Index of Topics 11/30/2010

     For Approval  12/7/10;  to Faculty Senate 1/10/2010

Report on Committees

 

Revised Appendix F –  MOTION of approval

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Regular Meeting -- November 30, 2010

 

Chair Roger Anderson called the meeting of the 2010 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:05 pm on Tuesday, November 30, 2010.  There were twenty-two (22) people present including Commissioners and guests (see attached roster).

Approval of Minutes:  Commissioners approved the minutes of November 16, 2010 as written.


 

Reports:  Academic Advising Handbook.  Chair Roger Anderson reported that he would serve on the committee overseeing the Academic Advising handbook that would work with Tina Loudon and Advising.  Morgan Holmgren agreed to be the student on the committee and Kathleen Saunders, Anthropology, agreed to serve.  Advising already has a version of such a handbook and the committee will edit and modify it.

E-Catalog:  This committee will be formed in January following a list of recommendations for membership from the Registrar’s office.  Such a committee would be fairly active initially and eventually will oversee the advising handbook as well, both of which would be electronic.  The Registrar’s office would like to see a faculty representative from every college on such a committee along with a technical writing faculty expert to make sure both the catalog and advising handbooks speak with the same voice.

 

Approval of the Revised Student Academic Grievance Procedure – Appendix F (catalog)  

Commissioners made the following recommendations to Debra Jusak for editing the revisions to Appendix F:

o  p. 3:  “In the case of a grievance that occurs at the final five days of the quarter, the student must talk to the instructor no later than 10 school days into the next quarter after which grades are posted.”

o  Time limit for Provost to respond:  Allow 20 school days.

o  Separate two different types of grievances by a paragraph space.

 

A MOTION was made by Yvonne Durham, seconded by Spencer Anthony-Cahill to approve the revised Appendix F (Student Academic Grievance Policy) and its ancillary forms*, which passed unanimously.   (*Forms include a timeline for both faculty and student filing, and an original grievance filing form).

 

Other points:

·         The policy of the university is to work things out at the lowest level of occurrence, between faculty member and student before moving on to the next level.  A grievance can be filed only much later.  Most student concerns are not handled with the grievance process and are frequently misunderstandings that must be taken care of during the quarter such as misunderstanding assignments, etc.

·         The revisions address to which dean a particular grievance is filed, and when the graduate dean becomes involved.  Students are allowed to choose to eliminate two members either faculty or students if there is a conflict of interest.

·         Once the revised Appendix is approved by the Faculty Senate it will appear immediately in the e-catalog.

·         The Academic Honesty policy will be reviewed at the next ACC meeting on January 4th.

 

READING OF CURRICULUM MINUTES (Exhibit D)

Commissioners do not approve items in these minutes that have to go to TCCC or Graduate Council.  Following approval by TCCC or Graduate Council Commissioners will review. A cross-listed course is an exception if it has a major issue.  Chair Anderson recommends that someone from Graduate School or Graduate Council sit on ACC.  This proposal will come forward Winter Quarter.

 

 

Committee

Date

ACC Action and Discussion

 

20

College  Humanities & Social Sciences

11/4/10

ACCEPTED. 

Editorial:  CSD major, change last sentence to:

“A grade of at least B- (etc….) in each of the core courses (etc. .. .) may substitutes for the overall 2.70 GPA.   LeaAnn Martin (Associate Dean) will contact CSD for approval, and the understanding that the intent is to expand access.

ü Kinesiology major (PEHR)  asked to provide a list of elective courses.

ü Correct sentence p. 18 and 20 should read: “Students should select 53 credits if the complete the field experience option, or, 45 credits if they complete the internship option.”

ü Other minor edits L. Zuzarte checked with department.

 

 

21

College  Humanities & Social Sciences

10/21/10

ACCEPTED.   Cancelled graduate courses will come back with Graduate Council minutes.  Cancelled Sociology courses have not been offered for years and the unit thought the courses had been cancelled. The courses showed up on "Seldom Offered Courses" list so that triggered the cancellations. Lisa Zuzarte added that some programs have a moratorium, resulting in programs being cancelled.  One Commissioner offered some friendly text revision to JOUR 321 and JOUR 422 which Chair Anderson will mention to the department.  Original text was approved for now.

 

 

22

College of Sciences and Technology

11/1/10

ACCEPTED.   Compliments on the cover page.

ü Original default text in catalog to be maintained for Biology.

ü “Rationale for Change” should indicate formatting only.

ü BS Biology (electives) p. 13:  “One 300 level and any combination 300 or 400 lab course for a total of three (3) courses.”

ü Anu Singh-Cundy, Biology, a guest at the meeting, noted that the “emphases” language is confusing to students.  Now the formatting is more streamlined so students can better understand different emphases in Math, Chemistry and Biology.

ü Kathy Kitto, Associate Dean, CST, explained that courses in Physics are not parallel.  Descriptions are now better related to expected outcomes.

ü Steve VanderStaay, VPUE, was concerned to see credits rise from 94 to 99.  They went down from 110 a few years ago.  Commissioners learned that students often finish GURs with Physics 114 or 116 -- so the student experience and time to degree is not really changing. However if the student is asked to take 116 as a GUR they know early on they are going to be Bio/Anthro majors (a premed major). The outcomes are better specified as required by assessment.  The next set of minutes will clarify the alignment of courses to meet outcomes.

ü Commissioners asked about the difference in the sciences between the B.A. and B.S. degrees.  B.A. has less depth but more breadth, more flexibility and allows graduation in the sciences with a minor in language or the arts. The more intense program is the B.S., but a healthy differentiation exists.

ü Spencer Anthony-Cahill explained the advanced elective required in Biochemistry; it offers the student an opportunity to get exposure to a more creative educational experience in the field; to write an original research proposal, or read in-depth in the literature, and is a kind of capstone experience in which the student can demonstrate mastery of the discipline; he emphasized the importance for majors to demonstrate ability to think creatively and use library resources to come up with information about what they know in a course of their own interest and choosing.

 

Remaining minutes were postponed due to time constraints.  Holly Folk agreed to be the ACC representative to Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE).  Commissioners adjourned at 5:30 pm

Rose Marie Norton-Nader – Recorder

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)

P

5

F-John Bower, FAIRHAVEN

--

19

Lisa Zuzarte, Catalog Coordinator (nv)

P

6

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

P

 

Guests

 

7

Morgan Holmgren Holmgrm@students@wwu.edu

P

20

Debra Jusak, Special Assistant, Provost

P

8

Michael Renne: rennem@students@wwu.edu

P

21

Kathy Kitto, Associate Dean, CST

   P

9

Megan Housekeeper:

P

22

Lea Ann Martin – Associate Dean, CHSS

P

 

 

 

23

Anu Singh-Cundy, Biology

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

5

15

G- Patrick Buckley for David Shull, Huxley College

P

 

Date:  11/16/2010        TOTAL:

 22

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).