October 19, 2006
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Auditorium
The meeting was called to order at 3:01 P.M.
The September 21, 2006 minutes were approved
Chair's Report Danaya Wright, Chair
Dr. Wright announced that the November Senate meeting has been rescheduled to
November 16th and will be held in room C1-7 in the Health Science Center. She also
reminded Senators to please use the Senate Web site to check meeting times and locations.
Dr. Wright also notified the Senate that a committee has been established to review the
student conduct code. The NCAA site committee recently reviewed UF and the extent of
faculty support for procedures for academic credentialing and support of student athletes.
The October issue of Academics will focus on faculty development, human resources,
minority information and support for faculty. Dr. Wright also reported on council activities
and noted that the Academic Policy Council will meet with the President to develop
procedures for revising the strategic work plan and the Welfare council will revise the
climate survey to include questions about shared governance at the local level and faculty
development. There were not enough faculty members at the shared governance workshop.
There will be another workshop in January or February. Dr. Wright stressed the importance
of faculty participation in these workshops. Dr. Wright also reported that she met with a
consultant who is working with the future of the libraries committee.
Provost's Report Janie Fouke, Provost
Dr. Fouke updated the Senate on closed and on-going searches. Recent hires include: a dean
of HHP, Fine Arts, DCP, Vet Med, and Directors of Admissions and Institutional Research.
On going searches include: Dean of Med School, Dean of Grad School, Dean of Libraries,
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, Dean of Journalism and Communications. Dr.
Fouke also reported on the status of the library committee and the budget reallocation
committee. Fall undergraduate enrollment is the smallest it has been in five or six years;
while fall graduate enrollment is the highest it has ever been. Dr. Fouke also updated the
Senate on recent construction projects. The University of Florida is lobbying to obtain
control over tuition.
Library Task Force Will Harrison, Chair Library Task Force
Dr. Harrison updated the Senate on the activities of the future of the libraries committee.
The Provost appointed the committee in the fall and the members have met as a committee
and in sub committees. Dr. Harrison reported that there has not been a recent review of the
libraries and that the committee has five sub committees to do a comparative analysis of our
libraries to peer libraries, balance electronic and print collections, opportunities for the
library in the capital campaign, review the mission of the library, and review integration of
UF libraries. The committee's goal is to report by the end of the semester and provide the
Provost with a draft of the committee's recommendations.
Inside UF Joy Rodgers, Internal Communications Coordinator
Ms. Rodgers explained that her role as internal communications coordinator is to develop
and implement internal communications programs to improve support of campus wide
communications. InsideUF is the first initiative to communicate with faculty, staff and
students. Inside UF features profiles on faculty members, stories about programs and
announcements. Ms. Rodgers encourages your submissions for the publication. The Office
of University Relations will evaluate InsideUF in December to determine what changes
should be made for the Spring publications.
Name Change: Department of Decision and Information Sciences to the
Department of Information Systems and Operations Management from the
Sheila Dickison, Curriculum Committee Chair
Dr. Dickison presented an information item regarding a departmental name change. This
item will be presented as an action item at the November meeting.
Curriculum Committee Sheila Dickison, Curriculum Committee Chair
o Engineering Joint Degree Program
Dr. Dickison presented an Engineering joint degree program for approval. The degree
program was approved.
Nominating Committee Structure John Leavey, Chair Committee on Committees
Dr. Leavey presented an action item to the Senate regarding the nominating committee
structure. The Committee on Committees recommends changing the nominating committee
structure from 4 elected faculty members to 6 elected faculty members. The structure change
was approved. The item will come forward with constitutional language as an information
item at the November meeting.
Constitution items Tim Taylor, Constitution Committee Chair
o Temporary Senator Replacement Policy Senate Bylaw 4 E 2 (e)
o Absence policy for councils and committees Constitution Article IV Section 2
o Senate Secretary Constitution Article IV Section 3
The constitution committee presented three items for approval. Scott Nygren moved to
amend Bylaw 4 E 2 (e) by removing the sentence, "Therefore, acceptance of appointment
to a position carrying ex officio senate membership constitutes resignation from one's
elected senate seat" to avoid redundancy with the preceding sentence.
The motion to amend the language was approved.
All three proposals were approved.
CLAS 5 year plan: Shared Governance, Academic Policies and Alignment of
Budget and Strategic Work Plan Discussion Danaya Wright, Chair
The Senate discussed the CLAS 5 year plan resolution.
The Senate voted on each of the resolution bullet points separately
All three points were approved.
Open Discussion from Floor of Senate:
There were no persons interested in an open discussion.
The meeting adjourned at 4:50 P.M.
Mary Ann Ferguson