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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2016


Liberal Arts Council

15 June 2016, 2:00 pm, FH 230


Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy

Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney

Council Members: Bill Kelemen, Dennis Dunn, Mary Brennan, Beth Erhart, Alberto Giordano, Craig Hanks, Chad Smith, Dan Lochman, Sherri Mora (for Ken Grasso), Associate Dean Britt Bousman, and Associate Dean Nancy Grayson

Guests: Gene Bourgeois, Cynthia Opheim, Frank de la Teja

1.  Approve LAC minutes:

Council members unanimously approved the minutes of the Liberal Arts Council meeting of June 1, 2016.

2.  Internal Search for Liberal Arts Dean:

Provost Bourgeois and Associate Provost Opheim reviewed nomination procedures for the internal search for the next Dean of Liberal Arts, who will follow Dean Michael Hennessy in this position when he returns to faculty in September 2017. Council members were briefed on timelines and eligibility requirements for candidates. Department chairs, center directors, associate deans, and faculty senators are asked to submit nominations and recommendations to Provost Bourgeois by July 22.

3.  Program proposals from Modern Languages:

Lucy Harney presented program proposals from Modern Languages to create three new curricular emphases within the Spanish major: Hispanic Literature and Culture, Spanish Linguistics, and Professional Spanish. Council members voted unanimously to approve the proposals, pending completion of the new concentration proposal forms.

4.  IRB issue:

Chad Smith distributed a portion of Texas State’s current Institutional Review Board application. Council members raised questions regarding some policies and practices related to research compliance. Beth Erhart, who will head the Council of Chairs in 2016-2017, plans to invite a representative from the Office of Research and Federal Relations to visit an upcoming meeting of the CoC to address these concerns.

5. CAD update:

Dean Hennessy distributed information and briefed Council members on items from the 6/14 CAD meeting:

  • Two-factor authentication of identity will soon be required to access some online services, initially for VPN and the online toolkit. ITAC will work to prepare users for full implementation by November 1.
  • A question was raised as to whether student research scholarships are to be deducted from financial aid awards. Chris Murr (director of Texas State’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships) is looking into how other Texas universities approach this issue.
  • Results of Texas State’s most recent undergraduate alumni survey are now available on the Institutional Research web site: 
  • Dean Hennessy will send a working draft of the new graduate survey instrument. Chairs and directors should report suggestions and customized questions to Susan Thompson ( in Institutional Research. 
  • Transfer admissions and registrations for fall 2016 are down significantly. Dean Brown has launched a transfer yield project, with academic advisors contacting admitted transfer students who’ve not enrolled for classes.
  • Dean Golato reported that graduate admissions for fall are strong overall. In Liberal Arts, numbers for both admitted and enrolled graduate students are up from last year.


Around the table:

Bill Kelemen reported that Texas State has a secured a university license for Qualtrics research software. He will work with Milt Nielsen in Information Technology on licensing for academic units in Liberal Arts.

The meeting was adjourned.