Minutes: December 11, 2007


Minutes of the ERINDALE COLLEGE COUNCIL meeting to be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 3:15 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Room 3130, South Building

Present: S. Al-Abdul Wahid (in the Chair), I. Orchard, G. Averill, U. Krull, R. deSouza, D. Crocker, A. Lange, L. Thomson, M. Lettieri, M.L. Smith, R. Reisz, G.S. Graham, L. Brooks, N. Collins, I. Still, H. Gunz, N. Basiliko, A. Daniere, D.S. Munro, W. Ghobriel, R. Johnson, I. Wiecek, M. Weber, C. Clairmont, L.Wilson-Pauwels, H. Hines, J. Gillies, M. Price, A. Iwaniw, L. Gaspini, C. Bryson, L. Oliver, T. Luke-Gervais, A. Viglio, L. Paris, G. Richter, J. McCurdy-Myers, L. Collins, J. Lim, D. Kreuger, B. McFadden, J. Stirling, J. Prince, R. DaSilva, J. Cruz, C. Irwin, A. Malik, M.A. Naeem, S. Khwaja, P. Basta, J. Santiago, A. Zaidi, I. Whyte, W. Edgar, T. Al-Sarraj, R. Beck, M. Jalland, M. Berger, H. Harding, H Schepmyer, V. Bhatt

Regrets: S. McCarthy, C. Boyd, J. Delves, K. Giuliani, N. Ifer

1. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting (November 8, 2007)

The minutes of the November 8, 2007 meeting were approved. (I. Orchard/J. Lim)

2. Reports of Standing Committees and Officers

a) Academic Affairs Committee: Report of November 27, 2007 - Professor Angela Lange

Professor Lange advised members that in addition to considering undergraduate curriculum changes, the Academic Affairs Committee at its last meeting approved changes to existing courses and new course offerings in the Diploma in Investigative and Forensic Accounting Program (DIFA), as presented by Len Brooks, Director of the program. All changes were previously approved by the Graduate Curriculum Sub-committee. Before calling on the chairs of the undergraduate curriculum committees to present their reports for approval, Professor Lange pointed out that a supplementary document was available on the ECC website, which provides in depth information on the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) proposal; the BBA proposal is part of the Social Sciences Curriculum report presentation.

i) 2008-09 Curriculum Reports:

Humanities Curriculum Changes - Professor Leslie Thomson, Chair of the Humanities Curriculum Subcommittee

Professor Thomson gave a summary of the Humanities Curriculum Report, which is attached hereto as Appendix A.

Professor Thomson reported that the European Studies specialist and major were being discontinued due to low and declining enrolment in the program. This change had been outlined in the “Stepping Up” divisional academic plan. In the Philosophy Specialist program, it is proposed that the minimum required grade to enter the program be raised, from 70% to 73%. With this change, the philosophy department would like to ensure that students have a balanced preparation in the central areas of philosophy, by requiring that they take a sufficient number of courses in the major areas as outlined in the report. Regarding course changes, Professor Thomson noted that the only significant change was the transfer of several courses from the Department of Historical Studies, to the Department of French, German and Italian (FGI), pending FGI’s name change to the Department of Language Studies. Professor Lettieri, Chair of the department of French, German and Italian, will present the motion regarding this change later on in the agenda. Courses that fall into this category include Elementary Persian and Introductory Sanskrit.

She noted that the remaining changes in the humanities curriculum report constituted minor, housekeeping changes.

It was duly moved and seconded,

THAT Erindale College Council approve the 2008-09 Humanities Curriculum report.

(L. Thomson/D. Crocker)

The Chair opened the floor for discussion on the motion.

In response to a member’s question about whether any specific student clubs or groups were consulted Professor Thomson responded that she was not aware of any such attempt.

The motion was carried.

Sciences Curriculum Changes- Prof. Mary Lou Smith chair of the sciences curriculum subcommittee

Professor Smith gave a summary of the Sciences Curriculum Report, which is attached hereto as Appendix B.

Professor Smith explained that the majority of changes proposed fall within the minor category, such as the deletion of courses no longer offered. There are some new course offerings as a result of faculty interest and new faculty hires and some course deletions as result of faculty retirement.

Among the more major changes in the report, Professor Smith pointed to the new specialist in Geocomputational Science. This proposed program allows the strengths of two departments, Geography and Mathematical and Computational Sciences, to join into one formal degree that allows students interested in geographic information systems, remote sensing, and computer science to pursue a specialist degree that combines two demanding fields under less onerous circumstances than obtaining a double major in both. All the courses in the program currently exist, so there are no resource implications for this change.

Professor Smith reported that currently, the Biology Major is a Type I program, which has no enrolment requirements. The department is proposing to change that by requiring students to complete 4.0 credits, including two specified courses in Biology and to have a CGPA of at least 2.0. The minor program has been left as a Type I program. This change will also bring the department in line with other science majors at the university, most of which have either a CGPA or other requirement.

It was duly moved and seconded,

THAT Erindale College Council approve the 2008-09 Sciences Curriculum report. (M.L. Smith/R. Reisz)

The motion was carried.

Social Sciences Curriculum Changes - Professor Hugh Gunz, Chair of the Social Sciences Curriculum subcommittee

Professor Gunz gave a summary of the Social Sciences Curriculum Report, which along with the supplementary document on the Bachelor of Business Administration proposal is attached hereto as Appendix C.

Professor Gunz reported that U of T Mississauga proposes to change the degree earned for students registered in the Management Specialist program (ERSPE2431) from an HBA (Honours Bachelor of Arts) to a BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration). Entrance requirements, curriculum, and standards remain the same as they were for the HBA. Professor Gunz explained that the BBA is recognized throughout North America as one of two vehicles for undergraduate management studies, the other being the older Bachelor of Commerce degree. The BBA is a widely used name for business and management degrees (6 of 11 undergraduate business degrees in south central Ontario are BBA’s). It provides more immediate recognition among potential students and employers and allows U of T Mississauga to exploit more fully the current growth of interest in business programs. He noted that there was extensive tri-campus consultation in consideration of this proposal.

In addition, he pointed out that the department of Geography is proposing to broaden its course offerings and that new second year economics courses are being proposed in Commerce and Management.

Professor Gunz concluded by noting that the remaining changes in the report consist of adjusting program descriptions as a result of renumbering courses, minor changes in pre-requisites, and new courses as a result of new faculty hires.

It was duly moved and seconded,

THAT Erindale College Council approve the 2008-09 Social Sciences Curriculum report. (H. Gunz/S. Munro)

The Chair opened the floor to discussion of the motion.

The motion was carried.

ii) Transfer of the Master of Management and Professional Accounting Program from the Rotman School of Management to the University of Toronto Mississauga - Prof. Ulrich Krull, Vice Dean Graduate

Professor Krull referred members to the memorandum on the motion to transfer the MMPA program to U of T Mississauga; it is attached hereto as Appendix D.

Professor Krull noted that the MMPA program, established in 1996, is the campus’ longest established professional graduate program. Professor Krull explained that since 1996, the MMPA program has been offered at U of T Mississauga under the graduate supervision of the Rotman School of Management. While the academic oversight of the program resides at the Rotman School, the MMPA program office at U of T Mississauga handles all operational aspects. On average, 3 to 5, half courses per year have been supplied by Rotman School faculty, reimbursed at full cost. He added that all program revenues are retained at U of T Mississauga.

He reported that an OCGS appraisal committee, in its review undertaken during the 2006/07 academic year, found the program to be highly respected, well structured and successful. The review recommended that the university and the Rotman School should either take the program back to St. George and make it a focus or consider re-labeling the MMPA program as a non-Rotman program. Subsequent to the review, it was agreed that with the creation of the new Professional Graduate Program Centre at U of T Mississauga, the appropriate academic oversight mechanism is in place to follow through on the original intent to establish the MMPA program as a graduate program at U of T Mississauga. Professor Krull noted that the Rotman School has committed to continue to make available teaching resources to the MMPA program at full cost, not exceeding five half-courses per year. He added that the Rotman School of Management has approved the proposed transfer.

He noted that the proposal on the table is to transfer all of the responsibility for this program to this campus. He pointed out that this transfer would be a good fit with the newly created U of T Mississauga Professional Graduate Program Centre. The future could see more such programs moving under the Centre’s umbrella.

It was duly moved and seconded,

THAT Erindale College Council approve the transfer of the Master of Management and Professional Accounting Program (MMPA) from the Rotman School of Management to the University of Toronto Mississauga, effective with the MMPA Class of 2010, which will enter in June 2008. (U. Krull/G. Averill)

The floor was opened for discussion on the motion.

A member asked about the funding for this program and whether U of T Mississauga was ready to take on the responsibility of funding the program. Professor Krull explained that what this means to the campus is academic control and that as the program moves forward, U of T Mississauga needs to ensure that it will have the faculty who will promote and support the program. He added that the Department of Management is currently conducting some faculty searches and that discussions are ongoing about the faculty support issue.

The motion was carried.

iii) Expansion of second teachable options in the Concurrent Teacher Education Program (CTEP) – Professor Gage Averill, Dean

Professor Averill referred members to the memorandum on the motion to expand second teachable options in the CTEP program; it is attached hereto as Appendix E.

Professor Averill noted that the CTE program introduced its first class in September of 2007. When the program was being formulated, it was decided that it would proceed with a limited range of anchor and second teachable options, based on demand in secondary schools and the interest of participating departments. The enrolment of 52 students into the first class fell short of the initial target of 90 students and a review of the program has revealed that the limited number of choices of second teachable subjects detracted from the program’s appeal. The proposed second teachable options of Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies; Art/Art History; Geography; History; and Physics, seem to be subjects that are of interest to prospective students and are predicted to be areas of demand among employers.

It was duly moved and seconded,

THAT the second teachable options in the Concurrent Teacher Education program be expanded to include Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies; Art/Art History; Geography; History; and Physics, as described in the attached memorandum. (G. Averill/ W. Khogali)

The Chair opened the floor for discussion on the motion.

A member asked whether the topic of anchor subjects was raised in the review process, suggesting that Biology would have been an appropriate anchor subject. The Registrar explained that anchor subjects were identified based on student need, resulting in the anchor subjects of French, Mathematics and Chemistry. She added that planners wanted to ensure that students would be able to obtain a job upon graduation based on their anchor and second teachable subject combinations.

Professor Averill added that the program was intended to be flexible, and that it would be possible that second teachable as well as anchor subjects would change over the lifespan of the program.

The motion was carried.

iv) Name Change for the Department of French, German and Italian - Professor Michael Lettieri

Professor Lettieri referred members to the memorandum on the name change motion, which is attached hereto as Appendix F.

Professor Lettieri reported that Department of French, German and Italian (FGI) proposes to change its name to the Department of Language Studies. The department will continue to specialize and conduct research in its core areas of French, German, Italian, and linguistics. It is proposed that simultaneously, FGI will oversee and direct programming for a wider range of languages, such as Arabic, Persian, Latin, Sanskrit, Hindi/Urdu and Chinese, previously offered in the department of Historical Studies. It is anticipated that that the new language options will be offered in sequences ranging from one to four courses, depending on need and availability of instructional resources. There are no plans at this time to introduce minor, major, or specialist programs in the new language options.

Professor Lettieri noted that the Department of FGI has a proven track record of high quality teaching and its expertise in language teaching pedagogy, and is well-positioned to provide leadership in language teaching to the benefit of the entire campus. He added that at a recent retreat, the Department of French, German and Italian embraced this vision and articulated a global approach to language study programming, resulting in the proposal to change its name to the Department of Language Studies.

It was duly moved and seconded,

THAT the name of the Department of French, German and Italian be changed to the Department of Language Studies. (M. Lettieri/D. Crocker)

The Chair opened the floor for discussion on the motion.

A member spoke in support of the motion, noting that the language course offerings were of great benefit for students, who now did not have to travel to the St. George campus in order to partake of such variety.

The motion was carried.

b) Computing Committee: Report of November 21, 2007 meeting - Joe Lim

i. Network Security Policy document

Mr. Lim referred members to the network security policy document, which is attached hereto as Appendix G.

He noted that U of T Mississauga did not have a network security policy of its own, but has had to rely on a policy developed by CNS. Mr. Lim observed that due to the present large population of the campus, network security cannot be handled informally, hence the introduction of a formal policy. The premise of the document is that each member of the campus community is responsible for protecting a shared facility and that any devices on the server should have approval from computing services. The policy defines security patches, states that all servers should have firewalls and gives guidelines on password usage.

It was duly moved and seconded,

THAT Erindale College Council approve the Network Security Policy document. (J. Lim/R. deSouza)

The Chair opened the floor for discussion on the motion.

A member pointed to paragraph 5 of page 1 of the document and suggested that the phrase “policy reflects realistic business goals and business values” was inappropriate for an academic institution; he asked that the word “business” be replaced by the word “academic”. The member also referenced the last sentence of page 2 of the document which states that “historically insecure services such as Telnet, FTP, SNMP, and IMAP must be replaced by their encrypted equivalents.” He asked whether UTORmail should also be included in this list. Mr. Lim answered that UTORmail has come out with an encrypted version.

The Chief Administrative Officer spoke in support of the motion and noted that there have been incidents recently where unauthorized individuals have walked into staff and faculty offices and have downloaded information that should have been secure.

In response to a member’s question, Mr. Lim assured members that computing services staff would be ready to offer assistance, should the U of T Mississauga community need help in meeting any of the guidelines outlined in the network security policy document.

Ms. Diane Crocker, the Registrar and Director of Enrolment Management, remarked that the Office of the Registrar has a 3 minute re-authentication time limit, much stricter than the 20 minute time limit suggested by the document; she strongly recommended that department that deal with highly confidential information shorten the recommended time limit.

Mr. Lim agreed to replace the word “business” with “academic” in paragraph 5 of the document.

The motion was carried with the above change in the text of the document.

c) Resource Planning and Priorities Committee: Report of November 26, 2007 - Professor Robert Reisz

Professor Reisz summarized the last meeting of the Committee. The Chief Administrative Officer gave a report on the status the Storm Water Management Pond. This proposal has gone through governance approvals and is now in the engineering study stage. He reported that the total project cost for the project is estimated to be $2.7 million and is to be funded from the Mississauga Medical Academy ($650,000); the UTM parking ancillary ($450,000) and by borrowing to be repaid from the UTM operating budget ($1,600,000). The second report to the committee consisted of a preliminary presentation of the ancillary budgets of residence, parking, conference and food services, provided by Ms. Christine Capewell, Director of Business Services. Professor Reisz noted that with respect to the residence ancillary it was reported that there were challenges associated with the accumulated deficit but that there was a plan in place to deal with the problem. The largest discussion was on the parking ancillary, for which it was reported that permit prices would in general be reduced by 5%. The parking budget was also discussed at a transportation & parking sub-committee meeting. Finally, Professor Reisz reported that the Committee also received for approval a plan for the re-naturalization of the ‘old field’, which was approved by members; he called on Professor Collins, Chair of the grounds monitoring subcommittee to present the proposal to Council members for approval.

i. Professor Collins referred members to the memorandum and proposal for the long-term management plan for the old field, NE of the Argos buildings, which is attached hereto as Appendix H.

Professor Collins explained that this proposal originated from the grounds monitoring subcommittee and the naturalization steering committee. Two years ago these committees identified a problem with the grounds management policy that involved the north field turning into a forest. This constituted a problem for academic research in that a field environment is more important that a woodland environment for the use of science classes. Several hundred students a year currently use the field because the organisms and plants there are readily acceptable at high levels and are highly diverse. A consulting firm was subsequently commissioned to ask how to manage the old field in the long term. They recommended that the field be periodically disturbed by removing woody plants. The most inexpensive and effective way to accomplish this is to periodically burn the field during a controlled burn in the spring. This kind of continued active management is a departure for grounds management, which calls for areas to be left undisturbed. Professor Collins reassured members that there have been numerous discussions between the consultants and the fire officials in the development of this plan. He added that neither parking nor UTM campus roads will be disturbed by this activity.

It was duly moved and seconded,

THAT Erindale College Council approve the active long-term management plan for the old field, North East of the Toronto Argonauts buildings that will involve periodic controlled burns to maintain the area as grassland for academic use and preservation of biodiversity. (N. Collins/R. Reisz)

The Chair opened the floor to discussion on the motion.

In response to a member’s question, Professor Collins explained that the cost associated with this proposal was estimated to be $4000-5000 and that the funds have already been raised through a combination of grants and an allocation from U of T Mississauga. Partial grant support for this project is expected to continue in the future. Also in response to a member’s question on long-term management, Professor Collins explained that following the spring 2008 burn, there would be a repeat burn within 3 years, followed by periodic burns at 5 to 10 year intervals.

The motion was carried.

3. Vice President and Principal's Report

a) Awards and Honours

b) University of Toronto Mississauga Academy of Medicine

a) Professor Orchard reported that the Mississauga Urban Design Awards were announced at the Living Arts Centre and that U of T Mississauga received the Excellence Awards for the CCT, RAWC, and HMALC buildings and that the HMALC also received the People’s Choice Award.

Professor Orchard also announced U of T Mississauga has been named the first recipient of the Charlie Brown Distinctive Service Award, a volunteer award presented by the Mississauga Garden Council (MGC). The honour recognizes the extensive contributions from U of T Mississauga students, faculty and staff for their assistance with the MGC’s mission of promoting the development of the major public park on the Riverwood property. Ms. Aubrey Iwaniw, sustainability coordinator will receive the award on behalf of U of T Mississauga at a ceremony on December 11.

Professor Orchard further reported that Professor Judith Poë from the department of Chemical and Physical Sciences and Professor Kirk Blankstein, from the department of Psychology, have both won the province’s inaugural Leadership in Faculty Teaching (LIFT) Awards along with 12 other U of T faculty. These awards recognize and encourage teaching excellence at Ontario’s colleges and universities.

b) The Vice President & Principal reported that Governing Council approved the planning report for the Academy of Medicine at U of T Mississauga. Two thirds of the planned building will be devoted to the Academy of Medicine and the remaining one third will be used by U of T Mississauga for research, teaching, labs and offices. Professor Orchard noted that the planned structure will be the beginning of a health science complex, which may in future be incorporated into a science campus. He reported that both Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre have signed an affiliation agreement with the university and their CEOs’ have sent letters of very strong support for the Academy of Medicine. U of T Mississauga is now ready to build the $36 million dollar building. The opening of the Academy is scheduled for 2010.

4. New Business:

a) 2030 announcement from Walied Khogali

Mr. Khogali reported that UTMSU was collecting submissions for ‘Towards 2030’. UTMSU will have a meeting next week to discuss submissions from student leaders and others. Mr. Khogali encouraged submissions from faculty and staff members, which can be sent through UTMSU’s website, at www.utmsu.ca.

5. Next Meeting - Thursday, January 24, 2008

The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m. (I. Orchard /R. Reisz)

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