President John Delaney
Academic Affairs Provost & Vice President Mark Workman
At yesterday’s BOT meeting, President Delaney ran through his presentation that he gave the Board of Directors in November. President Delaney (representing the other Presidents) and Professor Yost (representing Faculty) did a great job addressing the relevance of the Texas Breakthrough Solutions with regards to teaching evaluations and its relevance in the state of Florida. They made a compelling case that Universities can receive targets from the BOG but should not receive instructions on how to fill those targets. Institutions need greater and not lesser latitude in carrying out their missions and fulfilling their obligations to the state. It is hopeful that some of the draconian aspects of the Texas Breakthrough Solutions should not gain traction in Florida.
Academic Affairs purchased a new microwave for the Faculty Association as a holiday gift.
Patrick Plumlee added a comment about yesterday’s BOT meeting. It is worth noting that irrespective of the amount of restructuring of the conversation of the BOG’s Special Committee Report, there is still a large emphasis placed on Universities following a business model with students looked upon as “customers”. Faculty should be aware that Governor Scott may still expect Universities to make significant contributions to student career paths.
Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen
United Faculty of Florida – Cheryl Frohlich
UFF has been visiting all of their faculty union members to discuss any issues that may have arisen in order to incorporate them into an agenda to take to bargaining. During this process they discovered in a few situations that some had misinformation. If there is any uncertainty about information that a faculty member receives please forward it to UFF for validation. Often times it is simply a misinterpretation. There have been several meetings with the President and the Provost to inform them of general faculty issues. They are still looking for volunteers for the newly formed Bargaining and Membership Committees.