Senate Agenda - EXHIBIT IV - March 3, 2000
If this enrolment target is achieved, Western's forecasted total enrolment, including the Affiliated Colleges, will be 27,003 in the coming year, an increase of 1,862 FTE's over 1998-99, the base year for calculating enrolment changes in the SuperBuild Growth Fund program.
Given the experience of recent years, there is a real possibility that minimum entrance requirements in most programs will be higher than 76% in 2000-01.
The timing of the new application and offer process for OAC students (implemented in 1999-00) is such that early offers are made in March when less information is available regarding applicants than was the case prior to 1999-00.
The same framework will be applied to making early offers to OAC students in March, 2000, as was the case in the last year. Grade value (highlighted) will be set as a function of final information regarding applicant qualifications in each program.
Offer made if:
The details of this matrix may vary slightly from program to program (e.g. Music where auditions are an essential part of the admissions process).
Every effort will be made to maintain single minimum standard of admission in Arts, Social Science (including ACS), Science, Information and Media Studies, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences. A higher standard may be necessary in Nursing to meet enrolment targets. Our goal will be to set the same standard for Engineering Science as for Science, but given the special funding opportunities of the ATOP program, consideration will be given to maintaining the minimum entrance requirement at 75% even if other programs have a marginally higher entrance requirement in 2000-01.
As indicated in the Senate resolution of Spring 1998 and 1999, consideration may be given in the admissions process to factors such as performance in program-relevant courses (e.g., mathematics and sciences in Science and Engineering Science), relevant extra curricular activities, and the academic record of the secondary school.
As was the case in 1999, the period between the availability of initial application information (still not including final year, winter semester applicant grades) and the offer date does not permit an admissions proposal that includes detailed program-specific admissions criteria to be brought to Senate for consideration before initial offers were made.
An additional round of offers will be made in May, 2000. Criteria used for those offers will be set as a function of additional information on applicant qualifications and program-specific patterns of acceptance of early offers, but will observe the general entrance requirements established in this recommendation.
Recommended: The following entrance requirements and processes for the Affiliated Colleges be approved for 2000-01:
Brescia College. Brescia College is targeting a first year class of approximately 220 students in 2000-01. As is the case at the Constituent University, Brescia College will not set general entrance requirements until more complete information on applicant qualifications is available. On the basis of current information, however, the College tentatively is considering an entrance requirement of 74% for early offers in March, 2000, and 72% for offers made in May, 2000. Irrespective of final applicant qualification information, however, Brescia will set no program entrance requirement lower than 70%. The College will consider individual students with lower grades on the basis of supplementary information forms. No student will be admitted with a final OAC average of less than 67%.
Huron College. Huron is targeting a first year class of approximately 300 in 2000-01. As is the case at the Constituent University, Huron College will not set general entrance requirements until more complete information on applicant qualifications is available. On the basis of currently available information, however, Huron is anticipating a minimum entrance requirement of 80-82% for early offers in March, 2000. No student will be admitted with a final OAC average of less than 75%.
King's College. King's College is targeting a first year class of approximately 700 students in 2000-01. No offers will be made until May, 2000, when more complete applicant information is available. On the basis of currently available information, King's anticipates a minimum entrance average of 72-74% depending on the quality of the applicant pool, and a minimum requirement of 75% for limited enrolment programs. No student will be admitted with a final OAC average of less than 70%.
All Affiliated Colleges will be bound to the entrance requirements established by the Constituent University for limited enrolment programs, including MIT, BHSc, and Kinesiology.
In April 1999, the construction of a large 650+ seat classroom was presented and approved for construction by September 2000 as part of the capital budget submission. The need for this classroom came as the result of the creation of new Faculties and the expansion of many programs and the consolidation and expansion of courses. This project was incorporated in the SuperBuild Growth Fund Application.
Since October, a design team has been selected and the attached conceptual design (Appendix II Not available in electronic form for the Web.) is recommended for approval by the Project Planning Committee.
The classroom will be housed in an addition to the Natural Sciences Building adjacent to the Biological and Geological Sciences Building. The exterior of the addition will be similar to the existing buildings. It will seat close to 700 students in theatre type seating with large tablet arms. "Crush" space outside the classroom will be provided. The classroom will be well equipped with audio visual aids and considerable attention has been made to ensure the acoustical characteristics of the room are as good as possible.
The classroom will have seats on one floor and will be stepped to ensure good sightlines.
The time lines for construction are very tight for completion before September 2000.
This project will be funded from the capital budget or as part of the SuperBuild Fund.
See Appendix III (Not available in electronic form for the Web.)