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January 28, 2004
Holy Cross House
2:00 p.m.



In attendance: H. Tomlinson, R. Clews, B. Cross, S. deVink, J. Gilbert-Walsh, J. Gillis (Psyc. Rep) S. Hale, N. Kinsella, P. Lee, P. MacDonald, P. Malcolmson, C. McCormick, M. McGowan, S. Murray, R. Myers, S. Narine, D. O’Brien (Chair), J.Rahn, A. Secord, S. Steenson, T. Tremblay (Engl. Rep), D. van den Hoonaard

Regrets: L. Batt, E. McKim, T. Parkhill, W. Reid-MacNevin, M. Smith

Absent: R. Chrisjohn, J. Gaudet, I. Fraser, P. Hawkins, M. MacDonald, D. Robinson, S. Rodriguez, J. Rowcroft, N. Seely

Dr. O’Brien called the meeting to order.

1. Agenda

Motion: That senate adopt the agenda as circulated.
Kinsella:Hale. CARRIED.

2. Announcements

Dr. O’Brien welcomed Tony Tremblay who was representing Beth McKim, and John Gillis, standing in for Ian Fraser.

3. Minutes of May 20, 2004

Motion: That the minutes of May 20, 2004, be adopted as circulated.
McGowan:Gillis. CARRIED.

4. Business Arising

There was no business arising.

5. Committee Reports

A) Academic Planning
Dr. Malcolmson first presented the committee’s report on honours programming.
Motion: That the University no longer use “first-class honours.”
Malcolmson:MacDonald. CARRIED.

Motion: “That each department’s Calendar entry contain a clear statement of the primary purpose of their honours programme, including with respect to graduate school.”
Malcolmson:MacDonald. CARRIED.

Senate expressed its desire to have the editor of the Calendar ensure that the terms of the motion above are complied with in time for publication of the 2005-2006 Calendar.

Motion: “That the Departments of Education and Social Work clearly state in their admission criteria and selection process of the utility, or lack thereof, of honours specialization for the purposes of admission to their programmes.”

Malcolmson:MacDonald. CARRIED.

Dr. Malcolmson then presented the proposal for an integrated programme in Social Work.

Motion: The University Senate approve, in principle, the programme proposal for the integration of the post-degree and four-year BSW programmes, allowing for consultation with the Director of Admissions and the Registrar concerning implementation of the programme.
Malcolmson:deVink. CARRIED.


B) Admissions and Academic Standing

The report was presented by Dr. Myers.

Motion: “Effective for the 20060-07 intake, the following policy will apply: An applicant with a bachelor’s degree who does not meet this GPA requirement may be considered for admission two years after graduation if s/he has earned a GPA of at least 3.0 based on course work completed after graduation (a minimum of 15 credit hours). Normally these courses will be taken at the 2nd year level or higher. Such applicants must meet all other requirements.”
Myers:Malcolmson. CARRIED.

Dr. Kinsella inquired about the effectiveness of the affirmative action policy described in the BSW monograph.

C) Curriculum Committee

Jonathan Rahn presented the report of the committed.

Motion: That the report be approved.
Rahn:Myers. CARRIED.

6. External Review Updates

Patrick Malcolmson presented the reports.

Motion: That Senate approve the nomination of Ann Sherman and Peter Rans for the Co-op review team.
Malcolmson:McGowan. CARRIED.

7. Other Business

There was no other business.

8. Question Period

There were no questions.

Dr. O’Brien thanked Dr. Myers for his years of service as Vice-President (Academic).


June 30, 2004

Dr. Richard Myers
Secretary pro tem

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