Minutes: December 8, 2006.

Report: December 8, 2006.


Report of the ERINDALE COLLEGE COUNCIL meeting held on December 8, 2006 at 3.15 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Room 3130, South Building

Present: R. Beck (in the Chair), C. Misak, C. Jones, R. deSouza, A. Wensley, A. Vyas, G. Richter, K. Hannah-Moffat, L. Thomson, K. Murty, L. Martin, M. Overton, N. Allison, K. Hay, J. Stirling, C. Capewell, J. Mackay, M. Price, P. Michelucci, J.-P. Paluzzi, I. Still, T. Luke Gervais, D. Kreuger, V. Aivazian, P. Goldsmith, M. Mavrinac, D. Crocker, S. Al-Abdul-Wahid, S. Munro, H. Gunz, J. Prince, A. Cordon, W. Khogali, L. Collins, V. Brown, N. Allison, V. Glebov

1. Adoption of Agenda

The agenda was adopted (C. Misak/R. deSouza)

2. Minutes of Previous Meeting (November 9, 2006)

The Chair, Professor Beck, noted that, in the absence of the Director of Governance, the Minutes were not available for approval.

3. Vice-President & Principal’s Report

The Acting Vice-President & Principal, Professor Misak, reported that the City of Mississauga had won the 2006 World Leadership Award for its Healthy City Stewardship Centre (HCSC) initiative. The City of Mississauga had competed against Madrid, Spain and Lima, Peru to win the health category award. Ian Orchard , the Mayor, and, the City’s Manager were on hand at a ceremony held on December 6 in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, England at which the announcement was made.

As Co-Chair of this campus’ United Way Campaign, Professor Wensley reported that the Campaign was progressing very well, noting that faculty and staff would be contacted again. He commended his Co-Chair, Andrew Nicholson, for his dedication and hard work.

In response to complaints about e-mail delivery problems, the CAO, Mr. deSouza, reported that he had assembled a team to work on this over the weekend, and that the intention was to have it restored as soon as possible. It was a disk error problem. There would be a link on the Computing Services webpage to update faculty, staff, and students on the progress of this.

The Executive Director of Advancement, Ms Hay, presented an overview and powerpoint presentation regarding the current status of the branding exercise. She observed that the University of Toronto Mississauga, as the second largest division in the University of Toronto, was indeed well-positioned to have its own brand to show that it was proudly U of T, but also distinct and unique in its own right. The brand should present a story about what’s happening on campus, why 10,000+ students- both undergraduate and graduate, plus staff, and faculty, choose this campus, why alumni are reconnecting, etc. Ms Hay noted that this was a very consultative process which continued to evolve. The Director of Marketing and Communications, Ms Stirling, added that students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the external community, and members of U of T as a whole had been consulted via an executive audit, informal surveys, focus groups, and concept testing. This campus’ personality and distinction from peer institutions as well as the changing nature of this campus should be reflected by its brand. She observed that the three key concepts were diversity, innovation, and integration. Ms Stirling mentioned that they were in the process of developing a branding toolkit and style guide, and members would be kept apprised of developments in the new year.

The Chair opened the floor to discussion.

Regarding branding, a member enquired whether there would be additional focus groups next semester, and Ms Stirling responded that there had already been six to date. Ms Hay added that a Town Hall Meeting would be scheduled in January.

Regarding e-mail problems, a member commented that this was a long-standing and serious problem and urged that a long-term solution be put in place. Mr. deSouza agreed, noting that this campus would be migrating to UTOR mail which would improve things.

4. Reports of Standing Committees and Officers

a) Report of Planning & Priorities Committee

On behalf of the Resource Planning and Priorities Committee, Professor Wensley reported that he had chaired the November 20 meeting in Professor Reisz’s absence. At that meeting, members had received reports for information. They had been updated on the South Building Master Plan, the Storm Water Management Pond, the state of this campus’ ancillaries, and transportation and parking on campus.

b) Report of the Academic Affairs Committee

On behalf of the Academic Affairs Committee, the Chair, Professor Wensley reported that the Committee had met on November 28 to approve the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences Curriculum Reports. A special meeting of the Committee was also scheduled on December 5 to finalize some issues arising from the November 28 meeting.

i) Social Sciences Curriculum Report

Professor Aivazian described the major curriculum changes contained in the Social Sciences Curriculum Report, which had been circulated to members, and the rationale for them. He observed that none of the changes had resource implications.

In Anthropology, grade and CGPA requirements would be raised to limit enrolment in the Major Programs as currently enrolments were exceptionally high and the Department did not have the faculty or lab space to accommodate the current demand. Courses would be taught in the CCT Program by ANT faculty to fulfill requirements in the Anthropology (Arts) Major and Specialist Programs. Several new Anthropology third-year half courses, including ANT 399Y (ROP) were being introduced. The names of several others were changed to better reflect course content.

In CCT, five new courses were added and three were deleted. Courses had been renamed to better reflect course content, course descriptions had been changed, and the NDA designation had been replaced with a SSc. Designation.

In Economics, the grade and CGPA requirements had been raised for enrolment in the Specialist, Major, and Minor Programs. The intention was to improve the quality of students in Economics Programs and to admit only those with sufficiently strong academic backgrounds who could successfully complete the programs. Prerequisites in second-year core Economics courses would be raised in line with the more stringent requirements to enroll in Economics programs. ECO 399Y (ROP) would replace ECO 299Y.

In Geography, the grade and CGPA requirements had been raised for the Specialist Programs in Geography (Arts) and Geography (Sc.). The goal was to provide a learning environment that would better prepare students for graduate school and would distinguish between Specialist and Major Programs in Geography. GGR 399Y (ROP) had also been added.

In Management, several electives had been added to the Specialist Program. Two new courses, including MGT 399Y (ROP), had been added. The descriptions of several Management courses, including course names, had been changed to better reflect course content.

In Political Science, a second-year course on research methods, POL 242H was introduced. POL 399Y (ROP) would replace POL 299Y. One course title had been changed.

In Professional Writing and Communications (Arts), additional courses would be allowed to fulfill the requirements for the Major Program. Three new courses were introduced, one course had been renamed to better reflect course content, and the prerequisites had been changed for two other courses. In addition, the application process to the Program had been simplified.

In Sociology, a Specialist Program in Crime, Law and Deviance was introduced. Professor Aivazian observed that this was a research-intensive program designed to prepare students for graduate school. In order to allow more students to enroll in Sociology, the entry requirements to the Crime, Law and Deviance Major, and the Sociology Major and the Sociology Minor would be less stringent. It was felt that the Sociology faculty complement could support a larger student enrolment. A large number of second- and third-year courses were being added, and a similar number of second- and third-year courses were being deleted. SOC 399Y (ROP) was being introduced. A first-year introductory Sociology half-course, SOC 100H5, would replace the current first-year full-year Sociology course, SOC 101Y. The second half of SOC 101Y would be offered in the second year. The intention was to deliver a much more well-structured and streamed program, to provide a good overview of the discipline, and to allow students to get into substantive courses, including Crime, Law, and Deviance, sooner.

In the Commerce and Finance Specialist Program (a joint program in Management and Economics), three new program streams would be introduced to allow Commerce students to take particular combinations of existing courses, enabling specialization in one of these areas:

C & F: Finance
C & F: Human Resource Management
C & F: Marketing

The Chair opened the floor to questions and then comments.

A member enquired about CGPA entrance requirements being raised, he felt “drastically,” for Economics and Sociology courses. Professor Aivazian responded that this was a marginal, not a drastic change which was in line with changes in other departments. This move was being made to ensure that students were able to complete programs.

A member also asked whether the curricular changes were related to retirements and rehires, and Professor Aivazian replied in the affirmative, noting that some areas were being de-emphasized and new areas were being opened to reflect the research areas of new faculty members, emphasizing that options were being expanded, not reduced.

A member enquired whether students/student groups had been consulted regarding these proposed curricular changes. Professor Aivazian responded that the changes had been made on the initiative of departments and that, to his knowledge, input had not been collected from students.

The Chair noted that this was not the forum to raise large process issues.

The Acting Vice-President & Principal, Professor Misak, noted that the Dean’s Office would review students’ input in this process.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the Social Sciences Curriculum Report be approved by ECC as circulated. (V. Aivazian/A. Wensley)
The motion was approved.

ii) Humanities Curriculum Report

In Professor Lettieri’s absence, Professor Thomson described the major curriculum changes contained in the Humanities Curriculum Report, which had been circulated to members, and the rationale for them. She observed that no new programs had been proposed, and that there were no significant resource implications.

From 2004-2006, the English Department on the St. George Campus had undertaken a review of its programs and curriculum. As the English Program on this campus was largely the same as the one on the St. George Campus, the Chair on this campus had participated in this process. As a result, changes to courses had been made primarily to bring offerings up to date and to introduce more half-courses to statisfy student demand and faculty loads. The amendments to program requirements were made to broaden students’ experience in English literature and to accommodate the updated course offerings. Updating of course numbers and/or descriptions was also made necessary. The ENG and HIS Program had been deleted due to low enrolment.

There was a major change in German, the discontinuation of both the major and minor programs. Professor Thomson noted that the Department of French, German, and Italian (FGI) on this campus currently had one faculty member in the German area. There had been extremely low enrolments in German Language and related courses beyond first year. This campus would continue to offer courses in German where warranted by demand. She assured members that students currently registered in the Major or Minor Programs would be able to complete their degree requirements.

There were only minor changes in French. Similarly, there were no significant changes in Italian. A Research Opportunity 399Y course had been added in French, Italian, and Linguistics.

It was noted that Linguistics was doing extremely well in terms of student enrolments. New courses in the area of second language teaching and learning were being added as a result of a new faculty hire and student demand. It was noted that these courses would support the Department’s Teaching and Learning Program and this campus’ Concurrent Teacher Education Program.

There were no programs added or deleted in Fine Art History (FAS and FAH). It was observed that there was no longer a studio art requirement for the Art History Major. In the Art and Art History Specialist, 200-level requirements were clarified and made more flexible. There were also revisions in the Visual Culture and Communication Specialist to better represent program objectives, and also in line with new, changed, or deleted courses. In FAS and FAH, Research Opportunity Program courses had been added. Five half-courses had been deleted, which were courses mostly taught by retired faculty or not offered in the last three years. Seven half-courses had been added, some of which would allow flexibility at the upper level. The resource implications were minor, and would be incurred mainly with the development of the library digital images and acquisition of book titles for the library collection.

There were numerous changes in History, but not as many as had been made over the past two years. This year, History was deleting numerous courses, renumbering others, changing descriptions to courses (to better reflect course content), and proposing new language courses (Arabic and Persian), new Classics courses, new History courses, and new Religion courses. Revisions and name changes to programs as indicated in the Humanities Curriculum Report, were the result of a major curricular overhaul, to increase the depth and breadth of the program, and to offer all students a global historical understanding. Regarding Study of Women and Gender (Arts), introductory level courses in other disciplines had been removed as program options in favor of a course, WGS200Y, which would serve as a dedicated introduction to this program.

In Philosophy, there had been mostly minor housekeeping changes, which included the addition of three new half-courses. A new course, PHL205H (Ancient Philosophy), would replace the current year-long introduction to Ancient Philosophy. This would enable students to move faster into 300-level courses. Other new courses were PHL327H (Later Analytic Philosophy), and PHL397H (Philosophical Research), which would develop students’ research skills and prepare them for graduate school.

The Chair opened the floor to questions and then comments.

A member asked whether student input had precipitated the Humanities curricular changes. Professor Thomson responded that she wasn’t certain, but that it was possible that the History Club was involved in changes in HIS. As mentioned, the English Department was making changes in line with the Department on the St. George Campus, and she noted that there was indeed undergraduate representation on the St. George Curriculum Committee.

A member commended the Department of History on its new language courses, specifically Arabic, which he felt was timely and warranted.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the Humanities Curriculum Report be approved by ECC as circulated. (L. Thomson/A. Wensley)

The motion was approved.

iii) Sciences Curriculum Report

Professor Murty described the major curriculum changes contained in the Sciences Curriculum Report, which had been circulated to members, and the rationale for them.

In Chemical & Physical Sciences, a new program, Biophysics, had been introduced in line with the strategic plan of the Department, which involved the introduction of 1.5 FCE new courses. As a result of a new faculty hire, there was a new course in Climate Change – ERS 321H5. Additional minor program changes were made to take advantage of the new courses.

In Mathematical and Computational Sciences, a new course on abstraction – MAT 202, which had been approved last year - was formally introduced. Minor program changes were made to include this as a required course in the Major and Specialist programs. Two new Statistics courses were proposed by Forensic Science students. Professor Murty noted that these courses introduced Bayesian Inference, which is used in FSC, but is not covered in any existing Statistics courses on this campus. A new Computer Science course – CSC 288H5, Tools of the Trade – was also being introduced for non-CSC students. Two courses on Software Engineering had been replaced with newer versions. In addition, there were minor changes to the Major and Specialist Programs in Statistics.

In Forensic Science, changes were being introduced to the entrance requirements for the Major Program -higher than 65% in CHM 140, a Calculus course 134/135/137, and the replacement of the general Statistics courses with the new Statistics courses for Forensic Science students. Changes had been introduced to the Specialist Programs in Forensic Science, Chemistry, Psychology, Anthropology, and Biology in line with the changes in the Major Programs.

In Psychology, changes to the Major and Minor Program entry requirements were introduced (namely removing OAC and replacing it with corresponding Grade 12 courses). The entry to the Specialist Programs was also being changed to require 8.0 FCE from the current 4.0 FCE. Two new courses were introduced to recognize emerging subfields in Psychology, corresponding with the research interests of a new faculty member.

In Biology, 2.0 FCE new courses were introduced – a 399Y Research Opportunities course, and another course for non-Biology students.

In Geography, a new half-course – GGR 406H6 – was introduced to take advantage of a new hire. The Research Opportunity Course, 299Y, was relabeled 399Y. In addition, limited enrolment criteria were being introduced for the Specialist Program.
In Anthropology, some changes were made to the Major Program entry requirements with the intention of limiting enrolment in the program, which was currently close to 500. A full course in Human Origins was split into two half-courses. The Research Opportunity Course. 299Y, was renamed 399Y.

In Biomedical Communications, minor changes to limited enrolment criteria for the Minor Program were introduced. Also, a new Major Program in Health Sciences Communication was being introduced.

In Sociology, the year-long course in Quantitative Analysis was being split into two half-courses.

The Chair opened the floor to questions and then comments.

A member enquired whether there had been consultation with students regarding the curricular changes made in Sciences. Professor Murty responded that the Department of Mathematical & Computational Sciences had consulted informally, adding that he could not speak for other departments. Another member asked how one would consult “informally.” Professor Murty responded that no formal mechanism was in place, but that instructors had consulted with students on an unofficial basis.

A member commended the fact that Biophysics was being offered at the undergraduate level, which he felt was a great move.

Another member expressed excitement about the new course in Climate Change.

It was duly moved and seconded
THAT the Sciences Curriculum Report be approved by ECC as circulated. (K. Murty/A. Wensley)

The motion was approved.

As Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, Professor Wensley thanked faculty and staff for all of their hard work in putting the Curriculum Reports together.

The Chair of ECC, Professor Beck, expressed his own appreciation, noting that this was indeed a complex and lengthy process.

A member suggested that sessional dates be looked at by the Academic Affairs Committee. Professor Wensley responded that this would be on the agenda for a future meeting, but that it was not a pressing issue as the 2007-08 dates had been set. S Term would begin on Monday, January 7, 2008 which was the same on the St. George Campus.

5. New Business

There was no new business.

6. Next Meeting

The Chair, Professor Beck, reminded members that the next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, February 1, 2007. He extended his best wishes to everyone for a happy holiday season and a successful new year.

7. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 4.35 p.m. (S. Al-Abdul-Wahid/S Munro)

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