Minutes: January 23, 2007

Report: January 23, 2007.

Erindale College

Meeting of the ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMITEE of Erindale College Council held on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 3.10 p.m. in the Ante-Room, #3129, South Building.

Present: A. Wensley (in the Chair), C. Misak, R. Beck, D. Crocker, R. Gerlai, R. Greene, B. Katz, U. Krull, J. MacKay, J. McCurdy-Myers, M.A. Mavrinac, S. Munro, A. Suen

1. Minutes of Previous Meetings (November 28, 2006 and December 5, 2006 special)

The Minutes of the meeting of November 28, 2006 were approved. (B. Katz/S. Munro)

The Minutes of the meeting of December 5, 2006 special were approved. (S. Munro/D. Crocker)

2. New Business

The Chair, Professor Wensley, introduced Professor Krull, Vice-Principal, Research and Vice-Dean, Graduate who would elaborate on the proposal being put before the Committee. Professor Krull noted that he was proposing that the Academic Affairs Committee approve the creation of the UTM Professional Graduate Programs Centre (PGPC) as an EDU-B on this campus. He observed that this was necessitated by the fact that a number of new professional masters programs were evolving on this campus that were cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary, with a diverse set of programmatic requirements, and as such did not fit into any one graduate department. The proposed Professional Graduate Program Centre (PGPC) would serve as an administrative and academic centre for new campus-based cross-disciplinary professional graduate master and diploma programs. The Centre would facilitate matters related to the administration of the programs, including managing the process of appointments, assisting with administrative matters such as the development of suitable space plans and support of student registration and awards, fostering interdisciplinary research development between programs, and developing and offering programming that bridges the academic and research interests of students, faculty and others associated with professional graduate programs. The Centre would be the responsibility of the Dean or designate, who would in essence serve in the equivalent role of the “Graduate Chair/Director” for such programs on this campus. Curriculum-related work of the graduate programs would continue to be governed in accordance with SGS and University policies. Professor Krull noted that each professional graduate program had an independent operating budget, that the programs could share certain administrative needs, and that components of program budgets would be pooled where feasible. He emphasized that this would not impact programs that already exist. An offer would, however, be made to existing Professional Graduate Programs regarding the sharing of resources. He noted that the financial implications would be minimal. The PGPC administrative office would be housed in the office of the Vice-Dean, Graduate, and there were no new space requirements.

The Chair, Professor Wensley, opened the floor to questions.

Professor Beck enquired about the governance process for the approval of this proposal. Professor Krull responded that there had been extensive consultation which included Department Chairs on this campus, the Directors of the Professional Masters Programs here, the Dean of SGS and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science. The proposal had already been reviewed by the Tri-Campus Decanal Committee and the Council of Graduate Deans. If this Committee approved the proposal, it would go forward to ECC. If approved by ECC, it would be posted on the SGS website for four weeks. SGS would contact the relevant people advising them to look at the website. Depending on the feedback received, it would move forward to SGS Council, and then because it was an EDU proposal it would be transmitted via the Provost’s Office to the Planning & Budget Committee of the Governing Council.

Professor Katz enquired about the day-to-day operation of the centre. Professor Krull observed that the Graduate Chairs with their Program Directors would continue to have full responsibility for their academic programs. Professor Katz asked whether an Advisory Committee would be in place. Professor Krull responded in the affirmative, noting that the Dean would convene an Advisory Committee comprised of all of the Program Directors and Graduate Chairs (or designates) of the professional graduate programs. Professor Katz asked about the approval process for program changes. Professor Krull replied that presently proposed changes had to go through SGS. In the case of a local EDU, they would go through this Committee, then on to ECC and, if approved, on to SGS. Professor Misak reiterated that this structure, which was in essence a “shell”, was being put in place for those interdisciplinary programs that needed a graduate home. Ms Crocker enquired whether similar Centres would be established at UTSC and St. George and Professors Krull and Misak responded that they almost certainly would. Professor Katz noted that graduate programs could not be duplicated. Professor Misak agreed, noting that the content of programs could not be duplicated but that the “shell” could.

Ms Crocker suggested that Professor Krull include a flowchart detailing the reporting structures when presenting this proposal to ECC. She also noted that “UTM” should be changed to read “University of Toronto Mississauga” throughout the proposal. Professor Krull agreed, noting that a relational diagram had been prepared, but that the Provost’s Office had requested that it be kept in the background.

It was duly moved and seconded
THAT the Academic Affairs Committee recommend to Erindale College Council the approval of the proposal for the establishment of the UofT Mississauga Professional Graduate Programs Centre (PGPC) as an EDU-B at the University of Toronto Mississauga. (U. Krull/C. Misak)

The motion was approved.

3. Other Business

Ms Crocker mentioned that she was looking for male faculty members from the Humanities Division to serve on the Committee on Standing. She noted that the Committee normally met for two hours each month over the eight months of the academic year, and once or twice during the summer. She welcomed suggestions.

4. Next Meeting

The Chair noted that the next Academic Affairs Committee meeting was scheduled for February 27, 2007.

5. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 3.35 p.m. (S. Munro/B. Katz)