Index of Topics 11/4/08

     For Approval 11/18/2008;  to Faculty Senate 11/24/08

Report from VPUE on Assessment.  S/U Grading, WP-Discussion

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  November 4, 2008

 

Chair Roger Thompson called the meeting of the 2008-2009 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:05 pm on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.  Commissioners welcomed Steve VanderStaay, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, sitting in for Provost Murphy.  There were sixteen (16) members present, the Recorder (1) and three other guests (3) for a total of twenty (20). 

 

Approval of ACC minutes

Members approved minutes of October 21, 2008, deleting the word “Geography” from the Geophysics major.

Reports

Assessment Commissioners heard an informal report from Steve VanderStaay, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, on his responsibility for formulating Western’s responses to the accreditation team’s request for additional learning-outcomes assessment strategies for selected GUR courses.

 

Teaching Evaluations.  Relevant to last week’s discussion, Chair Thompson directed Commissioners to the website of the Office of Institutional Research (for a link see http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/senate/acc/index.htm for a document that analyzes teaching evaluation data from November 2005.  Thompson encouraged student members to continue to weigh in on the discussion, as they have done at each meeting so far. 

·    Commissioners questioned whether the requirement for student evaluations ought to be in the new faculty contract and this point will be brought up at an appropriate time.  One commissioner pointed out the importance of clarifying the purpose of the student evaluations and suggested that a more favorable approach would be to lay all the purposes out, and to then show that we cannot answer all the purposes with one tool.

 

Appointments to Standing Committees:

Commissioners approved the appointment of the following faculty

To General Education Requirements Committee Nicholas Wonder, Finance and Marketing, replacing David Gilbertson through 2009.

 

 

AGENDA

Reading of Curriculum Minutes

The following curriculum minutes were reviewed by the ACC:

 

Curriculum Committee

Date

ACC Action

13.

College of Sciences & Technology

10/20/08

Accepted with 2 qualifications:   CSCI 322 will be returning with description regarding impact to the minor   BS Geophysics.  Language on the E-form is correct; math options include Math 203 and Math 303 OR Math 204 and Math 304 plus others.  Provost’s office reported that the major does not require HEC Bd approval.

14.

Huxley College

9/25/08

Accepted

 

DISCUSSION: 

WP Courses Commissioners first discussed writing proficiency (WP) and pointed out the following information:

·    WP courses come to ACC because they are in the curriculum, but ACC does not make a specific assessment of the writing aspect of the course.   WP shows up in Classfinder and Banner only.

·    Departments have the authority to remove the WP1, WP2, or WP3 points from a course.  They simply remove it from the Banner Schedule level and that is all that needs to be done.
 

The Catalog Coordinator then repeated the information as follows:

·    WP courses are listed in the online TIMETABLE of classes (Classfinder) with the attributes WP1, WP2 or WP3.  Catalog course descriptions no longer include the words “writing proficiency course”.

·    Departments are to ensure the accuracy of attributes by proofreading their quarterly Banner schedule reports.

 

S/U Grading Commissioners asked if a WP course, a major course, can be offered with the S/U grading scheme. Commissioners noted that Honors Thesis in Chemistry and some faculty-directed research were S/U at one time.  All Fairhaven courses are S/U graded, some also include WP.  Commissioners noted that the distinctions might be unclear, particularly when students might work out the meaning of S/U through individual contract with their professor. Thompson suggested continued discussion with constituents so that ACC can clarify the language in the catalog.  Current catalog policy states that all Western courses are letter graded unless S/U grading is approved by ACC.  Minutes from college coming to ACC should indicate this. 

 

Adjournment

Commissioners adjourned at 5:12 p.m.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, November 4, 2008

 

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

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

Steve VanderStaay, VPUE, for Provost Murphy

   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

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,

P

3

Brad Johnson, Physics Chair

   P

13

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

P

4

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

   P

14

S -  Nikki Brown, AS

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Members Present

16

15

S -  Chelsea Fletcher, AS

     --

 

Recorder and Guests

4

16

S-   Shanai Lechtenberg, AS

     P

 

TOTAL PRESENT   November 4, 2008

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