Liberal Studies Committee
The Liberal Studies Committee was formed at the
recommendation of the Liberal Studies Task Force and the University Curriculum
Committee in August 1998. The Liberal Studies Committee aids in making policy
decisions regarding the liberal studies program, and evaluates and approves
courses to be included in the curriculum.
The Liberal Studies Committee is charged to work with the Office of the
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs to lead and manage the Liberal Studies
Program. This program is to be carried out through a curriculum of studies
required of all graduates of the University, and is designed to support the
development of the essential knowledge and skills for engaged global
citizenship in the 21st century. Specifically, the Liberal Studies Committee
will establish, review, approve, and/or recommend to the appropriate body
approval of the following:
- the mission and purpose of liberal studies at NAU,
- the educational goals and objectives of the liberal studies programs, the educational goals and objectives and methods of assessment of the outcomes of the courses approved for the liberal studies curriculum,
- policies governing the standards for the liberal studies curriculum,
- recommendation of courses for inclusion, and approval of changes in the overall curriculum and/or courses in the liberal studies curriculum,
- assessment and improvement of student learning,
- strategic planning regarding the role and function of the Liberal Studies program at Northern Arizona University,
- faculty engagement and support for teaching Liberal Studies.
Read the bylaws to learn more about the Liberal Studies Committee.
Meeting Dates and Materials
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engage in the Liberal Studies Committee through:
- Attending all Liberal Studies Committee meetings
- Thoughtfully reviewing all materials set forth for the agendas of
meetings, prior to the meeting in order to provide consultation and counsel to
the Liberal Studies Program Director.
- Serving on a course review sub-committee.
- Review courses for the sub-committee in a timely manner, including
the completion of reviewers’ forms and discussion of course submissions with
- Reviewer’s forms for courses must be submitted to sub-committee
chairs within one week of receipt of a new course
- When necessary, provide collegial comments to faculty submitters
for improving syllabi alignment to Liberal Studies criterion.
- Present completed reviewer’s forms to the full LSC, recommending
either approval or disapproval of the course for a Liberal Studies Program
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Liberal Studies Program Review
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