Senate in brief
Highlights from the November 27 meeting of Senate
Principal Daniel Woolf offered his best wishes to the university community for the holiday season and to students preparing for and writing exams. He also spoke of the November Convocation ceremonies giving particular thanks to those who had carried out the preparations for these events.
He also provided an update on the strategic mandate statements submitted to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities this fall and the impact of changing leadership at the provincial level. The evaluation of the statements is a two-pronged process involving the ministry and the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO). The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) is keeping an eye on the process.
In his written report to Senate, Principal Woolf provided the following updates:
In his written report, Provost Alan Harrison provided the following updates:
Senate discussed a question from Senator Petra Fachinger regarding the inappropriate use of emergency phones on campus. The provost responded, noting that the university takes the student safety matter very seriously and is taking steps to discourage inappropriate emergency phones use. Senator Doug Johnson reported the Alma Mater Society is working with engineering societies in particular to address the problem.
Reports of Committees
Reports of Faculties
Communications and reports submitted to Senate
Senate discussed a report on Senate's role in Queen's University governance. Several senators expressed their appreciation of the sentiments expressed in the report on collegial governance but noted that unresolved issues remain.
David Hanes of the Provost's Advisory Committee on Budget (PACB) made a presentation on the new budget model.
Diane Kelly, University Council provided an update on the Fair Dealing Policy.
Senate received the Research Report, the 2011-2012 Annual Report from Student Affairs, a report from the Campus Planning and Development Committee, and the Annual Report from the University Council on Athletics and Recreation.
Matters referred to standing committees
A five-year review of the RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre was referred to the Senate Advisory Research Committee (SARC).
A grade point average review was referred to the Senate Committee on Academic Procedures (SCAP).
A review of course variants was referred to the SCAP.
A University Student Appeal Board decision was referred to the Senate Educational Equity Committee (SEEC).