Senate in brief
Highlights from the May 27 meeting of Senate
In addition to his written report, Principal Daniel Woolf provided the following updates:
- He met with local candidates running in the provincial election to discuss a number of issues, including pension solvency and a legislative framework for transfers to jointly sponsored pension plans.
- Universities are waiting for the provincial framework for the new federal Building Canada Fund, which requires provinces to identify priority projects.
- He travelled to Ottawa for a meeting of U15 executive heads, including a meeting with the prime minister. The federal Canada First Research Excellence Fund is still in development and the U15 is lobbying for a peer review process similar to the tri-councils. Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research), will brief Senate on the program in the fall when more details are available.
- The Initiative Campaign has exceeded its target for the fiscal year, raising a total of $71.3 million, a record for the university.
In addition to his written report, Provost Alan Harrison provided the following update:
- As of May 16, 2014, acceptances were up 27 per cent and the university is expected to meet its target for the first-year intake.
- The budget communication went out from the Provost Advisory Committee on Budget.
- Kathy O’Brien has been appointed associate-vice principal (international).
Deputy Provost Laeeque Daneshmend noted that the report of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Mental Health is in its penultimate draft. The report will identify action items for the next couple of years, as well as mental health-related metrics, including case load and services levels.
Committee motions and reports
- Revisions to the rules of procedure to provide for a consent agenda, on the recommendation of the Senate Governance and Nominating Committee (SGNC)
- Revisions to the rules of procedure regarding the appointment of standing committee chairs, on the recommendation of the SGNC
- Revisions to the rules of procedure regarding the establishment of standing committees and special committees, on the recommendation of the SGNC
- Revisions to the terms of reference of the Senate Committee on Academic Development (SCAD)
- The immediate dissolution of the Senate Academic Planning Task Force, on the recommendation of SCAD
- Nominations to committees, as recommended by SGNC
- The establishment of the Chair in Applied Health Economics/Health Policy in the Faculty of Health Sciences, subject to ratification by the Board of Trustees, on the recommendation of SCAD
- The deletion of five graduate fields in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, and creation of three new graduate fields (Earth Resources, Earth Engineering and Earth Evolution), on the recommendation of SCAD
- The creation of an undergraduate certificate in business in the Queen’s School of Business, effective September 2014, on the recommendation of SCAD
- The creation of a professional Master of Education in the Faculty of Education and School of Graduate Studies, effective September 2015, on the recommendation of SCAD
Reports from standing committees
Senate received the following reports:
- Final Assessment and Implementation Plan, from the Senate Cyclical Program Review Committee (SCPRC)
- 2013-14 Annual Report from the Senate Library Committee
- 2013-14 Annual Report from the Senate Educational Equity Committee (SEEC)
- Chair’s report from SCAD
- Chair’s report from SCPRC
- Chair’s report from SEEC
Reports from faculties and schools
Senate received a report from the Graduate Studies Executive Council.
Senate approved the proposed Electronic Information Security Policy Framework.
The registrar provided a written response to questions regarding the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer.
The provost provided a written response to questions regarding the Faculty Renewal Program.
Matters referred to standing committees
SCAD requested that the Senate Committee on Academic Procedures recommend to Senate a policy on the content of the student transcript, including program designations.