Queen's University

Senate in brief

 
2013-06-06

Highlights from the May 28 meeting of Senate

At the beginning of the meeting, Principal Daniel Woolf thanked all senators for their contributions, and for a productive and interesting year. He offered special thanks to longstanding senator, Alistair MacLean, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, who is stepping down as dean in June and returning to full-time work as a scholar.

Principal’s report

Principal Woolf provided a written report to Senate.

In his additional oral report, Principal Woolf provided the following updates:

  • Awards. The principal offered congratulations to Professor Kerry Rowe, who was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in the United Kingdom; doctoral student Sara Pavan (Political Studies), who received a Trudeau Scholarship; and researcher Myra Hird (Environmental Studies), who was selected for a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship.
  • Convocation. The principal thanked all those who have been planning the numerous convocation ceremonies this spring and congratulated in advance all students and families celebrating this important milestone. He also welcomed and congratulated this spring’s recipients of honorary doctorates.
  • Government relations. The principal expected that the provincial budget would pass, providing a measure of security at Queen’s Park. He also indicated that conversations with Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and other high-level discussions this summer may help resolve several issues surrounding credit transfers and online learning.

Provost’s report

Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), provided a written report to Senate.

In his additional oral report, Provost Harrison provided the following updates:

  • Budget communication. The provost reported that the 2013-14 balanced budget was approved by the Board of Trustees at its May meeting and that a communication from the Provost’s Advisory Committee on the Budget would be released shortly.
  • Admissions. The provost reported that the university received nearly 29,000 total applications this year, an increase of 5 per cent. To date, the university had made just under 14,000 offers of admission, projected to bring in about 4,100 students, and expects to be on target in the majority of direct entry programs. The university also received an increase (6 per cent) in applications from self-identified aboriginal students, with offers up 28 per cent and acceptances up 48 per cent.

Senate received the report to Senate regarding the last meeting of the Council of Ontario Universities and the report to Senate from the Board of Trustees.

Committee motions and reports

Senate approved:

  • Two motions from the Senate Academic Planning Task Force (SAPTF) report regarding SAPTF’s mandate and first year of operations (2012-13). Motion 1 included the following recommendations: that the SAPTF be placed on hiatus for the 2013-14 academic year; that the Senate Operations Review Committee (SORC) be tasked with conducting a review of the mandate of the SAPTF; and that SORC provide its recommendations for the future of SAPTF no later than the 2014 March Senate meeting. Motion 2 requested that Senate move into informal session at its September 17, 2013 meeting to discuss the recommendations contained in the SAPTF report received at the April 30, 2013 meeting of Senate.
  • A proposal to establish the Donald and Sarah Munro Chair in Engineering and Applied Science, from the Senate Committee on Academic Development (SCAD).
  • A proposal to introduce a Computing and Mathematics Program in the School of Computing and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the Faculty of Arts and Science effective Sept. 1, 2013, from SCAD.
  • A proposal to establish the Stephen J.R. Smith Chair in Economic Policy in the Faculty of Arts and Science subject to the ratification by the Board of Trustees, from SCAD.
  • A proposal to rename the Fine Art Plan to the Visual Art Plan in the Faculty of Arts and Science effective Sept. 1, 2013, from SCAD.
  • A proposal to introduce a Bachelor of Arts General Degree Plan in Indigenous Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science effective Sept. 1, 2013, from SCAD.
  • The election of persons to Senate committees, from the Senate Nominating Committee.
  • Three motions on committee restructuring, from the Senate Operations Review Committee (SORC).
  • A recommendation that the Campus Planning and Development Committee be retired and the mandate of the Queen’s University Planning Committee be revised, from SORC.

Regarding temporary suspension of admissions, Senate approved motions 2, 4, 5, 8 , 9 and 10, defeated motion 1, and accepted motions 3, 6, and 7 as friendly amendments.

Senate received the Senate Educational Equity Committee (SEEC) Annual Report.

Motions other than from standing committees

Senate defeated:

  • A motion requesting that Senate remind the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and the Graduate Studies Executive Council (GSEC) of several points regarding the time-to-completion policy.
  • A motion requesting that the governance framework for SGS, as approved by Senate in 2009, be reviewed by SORC and the SORC report back to Senate by the Senate meeting in March 2014.

Question period

The provost provided a written response to a question on international graduate student recruitment in the humanities and social sciences.

The principal provided a written response to a question regarding representation of female faculty on Senate and other university committees.

The provost provided a written response to a question regarding potential increased enrolment and capacity issues.

The provost provided a written response to a question on balancing the budget and what approaches the university has explored that do not involve increasing enrolment.

The provost provided a written response to a question on the Initiative Campaign and student financial aid.

The provost provided a written response to a question regarding enrolment growth and practicum placements.

The provost provided a written response to a question on plans for the Physical Education Centre (PEC) and student life facility shortcomings.

The provost provided a written response to a question on support services for international students.

Communications

Senate received:

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