Index of Topics 10/19/2010

   For Approval 11/2/10; to Faculty Senate 11/8/2010

Strategic Plan draft presented

 

Provost’s vote in ACC - Motion

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting --  October 19, 2010

 

Chair Roger Anderson called the meeting of the 2010 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:03 pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2010.  There were twenty-one (21) people present including Commissioners and guests (see attached roster).

Approval of Minutes:  Commissioners approved the minutes of October 5, 2010 with one typo.

 

Reports:

Chair Anderson announced he would discuss an ACC motion rejected by Senate later on in the meeting.

Vice Provost Steven VanderStaay reminded commissioners that the accreditor would be here this week and that on Thursday at 2 pm in OM340  the accreditor would report his conclusions and recommendations but would not be taking questions.

 

READING OF CURRICULUM MINUTES (Exhibit D)

 

 

Committee

Date

Action by ACC and comments

10

College of Sciences and Technology

10/11/10

ACCEPTED

CST informed ACC what “or higher”  means in terms of prerequisites One practical consequence is that students will not be able to register without having taken the required prerequisites. Students who took the “or higher” option will be able to register for a course now, which was sometimes difficult previously. Commissioners pointed out that student success in the sciences can be low if students do not have the math prerequisites. AP scores can be encoded as well.  Faculty can choose to run course grades or individual grades from their class lists.

 

To date only CST has responded to the request to provide the complete lists of prerequisites.

 

11

College of Sciences and Technology

10/11/10

ACCEPTED -  see note above.

Memos re Math and other prerequisites

 

10/19/2010  REVIEW OF THE Draft  STRATEGIC PLAN (v.2) BY ACC – Jeff Newcomer

Jeff Newcomer, Chair of UPRC, visited ACC to solicit Commissioners views on the new Strategic Plan (hereinafter referred to as the “Plan”) drafted by a subcommittee of the UPRC and which has now been distributed for campus comment.

General comments:

·         The Plan seems too general.  It doesn’t focus discussion and is hard to use to justify the existence of a program.  Brevity is good for inspiration, but it will make this hard to use for budget decisions.

·         The Mission statement is too general.  If you remove the word “university” it could apply to virtually any organization.  There should be something about the educational mission.

·         Prefer the venerable type of mission: teaching, research, and public service.

·         We are educating global citizens, so we should not get too focused on the region.

·         By not saying “broad-based or liberal arts education” are we leaving that part of our mission vulnerable?  It feels that way.  (Mentioned in concert with the push to get 3 year degrees in some states.)

·         Do we need to define our “strengths”?  How do we expect people outside Western to know our strengths if we do not mention them?  Broad-based or liberal arts foundation is a strength that could be mentioned.

·         More emphasis should be placed on our amazing graduates and their wonderful contributions to the well-being of communities.  The plan might incorporate the idea that “Western graduates change the world.”

·         Learning and respect for knowledge have intrinsic value; perhaps these two ideas are too frequently equated with a monetary value.  Rather we should emphasize that “there is an intrinsic good in education for education’s sake.”

 

Specific wording comments:

·         Really like the phrase “well-being of communities”

·         Like to see “education” mentioned in the Mission.

·         Three people expressed discomfort with the definite article in the Vision (“… the destination …”).  Other universities use phrases such as “Will be recognized as …” to soften this sort of statement.

·         Is the word “societal” in the Vision limiting?  It seems that our problem solving is broader.

·         In the Vision, does “expertise” need a modifier?  It seems that is should be clarified (expertise in what?).  One of our areas of expertise is excellence in teaching (and passion for it too).

·         Like to see “students” mentioned in the document (not satisfied with “learners”).

·         The word “bold” should be included.

 

Newcomer completed the discussion and left the meeting at about 4:50 pm.  At that point Commissioners picked up with the curriculum minutes, beginning with number 12:

 

Committee

Date

Action by ACC and comments

12

Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE)

5/27/10

ACCEPTED.  Mgmt 201 as QSR as long as student takes Math 107 or 112.   Math 114 is a standalone QSR.  This requirement will be effective for next year’s catalog.

The Management department has discussed having more general offerings to the campus and this will be one such opportunity, along with other options that are being looked at.

 

13

Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE)

6/3/10

ACCEPTED.  Timeline; rubrics

14

Fairhaven College Curriculum

5/26/10

ACCEPTED.  Concentration Titles.   Commissioners complimented the Fairhaven curriculum committee for excellent minutes

.

15

Huxley College

10/12/10

Minutes withdrawn by Huxley College.  A new set will be provided. 

 

ACTION ITEM

Reconsideration of Motion at the request of the Senate:

 “Approval of a right to vote for the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education”.   The ACC Minutes of 5/25/2010 were accepted by the Senate but not Motion 2 in those minutes.  (Exhibit C)

Chair Anderson reported that the Senate had sent back the motion that approved the right of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education to vote in the ACC for reconsideration by the Commission.  Anderson mentioned that the issue stems from concern that administrators or students have voting powers on faculty committees.

Anderson also reminded the Commissioners that the Provost had just invited the Faculty Senate President to join the Provost’s Council. 

Anderson added that whatever ACC decides can be overturned by the Senate, but the Senate usually respects the views of its standing committees.

Commissioners discussed the motion and concluded it should remain as it was. 

Then Kristi Tyran moved that the ACC charge remain as it is, seconded by Tracy Thorndike-Christ.  A friendly amendment was then added so the motion reads as follows:   

“Approval of a right to vote for the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, or her/his designee with a faculty appointment. ”   The motion passed with no nay votes and one abstention.

Rationale:

ACC recognizes that the Senate has the major voice in this.  However in ACC we want to make the most informed decisions about policies that include full and valuable input from faculty, students, administrators and the registrar’s office.  It was in that spirit that we agreed that the provost would be a voting member. There should not be fear that anybody other than faculty have the dominant voice in this Commission. We think it is important for the Provost’s office commit to a viewpoint by voting, and this would avoid any possibility of inscrutability or misinterpretation.  Votes are not taken that often, and it is only one vote allotted to the office.

Commissioners adjourned at 5:24

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, October 10, 2010

 

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION 2009-2010 ROSTER

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2012)

 

 

James Hearne, Chair 2009-2010

 

1

B –  Billie Lindsey, PEHR

P

 

Roger Anderson, Chair 2010-11

Yvonne Durham , Interim Vice Chair 2010-11

 

2

C –  Holly Folk, 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)

--

5

F-John Bower, FAIRHAVEN

P

19

Lisa Zuzarte, Catalog Coordinator (nv)

P

6

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

P

 

Guests

 

7

Morgan Holmgren Holmgrm@students@wwu.edu

--

20

David Brunnemer, Associate Registrar

P

8

Michael Renne: rennem@students@wwu.edu

P

 

Kathy Kitto, Associate Dean, CST

   P

9

Megan Housekeeper:

P

 

Lea Ann Martin – Assoc Dean, CHSS

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2011)

 

 

 

 

10

H-Tracy Thorndike-Christ, Spec Ed, CUE  

P

 

 

 

11

E- Yvonne Durham, Economics, Interim Vice Chair

P

24

Rose Marie Norton-Nader (nv), Recorder

P

12

D-Mark Kuntz, Theater

P

 

 

 

13

A-Roger Anderson, Biology, Chair,  UPRC rep

P

 

Members Present

17

14

A-Spencer Anthony-Cahill, SENATOR

P

 

Recorder  and Guests

4

15

G-David Shull, Huxley College

P

 

Date:  10/192010        TOTAL:

 21

16

B- Kathleen Saunders, Anthropology, SENATOR

P

 

 

 

 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).