Senate Steering Committee
November 3, 2005
3:00 -5:00 P.M.
President's Conference Room
Approval of minutes
Open Floor Discussion
Kim Tanzer called the meeting to order at 3:00 P.M.
The minutes from the October meeting were approved.
Kim Tanzer requested input from the steering committee on methods for communicating
Provost news with the faculty. Dr. Fouke and Professor Tanzer discussed several
possibilities for sharing information. The steering committee agreed that using several
different methods to communicate with faculty would be effective. Suggestions included
having a portion of the newsletter dedicated to Provost updates, sending an e-mail to the
faculty when there is news to report and posting notices on the Provost Web site with a link
to the Senate Web site.
Professor Tanzer distributed a draft list of UF Faculty Productivity Data for review. The
data was compiled to show that the growth of faculty at the University has not been equal to
the growth of the University as a whole. Professor Tanzer collected the data sheets and will
redistribute when the data is formally reviewed.
The steering committee discussed issues regarding the quality of courses, raising
undergraduate expectations and grade inflation. Richard Yost and Sandra Chance will help
Professor Tanzer to collect information regarding grade inflation. They will also work with
Andy McCollough to evaluate the rigor of undergraduate education.
President's Open Floor Discussion:
The steering committee did not have any issues to discuss.
Faculty Challenge Paul Robell, VP for Development and Alumni Affairs
Paul Robell spoke to the steering committee about the faculty challenge. He distributed
information packets about the initiative. The campaign's goal is to reach $30 million a year
for 5 years for new endowments related to graduate students and faculty. The development
officers in each college are working towards this goal with the foundation. The faculty can
help by notifying college development officers if they are aware of potential donors.
Honorary Degrees Barry Ache, Chair Honorary Degrees Committee
Barry Ache presented a candidate for an honorary degree. The Honorary Degrees committee
is favorable of the nominee. The Steering Committee approved moving the Honorary
Degree information item to an action item to move the process along more rapidly due to
the nominee's current health.
Constitution Committee Follow up
Chris Snodgrass, Chair Constitution Committee
Chris Snodgrass reported that the constitution committee is finalizing language regarding a
constitutional change to the Academic Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and
Standards Committee. They are also finalizing language for institutionalizing the Ad-Hoc
Sustainability Committee. Other items that the committee is reviewing is, Article 5 of the
constitution regarding policy council descriptions, the change in mission of the library
council and the compensation committee. The constitution committee tabled the
compensation committee issue due to possible conflicts with the collective bargaining
agreement. Dr. Snodgrass will report progress on the above mentioned issues to the senate
at the November Senate meeting.
Senate Chair Elections
The steering committee would like to add language to the by laws to state that the top two
votes for the senate chair will be taken. This will eliminate multiple rounds of voting for the
* Library Starbucks
The Infrastructure council will gather information about the library Starbucks and
report to the Steering committee.
Alligator Follow up Scott Nygren, Council Chair
Scott Nygren reported that some student groups organized a boycott of the Alligator. This
boycott does not change the resolution that the Senate voted on and there is no information
to bring to the Senate regarding the boycott. Professor Tanzer will report in the November
chair's report that there is currently a boycott against the Alligator.
There were no council reports given.
Approval of Agenda for Senate Meeting Kim Tanzer, Chair
The November 17, 2005 Senate Agenda was approved with the stipulation that the
Honorary Degrees would be moved to an action item.
The meeting adjourned at 5:12 P.M.