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Senate in brief


Highlights from the January 24 meeting of Senate.

In business arising from the minutes, Senator Morelli moved that the Senate Nominating Committee be directed to commence the search for members of the next iteration of the Senate Academic Planning Task Force (SAPTF) from staff, students, and faculty. The motion carried, and the Nominating Committee will include the SAPTF in its broad call for committee nominations.

Principal's report

In his report to Senate, Principal Woolf announced that the Queen's National Scholar program will be reinstated. The program, which aims to attract outstanding young researchers to Queen’s, was suspended in 2009. Principal Woolf hopes to have two new scholars in place by July 2013. The Principal also reported that a number of Principal's International Doctoral awards will be instituted over the coming year; these will be a supplement to the current Graduate Studies International Tuition awards.

The Principal delivered an address to Senate regarding the current challenges the university is facing. To read the complete address, visit the Office of the Principal website.

Provost's report

Provost Harrison submitted written reports to Senate on the schedule of cyclical program reviews under the new Queen's Quality Assurance Processes (QUQAPs) and the final enrolment report for 2011-'12.

The provost also provided an update on the recent capital contribution from the AMS to the Queen's Centre project and thanked the members of the AMS for their efforts in that regard.

The Provost also updated Senators on:

• The 2012-2013 budget;
• The National Survey of Student Engagement
• The number of applications to Ontario universities, generally, and Queen's specifically.

Question period

Provost Harrison responded to questions related to Queen's courses being offered through Blyth. The provost provided an oral response, noting that all Blyth courses offered through Queen's are approved by the appropriate faculty committees. In response to a question about the length of a Blyth course compared to an on-campus course, the provost answered that the critical element is not necessarily how much time students spend in their courses but whether the courses, and especially the learning outcomes, are of the same academic standards that apply to courses offered on campus. Regarding intellectual property rights, the provost noted that the instructors hold intellectual property rights just as they would any other course.

Informal session

Senate broke into groups for informal discussion addressing four questions related to the Principal's Commission on Mental Health. The groups then shared the contents of each discussion with the rest of Senate.

Reports of committees

Recommendations made by the Senate Committee on Academic Procedures (SCAP) regarding course drop notations and degrees, diplomas and certificates conferred at the 2010 and 2011 convocations were approved by Senate.

Senate also approved the elections to Senate committees.

Senate received for information reports from the Senate Committee on Non-Academic Discipline and the Senate Residence Committee.

Provost Harrison provided an update from the Queen's University Planning Committee, which has continued to meet and is focused on the 2012-2013 budget. The provost is keeping committee members apprised of budget progress, and the group has discussed the new budget model framework for 2013-'14 and subsequent years. The provost has also provided information about how this framework works at other universities.


Senate passed a motion by Senator Campbell to have the Senate Committee on Academic Development (SCAD) outline, for consideration by Senate, a procedure for the suspension of admissions to an academic program, paying due attention both to the question of the appropriate governance bodies that should be involved and to consultation with those faculty members and students in the program. SCAD has been asked to produce its final recommendations at the April 2012 Senate meeting.

The minutes of the meeting will be posted to the University Secretariat website.



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