Index of Topics 1/6/0

   Approved 1/20/2009;  to Faculty Senate 1/26/09

Review of curricular minutes with notes to secretaries;

Distinguishing between “Co-requisite” and “Concurrent”

 

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  January 6, 2009

 

Chair Roger Thompson called the meeting of the 2008-2009 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at

4:00 pm on Tuesday, January 6, 2009.  There were fourteen (14) members present, the Recorder (1) and five guests (5) for a total of twenty (20). 

 

Approval of ACC minutesMembers approved minutes of December 2, 2008 with minor corrections.

 

AGENDA:  Reading of Curricular Minutes (Exhibit B)

Note:  Curricular minutes were considered out of order in order to accommodate the guests who were present. 

 

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AGENDA ITEMS:   READING OF CURRICULAR MINUTES (Exhibit B)

 

30

College of Fine & Performing Arts

12/5/08

Postponed.  (see Note 1 above)

31

College of Sciences and Technology

11/10/08

Accepted, except for the courses referred to TCCC.

Steve VanderStaay noted commendably that in Earth Science the range of courses that can be taken is bigger but you can get by with fewer credits, which is commendable. 

 

The Catalog Coordinator pointed out the necessity of departments with combined majors communicating with each other to ensure that course requirements mesh, as well as introductions, format, etc.  Commissioners recommend Zuzarte provide a template, and suggested that perhaps the E-forms must be required to match each other initially when submitted for the combined majors.  This is for better consistency for students.  Zuzarte noted that punctuation is very important for encoding, and that is the place where the most problems occur. 

 

The Commission discussed the importance of the General Science major and the reason for the course levels. 

 

Commissioners spoke about abbreviations used to describe sequences of courses in the sciences and pointed out that the registrar’s office ought not to have to make inferences about what is meant.  So it may sometimes be necessary to list an entire string of courses, or in some case courses ought to be listed in pair so students can better interpret what is required.

32

College of Sciences and Technology

12/01/08

Accepted.  

WP requirements are described elsewhere in the catalog and should not be included in course descriptions.   A note can refer students to the WP table.

CSCI197 – part of new program (Animation Programming) for high achieving incoming freshmen 

GEO449 was listed in the course form but not in the minutes.

Discussion of WP requirements and Geology 301 (co-requisite in banner)

 


 

 

Committee

Date

Action

33

College of Sciences and Technology

12/08/08

Accepted.

Commissioners discussed the problems involved in staffing crowded classes in the sciences.  ETEC major substitution in MSCI 320 and MSCI 330 will be adjusted by the faculty member.  Degree admission requirements moved to catalog copy, not in specific major description.

34

Fairhaven College

11/5/08

Accepted.

35

Fairhaven College

11/19/08

Accepted.

36

General Education Requirements

12/4/08

Accepted.  Commissioners commended GER Committee for its Assessment discussions.

37

Graduate School

11/18/08

Accepted.  Commission appreciated clean final copy for M.Ed in Literacy.

38.

Huxley College of the Environment

12/4/08

Accepted.  Andy Bach, Huxley College, was present to answer questions.  Steve VanderStaay and Bach discussed the Distinguished Scholars program which gives provides experience as a science major to freshmen with high academic index in science and has been successful in attracting and retaining students in these areas.  CBE and Woodring have parallel programs, and CST is initiating a new program.

39.

International Programs Advisory

(IPAC)

11/17/08

Accepted.  Commissioners noted that a change in X37 course approvals for study abroad is about to be implemented.

 

40.

Teacher Curriculum & Certification Council

11/25/08

Accepted.  Larry Antil was present to answer questions.  He pointed out the list of courses where old numbers were replaced with permanent numbers.

PE 340 Block I: Elementary Physical Education:

Methods.  As discussed in Note 3 above, the language “Pre- or co-req: KIN301 will be changed to read:  Pre-Req KIN 301 or concurrent.

 

41.

Teacher Curriculum & Certification Council

12/9/08

Accepted.  Commissioners noted that PEHR has the pedagogy program titled with rubric PE; the exercise program is termed KIN.   It is part of the national trend to differentiate PEHR in this manner. 

All practica are consistently 2 credits, but this did not result in an overall gain in credit hours.

Commissioners were now alerted to the fact that there is a blurb in the catalog that describes our outreach programs.

Roger asks about TCCC and Woodring.

The Woodring representative will contact Mike Henniger or Bonnie Drewes with a request to note the certification minutes that come thru Teacher Curriculum and Certification Council (TCCC).

42.

Western Libraries Curriculum

11/21/08

Accepted.

 

 

For Secretaries who prepare curricular minutes:

·    Commissioners request that those items which are Educational and which are going to TCCC be listed in a separate place, perhaps at the end of the regular minutes. 

·    These items should be asterisked and it should be noted that although they are part of the college minutes which ACC is reviewing, the final form is PENDING TCCC APPROVAL.  

·    Such a note would eliminate the need for ACC to review these items twice.  However, please remember that initial descriptions come in the original college curricular minutes, and the suggestion is that they simply be combined together under a separate heading.

 

Third and Final CopyOccasionally changes to the proposed language are so heavily marked with strike-through and underline that it is difficult to wend one’s way through the detailed numeric changes to courses.  The Commission suggests the appending of a THIRD AND FINAL COPY which is proposed as a clean copy.

Some secretaries have already begun to include this “third and final copy” in their minutes on a regular basis, and it is much appreciated.  For samples, please contact the Senate office.

 

Distinguishing between “Co-requisite” and “Concurrent”:

The Registrar’s office would like to be specific in the use of these two words, which clearly express different intentions on the part of the course or program designer.

·    Co-requisite is a requirement:  For example, you have to take a main course and a “corequisite” course the exact same quarter.  

 

But what several departments actually seem to intend is something different, and that is Concurrency

·    Concurrent means that it is okay to be in the prerequisite and the main course at the same time.  Obviously it is okay to take them in different terms, but we are only trying to clarify the meaning of “concurrent” here.

·    The Registrar’s office is attempting to clarify this in the Catalog and Banner. 

·    The Catalog Coordinator would like to have a list (just a list) in the curricular minutes of courses that are intended to be Concurrent.  No forms are necessary, just a list.  This list will also help faculty be aware of requirements.

 

ACTION ITEMS and DISCUSSION ITEMS postponed due to the lateness of the hour.

 

Adjournment 5:50 pm

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, January 6, 2009

 

 

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION 2008-2009 ROSTER

 

 

Voting Membership (term ending 2009)

 

 

Chair – Roger Thompson 2008-2009

 

1

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

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Vice Chair – James Hearne

 

2

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

P

 

 

 

3

A – Spencer Anthony-Cahill, Chemistry (SENATOR)

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Ex Officio

 

4.

D – Mark Kuntz, Theater

P

17

Provost Murphy  (v)

   P

5

E – Yvonne Durham, Economics, CBE

P

18

Lisa Zuzarte (Catalog Coordinator) nv

P

6

G – Robin Matthews, Huxley

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19

Susanna Yunker, Acting Registrar, nv

P

7

H –Marsha Riddle Buly,  Woodring,

  P

 

 

 

 

Membership (term ending 2010)

 

 

 

 

8

B –  Billie Lindsey, PEHR, rep to GER Cte

P

1

Steven VanderStaay, VPUE

P

9

C – Roger Thompson, History, CHAIR

P

2

Kathy Knutzen, Associate Dean, CHSS

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10

E -  Kristi Tyran, Management

   P

3

Kathy Kitto, Associate Dean, CST

   P

11

F -  Julie Helling, Fairhaven

P

4

 Larry Antil, Woodring College

   P

12

I –  Sylvia Tag, Library,

P

5

Andy Bach, Huxley College

 

13

S -  Andrea Godard, ASVP-Academics, 2008-2009

P

6

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

   P

14

S -  Nikki Brown, AS

P

 

Members Present

14

15

S -  Chelsea Fletcher, AS

    --

 

Recorder and Guests

6

16

S-   Shanai Lechtenberg, AS

    --

 

TOTAL PRESENT   January 6, 2009

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