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
with regrets: P. Hawkins, N. Seely, A. White, R. Williams
R. Chrisjohn, B. Fisher-Townsend, J. Sauvageau, C. McCormick
called the meeting to order.
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.
Motion: That Senate approve the circulated agenda with the additional
item on next meeting dates.
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
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
(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.
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.
of Dominica Entrance Scholarship
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.
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.
Prof. Rahn had circulated the report of the Curriculum Committee.
Motion: That Senate receive the report.
6. Report of the AQC to April Meeting of Senate
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.
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.”
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.
3: That the new requirements for Groups C and D take the
form of a Senate-approved list of specific courses.
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
5: That no course be included on either list without the
approval of the host department or programme.
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
7: That the Senate Curriculum Committee will recommend
for Group D courses “that serve to develop students’
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.
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
By the end of Year 3, students shall have obtained all 36 credits
10: That the new requirements under Groups C and D take
effect for all students commencing full-time study in September
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
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
Dr. O’Brien added his congratulations and thanks to the Committee
members and to Dr. Myers in particular.
The 2002 Annual Report of the Research Ethics Board had been circulated
Motion: That the report be received.
Dr. Baier reported that the Politcal Science Department had acted
on all the non-financial recommendations which had been approved by
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.
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
meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.
April 25, 2003
Larry Batt, Secretary
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