Index of Topics

CUE Presentation & Discussion:

   Co-chairs Miller & Werder

Academic Honesty Policy

 

 Approved 12/6/11

To Faculty Senate 1/9/12

http://www.wwu.edu/ACC

 

                           ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION

                                 Minutes of Meeting of November 29, 2011

 

CALL TO ORDER.   Chair Roger Anderson called the meeting of the 2011-12 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:05 pm.  There were twenty-two (22) people present (see attached roster).

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES (Exhibit A).  The Minutes of 11/15/2011 were approved as written.

 

Report from CUE:   Co-chairs:  Matthew Miller and Carmen Werder

·         Miller and Werder reviewed work of CUE in recent months, including the streamlining of processes for creating or revising courses in the GURs.  Werder reported that with a recent request that faculty check 1 or 2 competencies CUE will be able to track courses and provide accreditation information.  Discussion also centered around how to explicitly address the competencies for students in the syllabus.  For example, CUE is trying to increase coherency in the GURs to provide students some ability to articulate what has been learned without insisting on the articulation of a “mechanical understanding” of skills.   

·         Steve VanderStaay reported that he was able to discuss CUE’s Viking Landing event with visiting legislators and point out that Western is taking steps to help students understand general education through active discussion with faculty, and the further little understood connection with the Liberal Arts.  Students reported that they are introduced to the idea of the Liberal Arts at SummerStart but may never hear the term again during their years at Western. 

·         VanderStaay went on to explain that through budget cuts we have been asked to explain our core, and the fact always comes up that we are the only university to require everybody to have a lab science – and if that is core to Western, what does our core mean? Legislators don’t always understand and want us to be a professional training school.  No, instead we must say that we may be the “last Liberal Arts school” – and we need to say that…we need to nail it in the branding.  We are professional training where everybody gets a Liberal Arts and Sciences core. 

·         CUE has gotten little pieces of all these discussions and that has led CUE to attempt to strengthen our identity in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.  It may be that the core of Western can be maintained by telling our students, their parents, and external audiences what it means to be a Liberal Arts and Sciences University.  As Dan Larner said at the “Critical Dialogue”,  it is education in the Liberal Arts and Sciences that allows people to be free.

·         Matt Miller concluded with the example of St. Olaf’s in Minnesota where faculty rallied around a core set of ideas articulated across the domains.  The faculty are aligned in their communication to students about liberal education and this has led to evidence of increased student learning – there is empirical data to that effect. Those are the kinds of initiatives CUE is trying to unify, and get students and faculty to rally behind a set of core principles and ideas situated in our domain areas – and to keep these ideas foremost in the minds of our faculty.

 

 

READING OF CURRICULUM MINUTES (Exhibit B

 

 

Curriculum Committee

Date

Topics

Curric. Secty

 

 

15

College of Fine and Performing Arts

11/16/11

No action items.   Commissioners acknowledge receipt of these minutes.

D. Guyette

P. Lundquist

 

 

16

Committee on Undergrad. Education

11/3/11

Accepted.  Includes revisions to ACC Handbook re membership of CUE.

RMNortonNader

 

 

17

Graduate Council

11/1/11

Accepted.   ACC mentioned that it trusts Graduate Council and the accrediting bodies to affirm the content of a degree.  ACC expressed appreciation for the use of the form and the excellent arrangement of the minutes which enable Commissioners to clearly understand the changes.

M. Barr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Curriculum Committee

Date

Topics

Curric. Secty


 

18

Graduate Council

11/8/11

Accepted.  ACC acknowledged the excellent arrangement of the minutes.

M. Barr

19

International Programs Advisory Committee

11/15/11

TABLED.  Typo p. 3. “ decrease” should be “increase”

ACC will spend some time next meeting discussing the process of approving faculty led programs abroad and IPAC’s role as an advisory committee

K. Mantello

 

Roger Anderson suggested that it may be necessary to develop a flow chart from the inception of an idea up to college level approval that indicates where the feedback is from the college to the department.  ACC may need to develop a much clearer understanding of departmental approval processes and be problem solvers wherever  necessary.

 

Academic Honesty

ACC reviewed a revised draft and will review it at the next meeting. 

·         Some Commissioners were dissatisfied with a process that is too explicit in demanding initial contact through an email and determining the location of the first contact, and prefer the original text in the current policy.  However, forms can be automated and the process explained thoroughly on a website once the final policy is approved.

·         Some Commissioners commented that the entire process is too onerous and many faculty simply do not adhere to all of it.

·         Commissioners did like a statutory time for panel meetings particularly for recruiting initial members on the board, and would like an additional statement that suggests that the panel can later determine its own meeting times to accommodate peoples’ schedules.

 

Adjournment:  6:05 pm

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder

 

ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION 2011-2012 ROSTER

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2012)

 

 

Roger Anderson, Chair 2010-12

 

1

B –  Billie Lindsey, PEHR

     P

 

Yvonne Durham , Interim Vice Chair 2011

 

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

P

20

Lisa Zuzarte, Catalog Coordinator (nv)

P

6

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

P

 

Guests

 

7

Sheila Webb, Journalism, SENATOR

--

1

LeaAnn Martin, Associate Dean, CHSS

P

8

David Gilbertson, Accounting, SENATOR

P

2

Matthew Miller, CUE Co-Chair

P

9

Fabiola Arvizu, ASVP Academics@wwu.edu

P

3

Carmen Werder, CUE C-Chair

P

10

 Victor Celis:  CelisV@students.wwu.edu

P

4

Maggie Barklind, Assoc Dir/EE

P

11

Megan Housekeeper: mhousekeeper@students.wwu.edu

--

 

 

 

12

 Student committee member

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Records: Senate Recorder

 

 

Voting Membership (terms ending 2013)

 

1

Rose Marie Norton-Nader

P

13

H-Tracy Thorndike-Christ, Spec Ed

P

 

   Quorum = 8 (without 2 voting student members)

 

14

D-Mark Kuntz, Theater and Dance

P

 

Members Present

17

15

A-Roger Anderson, Biology, Chair,  UPRC rep

P

 

Recorder  and Guests

5

16

G-Troy Abel, Huxley College

P

 

Meeting: 11/15/11        TOTAL:

22

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).