Index of Topics 1/30/2007

Chair empowered to negotiate alpha suffices – Motion

Question on email voting – Referred to Faculty Senate

CommSci and Disorders – waiver on fractional writing points

Ad Hoc Committee on Catalog Rewriting – to be impaneled

           For Approval 2/13/07–to Faculty Senate 2/26/07       

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  January 30, 2007

 

Chair Jim Hearne called the meeting of the Academic Coordinating Commission to order on January 30, 2007, in OM340 at 4:03 p.m.  There were thirteen (15) members present, and six (6) others for a total of  twenty-one (21). (See attached roster). 

 

Approval of ACC minutes

Commissioners approved the minutes of January 16, 2006 with one correction. 

 

Items from the Chair

§    Chair Hearne commented favorably on the friendlier arrangement of chairs and tables, but cautioned members to be more alert to other speakers.  Hearne expressed the intent to complete an expeditious review of the large number of minutes on today’s agenda.

 

AGENDA ITEMS.  The following curricular minutes came before the ACC on 1/130/07.  Action taken is recorded in the right hand column.

 

 

CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

DATE

These items had been  postponed from Fall Qtr

Action 1/30/07

 

 

General Education Requirements

10/26/06

 

Accepted

 

College of Sciences & Technology

11/13/2006

.

Accepted

 

Items from last mtg

 

COURSES and ACTION

1

College of Fine and Performing Arts

11/17/2006

POSTPONED

Dnc 338a, b, c; alpha suffices no longer in use.  Must explain rationale for use.  Dnc 236 and 237 (237 reserved for international studies -- use new numbers.) Increasing in size of major requires presentation of rationale to ACC

Please keep catalog language simple (“enchainements” is technical term?).   See ACC Handbook

Postponed for further consideration until revised version of what is being proposed is provided, including a conversation about the B grade.

 

2

Council on Humanities and Social Sciences

12/07/06

Previously Accepted EXCEPT NEW CRITERIA for entry to SOCIOLOGY MAJOR.   ISSUE (under continued discussion):  Whether it is appropriate to have grading standard for every department coincide with university standard.   

ACCEPTED: Sociology revised; “C” grade criteria eliminated  (per Memo from Assoc. Dean Kitto)

3

College of Sciences and Technology

11/20/06

Accepted with 3 stipulations:

1)  Reconsider title of Eetech minor and come up with best “real world” title for this minor specific to Engineering Technology students in Computer Science.

2)  Is Computer Science meeting the stipulated 90 credit maximum for the major?

3)  Remove the language page 11 that GPA must be 2.50 for physics “minor”.  Similar language unchanged in the major pending further discussion on the topic.

Also:  Is Math major language on p. 7 for the BA or BS?

 


 

 

 

Items Last Meeting

Date

COURSES and ACTION

4

5

6

Graduate Council

 

 

 

11/07/06

11/14/06

12/05/06

Accepted. 

Accepted

Postponed and sent back to Grad Council (See Motion**)

7

Honors Program

12/01/06

Accepted

 

8

9

10

Huxley College of the Environment

 

 

 

10/12/06

10/19/06

11/01/06

Accepted with the exception of ESCI 361a

Postponed

Postponed

See Motion**

11

12

International Programs Adv Cte

10/9/06

11/20/06

Accepted

Accepted

Question on email to be referred to the Senate (see below)

13  

Teacher Curriculum & Cert Council

12/05/06

Accepted

 

14

Western Libraries

11/08/06

Postponed

Discussion underway and new version will come forward

15

16

17 

Woodring Curriculum Council

 

10/27/06

11/03/06

11/17/06

12/8/07

Accepted

Accepted

Accepted

Withdrawn (Chair to negotiate – see Motion**)

Minutes for January 30, 2007

 

1

College Science & Technology

1/12/2007

Accepted.   Math/Physics combined major okayed over 90 credits

2

Gen Ed Requirements

12/7/2006

Accepted

3

4

Fairhaven

11/8/2007

12/6/2006

Accepted   Please correct names. (Bornzin, Barstad)

Accepted  (2 titles withdrawn)

Fairhaven has changed many course numbers in response to ACC.  Most recently topic course titles have become more generalized, sort of “container topics” into which we can “plug adjuncts” -- For example, topics in popular culture.  All of this should cause less catalog problems.

5

Woodring Curriculum

1/12/2007

Accepted

 

**MOTION to empower the Chair to negotiate alpha suffices

Leonard Helfgott made a motion, seconded by Marie Eaton, that ACC empower the Chair to negotiate with curricular committees on alpha suffices in the minutes before they come to ACC for review.  Substantive changes employing alpha suffices will still be reviewed by ACC.  The motion passed.

 

Question Raised in IPAC Minutes is to be forwarded to the Senate

Commissioners sought clarity on the differences between voting online, approving minutes online, and electing a chair online.  Online refers to email at this point.   Commissioners refer the following questions to the Faculty Senate:

1)  Can a subcommittee elect a chair via email?  (Frequently done with the Grievance committee, as long as everyone receives the email and is privy to the discussion.  This committee has an Outlook Group)

2)  Can a subcommittee approve its minutes via email?  (Frequently done when we need minutes to get to the Senate at the end of the year or the end of the quarter, otherwise important information would not get there for several months -- from mid-November to mid-January, for example)

3) Can a subcommittee conduct discussion of business as if it were holding a meeting via email?  Members of a committee sharing the email group can frequently or at any time discuss any topic they wish.  However, any significant action or discussion of the official committee must eventually be conducted in a face to face meeting with a quorum.

4)  Can a subcommittee hold an online or email meeting?  No, this has generally been discouraged, as there is no guarantee of a quorum, and not all members may be available or have the technology available to fairly undertake such a meeting.  (FYI:  Each committees has a single group Outlook email address which reaches all the members of the committee)

  

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS

Dan Boxberger, Anthropology, was appointed as the ACC represented to the General Education Requirements Committee through 2008.

 

Writing Proficiency

MOTION FROM THE ACC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE RE FRACTIONAL WRITING POINTS

Commissioners discussed the following motion, brought moved and seconded from the Executive Committee:

“Writing proficiency points may be distributed fractionally amongst several regularly offered courses (not individual sections) which apply to the major.   Such a course may satisfy 1/3, 2/3 or 1 of these WP requirements and shall be denoted as WP1, WP2, or WP3, respectively in classfinder.” 

RATIONALE:  ACC rescinds its moratorium against distributing writing proficiency points among several courses.

 

Provost Bodman expressed concern about the effect of fractionalizing writing points between several courses, asking “What if  one department wants to have 2 courses, or another wants to have 6 courses; are we opening up a can of worms, by saying you can only divide into thirds?  The principal question is can you fractionate writing courses?  Writing has interesting stipulations, especially when students must engage in writing multiple drafts.  If, for example, writing must encompass 75% of the grade in the course, what does that mean in three courses?  Does it mean 75% of each course, or 25% of each course?  What is the spirit of the initial proposal adopted by ACC regarding writing proficiency?

 

Marie Eaton suggested that writing is developmental and happens over time, and a course with a 25% component could actually be a very strong experience. 

 

The idea is that students need a significant exposure to writing in some point in their writing career, and the process of multiple drafting is important.  It is impossible for one teacher to do that with larger classes, he/she is presented with an impossible work load.  So, does this mean that more classes will become writing proficient?  Or will there be more pressure on students who can complete only two of the requirements in any particular major.

 

There are ramifications for the General Studies Major.  These students are no longer in the major that offered the original writing fraction, and how do they get the remainder?  The registrar responded that the remainder is not waived, but substitute courses are offered. 

 

Commissioners suggested that if students have to take an additional writing course, that is a good thing, the more they write the better it is, even if it might take a student one quarter beyond the time they planned to get to graduation.  Will more writing proficiency courses be created?  A lot more would be writing proficiency if they could offer 25%.  One idea is that in the major there could be one heavily intensive writing course, and some of the others would offer smaller writing proficiency elements.

 

Chair Hearne used the example that had spurred the motion originally, namely a very well-thought through curriculum presented by Communication Sciences and Disorders, which offers several different genres of writing that belong to that profession, and students obtain experience in all three of those genres.  Fractionalization was originally a problem for the computer system but this has been fixed.  But now it seems to be more a policy problem in other departments.

 

Executive Committee Motion Withdrawn; Alternative Motion Presented

Commissioners decided to give permission to Communication Sciences and Disorders to make this change, and to continue the discussion before moving on fractionalization generally. 


 

The Executive Committee withdrew its original motion, and moved and seconded the following in its place:

 

“The restriction on fractionalized writing proficiency points is waived for Communication Sciences and Disorders, and they are permitted to proceed with their curricular changes that involve fractional points.”

 

However, this will not become a general campus policy until there is further thought and discussion.

The motion passed, by a hand count of 8 in favor, 1 opposed, and 1 non-voting member.

 

Ad Hoc Committee on Catalog Revisions

Commissioners recognized that pages 35 and 38 of the catalog, along with some other pages of text are full of inconsistencies.  Provost Bodman would like an ad hoc committee appointed to review these pages, and to include a description of what is a major.  Chair Hearne would prefer a permanent committee to conduct ongoing revisions as needed.  The committee would locate inconsistencies and rewrite pertinent text, and place the graduate requirements in an orderly manner under their proper title, for example.

Commissioners voted to impanel an Ad Hoc Committee

 

Adjournment

Commissioners adjourned at 5:52 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, January 30, 2007

 

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION 2006-2007 ROSTER

 

 

Membership (term ending 2007)

 

 

Chair – James Hearne 2006-2007

 

1

A -  James Hearne, Computer Science, Chair

P

 

Vice Chair – Roger Thompson

 

2

A -  Jim Stewart, Senator, Physics Astronomy

P

 

 

 

3.

D – *Grant Donnellan, Music, ( NElig)

P

 

Ex-Officio

 

4

E -- George Zhang, Decision Science, CBE

P

17

Bodman, Andrew (Provost) (nv)

   P

5

G – David Wallin, Huxley

--

18

Lisa Zuzarte (Catalog Coordinator)

P

6

H – Shelby Sheppard, Woodring (Wtr Qtr for Marsha

                              Riddle-Buly)

   P

 

 

 

 

Membership (term ending 2008)

 

 

Registrar, Recorder, Guests

 

7

A –  Michael Meehan, Senator, Computer Science

P

1

Joe St. Hilaire, Registrar

P

8

B – Dan Boxberger, Anthro; rep to GER

P

2

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

P

9

C -  Leonard Helfgott, History

P

   3

Karen Perry, former Catalog Coord.

   P

10

C -  Roger Thompson, Senator, History

P

4

Kathleen Knutzen, Associate Dean, CHSS

   P

11

F -  Marie Eaton, Fairhaven

P

5

Kathleen Kitto, Associate Dean, CST

   P

12

I –  Stefanie Buck, Library, rep to EESP

P

6

Susan Mancuso, Educational Leadership

   P

13

S -  James Sanders, ASVP-Academics, 2006-2007

P

 

 

 

14

S -  Christian Opfer, 2006-07, rep to UPC

--

 

Members Present

15

15

S -  Eddie Jenkins, 2006-07

P

 

Registrar, Recorder, Guest Present

6

16

S-   Nate Warren, 2006-07

--

 

TOTAL PRESENT  January 30, 2007

21

 

      *Not Eligible for Re-election (served 4 yrs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members (18)

 

 

 

 

 

12 faculty (2yr terms) representing each area with 2 as Senators.  6 more members include:  Provost (nv), Catalog Coordinator (ex officio) and 4 students (1 ASVP).  ACC sends reps:  to UPC and to GER Cte.  Registrar & Recorder are permanent guests