February 15, 2007
3:00 5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Auditorium
The meeting was called to order at 3:04 PM.
The minutes of the January 18, 2006 meeting were approved.
Dr. Wright reported that the April Senate meeting will be in the Constans Theater. The
nominating committee is still accepting nominations for committees and councils. The chair
elect nomination period opened today and will close on March 1. Chair statements are due
March 31 and the chair elect will be elected at the April Senate meeting. A graduate student
forum will be held on April 4 and the Graduate Student Council is looking for faculty
members to lead a roundtable discussion on balancing research, teaching and service.
The BOG commissioned Pappas Report is available on the Senate Web site. The governor
proposed no new increases in undergraduate in-state tuition. The BOG and the BOT can
still set out of state and graduate and professional tuition. The Climate Survey is now
available online. Dr. Machen reviewed admissions figures for African American students
(increased 19 percent over the past year) and Hispanic students (increased 27 percent over
the past year). Dr. Machen is seeking input from the UCC and students on the minus grades
The administration is looking into ways to increase minority faculty numbers at UF.
County Extension Agents
Dr. Pauly presented an information item proposing a three year pilot program for reviewing
county extension agent tenure and promotion packets. The proposed pilot program would
have the county extension agent packets bypass the APB on their way to the President.
Sustainability Committee Report and Resolution
Eva Czamecka-Vemer presented information on the Sustainability committee's initiatives.
The Provost will be offering mini-grants in sustainability and the committee is working to
implement certificates in sustainability.
The Sustainability committee would like the university to sign onto the Focus the Nation
initiative to help stop global warming. Dr. Machen has already signed onto the project. Dr.
Czamecka-Vemer presented a resolution in support of the Focus the Nation initiative.
Proposed Regulations Changes
Tim Taylor presented proposed regulation changes with the constitution Committee's
recommendations on those changes. The regulations will be posted for public comment
beginning on February 27, 2007.
Resolution on the Academic Enhancement Program
The AEP resolution passed unanimously.
Graduate Council Items
Migration of Nutritional Sciences concentration to PhD in Nutritional Sciences
The degree proposal passed unanimously.
Discussion from Floor:
Three minutes per speaker. The floor is open to Senators first.
The meeting adjourned at 4:24 PM.
Mary Ann Ferguson
Hong Fang Su