Index of Discussion Topics 3/1/2011

Program review; full credit load; freshman year setting the tone,

CUE and rubrics. 

     For Approval  3/29/11;  to Faculty Senate 4/4/ 2011

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Meeting of March 1, 2011

 

Chair Roger Anderson called the meeting of the 2011 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:05 pm on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.  There were twenty-two  (22) people present including Commissioners, guests and recorder (see attached roster).

 

ACC Minutes of February 15,  2011 – Approved

 

Reports:  Roger Anderson reported on three major issues which will be facing ACC, CUE, and the Senate in the coming quarters:

1)      Thinking about the quality of GUR program and Majors Curricula, in context of budget constraints, course availability, course delivery, time to enter the major, time to degree, and more;

2)       Improving the procedures for proposing curricular changes for departments, colleges, CUE, ACC, and the Registrar;

3)      Helping faculty improve Teaching Outcomes with formative and summative “evaluations by peers” and revising the “erstwhile” student evaluations (AKA “Survey of Course Experience”) and considering on-line evaluations.

Anderson pointed out that ACC in interaction with the Provost and VPUE is discussing ways to reduce time to degree and time to entering the major.  Anderson suggested that with more efficiency students can even get a minor which is a powerful and useful addition.  In addition, moving students through the GURs with a slightly slower spread over the first two years may provide a more coherent approach allowing students to end up with a minor, thus turning a pressure from the State into strength for our students.

 

3/1/2011 -- READING OF CURRICULUM MINUTES (Exhibit B)

 

 

 

Committee

Date

Topics

 

All Approved Minutes below are for the Catalog Year 2011-2012

71

Humanities and Social Sciences

2/8/11

ACCEPTED.   Cancelled courses have had no enrollment in several years.

 

Lisa Zuzarte emphasized that programs that are either cancelled or put into hiatus still must come through ACC because that provides the only record of such actions.  It is through the record that CAPP is encoded and changes made to Banner, the Catalog, the Provost’ office record, and the HEC Board..

 

On this topic significant work is being done in a number of departments, for example, Physics has rearranged curriculum as has Environmental Science so they can focus on their core.

 

LeaAnn Martin noted that some courses cancelled in Liberal Studies (Student-faculty designed majors elementary and secondary education) had no majors since 2004, and Humanities Elementary Ed BA none since spring  2007.

 

72

Fairhaven College

2/2/11

ACCEPTED.

73

Graduate Council Report

12/28/10

ACCEPTED.  Review of MA of Ed. program In Environmental Education

 

74

Graduate Council

1/25/11

ACCEPTED.   Commissioners see increases credits, but no sufficient additional description in course content in CCE.

 

 

Beth Boland, Chair of the Woodring Graduate Committee was present and confirmed that increased assignments in the syllabi were discussed and increase addressed but the information didn’t get into the final minutes.

p. 12.  SPED Master’s.  Delete “and Research”; delete “or SPED691”; delete “Research Paper (SPED 691)” (See Lisa Zuzarte notes)

 

75

Graduate council

2/1/11

ACCEPTED.  Rehabilitation Counseling

Commissioners congratulated Beth Boland for clear and well done minutes.

 

76

Woodring

2/11/11

ACCEPTED.  All forwarded to TCCC

77

Graduate Council

11/16/10

ACCEPTED  BUT NOT BIO 586 since the faculty member will not be available to teach the course.  The department  will let ACC know if the course will still be offered.

 

CSD 546 TABLED Please report how many credits (not clear if it is 2 or 3 or only 1)  (Grad Council since confirmed this is one credit)

 

Regarding page 14, Zuzarte will clear up information related to when students enter the program.

 

Commissioners noted that small changes regarding application information should not come to ACC.

 

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CUE minutes

1/27/11

ACCEPTED.  (These had been postponed** from previous meeting). 

78

CUE

2/15/11 &

 

ACCEPTED.  Final GEOL text.   GUR and Assessment discussions.

 

79

Graduate Council

11/9/10

ACCEPTED.    REQUEST TO SEE REPORT.   Commissioners asked to see the request that was discussed in the paragraph on page 2 regarding MBA approval of graduate faculty.  We don’t see the request so we don’t know the policy.. 

 

80

Graduate Council

11/23/10

TABLED FOR CONSIDERATION NEXT QUARTER. (will be approved for the 2011-2012 catalog).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

        CONCURRENT DISCUSSION:

1)   Program Review:    Commissioners pointed out that while instructions on how to review seem identical across graduate programs the actual reviews are not consistent.  Perhaps a more universal or standard approach would be useful, including a timeline.  Only those programs that require certification are reviewed regularly.  The HEC Board requires a seven year review process.

 

2)      Full Credit Load:  John Bower noted the possible change in time to graduation  if courses that were 4 credits were reduced to 3 credits.  Some 3 credit classes with a 5 credit work load prevent students from registering for 15 credits and they stay with just 12.  That slows down time to graduation. 

o   Bower recommends that faculty get together in departments to look at syllabi and suggests that there might be some courses where the credits could change based on the syllabi.. This is a good discussion to have around campus.

o   Others added that this might flame the rumor that a full load is only 12 credits, which is supported by the Financial Aid requirement to carry 12 credits.

o   VanderStaay commented that 14 credits is the average load and that fewer students are taking a full load.  Students self-report less homework than 5 years ago and it does not add up to the credit load they are taking.  There are things we could do about this, one example might be to add an extra credit for a course with service learning. 

o   The FIGs program provides a 2 credit seminar Fall term,  If Figs were expanded more freshmen would have a full schedule. This is not a bad discussion to have. 

o   ACC has never brought in 30 students to talk to us about their experience with our curriculum, yet when we have had a focus group at the State level it proved very instructive.  There are anecdotal stories about difficulties getting into the majors.  But in the senior exit survey students don’t complain about that much.  A very small percent talk about course access.

 

3)      Freshman Year Sets the Tone:   Is there changed expectation about the amount of work a 3, 4, or 5 credit course would require?  Today it seems like students are working less hard but “feel more oppressed”.  One of the first year goals is to have an accurate impression of freshman year.  What happens in freshman year sets the whole tone of what being in college will be like.

 

4)      Report on CUE Discussions: Rubrics.   CUE has been coming up with rubrics that match our GUR competencies but don’t know yet how rubrics will be used to assess courses and is now seeking feedback. ACC can ask CUE at end of year what rubrics look like, is there a plan on how to use them, etc.

 

 

APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS

To: Committee on Undergraduate Education:

Anu Singh-Cundy, Biology, GUR At-Large rep. thru Spring Quarter

Larry Symons, Psychology, CHSS representative to CUE thru Spring Quarter

 

Commissioners adjourned at 5:31 pm  - 3/1/2011

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, CUE rep Wtr Qtr

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

P

19

Lisa Zuzarte, Catalog Coordinator (nv)

P

6

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

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20

David Brunnemer

P

7

Morgan Holmgren Holmgrm@students@wwu.edu

P

 

 

 

8

Michael Renne: rennem@students@wwu.edu

P

 

Guests

 

9

Megan Housekeeper: mhousekeeper@students.wwu.edu

P

21

Lea Ann Martin – Associate Dean, CHSS

P

 

 

 

22

Leeban Ahmed, Student Assistant, Senate

P

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2011)

 

23

Beth Boland, Chair, Rehab Counseling

P

10

H-Tracy Thorndike-Christ, Spec Ed

P

 

 

 

11

E- Yvonne Durham, Economics, Interim Vice Chair

P

 

 

 

12

D-Timothy Fitzpatrick, Choral Music Education

P

24

Rose Marie Norton-Nader (nv), Recorder

P

13

A-Roger Anderson, Biology, Chair,  UPRC rep

P

 

Members Present

18

14

A-Spencer Anthony-Cahill, SENATOR

P

 

Recorder  and Guests

4

15

G- David Shull, Huxley College

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Meeting: 3/1//2011        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).