Index of Topics 12/7/2010

     Approved  1/4/10;  to Faculty Senate 1/10/2010

Revised CUE charge adds faculty & students – MOTION

 

Revised Appendix D – Discussion and Recommendations

 

  

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

SPECIAL Meeting – December 7, 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 eighteen (18) people present including Commissioners and guests (see attached roster).

Approval of Minutes:  Commissioners approved the minutes of November 30, 2010 with one deletion.

READING OF CURRICULUM MINUTES (Exhibit B)

 

Committee

Minutes from Nov. 30 meeting:

Date

Topics

 

23

Fairhaven College

10/20/10

ACCEPTED.

 

24

Graduate Council

10/5/10

 ACCEPTED.  Because these minutes dealt with the SAA moratorium, the chair called for a show of hands.  The minutes were approved unanimously.  The SAA moratorium will be indicated with a reference note in the catalog but will not be deleted.

 

25

Graduate Council

11/9/10

ACCEPTED.

 

26

Huxley College of the Environment

5/4/10

ACCEPTED. 

 

27

Huxley College of the Environment

10/12/10

ACCEPTED.  Special Thanks to Diane Knutson who completed these excellent Huxley minutes .

 

 

28

Teacher Curricula and CertificCncl

10/26/10

ACCEPTED.  The word “environments” is not deleted.

 

 

29

Woodring College of Education

10/13/10

 (Forwarded to TCCC)

 

30

Woodring College of Education

10/27/10

 (Forwarded to TCCC)

 

31

Woodring College of Education

11/10/10

ACCEPTED.  EDUC 201, EDUC 202.  Part of Compass to Campus Program.  Courses provide opportunities for students to mentor children who may eventually come to college.  Classes are open to all who are part of the mentoring program headed by Cyndie Shepard.  These are not part of teacher education and are considered electives.  A student who signs up is automatically part of the mentoring program.   (Minutes unanimously approved.)

 

 

           

REVISED CHARGE TO THE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION (CUE)

Commissioners reviewed a revised charge which addressed concerns expressed at an earlier meeting that CUE may need a larger membership in order to both complete approval of undergraduate courses as well as take part in the development of assessment protocols with the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. 

 

The revised charge now includes the addition of two At Large faculty members who specifically teach GURs, two students who take GURs at Western, a non-voting member of the Registrar’s office, and the deletion of reference to the director of the testing center.  The Membership will be staggered.  A MOTION was made by Yvonne Durham, seconded by Kathleen Saunders, to approve the charge which passed unanimously

Revised text follows:

“COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION (CUE)

Membership:

The Committee on Undergraduate Education shall consist of seventeen (17) members designated as follows

Voting Faculty (13):

·         Business and Economics (1),

·         Fairhaven (1),

·         Fine and Performing Arts (1),

·         Huxley (1),

·         Humanities and Social Sciences (2),

·         Science and Technology (1),

·         Woodring (1);

·         the Library (1);

·         Two At Large faculty who teach GURs (2);

·         One faculty representative from the Academic Coordinating Commission (1),

·         The faculty Director of the University Writing Program** (1)

·         Two students as voting members appointed by the Associated

Students’ Board who have taken GURs at Western (2),

·         Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, voting (1),

·         Director of Office Institutional Testing and Assessment

·         Representative, ex officio, non-voting from the Registrar’s office (1),

**Currently designates Director of Writing Instruction Support

Terms of membership shall be staggered.

 

Chair: The chairperson of the Committee shall be elected from among its membership at the first meeting of Fall Quarter.  

 

Reportage: The Committee on Undergraduate Education meets five times a quarter or more often as required, usually on Thursdays at 4 pm.  Sufficient copies of the approved minutes of each meeting shall be forwarded to ACC via the Office of the Faculty Senate (MS9020, OM350) within twenty-one days of the meeting.  The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education shall provide clerical support as necessary.

 

Charge:

·         Advise the Academic Coordinating Commission on all curriculum matters related to General Education, including the acceptance of courses for listing as fulfilling General University Requirements (GURs); and oversight of the Writing Proficiency (WP) requirement.

·         Promote the goals of a liberal education in general, and writing and general education goals in particular, within the academic community.

·         Periodically review these educational goals and assess the degree to which these goals have been achieved. These spheres of assessment include the University, colleges, and departments. The Committee on Undergraduate Education shall communicate its findings, and recommendations for improvement, to the ACC and the appropriate units.

·         Work in cooperation with and with support from the offices of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education; Director of Office Institutional Testing and Assessment . and the University Writing Program.

·         Report  to the ACC.”

Approved by ACC 12/7/2010

For membership roster see: http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/senate/ (Memberships on Committees)

  -- end text

 

Appointments

Holly Folk volunteered and Commissioners appointed her as ACC representative to CUE for Winter Quarter.

 

Review of Appendix D – Academic Honesty Policy 

Commissioners reviewed revisions to Appendix D with Debra Jusak, Special Assistant to the provost. Several revisions were suggested:

o   Referring to a student who asks another to take a test for him or her to indicate that both participants are subject to penalty, add the words:  “Taking part in or arranging for a person to complete an assignment or take a test in place of another.” 

o   Referring to incidents and appeals at the start of summer or as a student is about to graduate, add words to the effect:  “Efforts will be made to resolve the issues when there are extenuating circumstances.”   There is a question as to how legally binding this is, and  Debra Jusak will consult the Judicial Officer.

o   Regarding a number of other questions such as turning in the same paper to two different professors, Commissioners agreed that this was self-plagiarism but that it is most important to educate students about self-plagiarism as most are not familiar with the concept. 

o   Faculty suggested 1) providing an academic honesty training course on Blackboard that is taken by every student as they enter the university, 2) including information about academic honesty policies in all syllabi, and 3) requiring students with a serious honesty violation to either take further training in ethics. Steve VanderStaay will discuss developing a training course to Student Life. 

o   On the instructor’s E-Form the “Dean’s office” is substituted for “Dean” to allow for delegation of the decision to an Associate Dean when necessary.  Jusak will work with Administrative Computing to try to ensure that forms are sent together when appropriate.

o   Faculty who file this paperwork should be able to discern easily whether there is a prior honesty violation on record for that student. Perhaps checking whether, at the bottom of the transcript, there had been entered an alphanumeric code for the level and type of dishonesty violation would help.  It was also suggested that no decoding glossary for that code would be placed on the transcript, thus ensuring that the code would be recognizable by only by faculty and administrators in the colleges.

o   Several commissioners opined that the Policy does not have enough “teeth,” and is far from tough enough.  The discussion continued about the concepts “disciplinary” and “probation”, and how many incidents of major egregious dishonesty would require dismissal.  The apparent rule of dismissal after the third violation seems to be too weak.

o   Commissioners suggest that after a student is judged to have committed a second serious dishonesty violation, that the student is then permanently dismissed (i.e., expelled) as a student at the university.  This lowered tolerance and greater penalty for academic dishonesty would alert students to the high level of academic honesty expected at Western. 

o   This more serious penalty would be enforced once a thorough training in what constitutes academic honesty versus academic dishonesty is taken by students at Western as soon as the course becomes available, preferably no later than during their first academic quarter at Western. . 

o   Debra Jusak mentioned that a common experience by faculty that have been involved in the review procedures for a student’s alleged academic dishonesty violation is that the process was so much effort on the part of faculty and there was either so little penalty for the violation at the end of the process, that the entire process seemed ineffective , particularly in the cases (perhaps too frequent) in which the final review panel overturns the decisions or expects the faculty member to provide additional evidence that is difficult to obtain. Commissioners suggested including a second faculty member at the meeting where the faculty is asked for evidence. 

o   There are processes whereby expelled students have to reapply to be admitted and they must meet certain criteria for re-admittance.

o   Some Commissioners would like the words “Expelled and cannot reapply to Western,”  if such language is supported by the Judicial Officer and the WAC.

o   Further clarification may be required in the Students Rights and Responsibilities Code (Appendix C)

o   Both students and faculty will need to get more information on the honesty policies and consequences for dishonesty, and students must learn early on that the second serious violation will lead to dismissal from the university.  They need to go through some intense training about codes of conduct, perhaps at Summer Start.  Steve VanderStaay added that SummerStart at present is overloaded with information with new students but there may be a way to perform this training through Student Life.

o   Most cases tend to be minor infractions that can be solved at the meeting with the instructor and this can be used as a teachable moment.  There are complexities because we do encourage students to work together and collaborate.  We want to avoid litigious wording.

o   Students would like to have included in Appendix D a statement requesting the instructor to provide a copy of the Honesty Policy and Procedures to the accused student no later than at their first meeting when discussing the alleged violation.

 

Commissioners will vote on Appendix D at an ACC Winter quarter meeting following recommended revisions and consultation with the Judicial Officer.

 

Remaining minutes postponed to meeting of January 4, 2011

 

Adjournment: 5:41 pm, 12-7-2010

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

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Ex Officio

 

3

 At-Lg: Kristi Tyran, Management

--

17

Steve VanderStaay, VPUE for Provost Riordan

  Debra Jusak, Special Assistant, Provost

--

P

4

I – Peter Smith, Library

P

18

Susanna Yunker, Registrar (nv)

--

5

F-John Bower, FAIRHAVEN

--

19

Lisa Zuzarte, Catalog Coordinator (nv)

P

6

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

P

 

 

 

7

Morgan Holmgren Holmgrm@students@wwu.edu

P

 

Guests

 

8

Michael Renne: rennem@students@wwu.edu

--

20

Karen Bradley, Sociology

   P

9

Megan Housekeeper:

--

21

Lea Ann Martin – Associate Dean, CHSS

P

 

 

 

22

David Shull, Huxley College

P

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2011)

 

23

David Curley, Liberal Studies

P

10

H-Tracy Thorndike-Christ, Spec Ed, CUE  

P

24

Jo Ann Otto, Biology

P

11

E- Yvonne Durham, Economics, Interim Vice Chair

P

25

Rose Marie Norton-Nader (nv), Recorder

P

12

D-Mark Kuntz, Theater

P

 

 

 

13

A-Roger Anderson, Biology, Chair,  UPRC rep

P

 

Members Present

12

14

A-Spencer Anthony-Cahill, SENATOR

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Recorder  and Guests

6

15

G- Patrick Buckley for David Shull, Huxley College

P

 

Special Mtg:  12/7/2010        TOTAL:

 18

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).