Senate Steering Committee
January 10, 2008
Attendees: Frank Bova
Rick Yost Bernie Machen
Saeed Khan Amelia Bell
Rebecca Pauly Guests:
Ellis Greiner John Leavey
Jerry Cutler Jill Vares
Barbara Wingo Andy McCollough
Carol Murphy Daniel Wubah
Danaya Wright Cathy Martyniak
The meeting was called to order at 3:02 PM
The minutes of the December 6, 2007 meeting were approved.
Chair's Report Rick Yost, Chair
Rick Yost reported that the call for nominations for University committees was sent out.
Yost also encouraged members of the Steering committee to share their thoughts on the
President's Report Bernie Machen, President
President Machen updated the Steering committee on state budget allocations and projected
budget shortfalls. The University will avoid making cuts to student programs and will look
for areas in the budget that do not involve student credits when making decisions about
areas in which to reduce spending. The Steering committee agreed with the principal of
protecting the academic quality of the University. Machen asked the Steering committee to
think about ways the faculty can give input to this process and develop principals to drive
decisions on budget cutbacks as well as where money should be spent when the University
receives additional funds.
Healthy Gators 2010 Jill Varnes, Healthy Gators 2010 steering committee vice chair
Jill Vares updated the Steering committee on the Healthy Gators 2010 program. This
presentation will be given as an information item at the January Senate meeting.
Gordon Rule Proposal Andy McCollough, General Education Committee Chair
Andy McCollough presented the revised Gordon Rule proposal and discussed the
modifications to the proposal. The revised document will be reviewed by the Academic
Policy Council and the item will be presented as information at the February Senate meeting.
Report from the Ad-hoc Committee on a Civil, Safe and Open Environment
Rick Yost reported that Kim Tanzer will update the Senate on the actions of the Ad-hoc
Committee on a Civil, Safe and Open Environment at the January Senate meeting.
Policy Council Regular Membership and college assemblies Saeed Khan, member
The Steering committee discussed the relationships between the Senate and the college
assemblies. Rick Yost will talk to Barbara Wingo and Danaya Wright regarding the Senate's
interaction with College Councils in order to clarify the roles of the two groups in shared
governance. The consensus of the Steering committee is that the Senate should not be
restricted to whom it can solicit information.
Academic Policy Council Carol Murphy, Chair
The council will review the emended general education committee's proposal. The council is
also reviewing the faculty authored course materials and conflict of interest charges. The
general counsel's office sent a response to the UFF president on the council's behalf
addressing concerns the UFF raised regarding the proposals.
Academic Infrastructure Council Jerry Cutler, Chair
The council is considering a proposal to change Tuesday/Thursday classes to 75 minute
blocks. The council will discuss Information Technology governance in March. The council
met with representatives of the vehicle management plan. The February meeting will be
devoted to vetting the plan.
Research and Scholarship Council Saeed Khan, Chair
The council is creating a proposal for a central policy on sabbaticals. The policy will include
language in support of granting sabbaticals to roughly 10 percent of the faculty and
transparency. The policy would be created to enhance the existing sabbatical program.
Welfare Council Rebecca Pauly, Chair
The council is reviewing data from the faculty climate survey. The council is also pursuing
the child care issue.
Budget Council Allen Wysocki, Chair
Approve Senate Agenda for January 17, 2008 Rick Yost, Chair
The agenda for the January 17, 2008 Senate meeting was approved with the addition of an
information item from the Constitution committee.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 PM