Index of Topics

Report on IPAC purview

Appointment of Mark Kuntz as Vice Chair

Curricular Review/ comments



 Approved 1/24/2012

To Faculty Senate 2/6/12



                                                                                                                                                                                                     ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Meeting of December 6, 2012


CALL TO ORDER.   Chair Roger Anderson called the meeting of the 2011-12 Academic Coordinating Commission to order at 4:06 pm.  There were fourteen (14) people present (see attached roster).


APPROVAL OF MINUTES (Exhibit A).  The Minutes of 11/29/2011 were approved as written.


REPORTS:  Chair Roger Anderson met with the Director of International Studies to further understand the role of IPAC.  There may be more curricular impact and revisions of its role in the future.  At present it acts in an advisory capacity only.  

o    LeaAnn Martin reported that CHSS judges international programs only for outcomes and curricular value and relies on IPAC to consider the itinerary and other more practical matters concerned with travel. Niall O Murchu asked the sequencing of information.  Martin reported that CHSS sends to IPAC. 

o    Murchu is concerned that with all the different sets of minutes timing may be important, especially if the last meeting in Fall Quarter is when approval is happening for travel taking place in Winter quarter.  Chair Anderson suggested a contingent approval for items that are timing issues.  Lisa Zuzarte reported starting with the department and the college and that the minutes come from the college before IPAC gets them.    

o    ACC proposes that the IPAC minutes should say “recommend approval” or “recommend postponement”.  ACC recommends postponing approval until both ACC and CHSS get advisory comments from IPAC, and so the question is again one of timing.


APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS:   Mark Kuntz, Theater & Dance, ACC Vice Chair.  A motion was made by Yvonne Durham, second by Kristi Tyran to appoint Mark Kuntz as vice chair of ACC through Spring 2012.  The motion passed unanimously.





Curriculum Committee





(Tabled from previous meeting) International Programs 11/15/11.  Recommendations ACCEPTED.  IPAC is advisory to ACC and does not approve curriculum items as such.


ACC considers IPAC’s “recommendations for approval” and “contingent recommendations”.  ACC approves IPAC’s “recommendations” upon the completion of the requirements that IPAC recommends.  The academic portion of courses is approved by the Colleges.  ACC prefers to consider IPAC’s recommendations along with the College actions on study abroad courses.

o  Chair Anderson met with the incoming Director of the Center for International Studies (Vicki Hamblin) to further understand the role of IPAC in curricular approval.  There may be more curricular actions under its purview in the future.   At present IPAC is advisory and does not approve courses, thus this is a request to use different language -- that IPAC “recommends approval”.   IPAC may further consider its role in the future.

o  LeaAnn Martin reported that CHSS reviews international programs for outcomes and curricular value and relies on IPAC to consider the itinerary and other practical matters concerned with travel following the “Faculty-Led Programs Abroad” policy approved last year. 

o  Niall O Murchu expressed a concern that with all the different sets of minutes timing may be important, especially if the last meeting in Fall Quarter is when approval happens for travel taking place in Winter Quarter.  Chair Anderson suggested a contingent approval for items that are timing issues. 

o  So ACC recommends that the IPAC minutes should say “recommend approval” or “recommend postponement”. 



Minutes for 12/6/2011


College Humanities & Social Sciences



HIST498 should be HIST401

EGEO rubric is an old rubric and will be removed. (typo)


Sociology Catalog Declaration.  Change to “Admission to the Sociology Major” rather than a declaration of Admissions policy.

Delete “Registration Policy” completely (including wait listing language).  Link to this information changes from quarter to quarter by departments and is provided in Classfinder.


David Brunnemer will send an email to Deans regarding waitlisting and major restriction policy.  Knowledge about these is generally available to departments. Departments can call and add and remove departmental policies throughout registration.




Kristi Tyran asked how to free up seats without reducing the number of seats.  One way is to limit repeats.  Another way is to limit the number of credits in the major (Journalism only allows a max of 73 credits to be taken) especially when there are 5th year or 6th year seniors who have many more credits in the major than necessary and have also acquired the right to priority registration. The restriction may help evaluators clarify what to do with students who have more credits than necessary.


Liz Mogford, Sociology, who was present for the curriculum review, explained that by removing one of 4 core required courses Sociology can filter more students thru more quickly; changing the faculty time and effort that previously was required to get only 15 to 17 students through 4 core courses.  Now time to degree is eased.  And sequencing of core courses is now opened up so a lot more students can be accommodated.  Once a student has 45 credits and only one sociology course he/she can declare a major.


VanderStaay mentioned exploring how many students can transfer and be immediately admitted to a major without prerequisites their first quarter at Western.  Sociology may be a good place for an automatic declaration of a major upon enrollment. VanderStaay added that there is a need to confirm to legislators that our admissions policy is improving and is not always a 2-step process first requiring Admission to Western, and then Admission to the department.  VanderStaay will check on how many departments can do this faster admitting process for transfers.  Students who are simply coming in to “explore” will not get first dibs at registration.




Committee on Undergraduate Education


ACCEPTED.  Experimental Viking Launch classes have been taught for 2 years and are now becoming permanent.  VanderStaay expressed appreciation to Environmental Studies for reaching out to freshmen with FYE courses.




Huxley College CC


ACCEPTED.  ENVS337a (Tanzania) approved contingent upon completion of IPAC recommendations for pre-departure meetings.

ENVR should be ENVS (typo)




Woodring College of Education



All forwarded to TCCC



Teacher Curric & Certification Council


ACCEPTED.  IPAC will review TESL421, a summer faculty-led program in Mexico.  ELED 437 – Kenya - does not list credits; will ask V. Hamblin to email note informing ACC if IPAC recommended approval.



Mark Kuntz requested that the Foundation 398 course program and its list of additional courses now required in the offerings for the Eled Professional program be repeated in place of “ART 380” each time the latter is mentioned (and ART 380 should be deleted).


Kuntz also asked for data on how many students are expected in the art/dance/ music professional studies core as it will impact CFPA and its resources next year when the professional education program is offered.


Chair Anderson suggested it would be nice to know whether the number of students has been factored into other course needs and where to find this information?  LeaAnn Martin suggested contacting Ellen Kreider, Elementary Education Program Manager for estimates of how many students might be enrolled.


Anderson would like confirmation that CFPA is aware of the requirement to contact departments and that departments are satisfied that resources in CFPA are sufficient to serve students.


The entire degree should include the arts clusters mentioned.  ACC is approving the 398 program foundational course in the 4 major arts areas as well as the second requirement all in place of ART380 and this should be explicitly listed throughout all the proposals.












ACC Adjourned at 5:29 pm and moved to a Committee of the Whole for discussion of the Academic Honesty procedures.  The Chair rose to report at 6:05 pm and explained that the Academic Honesty Policy and Procedures is an educational document, with a purpose of creating a culture with less academic dishonesty.


Adjournment:  5:29 pm

Rose Marie Norton-Nader, Recorder, December 6, 2011


                                                                ACADEMIC COORDINATING COMMISSION 2011-2012 ROSTER


Voting Membership (terms ending 2012)



Roger Anderson, Chair 2010-12



B –  Billie Lindsey, PEHR



Mark Kuntz, Vice Chair 2012



C –  Holly Folk, Liberal Studies



Jeffrey Grimm, CUE Liaison with ACC (nv)



 At-Lg: Kristi Tyran, Management



Steve VanderStaay, VPUE for Provost Riordan



E- Yvonne Durham, Economics



Dave Brunnemer, Registrar (nv)



I – Peter Smith, Library



Lisa Zuzarte, Catalog Coordinator (nv)



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






Sheila Webb, Journalism, SENATOR



LeaAnn Martin, Associate Dean, CHSS



David Gilbertson, Accounting, SENATOR



Liz Mogford, Sociology



Fabiola Arvizu, ASVP






 Victor Celis:






Megan Housekeeper:






 Student committee member



Records: Senate Recorder



Voting Membership (terms ending 2013)



Rose Marie Norton-Nader



H-Tracy Thorndike-Christ, Spec Ed



   Quorum = 8 (without 2 voting student members)



D-Mark Kuntz, Theater and Dance



Members Present



A-Roger Anderson, Biology, Chair,  UPRC rep



Recorder  and Guests



G-Troy Abel, Huxley College



Meeting: 12/6/11        TOTAL:


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).