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October 3, 2002

Academic Affairs Committee
Minutes of October 3, 2002
McCaffrey Center, Pine Room

Present: Ron Hoverstad, Jean Purnell, Eric Thomas, Ash Brown, Rolando Lazaro, Susan Sample, Therese West, Vivian Snyder, Andrew Hudson

Absent: Dennis Brennan, Bob Cox


Chair Ron Hoverstad called the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m.
Introduction of two new members: Susan Sample of School of International Studies and Vivian Snyder of the School of Education.

  1. Approval of the September 5, 2002 minutes
    Motion: E. Thomas moved, Susan Sample seconded to approve the minutes.
    Motion unanimously approved.

  2. Consent Agenda
    Motion: Rolando Lozano moved, Eric Thomas seconded to approve the consent agenda items.
    Motion unanimously approved.

  3. Program Review
    a. Approval of Panels
    Additional student names will be given to the Chair.
    SIS Dean Margee Ensign has agreed to having an undergraduate (rather than graduate) student assigned to serve on the panel for SIS.
    Motion: Ash Brown moved, Susan Sample seconded to approve the 2002-2003 panels.
    Motion unanimously approved.

    b. Overview of Results of Program Review
    Many changes have taken place within the departments and new resources provided as a result of Program Review. Reports generated and distributed by Jean Purnell reflect this change and should be considered a data source for information on the effectiveness of the program review process. Jean Purnell provided clarification of the reports to the members.

    c. Update on Art and Art History Review
    The Art and Art History panel report was accepted at the September meeting of the Academic Council. The Provost will attend a future meeting of AAC to discuss his recommendations on this program as well as other programs. The process of program review has been changed to include a meeting with the Provost prior to the Provost making recommendations to the President.

  4. Program Changes

  5. Old Business
    Learning Assessment and Course Syllabi
    Purnell has proposed that the AAC consider requiring statements of learning objectives and assessment methodologies in all the syllabi of all new courses that are reviewed. The 2000 WASC Visiting Team's report included several recommendations concerning learning assessment. According to a new assessment plan recently adopted by the GE Committee and Academic Council, all GE courses must now include learning objectives related to GE and assessment plans. Some of the schools and departments have adopted a uniform syllabus style for all courses but there is not a campus wide uniformity. Committee members discussed the need to have a standard format that includes common elements and a recommendation to have panel members take on the responsibility of looking at the course syllabi for the department under review, beginning with next year's reviews.

  6. Other
    Ad hoc committee members; Ash Brown, Jean Purnell, Rolando Lazaro, and John Boelter, will review the assessment plans submitted by academic units, identify common factors of program plans to enable units to get together and share practices, and give feedback on the plans themselves to the units. The group will advise the units of how to make connections across the University, use statistical reports and analyze needed resources.

  7. Adjournment
    Motion: A. Brown, seconded by A. Hudson to adjourn meeting.
    Motion passed unanimously.

    Meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

    Submitted by
    Rosie Fox, Academic Affairs Secretary