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February 17 , 2005
Holy Cross House Conference Room
7:00 p.m.



Present: 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, T. Tremblay

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.

1. Agenda

Motion: That the agenda be approved as amended with the addition of First-Year Students, Discussion on University Agenda and Intersession planning.
Stevenson:Brosha. CARRIED.

2. Announcements

a) 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.

3. Minutes

Motion: That the minutes of the January 27, 2005 meeting be adopted as circulated.
Gupta:Kenyon. CARRIED.

4. Business Arising

Dr. 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

Prof. Sandra 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.

Click Here for Updated Report

6. First-Year Student Evaluations

Shawn Stevenson 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:

Shaun Narine, Convenor
Shawn Stevenson
Patrick Malcolmson

7. University Agenda

a) President’s Report

Dr. O’Brien reviewed the current status of the drafting of the new strategic plan,
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.

b) Vice-President (Academic)

Dr. Malcolmson 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.

c) Significant Dates

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.

8. Question Period

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.

9. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Larry Batt, Secretary
February 18, 2005