Index of Topics 2/3/09

    Approved  2/17/2009;  to Faculty Senate 2/23/09

Kristi Tyran – Appointed Vice Chair for Spr Quarter

 

Revisions to Course Numbering Guidelines – Discussed

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  February 3, 2009

  

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

4:06 pm on Tuesday, February 3, 2009.   There were sixteen (16) members present, the Recorder (1) and two guests (2) for a total of nineteen (19). 

 

Approval of ACC minutes Members approved minutes of  January 20, 2009 with revisions.  Steve VanderStaay reported that an increase in Journalism credits was actually an increase requested by students.  And even with this increase, students complete the major in a fairly expedient  manner.

 

Report from the Chair:  Chair Thompson announced that the February 17 discussion will focus on undergraduate education and the GURs.  Thompson reported that a proposal may be forthcoming from two subcommittees, namely the GER committee and CATL (Assessment) committee.  In the context of accreditation recommendations there has ongoing discussion among these committees for rethinking and perhaps combining committee structure.

 

Appointments and Elections

INTERIM VICE CHAIR APPOINTEDA motion was made by Jim Hearne, seconded by Roger Anderson to nominate Kristi Tyran as Vice Chair for Spring quarter to replace Hearne who is on sabbatical.  There were no other nominations.  The ACC passed the motion and Kristi Tyran was elected unanimously.

One vacancy remaining:  1  Faculty to ACC from Area A for Spring Quarter

 

AGENDA:

 

 

READING OF CURRICULAR MINUTES (Exhibit B)

 

 

Curriculum Committee

Date

ACC Action and notes

43

College of Business & Economics

1/12/09

Accepted, including the items previously postponed, due to questions on the X37 rubric; minutes were resubmitted and accepted as 43A  IB337 and HRM337 were withdrawn by the college in light of a larger policy discussion planned by ACC this spring quarter regarding credit for courses taken abroad.  

 

51

College of Business and Economics

1/21/09

Accepted (with Addendum distributed at meeting).  Course descriptions for FIN466 and MKTG474 were considered.  Commissioners request that the department shorten them somewhat.  The catalog coordinator accepted ACC’s request that the departments can still revise to shorten these descriptions, although today is the deadline for final catalog copy.  In spring quarter the ACC will review the concern regarding length descriptions and propose a limit on word length for the Catalog. 


 

 

Curriculum Committee

Date

ACC Action and Notes

52

Fairhaven College

1/7/09

Accepted.

53

General Education Requirements Cte

1/15/09

Accepted.


 

54

Graduate Council

11/25/09

Accepted (with Addendum distributed at meeting). 

Revision to page 7 of Addendum: MS Human Movement and Performance, Thesis.  Category descriptions included as part of a selective multi-tiered entrance policy will be shortened to read:

“Applicants to the sport psychology program are admitted based on specific qualifications that can be found at http://web address…..”

 

Acting within its appropriate role to attempt to enforce catalog consistency, the ACC pointed out that there is a whole plethora of processes related to entrance requirements to particular university programs, but these should appear on the local webpages of the department or the program, or on a handout.  Students should be directed to the website when they ask. The catalog can then stress the occasions when a limited number of applicants are accepted, and can direct students to contact the department for current requirements.  

 

Minor corrections to Graduate Council Minutes 11/25/09

CSD569:  Advanced Clinical Practice in Aural Rehabilitation

BIO 533:  Quaternary Advanced Biogeography

BIO 516:  Advanced Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change

BIO 594:  Prereq:  grad standing and permission of instructor: Bio 482 or equivalent

 

55

Teacher Curriculum and Certification Council

1/13/09

Accepted.  (Minor corrections below)

BA in Education: Combined Major-Bio/Chem-Secondary:  103-108 cr

BA in Education: Combined Major-Chem/Bio-Secondary: 103-108 cr

 

Students who do not pass the language exam can extend graduate training by 5 credits, but the course has to be in linguistics, or a course determined by the English department, including Middle English.  (applicable to Creative Writing)

 

 

DISCUSSION

Revisions to Course Numbering Guidelines

Commissioners are attempting to review various course numbering guidelines in order to correlate language in the Catalog and in the ACC Handbook.  Thompson had checked a data base of 80 courses over four years that are identified as 417s for example, although the discussion applies to 117, 217, 317, 417 and 517.   Sometimes a  17 number  has been used for several years and actually should have x97 numbering.  x97 numbering exists so last minute experimental courses can get into the Catalog without going through the ACC approval process.  Apparently other 17s are courses that appear in the catalog for several years.

 

Commissioners emphasized that the intent of this review and the proposals that may come from it is not to make it harder to make timely decisions for one time offerings, but if something is going to be offered again and again, it should get the x17 number although the preference is to give it its own unique number.

 

Discussion centered on requiring ACC approval for various groups of numbers:

·            197, 297, 397, 497, 597 for one-time offerings  -- ACC is considering that approval is not required.

·            17s were discussed, with an aim toward unifying policy or process surround their usage.  The word SEMINAR is frequently used followed by colon in courses numbered 417 and 517.  The specific title of an offering usually follows the “SEMINAR::” prefix, and that specific title may change from quarter to quarter along with content.  On occasion several 417s or 517s might be offered simultaneously within a department in a single quarter, and are differentiated by the CRNs.  The Registrar’s office may have additional difficulty in identifying these courses when it comes to CAPP encoding.

·            Commissioners would like to know if the extended title of the particular course past the rubric “SEMINAR” could possibly also appear on the student’s transcript.

·            Some 417s do not appear in the catalog at present.  Summer courses may fall under this description.  ACC is discussing what to do about this.

·            ACC is suggesting that approval happen ONLY the first time that the paradigm offering is reviewed at ACC.  But perhaps after many years of a generic description, it may necessary to revisit the SEMINAR description.  ACC is considering a requirement that generic descriptions might have to be resubmitted to ACC for approval after several years have passed. 

·            ACC is considering the approval process in order to provide a modicum of consistency in the Banner catalog and the printed catalog as well as the ACC handbook of guidelines, and to ensure consisting with the encoding requirements of the Banner System and CAPP. 

·           Discussion will continue at the next meeting, and a motion may be formulated.  Recommendations from faculty are welcomed.

 

Adjournment 5:30 pm

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, February 3, 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

P

 

Vice Chair – James Hearne

 

2

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

P

 

 

 

3

A – Spencer Anthony-Cahill, Chemistry (SENATOR)

--

 

Ex Officio

 

4.

D – Mark Kuntz, Theater

P

17

Provost Murphy  (v)

   --

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, 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

P

10

E -  Kristi Tyran, Management

   P

3

Kathy Kitto, Associate Dean, CST

   --

11

F -  Julie Helling, Fairhaven

P

 

 

 

12

I –  Sylvia Tag, Library,

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

16

15

S -  Chelsea Fletcher, AS

    --

 

Recorder and Guests

3

16

S-   Shanai Lechtenberg, AS

    P

 

TOTAL PRESENT   February 3, 2009

19

 

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