Minutes: November 27, 2008

MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING OF ERINDALE COLLEGE COUNCIL, held on Thursday, November 27th, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. in room 3129, South Building.

Present: I. Orchard, A. Lange, R. Reisz, W. Malik, D. Kreuger, A. Wensley (in the Chair)
Regrets: J. Lim

The Executive Committee met to set the agenda for the December 11th, 2008 meeting of Erindale College Council. The Chair of each standing committee summarized recent business and identified items for possible inclusion on the next ECC agenda.

The Resource Planning and Priorities Committee met on November 24, 2008. Professor Reisz reported that the Committee had received reports on two matters. The Storm Water Management Pond project was 95% complete. The landscaping would be completed in the spring. The second item was a status report on the ancillary service budgets. The preliminary figures looked promising, and Professor Reisz noted that there would be a formal report in January 2009. The final item of business from the Committee concerned a proposal to rename the South Building.

On behalf of the Academic Affairs Committee, Professor Lange reported that at the November 25, 2008 meeting the Committee approved an amendment to the HBSc degree requirements to allow an HBSc to those students who completed their major in Science but their minors in Arts, effective for the 2009-10 academic calendar. The Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences Curriculum Reports were also presented to, and approved by, the Committee. The Committee also discussed and approved a move to a 12-week academic term. Professor Lange noted that historically, UTM had used a 13-week calendar in each of two terms, with a one-week study period in the Spring term. UTSC had been using a 12-week academic term for 8 or 9 years and the Faculty of Arts and Science had approved the adoption of a 12-week term beginning in 2009-10. A 12-week model had been designed by the Registrar’s Office with a study period before the exams in both the fall and spring terms. Exams would finish by May 1 in time for UTM students to be competitive in the search for jobs. Professor Lange noted that in discussions, a number of points had been raised. Some wanted consistency in the length of terms across the three campuses. Some raised faculty workload issues and the impact on faculty retention if the campuses were different. Students had supported the study period and noted that they would not be disadvantaged in comparison to students on the St. George Campus. Those against the proposal had cited problems with lab accommodation and anticipated compromised course content. Professor Lange also reported that while the Committee voted to approve the change to a 12-week term, the Committee also asked for the motion to move ahead to ECC.

Chief Information Officer Joe Lim reported that at the Computing Committee meeting scheduled for November 26 had been cancelled due to a lack of substantial business.

The Vice-President and Principal noted that he would provide a brief report to Council.

The Chair proceeded to discuss the agenda of the December 11, 2008 meeting of Council. As agreed above, the Council meeting agenda would feature the reports from the Resource Planning and Priorities Committee, the Academic Affairs Committee, and the Vice-President & Principal. The agenda would also include motions for approval of the South Building renaming, the Curriculum reports, and the 12-week term.

The Executive Committee meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m. (W. Malik / I. Orchard)