Senate Steering Committee
October 6, 2005
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
Open Floor Discussion
Kim Tanzer Absent:
Janie Fouke Pierre Ramond
Bernie Machen Mike Katovich
Robert Cousins Pradeep Kumar
Scott Nygren Guests:
Rick Ragan Steve Pritz
Jack Mecholsky Ken Gerhardt
Sandra Chance Jill Vares
Saeed Khan Chris Machen
Barbara Wingo Andy McCollough
Kim Tanzer called the meeting to order at 3:00 P.M.
The minutes from the September meeting were approved.
Professor Tanzer updated the committee on the newsletter. She reviewed the College in
Focus schedule and requested input from the committee for topics in the Interdiciplinartiy
and Buzz sections of Academics.
A Humanities working group is being formed. Pramod Kragoneckar and John Leavey are
co-chairing the committee. There will be approximately 11 members on the committee and
they will work on benchmarking.
The Alligator Cartoon resolution written by Scott Nygren was sent to the Trustees. There is
still some interest from some senators for a boycott and Professor Tanzer will forward
appropriate information to the senators. Any senators wishing to participate may do so.
Joe Goldberg requested that the textbook adoption issue be added to the agenda this year.
Dr. Fouke said that Deans have a deadline to give the Provost's office a list of book
adoptions. Dr. Fouke said that the goal is for everyone to have equal access to the book list
There are actions to curb inappropriate student drinking. The assumption is that the
curriculum is not rigorous enough and there are less classes and tests on Fridays. Steve Pritz
is collecting relevant data to determine if calendar and curriculum changes need to be made
to help curb student drinking.
The University is working to determine what it will do if any of the students displaced by
Hurricane Katrina want to remain at the University of Florida. Currently the students are
registered as non degree seeking students. Some Universities in the state have adopted a
policy that states that if the student's credentials would have allowed them to be accepted
under normal circumstances then they may remain at the university if they choose to do so.
UF may adopt a similar policy.
There has been progress with the PeopleSoft project since the three Senior Vice Presidents
began working on the issues. If there has not been enough progress made by the end of the
semester the administration will use other measures to solve the problems surrounding the
President's Open Floor Discussion:
Steering committee members discussed various issues of interest.
SHealthy Gators 2010 Initiative Jill Varnes, Dean College of HHP
and Chris Machen, Chair of Healthy Gators 2010 Steering Committee
Dean Vares and Mrs. Machen reported on the Healthy Gators 2010 campaign. The
program is a campus wide coalition dedicated to promoting a campus environment
supportive of the development and maintenance of a healthy body, mind and spirit for all
members of the University of Florida community. There is a coalition of multiple colleges
that are participating in the campaign. The kickoff event is an organizational health fair at
the Reitz Union Colonnade on October 26, 2005 from 10:00 A.M. 2:00 P.M. At noon
Chris Machen will make a presentation.
UF Regulations Barbara Wingo, Deputy General Counsel
Dr. Wingo reported on new regulations and procedures. New regulations must be noticed 30
days before the B.O.T. votes on the regulation. During this time there will be a window
where anyone may comment on the issue. Issues that will remain externally approved are:
tuition, articulation and admissions. The Constitution Committee will report to the Senate
on new regulations two Senate meetings before the B.O.T. meetings.
Kim Tanzer on behalf of Linda Dixon
Professor Tanzer reported on the Master Plan. It is updated every 10 years. There has been a
lot of faculty, staff and student involvement in the development of the Master Plan this year.
Linda Dixon will present an overview of the main points of the Master Plan at the October
20, 2005 Senate meeting. She is also writing about the Master Plan in the October issue of
* Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics
Kim Tanzer, Chair
Dean Vares will be asked to research the COIA and report to the Steering Committee on
how the Senate can become involved in the program.
* Curriculum Committee
Ken Gerhardt, Interim Dean Graduate Programs
Dean Gerhardt reported on the following proposals. Both proposals have been approved by
the Graduate Council.
Move International Business concentration to a major under the
Master of Arts degree C. ,ofBusiness
PhD Degree with a major in Genetics
Multi- . department of Molecular Genetics and I, '.
* Budgeting Council
Frank Bova, Chair
Paul Robell briefed the council on the Faculty Challenge. The council proposed that Mr.
Robell speak to the senate about the Faculty Challenge at the November Senate meeting.
The council is working on the merit pay issue. The council is doing research to determine if
each department has a merit pay plan available to all faculty members. The idea is that
faculty should know the expectations to get merit pay so that when pay raises come faculty
members know what to expect.
Faculty Welfare Council Mike Katovich, Chair
There was no council report
The Research council is developing long term goals for 2005-2006. The council is trying to
determine how faculty can be involved in the research budget process. The council is also
trying to determine how initiatives originate. They will research the current procedures for
developing institutes and interdisciplinary programs to begin to try and make the process
parallel throughout the university. The council will also look at sabbatical policies
throughout departments to create a uniform policy.
* Academic Policy Curriculum and Structure Council
Jack Mecholsky, Chair
There was no Council Report
Saeed Khan, Chair
0 Master Plan
* Academic Infrastructure Council
Linda Dixon presented the Master Plan to the Council. One member of the council stated
that this year the process of creating the Master Plan was better than in previous years
because faculty were more involved this year. Dr. Nygren spoke to Dean Jett from the
International center about expanding international programs. Linda Dixon or Scott Fox will
report to the council about parking issues.
The contributing committees will bring any issues of interest to the council via written
reports. The council is trying to determine how to get more laboratory support.
Approval of Agenda for Senate Meeting Kim Tanzer, Chair
The October 20, 2005 Senate Agenda was approved.
Moving the February Senate Meeting Kim Tanzer, Chair
The February 13th, 2006 Senate meeting will be moved one week later so that it will not conflict with
the Board of Trustees annual retreat.
Scott Nygren, Chair