Academic Affairs Committee
March 26, 2003
This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee
concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10
days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC
Chair, Helen Biblehimer, Elliott Hall 203, ext.
WIG subcommittee has proposed the following changes:
Action: Proposed Changes to the WAC designated courses:
That the requirements for courses to receive the "W" designation
be modified as follows:
- The designation for "Provisional" W courses be eliminated.
- In its place, a new designation will be developed: "Semester."
- The "Permanent" designation will remain, but it will
be redefined to include courses that ALWAYS are offered with the
"W" designation, regardless of the instructor.
- The "W" checklist will be revised to reflect the adoption
of new designations for the "W" courses. There will be
a place for the department chair's signature (not currently included),
along with a place to indicate whether the course is being considered
for the "Permanent" or "Semester" W designation.
The checklist will also indicate that the course syllabus should
be included with the application.
- If a department chair is applying for the "Permanent"
W designation for a course, he/she will only need to submit the
"W" checklist and course syllabus once. If a department
chair is applying for the "Semester" W designation for
a section of a course, the WIG committee will need to approve the
"W" checklist (which will now include the course syllabus)
for each section or instructor (if an instructor is teaching multiple
sections with the W designation). Once an instructor's course has
received the "W" designation for that course, the department
chair will only need to provide a list to the WIG chair when preparing
the semester schedule.
- Department chairs can provide a list of currently-designated "Permanent"
W courses to the WIG committee to be considered for the new "Permanent"
designation without completing another checklist and submitting
another syllabus, because these forms are already on file.
- Department chairs will identify additional courses that should
receive the "Permanent" designation. These courses will
be offered and taught as "W" courses, regardless of the
instructor. ENG 1112W and ENG 3313W already have this designation,
so there is precedent for the Permanent designation. When the department
chair prepares the semester schedule, the W designation will automatically
appear in the course schedule and on Web Advisor (and thus on the
student's degree audit) when the student enrolls in the course.
These "W" designations will be course driven, not instructor
driven. It will be the responsibility of the department chair to
notify the course instructor that it is a W course.
- Department chairs will also identify courses that should receive
the "Semester" designation. These courses will be offered
and taught as "W" courses only if the appropriate paperwork
has been completed by the faculty member, submitted by the department
chair, and approved by the WIG committee. The paperwork will include
the completion of the "W" checklist and submission of
a course syllabus that clearly indicates how the writing requirement
will be met. These courses will be instructor driven, not course
driven. If the department chair does not submit a list of courses
to receive the "Semester" designation, the courses will
not be listed as "W" courses in the course schedule and
on Web Advisor. Students enrolled in the courses will not receive
credit for completing a W course, even if the same instructor had
previously taught it with the W designation.
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