Index of Topics

Curricular Review/ team comments

Contact Hours: assessing online quality

 

For Approval 2/14/2012

To Faculty Senate 3/5/12

http://www.wwu.edu/ACC

 

 

                 ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION

                                Meeting of January 31, 2012

 

 

 

CALL TO ORDER.   Chair Roger Anderson called the meeting of the 2011-12 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:01 pm.  There were twenty (20) people present (see attached roster).

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES (Exhibit A).  The Minutes of 1/24/2012 were approved with a minor edits.  There were no reports.

 

Reports: None.   Commissioners divided into groups to review and approve curricular minutes:

TEAM 3

CC Committee

Date

Topics and Team Review

 

 

MINUTES POSTPONED FROM MEETING OF 1/24/2012

26

College Fine&PerformArts

11/30/11

ACCEPTED.  Zuzarte pointed out that DNC203 required an audition as prereq and that has been changed.  E-forms will be updated to reflect corrections.  Repeatable up to 6 credits

DNC 251 and 252 cancelled and 255 will replace combined classes, an unusual situation.  Zuzarte will work with the department re equivalency details and will work to clean up old course numbers and removing old catalog text for all DNC course descriptions. Also may be some clerical cleanup.  Is DNC122 an “or” pre-req to 123.   DNC357 appears twice in Dance Minor.  Is this correct?

 

34

International Programs Advisory (IPAC)

11/30/11

ACCEPTED.  International Programs: Kenya, Mexico, Japan, Costa Rica, Greece, Peru, Italy, Tanzania, Serengeti

 

35A

Teacher Curricular & CertificCouncil (TCCC)

12/13/11

ACCEPTED.   Dual Endorsement: Early Childhood-ElemEd needs new major code; HEC Bd.

 

ElemEd does not reflect consistent art changes in specializations. This to be updated (p. 15).  Endorsement (p. 13) that was questioned allows ElemEd teachers to get an additional endorsement.  Combined endorsement requires approximately 10 quarters including internship.  Combining endorsements creates an efficiency for the college and allows a greater cohort of students.

 

Questions about TESL (p. 12) – who takes this option  (432, 425  or  435)

 

Comment regarding professional degrees:  Chair Anderson commented that it is obfuscatory that the State asks how many quarters it takes to get a degree.  Professional degrees need to be considered differently.  For a BA the 4 year target make sense.  A BS is dicier.  And   Interdisciplinary and education are always inherently larger.   A better approach to the new HEC Board is to ask and to think about what it really takes to get an education in the modern world.  The world is much more complicated than it used to be.  We ought to think more in terms of numbers of quarters required to get a degree and change the mind of the legislator to rethink what an education takes.  We cannot cower under the threat that a degree takes only 4 years or less which is just not realistic.  And the education professional degree quarters are pretty packed, usually up to 16 credits a quarter.

 

32

Huxley College CC

11/18/11

ACCEPTED.  Courses that were forwarded to CUE or other bodies we are approving conditionally that updates will be made.

 

33

Huxley College CC

12/9/11

ACCEPTED -- on the condition that the upstream changes are made (in forwarding to CUE, TCCC or other bodies). (see 32) Form completions needed:  edits to ESCI program; include PHYS121 series renumbering and MATH 307/309 updates

 

35

Teacher Curricular & CertificCounc (TCCC)

11/22/11

ACCEPTED

                 

 

 

TEAM 2

CC Committee

Date

Topics and Team Review

 

 

MINUTES for TODAY’S MEETING:  1/31/2012   -  (TEAM 2)

38

Fairhaven College

1/18/12

ACCEPTED.  A question came up if there a mechanism for the structure of the prerequisites The registrar’s office can load the correct prereqs.

 

39

CnclUnivPrograms (CUP)

1/11/12

ACCEPTED.  Minutes from Intl Studies (ISCC) attached.  Zuzarte asked Vicki Hamblin what was meant by “less commonly taught languages” in International Studies minor.  Hamblin mentioned Urdu, Swahili, Thai as languages not taught at Western.

Steve VanderStaay, VPUE explained that the Honors Program had made changes in response to student requests who frequently want to take more electives in their major.  Students asked why such advanced courses do not count toward Honors.  Changes have been made in this direction in an attempt to stay in the Honors Program for the entire four years.  The broader request to have more Science options is under consideration.

 

ISCC minutes: “repeatable” belongs added to the course descriptions (INTL 131 and 231)

 

40

Cte Undergraduate Ed (CUE)

1/12/2012

ACCEPTED.   Commissioners mentioned that FAIR 311B is SSC category and previous issues had been resolved, along with GEOL303 approved earlier.

 

                 

 

TEAM 1

CC Committee

Date

Topics and Team Review

 

 

41

College Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)

1/12/12

ACCEPTED. 

1)    No longer in Moratorium (confirm effective term):  “Human Movement and Performance, Sport Psychology, Thesis, MS”

2)    CommSci & Disorders Post-Bac Preparation program is WWU Certificate, non-degree officially in catalog – accurate details requested for catalog copy

3)    Does Hist121 and Hist123 added to Anthro/Social Studies BA change credit total? (TCCC to confirm)

4)     Zuzarte reported clarifying MCL GURs.

5)     p. 12:  GSTU471 repeatable “up to 10 credits” is inserted (not a requirement)

6)     p. 13: List following 25 credits of electives should be indented, not boxes

7)     Social Studies –Elem BAE will come thru TCCC

 


 

42

Grad Council

1/10/12

 

ACCEPTED

but not MUS532 nor MUS 533  (which are TABLED). Numbering sequence impacts programs and students.  ACC handbook specifies: “Reuse of numbers not allowed for seven years…”  Also revisions to MMUS program (tabled).

 Date on Grad Council minutes should read 2012, not 2011

Computer Science prereqs changed.  Some question as to numbering.  Changes in undergraduate computer science affects graduate courses

p. 5:  Five year BS and MS Fast Track:  Bottom sentence:  “Students should apply for admission into the departmental undergraduate honors program after the completion of their junior year of study…. Etc.

MBA 571 Database Systems Design and Development.  ACC moved to rescind a former cancellation effective for Fall 2012 and to resurrect this course as MBA571  (recently taught at MBA575)

M. Barr

 

43

Teacher Curricular & CetificCouncil (TCCC)

1/10/12

ACCEPTED. 

New SEC444.  Changes approved for 2012-13.  Will cause changes in PEHR endorsement. See forthcoming TCCC minutes.

 

If the plan (from the wording) is to implement credit decrease next year, CHSS will also propose a decrease and increase that will happen at the same time.  A change proposal will come forward to reflect this. (LeaAnn Martin)

             

 

CONSTITUENT CONCERNS  - Online courses and contact hours

Contact Hours questions addressed in 1/26/12 minutes.  What about online courses? 

 

Vice Provost VanderStaay reported that CCE graduate program hopes to offer an online version of their Masters degree next year.  No doubt questions will come forward in ACC on assessment strategies to ensure that quality remains same.  A national program, “Quality Matters” offers a series of rubrics

(http://www.qmprogram.org/rubric) for universities to use in researching and ensuring that programs in different delivery modes remain the same.  VanderStaay suggested we may want to adopt their tools or find others to assure people that the online programs are the same as on campus.  VanderStaay proposed this as a good discussion for spring quarter.

 

Troy Abel asked if there was a way to measure contact hours in a correspondence course.  Some courses are holdovers from decades ago but provide ways to students to break bottlenecks in course access.  Numbers are growing in these courses because of lack of faculty lines to meet student demand.  As new faculty come on board to teach some of these we ask how the online course is even close to the on campus course – we need to assess and ensure this.

 

VanderStaay:  If you have good assessment procedures established you can use them for both types of courses.   We encourage departments to periodically reassess all those courses.  English is finding this to be true, and are reassessing all these courses.

Students might have to leave campus just one quarter before graduation to go to military or for family reasons, etc.   CHSS is reaching out, and we have had 180 students graduate this way and get their degree who were  just 10 credits short by doing it online.

 

CUE is thinking of requiring GUR courses approved 10 or 15 years ago to periodically be reapproved.  It would be very legitimate to ask departments to have their online or EE courses reapproved every certain number of years – as determined by ACC.

 

Abel is demanding that Huxley courses be reapproved, especially when a traditional instructor can no longer offer a course and EE must seek someone else from the vacancy pool.  We have to think of quality issues.  With a push to offer more we need a Western stamp on the quality of our EE courses.

 

Chair Anderson concurred that there are so many opportunities now for Western to move forward and do this right.  He will invite the Vice Provost for EE to visit ACC soon.

Special Meeting:  ACC will hold a one hour special meeting on March 6 regarding the leadership courses with Joe Garcia.

February 14 is catalog deadline date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjournment:  5:38

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder – January 31, 2012

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION 2011-2012 ROSTER

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2012)

 

 

Roger Anderson, Chair 2010-12

 

1

B –  Billie Lindsey, PEHR

     P

 

Mark Kuntz, Vice Chair 2012

 

2

C –  Holly Folk, Liberal Studies

P

17

Jeffrey Grimm, CUE Liaison with ACC (nv)

P

3

 At-Lg: Kristi Tyran, Management

P

18

Steve VanderStaay, VPUE for Provost Riordan

P

4

E- Yvonne Durham, Economics

P

19

Dave Brunnemer, Registrar (nv)

P

5

I – Peter Smith, Library

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20

Lisa Zuzarte, Catalog Coordinator (nv)

P

6

F-Niall O Murchu (for John Bower), FAIRHAVEN

P

 

Guests

 

7

Sheila Webb, Journalism, SENATOR

P

1

LeaAnn Martin, Associate Dean, CHSS

P

8

David Gilbertson, Accounting, SENATOR

P

2

Vicki Hamblin, Director, Center for International Studies                                             

 P

9

Fabiola Arvizu, ASVP Academics@wwu.edu

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10

 Victor Celis:  CelisV@students.wwu.edu

P

 

Records: Senate Recorder

 

11

Megan Housekeeper: mhousekeeper@students.wwu.edu

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1

Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

12

 Student committee member

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2

 Zach Cisco, Distinguished Student Emp Senate

P

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2013)

 

 

 

 

13

H-Tracy Thorndike-Christ, Spec Ed

P

 

 

 

14

D-Mark Kuntz, Theater and Dance

P

 

Members Present

16

15

A-Roger Anderson, Biology, Chair,  UPRC rep

P

 

Recorder  and Guests

4

16

G-Troy Abel, Huxley College

P

 

Meeting: 1/31/12        TOTAL:

20

Members (18):12 voting faculty (2yr terms) include representatives of 9 areas and 1 at-large plus 2 Senators (1 yr terms).  6 additional members include:  Provost or representative VPUE (v), Catalog Coordinator (nv), Registrar (nv) and 4 students (voting).  ACC sends rep to UPRC (v) and liaisons with CUE (nv).  Recorder attends (nv).