Liberal Studies Committee

Operating Procedures

ARTICLE I: Objectives and Functions

1.1. The Liberal Studies Committee (LSC) is a major standing committee of the Academic Senate.

1.2. As the body assignedresponsibility for the liberal studies component of the undergraduate curriculum, the LSC shall be responsible for the development and review of criteria for liberal studies courses and world cultures courses and shall make recommendations concerning these criteria to the Academic Senate.

1.3. The LSC shall be responsible for reviewing and evaluating proposed liberal studies and world cultures courses and shall make recommendations concerning these courses to the Academic Senate.

1.4. The LSC shall also be responsible for reviewing and evaluating existing liberal studies and world cultures courses on a periodic basis and shall recommend to the Academic Senate whether these courses shall continued to be offered for liberal studies and/or world cultures credit.

1.5. The LSC shall be responsible for establishing and carrying out an outcomes assessment of the liberal studies program and shall make recommendations concerning liberal studies outcomes assessment to the Academic Senate.

ARTICLE II: Committee Membership and Meetings

2.1. The LSC shall consist of eleven voting members:  nine members of the faculty, the Registrar or designate, and the Associate Provost.  Membership shall be determined in accordance with Article 7 of the Bylaws of the Academic Senate.

2.2. The LSC shall establish a regularly scheduled time and place for meetings called as necessary by the Chair.

2.3. A quorum shall consist of five (5) faculty members.

2.4. If a regular voting member is absent without an excuse for three or more meetings in any academic year, the Chair is automatically authorized to requestthe Committee on Elections and Committees to recommend a replacement for that member.

2.5. Approval of a motion shall require a simple majority of those members present and voting.

2.6. The LSC shall choose its officers at the final meeting of the Winter Semester.  An election will be held for chair, vice chair, and secretary.  The chair and vice chair shall have had at least one year’s experience on the committee.  The term of office shall be for one year, and officers may be re-elected.

2.7. In order to insure sufficient membership in the interim between the close of the academic year and the opening of the Fall Semester, the Committee may, at the discretion of the Chair, include faculty who have been appointed to the LSC for the next academic year.

ARTICLE III: Responsibilities of Officers

3.1. The Chair shall be responsible for convening meetings and coordinating the activities of the LSC with those of other academic bodies on campus, particularly the Committee on Undergraduate Programs, when and where appropriate.

3.2. The Chair, with the Secretary’s assistance, shall be responsible for submitting reports periodically to the Academic Senate for Senate action.

3.3. The Vice Chair shall assume the duties of the Chair during his/her absence.

3.4. The Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining a record of the meetings and of unfinished business of the LSC.

3.5. An agenda for each meeting shall be distributed to the membership by the Chair as far in advance of the meeting as possible.  The agenda shall also be posted on the Web for the benefit of interested members of the University community.

3.6. Approved LSC minutes shall be filed with the Academic Senate by the Secretary.

ARTICLE IV: Subcommittees

4.1. The Chair may create or abolish subcommittees as necessary.

4.2. All subcommittees shall report to the LSC as a whole.

4.3. For the purpose of course review, a subcommittee shall consist of at least two members of the Committee who shall not be from the department offering the course.  The subcommittee shall make its recommendation to the entire committee for a final decision.

ARTICLE V: Amendments

5.1. Amendments to these Guidelines shall require approval by two-thirds of the eligible Committee members present and voting.