Senate in brief
Highlights from the Jan. 21 meeting of Senate.
Senate approved the establishment of the Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Queen’s University Policy and Procedure for Safe Disclosure Reporting and Investigation, and the recommendation that the composition of the committee as currently proposed be expanded to include two student senators and two faculty senators.
Senate received for information a Board of Trustees report from Trustee Louis Tomalty.
In addition to his written report, the principal provided the following updates:
- Provincial. Queen’s was one of three universities and two colleges invited to participate in a Google Hangout with the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Brad Duguid last month. The purpose was to discuss the potential of Ontario Online, a collaborative Centre of Excellence that will increase the number of online courses being offered by our universities and colleges, as well as to improve collaboration and knowledge-sharing between them. The Hangout session has since been posted to YouTube.
- Federal. The government announced its International Education Strategy last month. While funding for the strategy is not as robust as the university might have hoped, the strategy reflects the vision – as well as many of the recommendations – made by the advisory panel on Canada’s International Education Strategy.
Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), provided a written report to Senate.
Senate moved into Committee of the Whole for a presentation on the Campus Master Plan from Warren Price of Urban Strategies Inc., Queen’s planning consultants. Mr. Price answered several questions regarding the plan, and will be back to present the final plan at the March Senate meeting.
Senate received a notice of motion to approve the recommendation to dissolve the Senate Creative Arts and Public Lectures Committee, from the SGNC.
Senate received for information the SOARB Annual Report and reports from standing committees: SCAD, Senate Cyclical Program Review Committee, SCAP, SONAD, Senate Residence Committee, SGNC, and Senate Educational Equity Committee.
The provost responded to a question regarding the accommodation of more students in QSuccess, a transition program to help first-year students develop knowledge, attitudes, and skills to support their personal and academic success at Queen's. The provost reported that the program has been very positively received and while the university could not accommodate all those who applied to the pilot program, the remaining applicants were offered the opportunity to take part in an online version of the program. After an evaluation of the program is completed, the university will look to whether an expansion of the program is appropriate.
In response to a question about academic freedom with regard to international collaboration, the provost offered, due to the broad nature of the question, to meet in person with the individual who raised it. He noted, however, that Queen’s aims to be at the forefront of ensuring academic freedom through all its partnerships.
Senate received for information the Naming Procedure for Academic Units, the list of 2012-13 Teaching Awards recipients, the Research Report, and the University Council on Athletics and Recreation Annual Report.