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Florida State University Council of Deans Minutes

Identifier: MSS 2007-017

Scope and Contents

The collection includes minutes and related materials documenting the meetings of the Florida State University (FSU) Council of Deans.

Topics of note include the following: academic calendar, academic counseling, add/drop procedures, Affirmative Action program, auditing courses, budget-departmental allocations, credit hours, examination procedures, exemption tests, faculty contracts, faculty recruiting, Florida State University, Florida State University history, general education requirements and curriculum, grades, graduation procedures, graduation requirements, job titles, Medical Sciences program, military deferment, military service, quality points, re-admission petitions, religious activities, retirement, salaries, scholarships, segregation, status (full and part-time), student-body makeup, study abroad, transfer credits, vacation policies.

There are gaps in the records between 1973 and 1986.


  • created: 1949-1990
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1950-1973


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

To request permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from the archives, please contact Heritage & University Archives, Florida State University Libraries, Tallahassee, Florida. Researchers must obtain separate permission from the copyright holders of material held within University Archives collections for which the institution does not hold copyright.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Council of Deans, formerly the Council of Academic Deans, considers matters of mutual interest to all the deans and advises the Vice President as he seeks to determine long-term educational plans and general criteria and standards for the acquisition and deployment of University resources in the academic area.  It acts upon academic matters in accordance with administrative policies determined by the President and the Executive Council; assists the President in preparing the budget and formulates policies under which changes of status and salaries of faculty members are recommended to the President; reviews any proposed recommendations of a Dean, a salary, or a change of status which deviates from the accepted policies; and, at appropriate intervals, it reviews the policies governing change of status and salaries of faculty and makes needed revisions.  In any matter involving the faculties or interest of two or more major instructional units the Council reviews the circumstances and recommends courses of action.  This mission statement was consistent throughout the 1950s.

As defined in the 1954 Faculty Handbook, the Council of Deans is composed of the following: President (ex-officio), Vice-President (ex-officio), Dean of the University, academic Deans, and the Dean of Students.  The President (or in his absence, the Vice-President) presides over the meeting of the Council of Deans.  The Council meets at regular intervals determined by the Council, upon call of the President or Vice-President, or at the request of any two members of the Council.


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This collection includes minutes taken at Council of Deans meetings on topics such as the academic calendar, general education requirements, grading, salaries, transfer credits, and vacation policies.

Arrangement Note

Arranged chronologically.

Method of Acquisition



Florida State University Council of Deans Minutes
Ginger H. Williams
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US