USF Undergraduate Council - Minutes of March 29, 1999

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Present: Richard Dietrich, Grace Erickson, Nell Faucette, Mary Hardy, Thomas Johnson, Ram Pendyala, Ken Pothoven, John Robison (Chairperson), Edward Silbert

Guests: Bruce Cochran, Janna Jones, Lorraine Mayfield-Brown, Joyce Nutta, Drew Smith, Curtis Wienker

The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m.

  1. The minutes of February 9, February 23, and March 15 were approved as submitted.

  2. Announcements - Since the Council has only one more meeting this academic year, the members were polled to see who would be available for an extra meeting on April 26th, 1999. This meeting would allow time for a through discussion of the +/- grading proposal. John Robison will draft a statement on Plus/Minus grading and will e-mail it to the members for discussion.

    Academic Renewal Policy - Curtis Wienker discussed this history of the policy and the various changes it has gone through in the last few years. He distributed a proposal that would return USF's policy to what it was prior to the original changes. After brief, discussion, the council approved the recommendation to return to USF's original policy. This will now be forwarded to the Faculty Senate for approval.

  3. Review of Course Proposals

  4. General Discussion and Distribution of New Proposals

    The Faculty Senate members have raised concerns regarding the teaching of the Liberal Arts exit courses by non-regular faculty. The General Education Council approved a change to this policy recently to allow these courses to be taught by non-regular faculty. The Undergraduate Council discussed this change and agreed to look into the situation in the coming academic year. Data will be collected on this and will be shared with the council members.

    Proposal Assignments for the Next Meeting

The next meeting will be Monday, April 12, 1999. The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

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