Faculty Senate Meeting
October 21, 2010
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Reitz Union Auditorium
The meeting was called to order at 3:08 PM
The minutes of the September meeting were approved.
Chair's report Mary Ann Ferguson, Faculty Senate Chair
Mary Ann Ferguson reported on council activities. The Budget council is collecting comments on RCM via the
Senate blog and is meeting with deans to discuss RCM implementation. The Welfare council is asking each colleg-e's
elected faculty body to provide the welfare council with suggested topics to look into this year. The council is also
reviewing student and faculty safety issues, parental leave policies, background checks for new employees, parking
and peer review of teaching. The Infrastructure council is looking into online training and classroom availability.
The Academic Policy Council reviewed the academic calendars, and will consider student perceptions of teaching,
grade inflation and the development of an academic work plan. The Research and Scholarship policy council is
reviewing effort reporting, RCM, campus IT, centers and institutes reporting and fiscal management of contacts and
President's report Bernie Machen, President
Bernie Machen discussed the partnership between UF and Historic St. Augustine. UF will refurbish 34 historic
buildings in St. Augustine. He also discussed the NRC rankings and reported that he will appoint a presidential
committee to conduct a comprehensive review of graduate programs. The university will provide an RCM report to
the BOT in December.
Provosts' report Joe Glover, Provost
Joe Glover reported minus grades data and that homecoming 2011 will be held November 4-5. He also announced
that deans and the graduate school have been asked to create student learning outcomes for all graduate programs,
which are due in April 2011. He discussed the block tuition proposal and the proposal to create a spring/summer
consortium of students.
Interdisciplinary Research James Oliverio, Digital Worlds Institute Director
James Oliverio presented information on the digital worlds institute and how the program was created. The
program works on interdisciplinary projects with various colleges on campus.
University non-discrimination clause Wolfgang Sigmund, LGBT Concerns Committee member
This item was approved.
Open Access Judy Russell, Dean of the University Libraries
Judy Russell and Mary Thigpen presented information on Open Access.
Distance Learning Frank Bova, Distance Learning Committee Member
Frank Bova, Sanford Berg and Ed Schaefer presented information on distance learning and the process of selecting
a distance learning preferred vendor.
Constitution Changes regarding departments Margaret Temple Smith, Constitution Committee Chair
?I 1-;1 Temple Smith presented proposed constitution language regarding departments. David Groisser
recommended adding language to clarify that departments can be in more than one college, rather than not
Academic Integrity Task Force Jen Day Shaw, Task force co-chair
Jen Day Shaw reported on the academic integrity task force's progress to date. The task force has conducted a
literature review of academic integrity and conducted interviews with colleges that have a strong culture of academic
integrity. The task force has also talked to colleagues about academic integrity and will create a survey for faculty
about academic integrity. Faculty can participate in the process by serving on a focus group about academic
The meeting adjourned at 4:52 Phi
Mary Ann Ferguson
Lauren Garber Lake
Mirka K~oro Ljungberg
Margaret Temple Smith
Jen Day Shaw