Index of Topics 10/21/08

       For Approval 11/7/2008;  to Faculty Senate 11/10/08

Appointments, curriculum minutes accepted

 Teaching Evaluation Process (Discussion)

 

 

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  October 21, 2008

 

Chair Roger Thompson called the meeting of the 2008-2009 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:06 pm on Tuesday, October 21, 2008.  Commissioners welcomed Jason Kanov, sitting in for Kristi Tyran, Fall Quarter, and Victor Nolet, sitting in for Marsha Riddle Buly.  There were seventeen (17) members present, the Recorder (1) and three guests (3) for a total of twenty-one (21). 

 

Approval of ACC minutes

Members approved minutes of October 7, 2008 with minor edits. 

 

Announcements

The new ACC Handbook “Creating Curriculum at Western” was discussed.

 

Appointments to Standing Committees:

Commissioners approved the appointment of the following faculty

To Assessment CommitteeJanice Lapsansky, Biology; Patrick Dizney, Theater

 

AGENDA

Reading of Curriculum Minutes

The following curriculum minutes were reviewed by the ACC:

 

 

Committee

Date

ACC Action

From last meeting:

5

Huxley College CC

5/20/08

ESCI 492 is still under consideration

Today’s meeting (10-21)

10

College of Sciences and Technology

6/2/08

ACCEPTED, with exception of B.S. Biology/Anthropology;

Major: Cellular and Molecular Biology/Biochemistry; and Major: Mathematics.  Kathy Kitto and the committee are reviewing course cancellations and total credits for majors and these three items will come forward next meeting.

New major accepted:  Geology/Geophysics. Provost Murphy will look into whether this needs HEC Board approval since it is moving from a concentration to a major.

11

Woodring College CC

10/3/08

ACCEPTED.

12

Teacher Curricula and Certification Council

 

6/3/08

ACCEPTED.   Commissioners noted the large number of credits required for the Bachelor of Music, Music Education P-12.including certification and licensing.  This degree prepares music teachers who must be proficient in several instruments, choir, etc., and typically takes longer than 4 years.  Listing the total credits required provides early transparency for students considering this degree.

 

DISCUSSION

Review of Teaching Evaluations

Commissioners decided an ACC review of the Teaching Evaluations would be timely and appropriate and requested the Chair and the Executive Committee to make preliminary inquiries with the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and the Office of Institutional Assessment, Research and Testing for information.

Commissioners specifically focused on the following in their discussion:

o   Course evaluations do not necessarily have to be in the form provided by the Testing Center

o   Student commissioners mentioned that they did not realize that the evaluations were used by anyone else except the professor. Students also mentioned that evaluations frequently do not ask about what the student learned in the course, but instead about less important items such as whether the teacher came on time, or how they taught the class.

o   In order to avoid grade inflation as a result of meeting student expectations, it might be a good idea to include the average grade in the class on the student transcript.

o   Evaluations should not be more important than peer evaluations, and departments might benefit from attempting to do both. The evaluations could be improved to be a better tool for teachers to self-evaluate.

o   There is a distinction between quantitative and qualitative scores; the qualitative side is very instructive.

o   Some professors give their own evaluations in addition to the scantron and ask specifics about student response to particular assignments, films, readings, etc.

o   The unit plan language might be revised so as not to privilege these kinds of evaluations over other kinds of feedback; these should just be one part of a whole package.

o   One department surveyed learned that those faculty who were unapologetic about tougher grades seemed to get worse evaluations, and those who were more lenient got better evaluations.  In the same department two other kinds of evaluations were then used:  peer review of course instruction and peer review of course materials.  These latter could be evaluated by other faculty and even made available to other faculty who were teaching the same course.

Commissioners concluded:

o   The course evaluations appear to conflate stakes associated with assessment with the usages of assessment.  Stakes for improving instruction are different from stakes regarding faculty assessment.  We should use different tools.  ACC in particular ought to think about a tool that helps faculty improve instruction.

o   The variety of experiences might lead to having a working group within ACC, with invited guests to talk about the current instrument and what other instruments might be available.

 

Adjournment

Commissioners adjourned at 5:43 p.m.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, October 7, 2008

 

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION 2007-2008 ROSTER

 

Voting Membership (term ending 2009)

 

 

Chair – Roger Thompson 2008-2009

 

1

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

P

 

Vice Chair – James Hearne

 

2

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

P

 

 

 

3

A – Spencer Anthony-Cahill, Chemistry (SENATOR)

P

 

Ex Officio

 

4.

D – Mark Kuntz, Theater

P

17

Dennis Murphy, Provost

   P

5

E – Yvonne Durham, Economics, CBE

P

18

Lisa Zuzarte (Catalog Coordinator) nv

P

6

G – Robin Matthews, Huxley

P

19

Susanna Yunker, Acting Registrar

P

7

H – Victor Nolet for Marsha Riddle-Buly,  Woodring,

     P

 

 

 

 

Membership (term ending 2010)

 

 

 

 

8

B –  Billie Lindsey, PEHR, rep to GER Cte

P

 

 

 

9

C – Roger Thompson, History, CHAIR

P

 

Guests, Recorder

 

10

E -  Jason Kanov, for Kristi Tyran (Fall Qtr)

     P

   1

Kathy Knutzen, Associate Dean, CHSS

   P

11

F -  Julie Helling, Fairhaven

P

2

Kathy Kitto, Associate Dean, CST

   P

12

I –  Sylvia Tag, Library,

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3

Bernie Housen, Geology

   P

13

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

P

4

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

   P

14

S -  Nikki Brown, AS

P

 

Members Present

17

15

S -  Chelsea Fletcher, AS

     P

 

Recorder and Guests

4

16

S-   Shanai Lechtenberg, AS

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TOTAL PRESENT   October 21, 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