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



Present: L. Batt, R. Bittermann, S. Brosha, B. Clark, R. Clews, K. Clouthier, B. Cross, S. de Vink, J. Gaudet, J. Gilbert-Walsh, C. Kelly, P. Kent, G. Kenyon, P. Lee, P. MacDonald, P. Malcolmson, J. Masciulli (Political Science Rep.), C. McCormick, M. McGowan, S. Narine, D. O’Brien (Chair), T. Parkhill, J. Rahn, T. Tremblay

Regrets: T. Bateman, J. Coughlan, J. McLaughlin, S. Stevenson

Absent: R. Chrisjohn, K. Clouthier, I. Fraser, D. Gupta, P. Kent, N. Kinsella, P. Lee, S. Murray, H. Richmond, N. Seely, M. Smith

Dr. O’Brien called the meeting to order.

1. Agenda

Motion: That the agenda be approved as amended with the addition of Academic Integrity Initiative.
Brosha:MacDonald. CARRIED.

2. Announcements

  1. Mr. Batt reminded members of the invitation to an alumni event this evening (March 17), “Jazz at The Hilltop”.
  2. Mr. Batt reported on the start of online course registration for continuing students for 2005-2006.
  3. Dr. O’Brien announced the slate of nominees for honorary degrees for May 9, 2005.
    He indicated that the University would be publicizing the names later through the normal press releases.
  4. Dr. O’Brien gave an update on the fund-raising campaign for the new building.

3. Minutes

Motion: That the minutes of the February 17, 2005, meeting be adopted as circulated.
Parkhill:Kelly. CARRIED.

4. Academic Planning Committee (APC)

Dr. Gilbert-Walsh had circulated the APC report (March 2, 2005), dealing with the CORE Programme. (Click here to view report)
  1. Motion: The Senate continue developing the CORE Programme with a two-year pilot
    of CORE 2013 and CORE 3013, to be overseen and evaluated by an appropriate steering committee.
    Gilbert-Walsh:Kelly. CARRIED.

  2. Motion: That Senate establish an ad hoc CORE Steering Committee to evaluate the
    CORE Programme, develop variations on the CORE courses currently piloted, and make reports and recommendations to Senate (or an appropriate body within Senate) at the end of each year of the pilot programme.
    Gilbert-Walsh:Parkhill. CARRIED.

    It was agreed that the Nominating Committee would proceed with the proposed committee, including seeking a student member.

  3. Motion: That Senate establish an ad hoc committee to continue developing
    undergraduate curricula reform with constituent membership from across the curricular groups (A, B, C, D) and the CORE Programme, as well as a student representative.
    Gilbert-Walsh:Parkhill. CARRIED.
It was understood that the focus would be on graduation requirements.

5. Curriculum Committee

Prof. Rahn circulated a report from the Senate Curriculum Committee (March 17, 2005).
(Click here to view report)
  1. Motion: That Senate approve:
    GRID 3903 Honours Thesis Proposal
    GRID 4903 Honours Seminar
    GRID 4906 Honours Thesis
    Rahn:Kenyon. CARRIED.

  2. Motion: That Senate approve the honours programme calendar material for the Great Ideas Programme.
    Rahn:Kenyon. CARRIED.

  3. Motion: That Senate approve the creation of GRID 4003/4006 Independent Study.
    Rahn:Kenyon. CARRIED.

6. Academic Integrity Initiative

Mr. Brosha announced the proposal to have the Student Union initiate a communications campaign emphasizing the need for academic integrity, especially during this end of the academic year. He was encouraged to do so.

7. Question Period

  1. There was some discussion on the plan for a special meeting on the external review of the Co-Op Programme.
  2. The proposed Forum on the Strategic Plan was announced for April 11, 2005.

8. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
Larry Batt
April 6, 2005