Board of Governors - APPENDIX VI - January 25, 2001

ITEMS REFERRED BY THE SENATE

FOR APPROVAL

1. Appointment Procedures for Senior Academic and Administrative Officers of the University

Recommended: That the current Appointments Procedures be rescinded and replaced with Appointment Procedures for Senior Academic and Administrative Officers of the University as shown in Annex 1.

Background:

The ratification of the Collective Agreement with the Faculty Association has left the former Appointments Procedures for senior academic and administrative positions both outdated and in conflict with the Agreement in some areas, e.g., appointment procedures for Chairs and Directors. The new document includes changes necessary to eliminate such conflicts and a variety of modifications and additions reflecting current practice, Faculty restructuring of recent years, and changes in titles. A notable change is the addition of representatives from outside the direct University community on decanal selection committees in the Faculties of Engineering Science, Law, and Medicine & Dentistry, and in the Richard Ivey School of Business.

FOR INFORMATION

1. Report of the Academic Colleague on the 253rd meeting of the Council of Ontario Universities

See Annex 2.

2. Annual Report on the Status of Reviews of Graduate Programs

The annual report of the Faculty of Graduate Studies on the status of reviews of graduate programs is attached as Annex 3. At the graduate level, such reviews occur through a process administered by the Ontario Council of Graduate studies. This process cycles through our graduate programs over a seven year period such that approximately seven programs each year are reviewed. A review, once commenced, can be spread over more than one academic year. Consequently, the report describes reviews of all programs that have occurred, are underway, or will commence in the current seven year cycle.

3. Convocation Dates 2002

Spring Convocation will be held from Tuesday, June 4, through Friday, June 7, and Fall Convocation will be held on Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25.

4. New Programs

Senate approved the introduction of the following new programs:

Combined Honors Program - Honors Bachelor of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in Honors Economics
Three-year BHSc in Health Sciences and Economics

5. Academic Development Fund: Fall 2000 Small Grant Awards

In the Fall 2000 ADF Small Grant competition, 45 applications were received from all constituencies on campus for consideration for funding. Approximately $80,000 was available for allocation, whereas the requests for funding amounted to $288,978. Of the 45 applications, 16 were approved for funding. Awards are shown on Annex 4.

6. Announcements

Faculty of Engineering Science

I. Moore, Acting Chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, September 1, 2000 - June 30, 2001

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

T. Freeman, Acting Chair, Department of Family Medicine, January 1, 2001 - June 30, 2001


Board of Governors, January 25, 2001 - APPENDIX VI, Annex 2

Report on the 253rd meeting of the Council of Ontario Universities

Friday, December 15, 2000

D.M.R. Bentley, Academic Colleague

At the meeting of Council several matters were discussed that will be of interest to Senate.

In reviewing the advocacy efforts of the COU during the past year, the President, Dr. Ian Clark, observed that, despite the universities' financial problems, the Government has yet to make a commitment with respect to operating funds for the post-secondary system, but also indicated that, in his view, the COU's reshaped advocacy strategy is beginning to have a positive effect in increasing recognition at least in the Ministry of the need for a multi-year funding commitment. The presence of a new and sympathetic deputy Minister is a positive development, albeit one that is somewhat offset by the apparent deafness of the Government to the "quality" issue, its conviction that when calculated on a per capita basis its contribution to post-secondary education is about average for Canadian jurisdictions, and its perception that the universities and the general public are satisfied with what it has already done for the sector through SuperBuild and other channels. It seems clear that the Government's goal remains that of catering to the maximum number of students at the minimum cost.

The fear was expressed by members of Council that the Government might re-open the teaching versus research debate, that it might judge universities and colleges by the same numerical criteria, and that it might follow the Quebec example and engage in bi-lateral discussions with individual institutions for the purpose of linking increased funding to performance (i.e., output) commitments.

With regard to university-college relations, it was observed that the universities are under attack by the colleges on three fronts: (1) Bill 132, which mandates applied degrees and seems likely to increase the colleges' appetite for degree-granting status; (2) the attribution of blame to the universities for problems in collaborative programmes in Nursing; and (3) the similar attribution of blame for problems in the area of the transportability of credits from college to university. All in all, it seems clear that the colleges have designs on the universities' application pool, and are likely to press in the near future for a common application form.

News from the Association of University and Colleges of Canada was also a curate's egg of optimism (the Federal Government appears to be warming to the idea of more funding for the granting councils, especially where such funding is directed towards graduate students) and pessimism (it appears to be cooling to the idea of more funding for the indirect costs of research, though this remains the AUCC's top priority). (Further complicating these issues is the fact that the presidents of the granting councils have apparently expressed opposition to the rate and model for funding the indirect costs of research that has been mooted by the Government.) Some headway has been made on increasing the flexibility of the two-tier hiring system, at least in the short term. The AUCC has struck an ad hoc committee on liberal education and is seeing positive results developing from its initiatives on international education, one possibility being the creation of a programme in the name of the late Pierre Trudeau.

There was a call for nominations for the David Smith Award and a briefing on a COU report-in-progress on the economic impact of universities in Ontario.

The meeting concluded with the presentation of a caricature to Dr. Edward Monahan, a former president of the Council of Ontario Universities, who is writing an unofficial history of the Council.