Index of Topics 11/3/09

Approved 11/17/09;  to Faculty Senate 11/23/09

Approval of curriculum minutes

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  November 3, 2009

 

 

Chair Roger Thompson called the meeting of the 2008-2009 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:03 pm on Tuesday, November 3, 2009.  There were eighteen (18) people present (see attached roster).

 

Approval of ACC minutes Members approved ACC minutes of October 20, 2009.

 

Appointments:  Commissioners appointed Thomas Downing, Philosophy, to the Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Policy.  Susanna Yunker will call the committee together for its first meeting.

 

READING OF CURRICULUM MINUTES (Exhibit B)

 

Committee

Date

ACC Action

10

College Humanities and Social Sciences

10/22/09

AcceptedExcept for Japanese History 483, 484, 485, and 486 which are tabled

Japanese History restricted to upper level by the change in prerequisites to upper level courses.  Has this been vetted with East Asian Studies since these courses are required for that program?

Also what could be the unique reason for including the phrase “Required for Majors” in every course? (Japn 401 specifically)

Other:  Hist. 461 is typo; should be Hist. 561.

§ Commissioners object to excessive wordiness in course descriptions:   Deletion of the following from GSTU410:  “The resulting portfolio will serve… through… in a job search.”  Deletion from GSTU471:  “Reports and a paper related to the internship are required.”

§ Psychology is restructuring electives to 5 credits which will not affect degree total.

§ Note that KIN510 and KIN512 must be concurrent.  E-form uses a drop down menu and it is easy to forget to scroll down to include all the information (for the minutes).

11

Committee on Undergraduate Education

10/01/09

ACCEPTED.  Commissioners congratulated Wendy Knight on an excellent set of minutes.  Please rephrase first bullet point which states: “teaching GURs are coving”.  While “covering” is clearly intended, Commissioners prefer the phrase “communicating to students the purpose of the GUR in the course.”

Commissioners reminded readers that GUR professors ought to include the LEAP initiatives in their SYLLABI.  There is relatively low satisfaction in the GURs vs. the majors because students are not aware of their importance.

The CUE representative added that we not only wish to meet accreditation standards for assessment, but that we would like to determine long-range assessment plans for the GURs.

12

Fairhaven College

10/7/09

ACCEPTED.  Commissioners request revision of the title “Neuropsychology and Philosophy” and urge the Fairhaven representative to bring the title back to the professor and student team.  Psychology and Philosophy actually “own” the rubric, and a rule exists whereby titles are not allowed to encroach on the rubrics of another area.  There can be confusion to the community at large as to the nature of the actual degree. 

13

Graduate Council

4/14/09

ACCEPTED with Exception of MS in Psychology.   1)  Commissioners question why the catalog has included so much information for the MS in Psychology. The third area should be explicitly “Experimental Psychology” not “Experimental program”.   Commissioners expressed concern (see concern of Elliott Smith) that “satisfactory progress” is not well defined.  The explicit nature of the requirements seems at odds with the later statement “to allow an informal agreement between advisor and student as needed.”

2)  Commissioners question how an optional concentration in Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis, can be taught without PSY530, the only advanced measurement course.  Basically with three courses it is hardly a concentration except in statistics.  Is there a substitute course being planned, or is the concentration title to be changed?

Associate Dean Knutzen is requested to bring concerns to CHSS. 

Associate Dean Barr is requested to bring these concerns to the Graduate Council.

14

Graduate Council

4/21/09

ACCEPTED.

15

Graduate Council

5/5/09

ACCEPTED.

16

Graduate Council

5/12/09

ACCEPTED.   Final copy for RC591 is erroneous.  RC583 pasted in by mistake.

17

Graduate Council

10/13/09

ACCEPTED.

18

Grad Council Report

4/21/09

POSTPONED: Review of MS in Environmental Science, Huxley College

Commissioners would like additional time to review and comment.

 

DISCUSSION POSTPONED:

Commissioners began the discussion of the Executive Brief on Interdisciplinary Studies and plan to continue at the next meeting.

 

Members adjourned at 5:55 pm

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, November 3, 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)

Exc

4

Spencer Anthony-Cahill, SENATOR

Exc

18

Susanna Yunker, Registrar (nv)

P

5

James Hearne, SENATOR, VChair

P

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

P

 

Guests

 

9

Associated Student member

-

1

David Brunnemer, Associate Registrar

--

 

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

P

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

16

14

A-Roger Anderson, Biology, UPRC

P

 

Recorder and Guests

2

15

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

P

 

 

 

16

G-Andy Bach, Huxley College

P

 

Date:  11/3/09        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).