President John Delaney
President Delaney is out of town at a meeting and will not be providing a report today. Legislative Liaison Report - Janet Owen Janet Owen was not able to be here today because of a meeting in Tallahassee, FL and Dr. Pyati provided and read her report as following:From Janet Owen, Vice President of Governmental Affairs:Senator Bill Galvano has filed 2 bills this week which package the higher education priorities of the new Senate President, Joe Negron. The 2 bills are Senate Bills 2 & 4. There are no similar House bills yet, so we don’t yet know if there is any buy-in on these issues in the other chamber.
Here is a brief summary of the major provisions in each Senate bill:
SENATE BILL 2 – THE FLORIDA EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION ACT
Student Financial Assistance and Support
The Legislature has authorized state universities to implement flexible tuition policies to assist students in accessing higher education in our state. To date, no state university has implemented a block tuition policy.
Incentivizes full-time student graduation in four years by focusing institutional efforts on initiatives that reduce student time to, and costs of, on-time degree completion.
Changes to State University System Performance Metrics in Preeminence and Performance Funding programs:
The Union is engaged in contract re-openers, and these are ongoing. The “guns on campus” bill likely will continue to be an issue. Last year, the bill was stopped in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The new Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, Greg Steube, is the Senate member who originally introduced the “guns on campus” bill. The Union is upset about the recent appointment by Governor Rick Scott to the Board of Trustees. Governor Scott appointed Adam Hollingsworth, who obtained jobs in the past by misrepresenting his academic record. The Union believes that someone who lied about his academic credentials has no place on the Board of Trustees, the group that oversees the value of our degrees. Additional information regarding this issue is on the UFF-UNF website. The UFF encourages faculty to sign a petition and letter on the website regarding this issue.
Agenda Item# 1 - FA 16-42R: Submitted by the Executive Committee
Faculty Association Bylaws Amendment– 1st ReadingAddition of New Article Proposal - No Confidence Vote Process
Faculty Affairs developed the initial language for this proposed policy. The language was adopted from the College of Arts and Sciences policy and procedures. The proposed policy is presented to the faculty for a first reading. The initial 40 names submitted to the FA President cannot be held anonymous. The vote is likely to be conducted via survey. This survey would be conducted in a way to protect anonymity. Question from Pali Sen. The language “in writing” used in this policy indicates that the petition is not anonymous. Should the policy be specific in saying that the call for a no-confidence vote should be made “by signed petition?” Response from David Fenner. The purpose for using this language was to protect the ability for the Faculty Association President to conduct the process as necessary depending on the context. Question from Mark Tumeo. Would the language need to be clearer about these two issues: “a signed petition” and “survey” instead of vote.This is the first reading of this policy as stated, and there is no vote.The language will be revised and returned to the Faculty Association for review.Agenda Item# 2 - FA 17-01: Submitted by the Academic Programs CommitteeCOAS (Undergraduate) – (English, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Physics, Political Science & Public Administration, and Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work): New Courses, Courses Change, & Programs of Study (7 packages)There was a revision to the Writing Studies Minor in the Department of English. There were removal of courses from the program of study, addition of courses, and some revisions of existing courses. Languages, Literatures & Cultures Department is recommending changes to the International Studies Major, including new courses, all of which will affect six different concentrations. There were changes to the Religious Studies Major to help students meet requirements in a timely manner. The Department of Physics submitted changes in the Bachelor of Science Physics Major with credit hour changes to Mathematical Physics to add a lab portion. Also, there is a new course proposed called Discovering Physics. The Department of Political Science and Public Administration is proposing to eliminate the Political Science Major- Political Science Fast Track MPA Concentration. The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work is proposing to create a new course called Archeological Field Methods.The item passed with majority vote.
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