Index of Topics 12/4/07

      For Approval 1/8/2007; to Faculty Senate1/14/07

Review of Curricular Minutes; Comments on ACC charge and

 

Writing Proficiency; Commissioners’ Concerns

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  December 4, 2007

 

Chair James Hearne called the meeting of the 2007-2008 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:00 pm on

Tuesday, December 4, 2007.  There were sixteen (16) members present and four (4) others for a total of  twenty (20). Hearne welcomed Kathleen Knutzen, Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Kathleen Kitto, Associate Dean, College of Sciences and Technology..

 

Approval of ACC minutes

Members approved minutes of November 20, 2007 with minor corrections.

 

Reading of Curricular Minutes (Exhibit B)

Chair Hearne reported that the problems from previous minutes were still outstanding.  However, Huxley College is in the process redoing their minutes to clarify actions taken at separate meetings.  The catalog coordinator will work with the Huxley College which has been undergoing a number of staff changes.

 

Minutes for December 4, 2007 – See comments below

17.

College Humanities & Social Sciences

11/15/07

Accepted.  Kathy Knutzen was present and will take care of minor changes for the record. 

18.

College of Sciences and Technology

11/5/07

Accepted.  Kathy Kitto was present, and will ensure that the title of Chem 121 will be reviewed. 

19.

International Programs

10/29/07

Accepted.

 

Comments on Minutes

College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 11/15/07.  The following items were mentioned as informational:

§         Knutzen mentioned courses which were approved but the material is absent from this packet (468, 491, and 480).  Commissioners will accept the materials in the next packets.  Some friendly minor wording changes made to English major teaching endorsement (p. 8).

§         St. Hilaire mentioned that increasing catalog restrictions requires that the descriptions become encumbered with more and more words.  For example, sophomore status was mentioned as an overall requirement for a history course.  However, in this instance the history department wishes to invite a broader range of students, to take classes at the 300 and 400 level, including sophomores.  The intent is to make it less restrictive.  St. Hilaire asked for notification in specific cases where courses are opened to sophomores and above, and as such this would also be an invitation to General Studies students.  This can then be worded as invitational rather than restrictive.

§         Linguistics99 is a course offered for 0 credits, a capstone course.  This is an S/U graded course required for linguistics majors and includes the presentation of a research project.  The course will not have to be printed on the transcript, lest it appear to be a remedial course.

§         JPN280 was remarked upon as no longer being part of the major.  The reason is that it serves as a sort of primer of a few words and symbols, and is only offered as an elective.

Knutzen will take care of minor editorial changes, and will clarify the following:  1) Whether PLSC448 requires 10 credits or 12 credits (inconsistency noted); 2) The wording in MS in Mental Health Counseling.

 

 DISCUSSION

Language for characterizing goals of writing instruction at WWU.  

            Chair Hearne recommended to ACC that they read a document prepared by the Writing Assessment Group (WAG) and distributed to the Commissioners.  Hearne noted that the Senate had accepted the ACC minutes on the topic (11-9-07) at the meeting on Monday, but had recommended a number of issues for further discussion.  Hearne will invite WAG members to the next ACC meeting.

           Kathy Kitto remarked that in her area they are very pleased with new policy and think they can implement it.  Hearne expressed the hope that it will have the effect of providing more writing proficiency across the majors.  Hearne anticipates “all sorts of new possibilities, especially since Geology’s experience has been very positive.”

 

New Language for ACC Charge

§    Hearne pointed Commissioners to a new description to be included in the ACC charge in which he tried to characterize exactly what ACC can and cannot do.  He invited Commissioners to edit and rewrite it.  After suggesting some minor grammatical revisions, one Commissioner pointed out that the list of items needed to be sorted into policies that guide, and processes.

§    Hearne asked for Commissioners views on voting members, adding that the Senate had expressed some reservation about so many non-faculty voting members. Giving the catalog coordinator a vote was simply a tradition and not clarified in the handbook charge.  The Registrar commented that he would like to continue to be non-voting so that he does not lose his “neutrality”.  Lisa Zuzarte added that she feels she would also like to be neutral and thus non-voting. The Provost traditionally is non-voting since he has been able to convincingly sway the membership if he so chooses.  Hearne will rewrite the membership charge so that faculty and students would have the voting privileges.

§    Hearne concluded by noting that by the end of February ACC will be formally finished with the major portion of catalog material, and he would like Commissioners to accumulate lots of material about writing so ACC can discuss it during the remainder of the year.

 

Commissioners’ Concerns

§    In response to a concern of Robin Matthews that Huxley minutes have been delayed due to staff changes, the Registrar and Catalog Coordinator agreed to accept sets of minutes in part as they arrive in the Commission.

§    Chris Ohana expressed appreciation to Provost Murphy for clarifying the approval process for credit-bearing courses in EESP.  Murphy stated that “generally any certificate or credit-bearing proposals must first be approved by the appropriate Curricular Committee (such as Woodring or TCCC), and requires a Dean’s signature from the College or else that is seen by me, and then goes to the appropriate body such as the GER Committee, or ACC.” 

 

Adjournment

Adjourned at 5:16 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, December 4, 2007

 

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

P

 

 

 

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 –Chris Ohana, for  M. Riddle-Buly,  Woodring, Fall Qtr

     P

 

 

 

 

Membership (term ending 2008)

 

 

Registrar, Recorder, Guests

 

7

A –  Michael Meehan, Computer Science

--

1

Joe St. Hilaire, Registrar

P

8

B – Dan Boxberger, Anthro; rep to GER

P

2

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

P

9

C -  Diana Wright, History, Fall Qtr for L. Helfgott

P

   3

Kathy Knutzen, Assoc Dean, CHSS

   P

10

C – Roger Thompson, History

     Exc

4

Kathy Kitto, Assoc Dean, CST

   P

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

P

7

 

 

14

S -  Chelsea Fletcher, ASVP,  2007-2008

P

8

 

 

15

S -  Kristina Mader, ASVP,

     P

 

Members Present

16

16

S-   Aaron Hayman

     P

 

Registrar, Recorder, Guests Present

4

 

     

 

 

TOTAL PRESENT  November 20, 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