Senate Agenda - EXHIBIT III - December 8, 2000




1. Huron University College: Honors Program in International and Comparative Studies

Recommended: That, effective September 1, 2001, a Bachelor of Arts program in Honors International and Comparative Studies be introduced in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science at Huron University College.

(page 284 of the Western 2000 calendar)


Admission Requirements

A first year program in Arts or Social Science with three courses as principal courses. The principal courses must include International and Comparative Studies 020 and two full course equivalents numbered 020-099 from English, French, Philosophy, History and Political Science. Admission to second year requires a grade of not less than 70% in International and Comparative Studies 020, an average of at least 70% in three principal courses including International and Comparative Studies 020 and no grade less than 60% in any Arts or Social Science course. Students should note the language requirement for graduation in this program when selecting courses.

Language Requirement for Graduation

Students graduating with an Honors BA in International and Comparative Studies degree must demonstrate competence in a second language to a level at least equivalent to completion of the second year of university studies. Students are permitted to use language courses numbered 200 and above to meet program requirements where appropriate. Students may also meet the language requirement by completing a language proficiency test administered by the relevant department.

Second Year

ICS 200E

Two full course equivalent courses from the following: Political Science 231E, 245E, 280E, History 210E, English 242E, 243 F /G, French 252E, Philosophy 215F/G, 216 F/G

Third and Fourth Years

ICS 301F/G

One of ICS 400E-409E or ICS 490E

3.5 full course equivalent courses in ICS numbered 200 or above

One full course equivalent course in Arts or Social Science numbered 200 or above. The course(s) taken to meet this requirement must have international and comparative content and receive prior approval from the Department.


The International and Comparative Studies program was introduced at Huron University College in 1996. A Combined Honors Program was implemented in 1998. Enrolments in ICS programs have increased steadily since their introduction. The honors program will meet a growing student demand for opportunities in International and Comparative Studies. It will also address the expectations of students for preparation for further study at the graduate level. The honors program will provide interdisciplinary training in and knowledge of international and global issues. Further studies are possible in the multidisciplinary fields already available at the graduate level (public policy, international development, peace and conflict studies, international relations, human rights, globalization, intergovernmental relations, environmental studies, and cultural studies.)

The program will be offered only at Huron University College. Students will be admitted to second and third year of the program in September 2001. Progression to fourth year will be implemented in September 2002.

2. Brescia College: Certificate Program in Community Development

Recommended: That effective September 1, 2001, a Certificate Program in Community Development be introduced at Brescia College.

[p. 281 of Western Academic Calendar 2000]

The Certificate in Community Development offered through the Department of Sociology at Brescia College is a 4th year alternative to the Honors Sociology Program. This one-year program is comprised of three core courses (including a practicum/placement component) and two optional courses to be selected from an approved interdisciplinary list.

Admission Requirements
Limited enrolment based on completion of:
Three years towards the BA in Sociology with a minimum overall average of 70% in Year 3 and
The specialized Certificate Program Application Form

Progression Requirements
To successfully complete the Certificate program, students must obtain an average of 70% in the three full-course equivalent core courses, with no course under 60%.

Year Four Sociology Certificate in Community Development
Students must take the following core courses:

Two full-course equivalent options from the list of approved courses below:


The proposed Certificate Program in Community Development will provide a solid grounding in the principles, practices, methods, and law and policies relevant to community development. Students will be involved in placements or projects in the community as an interactive complement to their academic study. The introduction of this program is, in a larger context, a timely one. There is increasing recognition of the importance of practical or applied sociology in the discipline as well as new emphases on concerted action between community and university.

The Deans: Academic Programs (DAP) "virtual committee" will be asked to approve the following courses:

Sociology 420F/G: Community Development: Foundations
This course explores the fundamental concepts and characteristic practices of community development. Students will work in both classroom and community field study (a placement or project) in consultation with community partners and the instructor. Topics include community history and development, fostering community and evaluating community resources. The placement will be with an association, project team, institution, neighborhood centre.

Sociology 421F/G: Community Development: Practice
This course explores the practice of community development. Students will experience placements/projects designed to foster citizen participation in problem diagnosis, problem solving, and community-building initiatives. Students will analyze case studies related to topics such as literacy and education, healthcare, seniors, youth, global development, policing and justice, and building of community cultures.

Sociology 422: Community Analysis: Research & Evaluation
Students will gain knowledge and practice of community analysis methods. These include the study of census data, environmental analysis, ethnography, case studies, document analysis, and survey research including use of questionnaires, in-depth interviewing, or structured interviews, inventories of skills and capacities of selected individuals, as well as study of local associations and institutions.

Sociology 423: Interpreting Law and Social Policy to Build Communities
Students will learn to interpret law and social policy for communities according to the degree of political awareness and/or literacy levels. Through understanding of the scholarly literature and practical application, the student will facilitate dialogue among community members as they share experiential knowledge, to understand the impact of laws and policies on their neighborhoods and communities.

3. Faculty of Science: Four-Year BSc in Biology

Recommended: That effective September 1, 2001, a Four-Year Bachelor of Science degree in Biology be introduced in the Faculty of Science.



Admission Requirements

Students enter fourth year of this program after completing all requirements of the three-year BSc in Biology with an overall average of 60%, and an average of 60% in the 5.0 Biology courses in the area of concentration. It is strongly recommended that students complete one of Biology 284a or 285b prior to entry. If they have not done so, they must meet this requirement prior to graduation from the fourth year.

Fourth Year

A total of 5.0 courses.

The area of concentration will consist of the 5.0 courses which made up the area of concentration for the three-year BSc Biology, plus the 4.0 courses from the Departments listed above, for a total of 9.0 courses (or 9.5 courses if one of Biology 284a or 285b is taken in the fourth year).

4. Faculty of Science: Withdrawal of the Three-Year BA in Statistics

Recommended: That the three-year BA program in Statistics be withdrawn in the Faculty of Science, effective September 1, 2001.



For students who entered this program in September 2000 or earlier.

This program is being discontinued. No students will be admitted to second year of this program after September 2000. All students currently in the program should complete their course requirements by April 2002 to guarantee that the required courses will still be available.


The program is deemed to be of low quality and the Department is endeavoring to raise the bar of quality for the programs offered.

The Department's programs are expanding on many fronts (examples of new or expanding enrolment courses: Health Sciences 201 and 401, Statistical Sciences 023a/b, 024/ab, and 241b) and needs the resources that are currently used in the Three-Year BA program for these courses and for the honors programs.

The Department will continue to offer two of the main courses in this program: Statistical Sciences 135 and Actuarial Science 153, as these are service courses for other programs. The Department is no longer planning to offer Statistical Sciences 236, but students will be able to take Mathematics 236, which will be offered at least up to the 2001-02 academic year. The Department will continue to offer Statistical Sciences 301a/b and 302a/b up to the 2001-02 academic year. Students eligible to enter 303a/b may be redirected into 353. This will allow students who have entered second year of this program in September 2000 to complete all their degree requirements by April, 2002. However, after 2001-02 these courses are no longer guaranteed to be offered.

The Department has had no success in finding any reasonable replacement courses from other departments. This has further weakened this program and the Department is of the opinion that if it continues to give out Three-Year BA Statistics degrees, it may actually cause damage to the reputation of the university and students.

5. Secondary School Reform: Admission Requirements for Programs

Recommended: That the admission requirements be revised to reflect the new high school curriculum as outlined in Appendix 1.


At its March 24, 2000, meeting (S.00-63), Senate approved the following motions pertaining to the minimum admission requirements for high school students who enter university after completing the revised secondary school curriculum:

That the minimum admission requirements for high school students who enter university after completing the revised secondary school curriculum be:

- Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent. This will include the satisfactory completion of the Literacy Test.
- Completion of six Grade 12 "U" or "U/C" courses with a minimum average to be determined from year to year by the University, one of the courses must be Grade 12 "U" English (ENG4U).


That during the transition from the current to the new OSS program and curriculum, the University consider applicants and their academic programs from either system, equally. Students who present OAC course results in combination with "U" and/or "U/C" courses will be considered equally provided that they meet all the course prerequisites specified by the Universities, and,

That the University review the admission requirements after three years to determine if there are any differences between the performance of students who have entered with mostly "U" or "U/C" courses.

Appendix 1 lists the new high school curriculum courses that will be required or recommended for admission to faculties/programs at The University of Western Ontario by those students applying to first year who form part of the double cohort.

6. WISE Program (formerly Concurrent Studies)

Recommended: That the Concurrent Studies program be renamed Western's Initiative for Scholarly Excellence (WISE) and revised as outlined below:


Western's Initiative for Scholarly Excellence (WISE)
(Tuition fees waived for one full course equivalent.)
Limited Enrollment

Secondary school students who are studying in Ontario at the time of their application may be eligible to enrol in one university course on campus or by distance studies at either the Constituent University or the affiliated colleges, concurrently with their secondary school studies.

Credit for this course will be granted upon successful completion of the course. Registration in a course shall require that the necessary prerequisites at the secondary school level have been attained. Students may not register in a first- year course at the University where an equivalent course in the subject is available to them in the high school system.

For students applying under OSIS: Students must have achieved at least an 80% average in Grades 10, 11 and Grade 12 and have a minimum of twenty-four credits including one or more OAC credits. Applicants who have an overall 85% average in Grades 10, 11 and/or 12 but do not have any OAC credits will be considered. For students applying under OSS: Completion of a minimum of 24 credits. Achievement of an 80% average in subjects undertaken in Grades 10 and 11 including one or more Grade 12 U/UC courses. For those applicants who have not completed any Grade 12 U/UC courses, an overall 85 % average will be required on subjects undertaken in Grades 10 and 11. Registration in a sufficient number of secondary school subjects to fulfill Western's admission requirements and nomination by the secondary school principal, guidance counsellor or teacher are also required. WISE students will follow standard admission procedures when they wish to study at Western, subsequent to the WISE program, for an undergraduate degree program.

Applications and all documentation should be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than July 1 for the fall/winter session.

Application forms may be obtained by writing to the Registrar's Office of the Constituent University or from the Affiliated College.


Name Change: "Concurrent Studies" is confusing because there are many "concurrent degree" programs offered at Western. Changing the name gives a distinctive identity to the program.

Tuition: It will be clear that tuition is waived for one full or equivalent course only.

Limited Enrollment: Limiting enrollment to a maximum of 100 students would ensure a suitable level of administrative and counselling support. Students with the highest averages would be selected first. Limiting the program to Ontario students would ensure a consistency of admission criteria as well as increasing the percentage of WISE students that might eventually study at Western.

Admission Deadline: The majority of applicants apply before the end of June, which is when many secondary schools close for the summer. An earlier admission deadline would give university staff more time to process their applications, assist with students' course decisions and subsequent registration.

OAC Credit: The sequencing of secondary school courses means that some suitable candidates could be prevented from joining the program if they had not planned to take an OAC course prior to their final year of secondary school. However, under the WISE program, in place of the OAC credit, students can apply with a higher admission average.

Recommendation by Secondary School: In the past, a recommendation from the Principal has been required. However, the Guidance Counsellor or Teacher would often know the students better than the Principal and could give a suitable endorsement.

Gifted Students: Occasionally there are exceptionally gifted students who wish to study at Western who may not fit the profile of the traditional student admitted to the WISE program. It would be desirable for the Admissions Office to be able to admit such students even though they do not fit the admission criteria. For example, a grade 11 student with a 90 percent who is fast tracking through secondary school and is looking for the challenge of university might be considered a suitable candidate for the WISE program even though they do not meet the standard admission requirements.

Distance Studies: Since the elimination of the off-campus sites, students in the WISE program have had to be within commuting distance of the main campus. This imposes geographical limitations to potential WISE students. Allowing students to enroll in selected and suitable distance studies courses would mean that students outside of commuting distance could still be exposed to the programs and services of the University. Considering that learning technologies are an important part of the university experience, exposing students to distance studies courses could benefit their transition to such technologies in the future.

New secondary school curriculum: The admission requirements will be kept in line with the current requirements.

7. Sessional Dates

Recommended: That Senate approve the sessional dates outlined in Appendix 2. [Not available in electronic form for the Web. Paper copies are available in the University Secretariat.]


The sessional dates submitted for approval comprise the calendar years 2001 and 2002, and a few prominent dates for the January to April 2003 period.


1. New Scholarships and Awards

SCAPA has approved on behalf of the Senate the following Terms of Reference for new scholarships, awards, bursaries and prizes for recommendation to the Board of Governors through the Vice-Chancellor:

Geoff Bain Award for Field Research (Faculty of Science, Zoology)
Awarded to an undergraduate student in Zoology who writes the best field research paper. The recipient will be selected by the Chair of the Department of Zoology in consultation with the Ecology group. This award was established in memory of Geoff Bain by his family, friends and colleagues through Foundation Western.

Value: 1 at $100 annually
Effective May 2001

Hudson's Bay Charitable Foundation Scholarship (Faculty of Social Science, History)
Awarded annually to an undergraduate student in a History program in the Faculty of Social Science based on academic achievement (minimum 80% academic average). The Faculty of Social Science will select the recipient in consultation with the Department of History. This scholarship was made possible by a generous donation from Hudson's Bay Charitable Foundation.

Value: 1 at $1,670 annually for five years only
Effective in 2000-2001 to 2004-2005 only

Nicolaas and Regina Veenboer Foundation Bursaries (2) (Any)
Awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. These bursaries are made possible by a gift from the Nicolaas and Regina Veenboer Foundation.

Value: 2 at $950 effective May 2000-2001 only

Leonardo Suarez Memorial Scholarships (2) (Faculty of Health Sciences, Nursing)
Awarded to two full-time undergraduate students, in any year beyond year one, of the Nursing program. If possible, one male and one female student will be selected. Selection will be based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average from previous year) and involvement in extracurricular activities in the School of Nursing or the community. Applications are available from the School of Nursing and must be completed by January 30. The Scholarships and Awards Committee in the School of Nursing will choose the recipients. These scholarships were established by Felicitas, Kevin and Brian Suarez in loving memory of a wonderful husband and father, through Foundation Western.

Value: 2 at $500 annually
Effective May 2001

Bristol Prize in Medicine (Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, Medicine)

Awarded by Bristol Laboratories to a student at the completion of the clinical clerkship selected on the basis of meritorious performance in Clinical Medicine. (Funds are to be used towards the purchase of Medical Texts in Therapy and/or Pharmacology.)

Value: $500
Effective 2000-2001 only

2. Collaborative Nursing Program with Fanshawe College

Commencing September 2001, The University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College will offer a collaborative BScN program.

In 1994, the UWO Senate approved a collaborative program with Fanshawe College to begin in September 1996. The program was not implemented because satisfactory funding arrangements were not achieved. In September 1997, the School of Nursing introduced the curriculum that had been approved as the collaborative curriculum and Senate was informed that the curriculum was being offered using only Western resources. Subsequent its original approval, the curriculum has undergone refinements including the amalgamation of some courses into new courses and the deletion of others. Each change was approved by DAP.

In July 2000, The University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College signed an agreement for a collaborative BScN program to begin in September 2001. The collaborative program will follow the current BScN curriculum, with two streams within the program. The Western stream will be comprised of 100 students who will complete four years at the university. This will be an increase in the first-year class size from the current number of 88 students. Fanshawe will admit 100 students who will complete Years I and II and the final semester of Year IV at Fanshawe. For Year III and the first semester of Year IV, the Fanshawe stream will be at Western. The model will be as follows:

Western (100 Students) Fanshawe (100 students)
Year I X *
Year II X *
Year III X *  
Year IV 1st Term X *  
Year IV 2nd Term X *

All required first and second year courses will be available to the Fanshawe stream at Fanshawe College.

A significant feature of the agreement is that Fanshawe College will be allowed to admit students with an average of 70% on six OAC's, with the goal of increasing this average. The Western stream will continue to be admitted with an average in accordance with that established by Senate for First Year students. (In September 2000, the admission average minimum for the BScN program was 80%.)

Calendar copy for the collaborative program will be forwarded to the Deans: Academic Programs (DAP) "virtual committee" as soon as possible.

The proposed changes in the undergraduate nursing (basic) description for the 2001-2002 academic calendar are attached as Appendix 3. This description reflects the introduction of the Western-Fanshawe Collaborative Nursing Program.

3. Renaming of Programs: Four-Year BA or BSc in Honors Actuarial Science and Statistics (formerly the Four-Year BA or BSc in Honors Statistics and Actuarial Science)

Effective September 1, 2001, the Four-Year BA or BSc programs in Honors Statistics and Actuarial Science program will be renamed a Four-Year BA or BSc Honors Actuarial Science and Statistics. The Department has stated:

"In January, 2000, the Society of Actuaries completely changed their professional exam system. To meet the needs of our students, we decided to change several of our courses based on these exam changes. As we developed/changed some of our courses, it was felt that we might as well make other changes to our Actuarial Science program that would strengthen it and continue to make it one of the best in Canada and the USA. We wanted our program to go beyond preparing students for writing the professional exams. We wanted to give our students the tools and latest knowledge needed to compete in the actuarial profession in the year 2000 and beyond, in addition to preparing them for the professional exams...

The change in the name of the program (so that Actuarial Science is stated first) is due to the fact that almost every student in the program is an actuarial science student, who has switched to this program from the Actuarial Science program either in their third or fourth year."