Minutes: AAC, March 27, 2012

Report of the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AT MISSISSAUGA
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE of Erindale College Council meeting held on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 11: 10 a.m. in Room 3129, W. G. Davis Building.

Present: N. Woolridge (in the Chair), D. Saini, A. Mullin, K. Hannah-Moffat, D. Crocker, M.A. Mavrinac, S. Kamenetsky, A. Rosenbloom, S. Radovic, A. Kahnemuyipour, J. Simalchik, B. Yi, D. Smith, X. Shi, N. Lacetera, R. Day, T. Bowen, D. Kreuger, K. Ercit
Regrets: D. McMillen
In attendance:  H. Gunz (Management), L. Gaspini (Office of the Dean), M. Berger (Office of the Dean), M. Daley (Office of the Registrar)

  1. Minutes of the previous meeting (February 28, 2012)

    The report of the previous meeting was approved. 

2.  Proposed Transcript Notation:  Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP) in the Department of Management – Professor Hugh Gunz, Associate Chair and Director, Undergraduate Programs, Department of Management

For Approval

Professor Hugh Gunz referred members to the proposal distributed with the call of meeting and noted that the PSDP transcript notation in the Department of Management was consistent with the university’s policy on transcript notations.  The proposal is attached hereto as Appendix A.

It was duly moved and seconded,

That the Professional Skills Development Program (PSDP) transcript notation in the Department of Management as described in the attached proposal, be recommended to Erindale College Council for approval. (H. Gunz/ D. Crocker)

The motion was approved.

3.  Reports of Committees and Officers:  Annual Reports to the Academic Affairs Committee for 2010-11

The Chair noted that the annual reports presented to the committee are in order to satisfy the AAC’s monitorial responsibilities with respect to the areas of petitions, appeals, academic discipline, library services, research and review of academic units.

For Information

  1. Committee On Standing – Ms. Diane Crocker, Registrar and Director of Enrolment Management

Ms. Crocker presented the annual report of the Committee On Standing for 2010-11, which is attached hereto as Appendix B.

Comments on the presentation included a concern raised by a member about the high number of deferred exams requested and the ease with which students seem to be able to obtain such accommodation.  Ms. Crocker explained that deferred exams were only granted in cases with proper, valid medical documentation. She noted that the Office of the Registrar sent a letter to medical practitioners in the surrounding area offering guidelines for what constitutes proper documentation.

b) Academic Appeals Board (AAB) – Professor Stuart Kamenetsky, Chair, AAB

Professor Kamenetsky presented the annual report of the Academic Appeals Board for 2010-11, which is attached hereto as Appendix C.

c) Academic Discipline – Ms. Lucy Gaspini, Manager, Academic Integrity and Affairs

Ms. Gaspini presented the annual report on academic discipline for 2010-11, which is attached hereto as Appendix D

d) Research – Mr. Devin Kreuger, Director, Office of the Vice-Principal Research

Mr. Kreuger presented the annual report of the Office of the Vice-Principal Research for 2010-11, which is attached hereto as Appendix E.

e) Library – Ms. Mary Ann Mavrinac, Chief Librarian

Ms. Mavrinac presented the annual report of the Hazel McCallion Academic Skills Centre for 2010-11, which is attached hereto as Appendix F.

f) Reviews of Academic units and programs – Professor Amy Mullin, Vice-Principal Academic and Dean

Professor Mullin presented the annual report external reviews of departments and programs for 2010-11, which is attached hereto as Appendix G.  Following her presentation, she noted that this was the second year for such reviews after the implementation of the UTQAP process and expressed her thanks to Ms. Melissa Berger, program and planning officer in the Office of the Dean for her great work in the smooth and efficient management of the external review process.

The Chair thanked all members for their contributions to the Committee over the past year.  The meeting adjourned at 12:40 p.m.

Secretary ________________________  Chair ________________________