Hello, SIGCSE liberal arts committee. I hope you've been having good summers, in whatever form they've taken.
Following Grant Braught's survey earlier this summer, he and I have been having some conversations, as have Henry, Alyce, Andrea, and I. Some ideas about things this committee could or should do around SIGCSE 2017 have come out of those conversations, and I want to see what you all think of them.
First, Grant's survey produced an interesting glimpse of the state of computing programs in liberal arts institutions, but had limited responses to questions that tried to identify strengths, challenges, issues, etc. of those programs. A larger survey (e.g., aimed at the whole SIGCSE membership) focusing on those questions and deliberately seeking input on how people outside the liberal arts community see liberal arts CS programs as well as on how those inside the community see them, might be a good follow-up. There was also a thought that face-to-face ways of getting views on these things could be a good supplement to a survey. So SIGCSE item 1 could be....
- A special session that is partly a report on what we've done so far (e.g., Grant's survey), and partly a guided discussion of the questions suggested above. I expect most of the time in this session could be spent on the latter.