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Senate Minutes

April 24, 2003
Holy Cross Conference Room
1:30 p.m.

Members Present: K. Ampong (Acting Student Union Vice-President), L. Batt, R. Clews, J. Coates, B. Craig (Philosophy Rep), S. Doiron, I. Fraser, J. Gilbert-Walsh, D. Gupta, M.-E. Jardine, P. Lee, P. MacDonald, P. Malcolmson, M. McGowan, J. McFarland, E. McKim, R. Myers, D. O’Brien (Chair), P. Ouellette (Acting Student Union President), T. Parkhill, P. Pheeney, J. Rahn, W. Randall (Gerontology Rep), S. Reid-MacNevin, M. Reimer, K. Robert (History Rep), J. Rowcroft

Absent with regrets: P. Hawkins, N. Seely, A. White, R. Williams

Absent: R. Chrisjohn, B. Fisher-Townsend, J. Sauvageau, C. McCormick

Dr. O’Brien called the meeting to order.

New members

Mr. Batt announced the election of Dr. Jim Gilbert-Walsh to the position of faculty representative to Senate. Mr. Batt also identified those members who sent their regrets, and the persons who replaced them.

1. Agenda

Motion: That Senate approve the circulated agenda with the additional item on next meeting dates.
Rahn:Jardine. CARRIED.

2. Announcements

a. New Brunswick Innovation Foundation Start-Up Grant
Dr. Clews announced that the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation has awarded a start-up grant of $15,000 to a new faculty member. Dr. Clews urged departments to let her know about hirings that might be compatible with the terms of reference of the NBIF so that further applications for start-up grants can be made.
b. Honorary Degree Recipients and Professors Emeriti
Dr. O’Brien announced the names of the candidates for honourary degree and professor emeritus status. He requested that the members maintain the embargo until the communications office circulated the announcements to the press.

3. Minutes of February 20, 2003

Motion: That the minutes of the February 20, 2003 meeting be adopted as circulated.
Batt:Jardine. CARRIED.

4. Admissions and Academic Standing Committee

Mr. Batt circulated the calendar details for four proposed awards as approved by the Senate Admissions and Academic Standing Committee.
Motion: That Senate approve the following awards:
Brian Mulroney Scholarship in Public Policy and Journalism

Value: $5000 (USD) per annum. One scholarship open to students entering third year of the BA programme, major in journalism. Applicants must meet the following criteria: minimum annual gpa of 3.7 on a minimum of 30 credit hours, three letters of reference and a writing portfolio that demonstrates an interest and aptitude for public policy journalism. Renewable for an additional year with a minimum gpa of 3.7 on a minimum of 30 credit hours. Donor: Freedom Forum International Inc. Apply: Awards Officer, St. Thomas University.

Colter Family Bursaries

Value: $500. Five bursaries awarded annually to students in financial need who demonstrate good academic standing. Preferred distribution of the bursaries is to full-time students in the following programmes: one for criminology, two for education (one for a mature student), two for social work (one for a mature student). Donors: The Colter Family. Apply: Awards Officer, St. Thomas University.

Commonwealth of Dominica Entrance Scholarship

Value: Tuition plus international differential fees (approximately $7000 for 2002-2003). One scholarship awarded annually to an entering student who is a citizen of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Renewable for second year with a minimum annual gpa of 3.0 on a minimum of 30 credit hours and renewable for third and fourth years with a minimum gpa of 3.50 on a minimum of 30 credit hours. Selection will be based on demonstrated academic ability, leadership qualities, with financial need also being taken into account. Apply: Awards Officer, St. Thomas University.

UPS Canada Ltd. Bursary

Value: $500. One bursary to be awarded annually to a full-time student enrolled in third or fourth year of an undergraduate programme. Selection will be based on academic achievement (minimum annual gpa of 3.0 on a minimum of 30 credit hours), financial need and demonstrated involvement in the university and/or local community. Donor: UPS Canada Ltd, Canada Brokerage, Fredericton, N.B. Apply: Awards Officer, St. Thomas University.
Batt:Fraser. CARRIED.

5. Curriculum Committee

Prof. Rahn had circulated the report of the Curriculum Committee.
Motion: That Senate receive the report.
Rahn:Jardine. CARRIED.

6. Report of the AQC to April Meeting of Senate

Dr. Myers had circulated the report of the AQC to the April 2003 meeting of Senate. He reviewed the history of the review of the BA programme requirements. For purposes of consideration, the 11 motions were moved by Dr. Myers and seconded by Fr. McGowan. Senate members then considered them separately.

Motion 1: That the requirements for the degree Bachelor of Arts be modified to include a requirement that six credit hours be completed in a new Group C focused on courses in natural science or STS.

Amendment: To change the requirement in Motion 1 and 2 from “six credit hours” to “three credit hours.”
Reimer:McFarland. DEFEATED.

Motion 1: CARRIED.

Motion 2: That the requirements for the degree Bachelor of Arts be modified to include a requirement that six credit hours be completed in a new Group D focused on courses in music and visual arts. All Group D courses are to be at the 2000 level or higher.

Motion 3: That the new requirements for Groups C and D take the form of a Senate-approved list of specific courses.


Motion 4: That the list of courses counting toward the Group C and D requirements be developed by the Senate Curriculum Committee for consideration by Senate, and that subsequent modifications to the list be vetted by the Senate Curriculum Committee for consideration by Senate.


Motion 5: That no course be included on either list without the approval of the host department or programme.


Motion 6: That the Senate Curriculum Committee will recommend for Group C courses “that serve to develop students’ understanding of natural science and/or the role it plays in our world.”


Motion 7: That the Senate Curriculum Committee will recommend for Group D courses “that serve to develop students’ aesthetic literacy.”


Motion 8: That the Curriculum Committee, in cooperation with the VP (Academic), work with the appropriate officials at UNB to determine which UNB courses might be approved as Group C and Group D credits, and whether they should be included on the official lists of Group C and Group D courses.


Motion 9: That students be advised to meet the requirements for Groups A,B,C, and D by the end of their third year of full-time study in accordance with the following benchmarks:

By the end of Year 1, students shall have obtained 18 of the Group A and B credits reqired;
By the end of Year 2, students shall have obtained 30 of the 36 credits required;
By the end of Year 3, students shall have obtained all 36 credits required.

Motion 10: That the new requirements under Groups C and D take effect for all students commencing full-time study in September of 2004.


Motion 11: That Senate grant “special topics” approval to the proposed courses in Theoretical Justification and in Ethical Justification for delivery on a pilot basis in 2003-4 and/or 2004-5.


It was noted that the pilot trial of the two half courses would be submitted to the Curriculum Committee for its advice. Also, it was agreed that there would be no decisions on the implementation of these courses as programme requirements without referral to Senate for further discussion and approval.

Mr. Batt recommended that he and Vice-President Myers review the other degree programme requirements which will be impacted by the new BA degree programme requirements.

Dr. Myers thanked the members of the AQC Committee and the members of the University community in general for its patience and deliberation in this curriculum review process.

Dr. O’Brien added his congratulations and thanks to the Committee members and to Dr. Myers in particular.

7. Research Ethics Board

The 2002 Annual Report of the Research Ethics Board had been circulated to Senate.
Motion: That the report be received.
Fraser.Rahn. CARRIED.

8. External Reviews

Dr. Baier reported that the Politcal Science Department had acted on all the non-financial recommendations which had been approved by Senate.

9. Congratulations

Mr. Batt moved a vote of congratulations to Dr. O’Brien on the upcoming conferral of an honourary degree from the University of New Brunswick, May 2003.

10. Next Meeting

It was agreed to hold a special meeting on Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in the Holy Cross House Conference Room, to consider two agenda items:
a. Approval of May 12, 2003 candidates for graduation.
b. Recommendations on the External Review of the Religious Studies Department.

11. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.

April 25, 2003
Larry Batt, Secretary

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