Senate Steering Committee
October 26, 2006
3:00 5:00 P.M.
Attendees: Janie Fouke
Danaya Wright Rick Yost
Frank Bova Anita Spring
Mary Ann Burg Guests:
Pradeep Kumar Ken Gerhardt
Barbara Wingo Tim Taylor
The meeting was called to order at 3:00 PM
The minutes of the October 5 and 12, 2006 meetings were approved.
There was not a chairs report.
SGraduate Council Items Ken Gerhardt, Interim Dean Graduate School
o Proposal to move the concentration Entrepreneurship under the Master of
Science with a major in Business Administration to a Master of Science with
a major in Entrepreneurship
o Proposal to sunset the International Relations PhD program in the Political
Ken Gerhardt presented these items as information on behalf of the Graduate School. The
steering committee discussed the graduate proposals. The committee also discussed creating
a template of questions for the UCC to ask when items come before them. This will ensure
that the Senate knows what issues have already been considered when an item is presented
to the Senate. These items will be presented to the Senate as information in November.
Minus Grades Recommendation from APC Anita Spring, Policy Council Chair
Anita Spring presented minus grades information to the steering committee. The APC will
recommend to the Senate to adopt minus grades at UF. The council is waiting for more
information from the registrar's office about cost and implementation. Dr. Fouke suggested
getting student input into the issue before finalizing recommendations. Rick Yost suggested
sending an e-mail to each college's undergraduate council to get feedback.
DRO/ Grievance proposal
There was not an update on the DRO proposal.
Nominating Committee Language Tim Taylor, Constitution Committee
Tim Taylor presented nominating committee language which changes the composition of
the committee from 4 to 6 members. This language will be presented as information to the
Senate in November.
* Budgeting Council
Frank Bova, Chair
The budget council received a presentation from Marie Zeglen and Sheri Austin about the
University budget process. The Provost is working on a new program review template and
two members of the budget council are participating in that process. Dr. Bova also reported
that the data from the Zeglen/Austin presentation is on the budget council Web page.
Research Council Mary Ann Burg, Chair
The research council will review centers and institutes and get an update on the review
process of centers. There needs to be an updated memo or template for reviewing that is
inclusive of institutes not funded by research. The council also found out that there is no
language for sunsetting centers. Dr. Fouke reported that all of the centers and institutes that
have been approved in the past 12 months have contained a sunset clause.
Academic Infrastructure Peggy Carr, Chair
The infrastructure council has not met since the last steering committee meeting.
Faculty Welfare Council Rebecca Pauly, Chair
There was not a welfare council report.
Academic Policy Council Anita Spring, Chair
The policy council met to discuss the Bologna process and will receive recommendations
from Dr. Gerhardt once some recommendations are developed. Dr. Spring updated the
steering committee on the issue.
Approval of Senate Agenda for the November 16, 2006 meeting
The agenda for the November Senate meeting was approved with the omission of the DRO
The meeting adjourned at 4:32 PM