Index of Topics 5/29/07

      For Approval  10/9/07–to Faculty Senate 10/15/07

Election of Chair and Vice Chair

 

ACC Representatives to Committees

Reports from outgoing Commissioners

Update from the Chair.  Curricular Minutes approved

Writing Assessment

 

Commissioners’ Concerns – see p. 21 in catalog for regulations

       on numbering courses

 

 

  

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  May 29, 2007

 

 Chair James Hearne called the meeting of the 2007-2008 Academic Coordinating Commission to order on May 29, 2007 in OM340 at 4:05 p.m., and welcomed newly elected Commissioners.  

§         Commissioners applauded Karen Perry who is retiring from the ACC after sixteen years of attending meetings as Catalog Coordinator.  Perry was presented with flowers and a written commendation from Kris Bulcroft, spoken by Marie Eaton, and another commendation from John Lawson who was sitting in for Provost Bodman. 

§         Members congratulated Perry and joined her in partaking in a special commemorative cake and coffee before a second call to order at 4:10 pm.

 

Appointments and Elections

§         The election of Chair and Vice Chair was held, and James Hearne and Roger Thompson were nominated and then re-elected, respectively.  Roger Anderson joins Roger Thompson as Senators appointed to ACC.

§         The following Commissioners were appointed to represent ACC at other committees:  Roger Anderson volunteered and was confirmed as ACC’s representative to the University Planning Council; Dan Boxberger will continue as ACC representative to the General Education Requirements Committee, and Stefanie Buck will continue as ACC representative to Extended Education and Summer Programs (EESP).

 

Reports from Commissioners Who Are Completing Terms

ü      Karen Perry thanked the Commissioners for their tribute, and explained that the ACC experienced had given her a positive view of the how faculty cares about students and what happens to them.  Perry expressed a wish that more students would understand how much faculty cares about them.  Perry said she was “glad to have been part of the meeting.  It was contentious at times, but a good way to see over a sustained period of time points of view from a lot of different faculty members.”

ü      Commissioners welcomed Annie Jansen, ASVP-Academics, who will replace James Sanders next year.  Sanders, who is graduating, expressed public appreciation for the Executive Council meetings which he felt were organized and focused on the development of academic policy.  Sanders stated that he learned a lot about politics in three years of service. 

ü      Sanders expressed concern about changes in the writing requirements and asked Commissioners to consider specifically the writing component that says there has to be a revision during the writing process to meet the requirement.  Sanders feels that if you are writing multiple papers for one professor, you are doing lots of writing, and he would like to have the rewriting component changed “to relieve stress in some departments, and open up more classes as meeting writing requirements.”  Sanders responded to question about his plans following graduation which include teaching 6th grade in inner city Los Angeles for two years, and then a plan to obtain a Masters’ degree and a Ph.D. in Education Administration. 


Report from the Chair

§    Hearne reported that the main preoccupation of the Commission in the past year was to rid the catalog of alpha suffices, and a lot of time was spent by the membership going over numbers and purging them from the catalog.  A few of the colleges have been granted extensions because they had used up all their numbers, and would have been violating the “Jubilee Rule” – a rule Hearne is referring to which states that old numbers cannot be reused in the catalog for seven years. 

§    Hearne reported the Commission’s review of the writing proficiency units and a proposal to distribute these among several courses, rather than as one entire WP course.  Apparently the computer system can now handle such a distribution.  However, Hearne commented that the discussion acquired new ideological meaning and became “pedagogically suspect” writing proficiency cannot be divided into fractions.  As Western has tackled this problem through the years and attempted to guarantee a higher level of writing ability for its graduates through such things as a junior writing exam, second year writing course, and other experiments, it has become apparent that the way Western is pursuing writing proficiency needs to be thought through again, and more thoroughly. 

§    The consensus of the Commission is that ACC should give attention to writing, and since no one knows exactly what is actually done (many courses are underestimated such as history and philosophy), a more thorough investigation needs to be conducted before changes are made.

 

AGENDA ITEMS.   Curricular and Standing Committee Minutes.

The following curricular minutes came before ACC on May 29 , 2007.

 

Committee

Date

Topic

Commissioners Action

General Education Requirements

4/26/07

AMST362  as B-CGM GUR; ECON101 as SSC GUR

Accepted.  Courses already on the books were also approved for GUR. 

Graduate Council

5/1/07

MS Chem review; course cancellations ELED; ESTU554 cross-listed w Hist554;

Accepted.

Huxley College

4/23/07

Course waived; ESTU437 L & K; EGEO397A; EGEO363; ESTU497 Q & R

MOTION:  Minutes accepted with the exception of:

1)  497Q.  X97 courses are one-time offerings -- changing the description implies a new course offering.  Catalog Coordinator suggests renumbering to 497T with a new title and description. (These courses listed in the catalog generically in the front.)

2)   EGEO 363.  Department is to provide a rationale for credit increases; no rationale is included.  Commissioners await the rationale as well as further information about the course.  (Also a grammatical error occurs in the course description.) 

International programs

4/30/07

Co-sponsorship requests; AIFS; study abroad scholarships

Accepted.  Commissioners would like to know the committee’s vetting process for determining school choices.

St. Hilaire reported FYI that Western does not include grades from other universities in computing the GPA.

Please use wider margins and a larger font for the minutes.

 

 

Writing Assessment

Carmen Werder, Director, Writing Instruction Support, forwarded a brief summary report to the members that addressed concerns raised by Commissioners about the writing program.  A faculty survey on writing in the upper level courses has been prepared and sent to faculty. The survey covers themes such as instructional practices, assignment types, assessment measures, as well as perception of Writing Center use/effectiveness and students’ writing ability on exit.  In the Fall WAG and CATL will provide recommendations to ACC in response to the data report.

 

Commissioners’ Concerns

Commissioners asked where the rules about course numbers are located.  Page 21 in the catalog reflects information about reserved numbers, and the ACC handbook gives further specifics.  Before assigning alpha suffices departments are to check with the catalog coordinator or the ACC chair, so we can research the availability of numbers.  The information is not as well known as it could be.

 

Adjournment

Commissioners adjourned at 5:05 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, May 29, 2007

 

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION 2007-2007 ROSTER

 

Membership (term ending 2009)

 

 

Chair – James Hearne 2007-2008

 

1

A -  James Hearne, Computer Science, Chair (4 yr)

P

 

Vice Chair – Roger Thompson

 

2

A -  Roger Anderson, Biology (SENATOR) rep to UPC

P

 

 

 

3.

D – Mark Kuntz, Theater

P

 

Ex-Officio

 

4

E – Yvonne Durham, Economics, CBE

P

17

Andrew Bodman  (Provost) (nv), John Lawson

    Sitting in (VP for Information Tech)

   

   P

5

G – Robin Mathews, Huxley

P

18

Lisa Zuzarte (Catalog Coordinator)

P

6

H – Marsha Riddle-Buly,  Woodring (4 yr)

   P

 

 

 

 

Membership (term ending 2008)

 

 

Registrar, Recorder, Guests

 

7

A –  Michael Meehan, 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 Cat Coordinator

   P

10

C -  Roger Thompson, History, (SENATOR) Vice Chair

   P

4

Patrick Buckley, outgoing member ACC

   P

11

F -  Marie Eaton, Fairhaven

P

5

Chris Ohana, sitting in for Riddle-Buly Fall Qtr

   P

12

I –  Stefanie Buck, Library, rep to EESP

P

6

 

 

13

S -  Annie Jansen, ASVP-Academics, 2007-2008

P

7

 

 

14

S -  vacant, 2007-2008

--

8

 

 

15

S -  Seth Hersh, AS Senate Chair, 2007-08

   --

 

Members Present

15

16

S-   Vacant, 2007-08

--

 

Registrar, Recorder, Guests Present

5

 

     

 

 

TOTAL PRESENT May 29, 2007

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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