Report: October 27, 2005

MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING OF ERINDALE COLLEGE COUNCIL, held on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 12 noon in room 2068B, South Building.

Present: R. Beck (in the Chair), I. Orchard, A. Wensley, J. Lim, R. Reisz, R. deSouza

The Minutes of the previous meeting (September 29, 2005) were approved. (R. Reisz/I. Orchard).

The Executive Committee met to set the agenda for the November 10, 2005 meeting of Erindale College Council. Professor Beck called on the Chair of each standing committee to summarize recent business and identify items for possible inclusion on the next ECC agenda.

On behalf of the Academic Affairs Committee, Professor Wensley reported that at its last meeting on October 25, in addition to the ratification of new committee members, the Committee heard three reports. The first was a presentation by Professor Ulli Krull, Vice-Principal Research on UTM’s research activities. Members of the Executive Committee agreed that this is an important topic and that Professor Krull be invited to provide a somewhat shortened version of his presentation to members of Council.

The second report to the Committee was from the Office of the Dean on the curriculum development process so that members could be prepared for the November 29th meeting of the Committee where the curriculum reports would be considered. The third item on the agenda was a report from the instructional technology liaison librarian on the selection of the new learning management system for the university and the related consultative process.

On behalf of the Computing Committee, Mr. Lim reported that the committee received two reports. The Lan administrator reported on email spam, the process for filtering email messages and the related statistics. Mr. Lim noted that a large number of spam messages are transferred through the old email addresses of ‘credit.erin’ and ‘mail.erin’ and that their deletion would reduce the number of spam messages users. It was agreed that this issue be taken to the Computing Committee’s next meeting for discussion. In addition the Committee heard a presentation by Marden Paul, Director of Strategic Computing at the University of Toronto on the development of the Learning Management System and Student Portal projects. Members heard about project consultation, challenges encountered, implementation stages and the anticipated roll out date of these initiatives. A decision on the type of learning management system selected for the University of Toronto is expected to be made by December 1, 2005 with implementation by September 1, 2006.

Professor Reisz reported that the last meeting of the Resource Planning and Priorities Committee was cancelled.

The Secretary of Council suggested and it was agreed that the revised terms of reference of QSS be placed on the agenda as a notice of motion item to be considered for approval at the December meeting of Council. As an item coming forward from the last meeting of the Executive Committee, the Report from the Office of the Registrar on new services for students, faculty and staff would be placed on the November meeting of ECC. Similarly, it was discussed at the Committee’s last meeting that the QSS yearly activity report would be given by the Dean of Student Affairs at the November meeting of Council.

The agenda would also feature a report from the Vice-President and Principal.

The Chair would remind members of the Information Sessions on Curriculum and Ancillaries (Thursday, November 24, 3:00 p.m. in the Faculty Club) under 'Other Business.'

The Executive Committee meeting adjourned at 12:40 p.m. (R. Reisz/I. Orchard.)