Index of Topics 1/8/08

      Approved 1/22/2008; to Faculty Senate1/28/08

Curricular minutes/ varying GPA requirements

 

Public History minor

 

                                                            

                                                          

                                                               WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

                                                  ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

                                                                 Regular Meeting  --  January 8, 2008

 

 

Chair James Hearne called the meeting of the 2007-2008 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:02 pm on

Tuesday, January 8, 2008, and announced minor changes to the agenda.  There were thirteen (13) members present and three (3) others for a total of  nineteen (19). Hearne welcomed Kathleen Knutzen, Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

 

Approval of ACC minutes

Members approved minutes of December 4, 2007 with minor corrections.

 

Reading of Curricular Minutes (Exhibit B)

Chair Hearne reported that certain revised minutes from previous meetings were outstanding but were on their way.   Commissioners then considered the following curricular items:

 

 

 4.

READING OF CURRICULAR MINUTES (Exhibit B)

 

 

Committee

Date

Minutes Postponed from 11/20/07

 

11

College Humanities & Social Sciences

10/25/07

Approved with the exception of Public History Minor. 

Accepted

12

General Education Requirements Cte

11/1/07

Postponed.  ACC moved to wait until the primary curricular changes come from CHSS.

Information will be forwarded

16

College Fine & Performing Arts

11/9/07

Rejected.*  See note in 11/20/07 minutes

Information will be forwarded

Minutes for January 8, 2008

 

 

Committee

Date

Topic

Action

20.

College Humanities & Social Sciences

11-29-07

Curricular revisions.

ACCEPTED, but see comments below***  With exception of LBRL 360 & 363.  Public History minor approved.

21.

Fairhaven College

11-7-07

Concentration titles; Fair397a new course

Accepted.  A suggestion was made that the concentration titles be simpler and clearer to understand when read by those who might not be familiar with the topic.

22.

Honors Board

11-7-07

Discussion items, including search for space

 Accepted.

23a

Woodring Curriculum Council

6-13-07

 

Accepted.  Process for submission to be reviewed with TCCC.  Descriptions, rationales, to come from Woodring

23b

Woodring

10-26-07

 

Tabled until clarified with TCCC

23c

Woodring

11-29-07

 

Tabled until clarified with TCCC


 

 

 

Committee

Date

Topic

Action

24.

Teacher Curricula & Certification Cncl

11-27-07

Experimental; revised; CHSS, and new courses

Tabled until clarified with Woodring

25

Graduate Council

11-6-07

Eng; Hist; CSD; Bio; Geology;

Accepted.

26

International Programs Advisory Cte

11-30-07

Confer with Doug Nord, Director, Center for International Studies

Accepted

 

Comments on the Minutes

CHSS:  11-29-07 

§    Question of History and Political Science prerequisites --referred to the departments.  Banner prerequisites’ checking requires that a list of courses be provided.  Political Science wishes to broaden its prerequisite requirements and open up its classes to more students.  Banner requires either no prerequisite checking at all, or requires an override for every student.  Kathy Knutzen will explain details to departments.

§    CSD 499.  Is this repeatable and up to how many credits?

§    Has LBRL360, a course which deals in part with Chinese history, been coordinated with the History department?  What is official ACC policy (see ACC Handbook, p. 8)  It is not required that permission be given by one department to another for courses, but it is requested that departments have a conversation.  Collegiality is the point.  Courses ought to be discussed across departments so that professors can send students to courses relevant for their majors.

§    The Chair suggested that it might be useful for ACC to send Chairs a reminder that departments normally have conversations with each other when proposed courses are duplicates or are similar in subject matter in different departments, and volunteered to do so.

§    Commissioners also asked:  Was the new Director of the Center for International Studies a part of the conversation in which the course on ideology, policy and experience in the non-European world was cancelled?  A good question might be how many courses are being offered in the traditions of the non-western world?  If these courses are cut it does not bode well for our future vision.  Some courses that were cut were simply too broad in scope for a 12-week quarter. 

§    Education language may be misleading.  ACC was asked to address the question of the range of confusing sentences such “professional preparation in elementary education requires….” And other requirements listed throughout the catalog that are inconsistent or confusing to students and that might imply different requirements than actually exist in Woodring.  Some departments list actual credits, other simply suggest a professional preparation.  ACC plans to address this in the future.

 

Other Comments:

Minimum GPA for graduation

§    The question reoccurred of departments requiring some range of minimum GPA requirements for entrance to the major, that is at variance with the overall university requirements for graduation.  Provost Murphy reported that he is currently investigating the topic and is fairly along on his review.  Murphy plans to propose some guidelines and criteria in the near future.  Murphy added that sometimes the requirements arise because of excess demand, sometimes the notions about the quality of students is not well defined, sometimes it is just imitation of what seems like a good idea.  There is a hodgepodge of reasons.  One Commissioner added that grades actually have no objective significance but seem to be adjusted to meet the social demand, and there are other ways to address this.


 

Unfortunately those that cannot sustain the higher GPAs end up with the General Education degree.  However, some departments are now requiring an exit GPA.  This seems odd, to tell a student that “you completed all the courses but you can’t graduate.”  The varying GPA requirements also contribute to grade inflation.  ACC hopes to come to grips with this dilemma in future discussions.

 

Public History Minor

Hearne reminded Commissioners that the previous description was diffuse, and the current submission is more specific and the requirements and rationale are clearer.  One Commissioner asked if there were other majors or minors in the humanities that appeared to have this “vocational” aspect, and was reminded that students can and do work in multiple vocations with varying college degrees.   The Associate Dean was supportive of this degree because of its strong connectivity to the community, and noted that other history departments across the country also have these types of arrangements with strong degrees of public service.  Commissioners voted to approve the Public History minor as submitted.

 

Adjournment

Adjourned at 5:30 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, January 8, 2008

 

 

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION 2007-2008 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

--

 

 

 

3.

D – Mark Kuntz, Theater

P

 

Ex-Officio

 

4

E – Yvonne Durham, Economics, CBE

P

17

Dennis Murphy, Provost, nv     

   P

5

G – Robin Matthews, Huxley

P

18

Lisa Zuzarte (Catalog Coordinator) voting

P

6

H –Marsha Riddle-Buly,  Woodring,

     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

Kathy Knutzen, Assoc Dean, CHSS

   P

10

C – Roger Thompson, History

     P

4

 

 

11

F -  Marie Eaton, Fairhaven

P

5

 

 

12

I –  Stefanie Buck, Library, rep to EESP

P

6

 

 

13

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

--

7

 

 

14

S -  Chelsea Fletcher, ASVP,  2007-2008

--

8

 

 

15

S -  Kristina Mader, ASVP,

     --

 

Members Present

13

16

S-   Aaron Hayman

     --

 

Registrar, Recorder, Guests Present

3

 

     

 

 

TOTAL PRESENT  January 8, 2008

16

 

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