Report: October 28, 2004


MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING OF ERINDALE COLLEGE COUNCIL, held on Thursday, October 28, 2004 at 12:10 p.m., in the Alumni Lounge, Room 3138, South Building.

Present: R. Beck (in the Chair), A. Wensley, R. Baker, J. Lim, S. O’Connell
Regrets: I. Orchard

The Minutes of the previous meeting (September 22, 2004) were approved. (R. Baker / J. Lim)

The Executive Committee met to set the agenda for the November 4, 2004 meeting of Erindale College Council. Professor Beck called on the chair of each standing committee to summarize recent business and identify items for possible inclusion on the Council meeting agenda. He also welcomed Professor Wensley, the new Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, to the Executive Committee and thanked him for such an important contribution to the UTM governance process.

Professor Anthony Wensley reported that at its October 26, 2004 meeting, the Academic Affairs Committee’s agenda included the ratification of the Committee membership and election of new Chair. In addition, the Committee had a presentation on research activities at UTM from the Vice-Principal: Research. This report gave a snapshot of the distribution of UTM research funding from different sources and clarified the current funding environment with respect to the federal and provincial governments. The agenda concluded with a presentation from the Assistant Dean on the process of curriculum changes and related timelines, since the curriculum reports are scheduled to be discussed at the next meeting of the Committee.

Professor Baker reported that the October 25, 2004 meeting of the Resource Planning and Priorities Committee was cancelled due to a lack of business. The Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 22, 2004 and would most likely include an introduction to UTM’s new Chief Administrative Officer.

Mr. Lim reported on behalf of the Computing Committee, which met on October 27, 2004. Members discussed and approved a revision to the Committee’s terms of reference, which included computing related items that were removed from the terms of reference of the Academic Affairs Committee. Since it was the Committee’s first meeting in the fall term, members received updates from Micro Electronics and Computer Services on summer activities, which included a large amount of work related to the newly opened CCIT building and the move of Psychology laboratories. The Committee also heard an update from the Web Master on the implementation of a new content management system for the UTM web site, called Typo3. The new system took effect in August of 2004, after appropriate training was provided to administrative personnel. Mr. Lim added that additional training sessions on the new system are planned for January of 2005. He also reported that as part of the discussion of the new content management system, members raised the issue of branding and were informed that the Office of Advancement has responsibility over the branding process for UTM.

The Chair went on to structure the agenda formally. The Agenda would include the reports of the Standing Committees and the Vice-President and Principal’s report, who was not able to attend the current meeting, but will indicate the topic of his report to the Secretary of Council prior to the distribution of the Agenda.*

The Executive Committee meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m. (S. O’Connell / R. Baker)

*Secretary’s Note: The Vice-President and Principal subsequently informed the Secretary of Council that his report to Council would include a discussion on the Healthy Cities Stewardship Council, the Rae Review and the scheduled Town Hall meeting at UTM and UTM’s new Chief Administrative Officer.