educational Programs Committee is discussing advancing student success through the use of predictive analytics and programs for students with unique abilities.
The requested degree programs have been approved by the board.
Educational Programs Committee meeting has begun. UCF expects to award 6,814 baccalaureate degrees, 1,146 master's degrees, and 183 doctoral and specialist degrees at the upcoming May commencement ceremonies. The Board approved the academic calendar for the 2018-19 school year. Dr. Whittaker asked the Board for approval of 3 new degree programs: master of science in biomedical engineering, master of science degree in data analytics, and a bachelor of science degree in entertainment management.
"Our brand is growing by leaps and bounds." -Mike Morsberger. Advancement Committee has adjourned.
The Advancement Committee: Grant Heston discussed the importance of communication strategies such as Pegasus Magazine and WUCF TV. He also discussed the 'Think 30' campaign, to get students to graduate faster and influence behavior. Mike Morsberger announced that $5 million-$6 million for UCF Downtown has not been secured yet. He feels very confident they'll get to the $20 million goal by June.
Compensation and Labor Committee discussed amendments and updates to university regulations, like Discipline and Termination for Cause of Non-Unit Faculty and A&P Staff Members and Discipline and Termination for Cause of Faculty and A&P Staff Members of the College of Medicine.
Strategic Planning Committee: Scale x Excellence = Impact.
The Trustees have taken attendance. Committee meetings have started.
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