Index of Topics 2/5/08

       Approved 2/19/2008; to Faculty Senate2/25/08

Curricular Minutes approved.  Discussion of combined majors.

 

Future Agendas planned

 

 

 WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  February 5, 2008

 

Chair James Hearne called the meeting of the 2007-2008 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:06 pm on

Tuesday, February 5, 2008.   There were fifteen (15) members present and six (6) others for a total of  twenty-one (21).

Approval of ACC minutes

Members approved minutes of January 22, 2008 with minor edits. 

Announcements from the Chair

Commissioners were reminded that the new deadline for curricular minutes to be reviewed by ACC for inclusion in the catalog is February 19th.  This means that copies of the minutes must be received in the Senate office by Tuesday, February 12 for inclusion on the Agenda as well as the catalog.  Completion of curricular review will allow ACC to pursue discussion of policy topics throughout the spring quarter.

 

Reading of Curricular Minutes (Exhibit B)

Commissioners received copies of CHSS minutes as an informational item showing corrections and answers to questions raised in minutes of 11-29-07.  Commissioners then considered the following curricular items:

 

37.        Teacher Curricula & Certification Council         1-15-08 -- ACCEPTED with the exception of four combined majors

Comments:   (1)  Commissioners raised a question concerning the Social Studies courses required for the Anthro/Social Studies combined major (p. 9).  The way the requirement is worded to include a course in Ancient and a course selected from two other areas of four that are named (Europe, East and South Asia, Africa and Middle East, and Western Hemisphere), seems to imply that a Western student could follow the outline of the catalog and not meet the competencies of the State (for example, by taking Ancient and completely skipping Medieval and Modern History).  The narrowly defined areas of study across time and space seem to exclude many other competencies across the spectrum where these competencies could be developed, such as in Anthropology or Liberal Studies.  Woodring personnel interpret the competencies to abide by state law, and CHSS adheres to the recommendations, but Commissioners asked for further clarification.  Chair Hearne suggested approving the minutes with the exception of the four combined majors affected (Geography/Social Studies, History/Social Studies, Anthropology/Social Studies, Economics/Social Studies) pending clarification through conversation with Woodring as to whether the intent of the State mandate can be broadened to include a descriptive wording such as “societies in the ancient period” for example.

 

(2)  Commissioners noted that the requirements are the same for two different minors, the TESOL and the Bilingual Education.  They share common core courses xcept for TESOL 425 and 431, unique to the Bilingual minor.  There is also an endorsement in either which is available for students pursuing a degree in Education.  Joe St. Hilaire pointed out that we probably should not be granting two minors to a student who took the same courses.  The college is free to issue as many certificates as they wish, but minors are a different matter, and a 50% overlap is the rule.  These minors as currently worded conflict with longstanding policy.  The language might be reworded as one  “minor in Bilingual Education or TESOL”.  Marsha Riddle-Buly will bring this back to the department to work on clarification of the language.

 

33.        College of Humanities and Social Sciences CC  1-17-08   Accepted.

Comments Anthropology major commended for not putting a grade point average for the major.

Deductively implies the minimum grade for the major is a C minus, a university standard.  Commissioners agree that a future conversation is warranted on the topic of different grade point average requirements for different programs.

Linguistics (p. 5).  Commissioners expressed some confusion about language in the Linguistics major regarding Indo-European languages and native speakers. Chair Hearne will speak to the chair for clarification.  TESOL “option” was preferred to “concentration” and the final sentence beginning “Upon completion…” was deleted.
 

34.   College of Sciences and Technology CC  1-14-08   Accepted. 

The word “combined” was inserted before “major departments” on page 2.

Comments:  RUBRICS SHOULD BE PRESENTED IN ALL CAPS

 

35.   General Education Requirements Committee   1-17-08   Accepted.

 

36.   a.  Graduate Council                   11-27-07  Accepted. 

Comment:  re a 200-level course, CSCI211.  This is a theory course substitute required for the 5-year MA fast track.

 

36.   b.  Graduate Council                   1-15-08       Accepted.

Comments:  (1)  CSD549 prerequisite can be worded more simply, for example:  “Admission to CSD Graduate program required” (p.2).

(2).  HIST590.  Is this repeatable up to 8 or 12 credits?  (K.Knutzen agreed to find out)

(3)  p. 4:  change to (27 to 33 credits) for TESOL instead of 26 credits.

(4)  p. 8:  Faculty who teach in the Student Affairs Admin in Higher Education ought to be listed, since the catalog seems to indicate there is but one advisor and one faculty member in the program.

(5)  S/U grading should be indicated where necessary

(6) EDAD582 (p.13).  Verbiage changed to canonical way of stipulating Admission requirements.

(7)  SPED501.  Lisa Zuzarte will clarify title to include “Special Ed Research”

 

Spring Quarter Agendas

Commissioners plan to complete curricular minutes at the next meeting and to broach policy issues on various topics.  Hearne suggested some possible topics, and encouraged Commissioners to forward additional ideas.

Adjournment

Commissioners were pleased to have reviewed all the submitted minutes, and adjourned at 5:17 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, February 5, 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

P

 

 

 

3.

D – Mark Kuntz, Theater

P

 

Ex-Officio

 

4

E – Yvonne Durham, Economics, CBE

P

17

Dennis Murphy, Provost, nv  (K Bulcroft)    

   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

--

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 Kitto, Assoc Dean, CST

   P

10

C – Roger Thompson, History

     P

4

Kathy Knutzen, Assoc Dean, CHSS

   P

11

F -  Marie Eaton, Fairhaven

P

5

Guest:

 

12

I –  Stefanie Buck, Library, rep to EESP

P

6

Keith Hyatt, Special Ed

  P

13

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

Exc

7

Melissa Baldwin, Student in HSP435

  P

14

S -  Chelsea Fletcher, ASVP,  2007-2008

     --

8

 

 

15

S -  Kristina Mader, ASVP,

     P

 

Members Present

15

16

S-   Aaron Hayman

     P

 

Registrar, Recorder, Guests Present

6

 

     

 

 

TOTAL PRESENT  February 5, 2008

21

 

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