TASA President Carol Fairlie
Welcome to TASA!
Report on TASA Meeting with the THECB on February 6, 2015
Here is the report (Word file and PDF file) of the meeting (Feb. 6, 2015) between Carol Fairlie, President of TASA and Richard Lubben (TASA Board Member) with Dr. Rex Peebles, Assistant Commissioner of THECB. It is an effective start with assertive and meaningful communication with THECB. But there is still work to be done and TASA is on it.
Sample Syllabus Reviewed by the THECB (Word file and PDF file)
The below wording was added to the Evaluation Criteria section of the sample syllabus after the TASA/THECB meeting to address what was discussed as requirements; however, was not in the original syllabus that was reviewed:
"This course is designed to introduce a breadth of knowledge and reinforce cognitive, creative and problem solving skills. In addition to the evaluation of the artistic and creative aspects of work, no less than one-half of the student’s overall semester grade will be based on assignments and activities that focus on the appreciation and analysis of art including theory, criticism, aesthetics, design foundations, the interpretation of art and history."
TASA thanks Carol Fairlie and Richard Lubben for their outstanding work. If you wish to extend your thanks and encouragement directly to Carol and Richard, please send your emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com !
Creative Arts Core Component Area and Studio Art Courses
The below link is to Amarillo College’s 2013 core submissions and can be used as an example for your upcoming core proposals. (Check with your institutional Curriculum Office for deadlines to the THECB. South Texas College has a Nov. 15 deadline so it is coming up very soon.) As you know, Amarillo College was the only institution that had studio courses accepted into the core by the THECB last year. Please notice the use of key words and the amount of detail that seems to be required for an acceptable application. To increase your chances for a successful application include an explanation of how each of the four core objectives will be covered and assessed and how each course fulfills the core objectives using a grading rubric. We are no longer using Exemplarily Educational Objectives (EEO’s) so those along with the ACGM page number can be omitted from the application. You should use the new CLO’s and course descriptions listed on the ACGM link below. Lastly, please also find a letter of support from the TASA Board (link below) that you can print and include with your core inclusion requests when submitting through your college’s Curriculum Office in November. We hope it will help explain how studio courses do belong in the Creative Arts Core Component Area.
Amarillo College Core Submissions:
Downloadable grading rubrics for core objectives and team member critique sheet. Click on the “Competencies and Rubrics” link to download the general rubric form and modify for your department if needed.
ACGM Lower Division Academic Course Guide Manual:
Select “Studio Art & Art History” in the discipline areas and then click on “run”
Notice that several courses have revised course descriptions and Course Learning Outcomes (CLO’s). Your Fall 2015 Master Syllabi should be updated with this new information when submitting your core inclusion justifications. The staff member reviewing your core justifications will likely review your Master Syllabi when making his or her decision regarding approve or denial to the core.
TASA Letter to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Subject: Creative Arts Core Component Area and Studio Art Courses
Microsoft Word Document
TASA Core Survey Results (three survey summaries) - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xwnzo61vyfses1r/AAAap8iJxRFTgOlBn_lOrnIpa?dl=0
Board Member (2011-2017)
South Texas College
Art Dept., 3201 W. Pecan Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501
TASA welcomes all artists/educators and students to be part of an organization created at the request of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 1970. It has been, and continues to be, a forum for art department faculty members at two-year and four-year public and private higher education institutions.
TASA has tackled important issues such as transfer credit between institutions and common numbering of art courses throughout the state’s institutions. Some of the most recent issues have included the dilemma facing photography programs regarding wet versus digital processing. In the past TASA made recommendations to the Coordinating Board concerning the 124-hour rule, mandated by the state legislature, for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. As the future of higher education evolves and expands, TASA looks to continue addressing important issues that have a significant impact on students and curriculum. Membership in TASA provides a unique opportunity to be involved in these discussions and have an active role in Texas art education.
Annual TASA conferences are occasions for artists to exchange ideas ranging from higher education to artistic processes and theory. Conferences are held in different cities and colleges throughout Texas. Conferences feature a variety of lectures from artists, gallery representatives, and art historians discussing cutting edge ideas and relevant issues from today’s global art community. Hands on workshops ranging from instructional planning and organization to experimenting with various 2d and 3d studio media are showcased and open to all attendees. The TASA conference experience also provides time for members to network on many levels ranging from exhibition opportunities, employment opportunities, and professional collaborations. TASA invites you to join and participate in a unique organization that opens the lines of communication between art educators, students, and departments across the state!
-TASA Past President Omar Hernandez of El Centro College, Dallas TX