Index of Topics 11/7/2006

MPAcc – Proposed graduate degree:  Julie Lockhart

   Amended & Approved 12/5/06–to Faculty Senate 1/22/06    

Summer Session length


Writing Proficiency Requirement divided over several courses


2-year Rule for purging courses from the Catalog






Regular Meeting  --  November 21, 2006


Chair Jim Hearne called the meeting of the Academic Coordinating Commission to order on November 7, 2006, in OM340 at 4:10 p.m.  There were twelve (12) members present, and seven (7) others for a total of  nineteen. (19). (See attached roster). 


Approval of ACC minutes

Commissioners approved the minutes of November 7, as written. 


Report from the Chair

The Chair reported there were changes to the agenda and pointed out that additional minutes were distributed at the meeting with a revised agenda.

The Chair welcomed Julie Lockhart, Accounting, who was present to answer question on the new Masters in Public Accounting (MPAcc) that is proposed for ACC approval.

·         Lockhart explained that the Masters is the preferred degree for the accounting profession; unless ACC approves the proposal we will remain the only accredited school in the State without such a program.

·         The program requires 225 credit hours and is followed by an examination.  The MPAcc takes one additional year, the fifth year.  (A student who finishes with one major can then come back to complete a second major, with a plan of study or application for second major.

·         In terms of admission, Bodman suggested that there be a simple pass through to the Graduate program by the accounting majors.  At present they have to take the GMAT and apply to the Graduate School.

·         Bodman suggested that it would be simpler to design an accelerated graduate program so that undergrads that do well in accounting could move right into the grad program.  However,  at present we will not be able to accept all the good students; we hope to cap the program at 25 out of the 90 we graduated in accounting.

·         Part of the small proportion is that 30% of the graduates go to public accounting, and this program targets that group; this number keeps the class sizes intimate and manageable.

·         Accounting would be the home department for the MPAcc, not the MBA office; MPAcc 561 is to be moved over from the MBA program.  On advice from the graduate division, it, is actually a revised course even though it is moving from one department to another.

·         MBA fast track (originally designed for accounting students) is still available.  MPAcc have the option of doing an internship at the end of the grad program.

·         There is 1 net FTE faculty gain for the accounting department, and will be used as part of the graduate program.  We expect some administrative functions will be a shift of work rather than additional work.  Support staff activities are expected to just shift rather than add incremental work, and MBA staff has a system in place that the new program can just tap into.

·         There is a recommendation that the catalog entry read “Pending HEC Bd approval”.  Applications to the program will be accepted while the HEC Bd submission is concurrent.

·         Lisa Zuzarte suggested the proper procedure for MPAcc 561 approval is to submit a new course form since it is moving from one department to another.  The Chair concurred that it is important to end one course and resubmit a new course proposal in the new department, and the Graduate Council might suggest this, even though this is the same course, taught by the same person, with the same description.


Commissioners postponed approval of the MPAcc program until the next meeting in order to be able to fully review  the large amount of materials submitted to ACC.

·         Also, Bio 690, the way the description is written implies you can register for 36 credits in one quarter.



            Reading of Curricular Minutes






Woodring Curriculum Council


POSTPONED from last meeting


1-Council on Humanities and Social Sciences


Curricular Revisions


2-Graduate Council


3-Graduate Council




Student Affairs Admin in Higher Ed;

        Grad Program in Theater Arts

Course revisions and cancellations (MPAcc proposed)

5/9 Accepted


10/24 Postponed

4-Honors Program Memo


Course proposals


5-Teacher Curricula and Certification Council


Course Revisions


     Added Items




6-Request for New Master’s Degree


Graduate Council – program descriptions

Postponed until next meeting

7-General Education Requirements




8-Council on Humanities and Social Sciences


Course revisions, cancellations and additions


9-College of Sciences and Technology


Course revisions, cancellations and additions



Comments on Minutes

Item #s

3 and 6 - Graduate Council, 10/24/06, see Julie Lockhart presentation above.


1 -  Council on Humanities and Social Sciences postponed

·         Questions arose regarding why Comm 436 and 442 are now S/U graded; especially since 436 is a major requirement.  Kathy Knutzen explained that field experience and hands on application type classes are S/U graded and are so in many major areas.

·         One objection, incorrectly believed, is that a student cannot sign up for an S/U grading convention in the major.  What is primary here is that it is possible to have S/U graded mandatory to the entire class.  “Pass/No Pass” is an option a student can choose when it comes to electives.  These options frequently occur in language conversation or practicum class, such as German 306 or Japanese 425. These classes are essential for the major, but difficult to assign a grade.

·         The faculty in Communications do not think this will affect the transcript significantly.  In Communications you have a 50 credit major, plus a required minor.  At present there is no limit on S/U in any particular major. 

·         Commissioners would like stipulations removed from the catalog that insist that majors maintain certain grade point averages higher than required by the university.  The recommendation was also made last year by ACC.

·         Further discussion on the topic ensued; currently Sociology is going to require a certain grade in selected classes in order to proceed on with the major.  The basis is faculty belief that a student will not succeed in the major unless they have a benchmark grade point, and without it they should be redirected in their study plan.

·         According to Provost Bodman if a student is in good academic standing by university standards they should be able to enter any major.  Faculty believe that if a student takes 5 courses and is expected to perform well in those courses and does not, the student should be redirected.  In music, for example, the talent may not be there.

·         In most colleges instead of setting grade point requirements, gateway courses are set up which students must master before applying to the major.

·         Another question is whether setting standards for majors leads to grade inflation, or whether this is simply setting standards.


5 - Teacher Curricula and Certification Council

·         Commissioners had proposed that College committees should have ownership over their own courses.  They propose that all courses and course descriptions come through the minutes of the college in which they originate.  In the case of TCCC, Woodring or other colleges would send the appropriate courses to TCCC for certification review, and continue the conversation back and forth with TCCC to resolve issues. 

·         Finally the resolved courses would come through the college minutes and would have a check box or other indication that they had been reviewed and approved by TCCC.  TCCC would no longer have to send duplicate minutes to ACC. 

·         Perhaps TCCC could submit a short summary ACC with a narrative indicating work completed during the quarter.  But the specifics regarding courses, course descriptions, prereqs., repeatability, etc., would be contained in the originating college curricular minutes alone.


6 through 9 – Postponed.

Remaining minutes were received too late for the packets and Commissioners requested postponement to allow more time for review.




Summer Session- 8 weeks?   

·         Chair Hearne asked Commissioners to consider whether an 8-week summer session, or two 4-week sessions would make summer school more attractive for students and faculty.

·         Concern for faculty salaries was raised and Commissioners were reminded that the topic is a matter for collective bargaining.

·         Barbara Audley, Executive Director,  EESP, pointed out that most summer sessions are run during the 6-week session.  The key here is that as long as you get your contact time in, you can schedule your session as long as you want.  The outer limit is 9 weeks, but we have 4, 5, 6, 7,8, or 9 week sessions, for many reasons.  Some classes start later to reflect and accommodate the availability of the audience.  Any change would need extensive discussion with the departments.  As long as we have this flexibility, let the departments keep the time frame they want.

·         Commissioners agreed there was no problem here that needed to be solved.


Motion from the Executive Committee

Writing Proficiency Requirement applied over several courses (Motion Tabled).   

·         Chair Hearne reported that the writing proficiency requirement is an attribute applying to a particular course.   Some departments had asked to allocate the requirement over several different courses, applying a kind of point system to the level of writing provided in each to meet the overall proficiency requirement.  ACC had placed a  moratorium on this. 

·         A department wanted to distribute writing proficiency over 3 courses having 1/3 unit per course.  This prevents the same teacher from being burdened with the entire writing proficiency responsibility.

·           The proposal to reverse the moratorium came as a Motion moved and seconded from the Executive Committee of the ACC. 

·        Motion:  Departments can distribute writing proficiency points over the year long schedule and are recommended to apply this distribution only to required courses in the major.

·         Commissioners asked that the motion be deferred so that prior to the next meeting a list of writing proficiency courses and the departments that offer them can be provided.  Karen Perry agreed to provide such a list.

James Sanders moved to table the motion, seconded by Lauren Balisky, which Commissioners passed.


2-year Rule Waiver.

·         Commissioners recognize that some courses cannot be taught within a 2-year cycle, and request that the proposal that such courses immediately be removed from the catalog be waived or relaxed.  While it is important to get rid of the dead weight of unavailable courses in the catalog, the main recommendation is that courses are marked in the catalog so that a student knows they may not be taught during the period the student is attending.  Courses can be removed from the catalog and held in a sort of limbo from which they can be again resurrected a few years later without going through the entire approval process for a new course.  In other words the catalog information is immediately re-insertable.

·         Provost Bodman is sympathetic to making this less bureaucratic in terms of course approval…

·         Total purging from the catalog has several problems.  For example, a new chair, a change in teaching load, traveling, special funding could all result in the ability to have a purged course taught in the next quarter, and at present this requires an entire approval process again.

·         Commissioners suggest a waiver extended to 3 or 4 years, and asterisking courses that might not be taught during a certain period.  At the same time create a form that Deans and Assistant Deans can use to urge Chairs to purge real untaught courses.  The catalog should indicate the quarter when a course is offered to students..



Commissioners adjourned at  5:51 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, November 21, 2006





Membership (term ending 2007)



Chair – James Hearne 2006-2007



A -  James Hearne, Computer Science, Chair



Vice Chair – Roger Thompson



A -  Jim Stewart, Senator, Physics Astronomy






D – *Grant Donnellan, Music, ( NElig)






E -- George Zhang, Decision Science, CBE



Bodman, Andrew (Provost) (nv)



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



Lisa Zuzarte (Catalog Coordinator)



H – Shelby Sheppard, Woodring (Fall Qtr for Marsha







Membership (term ending 2008)



Registrar, Recorder, Guests



A –  Michael Meehan, Senator, Computer Science



Joe St. Hilaire, Registrar



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



Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder



C -  Leonard Helfgott, History



Julie Lockhart, Accounting



C -  Roger Thompson, Senator, History



Karen Perry, former Catalog Coord.



F -  Marie Eaton, Fairhaven



Barbara Audley, EESP



I –  Stefanie Buck, Library, rep to EESP



Marlene Harlan, EESP



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



Kathleen Knutzen, Associate Dean, CHSS



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



Members Present



S -  Eddie Jenkins, 2006-07



Registrar, Recorder, Guest Present



S-   *Lauren Balisky, 2006-07



TOTAL PRESENT  November 21, 2006



      *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