March 23, 2006
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Auditorium
Approval of February 23, 2006 minutes Kim Tanzer, Chair
Open Discussion from Floor of Senate
The meeting was called to order at 3:02 P.M.
The minutes of the February 23, 2006 meeting were approved
Chair's Report Kim Tanzer, Chair
Professor Tanzer discussed the Strategic Work Plan and requested comments by April 5th.
The Academic Policy Council is reviewing the work plan and would like comments on the
strengths of the document as well as missing pieces. Professor Tanzer also discussed the
diversity/access inventory. There is a task force for NCAA Division 1 athletic certification
which will look at several areas. The libraries are requesting information from colleges
regarding which journals could be cut in the event of a budget need to cut serials. There is a
projected $750,000 budget shortfall for the Smather's library, $500,000 for the Health
Science Center library and $100,000 for the law library. Professor Tanzer also discussed the
process for getting items on the Senate agenda. All items for the Senate agenda must be
approved by the steering committee. Items relevant to more than one campus unit or of
general interest will be considered. If the steering committee approves the item will be added
to the Senate agenda. An item can also be brought to the agenda if brought to the Senate by
a Senator, from the floor, and if 50 percent of Senators agree. Professor Tanzer also
announced that all merit pay plans should be available in all college offices. Deans are
preparing program reviews and these reviews will be made available to all faculty. The
Senate office and the President's office are hosting a reception for Senators in May.
Provost's Report Janie Fouke, Provost
Dr. Fouke reported that the NCAA document is due on May 15. The document is currently
in a draft form. Program reviews are also due to the Provost's office. These program reviews
are used for budget requests for upcoming academic years. Dr. Fouke requested that these
budget requests come with a justification of monetary expenses. She will meet with Deans
and Directors to discuss the program reviews and will respond to requests and provide
feedback. Dr. Fouke also reported on the status of several ongoing searches on campus for
deans and directors. Dr. Fouke requested that colleges look at degrees to determine which
degrees are necessary and consider terminating degrees that are no longer utilized. The
Provost is also creating a library committee to review library organization. Barbara Wingo
will become the Interim General Counsel on April 1st.
Board of Trustees update Manny Fernandez, BOT Chair
Kim Tanzer reported on behalf of Manny Fernandez. The March issue of ACADEMISC
features an article about the BOT by Manny Fernandez. Professor Tanzer also announced
the March BOT meeting.
University Relations Update
Joe Hice, Associate VP of Marketing and Public Relations
Mr. Hice gave a one year update on university relations. He also reported on the upcoming
goals of the public relations and marketing campaign. Mr. Hice showed the Senators the
admissions video that is shown to UF visitors.
Sheila Dickison, University Curriculum Committee Chair
Dr. Dickison presented information on the following items:
Establishment of a School of Health Professions
Establish a Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
College of Business sunset concentrations no longer in use
Ken Gerhardt, Interim Dean Graduate School
Sheila Dickison presented on behalf of Ken Gerhardt. The College of Business has several
concentrations to sunset.
Constitution Committee Report
Chris Snodgrass, Constitution Committee Chair
Chris Snodgrass presented several proposed constitutional changes.
Article V Section 3
Article V Section 5
Article V Section 7
Article VI Section 5
Academic Learning Compacts
Joe Glover, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Sheila Dickison reported on behalf of Joe Glover on the academic learning compacts.
The academic learning compacts were vetted by the General Education Council and
reviewed by the curriculum committee. The academic learning compacts are currently on
the Web sites for each major. Academic Learning Compacts are agreements that describe
the communication skills, critical thinking skills, and content knowledge in the major
(known collectively as Student Learning Outcomes) that students should acquire if they
diligently follow the prescribed course of study. UF is required to assess student
achievement in these Student Learning Outcomes through Individual Student
Assessments before graduation. Satisfactory completion of the ISA's constitutes
successful completion of the Academic Learning Compact.
Shared Governance Task Force report
Tony Brennan and Jean Larson, Task Force Chairs
Tony Brennan and Jean Larson presented the Shared Governance Task Force report and
proposed resolution. A special senate meeting will be held on April 6 from 3-5 P.M. in
361-363 Tigert. The Task Force will present a resolution for adoption at the April 20
Senate meeting. The Task Force will also request to work through the Fall in order to
develop workshops with Associate Provost of Faculty Development Debra Walker
King's office to help units work through the process.
UFIC International Student Funding resolution
Lynn Frazier, Executive Associate Director International Center
Lynn Frazier presented a resolution to oppose a bill to cut state funding for
international students. Eric Wachsman moved to approve the resolution. The
motion was approved with one opposing vote.
Committee on Committees resolutions for Compensation Committee
Michelle Foss and Marylou Behnke, Committee on Committee co-chairs
Eric Wachsman moved to adopt option two with the Committee reporting to the
Academic Welfare council. The motion was approved.
Option two: The Committee on Committees recommends that the ad hoc
Committee on Compensation become a standing committee of the Faculty Senate
assigned to the oversight of the Senate Council on Academic Freedom, Faculty
Quality and Faculty Welfare. The exact structure of the committee will be developed
by the Committee on Committees and sent to the Constitution Committee for
development of the appropriate constitutional language.
Honorary Degrees Candidate
Barry Ache, Chair Honorary Degrees Committee
Dr. Ache presented Linda Aiken and Robert Grubbs as honorary degrees candidates.
Both were approved unanimously.
Electronic Voting Kim Tanzer, Chair
Doug Cenzer moved to cease the pursuit of electronic voting capabilities at Senate
meetings. The motion was approved with 4 opposing votes.
Open Floor Discussion:
Senators discussed items of interest.
The meeting adjourned at 4:51 P.M.
Senator attendees continued:
Ex Officio Attendees:
Yumiko Hulvey, CLAS
Stephanie Hanson PHHP
Gene Zdziarski, DSO
Robert Thomas, Business
Mary Ann Burg
Absent Senators Cont: