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Liberal Arts Council Minutes

1 February 2006, 2:00 pm, Flowers Hall 313
(Approved by LAC on 15 February 2006)

Presiding: Dean Ann Marie Ellis
Recording: Associate Dean Daniel Lochman
Council Members: Vicki Brittain, Susan Day, Frank de la Teja, Robert Fischer, Nancy Grayson, Michael Hennessy, Vince Luizzi, Jon McGee, Theron Stimmel, Philip Suckling.
Guests: Hassan Tajalli, Cathy Fleuriet, Lisa Garza, Beth Wuest

1. LAC minutes of 1/25/06 (assessment of Academic Computing Proposals, information about new faculty lines and faculty retirements, new evaluation forms for departmental chairs, plans for graduate enrollment growth, the University’s mentoring program, payroll deadlines for 2006, discussion of student awards and donors’ recognition, Presidential Awards, CAD update) are to be considered for approval online.

2. Academic Computing Proposals. Dr. Hassan Tajalli, the Liberal Arts representative on the Academic Computing Committee, provided advice to assist the review and assessment of the Department of Anthropology’s Academic Computing Proposal submitted in addition to those assessed on 1/25/06. The Council again expressed its appreciation to Dr. Tajalli for offering advice and helping to develop and strengthen the proposals.

3. Program Outcomes and Academic Program Review. Drs. Fleuriet and Wuest and Ms. Garza presented a handout and discussed new requirements for identifying program outcomes, measuring them, and incorporating them in Academic Program Reviews. In general, each program will identify five to eight learning outcomes and two ways of measuring each. Dr. Fleuriet indicated that she will investigate whether her office holds a copy of the most recent Liberal Arts notebook detailing the departments’ progress in measuring program learning outcomes. Dr. Wuest indicated that the Office of Institutional Research will provide chairs soon with a template for the required outcomes and measures.

4. CRG follow-up: articles in foreign languages. Dean Ellis announced that she wishes to develop a new Liberal Arts policy for reviewing a publication submitted to College Review Group but written entirely in a foreign language.

5. Requests for new faculty lines. Chairs distributed documents proposing and justifying requests for new faculty lines. Following discussion, chairs rated each request. Chairs are to submit any revisions to the documents to Dr. Lochman.

6. Summer budgets. Dean Ellis added to the agenda a reminder that summer budget revisions are due within the next week.

7. SAP. Dean Ellis noted that Liberal Arts offices have had difficulty accessing SAP data on Macintosh computers. Each office will need at least one PC for SAP-related tasks.

• Wednesday, February 1: Deadline for proposed course changes, additions, and deletions. Forward course proposals to Kathy Scott by 5 pm.
• Wednesday, February 1: Chairs name Departmental Presidential Upper Level Scholarship Screening Committees. Include a committee chair, senior faculty member, and a junior faculty member.
• Thursday, February 2, 10 am to 2 pm: Study Abroad Fair, ASB Breezeway
• Tuesday, February 7: Deadline for chairs to submit reappointment forms for tenurable continuing faculty in their first contract year.
• February 7, 7:30 pm, KAP House, Kyle: Darlene Unrue reads and signs copies of new Katherine Anne Porter biography
• Friday, February 10: Deadline for information about March 2006 Diversity Month. Forward information about the event to Tina Schultz (; call 5-3541 if you have questions.
• Friday, February 10: Deadline for nominations for Presidential Awards for Excellence. See PPS 6.11 for information and the nomination form.
• Saturday, February 11, 10-noon, LBJ Student Center Ballroom: Bobcat Day Academic Exchange; reserve a table at University Admissions Office.
• Wednesday, February 15, 1-2:30, JCK 460: Program Outcomes Workshop.
• Thursday, February 16: Presidential Upper Level Scholarship applications due to departmental offices. Departmental committees consider each candidate prior to March 24.
• Tuesday, February 21, 3 pm: David Butler delivers the Presidential Seminar.
• Wednesday, February 22, 2pm: LAC reviews Presidential Award nominees.
• Friday, February 24, 2-4 pm, ELA 245: Study Abroad Council
• Friday, March 3, 2-5 pm, Alkek 105-106: University Curriculum Committee meets
• By Monday, April 2: Dean Ellis names and convenes a College Selection Committee to consider all departmental nominees in Liberal Arts