Motions and Recommendations passed by the

Academic Coordinating Commission 2016-17

(from Minutes) 

Sean Murphy, Chair

 

 

SUBJECT

DESCRIPTION

DATE

 

SENATE ACTION  

Elections and Appointments

A motion to elect Phil Thompson to the position of ACC Vice Chair for the 2016-17 academic year (forwarded by Tracy Thorndike and seconded) passed with a unanimous vote.

 

Elections and Appointments

A motion to elect Peter Smith to serve as the 2016-17 Senate Extended Education Committee liaison (forwarded by David Rossiter and seconded) passed with a unanimous vote.

 

Elections and Appointments

Appointments to ACC standing committees (nominations forwarded and seconded by the Executive Committee) were approved by general consent.

To Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE):
            Area C, CHSS: Robert Stoops, Liberal Studies
            Area E, CBE: Brandon Dupont, Economics

To Graduate Council:
            CHSS Grad Faculty: Kristin Mahoney, English (fall quarter replacement: McNeel Jantzen, Psychology)
            CFPA Grad Faculty: Bertil Van Boer, Music
            CBE Grad Faculty: Mark Staton, Finance & Marketing
            Huxley Grad Faculty: Ruth Sofield, ESCI
            Woodring Grad Faculty: Beth Boland, Health and Community Studies
            Libraries Grad Faculty: Mike Olson, Libraries

To Scholastic Standing Committee (SSC):
            At-Large: Massimiliano Tomasi, Modern & Classical Languages
            At-Large: Petre Fiero, Modern & Classical Languages

To Honors Board:
            At-Large: Theresa Warburton, English

 

 

 

Elections and Appointments

A motion to appoint Paul Chen (forwarded by Julie Helling and seconded) to the position of CUE liaison for the 2016-17 academic year passed.

 

Elections and Appointments

Commissioners voted to approve a motion (forwarded by David Rossiter and seconded) confirming the following appointments:

To Graduate Council:
            CSE Grad Faculty: David Hooper, Biology
            CHSS Grad Facult - fall quarter replacement: Mart Steward, History (for Kristin Mahoney)
            Grad School Appointee: Clint Spiegel, Chemistry
            At-Large Grad Faculty: Bob Mitchell, Geology

To Recruitment, Admissions and Support Committee (RASC):
            At-Large: Patrick Buckley, Environmental Studies

To Council on University Programs (CUP):
            International Studies: Deb Currier, Theatre Arts
            Leadership Studies: Karen Stout, Communication Studies


Soliciting Additional Names

Commissioners passed a motion to solicit additional names for the At Large vacancy on the Graduate Council with a particular emphasis upon additional representation from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (forwarded by Sheila Webb and seconded).

 

Graduate Faculty Membership policy

A motion to approve the Graduate Faculty Membership policy (forwarded by David Rossiter and seconded) passed unanimously.

 

Elections and Appointments

A motion to appoint Sarah McDaniel, Libraries to serve on the Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE) as Libraries representative and on the Graduate Council as Libraries graduate faculty representative (forwarded by David Rossiter and seconded) passed unanimously.

 

28-Nov-2016
Elections and Appointments

A motion to appoint Nick Stanger to the at-large vacancy on the Graduate Council (forwarded by David Rossiter and seconded) passed unanimously.

 

28-Nov-2016
Recommended Improvements to General Education

A motion to approve the report, Recommended Improvements to General Education, as edited (Appendix A) and forward it to the Faculty Senate (forwarded by Joan Hoffman and seconded) passed unanimously.

 

28-Nov-2016
Course Title Policy

A motion to approve the proposed Course Title Policy as written and to include it in the ACC Handbook (forwarded by Sheila Webb and seconded) passed by a unanimous vote. The approved language is as follows:

ACC Policy on Course Titles:

A proposed new course, whether temporary or permanent, cannot have a title identical in its entirety, or substantially identical in its entirety, to that of a course already published (or already approved for publication) in the WWU Catalog. If the proposed new course is part of a sequential course series in the same Department or Program proposing the course, then the new course can have a title identical to the other course or courses in the series, as long as courses in the series are distinguished in some way (normally, by numerical sequence) in the title.

Example:

Existing course: “Political Revolution” Proposed courses: Examples of unacceptable titles: “Political Revolution” or “Political Revolutions” or “A Political Revolution” Examples of acceptable titles: “Political Revolution in Southern Africa” or “Theories of Political Revolution” or “Political Revolutions: The European Experience” or “Anthropology of Political Revolutions”

 

Winter 2017 Curriculum Review Process

A motion to divide ACC into three groups for purposes of facilitating more effective curriculum review during meeting weeks when ACC receives an exceptionally large number of pages of curriculum minutes for approval (forwarded by Sheila Webb and seconded) passed by general consent.

 

IPAC and ACC Oversight of International Programs and Curriculum

A motion to terminate the International Programs Advisory Committee’s charge from ACC and status as a standing committee of the ACC (forwarded by Joan Hoffmann and seconded) passed by a unanimous vote. ACC acknowledged that the Institute for Global Engagement may elect to charge its own faculty advisory body.

 

Elections and Appointments

Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a motion (forwarded by the ACC Executive Council) to confirm the appointment of Andrew Good, Mathematics, as CSE representative to the Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE).

 

Proposed Language for ACC Handbook

Commissioners expressed reservations about the connotations of the term “teach-out,” and a motion to amend the proposed language by deleting the words “teach-out” (forwarded by Sheila Webb and seconded) passed by a unanimous vote. Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a motion to approve the language as amended (forwarded by Sheila Webb and seconded). The approved policy will be added to the ACC Handbook and is as follows:

Departments making significant changes to programs or their requirements, including program eliminations or moratoria, must establish a plan that allows students in such programs to complete, within three years of the program revisions, the requirements applicable to students at the time they entered the program.

 

ACC's Report on Recommended Improvements to General Education

A motion to refer priority area number 1 (Writing) from ACC’s Report on Recommended Improvements to General Education to CUE for further development (forwarded by Sean Murphy and seconded) passed by a unanimous vote.

 

 

ACC Rationale for Policy on Credit Hours

A motion to approve (forwarded by Sheila Webb and seconded) the ACC rationale for a revised policy on credit hours passed. The language of the rationale is as follows:


The current ACC policy on the credit hour (ACC Handbook, Section 1.2 and Appendix 1) is (a) internally inconsistent; (b) less flexible, in some cases, than current State and Federal regulations; (c) inconsistent, in some cases, with current, and long-standing Department scheduling practices; and, consequently, (d) applicable in potentially inconsistent and inequitable ways. 

In writing a new policy, the ACC has the following objectives:

  1. a policy that is in full compliance with state and federal regulations, and the requirements of the NWCCU;
  2. a policy that is systematic, consistent, and equitable in its written form and its practical application;
  3. a policy that is consistent with current, sometimes long-standing, course scheduling practices;
  4. a policy that allows flexibility in current and future scheduling practices;
  5. a policy that, through (4), serves student interests, facilitating course selection and, thereby, decreasing time to degree;
  6. a policy that assures university oversight of credit hours for all courses, including courses using teaching modes other than direct, face to face instruction on Western’s campus.