Report: September 29, 2005

MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING OF ERINDALE COLLEGE COUNCIL, held on Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 12 noon in the Ante Chamber, room 3129, South Building.

Present: R. Beck (in the Chair), I. Orchard, A. Wensley, J. Lim, R. Reisz
Regrets: R. deSouza, R. Carroll

The Minutes of the previous meeting (March 30, 2005) were approved. (I. Orchard/J. Lim).

The Executive Committee met to set the agenda for the October 7, 2005 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 next ECC agenda.

The Secretary of Council provided an update on the status of nominations and details on the available positions for Council as well as its Standing Committees. She noted that the agenda would include the ratification of the new Council membership. In addition she noted that at the last meeting of Council in April of 2005, the status of the parking garage project was not yet known and suggested that under Business Arising, an update on this topic be included. It was agreed that the CAO would be asked to give this report.

The Secretary of Council also noted that the first meeting of Council in the fall session normally includes a report from the Dean of Students on the activities of QSS, but explained that since the terms of reference of QSS would be coming to Council for approval at its November meeting, the Dean of Students would like to delay his activity report until then. It was agreed that both the QSS terms of reference and the activity report would be delayed until the November meeting of ECC.

On behalf of the Academic Affairs Committee, Professor Wensley reported that at its last meeting on September 27, the Committee heard two reports. The first was from the Office of the Registrar and detailed new services for students, faculty and staff as well as preliminary enrolment figures. Although the Registrar would not be available for a similar report to ECC on October 7th, it was agreed that she would be invited to provide it at the November meeting of Council. The second report to the Committee was from Devin Kreuger, Research Manager from the Office of the Vice-Principal Research on the establishment and inaugural year of the Undergraduate Ethics Review Committee. Members of the Executive Committee agreed that this is an important topic and that Mr. Kreuger be invited to provide this same presentation to members of Council.

On behalf of the Computing Committee, Mr. Lim reported that the committee heard updates on summer projects from Computing Services, Micro-Electronics and the Webmaster. In addition the library representative to the committee provided a presentation on technology related projects and expanded services in the Library. The Chair also discussed UTORid Migration (move to a single unique university identity) and the reorganization of Computing Services and Micro-Electronics.

On behalf of the Resource Planning & Priorities Committee, Professor Reisz reported that, at its last meeting, the CAO provided members with updates on the status of capital construction projects, with respect to the following projects: CCIT, Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre (RAWC), the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre (HMALC), Phase 8 of Residence, Alumni House, the Collegeway entrance and other general campus infrastructure work. The Committee heard that all of the projects were on schedule and on budget. In addition, members heard details regarding administrative restructuring concerning the departments of Computing Services, Micro-electronics, Facility Resources and Instructional Media Services.

Professor Orchard noted that his report to Council would include information on student enrollment statistics and the Provincial budget’s effect on post-secondary education with respect to quality enhancement, graduate student enrolment expansion and the expansion of medical student training.

The Chair would remind members of the ECC member orientation (Monday, October 31, 2005, 3:00 p.m. in the Faculty Club) and also the Information Sessions on Curriculum and Ancillaries (Thursday, November 24, 3:00 p.m. in the Faculty Club) under 'Other Business.'

The Executive Committee meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m. (I. Orchard/J. Lim).