Senate Steering Committee
April 5, 2007
3:00 5:00 P.M.
Attendees: Peggy Carr
Danaya Wright Anita Spring
Sandra Chance Kim Tanzer
Chris Snodgrass Amelia Hugus
Pradeep Kumar Guests:
Rick Yost Carol Kem
Janie Fouke Ken Gerhardt
Barbara Wingo Andy McCollough
The meeting was called to order at 3:05 PM
The minutes of the March 1, 2007 minutes were approved.
Chair's Report Danaya Wright, Chair
Dr. Wright reported that the language regarding tenured full professors will be changed in
the regulations to reflect the original language that the college Promotion and Tenure
committees can consist of at-rank faculty. The regulation currently states tenure committees
should be "comprised of tenured faculty members of colleges holding full rank or above".
This change will be included in the constitution committee's report on upcoming regulation
recommendations. The Honorary Degrees Committee met to discuss the composition of
the Honorary Degrees Committee and the process the committee will follow. The Education
policy committee received the revised strategic work plan and will review again in June. Dr.
Machen will use the SWP as a planning document. Dr. Wright asked the steering committee
if they would like to move forward with creating a process for endorsement of student
President's Report Bernie Machen, President
Dr. Machen reported that Jane Adams is drafting a resolution for Officer Dahlem. Dr.
Machen would like the Steering Committee's support of this resolution. The University is
working on creating more permanent recognition for the officer. Florida pre-paid students
are no longer included in the Academic Enhancement Program proposal. Dr. Machen also
noted that the Hough School of Business does not carry an academic function and would
not need to be approved by the Senate. This is a naming opportunity for a program only.
The name itself will have no academic significance or bring about any curricular change. Dr.
Machen also reported that Student Government would like a report on minus grades in a
couple of years.
Gordon Rule Proposal Andy McCollough, Chair General Education Council
Dr. McCollough presented a proposal to change the Gordon rule grading structure. The
proposal is to require the instructor to evaluate both the content, by providing a letter
grade, and the writing, by providing a S/U.
If a student receives a U, it does not affect their grade; it means the student didn't meet
the Gordon rule requirement for general education. The APC had concerns about the
process for implementation. John Leavey also noted that the CLAS undergraduate
coordinators had opposition to the proposal. The item will be deferred until the Fall and
will be presented as information in September. The APC will try to obtain feedback
from the faculty before the fall.
PhD in Epidemiology Ken Gerhardt, Interim Dean Graduate School
Dr. Gerhardt presented a proposal for a PhD in Epidemiology. The item will be an
information item in April.
Honorary Degrees Committee Recommendation
Saeed Khan, Chair Honorary Degrees
Dr. Khan presented a candidate for an Honorary Degree. Dr. Khan will work on
obtaining letters from the Astronomy department and the item will be postponed until the
Student Sustainability Fee Resolution Danaya Wright, Chair
Student Government presented a resolution on the creation of a sustainability fee. The
steering committee decided that the Senate was not the appropriate place to discuss
legislative issues at this time. Rick Yost will determine a process for review of LBRs next
Textbook Affordability Bill Danaya Wright, Chair
Dr. Wright presented a textbook resolution. The Steering committee expressed some
concern regarding the resolution. All concerns will be directed to Jane Adams so she can
convey those concerns to our lobbyists.
Sunshine Laws, e-mails and discussion boards
Barbara Wingo, Deputy General Counsel
Dr. Wingo expressed concern about the listserv becoming a discussion board. Suggestions
are to close and monitor the listserv, create a system by which members of the Senate can
communicate, in a venue, seen by the public, but that only allows Senators to speak. Any
system for discussion would have to be created as a meeting with a specific time and location
for the general public to watch. The steering committee will consider this issue over the
Academic Policy Council Anita Spring, Chair
Dr. Spring reported that the Academic Policy Council 'cleaned up' the SWP and there were
no substantial changes made. There were conversations with Dr. Machen about how to
proceed in the future. Currently, the document will be reviewed every 3-5 years and
addendums can be made to emphasize priorities. Dr. Spring will send Dr. Wingo an opinion
regarding notes services and the council will also look into current regulations regarding
professors receiving money from students for class materials.
Academic Infrastructure Council Peggy Carr, Chair
The Infrastructure Council held a joint meeting with the Sustainability Committee. The
council is concerned that there is not enough work for them to do because the committees
are adequately doing their jobs.
Approval of Senate Agenda for the April 19, 2007 meeting
The Senate agenda was approved.
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 PM