Title: Faculty Senate Steering Committee meeting minutes
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Title: Faculty Senate Steering Committee meeting minutes
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Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: June 28, 2007
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Senate Steering Committee
June 28, 2007
12:00-2:00 P.M.
226 Tigert

Attendees Rebecca Pauly
Rick Yost Saeed Khan
Frank Bova Amelia Bell
Ellis Greiner Danaya Wright
Jerry Cutler
Carol Murphy Guests:
Chris Snodgrass Carol Kern
Janie Fouke John Leavey
Kyle Cavanaugh

The meeting was called to order at 12:15 PM
The minutes of the May 17, 2007 meeting were approved.


Chair's Report Rick Yost, Chair
Dr. Yost discussed the recent approval of the tuition differential bill. Dr. Yost also
reviewed several items currently being reviewed by the Senate including the Academic Policy
Council's Faculty Authored Course Materials charge and the Honorary Degrees Committee's
recommendations on criteria for honorary degrees. Both groups will present reports at the
August 9 Steering Committee meeting.
There is interest in the creation of a Faculty Club. The Welfare council will look into best
practices for faculty clubs based on peer institution practices. Comments indicated that it
would be nice to have a faculty club in order to have a place to bring distinguished guests
and bring diverse faculty together, however there are other areas of campus that have
inadequate funding including child care and hiring. Kyle Cavanaugh noted that some
institutions rent the space for weddings and private parties to raise operation funds.

Provost's Report Janie Fouke, Provost
Dr. Fouke reported that the University of Florida is bringing in a second class of Florida
Opportunity Scholars however; the legislature did provide funds for the program again.
There will only be raises for those people who were promoted this year. The dinners are
going well and deans are recommending names of people to attend. The Provost is gathering
useful input as a result of the dinners. The CLAS budget looks on track for this academic

Information Items:

Senate Workday and New Senator Orientation- August 21
Dr. Yost discussed the Senate workday on August 21. The New Senator orientation will
take place during lunch and the councils will meet to set their agendas for the upcoming
academic year. Chair training will occur in the morning.

The Senate meeting will be held on August 23rd and will feature the State of the
University Address and the State of the Senate Address. This will be a normal Senate
meeting without the new senator orientation component.
Performance Based Funding
The committee discussed the performance based incentive model. The program would
give money to colleges who are efficient at granting baccalaureate degrees. The committee
agreed that it is important for the Board of Governors to avoid tying money to enrollment,
but to tie money to performance. Dr. Yost will send responses to the Chancellor's office on
June 29. The committee also noted that students who transfer in without an AA are not
tracked and thus the college receives no credit for graduating those students.

Council Reports

Academic Policy Council Carol Murphy, Chair
The APC is looking into faculty authored course materials. The council will work to
determine if Deans are following the current policy. The council will also look into
reported abuses of the current policy. As of 2002, faculty members do not have to sign a
form annually explicitly stating conflict of interest. Dr. Wright reported that the
Academic Freedom, Tenure, Professional Relations and Standards committee recently
voted to recommend a change in the conflict of interest policy requiring faculty to sign a
conflict of interest form annually. A suggestion was made to incorporate that into the
new effort reporting system.
Research and Scholarship Council Saeed Khan, Chair
The council will look into sabbaticals and how they are handled throughout the
university. Dr. Khan requested that the official council name "Research and
Scholarship" not be abbreviated for any purpose. Dr. Leavey noted that the term
"scholarship" may not cover the fine arts because they engage in production.
Academic Infrastructure Council Jerry Cutler, Chair
o No Report. The council will resume meetings in August.
Budget Council Allen Wysocki, Chair
o No Report. The council will resume meetings in August.
Welfare Council Rebecca Pauly, Chair
Dr. Pauly reported that she participated in the visit for the Sloan Foundation review. The
council will continue to work on day care issues and tenure and promotion issues. The
welfare council will also look into faculty clubs. The climate survey is expected to be released
in August.

The meeting adjourned at 2:15 PM.

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