Index of Topics 11/4/08

     For Approval 12/2/2008;  to Faculty Senate 1/12/08

Machine Translation – Straw Vote

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  November 18, 2008

 

Chair Roger Thompson called the meeting of the 2008-2009 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:03 pm on Tuesday, November 18, 2008.  There were seventeen (17) members present, the Recorder (1) and two guests (2) for a total of twenty (20). 

 

Approval of ACC minutes

Members approved minutes of November 4, 2008, with edits to the report from Steve VanderStaay.

 

Appointments to Standing Committees:

Commissioners approved the appointment of the following faculty:

                      To Assessment Committee: Susan Kincaid, Woodring

 

AGENDA

Reading of Curriculum Minutes

Curricular Minutes

15.

College of Sciences & Technology

10/27/08

New courses; course revisions; Biology/Anthropology combined major

Accepted

16.

Fairhaven College

10/08/08

Comment:  A sentence to be added to Fair 243u and Fair343u

“Repeatable with different topics for maximum of 15 credits.”

 

Accepted

17.

Fairhaven College

10/22/08

Student concentration titles; instructor-authored textbooks

Accepted

18.

Graduate Council

10-21-08

Comment:  Language for  the Master in Professional Accounting simplified to describe requirements for an Internship and a non-Internship option.  Approved by the Grad Council.

Comment:  Master in Education in Advanced Classroom Practice.  The Chair will check whether this program, which is no longer being offered, can be deleted from the 2009-2010 catalog rather than waiting for 2010-2011. 

Accepted

19.

 

Huxley College

 

10/23/08

 

Course revisions/cancellations (includes material from item 5 from 5/20/90 – ESCI 492)

 

Accepted

 

DISCUSSION

MACHINE TRANSLATION and ACADEMIC HONESTY

Jim Hearne presented a phrase for inclusion in the Academic Honesty Policy in the catalog and noted that improvements in Google and other translating programs provide very convincing translations especially in French and Spanish.  Complaints from language teachers indicate that students may be turning in translations without citing that this is not their own work.

 

The topic presents a conundrum in that phrasing can allow for loopholes such as the ability to translate work in a content based class (not an English class, but biology, for example), when the original work is one’s own but written in a foreign language. 

 

Commissioners preferred a broad statement in the catalog and suggested that individual instructors with specific concerns can be more explicit in their own course syllabi about what constitutes academic dishonesty.

Students agreed that the broader language served the purpose, since the academic dishonesty is already explicit about the requirement to cite or acknowledge material of any kind that is not one’s own work.

 

The Chair will communicate with areas outside of ACC like the library to ensure that the proposed language is appropriate.

 

Straw Vote:  Commissioners took a straw vote in which they indicated preference for the phrase below to be added to the Academic Honesty Policy.  The proposed draft language follows:

           “Submitting the results of a machine translation program as one’s own work”

An alternative draft version which was not preferred:

           “In classes directed to foreign-language learning, submitting the output of a machine

              translation program as one’s own work”

A motion and final vote will take place at the December 2nd meeting.  

 

Early Packets

Commissioners were reminded that December 2nd was the final ACC meeting of the quarter.  Packets will be sent early so commissioners receive them before the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Adjournment

Commissioners adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, November 18, 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

Provost Murphy

   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,

    --

 

 

 

 

Membership (term ending 2010)

 

 

 

 

8

B –  Billie Lindsey, PEHR, rep to GER Cte

P

 

Guests, Recorder

 

9

C – Roger Thompson, History, CHAIR

P

1

Steve VanderStaay, VPUE

P

10

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

   P

   2

Kathy Kitto, Associate Dean, CST

   P

11

F -  Julie Helling, Fairhaven

P

 

 

 

12

I –  Sylvia Tag, Library,

P

 

 

 

13

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

P

3

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

   P

14

S -  Nikki Brown, AS

P

 

Members Present

17

15

S -  Chelsea Fletcher, AS

    --

 

Recorder and Guests

3

16

S-   Shanai Lechtenberg, AS

    P

 

TOTAL PRESENT   November 18, 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