Motions and Recommendations passed by the

Academic Coordinating Commission 2008-2009

(from Minutes)

Roger Thompson, Chair 

 

SUBJECT

DESCRIPTION

DATE

 

ACTION ITEM – E-Forms

Following discussion at the last meeting, new language was proposed for the back of the Request for A New Course Form.  Commissioners voted to approve  that language as follows (moved by Spencer Anthony-Cahill, seconded by Yvonne Durham):

“PLEASE NOTE:  APPROVAL OF THIS COURSE BY THE DEPARTMENT AND COLLEGE CONFIRMS THAT ALL RESOURCE ISSUES AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THIS COURSE HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED AND FINALIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND COLLEGE”

Commissioners also heard that “Course Request for Special Topics, Seminars, Current Trends” is the new and more descriptive name for the form that was previously identified as Request for University-Wide course.

Zuzarte plans to have updated forms and word documents on the web by the end of the week or early next week.

Also there will be a permanent standalone form x37 for study abroad.  Thompson thanked Lisa.

5/26/09

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MOTION

To Create a Committee on Undergraduate Education (a standing committee of the ACC)

Commissioners used straw polls to revise the language of the proposed charge to create a committee on undergraduate education and via hand count a majority voted YES to the following:

Revise the Membership:

Add Library and Fairhaven representatives to the membership

Add one additional representative from CHSS

Revise the Charge:

Change bullet point ONE to read “oversight of the Writing Proficiency (WP) requirement”

Change bullet point THREE to read “shall communicate its findings, and recommendations for improvement to the ACC and to the appropriate units.”

Change bullet point FOUR to read “Work in cooperation with and with support from the offices of “ and move “Report to ACC” to a separate bullet.

Commissioners also noted that it is important for faculty to recognize that WP refers to the upper division writing requirement since the GURs cover the undergraduate writing requirements.

The revised language follows:

(Formatted to match ACC handbook)

7.6  COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Membership*

Charge

The Committee on Undergraduate Education shall consist of fourteen (14) voting members appointed by the ACC from each of the following colleges:  Business and Economics (1), Fairhaven (1), Fine and Performing Arts (1), Huxley (1), Humanities and Social Sciences (2), Science and Technology (1), Woodring (1), and the Library (1); one faculty member from the Academic Coordinating Commission (1), one student appointed by the Associated Students’ Board (1), the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (1), the Director of the Office of Institutional Assessment, Research, and Testing (1), and the Director of the University Writing Program** (1)

**Currently designates Director of Writing Instruction Support

Chair:  The chairperson of the Committee shall be elected from among its membership at the first meeting of Fall Quarter.

Reportage: The Committee on Undergraduate Education meets five times a quarter or more often as required, usually on Thursdays at 4 pm.  Sufficient copies of the approved minutes of each meeting shall be forwarded to ACC via the Office of the Faculty Senate (MS9020, OM350) within twenty-one days of the meeting.  The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education shall provide clerical support as necessary.

 

§    Advise the Academic Coordinating Commission on all curriculum matters related to General Education, including the acceptance of courses for listing as fulfilling General University Requirements (GURs) and oversight of the Writing Proficiency (WP) requirement.

§    Promote the goals of a liberal education in general, and writing and general education goals in particular, within the academic community. 

§    Periodically review these educational goals and assess the degree to which these goals have been achieved.  These spheres of assessment include the University, colleges, and departments.  The Committee on Undergraduate Education shall communicate its findings, and recommendations for improvement, to the ACC and the appropriate units.

§    Work in cooperation with and with support from the offices of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education; the Office of institutional Assessment, Research, and Testing; and the University Writing Program.

§    Report to the ACC.     

   

 

The ACC unanimously passed the MOTION to create the Committee on Undergraduate Education.

3/31/09
MOTION FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Commissioners voted to approve the addition of the following language to Appendix D of the Catalog (Academic Dishonesty Policy and Procedure).  The language will be included as one of the eight items listed as an example of plagiarism:

“Submitting the results of a machine translation program as one’s own work”

1/20/09
MOTION Revisions to Course Numbering Guidelines

1.  In the section “Course Numbering” in WWU’s Catalog (pp. 35-36) the following changes shall be made.  The ACC Handbook shall conform to this language.

 

·   The numbers 197, 297, 497 and 597 are used for courses generally offered only once

    may be used for Experimental or One-time offerings no more than three times.

Rationale:  Suggested catalog language is currently in the ACC Handbook.  It gives departments and colleges the necessary flexibility to offer courses on an experimental basis, as well as a repeated basis, without requiring ACC approval. 

 

·   The numbers 217 (a-l) and 317 (a-l) are reserved for Special Topics (1-6). Topics vary.  Repeatable with different subjects.

Rationale: Suggested catalog language is currently in the ACC Handbook; this language conforms to customary practice.

 

·   The numbers 417, 517 are reserved for Senior Seminars or Special Topics (1-6).  Topics vary.  Repeatable with different subjects.

Rationale: Suggested catalog language is currently in the ACC Handbook.  It gives departments and colleges the necessary flexibility to use this number for courses other than capstone-type Senior Seminars.

 
12/2/08

Straw Vote

Commissioners took a straw vote in which they indicated preference for the phrase below to be added to the Academic Honesty Policy.  The proposed draft language follows:

           “Submitting the results of a machine translation program as one’s own work”

An alternative draft version which was not preferred:

           “In classes directed to foreign-language learning, submitting the output of a machine

              translation program as one’s own work” 

11/18/08