Senate Steering Committee
November 1, 2007
Attendees: Bernie Machen
Rick Yost Barbara Wingo
Frank Bova Guests:
Mary Ann Ferguson John Leavey
Chris Snodgrass Cathy Martyniak
Saeed Khan Carol Kem
The meeting was called to order at 3:04 PM
The minutes of the October 4, 2007 meeting were approved.
Chair's Report Rick Yost, Chair
Rick Yost notified the steering committee that he authored an article on "Celebrating the
Faculty" to run in next week's issue of InsideUF. The University Curriculum Committee
and General Education Committee appointments have been finalized. Students have
expressed concern regarding the student conduct code recommendations. The Research and
Scholarship council is looking into sabbaticals and professional development leaves across
President's Report Bernie Machen, President
Dr. Machen discussed the recommended honor court changes and noted that it is important
for faculty to be included in the academic honesty process. The BOT voted on a 5 % tuition
increase for undergraduates. Presidential goals for the upcoming year will be approved by
the BOT. Dr. Machen stated that it is important for faculty to be encouraged through faculty
enrichment programs. Dr. Machen also reported that a consulting group is looking at ways
to improve efficiency.
Nominating Committee Report Carol Kem, Chair Nominating Committee
The nominating committee will send out the call for nominations before the semester break
and will send a reminder in January before the deadline. The nominating committee also
expressed concern that committees are not functional at the beginning of the academic year
because appointments have not been finalized by that time. Rick Yost will emphasize the
importance of service to the Senators and he will talk to the senior vice presidents about
encouraging participation in the shared governance process.
Constitution Committee Proposed Language for General Education
Committee Mary Ann Ferguson, Chair Constitution committee
The constitution committee presented three options for language regarding the general
education committee. Chris Snodgrass moved to adopt option A. The motion was approved.
Proposed regulation (6C1-3.0375) regarding tuition cost
Mary Ann Ferguson, Chair Constitution committee
Mary Ann Ferguson presented the regulation which will be presented to the Senate in
November as an information item.
Welfare Council Rebecca Pauly, Chair
Rebecca Pauly visited the dean's breakfast and presented the results of the tenure and
promotion survey. The welfare council is also looking into implementing a faculty club.
Additionally, the council beta tested a search committee tutorial.
Budget Council Allen Wysocki, Chair
The budget council is gathering information regarding the budget and is working on a
recommendation to replace faculty and staff computers on a regular basis.
Research and Scholarship Council Saeed Khan, Chair
The Research and Scholarship council discussed effort reporting and certification reporting
at the end of each semester. The council discussed the possibility of combining the effort
and assignment reports. The council is also looking into issues of faculty development and
Academic Infrastructure Council Jerry Cutler, Chair
The infrastructure council is looking into campus security and the implementation of the e-
learning system. Additionally, the council is looking into an alternate Tuesday/Thursday 75
minute class schedule.
Approve Senate Agenda for November 15, 2007 Rick Yost, Chair
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 PM