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Senate Minutes

December 16 , 2004
Holy Cross House Conference Room
1:30 p.m.

Members present: T. Bateman, L. Batt, R. Bittermann, S. Brosha, R. Clews, J. Coughlan,
B. Cross, S. deVink, I. Fraser, J. Gilbert-Walsh, D. Gupta, C. Kelly, P. Kent, G. Kenyon, P. Lee, P. MacDonald, P. Malcolmson, M. McGowan, E. McKim, S. Murray, D. O’Brien (Chair), T. Parkhill, S. Reid, H. Richmond, M. Smith

Regrets: B. Clark, J. McLaughlin, S. Narine, J. Rahn, N. Seely, S. Stevenson

Absent: R. Chrisjohn, K. Clouthier, J. Gaudet, N. Kinsella

Dr. O’Brien called the meeting to order. He welcomed the new Senate representative from the Alumni organization, Joseph Coughlan.

1. Agenda

Motion: That the agenda be approved as amended with the addition of the Strategic Plan and the timing of meetings.

2. Announcements

a) Mr. Batt circulated a revision of the Calendar schedule of dates for Easter 2005. He also confirmed the January 3, 2005 start of second semester.

b) Mr. Batt announced that course submissions for Intersession/Summer Session 2005 were still welcome up to the end of December 2004.

c) Dr. Malcolmson announced the development of an academic early-warning system to ensure good communication between the coaches and the professors of student athletes.

3. Minutes of November 18, 2004 Meetings

a) That the minutes of the regular meeting be approved.
Parkhill:McGowan. CARRIED.

b) That the minutes of the special meeting be approved.
Smith:Gupta. CARRIED.

4. Meeting

There was discussion on the possibility of moving the regular Senate meeting time to 4:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. It was agreed to consider this at the January 2005 meeting.

5. Senate Admissions and Academic Standing Committee

a) Transfer credit for GCE “A” level courses

Motion: That Senate adopt the proposed Calendar copy for transfer credits: GCE A level courses. (November 24, 2004)

Batt:Fraser. CARRIED.

It was noted that there may be questions concerning teacher certification and the eligibility for the St. Thomas B.Ed. programme.

b) Bachelor of Arts Major in Journalism

Motion: That Senate adopt the proposed Calendar statement on first-stage and second-stage admission fo the major in journalism.

Batt:Lee. CARRIED.

6. Academic Planning Committee (APC)

Dr. Cross had circulated the APC report and the copy of the follow-up report to Senate concerning the BSW programme proposal (Received APC, September 2004).

a) Motion: That St. Thomas University incrementally cease to offer the four-year BSW and adopt a Post-Degree Bachelor of Social Work programme based on a modified, extended format similar to the existing Post-Degree Bachelor of Social Work programme.

Cross:deVink. CARRIED.

b) Motion: That a joint committee be formed consisting of representatives from the Social Work Department and the St. Thomas University Administration to address
student loan and income assistance policy barriers in the Atlantic region with respect to supporting post-degree BSW education.

Cross:Gilbert-Walsh. CARRIED.

c) Motion: That Senate approve the Interdisciplinary Minor in Ethics.

Cross:Smith. CARRIED.

Dr. Cross noted that the list of courses for the minor might be expanded after consultation with other departments.

7. Curriculum Committee

Dr. Murray presented the report of the Curriculum Committee. Senate considered the report one discipline at a time.

Motion: That Senate approve the recommendations concerning:

a) Philosophy Murray:Reid. CARRIED.

b) Religious Studies Murray:Kenyon. CARRIED.

c) English as a Second Language Murray:Richmond. CARRIED.

d) Education Murray:Richmond

That the title of EDUC 5543 be amended to “Roman Catholic Religious Education.”

McGowan:P. MacDonald. CARRIED.

e) English Murray:McKim. CARRIED.

f) Anthropology Murray:P.MacDonald. CARRIED.

g) Psychology Murray:Fraser

Amended to delete “No prerequisite: from the description of PSYC 4493.

Amended Motion: CARRIED.

h) Sociology Murray:Kelly. CARRIED.

i) Environment and Society Muray:Brosha. CARRIED.

j) Irish Studies - for confirmation of Senate.

Changes in Calendar description of programme and courses.

k) Social Work Murray:deVink. CARRIED.

l) Romance Languages Murray:Kenyon.

Amendment: that the Calendar description for French 1006 be revised to read “open only to those students who have no previous exposure to French language instruction.”

Smith:McGowan. CARRIED.

It was agreed that the Registrar would consult with the Chair of Romance Languages to arrange registration procedures.

Amended motion: CARRIED.

m) Gerontology Murray:Kenyon. CARRIED.

n) Journalism Murray:Lee. CARRIED.

o) Political Science Murray:Bateman. CARRIED.

The approval included the addition of “theories of” before “comparative” in POLS 4313 description.

p) Criminology Murray:Reid. CARRIED.

q) Fine Arts Muray:Batt. CARRIED.

The approval included the addition of Journalism 2043 Photojournalism.

It was agreed that the Curriculum committee, Education Department, and Registrar would review the 3000 level Education courses and their role in the curriculum.

8. Nominating Committee

Motion: That Dr. Derek Simon be elected to the Senate Research Committee for a six-month term – January 1 to June 30, 2005.

Malcolmson:Reid. CARRIED.

9. Research Committee Report (December 2004)

Dr. Clews had circulated the report of the Senate Research Committee.
Motion: That Senate receive the report.
Clews:Smith. CARRIED.

10. Strategic Plan: 2005-2010

Dr. McKim introduced the draft (4 November 2004) and called for comments. It was agreed that there would be more opportunity for discussion.

11. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

Larry Batt, Secretary
December 23, 2004

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