Index of Topics 5/11/2010 For Approval 5/25/2010;  to Faculty Senate 6/7/2010
Proposal for 5-credit courses – Bill Lyne  
Create Council on University programs – MOTION  
Approve Curricular Timeline AY 2010-2011 – MOTION  
Revise Honors Board Charge – MOTION  

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting  --  May 11, 2010

Chair James Hearne called the meeting of the 2010 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:01 pm on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. There were twenty (20) people present including Commissioners and guests (see attached roster).

Approval of Minutes: Commissioners approved the minutes of April 27, 2010 with one correction.

Report from Steve VanderStaay: The Vice Provost recapped his previous presentation on Western’s First Year programs and explained Viking Launch. VanderStaay emphasized the global mission proposed by Student Affairs and the substantial changes to the FIGs proposed by faculty.

PRESENTATION: Bill Lyne, English, President, UFWS: A Proposal for 5-Credit Courses

Bill Lyne posed to ACC members the idea of changing 4-credit courses to 5-credits when possible. Lyne described the challenge the university which is faced with a 30% state budget cut predicted to be even worse next biennium. Lyne suggested that the State cannot expect that the university to maintain and deliver the quality of programs with these budget cuts and will meet objections when employers start complaining about the quality of our graduates -- by that time it will be too late.

Lyne also:

Proposes that the efficiencies in curriculum reform will "do a little damage no doubt" but not as much as if we doubled our class sizes or had other changes imposed on us.

Used the English department as an example of a successful transition to 5 credits by an entire English faculty, but Lyne also understands that if the answer in any given dept is that such a change to 5 credits cannot happen without losing the integrity of the major the answer should be no.

Emphasized there are no right answers, not every department can make a change to 5 credit courses, nor can changes to the curriculum be imposed by the administration.

Is floating the idea of changing to 5 credit courses when possible in order to initiate curriculum reform discussions at the grass roots level now, and he offered to visit any department to which he might be invited to further explain how transition could work.

ACC members were concerned about loss of academic freedom when opportunities are lost to teach major classes that have been under development for several years. Lyne has discussed some GUR reforms with CUE to prevent the burden of change being borne solely by the majors.

VanderStaay mentioned the inclusion of learning outcomes and assessment as part of any curriculum revision.

ACTION ITEMSMotions Passed by ACC

MOTION ONE: Creation of Council on University Programs MOTION PASSED. The ACC passed the following motion which had been under discussion for several meetings:

"ACC creates a Council on University Programs to oversee the curriculum from all university programs not affiliated with a college, and to forward its minutes to ACC (proposed handbook language follows):

7. Council on University Programs (CUP)

Membership

Charge

MembersThe Council on University Programs consists of seven (7) faculty members, including one faculty from each of the following Interdisciplinary programs:  Honors Program, International Studies, Leadership Studies, and Women Studies (4);

Two tenure-track faculty, preferably faculty from outside of university-wide programs, from any two of the Colleges including the Library, with colleges rotating representation (2); and

The Associate Chair of ACC, who shall not be elected chair of the Council (1).

Faculty serve two-year terms and may serve up to six consecutive years to provide continuity and to stagger the membership.

Chair:  The chairperson of the Council on University Programs shall be elected from among the members at the first meeting of Fall Quarter.

Reportage: The Council meets no less than twice a quarter or more often as required.

Sufficient copies of the approved minutes of each meeting shall be forwarded to ACC via the Office of the Faculty Senate (MS9020, OM350) within fourteen days of the meeting. 

The Council on University Programs reviews and approves curricular proposals from an interdisciplinary perspective, including seminars. 

The Council oversees effective ways of ensuring the quality of interdisciplinary and University-wide programs.

The Council functions as a college curriculum committee for programs not affiliated with a college, and as such is a standing committee of the ACC.

Curricular authority over University-wide programs not affiliated with a college is vested entirely in the Council on University Programs. However, implications regarding repeatability, prerequisites and equivalency or other implications for majors must be referred to the relevant department.

Recommendations that result from such consultations must be captured in the Council’s minutes to the ACC.

Approved by ACC 5/11/2010 "

-end text

MOTION TWO: Approval of Catalog and Curricular Timeline for AY 2011-2012 (PASSED)

ACC approved this timeline which will be made available on the Registrar’s home page and on the ACC link to the Senate website at http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/senate/ACC/index.htm )

MOTION THREE – Revised HONORS BOARD charge – (Amended and PASSED)

The ACC approved a revised charge to the Honors Board to avoid appointing more than two faculty from a single college, and to advise that its minutes are now to be sent to CUP. The Text follows:

7.3   HONORS BOARD

Membership

Charge

The Honors Board consists of seven voting members:

·1 Five faculty appointed by ACC;

·2 Two students appointed by the AS Board; and

The Director, ex officio, non-voting.

Faculty shall represent the academic disciplines broadly, with no more than two faculty members serving from the same college.

Chair: The Honors Director

Support: The Honors Office provides all necessary clerical support for the Board.   

Minutes: Sufficient copies of the approved minutes of each meeting shall be forwarded to the Council on University Programs (CUP) within a fortnight of the meeting. 

The Honors Board advises and assists the Director of the Honors Program in the administration of the Honors Program.

The Board aids the Director in recruiting faculty for the program, reviews and approves all curricular proposals, including seminars, recommends students for scholarships and awards, and assumes other duties as necessary.

ACC approved 5/11/2010

MOTION FOUR: Endorsement of the First Year Experience Mission

ACC endorsed the First Year Experience Mission with the following caveats:

"ACC approves the document with items two and three reversed, with the inclusion of a sentence added by Steve VanderStaay that will clarify the role of academics, and with the assumption that any future changes should be returned to ACC for consideration."

Susanna Yunker will bring the revised document to the originating committee

Text follows:

"FY Mission Statement as of May 18, 2009

The first year at Western is a time of significant intellectual and personal development. The entire Western community—faculty, administrators, staff, and students—is committed to helping students

· Understand the intellectual, moral, civic, and personal purposes of their liberal arts education;

· Connect to Western faculty and the larger campus community; and

· Negotiate successfully the academic and personal opportunities and challenges of their first year.

 

Understand the intellectual, moral, civic, and personal purposes of their liberal arts education.

SLO’s:

Students articulate the purposes and values of the GURs.

Students connect their academic experiences to their lives.

Students explore their role and responsibilities as engaged citizens.

Students associate how their academic and interpersonal decisions impact themselves and others.

Connect to Western faculty and the larger campus community.

SLO’s:

Students develop a relationship with faculty and peers through participation in a small class.

Students can name a faculty member who knows their work well enough to provide a recommendation or offer academic or career advice.

Students can recount a course-related moment that changed their perspective on the world.

Students are aware of an extracurricular program or event.

Students can name a contribution they have made to the campus community.

Students can recount an experience that led to meaningful connections with peers.

Negotiate successfully the academic and personal opportunities and challenges of their first year.

SLO’s

Students begin to create individual learning goals.

Students acknowledge the importance of individual learning goals for their personal and academic success.

Students identify resources on campus to support their academic and personal learning.

Students develop a network to support their academic and personal learning.

Students make decisions to further their learning goals.

Student Learning Outcomes (entire list) as of October 28, 2009

Students articulate the purposes and values of the GURs.

Students connect their academic experiences to their lives.

Students explore their role and responsibilities as engaged citizens.

Students associate how their academic and interpersonal decisions impact themselves and others.

Students develop a relationship with faculty and peers through participation in a small class.

Students can name a faculty member who knows their work well enough to provide a recommendation or offer academic or career advice.

Students can recount a course-related moment that changed their perspective on the world.

Students are aware of an extracurricular program or event.

Students can name a contribution they have made to the campus community.

Students can recount an experience that led to meaningful connections with peers.

Students begin to create individual learning goals.

Students acknowledge the importance of individual learning goals for their personal and academic success.

Students identify resources on campus to support their academic and personal learning.

Students develop a network to support their academic and personal learning.

Students make decisions to further their learning goals. " --end text

Adjournment

Commissioners adjourned at 5:35 pm.

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, May 11, 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

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

--

1

William Lyne, English; President, UFWS P

8

Matthew Osborne: Osbornm5@students@wwu.edu

P

     

9

Michael Renne: rennem@students@wwu.edu

P

     

10

Jessica Terwisscha: terwisj@students@wwu.edu

P

     
  Voting Membership (terms ending 2011)        

11

H-Tracy Thorndike-Christ, Spec Ed, CUE

P

     

12

E- Yvonne Durham, Economics

P

2

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

18

15

F-Niall O Murchu, Fairhaven

P

  Recorder and Guests

2

16

G-David Shull, Huxley College

P

  Date: 5/11/2010 TOTAL: 20
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).