Index of Topics 2/13/2007

Quorum discussion. 

Astron 103, Art 140, Dnc 231  – 3 Motions

           Approved 2/27/07–to Faculty Senate 3/12/07

EESP use of alpha suffices unaffected  – Professional Studies

Electronic approval of minutes byTCCC okay - Motion

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  February 13, 2007

 

Chair Jim Hearne called the meeting of the Academic Coordinating Commission to order on February 13, 2007, in OM340 at 4:03 p.m.  There were nine (9) members present, and four (4) others for a total of  thirteen (13). (See attached roster).   

Quorum. There was discussion about meeting cancellation for lack of a quorum, however there was concern because so many minutes remain to be reviewed before the catalog deadline.  When it was brought to the attention of the Commission that two members had resigned, and that the membership now totaled sixteen, the meeting was again called to order at 4:20, since the required quorum of nine was present.  

 

Approval of ACC minutes

Commissioners amended and approved the minutes of January 30, 2007 with a note to reflect that Fairhaven course changes cannot be made without concomitant change of the American Cultural Studies courses to which they are cross-listed. 

 

Items from the  Registrar

Joe St. Hilaire pointed out that in the 11/13 minutes from the College of Sciences and Technology, the change of Astronomy 103 to Astronomy 104 simply because they did not want to use the same number as Physics 103 is confusing to students, who will see Astron 104 as a different course and will register for it.  It is usually not discovered until halfway through the quarter that students are registering for the the other course, and the first one is already filled.

There is no problem with keeping Physics 103 and Astronomy 103.  The representative Commissioner thought the college merely was doing this out of convenience and hadn’t realized the problem this could cause.

MOTION:  Jim Stewart moved, seconded by Shelby Sheppard, that having heard the Registrar’s suggestion, that Astronomy 104 be revised back to the former number 103, pending discussion with the chair and approval by the department.  The Commission passed the motion.

AGENDA ITEMS.  The following curricular minutes came before the ACC on 2/13/07.  Action taken is

recorded in the right hand column.

 

READING OF CURRICULAR MINUTES (Exhibit B)

Previous minutes

 

Curriculum or Standing Committee

 

Postponed from previous meeting

Old

Fairhaven College

12/6/2006

Note to the 1//30/07 ACC minutes:  Amended minutes reflect that the Fairhaven change cannot be made without concomitant change of AmCult Studies courses to which they are cross-listed.

1

College of Fine and Performing Arts

11/17/2006

Postponed, but department is working on changing alpha suffices

3

College of Sciences and Technology

11/20/06

Accepted with 3 stipulations  (see ACC Mins of 1/30/07)

Old

College of Sciences and Technology

11/13/06

(These minutes on the 1/30/07 agenda.)  Having heard a suggestion from the Registrar, and pending approval by the department, ACC moved to undo the change of course number Astronomy 104 and move it back to the original 103.  This will help avoid students registering for the course a second time because they think it is a different course.

6

Graduate Council

12/05/06

11/7/06

Alpha suffices to be corrected.  Use of X number.

Revised page sent to ACC, see below – incomplete

 

 

Committee

 

Postponed from previous meeting

 

8

9

10

Huxley College of the Environment

 

 

10/12/06

10/19/06

11/01/06

Accepted but not ESCI 361a

Postponed

Postponed

Still postponed, chair to review for alpha suffices

14

Western Libraries

11/08/06

Postponed

 

 

Woodring Curriculum

12/8/06

Withdrawn (Chair to review)

MINUTES FOR MEETING OF FEBRUARY 13, 2007 

1a

Committee on Assessment of T&L

10-30-06

 “Writing Expectations” from WAG – ACCEPTED

2a

College of Business & Economics

11/29/06

ACCEPTED.  Clarity of these minutes was duly noted with appreciation by ACC.

3a

College of Fine & Performing Arts

1/29/07

ACCEPTED with the exception of ART 140 and all the places where it appears in connection with other courses, and any actions therefore that depend on ART 140. (Motion moved by Shelby Sheppard, Stefanie Buck seconded; passed)

Title, class description and rationale need to be clarified.

4a

General Education Requirements Cte

1/18/07

ACCEPTED with the exception of Dance 231  (Motion moved by Shelby Sheppard, Stefanie Buck seconded; passed).  Dnc 231 is referred back to the GER committee.  This course already approved as  HUMANITIES GUR, and cannot therefore be listed as CCOM (only one GUR category permitted).  However, the ACC expressed interest in knowing the rationale of the GER committee for considering this course under CCOM.  

5a

Ext Education & Summer Programs

1/29/07

ACCEPTED.  These courses and numbering system are accepted with the understanding that only post-bacs who are teaching can take these classes which are taught in the schools and given Western credit.  No undergraduate or Masters’ student would be taking these except as an elective in an unusual situation.  The unusual repeatable numbering system will therefore not affect the degree audit system.[1]

6a

Graduate Council

11/7/06

ACCEPTED page 13

7a

Western Libraries

11/8/06

ACCEPTED with minor rewording

8a

Woodring Curriculum Committee

2/2/07

ACCEPTED with new listing provided of courses that are being forwarded to TCCC

9a

Teacher Curriculum & Cert. Council

1/9/07

ACCEPTED with stipulation that the phrase “completed with a ‘C’ or better “ be removed from the BA of Arts in Education, Major Sociology -- revised copy.   This State requirement applies only to the teacher endorsement courses.

Form

International Studies 301

2/6/07

APPROVED revision includes change of name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committee on Academic Dishonesty

Chair Hearne reported that the issues involved in creating a new Committee on Academic Dishonesty would be discussed and formulated by the Executive Council and a draft would be brought to the Commission when completed.  In response to a Commissioner’s question Hearne stated that the current academic dishonesty process changes the character of the appeal so that it becomes a grievance where the faculty member must defend him/herself.   Hearne added that there is a sense that they would like to give greater responsibility to students, however that is an open question, with lots of reservations attached.  In the proposed new process, a committee would only determine if a dishonesty infraction had occurred and if the sanction was appropriate. This might entail some rewriting of the appendix.

 

Committee on Catalog Revision

Currently the Executive Council will review important changes to the catalog affecting the entire campus.  Anybody who wishes to participate in the discussion is encouraged to do so.  The Chair would like to set up a permanent subcommittee on catalog revisions.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ CONCERNS

Shelby Sheppard asked if there was any objection to TCCC approving its minutes electronically, as members are scattered in various areas and it is difficult to come together just to approve minutes.  It is important that the minutes proceed forward in a timely manner.  Shelby moved, seconded by Jim Stewart, that there was no objection by the ACC to TCCC’s action of approving its minutes electronically, which passed unanimously.

 

Adjournment

Commissioners adjourned at 5:27 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, February 13, 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

Exc

2

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

P

9

C -  Leonard Helfgott, History

--

   3

Karen Perry, former Catalog Coord.

   P

10

C -  Roger Thompson, Senator, History

 Exc

4

Carol Nicolay, Director of Professional Studies

    And Independent Learning, EESP

 

   P

11

F -  Marie Eaton, Fairhaven

--

 

 

 

12

I –  Stefanie Buck, Library, rep to EESP

P

 

 

 

13

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

--

 

 

 

14

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

V

 

Members Present

9

15

S -  Eddie Jenkins, 2006-07

--

 

Registrar, Recorder, Guest Present

4

16

S-   Nate Warren, 2006-07 – RESIGNED

V

 

TOTAL PRESENT  January 30, 2007

13

 

      *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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


[1] These courses in EESP are professional studies courses repeatable and listed with one number and changing alpha suffices.  The courses are taken by teachers who request Western to provide these credit options.  The courses are repeatable in the school districts year after year and are frequently taught by district personnel.  Western does not hire these professionals, but we are paid to be a credit offering institution.  Professionals who teach these courses, which are frequently curriculum development courses, are certified teachers, with at least Masters’ degrees.  The courses are transcripted in the usual way, but degree audit is not involved since none of those students who enroll are regular degree seeking students at Western.  At the most, and in an unusual case, a course could be used as elective, but only with the permission of the particular program.  Teachers who come for advanced study to Western don’t need elective credits, they only need to complete the requirements for the second degree. The courses discussed here do not count as graduate courses.