Report: January 17, 2006

UNVERSITY OF TORONTO AT MISSISSAUGA

Erindale College Council

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

REPORT OF THE ACADEMIC AFFARS COMMITTEE of Erindale College Council held on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 3:10 p.m., in Room 3129.

PRESENT: A. Wensley (in the Chair), C. Jones, A. Lange, S. Munro, L. Seco, E. Levy, G. Anderson, I. Orchard, J. McCurdy-Myers, R. Gerlai, B. Katz, G. Khan, D. Schulze, R. Greene, U. Krull, M. A. Mavrinac, M. Lippincott, G. Khan
REGRETS: R. Beck, D. Crocker, C. Evans, G. Didiano, G. White, A. Mullin
In attendance: Lynn Snowden, Assistant Dean, Professor John Percy, Joan Griffin, Office of the Registrar

1. Adoption of the Agenda

The agenda was approved. (A. Lange/U. Krull)

2. Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The minutes of the previous meeting (November 29, 2005) were approved. (J. McCurdy-Myers/A. Lange)

3. Business Arising from the Minutes.

There was no business arising from the minutes.

4. New Business

a) Making Connections: UTM Library’s Annual Review 2004/05 – Mary Ann Mavrinac, Chief Librarian

Ms. Mavrinac distributed “Making Connections”, the UTM Library’s annual review for 2004-05, which was available on the web and attached hereto as Appendix A.

The annual review was done for two reasons: to provide accountability and invite comment from users and to impart information on the Library’s activities. The publication covers the UTM Library’s goals and objectives for 2004-05, describes planning for the new Library, teaching and learning initiatives, and work done to enhance services, develop collections and build relationships with users. It also lays out planning goals for 2005-06.

Ms. Mavrinac reported that statistics continued to rise with 1,160,607 visits, an 18 percentage increase over the previous year. Regarding the new library, the project reached a major milestone last year with the final concrete pour of the last section of the 4th floor, which was celebrated with an official topping off ceremony on August 31, 2005. The new building will have a lot of study space and will have full compact shelving (electrically moveable). The shelving is also high density and highly accessible, saving close to 45% of space and allowing the library to grow for the next 15 years.

She described the teaching and learning initiatives of the library. Instructional programming was augmented by three positions, which has allowed the library to provide 188 instructional sessions to 7010 participants in 2005. Other teaching and learning initiatives include an online workshop registration system for students, and online pre-assessments to assist students in determining which workshops would be helpful to them. For faculty and staff, “instructional technology lunchtime” series workshops were offered in addition to “lunch and learn” sessions.

With respect to service enhancements, Ms. Mavrinac reported that a Laptop Loan Service was implemented, providing students with in-library use of nine laptops with state of the art software. The new library will have twenty such laptops available. She noted that extended hours of service continue to be provided until 2:00 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday and service hours were increased by opening at 8:00 a.m. during the week and until 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for the examination period.

She also reported that faculty loans for regular loan material were increased for up to six months.

Regarding developing collections, the library added approximately 7000 volumes to its collection, now totalling 355,500. She noted that this includes a significant local collection of City of Mississauga datasets to the digital collection, with items such as aerial photographs and data regarding area property boundaries. Collections are also being developing based on the introduction of new curriculum.

Ms. Mavrinac described the Student Library Enhancement Fund (SLEF) as a critical resource for the library in its effort to enhance student-lead library initiatives. Through SLEF funding, students supported a variety of services, including four laptop computers for the Laptop Loan Service, student employment, textbook purchases, and titles on leadership, ESL and general reading for Novelties.

She noted that “Newswire@UTM Library”, an electronic newsletter keeps faculty and staff informed about library initiatives and services. She closed her report by remarking reporting that the UTM Library, in cooperation with the Office of the Registrar, is providing support to the new International Baccalaureate program from Glen Forest Secondary School.

b) CTEP (Concurrent Teacher Education Program) - Lynn Snowden, Assistant Dean

Ms. Snowden referred members to the documentation on this program distributed with the notice of the meeting and attached hereto as Appendix B. She explained that the proposal consisted of two parts: one was a UTM specific program summary and the other represented a more detailed description of the program. She noted that John Percy from the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences and Charles Elkabas from the Department French German and Italian played a large part in developing the program. She also listed the partners involved in the program as follows: OISE/UT, UTM, the University of Toronto at Scarborough, the Faculty of Music, the Faculty of Physical Education and Health, Victoria College and St. Michael’s College. For the past 18 months all partners have been working collaboratively to develop a consistent curriculum to include all seven divisions.

She explained that currently, students who want to be teachers complete four years of university, followed by a one-year intensive teacher education program at an institution such as OISE. She noted that many universities are moving towards a concurrent model of teacher education, in which students can complete their university and bachelor of education studies at the same time. This represents a more integrated learning and teaching philosophy, in which students will have the opportunity to think about how to teach a subject while learning about it.

She proceeded to highlight some key aspects of the program with respect to UTM. Students who completed the CTEP program would be qualified to teach in both intermediate and high school settings. Ms. Snowden reported that six disciplines will be participating at UTM: Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Italian, and Mathematics. The UTM disciplines were selected based on a number of criteria, including a demonstrated commitment to, and expertise in, training and pedagogy, demand for qualified teachers in that subject area, the desirability of giving students a range of options for their teachable subjects, and the ‘fit’ of a subject with other participating subjects (i.e. chemistry and biology). Once the participating departments were identified, chairs were asked to consider which of their programs (major, minor, and/or specialists) would fit best into the CTEP program.

Ms. Snowden further explained that students planning to teach intermediate and senior division must have a suitable background (generally 4 – 5 courses) in two teachable subjects as part of their baccalaureate. Ninety students would be enrolled each year, and the program would have 450 students in its steady state, with the first students being admitted in 2007. The overwhelming majority of students would be admitted through their first year and a small number of spaces would be kept aside for students who would enter the program in their second year. Students will be required to maintain a B average in their first year in order to continue on in the program.

She explained that this model spreads the study of education across five years for those who enter the program directly and four years for those students who enter in year two. Field experiences are also incorporated throughout the program. The model is based on a total of eight education oriented credits among the twenty-five credits that a candidate would complete. UTM students would spend five years completing the requirement of two degrees rather than completing one degree in four years and then studying only education for one year.

With respect to resource implications, Ms. Snowden stated that they were minor, and focused around the hire of an administrative coordinator for the program who would also teach two courses. Additionally there would be intensive work done by the Office of the Registrar for recruitment and admission.

Ms. Snowden concluded her presentation by noting that many students had expressed excitement about the launch of this program and added that more departments may be added as participants as the program grows.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the proposal to establish a Concurrent Teacher Education Program at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, and the resulting calendar changes as outlined in the memorandum from the Assistant Dean, dated January 10, 2006, be recommended to Erindale College Council for approval. (L. Snowden/U. Krull)

The Chair opened the floor to discussion.

A member asked what the options were for those students who decide to become teachers after high school. Professor Percy noted that planners took this into account by allowing for some admission after first year of university. Ms. Snowden added that consecutive teacher education programs will still be available to senior students.

Answering a question on internships, Ms. Snowden explained that each student is required to participate in one internship placement, which will pertain to approximately 45 students per year. She noted that UTM submitted a proposal to the Academic Initiatives Fund for a coordinator who would assign placements centrally from OISE. With respect to evaluation of internships, Professor Percy explained that participants would simply be certified that they have met certain criteria and given either a pass or a fail; this is similar to many other educational settings.

In response to member’s question about the ability of other departments from those listed to participate in this program, Ms. Snowden replied that this would be a possibility in the future, depending on the program’s progress and demand.

The motion was approved.

5. Other Business

There was no other business.

6. Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Academic Affairs Committee will be on Tuesday, February 28, 2006.

7. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 3:50 p.m. (A. Lange/U. Krull)

Secretary of Council _______________________ Chair_______________________

March 17, 2006