Board of Governors - APPENDIX IV - January 28, 1999
ITEMS REFERRED BY SENATE
Strategic Plan for King's College
Western's Affiliated Colleges, Brescia, Huron, and King's, enable the University to offer students the
resources of a major research university and also the atmosphere of a particular College community,
focussed on the study of the liberal arts, humanities and social sciences. In the cases of Brescia and King's
Colleges, this education occurs within a Catholic context; Huron College is affiliated with the Anglican
Diocese of Huron. The Colleges provide valuable contributions to the University through their unique
academic programs (such as the Human Ecology program at Brescia, Social Work at King's and
International and Comparative Studies at Huron) and offerings in the arts and social sciences correlative
with programs at the Constituent University.
King's College, the largest of Western's three Affiliated Colleges, recently completed a Strategic Plan,
outlining the College's mission, vision, and commitments as a Catholic community of learning. The
Strategic Plan, Vision, Values and Learning, is attached as Annex 1. [Not available on the Web. Paper
copies are available from the University Secretariat.]
Start Date for Classes for January 2000 and Revised
The start date for resumption of classes in January 2000 will be revised, subject to Senate
approval on January 22, from January 3 to January 10 in anticipation that the City and the
University could encounter serious power and heating problems resulting from the Y2K problem.
Other sessional dates for the winter term will be adjusted slightly, such that final examinations will
conclude on Saturday, April 29, rather than Friday, April 28, 1999.
MD/BESc Concurrent Degree Proposal (Chemical and
Subject to Senate approval (January 22, 1999), a limited enrolment concurrent degree program
between the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and the Faculty of Engineering Science, Department
of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering will be established, effective September 1999. The
program will lead to the MD and BESc degrees after seven years of academic studies.
Report on the 243rd meeting of the Council of Ontario
See Annex 2. [below]
Faculty of Health Sciences
R.C. Watson, Director, School of Kinesiology, September 1, 1998 - June 30, 2001.
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
J.G. Cairncross, Chair, Department of Oncology, November 23, 1998 - June 30, 2004.
Report on the 243rd Meeting of the Council of Ontario Universities
D.M.R. Bentley, Academic Colleague
At the meetings of the Academic Colleagues and the Council of Ontario Universities in Toronto
on December 10 and 11, 1998, several matters of interest and importance were discussed and
- The Report of a Task Force on "Access to Degrees for Ontario's College
Students" was discussed
at length and approved in principle. The position of the Report is that, with seventeen,
geographically dispersed universities already in existence, the Province does "not require
additional degree-granting institutions" and that "access to degrees for Ontario's college students
should be improved by accelerated articulation and collaboration" between and among the
universities and the colleges.
During the discussion of the Report, it became apparent that pressure
from colleges for degree-granting status is likely to continue and that, among other things, the COU must arri
ve at a
convincing definition of a university and a degree in the Ontario context.
- Approval was given to the Report of a Task Force on "Recruitment and
that endorses the principle of uniformity regarding admission requirements and procedures (six
OACs, common dates for offers, responses, etc.) and reminds admissions officers of the
inappropriateness of using scholarships, residence accommodation and the like in a coercive
manner. (A summary of the Report's recommendations has been sent to the Registrar's Office.)
- The impending release of a government-sponsored survey of the
employment rates of university
graduates may be a cause of concern to the universities on two counts: (i) the methodology of the
survey, and (ii) the misrepresentation of its results in the media and elsewhere. Universities should
be prepared to look closely and critically at the survey.
- At present, athletic scholarships are not permitted at Ontario
universities, but there is pressure
from at least two institutions (Lakehead and Laurentian) to have this prohibition lifted, and a
debate of the issues and principles involved appears to be in the offing.
- The public opinion research plan associated with the "Meeting
Ontarians' Expectations" initiative
is moving ahead apace under the guidance of Michael Gourley (who, of course, needs no
introduction to The University of Western Ontario) focus-group sessions have been held between
January 11 and 15, survey fieldwork completed between January 18 and 25, and interviews with
business leaders conducted between January 11 and 25. The final report will be submitted to
COU on February 25. Thanks, in part, to pressure from the Academic Colleagues, the contents of
the questionnaires, the nature of the focus groups, and the types of business leaders to be
consulted have been expanded so as better to reflect the activities and concerns of the universities.
The likelihood that, in addition to the bulge created by the
"double-cohort" in 2003, there will be
an increase of some 50,000 students who are eligible for university from 2005 to 2010, gives some
ground for hope that the government will provide funds for faculty renewal and university
expansion in the coming decade. Since the projected increase in students and the preceding and
accompanying "retirement bulge" will be North America wide phenomena, the question arises of
whether and how Ontario universities will be able to educate, recruit, and retain the number and
quality of faculty that will be needed.
- The process of naming the Board for the Millennium Foundation
Scholarships is nearly complete
and the Board is expected to meet in early February. The COU has urged that "wherever
possible, the elements of the program [be] harmonized with existing student assistance programs,
both federal and provincial" and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada takes the
view that students enrolled at all its member universities should be eligible for the scholarships
(95% of which is slated to be needs-based and 5% on exceptional merit).
- The COU is sponsoring a colloquium on "Technology-Based
Teaching/Learning" that will take
place between 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on February 11 and be broadcast by satellite to Royal
Roads University, the University of Calgary, and a university in the Maritimes. Some forty people
will be able to attend the colloquium in Toronto, and "[r]emote sites" will be able to "participate"
in discussion via "two-way telephone lines." Details have been forwarded to the Educational