Index of DISCUSSION Topics 3/2/2010

Amended & Approved 3/30/2010; to Faculty Senate 4/5/2010

Vetting All University Programs

 

Use of x97s for all temporary courses

 

What constitutes a “Minor” at Western

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  March 2, 2010

 

Chair James Hearne called the meeting of the 2010 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:03 pm on Tuesday, March 2, 2010.   There were twenty-six (26) people present including Commissioners and guests (see attached roster).

 

Approval of ACC minutesMembers approved ACC minutes of February 16, 2010 as written.

 

DISCUSSION

I.                     Vetting All-University Programs

 

ACC and guests from All-University programs examined options for vetting All-University programs.

Vetting of curriculum is separate from funding issues and the support of FTE faculty within a college. 

 

Some concerns were raised about whether programs should move into a particular college:

 

Members pointed out that the goal of this meeting is to elaborate the guidelines that can be presented to All University programs so they can propose their curriculum within a department and have it appropriately vetted through a curriculum committee on its way to ACC. 

 

Neither a proposed Solution A nor Solution B completely resolved the issues:

Solution A:   All-University programs select a college curriculum board through which they send their curriculum.

 Solution B:  The ACC establishes an “All-University Curriculum Committee” to serve as the college curriculum committee for the All-University programs.

 

Several members and guests preferred a new “Solution C”:

Proposed “Solution C”:  The ACC would establish an “All University Curriculum Committee” to meet to consider new and revised courses from an interdisciplinary perspective and to then designate an appropriate college to further issue a stamp of approval prior to forwarding to ACC. In addition the committee would be expected to seek ways to be instrumental in furthering interdisciplinarity at the university.

 

A draft motion for this or any other proposal such as a new proposal “D”  that might come forward will be prepared for the first meeting in Spring Quarter.  A new proposal D might include the creation of an all university programs committee that would consider new and revised courses from an interdisciplinary perspective, and might ensure the quality of such programs. 

 

It was proposed that approved all university programs shall have:

II.                Use of x97’s for All Temporary Courses

 

ACC reviewed a proposal to discontinue use of x17s and x45s as temporary course offerings and to use only x97s and alphas for all temporary, one-time, special topics, seminars, current trends, and experimental course offerings.  The x97s as temporary courses can only be offered three times and then must receive a permanent number.  Details in Class finder and Banner catalog must be updated to accurately reflect what is offered, which is not always the case at present.

 

Process:

ü  The X97s may be offered up to 3 times, after which a permanent number must be assigned (and the temporary x97 course will be deactivated) 

ü  If more than one x97 is offered for a given quarter alphas may be used to distinguish between offerings.

ü  Each offering requires an ACC E-form to be approved by department and college.  But ACC approval is not required.  500-level courses may require approval by the Graduate Council.

ü  Classfinder/Timetable will show accurate course details as per the E-form details which must include specific title, grade mode, schedule type, course level, description and number of credits.

 

An additional suggestion would allow departments that offer several temporary courses every quarter the option to create a permanent course number as follows:

§  Each dept creates two 300, 400-level permanent courses: One course letter graded; one course S/U.

§  No need to fill out an E-form for each different topic offering, the generic course description which is approved the first time at ACC (or Graduate Council if appropriate) will be used.

§  Titles can be edited in Schedule and will include an abbreviated main title, with longer title to also appear on the transcript.

§  X45s and x17s (but not 117 which will remain for FYE courses) will be available for use as regular course numbers after seven years.

 

ACC will vote on the X97 proposal at the first meeting in Spring Quarter, effective for the 2011 catalog.

 

I.                      Consideration of What Constitutes a “Minor”

 

ACC reviewed a version of what might constitute a Minor from the catalog of Lynchburg College.  ACC will continue to research various definitions of a Minor and plans to continue this discussion. Eventually ACC hopes to provide some guidelines for acquiring a minor at Western and appreciates input from the campus on current practice.

 

Adjournment

Commissioners adjourned at 5:31 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, March 2, 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

 

Ex Officio

 

 

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

 

17

Steve VanderStaay, VPUE for Provost Riordan

P

3

I – Peter Smith, Library

P

18

Susanna Yunker, Registrar (nv)

P

4

A-Spencer Anthony-Cahill, SENATOR

P

19

Lisa Zuzarte, Catalog Coordinator (nv)

P

5

A-James Hearne, SENATOR, VChair

P

 

Guests

 

6

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

P

1

David Brunnemer, Associate Registrar

   P

7

Matthew Osborne: Osbornm5@students@wwu.edu

P

2

Kathleen Knutzen, Associate Dean, CHSS

P

8

Michael Renne: rennem@students@wwu.edu

P

3

Kathleen Kennedy, History, Women Studies

P

9

Associated Student member

--

4

Rosanne Kanhai, Women Studies

P

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2011)

 

5

Geoge Mariz, Honors Program

P

10

H-Tracy Thorndike-Christ, Spec Ed, CUE  

P

6

Doug Nord, Director, International Programs

P

11

E- Yvonne Durham, Economics

P

7

Joe Garcia, Bowman Chair, Leadership

P

12

D-Mark Kuntz, Theater

P

8

Ed Vajda, East Asian Studies

P

13

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

--

9

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder (nv)

P

14

A-Roger Anderson, Biology, UPRC

P

 

Members Present

17

15

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

P

 

Recorder and Guests

9

16

G-David Shull, Huxley College

P

 

Date:  3/2/2010        TOTAL:

  26

 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).