Index of Topics 11/7/2006

GUR Competencies – Mike Mana, Chair of CATL

        For Approval  11/21/06 – to Faculty Senate 11/27/06       

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  November 7, 2006

 

Chair Jim Hearne called the meeting of the Academic Coordinating Commission to order on November 7, 2006, in OM340 at 4:03 p.m.  There were sixteen (16) members present, and four (4) others for a total of  twenty.  (20). (See attached roster). 

Approval of ACC minutes

Commissioners approved the minutes of October 24th as written. 

Report from the Chair

  -  Committee on the Assessment of Teaching and Learning – Mike Mana reports

§    Chair Hearne welcomed Mike Mana, Chair of the Committee on the Assessment of Teaching and Learning (CATL) who reported on the work this standing committee of ACC has achieved in the past year.  Currently the committee is reviewing responses to a survey on the General Education requirements.  The survey looks at courses within the General Education program to see how well they are meeting eleven competencies expected of Western graduates (see page 40 of the Catalog).   The committee is also interested in seeing what kind of assessment procedures are being used across the board, and what feedback is sought on syllabus development.  The survey was developed with Joe Trimble, Rich Frye, and reviewed by Rick Bulcroft.  It was sent out to 260 General Education classes, and 209 responded, a high response. The survey attempts to clarify if there are there deficiencies, and are they being met by another department.  The responses fall within a range of 37 to 42 out of a possible 55 points.  Since the committee has just received the data, there is no sure answer as yet as to what the data is reporting. 

§    Mana commented that it is never expected that all 11 competencies would be met in every class.  The competencies are an expression of what we hope our graduates will leave with at graduation.  Since we still have students who can wander thru the general education program by checking off certain categories, we have no assurance that a student can achieve all these competencies.  Mana also said that the committee is thinking of generating a “proto student”, and dumping a random number of courses on it.

§    Commissioners raised questions about the term competency, especially as related to being “ethically competent”, or do we mean “competently ethical”.  One commissioner felt that the competencies are so ill-defined as to be confusing. 

§    Mana responded that CATL is thinking of making language more explicit but that is a back burner project.  CATL also wants to look at some student histories when examining the “proto student”.

§    One commissioner echoed the idea that faculty are teaching general education without a clue as to what these competencies should be, and asked what is the responsibility of ACC to direct this. 

§    Mana reported the committee had talked about a different kind of course proposal form, so that faculty have to address these issues, and general education expectations, up front as larger goals than simply an introduction to the field.  This is a really important step in curriculum design, and why not spell out what standards we are trying to reach.  One Commissioner does not think so much of disciplinary issues, but rather thinks about presenting the canon of Western civilization.

§    Mana noted that while some of these are tough to test, we ought to have a reasonable way to measure that some impact has been made on our students.

§    Mana will meet with Chair Inverarity of the Gen Ed Committee and talk in more detail about the survey.  Mana thinks a report will be available to the ACC in about 3 months, now that Gen Ed Committee is up to speed.

 

Herein is the list of competencies that were discussed (from the Catalog, page 40):

General Education at Western Washington University

GUR academic competencies and perspectives:

1.        Analyze and communicate ideas effectively in oral, written, and visual forms

2.        Analyze and interpret information from varied sources, including print and visual media

3.        Use quantitative and scientific reasoning to frame and solve problems

4.        Identify and analyze complex problems

5.        Apply tools of technology, with an understanding of their uses and limitations

6.        Explore, imagine and create

7.        Recognize the rights, responsibilities, and privileges of participating in, and contributing as a citizen in, a diverse society

8.        Understand and evaluate assumptions, values, and beliefs in context of diverse local, national and global communities

9.        Work collaboratively and manage projects to effective completion

10.     Reflect on one’s own work and on the ethical dimensions of academic pursuits                        

11.     Understand and assess the impacts of interactions among the individual, society, and the environment  

     

The Chair will ensure the competencies are sent to the members, and posted on the ACC website.

AGENDA ITEMS

            Reading of Curricular Minutes

COMMITTEE

DATE

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

Action

 

Committee on Assessment of Teaching and Learning

 

10/30/06

 

Gen Ed Survey Results

 

Accepted

Fairhaven College Curriculum Committee

10/111/06, 10/24/06

Student concentration titles approved

Winter Schedule courses approved

 

Accepted

Accepted

Teacher Curricula and Certification Council

5/23/06

Education course revisions

 

Accepted

Woodring Curriculum Council

5/23/06

Course cancellations & revisions

Postponed

Comments on Curricular Minutes: 

Committee on Assessment of Teaching and Learning (CATL) 11 7 06.    After questioning Commissioners learned that “RGrade” is a software product. 

Fairhaven College, 10/24/06.  Some question arose as to the timing of the approval process for courses, and Commissioners learned that those courses largely taught by adjunct faculty hired late last spring, are not likely to be permanent course.  Fairhaven courses come directly to ACC.

Woodring Curriculum Council – APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES POSTPONED

Ø    Commissioners request that the originating college include the rationale for cancellations, and particularly with items 5 and 6, that the originating college curriculum committee provide course descriptions, prerequisites, rationale, etc., and that these described courses then proceed to TCCC. 

Ø    The comparison was made to how college curricular committees provide their original minutes with course descriptions using strike through and underline, and if a course is proposed as a GUR course it then proceeds to the GER committee.  In the same way fully-described Woodring courses appropriate for certification would then proceed to TCCC.  A major that does not involve certification should be reviewed by the Woodring Curriculum Council.

 

Ø    Commissioners asked for more detail in descriptions from Human Services regarding course changes.

Ø    Human Services underwent a major curriculum revision this year to align better with what was happening, but did this show up in the minutes as more than a line item.  Courses should have their home in Woodring, and then get forwarded for certification purposes to TCCC.   The perception is that Woodring is not approving these courses but is passing them along.

Ø    Commissioners would like to have a better understanding of which minutes have been acted on first.

Ø    Chair Hearne will try to spell out the policy that is supposed to be followed at the next meeting.

 

DISCUSSION – Spring Registration Chair Hearne reported that information on the topic would be in the next packets.

 Commissioners Concerns:

            Realizing that the concern would be most appropriate to bring before the Senate, Commissioners requested that the leaf blowers would do their job at off-peak hours so the noise does not interrupt classes.

Adjournment

Commissioners adjourned at  5:04 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, November 7, 2006

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

--

17

Bodman, Andrew (Provost)

   P

5

G – Patrick Buckley, Huxley (Fall Qtr for David Wallin)

P

18

Lisa Zuzarte (Catalog Coordinator)

P

6

H – Shelby Sheppard, Woodring (Fall Qtr for Marsha

                              Riddle-Buly)

  P

 

 

 

 

Membership (term ending 2008)

 

 

Registrar, Recorder, Guests

 

7

A –  Michael Meehan, Senator, Computer Science

--

 

Joe St. Hilaire, Registrar

P

8

B –*Diana Wright, for Linda Kimball rep to GER-Fall Qtr

P

 

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

P

9

C -  Leonard Helfgott, History

P

 

Troy Ragsdale, Classroom Scheduling

--

10

C -  Roger Thompson, Senator, History

P

 

Karen Perry, former Catalog Coord.

   P

11

F -  Marie Eaton, Fairhaven

P

 

Mike Mana, CATL

   P

12

I –  Stefanie Buck, Library, rep to EESP

P

 

 

 

13

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

P

 

 

 

14

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

P

 

Members Present

16

15

S -  Eddie Jenkins, 2006-07

P

 

Registrar, Recorder, Guest Present

4

16

S-   *Lauren Balisky, 2006-07

P

 

TOTAL PRESENT  November 7, 2006

20

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members (18)

 

 

 

 

 

12 faculty (2yr terms) rep each area.  Provost, Catalog Coordinator (ex officio)  4 students (1 ASVP), 2 faculty Senators.  ACC reps:  to UPC, to GUR, to SenLegislCte.    Guests: Registrar, Recorder