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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2012

2 May 2012, 2:00 pm, FH 230


Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy
Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney

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


1. Approval of minutes (25 April 2012):

Council members unanimously approved the minutes of the Liberal Arts Council meeting held on April 25, 2012.

2. Purchase of controlled assets:

Dean Hennessy discussed basic information related to the purchase of controlled assets such as computers, printers, and other electronic equipment by University employees. He distributed a contact list for questions from chairs, research directors, and other faculty regarding these items and related purchases/expenditures.

3. Business continuity plan:

Dean Hennessy reported on the new Texas State System requirement that universities create business continuity plans for all indicated units to ensure that time-sensitive and critical services continue to be provided in the event of an emergency. He distributed hand-outs with information on the procedures for developing these plans at Texas State. Council members discussed those academic units that might require a dedicated plan. Most departments and centers will participate in a general College plan. Training sessions will be provided for chairs, administrative assistants, and technical support staff. Deadline for completion of plans is February 2013.

4. Council on Funded Research:

Associate Dean Bousman distributed a summary of his report to CAD on May 1 on the progress of the Provost’s Council on Funded Research. He briefed Council members on: 1) emerging research status and TRIP funds; 2) residual funds on fixed-price contracts; 3) grant software; 4) research in strategic planning; 5) guaranteed accounts for research faculty; 5) grant hiring; and 6) a recommendation to the Provost for streamlining start-up renovations.

5. CUPA data:

Dean Hennessy distributed the revised list of peer institutions that Texas State will use to establish salary targets for new hires. The new list is composed of a greater number of research-intensive schools, including six other Texas universities with Emerging Research Status.

Around the Table:

Dr. Suckling announced that the PhD stipends for geography students will be increased to match other graduate stipends across campus. The increase is effective for Fall 2013.

Associate Dean Grayson noted that the number of students planning to attend Liberal Arts commencement ceremonies is very high this year. In future, the practice of allowing students to participate in graduation ceremonies before completing all credit hours may be reconsidered.

The meeting was adjourned.