Index of Topics 3/30/2010

   Approval postponed to 4/27/2010; to Faculty Senate 5/3/2010

Course Titles Rejected:  Straw Vote

Revised minutes 

University wide programs - Motions Discussed

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  March 30, 2010

 

Chair James Hearne called the meeting of the 2010 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:05 pm on Tuesday, March 30, 2010.   There were twenty-one (21) people present including Commissioners and guests (see attached roster).

 

ACC minutes – Amended and Approved Members approved ACC minutes of March 3, after amending them to add a comment from Kathy Knutzen in the final bullet point of section one:  “Kathy Knutzen noted that both funding and faculty FTE for some interdisciplinary programs resides in the colleges, and vetting curriculum of interdisciplinary programs such as Linguistics and East Asian Studies functions particularly well within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.”

 

    READING OF CURRICULUM MINUTES (Exhibit B)   (See DISCUSSION FOLLOWING):

63

Committee on Undergraduate Education

2/11/2010

ACCEPTED.   See question below about a faculty committee supposedly reporting to an administrator

64

Fairhaven College

2/17/2010

ACCEPTED with the exception of two titles requiring greater clarification or possibly retitling:

 --Exploration of Astronomy through Science and Philosophy

--Sustainable Design and Urban Planning

These titles will be returned to the Fairhaven curriculum committee.

65

Honors Board

2/16/2010

ACCEPTED.  The question was raised about seminar titles being vetted by the appropriate disciplines.

66

Reversing cancelled HIST546

3/3/2010

Reversing cancellation ACCEPTED AND APPROVED.

Memo to Brent Carbajal from Kathleen Kennedy

67

Huxley College of the Environment

3/9/2010

ACCEPTED with the exception of ESTU 197B. 

The use of the word “Discussion” in the title of ESTU 197B is not common usage in the catalog.  Three credits for a discussion section seems excessive; it is unclear how the two courses 197A & 197B are structured.  A tentative syllabus may help.

68

International Programs Advisory Committee

3/8/2010

NOT ACCEPTED. 

Commissioners requested additional information about Independent Study Abroad  -- specifically information regarding a new fee that is being charged to students in IPE.

 

ACC Discussion on Curricular Minutes:  Committee on Undergraduate Education 

o  VanderStaay responded that the Senate Executive is fine with the CUE structure and AAC structure as long as there is a faculty committee to assist him with assessment and accreditation (AAC).  VanderStaay has no authority over CUE, but merely takes assessment information from them and prepares it for the accreditors. 

 

Fairhaven curricular minutes and the rejected titles:  The ACC chair is concerned with the use of words in the titles that include the names of academic departments and that would traditionally be in the academic purview of those departments and suggested that we need to articulate a policy about when this concern is triggered.   Straw Vote:  The Chair conducted a straw vote on whether the titles should be sent back for further elaboration, which was approved (10 in favor).  Two titles will be returned to Fairhaven for retitling or further elaboration.

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS

Motions for Vetting University Wide Programs Not Located Within a College

Commissioners considered two motions, but decided that additional discussion was warranted:

Motion One:  All University Programs committee.  Commissioners considered handbook language that would create a committee to oversee the curriculum from all university programs not affiliated with a college.

Motion Two:  Approved University wide programs.   Commissioners considered handbook (and Catalog) language to further identify University wide programs existing outside of colleges.

Comments:

o  The Chair will propose new language to to clarify that these programs are not located within colleges.

o  Commissioners preferred “University-Wide Programs” rather than the use of the word “Interdisciplinary” which could be confused with Fairhaven’s programs. 

o  Kathy Knutzen, Associate Dean of CHSS, insisted that the only programs to be vetted by such a new committee had to be those not affiliated or funded through a college, and those programs already existing within a college structure could not be taken away to be vetted by the new committee.  

o  Commissioners responded that the function of the curriculum committee for university-wide programs would be to vet the curriculum proposals (such as from Honors and Women’s Studies) that would otherwise have gone directly to ACC without first proceeding through an intervening college committee.  Faculty involved would like to maintain the autonomy which they feel is key to providing quality interdisciplinary programs.

Second Action Item:   Use of x97’s for All Temporary CoursesCommissioners postponed consideration of this item.

 

DISCUSSION (revised):

Proposal to change the title of Student Evaluations 

Commissioners discussed changing the title of “Student Evaluations” to another name such as “course reaction evaluations (or surveys), a name proposed by President Shepard. 

§  Commissioners suggested that the term “course evaluation” could be misleading because the form does not measure what was learned in the course but rather measures student perceptions of variables related to the instructor’s pedagogical methods such as clarity of objectives, organization and timely feedback, etc.

§  Commissioners suggested that the term "reaction" was negative and that a better choice might be student "feedback" surveys.  A student member perceived that faculty did not take student evaluations seriously, although Commissioners insisted that was not the case.

§  It was suggested that explaining the purpose of the evaluations to students would be helpful. Ideally evaluations should be related to what the student learned in the course, although these surveys cannot be expected to do that.  For most faculty this is accomplished individually through an instructor’s exams, assignments, surveys and questions that measure what the student actually learned.

 

Adjournment

Commissioners adjourned at 5:38 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, March 30, 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

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Ex Officio

 

3

 At-Lg: Kristi Tyran, Management

P

17

Steve VanderStaay, VPUE for Provost Riordan

P

4

I – Peter Smith, Library

P

18

Susanna Yunker, Registrar (nv)

P

5

A-Spencer Anthony-Cahill, SENATOR

P

19

Lisa Zuzarte, Catalog Coordinator (nv)

P

6

A-James Hearne, SENATOR, Chair

P

 

Guests

 

7

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

P

1

David Brunnemer, Associate Registrar

   P

8

Matthew Osborne: Osbornm5@students@wwu.edu

P

2

Kathleen Knutzen, Associate Dean, CHSS

P

9

Michael Renne: rennem@students@wwu.edu

P

3

Doug Nord, Director, International Programs

P

10

New student member

--

 

 

 

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2011)

 

 

 

 

11

H-Tracy Thorndike-Christ, Spec Ed, CUE  

P

 

 

 

12

E- Yvonne Durham, Economics

P

4

Rose Marie Norton-Nader (nv), Recorder

P

13

D-Mark Kuntz, Theater

P

 

 

 

14

A-Roger Anderson, Biology, Vice Chair,  UPRC rep

P

 

Members Present

17

15

F-Niall O Murchu, Fairhaven  

P

 

Recorder and Guests

4

16

G-David Shull, Huxley College

P

 

Date:  3/30/2010        TOTAL:

  21

 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).