Thanks, and hope you're all having good summers.
Based on feedback I've gotten since circulating notes on the liberal arts committee's SIGCSE 2017 activities, the sense seems to be that we should work towards a report focused on the core questions from our charge (is there a need for a voice for liberal arts
computing programs, and is there a need for an ongoing group of liberal arts computing educators). We
have quite a bit of evidence for a "yes" answer to the second of these just from our
discussions so far. We might also want to do a "characteristics of liberal
arts CS programs" survey, similar to last summer's except aimed at a larger
audience, but there seems to be little appetite for surveying on a broader set of questions.
Barring alternatives to this plan (which are welcome; please share on this mailing list if you think we should aim for a different goal), I'd like to invite you to start thinking about what we should say re the two questions above, and how we should support those statements (e.g., relevant literature you know of, data sources to tap, things we'd need to get via a second survey, etc.) Some of you have shared some thoughts on these things with me individually, which is great, but don't be shy about sharing thoughts with this list too.