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A Monthly Newsletter for the Faculty of the University of Florida Published by the Faculty Senate
Ornher 2007

Chair's Message:

Update on Shared Governance at UF
By: Rick Yost, Faculty Senate Chair

I believe we had make tremendous prog-
ress in implementing shared governance at
UF over the past few years, and I predict
continued progress this year. We have
made a significant effort to extend shared
governance in all units, including colleges
and departments. As I said in last month's
column, this extension is critical for creating
both a structure and a culture of meaning-
ful faculty participation. A year ago, we requested that every
college and academic unit turn in a shared governance task
force report by April, and I'm pleased to report that nearly
every college (and even one department!) turned in a report!
A number of colleges drafted new constitutions and others
have significantly revised theirs. These reports are summa-
rized on the Faculty Senate's web page check out http://
SharedGovernance.htm for the status of shared governance
in your own college!
If you'd like more information on how to further
shared governance at the unit level, look over the report of
the Task Force on Implementation of Shared Governance
Structure, also available on the Faculty Senate web page. The
report includes lots of useful information on the principles
of shared governance, outlines best practices, and provides
tools to help you assess your unit's level of shared gover-
One critical area for faculty input at the unit level is
budget planning and review.
see Yost, pg. 2


By: Janie Fouke, Provost

Once again, the University of Florida
has attracted one of the strongest fresh-
man classes of any public school in the
nation. One metric that is frequently
used to tout a group of students is their
weighted high school grade point aver-
age. The weighted GPA of the middle
fifty percent of this class is 4.0 to 4.44.
That means that a quarter of the class
has GPA's higher than 4.44! Add to that the size of the
class (6600!) and we have an intellectual powerhouse. My
question to us is this: four years later, have we kept them
challenged and provided them with the opportunities to
develop themselves to their fullest potential?
There are several signs that indicate we could do bet-
ter (note that this is the "royal we," encompassing faculty,
students and staff!). One example is the number of credit
hours that the students take. While it has climbed for each
of the last four years, the campus average is still quite a bit
lower than typically found at peer institutions. Some of
our policies, for example, our policies on withdrawing from
classes, may not send a message of high academic expec-
tations. Another sign that concerns me is our students'
response to questions about their academic engagement
as recorded in the National Survey of Student Engage-
ment. They report much, lower levels of involvement than
students at other AAU public institutions. One oft-cited
"culprit" is the Bright Futures Scholarship program paired
see Fouke, pg. 2



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October 2007

Yostfrom, pg. I
As President Machen discussed in last month's Academ-
ics, the state budget situation this year will mean budget
reductions at all state universities.
Although the reductions recommended by the state leg-
islature in its special session (wrapping up as you read this)
are not as dire as predicted, they nevertheless will affect all
of us at UF The resolution adopted by the Faculty Sen-
ate at its April meeting encourages faculty to get involved
in setting budget priorities at the unit level and to expect
greater budget transparency. There's a lot of information
to help you play a role on the Senate's Budget Council Web
site, http://www.senate.ufl.edu/councils/planning/
We will continue to hold conversations this year on
shared governance. Please join me in furthering shared
governance at UF, as we refine our culture in which faculty
participate in important governance decisions. I welcome
your thoughts and comments feel free to e-mail me at fac-
ultysenatechair@ ufl.edu
Rick Yost is Professor and Head of Analytical Chemistry and
Chair of the Faculty Senate.

Foukefrom, pg. 1
with the State of Florida's extraordinarily generous pro-
gram for awarding college credit
to high school students for their Advanced Placement
and International Baccalaureate test scores.
The former assures that the students will be at UF for
four years (96% of our freshmen arrive with the Bright Fu-
tures Scholarship) and the latter assures that many of them
will bring up to 30 student credit hours so they can take
light course load and still graduate in four years.
But should they? A large number of our students aspire
to continue their education to graduate and professional
schools. Many of them will go straight into the work-force.
Most of them will be in national competitions for these po-
sitions and they will be competing against students who, in
large measure, had to keep challenging themselves at a high
level all through their college years. How can we set an
environment that encourages our undergraduate students to
work to achieve their greatest potential? I will be interested
in discussion on this topic through the coming year.
Go Gators!

President Machen Announces the Humanities and Social
Sciences Challenge

At the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Convoca-
tion on October 4, President Machen announced the
Humanities and Social Sciences Challenge as a new point
of emphasis in the Florida Tomorrow Campaign. The
goal is for $30 million in new endowment resources for
these disciplines in CLAS. To get the challenge started, he
announced two $1 million allocations to endow a new pro-
fessorship in English literature and to endow new graduate
fellowships in Psychology. For the full text of his speech,
see http://www.president.ufl.edu/speeches/2007/10/clas-



A Monthly Newsletter for the Faculty of the University of Florida
October 2007

Ad Hoc Committee on a Civil, Safe and Civil Environment

The committee's charge is to develop recommenda-
tions on how the University of Florida can best ensure a
civil and secure environment at public and UF community
events, conducive to a full, free, diverse and lively discourse
in the tradition of great academic institutions. The need to
review our existing protocols for the conduct and security
of events arises in the wake of an incident at Senator John
Kerry's talk at UF on September 17th that resulted in the
tasering and arrest of a student, as well as a heightened
awareness of the importance of security on university cam-
In particular, the President asked the Committee to
review the University's police protocols, university and
ACCENT events management practices, and community
conduct policies to come up with a series of recom-
mendations for the conduct and security of events at the
University in the future.
In addition to any issues the Committee may identify,
please consider:
Existing University policies on conduct of members of
the UF community at events, including the code of student
Existing UF Police events security protocols, including
those relating to the use of tasers.
Best practices for events conduct and security at peer
institutions, including the role and training of moderators
and the choice and set up of venue.
The size of the UF community and the options for secu-
rity at campus venues of different types and in a variety of
The Committee is comprised entirely of faculty and
students. Please feel free to call upon others to assist you in
fact gathering and for expert consultation. Vice President
and General Counsel, Jamie Lewis Keith, is available to
provide legal advice and other Vice Presidents and ad-
ministrators are also available to assist you. Administrative
support will be provided for the Committee.
The committee will provide an initial report to the Presi-
dent by the end of December 2007.

Draft Work Plan

October 9, 10:30-12:30 in 284 Reitz Union
Committee charge and organization

October 16, 10:30-12:30 in 346 Reitz Union
Nested legal parameters-US Constitution, federal law,
Florida Constitution, Florida law, UF regulations, UF
policies, commonly understood behavior norms

October 23, 10:30-12:30 in 276 Reitz Union
Existing UF events policies (Accent, but also other cam-
pus operations); best practices from peer institutions

November 13, 10:30-12:30 in 276 Reitz Union
Existing conduct codes relating to students, faculty, staff,
UF visitors; parallel codes at peers institutions

November 20, 10:30-12:30 in 276 Reitz Union
Issues, as reflected in policies, laws, and best practices,
related to health, security and safety, including the use of
force, particularly tasers.

November 27, 10:30-12:30 in 284 Reitz Union
Discussion, evaluation of need for further research

December 4, 10:30-12:30 in 276 Reitz Union
Discussion of draft recommendations

December 11, 10:30-12:30

December 18, 10:30-12:30
Update or recommendations prepared for submittal to
President Machen by December 31.

More information about the committee can be found
by visiting: http://www.president.ufl.edu/committees/



A Monthly Newsletter for the Faculty of the University of Florida
October 2007


Fall 2007 Commencement Information
Ceremonies: An Advanced Degree Ceremony (all col-
leges; all masters and doctoral candidates) will be held at
4:00pm on Friday, December 14, 2007 in the O'Connell
Center. On Saturday, December 15, 2007, two undergradu-
ate degree ceremonies, at 10:00am and 2:00pm, will also
be held in the O'Connell Center. Please refer to the fall
commencement schedule at http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/
commencement/ for the college assignments. Please note
that separate ceremonies will be hosted by the College of
Pharmacy on Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 10:00am at
the HPNP Auditorium, and the College of Law will have
their ceremony on Friday, December 21, 2007 at 2:00pm at
the Phillips Center for Performing Arts.
Ordering Regalia: The deadline for ordering academic
regalia is Wednesday, October 24, 2007. Information on
ordering regalia is available from the UF Bookstore (392-
0194). Faculty regalia order forms are available on-line at
Payment is required when placing an order; this payment
is refundable until Thursday, December 13, 2007. Formal
academic regalia is required for all faculty members attend-
ing commencement.
Faculty Escorts: Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy
and Doctor of Education degrees will be assigned an official
commencement escort. Faculty designated as escorts will
receive a letter from the Office of the Provost with details
about responsibilities and assembly times. This letter is gen-
erally sent two weeks prior to commencement. However,
if you have a graduate student scheduled to graduate during
the fall semester, please order your regalia on or before the
October 24, 2007 deadline.

Spring Semester Textbook Adoptions
Faculty and departments are asked to submit their Spring
term textbook adoptions at http://www.textadoption.ufl.
edu through October 26, 2007. Once submitted, this infor-
mation is available on-line to all bookstores, providing both
students and bookstores timely and correct information
about textbook requirements. With your textbook adoption
information, bookstores can begin the ordering process to
ensure timely arrival of texts for Spring term. By knowing
what texts are required, bookstores can provide students
with better prices on book buybacks.
Students can view Spring course textbook requirements
on ISIS during registration, which begins October 29, 2007.
This information helps students balance their course loads
based on reading requirements and plan for their financial
needs, including the purchasing of books. Timely entry of
this information also provides students their best opportu-
nity to sell books back at higher prices. Bookstores typically
will not offer to buy back texts unless the text is listed as
being used the next semester.
Timely posting of textbook requirements has the strong
support of the student body. UF students have overwhelm-
ingly endorsed the availability of textbook information
on-line and have indicated it aids in course selection. In
December 2005, Student Government passed a resolution
requesting higher participation in online textbook adop-
Efforts are underway to improve the textbook adoption
process at UF With your support of these efforts, UF can
offer a straightforward process for faculty as well as provide
timely access to required textbooks for our students.
If you have any questions about the textbook adoption
process, please contact the textbook adoption services man-
ager at 392-0306.

If you would like to receive the Deans, Directors, and
Department head memos please visit: http://www.admin.


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Faculty Senate Agenda:

October 18, 2007
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Phillips Center for Performing Arts
Approval of the minutes of the September 20, 2007 meeting

Chair's Report Rick Yost, Chair
President's Report Bernie Machen, President

Information Items
Cultural Plaza Presentation
Michael Blachly, UF Performing Arts Director, Douglas Jones, Florida Museum of Natural History Director
Rebecca Nagy, Har Museum of Art Director

Curriculum Committee Ken Gerhardt, Associate Dean Graduate School
* College of Business
Change in name of the undergraduate major from the Decision and Information Sciences Department to Information Systems and
Operations Management Department.
College of Engineering
* Proposed change in degree requirement for Bachelor in Materials Science and Engineering
* Proposed change for a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science offered through the College of Engineering
* Proposed increase in credits in Nuclear Engineering from 126 to 129
College of Public Health and Health Professions
* Proposed revision to the Bachelor of Health Science Program
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
* Proposed changes to the Agricultural Education and Communication Specializations
* Proposed changes to the Soil and Water major and minor
* Proposed changes to the Entomology and Nematology minor
School of Business Proposal for Creation
Department Name Change
* From Pharmacy Health Care Administration to Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy

Graduate Council Items Ken Gerhardt, Associate Dean Graduate School

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Request to Sunset degrees:
Degree Name: Degree Major
Master of Science in Teaching Psychology
Master of Arts in Teaching Psychology, Geography, Philosophy, Political Science, Linguistics

Report from Student Conduct Code Review Committee Gene Zdziarski, Dean of Students

Report on Libraries Strategic Planning Process Judith Russell, Dean of University Libraries

Open Discussion from Senate Floor
Three minute limit per speaker, floor will be open to Senators first


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Faculty Senate News: Meeting Outcomes

August 23, 2007 State of the University Address

State of the Faculty Senate Address
Dr. Yost presented the State of the Faculty Senate Address.
The membership of the Senate and definitions of shared
governance were reviewed.

Dr. Yost reviewed the Senate's activities during the summer
and the 2007-2008 Senate Agenda.
Summer activities:
* Academic Policy Council examined policies on faculty-
authored course materials
* Honorary Degree Committee examined honorary degree
criteria and procedures
* Worked with President on creation of Cost Reduction
and Efficiency Task Force
* Senate Workday August 21
- New Senator Orientation
- Chair Training
- Annual Council Planning Meetings
2007-2008 Senate Agenda:
* Continue to implement shared governance at college and
department levels
* Assure faculty participation in budget planning and re-
* Adopt procedures for review and revisions to the Strate-
gic Work Plan
* Connect Academic Program Reviews and LBRs to the
Strategic Work Plan
* Examine and revise honorary degree procedures
* Examine and revise policies on faculty-authored course
* Renewed focus on undergraduate education:
* Evaluate and revise the University Curriculum Committee
* Evaluate and revise the General Education Committee
* Evaluate and revise the UF Honors program
* Reprise the Student/Faculty Academic Summit
* Work to improve child care facilities on campus
* Analyze and respond to faculty surveys on climate and on

The minutes of the April 2007 meeting were approved.

Dr. Machen presented the State of the University Address.
The address is located online at:

Information Items:
Graduate Council Items
Henry Frierson, Dean Graduate School
LL.M in Environmental & Land Use Law
Eliminate the graduate degrees in Engineering Me-
chanics and Engineering Science
Dr. Frierson presented two information items from the
Graduate council.
These items will be action items at the September meet-
Curriculum Committee Item
Daniel Wubah, Associate Provost, Undergraduate


Elimination of BS in Engineering Science
Dr. Wubah presented one information item from the
Curriculum Committee. This item will be an action item at
the September meeting.



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October 2007

October 2007 Calendar






Oct. 1 Oct. 2 Oct. 3 Oct. 4 Oct. 5
9:15 AM Senate Chair meeting
with President 226 Tigert
3:00 PM Steering Committee
226 Tigert

Oct. 8 Oct. 9 Oct. 10 3ct. 11 Oct. 12
8:30 AM Lakes Vegetation and A n n
landscaping Committee 226 9:15 AM Senate Chair meeting
Landscaping Committee 226
Stadium with President 226 Tigert
11:00 AM Senate Chair meeting
with SG President 134 Tigert
1:00 PM Budget Council 202 Tigert
Oct. 15 Oct. 16 Oct. 17 Oct. 18 Oct. 19
8:30 AM Infrastructure Council B60 9:00 AM Senate Council on 9:00 AM Honorary Degrees 2:00 PM Welfare Council Meet-
Reitz Union Research and Scholarship 272 Committee 283 Reitz Union ng 226 Tigert
2:00 PM Academic Policy Council Reitz Union 9:15 AM Senate Chair meet-
471 Grinter ing with President 226 Tigert
3:00 Senate Meeting Phillips

Oct. 22 Oct. 23 Oct. 24 Oct. 25 Oct. 26
10:30 AM Ad Hoc Committee 9:15 AM Senate Chair meet- 2:00 PM Academic Freedom,
an a Civil, Safe and Open Envi- ing with the President 226 Tenure, Professional Relations
onment 276 Reitz Union Tiget and Standards Committee 226
:30 PM Curriculum Committee igert
meeting 226 Tigert

Oct. 29 Oct. 30 Oct. 31 Nov. 1 Nov. 2
10:00 Constitution Committee 354 :00 PM Committee on Commit-
Tigert ees 429 Library West

The most recent version of the calendar can be found at: http://www.senate.ufl.edu/Calendar/

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