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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2014


Liberal Arts Council

26 February 2014, 2:00 pm, FH 230



Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy

Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney

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

Guests: Craig Hanks, Ken Grasso 


1.  Board meeting

Dean Hennessy reported on the meeting of the Liberal Arts Development Board (2/21), which featured a networking event that allowed students from the College to discuss various topics including career planning with Board members. 

2.   DAAA event:

Dean Hennessy updated Council members regarding plans for the upcoming Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards event, to take place on Saturday, April 5 in JCK.

3.  College Snapshot:

Dean Hennessy distributed a draft of the Liberal Arts College Snapshot. He will follow up with chairs to compile a list of faculty awards to include in future issues.

4.  Graduate enrollments:

Dean Hennessy distributed a summary of graduate student fall enrollments since 2007 as well as current enrollment projections. To boost enrollment and retention, Graduate Dean Golato encourages increased one-on-one communication with masters and doctoral students, in addition to enhanced recruitment.

Council members discussed the pressing need to help off-set tuition and health insurance costs for graduate students.

5.  Endowments:

Dean Hennessy distributed hand-outs indicating current endowment activity in Liberal Arts accounts. Chairs are encouraged to disburse unspent funds by August 31. They should contact Kimberly Garrett with any questions about available funds, or to discuss alternative plans for the remaining balance. Ms. Garrett will soon begin contacting chairs and directors to develop MOUs for endowments that currently lack one.

6.  CAD update:

      Dean Hennessy briefed Council members on the CAD meeting of 2/25:

·   Computer upgrades: Dean Hennessy distributed a list of faculty in the College whose computers are still using the Windows XP operating system. Chairs should remind them to upgrade to Windows 7 by April 8, 2014 in order to continue to receive technical support and updates from Texas State and from Microsoft.

·   Online education: The committee on distance and extended learning will soon make recommendations, based on SACS accreditation standards, regarding training requirements for faculty who deliver online courses. Committee member Bill Kelemen briefed Council members on the probable substance of the forthcoming recommendations. Dean Hennessy discussed the requirements for internships and       practica that have an online component.

·   Work life survey: Dean Hennessy has received the results of a recent work life survey of faculty and staff. All Texas State employees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the services provided through Bobcat Balance, which can be accessed through the Human Resources work life web page.

·   Enrollment reports: Dean Hennessy reviewed University enrollment reports for Fall 2014.

·   ODS testing: Dean Hennessy will send around a draft policy statement regarding ODS testing on ice days. Council members discussed concerns with the ODS testing procedures.

·   Other CAD items:

 -- Learning Commons prototype installations will be available in Alkek over the next two years for faculty and students to try out. Feedback on these resources is encouraged.              

-- CrashPlan, an application that will provide continuous and unlimited computer back-up capacity for faculty and staff, will soon be available through ITAC. This service will provide full encryption and will be accessible from anywhere at any time.

-- All Liberal Arts administrative outcomes have been received by Dr. Wuest and uploaded to the SACS assessment website.


Around the Table:

Bill Kelemen reported on upcoming recommendations from the distance and extended learning committee regarding monitoring services for online testing. Faculty interested in piloting a monitoring service should contact Dr. Thorne.

Council members expressed concern over the future of SPSS and potential replacement software. A subcommittee of Council members will meet on this issue.


The meeting was adjourned.