Admissions Standards for MBA

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: Mark C. Dawkins, Dean of Coggin College of Business

The College of Business has again voted to lower admission standards for UNF’s largest graduate program — the MBA. Previously, at the behest of the new Dean, faculty agreed to do away with requirements that applicants submit minimum admission test scores (i.e., GRE and GMAT). This time requirements for certain applicants with a GPA below 3.0 were altered. This occurred despite anecdotal reports of declining student performance and increasing questions about student retention and graduation rates – the same metrics that have challenged UNF in the Board of Governors (undergraduate) Performance Funding Model. Questions (for the current/incoming administration): What is the strategy? What are the costs? How does lowering standards fit with UNF’s mission, vision, and strategic plan? It’s one thing to increase enrollments while maintaining standards, its altogether another thing to increase enrollments while lowering standards.

Response by Dean Dawkins:

I disagree that CCB has lowered admission standards, and note that admission standards in the MBA program (and changes therein) are approved by CCB faculty. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be interviewed and must submit a 1) statement of purpose and 2) letters of recommendation. The interview and additional documents allow for a holistic review of each applicant whose GPA is below 3.0 so an admission decision can be made.

Endowed Professorships in the Coggin College of Business

Questioner: Anonymous

Posted to: Mark C. Dawkins, Dean of Coggin College of Business

Why is the administration awarding endowed Professorships with underfunded accounts? Since arriving Dean Marc Dawkins of the College of Business has offered five Professorships. However, despite a growing economy, within one year many were “underwater” meaning there were insufficient funds in the accounts to pay the agreed upon Professorship stipend. To address the problem the administration required recipients to sign new award letters agreeing to a reduction in their future stipends should the accounts remain “underwater” following a new policy. Although agreeing to fund the stipends for one additional year, some recipients stand to lose a significant portion or all of their awards. One faculty member who inquired was told by Dean Marc Dawkins, “any CCB endowed professor can rescind his/her acceptance of an endowed professorship at any time, so please let me know if you want to do so…” Why is the administration underfunding professorships? What happened that these faculty members stand to lose their awards? How does underfunded professorships help enhance research at UNF?

Response by Dean Dawkins:

CCB Dean Mark Dawkins awarded five Professorships in spring 2017, and the university subsequently changed its underwater accounts policy in Fall 2017. This policy change rendered several long-term and new Professorship accounts “underwater” for 2018-2019, and their operating accounts had insufficient balances to pay the planned stipends. The CCB Dean’s Office fully funded all underwater stipends in 2018-2019.

 

Dropping Test Requirements for Graduate School Admissions

January 11, 2018

Questioner: Anonymous

Posed to: Radha Pyati, President Faculty Association, UNF President John Delaney

This past year the Coggin College of Business dropped existing requirements that students submit GMAT or GRE test scores for admission to the MBA program. This direction began after the new Dean’s arrival. Faculty were then asked to vote to keep the lower standards based on the promise of growing enrollments leading to more resources. Test requirements were also dropped from the MAcc program. Are the other Deans going to follow the path taken by the business school? If so, what implications do they foresee for their programs, their colleges, and the university?

Refer to Response by Dean Dawkins: 

Admissions Standards for MBA

Pattern Between Test Scores and Admission Profile

October 13, 2016

Questioner: Anonymous

Posed to: Albert Colom, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services

Have you examined the results and implications of the Math and writing placement testing that was done this past summer? If so, have any patters emerged in who has scored what in relation to their overall admission profile?

Response from the Floor by Albert Colom:

The data associated with the Math and Writing Placement testing has not yet been analyzed, but it is in the process of being analyzed. The admissions office will provide this analysis once it is complete.