Report: March 8, 2007.

Report: March 8, 2007.


Report of the ERINDALE COLLEGE COUNCIL meeting held on March 8, 2007 at 3.15 p.m. in Council Chamber, Rm. 3130, South Building.

Present: Roger Beck (in the Chair), Cheryl Misak, Charles Jones, Ulli Krull, Ray deSouza, Diane Crocker, Mary Ann Mavrinac, Claude Evans, David Pond, Leslie Thomson, Anthony Wensley, Yue Li, Robert Reisz, Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Paula Maurutto, Barry Green, Carolyn Pitchik, Salvatore Bancheri, Mark Weber, Irene Wiecek, George Espie, John Maheu, Zaheer Baber, Valentin Blomer, Heidi Shierholz, Hugh Gunz, Kumar Murty, Yael Karshon, Linda Wilson-Pauwels, Renit Dinovitzer, Mary Lou Smith, Mike Jalland, Varouj Aivazian, Michael Lettieri, Anne Cordon, Mihkel Tombak, Ian Still, Glenn Morris, Anil Vyas, Kathy Hay, Gale Richter, Joan McCurdy-Myers, Joe Lim, Mark Overton Christine Capewell, Steve Miszuk, Devin Kreuger, Paull Goldsmith, June Seel, Susan Senese, Chris McGrath, Martha Price, Dania Aldouri, Mariam Munawar, Sameer Al-Abdul-Wahid, James MacKay, Rosa da Silva, Jean-Paul Paluzzi, Ken Giuliani, Tejas Aivalli, Ryan Singh, Aun Jaffery, Adam Peet, Joyce Delves, Sharon McCarthy

1. Minutes of Previous Meetings (December 8, 2006 and February 1, 2007)

The Chair, Professor Beck, observed that Professor Aivazian had been consulted and had confirmed that there had indeed been a clerical error in the Minutes of the December 8 meeting. Hence, on page 3, paragraph 7, the sentence had been revised to read 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 Minutes of the December 8 meeting were approved as corrected. (I. Still/J. MacKay)

Regarding the Minutes of the February 1, 2007 meeting, the Chair noted that information regarding the final determination of the roll call vote (starting on page 6 and ending after the record of names) appeared in square brackets, to indicate that this took place after the meeting. He added that this information, although not part of the Minutes, was required to make the Minutes comprehensible. He opened the floor to questions and comments.

As there were none, the Minutes of the February 1, 2007 meeting were approved. (J.-P. Paluzzi/A. Wensley)

2. Reports of Standing Committees

a) Academic Affairs Committee

On behalf of the Academic Affairs Committee, Professor Wensley reported that at its last meeting on February 27, the Chief Librarian, Mary Ann Mavrinac had presented "Making Connections: U of T Mississauga Library’s Year in Review, 2005-06," observing that this report was available on the web.

There were also three minor curriculum changes presented to and approved by the Committee as follows:

1) Introduction of Chemistry 399Y Research Course by Chemical and Physical Sciences

2) Introduction of Physics 399Y Research Course by Chemical and Physical Sciences

3) Designation of Financial Economics Specialist Program as B.Sc. Program

Regarding the Financial Economics Specialist Program, Professor Wensley observed that it was introduced at U of T Mississauga as a B.A. course in error.

IT was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the minor curricular changes be approved as circulated. (A. Wensley/U. Krull) The motion was approved.

Professor Wensley noted that Ian Whyte, Coordinator of Public Services in the Library, had given a presentation on the LibQUAL Survey at the last meeting of the Academic Affairs Committee. In Mr. Whyte’s absence, the Chief Librarian reported to ECC on this survey. She noted that this was a tri-campus Library initiative. The survey was developed by the Association of Research Libraries and sponsored by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, and was designed to provide libraries with a standard, effective method to solicit, track, understand, and act on faculty and students’ perceptions of service quality. She emphasized that it was campus-specific, measured service effect, and was not intended to be a competitive instrument. This survey was intended to identify best practices in library service. Since 2001, more than 500 libraries across North American and from around the world had participated in this survey. All faculty, graduate students, and a random sample of undergraduate students had been invited to participate.

b) Computing Committee

On behalf of the Computing Committee, Mr. Lim noted that, as the last meeting of ECC had ended before he was able to deliver his report, he would be reporting on the last two meetings of the Computing Committee - January 24, 2007 and February 28, 2007.

At its January 24 meeting, the Committee had been updated on the UTM Mail Server. The Committee had been assured that a couple of system parameters had been increased and it was hoped that this would stabilize things. A new server would soon be allocated which would hopefully provide better protection. The Committee had also been updated by Ms Mazar, Instructional Technology Liaison Librarian, on Blackboard LMS. In the fall, 43 courses from across the U of T Mississauga campus were on Blackboard. Currently, 70% of students are using it with at least one of their courses. Mr. Lim reported that, by September 2007, all departments using CCNet will have moved onto the new LMS. At the January meeting, Mr. Vyas, Manager of the Micro-Electronics Department, had reported on the prototype U of T Teaching Station which had been unveiled at the Teaching and Learning Symposium in the fall. The overall response to this had been positive. The rollout on this campus would begin in the summer with 4-5 classrooms initially. Mr. Vyas had also informed the Committee that videoconferencing was available in Rm. 2038N, but that it was strictly IP-based.

At its February 28 meeting, Mr. Lim had reported to the Computing Committee on UTORid/UTORmail migration for faculty and staff. This was planned for July 2007 and he suggested that, in the meantime, people activate their UTORid and get familiarized with UTORmail. Mr. Lim noted that a Town Hall Meeting to discuss this was scheduled for March 26 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon in Rm. 2068B.

The Chair opened the floor to questions and comments.

A member expressed concern with the migration, observing that departmental-level e-mail service provided a significantly higher quota for storage, and e-mails could be saved for a long period of time, and that this might compromise one’s ability to keep an electronic trail. It was also noted that erinlists were well-used by graduate students in particular and there was concern that this might not be available. Mr. Lim assured ECC that Computing Services was looking into a way of integrating the storage capacity with UTORmail and that, in regard to erinlists, there would be a comparable service available.

3. Report of Acting Vice-President & Principal

Professor Misak provided ECC with an update on admissions. She observed that undergraduate enrolment was up 5% from last year at 10,179 students, and that the target for 2007-08 was 10,313 students. She reported that this campus would be increasing its graduate offerings including Professional Masters Programs. Professor Misak noted that in order to keep up with expansion, there had been in excess of thirty faculty searches annually over the last few years.

The construction of Phase VIII Residence, Oscar Peterson Hall, was on schedule. Professor Misak noted that UofT Scarborough had generously given this campus a wonderful portrait of Oscar Peterson, which would be hung in the new residence.

She also reported that the CCT/HMALC link was now open.

The Chair opened the floor to questions and comments.

Regarding graduate expansion, a member emphasized that space requirements for incoming graduate research students must be considered a priority. Professor Misak agreed that this must be taken into consideration.

5. Next Meeting

The Chair reminded members that the next meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, 2007.

The meeting was adjourned at 3.45 p.m. (S. Al-Abdul-Wahid/D. Crocker)