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Senate Minutes

January 16, 2003
Holy Cross House Room 5
7:00 p.m.



Members present:

L. Batt, R. Bittermann, R. Clews, J. Coates, B. Craig, S. Doiron, I. Fraser, P. Hawkins, M.E. Jardine, P. Lee, P. MacDonald, P. Malcolmson, M. McGowan, E. McKim, W. McLean, R. Myers, D. O’Brien (Chair), T. Parkhill, P. Pheeney, J. Rahn, S. Reid-MacNevin, M. Reimer, J. Rowcroft, J. Sauvageau, N. Seely, D. van den Hoonaard, A. White, R. Williams

Absent with regrets:

C. McCormick, J. McFarland

Absent:

R. Chrisjohn, D. Gupta

Dr. O’Brien called the meeting to order.

1. Agenda

Motion: That the agenda be adopted as circulated, with the deletion of the item on LTD Recommendation.
Craig:Jardine. CARRIED.

2. Announcements

a) Dr. Clews reported on the plans of the Research Committee concerning the research focus of the University and invited department chairs to engage in a discussion on the research focus.
b) Mr. Batt reported on the plans to offer the online registration for continuing students in the three weeks following the March 3-7, 2003 mid-term break.
c) Dr. O’Brien reminded members of the special meetings dealing with the external review of the Departments of History and Criminology scheduled for January 23, 2003.
d) Dr. O’Brien encouraged Senators to promote the Gala Dinner scheduled for February 1, 2003. He noted that the fund raising objective of providing bursaries for needy students was especially worthy.
e) Dr. O’Brien encouraged senators to promote attendance at University athletic events,
noting how much the student athletes appreciated the support from University faculty and staff.

3. Minutes

Motion: That Senate approve the minutes of the December 12, 2002 meeting as circulated.
Batt:Parkhill. CARRIED.

4. AQC Proposal

Dr. Myers introduced the history and process of curriculum reform under the three-year direction of the Academic Quality and Curriculum Committee (AQC). He thanked the AQC members and other involved faculty members for their involvement and support.

Motion: That Senate approve the revised list of motions (1-9) as circulated at the December 12, 2002 Senate meeting.
Myers:McLean.

After some discussion on the general topic, the motion was withdrawn for consideration at a subsequent meeting.

5. New Established Positions

The Committee on Appointments to Academic Staff (CAAS) had circulated a report dealing with the proposed new established positions. Dr. van den Hoonaard presented the report.

a) Motion: That Senate approve the report (January 8, 2003).
Van den Hoonaard:Williams. CARRIED.

b) Motion: That Senate express its thanks to the Board of Governors and the Administration for this initiative.
Fraser:McKim. CARRIED.

6. Enrolment Management Committee Proposal

Dr. Myers presented the proposal from the Enrolment Management Committee.

Motion: That Senate approve the proposal to reform the admission requirements for First-Year Studies by limiting the number of spaces to 20, by broadening the eligibility range to 60%-69%, and by introducing a process of application and selection. These changes are to take effect for the 2003-2004 class.
Myers:Jardine. CARRIED.

7. President’s Advisory Committee on the Budget

Dr. O’Brien called for nominees to sit as Senate representatives on the President’s Advisory Committee on the Budget.

Nominees:
a) Student - Brad Clark
b) Faculty - Elizabeth McKim

The nominees were acclaimed.

8. Question Period

a) In response to Dr. Reimer’s question about tables for classrooms, Dr. Myers reported how the classrooms were reviewed and renovated over the summer.
b) In the context of registration concerns with the implementation of wait lists in the January 6-14, 2003 registration period, Dr. Fraser asked if the matter could be discussed with the Registrar in a Department Chairs meeting. Dr. Myers agreed.
c) Dr. Williams asked about the input into the classroom planning, especially dealing with “smart classrooms.”
d) Mr. Batt noted that the upcoming 2003-2004 academic year would prove challenging
for the timetable committee and he asked what committee might consider the possible reinstatement of the TTH 11:30-1:00 time slot for scheduled courses. Dr. Myers suggested that either the Campus Planning or Academic Planning Committees could be contacted.

9. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Larry Batt, Secretary
January 21, 2003

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