were given a handout with old institutional budget priorities
listed; her goal is to make prioritization more collaborative.
This summer we will develop ways to revise those priorities.
Different areas of focus may be examined each year, with the
whole list of priorities scrutinized every four years or so.
Three different kinds
of processes are at work in budgeting: a consultative "vertical"
process; a legislative process; and an internal "horizontal"
process to give a university-wide perspective. Time lines
(for 1999) are included for action. Arrows on the chart show
the direction of recommendations. She hopes more people will
participate and that budget will then be better supported.
She included in another handout the proposed foci for next
academic year. (See
attached UNF Institutional Priorities)
Liaison Report - Janet Owen
session is halfway finished. Janet distributed a handout on
educational issues showing budgetary requests vs. appropriations
from the Florida Senate and the House. We will lobby hard
with the conferees on issues where we have primary concerns.
Enrollment is a big political issue pitting the State University
System against the community colleges over funding. It is
too early to know how policy issues will be compromised; opinions
on tuition increases differ, too.
(See attached University of North Florida Issues)
- Hank Camp
gave an overview of the work done by task forces and the General
Education Council as they explored the purpose and goals of
General Education. How can we enhance general education at
UNF? Various approaches were considered and a pilot project
in learning communities is the outcome.
Groups, "FIGs," were identified by the pedagogy committee,
leading to summer development of four FIGs for fall; they
will be thematically-based and faculty-linked. Students will
co-register for courses. April 9 is the deadline for FIG proposals
and the response is good so far. Call Hank with any questions.
of Florida - Gary Harmon
Rights and Responsibilities workshop was held last week. Gary
thanked Joann Campbell for her part in talking about the contract.
On April 29 Provost
Kline and Promotions and Tenure Committee Chair Bill Slaughter
will offer a dossier workshop for faculty going up for promotion
and tenure next year and for their chairs. It will meet during
the noon hour in the Faculty Association rooms.
The new contract
was ratified at 98% affirmative votes, but with a light voting
pattern across SUS; that likely indicates general approval.
Half of the proposed $6 million "bonus" (above 2.6%) was to
go to remedy imbalances in salary, but legislators appear
to be balking at this allocation. Some feel we are already
well-paid, compared with faculty in the Southeast region.
He asked for help in contacting legislators to put pressure
on them to support the contract.