Liberal Education Council

 Faculty attending a workshop in the Humanities Center
 Students in Aimin Wang's statistics class
Jose Burdalo teaching
 Rod Northcutt at a sculpture exhibit

Function

Actions of the Liberal Education Council which require the approval of University Senate, such as changes in policy, shall be reported to the Senate Executive Committee, which shall place them on the agenda of University Senate. All actions of the Liberal Education Council shall be recorded in its minutes, which shall be distributed to all members of University Senate, who may raise questions about any of these actions at the meeting of University Senate that follows the distribution of the minutes. Except for any action University Senate refers again to the Liberal Education Council, the actions which do not require explicit approval by University Senate shall be considered passed upon the adjournment of the first University Senate meeting after the distribution of the Liberal Education Council's minutes.

The authority to approve the inclusion of courses in the University Liberal Education curriculum shall reside in the Liberal Education Council. Courses submitted for such approval shall already have been approved by all other appropriate academic unit. Periodic review of courses should affirm that the primary focus of course offerings is clearly aligned with the student learning objectives of the Miami Plan attribute associated with the course. 

Composition

  • A minimum of Eleven (11) faculty members:
    • The Associate Director
    • Two (2) faculty members from different departments with expertise in humanities.
    • Two (2) faculty members from different departments with expertise in social sciences.
    • Two (2) faculty members with expertise in natural sciences.
    • One (1) faculty member with expertise in creative arts.
    • One (1) faculty member with expertise in mathematics/technology/formal logic.
    • One (1) faculty liaison to the Howe Center for Writing Excellence.
    • One (1) faculty at-large member nominated in consultation with the Chair of the University Liberal Education Council.
    • One faculty (could also be one of the above) with expertise in Study Away/Study Abroad
    • One faculty (could also be one of the above) shall represent the Regional Campuses
    • One faculty (could also be one of the above) with expertise in interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary learning
    • One faculty (could also be one of the above) with expertise in DE&I
    • One faculty (could also be one of the above) with expertise in Intercultural Consciousness
    • One faculty (could also be one of the above) with expertise in Global Inquiry
    • One (1) faculty member of University Senate from any academic discipline and serving as Senate Liaison.
    • Ex-officio members who are non-voting but advisory:
      • One (1) representative from the University libraries.
      • One (1) representative from the Office of the University Registrar
      • One (1) undergraduate student nominated by Associated Student Government.
      • One (1) professional academic advisor
      • The University Director of Liberal Education shall serve as the Chair of the Liberal Education Council.
      • Additional ex officio members may be named to nonvoting seats on the Liberal Education Council at the discretion of the Council, with the approval of University Senate.

The primary goal is assembling a committee with the appropriate expertise to appropriately evaluate offerings. All divisions must be represented.

The Council shall form appropriate subcommittees as necessary.

Nominations for the Council and subcommittees shall be made in consultation with the Director of Liberal Education. Nominees must be able to serve at the regularly scheduled meeting time established for the following year. 

Membership

Faculty and Staff 

Term ends August 2022

Term ends August 2023

Term ends August 2024

Undergraduate Student

Ex officio non-voting members