Index of Discussion Topics 5/24/11

Election of Chair, Vice Chair, Appointments to Committees

     Approved via email 6/1/11;  to Faculty Senate 6/6/ 2011

Reports from Members and Standing Committees

 

ACC on Preserving Quality Programs:  RESOLUTION

 

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION MINUTES

Meeting of May 24, 2011

 

Chair Roger Anderson called the meeting of the 2011 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:03 pm on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.  There were thirty-one (31) people present including Commissioners, guests and recorder (see attached roster). 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES.  The ACC meeting minutes of May 10, 2011 approved with minor edits.

 

Election of Chair and Vice ChairRoger Anderson was election ACC Chair for 2011-2012.  Yvonne Durham was elected Vice Chair for Fall Quarter 2011.  A permanent Vice Chair is sought.

 

Appointments to ACC Standing Committees

The following faculty were appointed or confirmed::

Representative from ACC to UPRC:   Roger Anderson

 

CUE thru 2012: Nicholas Wonder, CBE;  Jeff Grimm, CHSS (1); Emily Borda, CST;

Matt Miller, Woodring; Sylvia Tag, Libraries;

 

Through 2013:    CUE: Julia Sapin, CFPA; Troy Abel, Huxley; Chris Friday, CHSS

Honors Board:  Robert Stoops, Lib Studies; Mary Metzger, English

 

International Programs Advisory C:  Marko Madunic, CBE;  Kimberly Lynn, Lib Studies;

Liz Mogford, Sociology;  Jackie Baker Sennett,  Human Svc

 

AdmissionsDiana Gruman, Psychology; Ying Li, PEHR, Ozan Sula, CBE,

Sophie Kong, F&M (thru 2012)

 

Graduate Council:  2011-2013.  Liz Schermer, Geology;  David O Wallin, Huxley

 

Academic Honesty BoardNames submitted to the Provost as candidates through 2013:

Jennifer Devenport, Psychology; Petra Fiero, M&CL; Ozan Sula, CBE

 

 

Reports: 

 

Chair Anderson summarized ACC actions for the past year which included:

•       Revisions to the Academic Grievance Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, Faculty[A1]  Led programs.

•       Formation of Ad Hoc committees for e-Catalog Review; Business Process[A2]  Review, the Faculty Teaching Handbook and an Academic and Faculty Advising Handbook

•       Revised Charges for CUE, IPAC and Honors Board; ACC handbook revisions including that the ACC chair is ex officio, a non-voting member of all standing committees of the ACC; policies and procedures relating to Moratorium; and a probation policy for transfer students;

•       ACC Resolution about maintaining academic quality

•       Curricular Changes approved included approximately 50 revisions to academic degrees  (at least 4 departments were able to make the sorts of changes that should reduce time to degree by about 1 academic quarter); 60 new courses, 330 revised courses, 120 cancelled courses (foregoing excludes the Environmental studies list)

 

 

 

READING OF CURRICULUM MINUTES (Exhibit B)  All accepted for AY2012-13 unless otherwise noted

 

Committee                             Date

 

 

94b

Huxley College Curriculum Committee

4/21/11

ACCEPTED[A3] 

These are the revised 94 minutes postponed from 5/10.

Portion A revised –ENVS; with and without; EGEO /ESTU

95

Huxley College Curriculum

4/28/11

ACCEPTED[A4] 

Portion B: Majors revised; cancelled majors; minor revisions; new

 

Special thanks to Huxley College committee and secretary for excellent minutes with completed rationales and complete and transparent details regarding pre-requisites

 

Approval of minutes includes approval of departmental title change to the Department of Environmental Studies effective 2012-2013.

 

Steven VanderStaay noted that Environmental Studies graduates people faster than the average department at Western despite a large program and the challenge to complete it in four years with cuts to faculty and staff.

 

Gigi Berardi remarked that this was largely due to how Huxley faculty both schedule and advise. The challenge is to reach down to 100 and 200 level to get advising sooner and get people to the program as early as possible.

 

Huxley faculty would like to provide input to the Chemistry Dept. Curriculum Task Force re: content of Chem 121 and/or effective ways to address issues that ES students face in meeting the Chem core requirement

 

96

International Programs Advisory Cte

4/20/11

ACCEPTED

Fac-Led; Cosponsorship; China

97

Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE)

5/5/11

ACCEPTED

Includes seven motions re campaigning to focus attention on the meaning and purpose of the GURs

 

Carmen Werder, CUE Co-chair explained CUE’s rationale for the faculty choice of only two competencies on a new GUR form.  Choosing the same two competencies and ignoring certain others will allow data to be collected about the competencies and their assessment. CUE has had to spend much meeting time analyzing how courses meet the many competencies that authors frequently select.  CUE is attempting to reduce the workload generated by forms and to choose competencies which can be assessed and which can generate data for accreditation without excessively burdening faculty.  ACC may propose that CUE provide additional defining language on the GUR course proposal form.

 

Karen Stout spoke about the GUR teaching award as primarily a way to recognize NTT faculty, and there may be a proposal to provide an NTT version and a version for TAs who teach GURS.  Werder added that the focus is to highlight the GURs and to communicate the GURs as an important part of the undergraduate experience.

 

Steve VanderStaay complimented CUE on the statement it came up with about the purpose of the GURs and the thoughtful way in which it was linked with the domains.

 

 

98`

Council on University Programs (CUP)

5/13/11

ACCEPTED[A5] 

Honors and ISCC minutes included

99

Woodring College of Education

5/12/11

ACCEPTED[A6] 

New, sent to TCCC, and rest tabled

100

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

5/12/11

ACCEPTED[A7] 

Stud/Fac Designed Majors; revisions, other

101

Teachers Curriculum & Certification Council

5/17/11

ACCEPTED[A8] 

ET Cancel.; SMATE moratorium; other revisions; Moratorium & Cancellation accepted for AY 2011-2012

102

Graduate Council

5/10/11

ACCEPTED[A9] 

ETEC cancellations; M.ED Tech cancellation.  Cancellations accepted for 2011-12

         

 

 

Reports from Members.

•       Michael Renne and Ramon Rinonos-Diaz thanked ACC and expressed appreciation for a behind the scenes look at how Western runs. 

•       VanderStaay thanked the students for their contributions, noting that a remark several years ago from Rinonos-Diaz about advising has led to percolating activity in CUE and ACC and progress is being made.  Sometimes students would like to see things happen more quickly, but they do happen eventually.  Student voice on ACC and ACC Executive is useful and important.

•       Spencer Anthony-Cahill appreciates that he has been given the opportunity on ACC to advocate for the quality that faculty want, and he regrets he will not be here for the long list of important discussions that will take place next year.

•       Kathleen Saunders thanked Lisa Zuzarte for her attention to detail, and mentioned that she had no idea a catalog could be so much work. 

•       Timothy Fitzpatrick appreciated the opportunity to develop collegial relationships with other campus faculty and plans to be a consultant to his own department on curricular change.

•       Roger Anderson presented some plans for the AY2011-12 which include revision of the membership and charge to Admissions committee and the Graduate Council to enable them to become more proactive, creative, and strategic; and to complete the tasks begun by the ad hoc committees.  Anderson also proposed a focus on better integrating the liberal education courses that fulfill GUR requirements with degree programs, and to facilitate earlier entry into degree programs (both minors & majors).

 

ACC Resolution on Preserving Quality Programs

Commissioners reflected on the text of a resolution and provided some suggestions for amendments.  The following edited text voted on via online email and will be included in the approved minutes to be forwarded to the Faculty Senate by June 6th:

 

The Academic Coordinating Commission proposes the following:

Resolution One: 

In considering possible and potential changes to academic programs with the advent of budget cuts and rebasing, the ACC strongly encourages the community of faculty, staff, and administrators of WWU to steadfastly support

·         The current diversity of high-quality, academic undergraduate and graduate programs at WWU

·         The breadth and integration of liberal education at Western

·         Faculty and academic programs that strive to provide diverse learning opportunities in response to student interest, need, and emerging societal demand

 

Resolution Two:

·         Furthermore, we argue strongly for the requisite time needed for faculty to participate, alongside administrators, in a thoughtful academic program review process.  The ultimate goal is to develop criteria to evaluate program quality, value, and cost, and thereby provide widely agreed upon rationale for decisions related to program merger, reduction, or elimination

·         And forward this statement to the Faculty Senate for its support and broader distribution.

 

APPROVED 6/1/2011

(For rationale and discussion, see 5/10/11 ACC minutes). 

 

Adjournment:  6:21 pm

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder – May 24, 2011

 

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION 2009-2010 ROSTER

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2012)

 

 

Roger Anderson, Chair 2010-11

 

1

B –  Billie Lindsey, PEHR, Acting Vice Chair

   P

 

Yvonne Durham , Interim Vice Chair 2010-11

Billie Lindsey acting VC Spring Qtr

 

2

C –  Holly Folk, Liberal Studies, CUE rep Wtr Qtr

P

17

Jeffrey Grimm, CUE Representative to ACC (nv)

P

3

 At-Lg: Kristi Tyran, Management

P

18

Steve VanderStaay, VPUE for Provost Riordan

P

4

I – Peter Smith, Library

P

19

Susanna Yunker, Registrar (nv) – (retiring)

--

5

F-John Bower, FAIRHAVEN

P

20

Lisa Zuzarte, Catalog Coordinator (nv)

P

6

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

P

21

David Brunnemer (nv), Associate Registrar

P

7

Morgan Holmgren Holmgrm@students@wwu.edu

P

 

 

 

8

Michael Renne: rennem@students@wwu.edu

P

 

Guests from Huxley College

 

9

Megan Housekeeper: mhousekeeper@students.wwu.edu

--

22-28

Andy Bach, John Miles, Tom Terich, Michael Medler, Troy Abel, Nick Zaferatos; Gigi Berardi

7

 

 

 

29

LeaAnn Martin, Associate Dean, CHSS

P

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2011)

 

30

Debra Juaak, Special Assistant to Provost

P

10

H-Tracy Thorndike-Christ, Spec Ed

P

31

Carmen Werder, Co-Chair, CUE

P

11

E- Yvonne Durham, Economics, Interim Vice Chair

P

32

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

P

12

D-Timothy Fitzpatrick, Choral Music Education

P

33

Student Committee Member 2011-2012

P

13

A-Roger Anderson, Biology, Chair,  UPRC rep

P

 

Members Present

19

14

A-Spencer Anthony-Cahill, SENATOR

P

 

Recorder  and Guests

12

15

G- Andy Bach for David Shull, Huxley College

P

 

Meeting: 5/24/11        TOTAL:

31

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).

 

 

 

 

 


 [A1]Should read as: Faculty Led Study Abroad programs.

 [A2]Should read as: Business Process- Curriculum Review

 [A3]For AY 2012-13

 [A4]For AY 2012-13

 [A5]Add; For AY 2012-13

 [A6]Add: For AY 2012-13

 [A7]Add: For AY 2012-13

 [A8]Add: For AY 2012-13. Moratoriums and Cancellations accepted for AY 2011-12

 [A9]Add: Cancellations accepted for AY 2011-12.