Erindale College Council

MINUTES OF THE ERINDALE COLLEGE COUNCIL meeting held on Thursday, December 4, 2003 at 3:15 p.m., in the Council Chamber, South Building, UTM.

PRESENT: R. Beck (in the Chair), I. Orchard, A. Bellerby, I. Still, S. Aster, U. Krull, J. Hendricks, J. Linley. M.A. Mavrinac, J. Lim, C. Thibault, J. McCurdy-Myers, C. Pichora-Fuller, M. Lettieri, D. Leeies, K. Chadder, S. O’Connell, C. Capewell, S. Al-Abdul-Wahid, I. Graham, J. Malcolm, S. McCarthy, J. Stevenson, E. Toth, A. Vyas, H. Gunz, L. Myrie, M. Overton, V. TeBrugge, L. Gaspini, C. Rubincam, C. McGrath, P. Wadhwa, N. Lopez-Woodside, I. Murray
REGRETS: P. Donoghue, L. Hopcroft, D. Crocker, K. Kaun, Q. Shelley

1. Adoption of Agenda
The agenda was approved. (D. Leeies/J. McCurdy-Myers)

2. Minutes of Previous Meeting (November 5, 2003)
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved. (D. Leeies/S. O’Connell)

3. Business Arising from the Minutes.

4. Reports of Standing Committees

a) Academic Affairs Committee – S. Aster

Prof. Aster reported that the Committee met on November 18, 2003. The agenda focused on reports from the Chairs of the divisional curriculum committees, which are to follow.

i) Prof. Aster called on Prof. Michael Lettieri to report on the curriculum changes in the Humanities.

Prof. Lettieri explained that most changes were minor and included the addition of new courses, the renumbering of courses, and minor changes in course titles and description. These changes primarily reflect student demand and recent hires. He highlighted some curriculum changes in more detail. In Women and Gender studies, courses are being renamed in order to help draw attention to them. The Program also has a new coordinator, Prof. Jan Noel, on a permanent basis. The Program’s course offerings are being expanded and more flexibility is being introduced in order to meet increasing student demand. There are new courses in Cinema Studies, French, German and Italian, Linguistics, English and Drama, History and Classics, Philosophy, and Visual Media Culture. The department is trying to enhance Cinema Studies courses, in response to high demand in this area. In addition, there are more courses being added in Business German because the highest concentration of German businesses in Canada exist in Mississauga. Additional courses in History and Classics reflect four new hires in the area.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the sub-report of the Academic Affairs Committee on the Humanities Curriculum be approved. (S. Aster/ J. McCurdy-Myers)
The Motion was carried.

ii) Prof. Aster called on Prof. Ian Graham to report on the curriculum changes in the Sciences.

Prof. Graham presented the Sciences Curriculum Report. He noted that requirements for first year science students were changed to one instead of two grade 12 Mathematics courses. This change was based on the belief that previous requirements were too rigorous. In Biology, new courses have been added and existing courses reorganized to make the program more flexible in its offerings. In Chemistry, course exclusions and prerequisites have been updated. In the Forensic Science Program, changes have been made to meet professional accreditation requirements. In addition, organic chemistry courses have been added to the Major program and requirements for transfer credit students have been formalized. Because of these changes, in addition to applying directly through the Forensic Sciences Program, students must also apply through the Office of Admissions and Awards. In the department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, several new courses have been added to reflect new hires. Psychology courses have seen minor changes in course title descriptions, while in the Exceptionality in Human Learning Program, minor changes have been made in the program’s optional courses.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the sub-report of the Academic Affairs Committee on the Sciences Curriculum be approved. (S. Aster / U. Krull)

In response to a member’s question, Prof. Graham explained that the prerequisite change for MAT132 brings it in line with the requirements of the St. George campus and added that the department believes this requirement to be sufficient.
The Motion was called to question. The motion was carried.

iii) Prof. Aster called on Prof. H. Gunz to report on the curriculum changes in the Social Sciences, on behalf of the Chair of the curriculum committee, Prof. Graham White.

Prof. Gunz noted that there were no major changes in the curriculum. He explained that the addition of new courses reflects new hires and their areas of interest and expertise. There has also been a re-focusing and expansion of program requirements. He noted that the largest number of changes was made in the Communication, Culture and Information Technology program as it expands into new areas, and obsolete courses are eliminated. As well, the range of course options that students are required to take within a set of categories in CCIT is being widened. This change reflects new courses, as well as an attempt at clarifying the requirements and offering flexibility to students. Within various categories of Geography courses, students will be given more flexibility in course options. Political Science students are offered greater breadth of choice, by changing the program requirement in several fields in both the Major and the Specialist programs. This change reflects two new hires and a series of new courses.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the sub-report of the Academic Affairs Committee on the Social Sciences Curriculum be approved. (H. Gunz / M. Lettieri)

The Motion was carried.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the report of the Academic Affairs Committee on the Divisional Curriculum changes be approved. (S. Aster / I. Orchard)
The motion was carried.

b) Computing and Data Communications Committee – J. Lim

The Chair of Council welcomed Mr. Joe Lim as the new Chair of the Computing Committee and thanked Mrs. June Seel for her long service and leadership as outgoing Chair of the Committee. J. Lim reported that the Computing Committee met on November 25, 2003 and discussed a document entitled “The State of Information Technology at UTM,” which was produced by a working group of the Committee based on the Thompson Report and Plan 2004: Raising Our Sights. J. Lim reported that the meeting focused on the review of this document, which is accessible on the Council website. The report highlighted many of the realizations of the planning documents, including the upgrading of academic computing labs, classrooms and the introduction of network storage. Additional staff have been hired to meet UTM’s increasing technology needs, including an instructional technology liaison librarian, and a web master for both the College and the Office of the Registrar. It was also noted that wireless technology is available in all public areas of UTM and that the residence network has a sustained subscription rate of 85%.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the report of the Computing Committee be accepted. (J. Lim / M. Lettieri)

A member complimented Computing Services on the availability and quality of its services.
The Motion was called to question. The Motion was carried.

c) College Affairs Committee (Report of November 24, 2003) – J. Linley

Mr. Jim Linley reported that the College Affairs Committee (CAC) met on November 24, 2003. At that meeting, he gave an overview of the first meeting of the working group that had been appointed to consider the terms of reference of CAC. This group examined topics in the terms of reference of the CAC that may already be covered by other Standing Committees or a group such as the Quality Service to Students (QSS.) The group will also look at past minutes of CAC to determine the types of discussion that were for information only as opposed to requiring governance approval. Under Other Business, members also discussed issues related to food variety and availability and social activities. A member expressed interest in formulating and bringing a plan forward to the Committee regarding these topics, but it was pointed out that several administrative units are in the process of addressing such issues in their current planning. The next meeting of the College Affairs Committee will be on January 12, 2004, jointly with the Resource Planning and Priorities Committee, to discuss the Ancillary Service budgets.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the report of the College Affairs Committee be accepted. (J. Linley / S. Al-Abdul-Wahid)

The Motion was carried.

5. Vice-President and Principal’s Report

The Vice-President and Principal noted that the final version of the White Paper will be forwarded to the Planning and Budget Committee on December 9, 2003. Companion papers will continue to be posted on the Provost’s website in the next several weeks.

He acknowledged the leadership of students on QSS who reaffirmed the fee for the Wellness Centre. This fee was then approved by the University Affairs Board allowing UTM to stay on schedule for a September 2006 opening of the new Wellness Centre. Groups are now working on Phases two and three of the capital project: a field house and an outdoor ice rink. He commented on the leadership of students at QSS, their various boards, as well as Ken Duncliffe and Mark Overton who consulted with these groups and organized a Town Hall meeting to share information and receive feedback about the project.

He reported that UTM has been active in introducing Fuel Cell technology, building on the environmental theme of a ‘green campus’. The campus will become the test site for the world’s largest solid oxide fuel cell, and will provide 8% of UTM’s electricity needs. UTM is working with Fuel Cells Canada and other industries in this area on the notion of a hydrogen village with the goal of establishing UTM as a test site for a number of new technologies. Prof. Orchard noted that the campus recently hosted a networking conference on emerging technologies attended by industry, government, and other universities. UTM is seeking partnerships and funding to bring more of these technologies on campus. Some examples of how these emerging technologies could be implemented at UTM are retrofitting townhouses with small fuel cells and a hydrogen shuttle bus between the UTM and St. George campuses. Prof. Orchard noted that the Chief Administrative Officer was invited by the Mayor to accompany her to attend the World Health Organization’s meetings on Municipalities and Health in Japan, in order to make a presentation on the test site and the hydrogen village. The Vice-President and Principal stressed that these projects are still in the developing stages, but offer potential for academic programming, public education, and collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering. He added that UTM’s overall strategy in response to environmental concerns is to continue work on recycling programs and introduce innovative new solutions such as zero pollution energy sources.

As part of continued efforts in friendship building with the new Provincial government, the Mayor is co-hosting a meeting with four Mississauga MPP’s at Lislehurst.

He reminded the UTM community that a memorial on the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre and the national day of remembrance and action on violence against women will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 5th in the Presentation Room of the Student Centre.

Prof. Orchard informed Council that a working group to study the need for child care is being assembled. Prof. Amy Mullin, Chair of the Department of Philosophy, will chair the working group.

He concluded his report with his best wishes to the UTM community for the Holiday Season.

The Chair opened the floor to questions.

In response to a member’s question about the implications of a tuition freeze, the Vice-President and Principal explained that the tuition freeze is being implemented for a period of two years on both regulated and deregulated fees. The University of Toronto’s share is about 20% of the $180M shortfall in the base budget for Ontario Universities. A member asked whether universities plan to campaign the Government against the tuition freeze or for an increase in their funding. Prof. Orchard replied that the University of Toronto is currently participating in such discussions at the Council of Ontario Universities.

6. Other Business

A member commented in general on his dissatisfaction with the response of administration to student concerns. When asked to provide examples, the member cited non-academic discipline matters in residence and a lack of administrative response to issues covered by the student newspaper. The member also questioned the work of the Food Committee and its decision to re-sign the current food contract. He also noted that graduate students at UTM are at a competitive disadvantage to those at the St. George campus, in terms of available services. He argued for an immediate increase in the number and quality of services available to graduate students.

Another member commented that the Food Committee represented all constituencies at UTM and provided many opportunities for members to participate in the process of selecting a food franchise. Another member commented that various food outlets also distributed assessment questionnaires.

The Vice-President and Principal stated that UTM is continually striving to improve the quality of student experience and is currently immersed in this type of development as part of the White Paper planning. He emphasized that this is a gradual process, with administrative professionals devoted to its every facet. He further noted that graduate student enrolment planning is a key feature of White Paper planning. Each department has its own graduate department, part of one graduate department across the University of Toronto; therefore planning has to include all three campuses. In response to a member’s question about the appropriate channels of communication, the Vice-President and Principal explained that individual concerns should be communicated through Chairs of departments, and campus wide concerns should be directed to the office of the Vice-President and Principal or the Vice-Principal, Academic.

The Chair of the Food Committee, Ms. Christine Capewell, announced that she welcomes input on food issues and observed that there was a notice in the student newspaper calling for input into Committee decisions.

Chair closed the meeting with his best wishes for a happy holiday season.

7. Next Meeting:
The next meeting of Council will be on January 29, 2004.

8. Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 4:20 p.m. (D. Leeies /S. Al-Abdul-Wahid)