Present: Michael Arnush , Phil Boshoff, Fran Hoffman, Rory McVeigh, Jon Ramsey, Amelia Rauser, Anita Steigerwald.
The meeting began at 9:00 am, Purchasing Conference Room in Dana.
1. Fall '99 courses
Michael Arnush handed out a list of anticipated honors forum proposals for Fall 1999 semester.
- Course proposals for the Fall will be distributed to Council members this Friday for review.
- The deadline to submit proposals to Curriculum Committee is January 27.
2. Fall '98 programmatic assessment; revision of assessment forms:
Michael Arnush to arrange a meeting with Fran Hoffman and the nine faculty members who taught HF courses Fall'98 to discuss how the courses went and what changes we need to make for future courses.
Student activity assessment:
- Shows that student need more choice of courses
- The Council needs to re-think the amount of activities offered each semester (e.g., perhaps fewer lectures, better timing of events, etc.)
- Monthly meetings to be handled by the students
- Too many of the courses required pre-requisite
- Students need greater involvement in decision-making
The HF needs to select a student to serve on the Council
- discussion of criteria; Fran Hoffman suggested that we have the students register votes for the nominated students (Andrew Cencini, Francesca Cichello and Katie Cella)
3. Upcoming Events:
January 28 - Dinner and Presentation with Tom Lewis/Larry Hott
"Divided Highways: The Interstates and the Transformation of American Life.
February 11 - Dinner and Lecture Classics Professor Charles Segal
February 22 - Induction Dinner scheduled for February 24
Invitations to apply mailed out January 22 to Class of 2002 Dean's List.
March 10 - Tentative Greenhouse dedication
April 28/29 - Academic Festival
Michael to announce it at the next faculty and academic staff meetings.
Social events: bagel brunches, field trips, informal gatherings; student committees may have other plans in the works
The College Relations office should have the logo ready in a few weeks.
5. Admissions: Class of '03
Reading of files
April 15-16 ACD & evening event ( Dinner at the Surrey)
6. Advising Students: re continuing membership in the Forum
- 70 students
- 1 transfer
- 2001 30 students
- 2002 40 students
- 25% of the class of 2001 did not meet the required GPA
- 38% of the class of 2002 did not meet the required GPA
- The Council to advise students re: limited co-curricular participation and academic profile; the mechanism for advising was discussed and established (fac/staff on the comm. will meet individually with those struggling academically, otherwise individually or in groups)
The Council will meet weekly thru February.
The meeting adjourned at 10:00; next meeting will be Monday, February 1 at the Staff/Faculty Lounge.