in Action panel weighs resource needs
said they hoped for more student input during the meeting.
Campus needs such as computer software and musical recording
technology were discussed at a meeting Wednesday to help
map TCUs future.
Approximately 40 people, including faculty and staff and
students, met to discuss the need for additional learning
tools such as technology, faculty and materials.
The meeting was the second of six town hall meetings organized
by Chancellor Victor Boschinis Vision in Action
group. Boschini developed the VIA group to design a three-
to five-year plan for TCUs future.
The panel was overseen by four members: Sue Anderson,
professor of education; Ernest Couch, professor of biology;
Larry Kitchens, director of the Center for Instructional
Services; and Catherine Wehlburg, director of the Center
for Teaching Excellence.
Only one student, senior journalism major Monique Bhimani,
commented at the meeting. TCU needs a greater variety
of software on all university computers, as well as more
Iomega Zip disk drives, Bhimani said.
There are various classes that require you to use
certain programs, she said.
said he had hoped for more student input.
Its their university too, he said.
Topics discussed at Wednesdays meeting are more
relevant to students than issues discussed at the other
town hall meetings, Anderson said.
Theyre the learners, she said. Wed
like to know what they feel they need.
Many faculty members offered their views on what resources
the university needs to provide or improve.
The university needs to envision the library of
the future, said Bob Seal, university librarian.
Library improvements could include group study rooms,
better collections and electronic resources, wireless
Internet access, ample Internet bandwidth and more comfortable
learning areas, he said.
The library is the heart of the academic enterprise,
Gerald Gabel and Jose Feghali, professors of music,
said the music department needs new technology.
Weve been plagued for many years with sub-par
recording technology, Gabel said.
Other faculty members emphasized the need for student-faculty
The learning resource is really us, and the technology
is just the facilitator, said Bob Lusch, dean
of the business school.
Wehlburg agreed TCU should not have technology
for technologys sake.
Were also talking about people, she
said. Its not just the technology or classroom
Students do not have to attend the meetings to express
an opinion, Anderson said. Students who have something
to say about the distribution of resources at TCU can
e-mail Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at
(817) 257-6572. The Learning Resources committee may
also send an e-mail questionnaire to students.