Erindale College Council

MINUTES OF ERINDALE COLLEGE COUNCIL meeting held on Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 3:15 p.m., in the Council Chamber, South Building, UTM.

PRESENT: J. Poë (In the Chair), I. Orchard, P. Donoghue, R. Baker, C. Capewell, M. Overton, G. Crawford, S. Aster, G. Sprules, R. Cummins, L. Thomson, J. Chin, I. Still, M.A. Mavrinac, J. Seel, D Swieton, L. Paris, T. Mann, K. Duncliffe, S. Munro, A. Bellerby, M. Rabba, J. Dias, R. Hopkins, S. O’Connell, F. Csillag, J. McCurdy-Myers, R. Kwak, D. Gorski, U. Krull, T. Abrahim, S. Abrahim, A. Mirza, J. Malcolm, L. Martin, S. Kibria, C. Rubincam, P. Macdonald, J. Stein, G. Keyser, C. Ferencz Hammond
REGRETS: M. Lettieri, J. Percy

The Chair called the meeting to order and thanked Professor Silcox for acting as Chair in her absence at the last meeting of Erindale College Council. The Chair also wanted to express her gratitude to Campus Police staff for their continued assistance, which has made her to return to work easier.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda
    The agenda was approved. (R. Baker/P. Silcox)

  2. Minutes of the Previous Meeting
    The minutes of the previous meeting held on November 21, 2002 were approved (I. Still/J. Seel)

  3. Business Arising from the Minutes
    None.

  4. Reports of Standing Committees
    a) Academic Affairs Committee – S. Aster

    The Chair called on Professor Aster to present the report of the Academic Affairs Committee. Professor Aster stated that the Divisional Curriculum Reports were discussed and approved at the November 26th meeting of the Academic Affairs Committee.

    • i. Humanities Curriculum Report

      Since Associate Dean Lettieri was not able to be present, Professor Aster reported on the Humanities curriculum. Both major and minor changes have been proposed to the Humanties curriculum in response to new hires, retirements and providing new programs for CCIT students. He noted that there were major changes made to the Fine Art curriculum, with the addition of eleven new courses and changes to the Specialist and Major program requirements. New courses were proposed in Classics, Drama, English, European Studies, French, History and Italian. In addition, Drama, Fine Art and French have proposed new programs. He also pointed out the creation of a new course: Introduction to Scholarly Research.

      Motion by S. Aster THAT the sub-report of the Academic Affairs Committee on the Humanities curriculum be approved. Seconded by G. Crawford. The Motion was carried.

    • ii. Sciences Curriculum Report

      Professor S. Aster called on Associate Dean Baker to report on the curriculum changes in the Sciences. Professor Baker highlighted two points in his report. He noted that the new Specialist program in Biotechnology, a joint effort between Biology and Chemistry, was developed in consultation with the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy. He anticipates that it will attract students from across Canada who are interested in moving on to the Masters in Biotechnology Program. This program is linked to Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmacology and Toxicology at the St. George Campus. Following the first two years of these programs, students have the option of attending UTM for the Specialist in Biotechnology. He acknowledged the contributions of Professors Lange and Krull in the development of the program. Professor Baker added that considerable growth has taken place in third and fourth year course offerings in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Psychology. This movement reflects new hires to the division.

      Motion by S. Aster THAT the sub-report of the Academic Affairs Committee on the Sciences curriculum be approved. Seconded by R. Cummins. The Motion was carried.

    • iii. Social Sciences Curriculum Report

      Professor Aster called on Associate Dean Crawford to report on the Social Sciences curriculum. Professor Crawford called attention to the Social Sciences Curriculum report summary, which reflects the growth in the division due to new hires. He explained that although there are no new programs planned, there is substantial participation of the division of Social Sciences in the CCIT program via the Digital Enterprise Management program and in the Forensic Science program.

      Motion by S. Aster THAT the sub-report of the Academic Affairs Committee on the Social Sciences curriculum be approved. Seconded by P. Silcox. The Motion was carried.

    • iv. Forensic Sciences Curriculum Report – Prof. R. Cummins

      Professor Aster called on Professor Cummins to report on the curriculum changes in Forensic Sciences. Professor Cummins pointed to significant changes in the Forensic Science Program, which are designed to increase the number of course offerings. He noted the addition of three new specialist streams to the existing Double Major Forensic Science program. These specialist programs – Anthropology, Biology and Psychology – will enable students to participate in a placement program in their fourth year. In addition, Professor Cummins reported on three new courses and changes to three course descriptions, which were offered last year. He noted the addition of a new stream for Forensic Investigation, which has two new social science courses. These courses are offered in conjunction with the faculty in the Crime and Deviance program and with some input from faculty in the Rotman School of Management. He explained that the two Forensic Investigation courses might in future be a part of a suite of certificate courses offered to the community and students from professional agencies who wish to upgrade their skills. He explained that the goal of these courses is to increase the professionalization among Forensic Investigators in Canada.

      Professor Cummins also noted some changes to three course descriptions – Forensic Identification, Forensic Pathology and Forensic Toxicology. These courses are a result of a partnership between the Forensic Science Program at UTM and the Ministry of Public Safety, the Centre for Forensic Sciences and the Office of the Chief Coroner.

      Motion by R. Cummins THAT the sub-report of the Academic Affairs Committee on the Forensic Sciences curriculum be approved. Seconded by M. Overton.

      A member expressed concerns regarding the demands of the fourth year seminar courses. Professor Cummins acknowledged that he is aware some of the concerns around the level of preparation of students in the seminar course, but despite this, students have expressed their enjoyment of the course.

      The Motion was called to question. The Motion was carried.

    • v. CCIT Curriculum Report – Prof. W. Thompson

      Professor Aster called on Professor Thompson to report on changes to the CCIT curriculum. Professor Thompson outlined the creation of three Specialist programs: Digital Enterprise Management, Human Communication and Technology and Visual Culture and Communication. He remarked that these specialist programs were developed in response to student interest, faculty research strengths and the interdisciplinary nature of the program.

      Professor Thompson went on to describe each Specialist program in some detail. He added that a number of the new courses will be offered at Sheridan College, where the focus is more on the applied side of the CCIT program.

      Motion by S. Aster THAT the sub-report of the Academic Affairs Committee on the CCIT program curriculum be approved. Seconded by R. Baker.

      A member remarked on the large number of courses being created for the CCIT program. Professor Thompson explained that this is due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program and added that the courses will be introduced over a number of years. Moreover, he noted that many of the courses would be taught at Sheridan College.

      A member enquired how many students overall were to be admitted into the CCIT program. Professor Thompson explained that approximately twenty students per year for each specialist program would be admitted. He added that these numbers were difficult to estimate as consideration has to be given to student interest and internship component of the program. The member remarked that placement programs are very labour intensive and will therefore require that UTM have the necessary infrastructure. Associate Dean Baker explained that he is working with M. Overton to develop infrastructure for all placement programs at UTM. Professor Thompson added that Sheridan College proposed to administer the CCIT placement program.

      The Motion was called to question. The Motion was carried.

      Motion by S. Aster THAT the report of the Academic Affairs Committee on the Divisional Curriculum changes be approved. Seconded by R. Cummins. The Motion was carried.

    b) College Affairs Committee – E. Martin

    E. Martin reported that the College Affairs Committee had not met since the last Erindale College Council meeting. The next meeting of the committee will be a joint meeting with the Resource Planning and Priorities Committee on January 14, 2003, at which the ancillary budgets will be presented.

    c) Resource Planning and Priorities Committee – G. Sprules

    G. Sprules noted that the Resource Planning and Priorities Committee had not met since the last Erindale College Council meeting. He reported that the ad-hoc committee, which was formed from members of the Parking subcommittee, the College Affairs committee and the Resource Planning and Priorities committee, will meet on December 12, 2002 to discuss the Parking issue and produce a list of recommendations to be presented to the appropriate standing committees in January of 2003.

  5. Vice-President and Principal’s Report – I. Orchard
    Professor Orchard welcomed Professor Poë back to the Chair. He expressed approval of the availability of pertinent information on the Erindale College Council website and he also complimented the divisions for their very innovative curriculum reports.

    The Vice-President and Principal reported on developing discussions with the School of Continuing Studies (SCS). He explained that the intention of the endeavour was to bring on SCS as a business partner and cited potential benefits such as advancing student recruitment and furthering UTM’s relationship with the surrounding community and its alumni. He added that he hoped the program would strengthen UTM’s position as a catalyst in the economic and cultural development of the City of Mississauga and its surroundings. He stated that broad liberal arts courses may be offered in September of 2003 to the community at large. He added that the partnership would begin in a small way, with UTM courses parallel to those at the St. George Campus. It is also planned that eventually the program at UTM would offer certificate programs that outreach to middle management in the Mississauga area.

    The Vice-President and Principal noted that there has been substantial activity around departmental planning and reported that one plan had been submitted and other submissions are on their way to meet the deadline of December 16, 2002.

    Professor Orchard reported on new hiring at UTM. Regarding the Registrar and Director of Enrolment Management position, the committee will begin interviews soon. In addition, both committees for the appointing of the Vice-Principal, Research and the Vice-Principal Academic have met, with both committees making great progress. Professor Orchard anticipates that the Vice-Principal, Research will be in place early January of 2003, following approval through the Academic Board and that the search for the Vice-Principal, Academic, will also conclude in the next few weeks.

    A member enquired when the School of Continuing Studies courses would be offered. Professor Orchard commented that most courses would be during evenings and weekends and summers, but that some courses could be offered during the day if their scheduling could be efficiently managed. In response to concerns expressed, the Vice-President and Principal remarked that these courses would not have priority for room bookings. Several members pointed out that the area of Continuing Studies had been tried before at the College, with little success. A member suggested proceeding with caution in the implementation of continuing studies and stated that previous attempts at the College had difficulty with managing room bookings effectively. In addition, a member pointed to considerable continuing education competition in the area. The Vice-President and Principal noted that the School of Continuing Studies was highly professionalized and had an enviable track record in marketing and delivering a wide range of courses.

  6. Other Business
    a) Call for nominations of the Vice-Chair position of Erindale College Council
    The Chair noted that the nomination form for the Vice-Chair position of Erindale College Council had been posted on the ECC website. Members of ECC are now able to submit nominations for a Vice-Chair, whose term would commence in January of 2003 and come to an end in April of 2003.

    b) ECC Constitutional Review Committee
    The Chair reported that the committee to review the Erindale College Council Constitution is in the process of being formed and will likely have its first meeting in January of 2003. It will report to the UTM community by the end of the academic year.

  7. Next Meeting
    The next meeting of Erindale College Council will be on Friday, January 24, 2003.

    The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.