Index of Topics 11/17/09

Approved 12/1/09;  to Faculty Senate 1/11/10

Fairhaven Transcripts

2-year Rule and 3-year Rule

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  November 17, 2009

 

 

Chair Roger Thompson called the meeting of the 2008-2009 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:08 pm on Tuesday, November 17, 2009.  There were eighteen (18) people present (see attached roster).

 

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

 

Report from Susanna Yunker, Acting Registrar 

Fairhaven Transcripts generally have the degree title “Interdisciplinary Concentration” and then there is an explanatory paragraph that lists the actual student title designation.

 

READING OF CURRICULUM MINUTES (Exhibit B)

 

 

Curriculum Committee

Date

ACC Commentary and Action

Previously Postponed Items:

10

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

10/22/09

Accepted:  History 483, 484, 485, and 486.  Author and chair conferred and concur on changes.

13

Graduate Council

4/14/09

Associate Dean Barr is forwarding a revised set of minutes.  Psychology program: For the specialization in Measurement the 544 course is still available.

18

Graduate Council Report

4/21/09

Accepted.  Review of MS in Environmental Science, Huxley College

Commissioners concur with findings of the Graduate Council regarding 1) structure, 2) administration; 3) funding priorities; 4) issues with stacked courses (Commissioners mentioned the possibility of a graduate dominated seminar; the Graduate council will discuss “stacked courses” in general at an upcoming meeting), and 5) concerns from students about adequate preparation.

ITEMS FROM TONIGHT:  NOVEMBER 17, 2009 MEETING

19

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

11/5/09

ACCEPTED. 

·        ANTH 348 cancelled.  Brought back under Linguistics. 

·        Course cancellation forms have updated drop/down menus. 

·        Rephrase BS in Kinesiology major requirements to say: “Select 4 credits from “list”.  Then mention electives.

·        Question of including DANCE in Movement Studies or other health/fitness specialties.  Catalog coordinator to edit language in Sport Psychology re requirements and electives.

·        PE Courses with previous gender-based designations (M or W) cancelled; brought back as new courses.  These will include the phrase “With instructor permission”.

·        Courses cancelled in error require a written note to the Associate Dean that a mistake has been made.

 

Please note:  RECR276 is approved but Commissioners await further information regarding revisions to the majorNew courses are to be sent to ACC with details regarding changes to the major as the number of credits are affected.

 

20

Honors Board

10/8/09

ACCEPTED.  Concerns expressed about developing a sustainable mechanism for funding Honors.  The VPUE is working with Admissions to increase enrollment of high academic index students and piloting an expanded Honors program to achieve that goal. 

21

Huxley College

10/19/09

ACCEPTED (not ESTU 415).  Commissioners are concerned about gate keeping. This course cites as prerequisites all of the following:  1) ESTU369; 2) admission to the Sustainable Design minor or Huxley College; AND 3) permission of the instructor.   While the program is offered jointly with Huxley College and Engineering Technology, and there may be limits on class size so that students with the minor get into the class, the spirit of Commissioners’ concern is the “gate keeping” issue with so many prerequisites including permission of instructor.  Commissioner Andy Bach will bring the concern to Huxley.   Other minor revisions to language of 453 GIS.  Make “The course is project based” a complete sentence.

22

International Programs Advisory

10/14/09

ACCEPTED.  Commissioners were concerned about layering students with bureaucratic forms and what seemed like an unpublicized $60.00 fee for all students going abroad who must now register with IPE.  It was later learned that there is an IPE fee associated with completing the risk/liability/medical forms and purchasing adequate health insurance as part of the application and to ensure compliance with the new international travel policy.  At this time the IPAC Chair and the Fairhaven admin assistant are coordinating efforts to provide a mechanism by which to identify ISP students going abroad for the winter quarter so as not to further complicate registration.  IPAC plans to continue discussion on the topic, and the question of designated the travel leader as the ISP sponsor will also be considered. 

23

Undergraduate Education Committee (CUE)

10/15/09

ACCEPTED.  Page 2 (please number pages), 4th bullet:  Commissioners suggested the importance of writing a set of course outcomes and standards in course outcomes from the point of view of “expectations”.

A recurring theme is faculty concern that low student performance will come back to haunt them.  Steve VanderStaay emphasized that is the reason why programs write their own outcomes and expectations.  If students are less prepared, we do not weaken the course, but focus on doing more work on preparation, even with the high schools.  That is why we leave it all in the hands of the department, and the outcomes may never leave the department.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Course Numbering and 2-year rule

Chair Thompson drew attention to the “Executive Brief  on the 2-Year Rule” and discussion centered on this paragraph:

 

“6. Concurrent with these changes ACC, in consultation with the administration, should require courses to be taught every three years (the current rule is two years). Courses that, for extenuating circumstances, cannot be taught every three years may be restored to the Catalog with the approval of the ACC Executive Committee in the fourth and fifth Catalog years since approval. Any course not taught in this five-year period requires re-submission and completion of the ACC approval process (department-college-ACC). “

 

The proposal is that courses are to be removed from the Catalog if they are not taught every three years, rather than the current rule of removal after two years which is not really enforced at present.  The question is whether the increased flexibility provided to faculty is reason enough to go from 2 years to 3 years, and to ensure a more universal adherence to the practice.

 

Spencer asked if we are supposed to “drop” a course from the catalog that hasn’t been taught in 3 years.  One response proposed by this change is that courses can be restored to the catalog within five years of the last time they were taught without going through the entire ACC approval process.  What would be required is a simply note to ACC that the course will be taught again within five years.
 

Commissioners noted that the change would make sense provided there are not insurmountable technical problems.  Members agreed that the catalog must offer truth in advertising, and must be accurate for students, reflect the needs of faculty, and be informed by a set of principles that are enforceable.  Commissioners commented that certain graduate school programs and some other programs claim that they no longer take students, but the classes are still be offered in the catalog.

 

Commissioners suggested that even something as simple as an asterisk could flag a course that is not currently being offered.  A date could also help so that a course can be pulled if not offered in 5 years.

 

Kathy Knutzen proposed that a lot of the problems are as a result of the 7-year rule which does not allow the reuse of course numbers.  We have a very dynamic one year catalog which allows us to change every year, but when you run out of course numbers it is a problem. A set amount of course numbers seems restrictive.

 

Members will continue to discuss the core question whether it is a good idea if courses stay in the catalog as long as they are taught once every three years, and a whole package does not have to be resubmitted for approval to ACC as long as the course is taught every five years.  There are no technical answers at present as to how this would work, and that is another issue Commissioners would like to consider.

 

Adjournment

Members adjourned at 5:44 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, November 17, 2009

 

 

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION 2009-2010 ROSTER

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2010)

 

 

Chair – Roger Thompson  2010

 

1

B –  Billie Lindsey, PEHR

P

 

Vice Chair – James Hearne  2010

 

2

C – Roger Thompson, History, Chair

P

 

 

 

 

 Kristi Tyran, Management (At Lg on leave Fall & Winter)

 

 

Ex Officio

 

3

I – Peter Smith, Library

P

17

Steve VanderStaay, VPUE for

Catherine Riordan Provost  (v)

P

4

Spencer Anthony-Cahill, SENATOR

P

18

Susanna Yunker, Registrar (nv)

P

5

James Hearne, SENATOR, VChair

--

19

Lisa Zuzarte, Catalog Coordinator (nv)

P

6

Ramon Rinonos-Diaz, ASVP-Academics

ASVP.Academics@wwu.edu

P

 

 

 

7

Matthew Osborne

Osbornm5@students@wwu.edu

P

 

 

 

8

Michael Renne

rennem@students@wwu.edu

--

 

Guests

 

9

Associated Student member

-

1

David Brunnemer, Associate Registrar

   P

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2011)

 

2

Kathleen Knutzen, Assoc Dean, CHSS

P

10

H-Tracy Thorndike-Christ, Spec Ed, CUE  

P

 

 

 

11

E-Brandon Dupont for Yvonne Durham, Economics

--

3

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder (nv)

P

12

D-Mark Kuntz, Theater

P

 

 

 

13

Cynthia Camlin, Art (At Lg, for K.Tyran FallWint 09-10)

P

 

Members Present

15

14

A-Roger Anderson, Biology, UPRC

P

 

Recorder and Guests

3

15

F-Niall O. Murchu, Fairhaven  (1 yr term for J. Helling)

P

 

 

 

16

G-Andy Bach, Huxley College

P

 

Date:  11/17/09        TOTAL:

18

 Members (18):12 faculty (2yr terms) represent 9 areas and 1 at-large plus 2 Senators (1 yr terms).  6 additional members include:  Provost (v), Catalog Coordinator (nv), Registrar (nv) and 4 students (voting).  ACC sends reps to UPC and CUE.  Recorder attends (nv).