Index of Topics 12/1/09

Approved 1/5/2010;  to Faculty Senate 1/11/10

Election of Chair for Winter and Spring Qtr

Interdisciplinary Studies – Discussion

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  December 1, 2009

 

Chair Roger Thompson called the meeting of the 2009-2010 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:08 pm on Tuesday, December 1, 2009.  There were twenty-five (25) people present, including Commissioners and guests (see attached roster).

 

Approval of ACC minutes Members approved ACC minutes of November 17, 2009 with a minor correction to item 19, where RECR276 was mistakenly read as 279.

 

Announcement from Chair Thompson

Chair Thompson announced he would be on sabbatical Winter and Spring quarter, and therefore could not continue as Chair of ACC.   Thompson felt privileged to have been able to serve as chair.  He reminded Commissioners of the importance of continued discussion on the three initiatives already begun:

 

1)      Curriculum oversight for interdisciplinary studies;

2)      Revising course numbering guidelines for temporary courses and the catalog’s 2-year rule;  and

3)      Proposed catalog guidelines for establishing academic minors (still in preparatory stage by the Executive Council for later discussion)

 

Thompson hopes Commissioners will continue to frame significant new policies to impact Western’s future.

 

Announcement from Vice Provost Steven VanderStaay

·         Steven VanderStaay pointed out that the revised GUR E-Forms did not leave enough room for faculty to explain how the competencies are being achieved, and that he is looking at recommendations for changing the form to make it clear and provide sufficient space. 

·         VanderStaay added that it is only necessary to explain two or three of the competencies on the form, and many faculty write about five or more.

 

READING OF CURRICULUM MINUTES (Exhibit B)

Commissioners reviewed a summary of edits for today’s curriculum minutes prepared by Catalog coordinator Lisa Zuzarte.  Commissioners also considered responses to various queries on minutes from the last meeting.

 

 

Committee

Date

ACC Commentary and Action

24

College Fine & Performing Arts

11/18/09

ACCEPTED.  Minor typos on page 4: Ballet I, II, III titles are not always consistent.  P.2: THTR202:  proposed as GUR and repeatable up to 9 credits. However, GUR credit can be given only once even if a student decides to repeat with different topics. P. 9: THTR297: No GUR credit is offered for x97 courses.  Once the course is given a permanent number, GUR credit can be considered.

Additional questions from Lisa Zuzarte:

·      DNC 403 (1 cr) is a major requirement for 2 credits and should have a repeatability of up to 2 credits.  Need to ensure that DNC 403 is approved - it replaces DNC 401 & 402

·      Major – Art – Elementary.  Please forward to TCCC for review and approval.   Major BFA in Dance same as 403 on repeatability

·      Additional Endorsement – Theatre Arts; BAE Major–Theatre Arts;BA Major –Theatre:  Please include complete list of all the requirements for the major in order to ensure correct encoding for CAPP.

25a

CBE Decision Sciences

10/29/09

ACCEPTED

 Note from Commissioners on all CBE minutes:  Commissioners request the use of the strikethrough format for all three sets of minutes.  Secretaries please mention who is the recorder, and the date the minutes were approved.  There is still no information on the resource question which is also part of the new forms.  ACC reviews the course content (re catalog) after department and college sends its information directly to ACC.  The GUR aspect of course is reviewed by CUE.  ACC follows the vetting by CUE regarding GUR status.

25b

CBE Economics

10/29/09

ACCEPTED but NOT ECON 445.

X45 IS USED FOR CURRENT TRENDS.  Is this a permanent course? This course needs a different number.   Commissioners also concerned that this is a 4-credit class with only 3 contact hours, which does not meet the definition of a credit hour (see online ACC Handbook for definition and related WAC Rule).  See statement that a lecture hour must have one contact hour for each credit hour.  There are also inconsistencies within the title and the description. 

Prerequisite clarification requested for the phrase:  “students with teaching experience OR expected enrollment in a teacher education program”

 Commissioners appreciate efforts to coordinate with other departments (Monahan Rule).  The question about who specifically was contacted arose because not everyone understood their relationship to this specific course.

Commissioners expressed concern about “credit creep” in the Major in Financial Economics.   Combined Major in Econ/PoliSci needs CHSS approval

Combined Major in Econ/Social Studies needs CHSS and TCCC approval

Page 8:  under “reason for revision”.  Please edit sentence to read:

“…and we would like to ecourage enable Financial Economics students to take this course.”

25c

CBE Finance & Marketing

10/29/09

NOT ACCEPTED.

FIN 341.   Change “freshmen excluded” to “Sophomore Status or better”.  Please use standard catalog language when possible.

Commissioners request a better description and find “Goal of business and financial management” confusing.  Do you mean “Study of….?”

Finance concentration.  Last sentence problematic FOR CAPP ENCODING.  Is it FIN 44x or FIN4xx?  Can it be listed as “Or any 400-level FIN course”? or is it specifically FIN 44x courses? 

Please list complete major requirement details for CAPP encoding

P. 7: MKTG 480 Confusing sentence “cannot be used as a 400-level marketing elective prereq. For MKTG 489.  May be applied to marketing concentration.    If possible please reword:  “Personal selling activities are acceptable only under certain conditions.”

Gateway problem in play with variable credit internship, p. 9, “permission of instructor”   P. 9 MKTG 490:  Please change title “Variable Credit Internship in Marketing” – concerns about variable credit hours in course description.  Does credit of current course need revision to reflect variable credit? Suggested title change:  “Advanced Internship in Marketing”

Make sure distinctions made between two courses.

PAGE 10:  Descriptions do not match or reflect current catalog copy.  (Perhaps pasted in from old copy??)  (BA Fin or Mktg).  Question as to whether finance courses can be taken by others

26

College of Sciences & Technology

11/2 and 11/9/09

ACCEPTED.   Faculty from Physics/Astronomy and Chemistry were present to explain courses recrafted in response to a reduction in force without LTF replacement.  Faculty were purposed to keep the curriculum viable.

·   Commissioners offered “kudos” to the effort to maximize all resources, and commended the huge amount of effort required to achieve a change that will ensure the department can maintain its throughput of majors.

·   Chair Thompson took the opportunity to discuss the usefulness of changing the 2-year to a 3-year rule.  Faculty would prefer to leave courses on the books with the understanding they will be taught when sunnier days come. The catalog does not have to reflect the bleak financial reality.  But regarding the MAJOR and requirements for the major – that does have to reflect current financial reality. Students deserve truth in advertising.  At the same time the University must recognize the value that Physics brings to this university even if there are only 15 students across 3 concentrations, for example.

·   Commissioners thanked Spencer Anthony-Cahill for the new course in the Chemistry Department.

·   Commissioners asked:  Please change sentence about Library Resources “adequate for now” to a phrase such as “marginally adequate” or “barely adequate” to emphasize the need in the sciences and get it repeated in the minutes..

·    ASTRO390.  Astr315 is a co-requisite (is required to be taken in the same quarter as 390).  Not to be confused with “concurrent” which means the course could have been taken earlier OR in the same quarter.

·    ETEC 110 and 111 not cancelled at the moment to make sure the new structure works and students understand it. Same idea with not changing PHYS235 to a 300 level at the moment.    p. 31: Range of credits:  97-119 for consistency.

·    Chem/Bio Secondary  and Phys/Math Secondary pending TCCC approval.  Has math seen the latter?  Is Phys 417 a new course?

·    Commissioners appreciated the narrative addressing resource implications, and commended the committee for an excellent and model set of minutes.

·      PHYS 391AND 392:  Changed “concurrent” to “co-requisite”.

PHYS 417 and PHYS 445 tentatively approved since a change in the numbers is pending.

 

27

Fairhaven College

10/21/09

POSTPONED:  Commissioners wished to allow time for discussion

28

Graduate Council  (revised minutes)

4/14/09

POSTPONED:  Same

29

Graduate Council 

10/20/09

POSTPONED:  Same

30

Huxley College

11/5/09

POSTPONED:  Same

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSIONExecutive Brief on Interdisciplinary Studies.

ACC discussed the idea that proposed Honors courses be vetted in an Honors-ACC line comparable to the twin approval processes for all GUR courses: Dept>Coll>ACC and Dept>Coll>CUE>ACC. 

 

ACC discussion on the Interdisciplinary Studies brief was highlighted by a concern from Honors that no process language currently exists requiring that Honors GUR courses be vetted by curricular committees at the departmental and college levels.  Absent such language Honors believes that only ad hoc approval by department chairs is necessary.  Commissioners discussed whether or not that was sufficient and the advantages and disadvantages of vetting Honors GURs by the two-track approval process required by other GURs:  Department-College-ACC and Department-College-CUE-ACC.  (CUE reviews for GUR suitability; ACC vets the course for catalog inclusion.) 

 

Thompson suggested that the question provided a useful "real-world" context for discussing a “curriculum oversight principle” in the Interdisciplinary Studies brief:  that an interdisciplinary course should, as much as possible, be vetted by the department whose disciplinary identity corresponds most closely with the proposed course.  It does not follow, necessarily, that the course be given the reviewing department's rubric.  In the case of Honors GURs, commissioners discussed whether or not, for example, the proposed Biology Colloquium should be reviewed through the regular departmental and college curriculum vetting process. 

 

No conclusions were reached and discussion will continue at a future meeting.

 

Election of Chair

·         Thompson provided time at the end of the meeting for electing a new chair, and Jim Hearne was elected unanimously (for Winter and Spring 2010). 

·         Hearne thanked Commissioners and reminded members that a new Chair had to be elected for 2010-2011 and that he would be soliciting Commissioners for a Vice Chair.

·         Hearne expressed the Commissioners’ appreciation when he commented that everyone was impressed by how hard Thompson had worked, the kind of attention, imagination and concern he had brought to ACC issues.  Commissioners thanked Thompson and applauded his service.

 

Adjournment

Members adjourned at 5:47 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, December 1, 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)

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Ex Officio

 

3

I – Peter Smith, Library

P

17

Steve VanderStaay, VPUE for Provost Riordan

P

4

Spencer Anthony-Cahill, SENATOR

P

18

Susanna Yunker, Registrar (nv)

--

5

James Hearne, SENATOR, VChair

P

19

Lisa Zuzarte, Catalog Coordinator (nv)

P

6

Ramon Rinonos-Diaz,ASVP.Academics@wwu.edu

P

 

Guests

 

7

Matthew Osborne: Osbornm5@students@wwu.edu

P

1

David Brunnemer, Associate Registrar

   P

8

Michael Renne: rennem@students@wwu.edu

P

2

Kathleen Knutzen, Assoc Dean, CHSS

P

9

Associated Student member

-

3

Kathy Kitto, Assoc Dean, CST

P

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2011)

 

4

Brad Johnson, Physics/Astronomy

P

10

H-Tracy Thorndike-Christ, Spec Ed, CUE  

P

5

Andreas Reiman, Physics/Astronomy

P

11

E-Brandon Dupont for Yvonne Durham, Economics

P

6

Kristen Larson, Physics/Astronomy

P

12

D-Mark Kuntz, Theater

P

7

Gerry Prody, Chemistry

P

13

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

P

8

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder (nv)

P

14

A-Roger Anderson, Biology, UPRC

P

 

Members Present

17

15

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

P

 

Recorder and Guests

8

16

G-Andy Bach, Huxley College

P

 

Date:  11/17/09        TOTAL:

25

 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).