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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2012

19 September 2012, 2:00 pm, FH 230

Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy
Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney
Guest: Jennifer Grant (Director, Liberal Arts Advising Center)
Council Members: Vicki Brittain, Susan Day, Mary Brennan, Vince Luizzi, Beth Erhart, Bob Fischer, Dan Lochman, Bill Kelemen, Philip Suckling, Dennis Dunn, Associate Dean Britt Bousman, Associate Dean Nancy Grayson
1.    Approval of minutes:
Minutes of the Liberal Arts Council retreat and meeting of 12 September were unanimously approved.
2.    College overview for the coming year:
Dean Hennessy distributed and reviewed several College goals for 2012-13. He noted that increased enrollment for Fall 2013 has been designated by the President as the University’s top institutional goal. In addition to enrollment, areas of emphasis for the College include: core curriculum, graduate programs, growth management, academic advising, globalization, College centers, external funding, hiring, and facilities. Council members discussed strategies for increasing enrollment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels including various forms of outreach to potential students and their parents, and also reiterated the need for more financial compensation for graduate students to enhance the competitiveness of our programs.   
3.   Strategic plan updates from departments/centers:
Dean Hennessy reviewed the procedure for reporting 2012 departmental/center updates to the College’s strategic plan. Lucy Harney will collect and compile the reports (due October 9) for Dean Hennessy’s review.
4.   Modern Languages catalog changes:
Bob Fischer distributed and outlined several minor catalog changes to the requirements for the Spanish major. Council members voted unanimously to approve the changes.
5.    CAD update:
Dean Hennessy briefed Council members on CAD discussions regarding tenure and promotion. Provost Bourgeois and Associate Provost Opheim recently gave a workshop for faculty in the tenure/promotion process, and Dean Hennessy met with two groups of tenure-track faculty to discuss expectations for tenure/promotion.
The Dean reminded chairs that syllabi should now be uploaded to HB 2504. Problems with the site should be reported to Holly Tipton in AVPAA Debbie Thorne’s office.
6.   Assessment plans:
Lucy Harney reviewed the plans for reporting student learning outcomes for each department and IS. Changes from last year’s reports should be sent to Lucy by October 10.
7.   Other business:
Dean Hennessy is working with faculty records to improve the PCR approval process.
Council members discussed recommendations for dealing with troubled, disruptive, or violent students. They see coordination of existing resources and follow-up for students as the primary areas to be addressed. Dean Hennessy will convey these recommendations to the task force subcommittee that is currently reviewing campus safety as part of a review of mental health services on campus.
Some chairs reported that new tenure-track faculty have not yet received computers. Dean Hennessy and Dr. Bousman will look into this as well as verify when the computer replacement program will begin for this year.
Around the Table:
Dr. Brennan asked whom to contact to stop commercial vendors from littering classrooms with advertisements. Dr. Grayson advised calling the director of the LBJ center regarding companies who make their presentations in the student center.

The meeting was adjourned.