Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; UNF Ranked 4th

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FIVE CHEERS; UNF Ranked 4th

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Among Florida's universities, the University of North Florida is ranked fourth for highest test scores in the state.

An impressive number, considering test scores are one of the most important indicators of a student's success and admission to college.

The 2004 fall SAT scores for admitted and enrolled freshmen at UNF are 1145. UNF is in line behind the University of Florida with 1280, Florida State University with 1199 and University of Central Florida with 1170.

The scores are relevant when considering these top universities. The top three are all predominantly research institutions and considered among the largest and best public universities in the state.

But then comes UNF. The relatively young and small university, compared to the others.

UNF's president, John Delaney, has promised students that they are the institution's most important goal. He wants students at the college to have "transformational learning experiences." He and his staff have slowed the rate of growth at the school so more advisers and more professors could be added to bring down ratios. He has also said the school will not grow larger than 25,000 students.

These test scores show more than just how a student will succeed in college. They are yet another measurable result that UNF is on the right path.

UNF HAS TOP NURSING PROFESSOR

It seems only fitting that as the University of North Florida concentrates on nursing as a specialty, one of its nursing professors would be recognized by the state.

Barbara Kruger, assistant professor of community/public health nursing, received the 2005 Public Health Nursing Leadership Award from the Florida Association of Public Health Nurses.

Kruger led a redesign of UNF's undergraduate clinical practice curriculum. And she led faculty and students in developing partnerships with various community groups.

GROWING QUICKLY

The Bike to School Motorcycle Ride keeps getting better and better.

In 2002, its first year, the event raised $16,000 for daniel, a local organization that serves troubled children and their parents. The amount tripled, to $48,000 in 2003, then jumped to $86,000 last year. …

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