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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2012


7 March 2012, 2:30 pm, FH 230

Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy
Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney

Council Members: Bill Kelemen, Dennis Dunn, Mary Brennan, Beth Erhart, Vince Luizzi, Bob Fischer, Susan Day, Dan Lochman, Phil Suckling, Vicki Brittain, Associate Dean Britt Bousman, and Associate Dean Nancy Grayson

Guest: Ms. Jennifer Grant (Director of Liberal Arts Advising)


1. Change to Sports Psychology Minor:

Dr. Kelemen distributed and reviewed proposed curricular changes to the Sports Psychology minor. Council members voted unanimously to approve the proposal.

2. CAD Update:

Dean Hennessy reported to Council members on issues discussed by the Council for Academic Deans, including projections for budgets and enrollment growth for the University in the coming years.

3. Mission Statement:

Dean Hennessy distributed a revised mission statement for the College of Liberal Arts with his recommended alterations. After some discussion about including a reference to the courses offered by the College in the natural sciences, Council members voted unanimously to approve the revised statement without further revision. Dean Hennessy noted that Council will review the statement periodically.

4. Planning Priorities:

Dean Hennessy distributed an updated list of the Liberal Arts priorities for strategic planning and invited input from Council members. The Council agreed on several alterations. Dean Hennessy will send the complete College strategic plan to chairs and directors via email and will continue to entertain suggestions. Council members discussed several issues related to strategic planning, including Liberal Arts student advising and its upcoming articulation with the PACE Center.

5. Other Business:

Dean Hennessy discussed his plans to help publicize the University’s capital campaign to faculty and staff. He asked chairs to include a reminder about the campaign in upcoming departmental faculty meetings.
Around the table:

Associate Dean Grayson will bring information regarding the web site for grade change appeals to next meeting of LAC.

Dr. Brennan noted that History has a half-time technical support person who could be available to work part-time in another department. Dean Hennessy noted that TSPs are useful in assisting with online course design.

Jennifer Grant updated the Council on the plans of the Liberal Arts advising center for new student orientation this summer, including plans for extensive online advising.

Dr. Brittain invited Council members to lunch on March 27 with the APR team who will be on campus to evaluate academic programs in Political Science.


The meeting was adjourned.