|Present: Carol Holdcraft, Beth Basista, Steve Peterson, Anne
Runyan, Joe Law, Jan Maxwell, Tom Sav, Joe Slater, Roy Vice, Juanita Melton
(substituting for Jeanne Fraker), Andy Wright.
Minutes: Minutes of October 13, 1998 were approved as distributed.
Old Business: Placement in GE Mathematics Classes:
The committee will continue to collect information concerning
this issue for ongoing deliberation at future meetings.
Course Inventory Requests/Course Modification Requests:
CECS: The committee approved BME 300, EGR 199, EP 231, EP 432,
EE 473 (chair to ask department to edit course description to 34 word limit),
LAKE Campus: Tabled TOA 243(chair to clarify credit hour allocation
between class and lab to reflect 2:1 ratio for lab); TMG 201 (approved
pending clarification from Management department concerning articulation)
Minor in Computer Science for Engineers and Scientists: The
committee reviewed and approved the proposal for this minor. The objective
of the minor is to satisfy the needs of students not majoring in computer
science or in computer engineering, but with engineering or scientific
background in their major. The minor would serve these students by offering
the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in programming,
data structures and in one of the data management, operating systems or
software design areas. A total of 23 quarter hours in five basic courses
followed by one elective course are required. All course prerequisites
must be satisfied.
Report of the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee:
Changes to International Studies Major: The committee reviewed and approved
the proposal specifying changes to the International Studies Major from
the College of Liberal Arts. The changes integrate internationally-oriented
Women's Studies courses already identified into the existing International
Studies tracks and create a fifth International Studies track devoted to
Global Gender Studies. These changes position WSU to compete for external
funding. There are no changes in credit requirements to complete the major
nor additional resource implications for these modifications.
Joe Law, WAC Committee Chair and Director of the WAC Program
brought forward two proposals for guidelines for independent writing projects
as specified in the WAC requirement for writing in the major. The committee
reviewed and approved the following two guidelines.
The committee adjourned. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 9:00
am in 032 Rike.
Designated Writing Intensive Independent Reading Course: If a student
elects to take an independent reading course to satisfy this requirement,
that course must be designated as WI through the Office of the Registrar,
just as any other designated WI course in the major would be. The same
general guidelines for WI courses in the major should apply to this course
as well-i.e., the student must produce "at least 4500 words of writing,
at least half of which will be evaluated formally and all of which will
count as part of the student's performance in the course."
Independent Writing Project: "Under exceptional circumstances," students
may undertake an independent writing project, a paper of at least 2500
words, approved by the chair of the student's major department and written
under the supervision of a faculty member in the student's major. Because
the WAC Committee is charged with "approval of criteria for Independent
Writing Projects," the proposed project must also be reviewed and approved
by the WAC Committee.
The proposal for the independent writing project should include the
following information: (1) an identification of the "exceptional circumstances,"
(2) the nature and length of the proposed paper, and (3) the extent of
the faculty member's involvement in the project . In connection with item
(3), the WAC Committee recommends that the supervising faculty member meet
at least twice with the student to oversee the project and evaluate early
Because this project puts additional demands on faculty time, it should
be employed only when "exceptional circumstances" warrant it. Several groups
of students may fall into this category: transfer students who do not need
to take the designated WI course in the major because they have taken a
course elsewhere covering the equivalent content; students who take a WI
course in the major but do not pass the writing component; students in
majors with only the minimum number of WI courses that are offered only
once a year or less frequently.
Once the project has been approved and completed to the supervising
faculty member's satisfaction, he or she should inform the WAC Committee
in writing and submit a copy of the paper for WAC Committee files.