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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2012

11 April 2012, 2:00 pm, FH 230


Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy
Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney

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


1. Liberal Arts Awards Day:

Dean Hennessy and Dr. Grayson reviewed procedures for the Liberal Arts Awards Day ceremony (April 12). Dr. Fischer reported that some Liberal Arts double and dual majors are not appearing on Banner/Cognos reports. Dr. Harney volunteered to work on this issue for next year so that no eligible Liberal Arts majors are overlooked in the awards process.

2. Academic Affairs Strategic Plan Priorities:

Dean Hennessy distributed and discussed the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan Priorities for the Division of Academic Affairs as presented by Provost Bourgeois at an open forum on strategic planning on April 10. Dean Hennessy noted that the major goals for Liberal Arts are included in the plan: increases in faculty hiring, commitment to proposing PhDs in Applied Anthropology and Public Administration in the 2016 THECB cycle, prioritization of the online BA and BS in Psychology, competitive stipends for graduate assistants, and increased hiring/improved salaries for academic advisors and staff. Dean Hennessy will circulate the Academic Affairs planning document via email to Council members.

3. Merrick Scholarship Funds:

Council members deliberated the procedures for awarding one-time Merrick funding for student scholarships. Each department will have sufficient funds to award at least one scholarship of $2,000 to an undergraduate or graduate student who meets established departmental criteria of academic excellence. Departments with larger numbers of majors will have sufficient funding to award from 2 to 5 scholarships of this amount.

4. Other Business:

Dean Hennessy reported that final administrative decisions are still pending regarding student computing resources, tenure/promotion, and merit/equity funding.

Around the table:

Council members discussed the practice whereby students sell or otherwise distribute class notes, especially through sites online. Questions regarding, for example, the honor code and intellectual property rights entailed in the sharing of notes, reviews, etc. will require continued consideration.

Dr. Kelemen mentioned the complications that arise from the reservation of class seats for students in the Residential College program, specifically the online message viewed by students attempting to register for reserved seats. Dr. Kelemen will follow up on suggestions from Council members to try to reduce confusion and frustration for students.

Dr. Brennan inquired about the feasibility of providing on-site APR evaluators with an honorarium. Dr. Day and Dr. Lochman shared their understanding of and experience with the process.

Dr. Fischer asked about new procedures for identifying students enrolled in classes for which they lack prerequisites. Beginning Fall 2012, the registrar will have the ability to drop these students from classes during late registration at the request of department chairs.

Dean Hennessy noted that The 2012 Presidential Convocation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 22. There will be some restrictions on scheduling college and department meetings that week. More details to come.

The meeting was adjourned.