L. Batt, R. Bittermann, S. Brosha, B. Clark, K. Clouthier,
S. de Vink, J. Gaudet, I. Fraser, J. Gilbert-Walsh, D. Gupta, C. Kelly,
G. Kenyon, P. Lee, P. MacDonald, P. Malcolmson, J. Masciulli (Political
Science Rep.), M. McGowan, S. Murray, S. Narine, D. O’Brien
(Chair), T. Parkhill, J. Rahn, H. Richmond, N. Seely, S. Stevenson,
Regrets: T. Bateman, R. Clews, J. Coughlan, J. McLaughlin
Absent: R. Chrisjohn, B. Cross, P. Kent, N. Kinsella,
C. McCormick, M. Smith
Dr. O’Brien called the meeting to order.
That the agenda be approved as amended with the addition of First-Year
Students, Discussion on University Agenda and Intersession planning.
Dr. Malcolmson reported that a response to the external review of
the Co-Op Programme by the Co-Op Advisory Committee would be circulated.
b) Dr. O’Brien announced that word had been received of the
death of Seagan Brown, son Dr. Oscar Brown, Department of Philosophy.
That the minutes of the January 27, 2005 meeting be adopted as circulated.
Malcolmson announced that he had met with John Teskey, Director of
Libraries, UNB Fredericton, concerning the Senate resolution on allowing
honours students from St. Thomas to obtain materials on research loan.
Dr. Malcolmson hopes to have that practice established for next year.
5. Atlantic Regional Mi’kmaq/Maliseet BSW Programme
deVink had circulated the report titled “Request for St. Thomas
Approval of MMBSW.” She reported that the proposal has been
sent to the Academic Planning Committee (APC) for consideration.
She also reported on the extensive consultations which have been
conducted in the community and on campus.
Here for Updated Report
6. First-Year Student Evaluations
raised the question concerning how much weight towards the final
grade should be given to the final examinations in first-year courses.
It was noted that the current calendar regulation (calendar page
241), suggests a range of 40-60% and provides for changes in a given
course with the approval of the Chair of the Department. After some
discussion, it was agreed to set up an ad hoc committee to investivate
and report back to Senate:
reviewed the current status of the drafting of the new strategic
including the provision for consultation with the members of the
University community. He then gave a brief report on the “State
of the University,” including references to the following:
regional enrolment data, enrolment management, relations with UNB,
and the proposed Commission of Post-Secondary Education. He then
described some of his general fund-raising activities and the specific
progress on the new building planning.
reviewed the general environment of Canadian universities. He discussed
the pan-Canadian quality assurance framework and the various American
initiatives in this same area. He recommended that it would be useful
to set up a Senate committee to research and monitor this area.
Mr. Batt reviewed
the significant dates as circulated at the January 2005 meeting.
He confirmed the plan to have the Intersession/Summer 2005 courses
posted by the end of the month. He reviewed the dates for online
registration and for departmental advising in advance of this registration.
a) In response to Dr. Fraser’s question concerning
the timing of the application for course release, Dr. Malcolmson indicated
that the information would be available next week.
b) Concerning the University consultations on the
strategic plan, Mr. Clark noted that the timing of the consultation
should take into account the availability of students on campus before
the end of classes.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.
Larry Batt, Secretary
February 18, 2005