Index of Topics 216/2010

Approved 3/2/2010; to Faculty Senate 3/8/2010

Leadership Rubric:  Motion

 

Discussion:  What is a Minors; Assessment Strategies; Vetting Interdisciplinary Courses

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  February 16, 2010

 

Chair James Hearne called the meeting of the 2010 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:03 pm on Tuesday, February 16, 2010.   There were fifteen (15) people present including Commissioners and guests (see attached roster).

Approval of ACC minutes Members approved ACC minutes of February 2, 2010 as written.

 

Report from VPUE   Steve VanderStaay announced that the catalog seeks advice from ACC on review of non-credit bearing certificate programs – some of which can be fiscally remunerative to the University.  For example, there is no certificate preparing a person to work for a Port Authority anywhere in the country.  Such a certificate might combine emergency management with knowledge of how to handle an oil spill or fire in the port. The port would like to support safety training for ports throughout the world. VanderStaay added that the approval process for non credit-bearing programs is fuzzy, and perhaps ACC might want greater oversight in an area that might affect the public standing of the institution.  CHSS reported that non credit-bearing programs are included in its minutes as information items.  Perhaps this could be a model for the other colleges.

 

READING OF CURRICULUM MINUTES (Exhibit C)

60

Huxley College of the Environment

1/12/10

ACCEPTED.  Minutes should not be printed on template paper with “DRAFT”.  ESCI397A should read 397C.

61

Extended Ed and Summer Programs (EESP)

8/18/09

ACCEPTED.  Discontinued courses  presented in Memos approved for AY2010-11 catalog.

62

Western Libraries Curriculum Committee

1/5/10

ACCEPTED.  No changes in course offering from current catalog year 2009-2010 for 2010-2011.

Lisa Zuzarte provided a reminder that the deadline for curricular approvals for the 2010-11 catalog was 2/2/2010.

Curricular actions forwarded to ACC now will be approved for the 2011-2012 catalog.

 

MOTION RE LEADERSHIP RUBRIC

A motion was made by Yvonne Durham, seconded by Spencer Anthony-Cahill which passed unanimously that “in consultation with David Brunnemer that an appropriate rubric not used in another program be chosen by the Leadership Studies Program.”   Commissioners leave it to the Leadership Studies Program to use “LDST” or another rubric as it sees fit. The rubric will accompany the curriculum to come through regular departmental and college channels for approval.

 

DISCUSSION

What constitute a “Minor” at Western?

·         Commissioners discussed whether ACC should impose some restrictions on what is required for obtaining a minor, especially for the catalog.  Should we attempt to define a minor at Western and explain its relationship to a major and provide some guidance to students? 

·         ACC would like to be “in the vanguard of coherency” and ahead of the queries of any future accreditors. 

·         Commissioners agreed that formulating principles would require input from the departments.

 

Assessment Recommendations

·         Commissioners discussed the possibility of a nationally normed exam for comparison with other schools, and suggested that a better recommendation might be to give departments the flexibility to design assessment using a variety of means such as existing surveys, accrediting exams, senior seminar classes, portfolios. 

·         VanderStaay endorses ACC making recommendations on ways of assisting departments in making outcome assessment and making improvement changes based on review on a cyclical basis.  Some departments would welcome assessment advice, particularly from a committee such as the AAC (Assessment Advisory Committee).

·         The Assessment Advisory Committee plans to do a programmatic review of general education and will use the CLA (College Learning Assessment) to assess 100 freshmen and 100 seniors and use the data as comparision with other universities. 

·         Commissioners recommended one possibility -- that students who take the rather costly GRE or MCATs on their own can provide some record to Western of their scores in order to build a database over a five year or longer period.  Commissioners acknowledged that would require record-keeping.

·         AAC might advise a normative exam and it would make sense for some colleges and departments, particularly with all our diversity.  We are not in position to say normative exams are useful, but rather they are something we should consider, and they are certainly useful when required for certain nationally accredited programs. 

·         No one wants to see these imposed on the departments, but are only useful as a suggestion.  Hearne hopes to continue to give input to AAC, and AAC will continue to give feedback to VanderStaay and Hearne.

 

Vetting Interdisciplinary Courses

·         The concern is for courses coming from programs of unknown membership without passing through any regular curriculum committee.  In some cases there might be a program of just one person and the curriculum goes directly to ACC without any other vetting process.

·         CHSS believes that every interdisciplinary curriculum should go through some kind of college curriculum body. The primary college manages the paperwork, and the second college reviews if appropriate.  This is essential for resource implications and FTE since all faculty belong to a particular college or department.

·         For now ACC is thinking of recommending the following, but is open to continued suggestion:

·         “Every disciplinary program must be housed in a college, and every proposal must run through a curriculum committee.  If there is more than one college involved then there is to be a review by the secondary college.”

·         If there is an independent curriculum review body, how does ACC give the body standing (handbook)?.

·         Those faculty are members of departments and their curricular decisions must align with the college because of resource issues.  The question of academic content of courses is a different matter.

·         It was strongly recommended that the programs come to ACC and discuss the issue.

 

Adjournment

Commissioners adjourned at 5:36 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, February 16, 2010

 

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION 2009-2010 ROSTER

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2010)

 

 

Chair – James Hearne 2010

 

1

B –  Billie Lindsey, PEHR

P

 

Vice Chair – Roger Anderson 2010

 

2

C –  Robert Stoops, Liberal Studies

P

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Ex Officio

 

3

I – Peter Smith, Library

P

17

Steve VanderStaay, VPUE for Provost Riordan

P

4

A-Spencer Anthony-Cahill, SENATOR

P

18

Susanna Yunker, Registrar (nv)

--

5

A-James Hearne, SENATOR, VChair

P

19

Lisa Zuzarte, Catalog Coordinator (nv)

Exc

6

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

--

 

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, Associate Dean, CHSS

P

9

Associated Student member

--

3

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder (nv)

P

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2011)

 

 

 

 

10

H-Tracy Thorndike-Christ, Spec Ed, CUE  

Exc

 

 

 

11

E- Yvonne Durham, Economics

P

 

 

 

12

D-Mark Kuntz, Theater

Exc

 

 

 

13

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

P

 

 

 

14

A-Roger Anderson, Biology, UPRC

P

 

Members Present

12

15

F-Midori Takagi, Fairhaven  (1 yr term for J. Helling)

--

 

Recorder and Guests

3

16

G-David Shull, Huxley College

P

 

Date:  2/16/2010        TOTAL:

  15

 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).