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2015 Town Hall Meeting Q&A

Student Questions

The student services fee is primarily used to support technology (including WebSTAR, the online student service portal, SharkLink for email communications, Blackboard, library databases and services, etc.), as well as to provide funding for student engagement programming for clubs and organizations.

The reference to slides suggests that the students are using microscopes and are not yet aware of the contents. Often in these classes students are referred to reference materials such as histology reference books or other texts rather than the faculty projecting an image and explaining what is shown in any particular slide.

This level of independent work is considered appropriate in these courses and some students initially find it difficult. Although there may be a preference to work from a projected image that is either labelled or explained, the process is for them to use their texts or reference materials and to look things up for themselves or ask specific questions about a particular slide.

This is a normal progression that a certain amount of independent work is inherent in the learning process to let students independently make connections between lectures and lab slides. Faculty are always there to answer questions, and students are encouraged to meet with faculty to ask questions if they are unable to understand the class and lab materials. The students' ability to “find answers independently” is an important part of the process of critical thinking.
Currently, for any program that offers priority registration to students, active duty military and veteran students whose records have been identified as such, are eligible to participate in Banner’s Time Ticketing System (priority registration).   For undergraduate students (excluding HPD programs), time ticketing is available to athletes, honors, online, and active duty military and veterans.  Time ticketing is also available to J.D. students at the Shepard Broad College of Law, and students at the College of Psychology.  Students within these three populations, whose records identify them as active duty military or veterans, have been added to the list of students eligible to participate in time ticketing.

The Abraham S. Fischler College of Education (FCE) will continue to offer on-campus educational programs at the Jacksonville campus.  Your suggestion about bringing the on-campus Education program to Jacksonville and using alumni is a good one.  We value your opinion, and will share your suggestions with the new Dean, Dr. Lynne Schrum for her consideration.

As a graduate of NSU, you will find many challenging and rewarding job opportunities available. To see job postings, please visit Additionally, alumni who have a conferred degree at NSU have access to services offered by the Office of Career Development. For more information, please visit the following link:

Chair allocations - Is location a factor in selecting chairs?  If not, what are you thoughts on making that a strong consideration prior to assigning chairs.  I adore my chair, but I only had the opportunity to see her once a year, at the summer conference.

In the Doctor of Education program, courses can be taken in a hybrid format; both online and on-campus. As such, FCE does not select Dissertation Chairs based on location or regional area. Dissertation Chairs are full-time and part-time faculty members that are selected based on their expertise in a content area and the methodology (i.e., quantitative, qualitative, or mixed) that students will use in their studies. FCE values the highest level of student scholarship, and we have a research oversight committee that is responsible for addressing all student complaints regarding their dissertation committee, which ensures that students are receiving the best support from the Concept Paper through the Final Dissertation.

FCE offers a Higher Education Leadership concentration in the EdD program. The purpose of this concentration is to prepare students for leadership and lifelong learning in the field of higher education. Graduates of the Higher Education Leadership concentration serve as leaders of colleges and universities across the nation.

 Small class sizes used by Dr. Hanbury refer to the first-year in college courses.  The nursing student who asked this question was a 5th semester junior student.  Nursing classes (junior year) are generally at least 40 students, but can be as large as 80 students.

Nursing’s dress code, as will all of health professions, requires lab coats be worn in clinical sites (infection control requirements of to cover scrub attire that may be worn into a hospital clinical site in patient care) and when they are in class on campus between 9AM and 5PM.  This same dress code is followed in the clinical MSN program. This dress code facilitates the students should they move between the clinical site and the classroom.

Nursing has outgrown all available/suitable rooms on the Miami campus for this event.  We have sought affordable alternative sites in the Miami Kendal area (local hotels and meeting rooms, working with Ricardo) and none of the venue where large enough appropriate/comparable to Ft. Lauderdale and Ft. Myers sites.  The Miami pinning was moved to the Miniaci Theatre, with the ceremony occurring during the late afternoon and early evening, separate from the Ft. Lauderdale ceremony.  Response has been positive.  The ceremony time was changed for Miami to avoid peak traffic times.

The Miami campus has tried to find a comparable faculty for the Miami campus (Medical Science has no faculty resources that can travel) for the advanced A&P course.  The last attempt a few years ago created student issues and poor outcomes.  The students supported coming to the Ft. Lauderdale campus (higher satisfaction from the course delivery).  Two years ago the students asked if the university could pay their gas or offer a bus.  The compromise was that the students would come one day a week for the lab and the second class day would be offered as video conference to the Miami campus.  After VC conference issues were resolved (keeping an IT resource available during the class time) response from students has been positive.

Nursing will explore the use of green cords for students on all 3 Entry BSN and for the RN to BSN programs and develop (or utilize university) criteria.  At this time nursing students have cords for honors, nursing honor society and various university clubs and societies.

Nursing is currently a lock step, cohort based program that follows the university general education requirements and the requirements of the nursing accreditation body.  The courses fulfill the 121 credits for graduation and nursing content requires 9 addition credits to meet the general education requirements.

I am sorry to hear that the on-line courses were a problem and a challenge for you. We strive to deliver on our NSU Core Values each day. In particular, Academic Excellence and Student Centered are extremely important values and are embraced by faculty and administration. Going forward, we will make certain that the MBA courses, (especially finance, accounting, and statistics), are delivered in manner where all students enrolled in the Regional Campuses, will have access to a "live" faculty member.
I will work with the directors at each Regional Campus to identify and schedule tutors for finance, accounting, statistics, and writing. I expect tutoring will be available beginning September/October 2015 term.  Until then, please contact me directly, if you need help.

The HCBE has a number of scholarships available to students. Applicants and students in the program are recommended to visit the College of Business for further information regarding HCBE specific scholarships, as well as others offered for all NSU students via the Financial Aid office.

The Parker building is currently undergoing an exterior refresh.  The building is being pressure cleaned and repainted. The architectural precast panels are being cleaned and all joints are being re-caulked. Maintenance issues at the roof levels are being addressed and last but not least handrails and covered canopies around the perimeter are also being cleaned, repaired and repainted. The project will be completed prior to the commencement of the fall semester.

Loan fees for federal student loans are assessed by the U.S. Department of Education (ED).  They are deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement students receive and vary depending on when the loan is first disbursed.  Loan fees generally change effective October 1 of each year. Loan fees are a percentage of the total loan amount. This means the money students receive will be less than the amount they actually borrow. Students are responsible for repaying the entire amount they borrowed and not just the amount they received.

Detailed information about loan fees is communicated to students as follows:

  • Loan fees are shown on the Disclosure Statement that is sent to student loan borrowers by the ED each time they receive a loan disbursement.
  • Specific information on accrued interest and fees to be repaid to the ED is included in the Master Promissory Note (MPN).  Prior to receiving a federal loan, each first-time loan borrower is required to complete an MPN, a legal document in which the student promises to repay his or her loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees.
  • Loan fees are published on the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) financial aid website.  Direct PLUS Loan fees for loans first disbursed on or after October 1, 2014, and before October 1, 2015, are 4.292 percent which can be found on the following financial aid webpages and
  • Loan fees are published in the Enrollment and Student Services’ 2015-2016 Sources of Financial Aid brochure.

 Students cannot avoid the loan fee. This fee is assessed by the ED. 

This is an excellent suggestion.  The university will certainly consider this particularly as we move forward with the Academical Village plans.  We will vet this suggestion through the new Student Government Association.

The decision to open a college of allopathic medicine (CAM) in no way dissipates or deemphasizes the importance NSU places on the medical profession of osteopathic medicine.  Quite the contrary, it was made in order to complement the college of osteopathic medicine and to have a medical school whose focus is research. This mission is in contrast to the mission of the college of osteopathic medicine (COM), and although research is performed in osteopathy, its primary mission is dedicated to the preparation of patient centered physicians, whose focus is the care of diverse populations, including the medically underserved.

 Since the COM is dedicated to the preparation of patient centered physicians, the inception of a second medical school whose focus is research fell outside of the scope of education of COM students. Therefore, osteopathic students’ opinions were not solicited.

 Please be assured that the COM will be fully supported by the Board of Trustees and me in its mission with no budgetary or resource diversion.

 The LCME accreditation process for allopathic medicine is a detailed process that will take at least two to five years to complete. The matriculation of the first class will also include the refurbishing of the North Miami Beach campus, with separate anatomy lab, library facilities and study space. The current Davie campus anatomy lab is undergoing a $4.6 million renovation and is due to reopen in August of 2015.

The allopathic medical school, CAM and the college of osteopathic medicine, COM will have distinct faculties, however the COM welcomes sharing of faculty and basic science programs between both colleges to broaden its combined breadth of knowledge, synergies, and respect for each distinct discipline.

The office of Clinical Education and Graduate Medical Education is continuing to expand rotations and residency sites for its current osteopathic students. Additional rotation sites will be added for allopathic students, in part due to our expanding relationship with HCA and in no way will reduce or diminish osteopathic student rotations.

Thank you for your email concerning the ability of your family and loved ones to obtain seating in during the various commencement ceremonies.  I realize that this is an extremely important day in their lives as well as yours and through this correspondence, I hopefully will alleviate your concerns.

 Commencement 2015 represents the first time in years that all University Commencement exercises have come onto campus.  Toward that end and in planning there are a few things I wanted to make you aware of:

 *    Bringing Commencement on to campus is a student driven initiative.  The 19 Presidents of all the NSU Student Government Associations voted overwhelmingly to have Commencement on campus.  Student leaders cited that they were seeking a 'more intimate and personalized Commencement'.  Moreover, they noted that prior Commencements were lengthy and impersonal.

*    Toward this end, we have expanded from six Commencement ceremonies to 11.  This will greatly decrease the number of graduates in each ceremony thus shortening the overall time and allowing for more focus on each graduate.

 *    By decreasing the number of graduates to approximately 500 (or less) in each ceremony, this will allow for a defined ratio of graduates to guests.

*    Originally that ratio was in the six to seven guest range.  However, recently we have been able to reconfigure the NSU arena to open up more seating.  At 500 graduates, our current ratio is eight guests to every graduate.  For smaller Commencements that ratio expands to as much as 12 guests to every graduate.

 *    The University had initially considered providing students a set number of tickets.  This was concerning to the student leaders who had championed bringing Commencement on to campus.  Moreover, with only six to seven tickets, families were limited to the amount of guests they could bring.

*    Resultantly, after careful review and discussion with University leadership, I made the determination to make Commencement a non-ticketed event just as every Commencement has been prior during my tenure.  We have never had a ticketed Commencement; moreover, because of the generous graduate/guest ratio I am comfortable that we will not need tickets.

 *    Commencement has always been 'first come, first served' relative to seating.  That has not changed.

 *    In the chance that one of our eleven Commencements has an overabundance of guests (for example 500 graduates with every graduate bringing 10 or more guests), we have made arrangements for overflow seating within our University Center for closed circuit viewing.

 I apologize for the lengthy explanation but your questions/concerns are certainly valid and I wanted to treat those questions/concerns with the respect that they were presented.

 I congratulate you on your graduation.  Like you, I look forward to that very special day when we celebrate this important milestone.


George Hanbury

Thank you for providing me with your input about Nova Southeastern University's commencement exercises. In fact, our decision to host our annual commencement once annually, on main campus, was one that was made with significant input from Nova Southeastern University’s student government associations. You should know that we hold nine graduation ceremonies in May and June each year, and a tenth commencement for the Health Professions Division in August. Toward that end, we ensure that faculty, staff, administrators, Board of Trustee members, and university leadership are present to celebrate the culmination of our students’ academic journey.

While I appreciate your feedback in requesting multiple end of semester commencements, with counsel from executive staff and large numbers of students, I have made a decision to continue our plan to hold once annual commencement exercises during the months of May through August at the Don Taft Center on main campus. This decision is final.

Best wishes and continued academic success in your nursing program.

The H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship, guided by our AAACSB mentor, continues to work diligently to align our academic programs with the 15 AACSB accreditation standards. Faculty, students, alumni, and administration are fully engaged in the process to achieve this Vision 2020 imperative. Progress reports will be released as they become available.

Lap swimming hours at the competition pool were reduced starting fall 2014 due to budget limitations impacting our ability to staff the pool appropriately with lifeguards. Resultantly, lap swimming at the CP is offered on a limited basis when we have formally scheduled programming (ie. club swim, masters) where appropriate lifeguard coverage is present. The hours are posted on-line and on our mobile app.

As an alternative there is the opportunity to lap swim at the RecPlex daily from 12 noon until dark.

The Admissions Fee of $50 is used to process the application to help defray some of the costs associated with processing the Application, publishing documents and mailing information.

The Admissions Deposit Fee of $200 is a “deposit” towards the cost of attendance when you register. This deposit is credited to your account when you register at NSU to help pay for your first semester of courses.

The Activity Fee of $350 is a combination of multiple fees that were grouped together that help pay for Technology costs and the maintenance of our Wi-Fi network on campus. A portion goes to help support the Library that serves all students and finally a portion is dedicated to the Division of Student Affairs in its mission of "fostering student success and a University community."

The Student Activity Fee goes to cover the health, safety, welfare, social, and technological needs of university students.

Over the last few years our Public Safety Officer coverage has remained the same. We continue to have five zone officers (patrolling in vehicles) in addition to many officers that we have on foot assigned to several of our buildings. Assigned building officers can be seen in the Maltz, Horvitz, Law, ASLRITC, DeSantis, Don Taft University Center, HPD, Family Center Village and 6100 Griffin.

Our Public Safety Security Operations Center (dispatch) is a state of the art facility. It is a centralized public safety command center for all Nova Southeastern University campuses throughout the state of Florida as well as Puerto Rico. The SOC is staffed, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by highly trained public safety professionals proficient in telephone call taking, radio dispatching, quality customer service, alarm monitoring, electronic access control, life safety, video surveillance, emergency notification and response procedures, life safety, effective security practices and care giving. The responsibilities of the communications team for servicing and protecting the NSU community include:

  • NovaAlert- hotline for all NSU properties- (954) 262-8999;
  • Blue Light Emergency phones and emergency classroom intercoms and elevator phones;
  • Dispatching of public safety officers, police, fire and EMS emergency services;
  • NSU emergency hotline updates- (800) 256-5065;
  • Alarm monitoring;
  • Emergency notification and command and control for all NSU properties;
  • Electronic NSU ID card access control for the entire NSU community on all NSU properties;
  • the programming and control of all electronically secured access control doors on NSU properties;
  • video surveillance crime prevention patrols and investigations.

The NSU SOC has been recognized as a best practice industry model by numerous universities and law enforcement agencies throughout the US and Caribbean.

In addition, our Public Safety Officers also cover the reception desks in the Commons, Leo Goodwin, and Rolling Hills Residence Halls A & C during the overnight shift. The Res Life staff cover both the Day and Evening shifts at the desks. We feel that the Res Life staff have done a great job dealing with all our students and visitors coming into the residence halls, however any questions or concerns about their staff should be addressed through Res Life staff and Student Affairs.

The rowing team is one of the teams that practice off campus. There are approximately 80-90 student athletes that practice more than 10 miles from campus on a daily basis.  This is quite the challenge as you can imagine. Yes, the best solution is to purchase and or lease vans, rent shuttles and schedule shark shuttles. Unfortunately due to budget restrictions and budget reductions over the past two years, we are only able to accommodate a limited number of requests for transportation for student athletes. It remains the policy of the department to prioritize in season sports and teams first. Competition travel trumps practice travel- another factor in the decision making.

I'm always open to creativity but this simply is a budgetary issue that I'm aware of and will keeping pushing to solve for the entire department. I will work with the new coach as well to see where and what else may be the solution.

For spring semester, Martin and Gail Press Health Professions Division Library has improved staffing and training of the Nite Owl/late-night study attendants. Students should feel safe and secure between midnight and 7AM.  All users of the Assembly II study rooms or computer lab will have their IDs checked upon entry, and only current NSU-affiliated patrons are permitted to stay.

Public Safety will increase patrols in the area during the overnight hours and also offers these crime prevention tips:

  • When walking to and from the Nite Owl study rooms be aware of your surroundings.
  • Try to stay in well-lit areas.
  • Do not leave your personal property unattended, even for a minute.
  • If you See Something, Say Something. Report any suspicious persons/activities to the Public Safety Department.
  • If you feel uncomfortable walking to or from your car or residential hall, Public Safety will always provide you an escort. Simply call extension 28999 from any phone on campus or by dialing (954) 262-8999.
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