March 22, 2007
3:00 5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Grand Ballroom
Danaya Wright called the meeting to order at 3:02 PM the February 15, 2007 minutes were
Chair's Report Danaya Wright, Chair
Dr. Wright announced that the Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees will be
meeting in Gainesville next week. Shared Governance Task Force reports are due to the
Senate office on April 30. Nominations for councils are still open. The minus grades
resolution was approved by the President. Nominees for Senators are due to the Senate
office on March 23. March 28 will be a take back the night event organized by the students.
Dr. Wright recommended that the Senate work to create a process for recognizing student
Provost's Report Janie Fouke, Provost
Dr. Fouke reported that the Hub was recently reopened. The renovated building now houses
the International Center, Academic technologies, conference rooms and training rooms. The
University has hired a new Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Provost for
Undergraduate Affairs, Dean of the Libraries and is still searching for a Dean of the College
of Medicine. An announcement for applications was recently sent for Dean of the College of
Journalism. UF will be accepting 6, 600 freshmen this year. The administration is considering
accepting applications based on one deadline. The video boards that are used in the
O'Connell center for basketball games will be available for college ceremonies taking place in
the O'Connell center. The Academic Enhancement Program made it though one committee.
There are 4 more committees to go through.
County Extension Faculty Rebecca Pauly, Welfare Council Chair
The Welfare council will not move forward with their recommendation regarding county
extension faculty. The council will look to alternative solutions to solve the APB's work load
Graduate council items Ken Gerhardt, Interim Dean Graduate School
o PhD in Biostatistics
o Graduate School of Business
The PhD in Biostatistics will be an Action item at the April Senate meeting.
The Graduate School of Business is an information item only as it is a non academic
Intercollegiate Athletics Update Jill Varnes, Faculty Athletics Representative
Dr. Vares presented data on the state of athletics at the university. UF athletes have a 92
percent graduation rate; the national average is 77 percent. The average GPA of UF athletes
for the fall semester was 3.05.
University Curriculum Committee Sheila Dickison, Curriculum Committee Chair
Discontinuation of the CIS Major within the BSBA Program, College of
Dr. Dickison presented this item as information. It will be an action item in April. This is a
proposal to discontinue the Computer Information Sciences major within the BSBA
program in the College of Business. The College feels the students will be better served by
enrolling in the Decision and Information Sciences major.
Baby Gator Pam Pallas, Director Baby Gator
Ms. Pallas discussed Baby Gator's history, mission and facilities, which are available to
faculty, staff and students. The presentation also reviewed the discrepancies in the need for
Baby Gator vs. the available capacity. Ms. Pallas outlined future aspirations for increasing
Baby Gator's facilities and requested the development of a joint task force to address a plan
for care and early education of children of current and future UF faculty.
Faculty Budget Resolution Frank Bova, Budget Council Chair
Frank Bova presented a budget resolution to develop unit level budget committees to
empower faculty to address budget issues at the local level. Joe Little suggested modifying
the language to state that units shall have the power to establish a procedure rather than
directing them to do so in a particular format.
Committee on Committees Recommendations John Leavey, COC chair
o Student Memberships
o University Curriculum Committee and General Education Committee
John Leavey presented two recommendations on behalf of the Committee on Committees.
The first is to include nonvoting student members on the policy councils (1 each), the
Curriculum Committee (3) and the General Education committee (2).
The second is to change the membership structure of the General Education committee and
the University Curriculum committee in order to increase faculty participation on these
Sustainability Focus the Nation Resolution
Eva Czarnecka-Verner, Chair Sustainability Committee
The Sustainability Focus the Nation Resolution was approved with a vote of 36-34.
Honorary Degrees Committee Recommendations
Saeed Khan, Honorary Degrees Committee Chair
The Honorary Degree candidates Hines and Barish were approved.
The Honorary Degree candidate Bush was not approved with a vote of 38-28.
Discussion from Floor:
There was not a discussion from the floor and the meeting adjourned at 5:08 PM
Mary Ann Ferguson
Ex officio students: