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Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on May 4, 2011
unanimous

Supporting Documents

Date Document & Link Committee

April 22, 2011

Report on Collaborative Academic Offerings (formerly Freshman Colloquium) CAPP
2006 White Paper on Freshman Colloquium Ken Kipnis

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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF COLLABORATIVE ACADEMIC OFFERINGS

Whereas: The Mānoa Faculty Senate, in 1998, approved recommendations from the Committee on the Undergraduate Experience (UGE) that, in part, called for interdisciplinary collaboration for Freshmen only courses; AND

Whereas: The University administration has mounted a variety of strategies to address the special academic needs of incoming freshmen, many of whom are the first in their families to be exposed to higher education.  Notable efforts include the College Opportunities Program (COP) and Access to College Excellence; AND

Whereas: Faculty too have endeavored to meet the special needs of incoming Freshmen.  Notable here is English 100 with its small class sections that are reserved for Freshmen; AND

Whereas: Although several strategies have been used to permit groups of faculty to collaborate in teaching single courses at UHM, these arrangements have been built upon administrative workarounds, as in a course with four separately listed coordinated sections taught as one, or uncredited pro-bono instructional contributions by faculty.  Both strategies have significant shortcomings and limitations; AND

Whereas: Although Mānoa offers both  Freshmen-only courses and courses that exceed the standard 3-credit formula, it has become evident that barriers still stand in the way of collaboratively taught courses; AND

Whereas: The existing course approval and course listing system, in imposing the requirement that every student semester-hour (SSH) be wholly credited to a single department, effectively prohibits onthe-books instructional collaboration involving faculty from different departments and colleges; AND

Whereas: Team taught courses may also serve the needs of non-Freshmen; AND

Whereas: The Community Colleges have formulas for shared recognition and acknowledgment when colleagues from different departments collaborate on interdisciplinary offerings; AND

Whereas: The increasing focus upon SSHs necessitates the creation of a Mānoa standard for sharing credit where instructional collaboration occurs across departmental and collegial borders; AND

Whereas: Collegial deliberation and cooperation on how best to meet the academic needs of incoming freshmen may well, over time, improve the quality of lower-division courses, reduce Freshmen attrition, and, by improving the quality of instruction that students receive when they enter, improve the performance of Mānoa sophomores, juniors and seniors; AND

Whereas: Any new courses conceived under this rubric would have to clear standard review at the department and college levels and would have to receive the standard approvals when claiming to satisfy Foundations and General Education requirements; AND

Whereas: The Mānoa Faculty Senate has a salient responsibility for the character of our academic program, which responsibility includes overseeing the academic experience of incoming freshmen;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED

That the Mānoa Faculty Senate urges the Administration to alter the course approval and course listing systems so as to facilitate interdepartmental and inter-collegial collaboration on teamtaught courses.

That the Departments and Deans work out formulas for collaboration that fairly recognize the contributions of faculty, departments, and colleges when such collaborations take place.