Index of Topics 3/31/09

Approved 4/14/09;  to Faculty Senate 4/20/09

Committee on Undergrad Education – MOTION

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  March 31, 2009

 

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

4:07 pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2009.  There were fourteen (14) members present, the Recorder and two guests (3) for a total of seventeen (17).  Chair Thompson welcomed Maria Paredes Mendes, Chair of the GER Committee, and Carmen Werder, Director of the Writing program.

 

Approval of ACC minutes Members approved minutes of  March 3, 2009 as written.  

 

Appointments and Elections

Commissioners reviewed the list of vacancies on the 2009-2010 ACC.  Candidates who are available for a second term are encouraged to inform the Senate office.

ACC VACANCIES 2009 – Standing Committees of the Senate - ACC

Continuing to 2010

AREA

TERMS END 09

Vacancies in

AREAS

8 Roger Thompson

C

1  Marsha Riddle Buly

H

9 Sylvia Tag

I

2 Roger Anderson (Senate)  Candidate 09-11

A

10 Julie Helling

F

3 Robin Matthews

G

11 Billie Lindsey  GER

B

4 Yvonne Durham

(E) At Lg

12 Kristi Tyran

E

5 Mark Kuntz

D

 

 

SENATORS: 6 Anthony-Cahill,  7 Hearne

2 Senators

 

 

Report from Chair and Discussion of LEAP Initiative

·         Commissioners discussed the option of substituting the GER competencies with those of the LEAP initiative.  Maria Mendez reported that the GER committee had voted to support the LEAP competencies at its last meeting. 

·         Steve VanderStaay noted that one of the initiatives for the LEAP was to resist the push on universities toward becoming “training schools”, and the AACU (American Association of Colleges and Universities) found it important to defend the liberal arts mission, and they were smart about it.  When employers are asked what they want for their graduates the answers are writing, science, math, and literacy. 

·         LEAP provides a great deal of support for universities.  They create student pamphlets that our Student Affairs will use in Summer Start. When students show up they will get information about the value of the undergraduate courses in which they plan to enroll.  There is also a great deal of material available for assessment which can be distributed and is available from the LEAP website (see links on the ACC home page).  There is no commitment to joining the LEAP initiatives and their learning outcomes are parallel in nature and description and scope to Western’s GUR competencies.

·         VanderStaay emphasized the importance of knowing whether ACC supports the commitment to LEAP.  He believes that AACU is smart about enabling students to learn what a general undergraduate education is all about.  Students like to know they are learning certain outcomes.  Andrea Goddard mentioned that perhaps pedagogically we have not given faculty the tools, ways of talking about general education, and as value to students, and LEAP will provide some keys to that..

·         If we join we are telling the campus that we are joining as a part of our general education reform, and as a campus wide initiative.  We might ask people to have some language supporting the idea of a liberal education in their syllabi; it is easy to say we are a part of this initiative when we distribute information to parents.  If we join we say we are supporting these outcomes, but we do not have to adopt them word for word.

·         Another advantage to joining is that there are large committees already part of LEAP which are providing assessment outcomes, and you can borrow them if you like.  LEAP can provide a larger umbrella under which our own competencies can be more specific in how they are phrased.

·         Eventually the budget situation may allow faculty to go to these conferences on the LEAP initiative in order to become even more aware of outcomes and the relationship to general education.

·         Chair Thompson suggested that after reviewing this material the ACC may decide to approve this in the weeks ahead.

·         In response to other questions VanderStaay noted that LEAP does not tell anybody how to assess, but they do have literature on what they think is best practice, and they have an e-portfolio system.  Some people use this, other use senior capstones, others use exams.  Generally speaking LEAP advocates the use of the e-portfolio and they provide useful rubrics. For example, if you have a portfolio they may provide you with a list of sample items that might represent a student’s best work, and you can check these off for yourself.  Mainly however, this is an assessment of our program, not our students.  We might notice that in the senior year students have not met our goals, we might want to check our program to make an effort to improve it.

·         Julie Helling reported that Fairhaven is currently invested in the use of e-portfolios already.

·         Faculty are encouraged to check the ACC website which has links to LEAP

·         Please let Roger know if there is a need for follow-up discussion, or if there is additional information that can be requested from the LEAP program.

 

 

5.

READING OF CURRICULAR MINUTES (Exhibit B)

 

Curriculum Committee

Date

ACC Action and notes

60

Honors Board

2/10/09

Seminars approved

ACCEPTED

61

Women’s Studies

3/9/09

Revisions to Minor in Women Studies.  Accepted for 2009-10 catalog

ACCEPTED

62

General Education Requirements Committee

3/5/09

MOTION re LEAP initiative

ACCEPTED

63

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

3/5/09

B.A., Latin; X97 course lists; revisions.

Note: Amendments – PE 282 and PE 380 should read as CD 282 and CD 380.  PE 180, CD 282 and CD 380 cancellations accepted for 2009-10 catalog.  All curricular actions accepted for 2010-11 catalog.

ACCEPTED

64

Teacher Curriculum & Certification Council

3/10/09

SPED revisions.  Accepted for 2010-11 catalog

ACCEPTED

Other

2/24/09 Memo from S. Yunker, Registrar, Re Terminology:

Pre-Req, Concurrent, or Co-Req

 

Asks departments to forward a list of these types of courses in order to clarify catalog language.  NO need for e-forms.  Memo should be incorporated in College Curricular minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MOTION

To Create a Committee on Undergraduate Education (a standing committee of the ACC)

Commissioners used straw polls to revise the language of the proposed charge to create a committee on undergraduate education and via hand count a majority voted YES to the following:

Revise the Membership:

Add Library and Fairhaven representatives to the membership

Add one additional representative from CHSS

Revise the Charge:

Change bullet point ONE to read “oversight of the Writing Proficiency (WP) requirement”

Change bullet point THREE to read “shall communicate its findings, and recommendations for improvement to the ACC and to the appropriate units.”

Change bullet point FOUR to read “Work in cooperation with and with support from the offices of “ and move “Report to ACC” to a separate bullet.

Commissioners also noted that it is important for faculty to recognize that WP refers to the upper division writing requirement since the GURs cover the undergraduate writing requirements.

 

The revised language follows:

(Formatted to match ACC handbook)

7.6  COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Membership*

Charge

The Committee on Undergraduate Education shall consist of fourteen (14) voting members appointed by the ACC from each of the following colleges:  Business and Economics (1), Fairhaven (1), Fine and Performing Arts (1), Huxley (1), Humanities and Social Sciences (2), Science and Technology (1), Woodring (1), and the Library (1); one faculty member from the Academic Coordinating Commission (1), one student appointed by the Associated Students’ Board (1), the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (1), the Director of the Office of Institutional Assessment, Research, and Testing (1), and the Director of the University Writing Program** (1)

**Currently designates Director of Writing Instruction Support

Chair:  The chairperson of the Committee shall be elected from among its membership at the first meeting of Fall Quarter.

Reportage: The Committee on Undergraduate Education meets five times a quarter or more often as required, usually on Thursdays at 4 pm.  Sufficient copies of the approved minutes of each meeting shall be forwarded to ACC via the Office of the Faculty Senate (MS9020, OM350) within twenty-one days of the meeting.  The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education shall provide clerical support as necessary.

 

§    Advise the Academic Coordinating Commission on all curriculum matters related to General Education, including the acceptance of courses for listing as fulfilling General University Requirements (GURs) and oversight of the Writing Proficiency (WP) requirement.

§    Promote the goals of a liberal education in general, and writing and general education goals in particular, within the academic community. 

§    Periodically review these educational goals and assess the degree to which these goals have been achieved.  These spheres of assessment include the University, colleges, and departments.  The Committee on Undergraduate Education shall communicate its findings, and recommendations for improvement, to the ACC and the appropriate units.

§    Work in cooperation with and with support from the offices of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education; the Office of institutional Assessment, Research, and Testing; and the University Writing Program.

§    Report to the ACC.      

   

 

The ACC unanimously passed the MOTION to create the Committee on Undergraduate Education.

 

Adjournment 5:55 pm

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, March 31, 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)

--

 

 

 

3

A – Spencer Anthony-Cahill, Chemistry (SENATOR)

P

 

Ex Officio

 

4.

D – Mark Kuntz, Theater

--

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)

 

 

 Guests:

 

8

B –  Billie Lindsey, PEHR, rep to GER Cte

P

1

Steven VanderStaay, VPUE

P

9

C – Roger Thompson, History, CHAIR

P

2

Kathleen Knutzen, Asst Dean, CHSS,

P

10

E -  Kristi Tyran, Management

   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

--

 

Members Present

14

15

S -  Brianne Kumar, AS

   P

 

Recorder and Guests

3

16

S-   Shanai Lechtenberg, AS

   --

 

TOTAL PRESENT   March 31, 2009

17

 

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