Senate Agenda - EXHIBIT II - December 7, 2001

REPORT OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON ACADEMIC POLICY AND AWARDS (SCAPA)

FOR APPROVAL

1. King's College: Religious Studies Program in Catholic Studies

Recommended: That a BA in Honors Religious Studies (Catholic Studies) be introduced at King's College, effective September 1, 2002.

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(To be inserted after the RELIGIOUS STUDIES PROGRAMS under King's College
in the Affiliated Colleges section of the UWO Calendar.)

BA in Honors Religious Studies (Catholic Studies)

The BA in Honors Religious Studies (Catholic Studies), in accordance with the religious identity of the College, provides a substantive treatment of the Roman Catholic Tradition and the necessary competence in the content to be taught in Religious Education classes in the Catholic School System. This program also meets the Religious Studies admission requirements of the UWO Faculty of Education for the use of Religion as a teachable subject.

Students should consult with the Department during the program counseling period in February regarding the selection of courses

Admission Requirements

A 020-level Religious Studies course with a mark of 60% and two other courses, which will also be counted as principal courses. The principal courses must all be above 60% and average 70%. All other courses taken must have a passing mark.

Program

After the first year a total of at least nine Religious Studies Honors courses (200-level or higher) is required. Any Honors Religious Studies courses taken will be regarded as principal courses.

Second Year

All of Religious Studies 201F, 202G, 203F/G, 205F/G and 230E must be taken.

Third and Fourth Years

Religious Studies 204F/G, 206F/G, 242E, 271F/G, 272F/G, 300F/G, and 301F/G must be taken, except that students who have completed Philosophy 253E with a grade of at least 70% are not required to take Religious Studies 300F/G; and 241E may be substituted for both 271F/G and 272F/G.

At least one half-course must be taken at the 400-level.

Background:

The introduction of this program will: 1) increase student choice; 2) provide a program that responds to the introduction by the Ontario Government and many Faculties of Education (including the one at the U.W.O) of Religion to the list of teaching subjects. This program will provide assurance to Catholic School Boards, and other prospective employers, that a balanced and structured program of studies in the Catholic Tradition has been completed.

2. Labour Relations Diploma/Certificate

Recommended: That a Certificate and a Diploma in Labour Relations be introduced in the Faculty of Social Science in partnership with the Western Centre for Continuing Studies, effective September 1, 2002.

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(Insert on p. 146 following "Certificate in Addiction Studies.")

Certificate in Labour Relations

The Certificate in Labour Relations is designed to provide students with practical and applied knowledge and skills to develop and implement joint co-operative relationships between labour and management in the workplace. The Certificate will consist of the equivalent of four full credits, and will be comprised of eight half certificate-credit courses.

All students will be admitted to the Certificate in Labour Relations according to the policies and guidelines for admission to the University. Non-UWO students must first apply to The University of Western Ontario through the Ontario University Application Centre in Guelph, Ontario. In addition, prospective students must also complete the application form for the Certificate in Labour Relations provided by The Western Centre for Continuing Studies. Application forms are available through The Western Centre for Continuing Studies. Students who are currently enrolled at UWO are only required to complete The Western Centre for Continuing Studies application form.

Application Deadline: March 1 to be considered for admission for the Fall term.

Diploma in Labour Relations

The Diploma in Labour Relations is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the theory that drives the field of labour relations. The Diploma will consist of nine full courses: the eight half certificate-credit courses of the Certificate in Labour Relations plus the five degree-crdit equivalents specified.

Enrolment will be limited and competitive, and will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Faculty of Social Science.

All students will be admitted to the Diploma in Labour Relations according to the policies and guidelines for admission to the University. Non-UWO students must first apply to The University of Western Ontario through the Ontario University Application Centre in Guelph, Ontario. In addition, prospective students must also complete the application form for the Diploma in Labour Relations provided by The Western Centre for Continuing Studies. Application forms are available through The Western Centre for Continuing Studies. Students who are currently enrolled at UWO are only required to complete The Western Centre for Continuing Studies application form.

Application Deadline: March 1 to be considered for admission for the Fall term.

Certificate Program

The program consists of eight certificate-credit courses (4 full course equivalents)

Diploma Program

The Diploma will consist of the equivalent of nine full courses: the eight certificate-credit half-courses of the Certificate in Labour Relations, plus the following five degree-credit equivalents:

Required

Total required degree-credit 3

Plus 3 of the following Electives:

or History 182 a/b - Women in the Workforce

(Prerequisite: Economics 020 or 021)

or Philosophy 283 F/G - The Ethics of Professional Relationships

Total elective degree-credit 1

Total degree-credit for Diploma = 5 full credits

Total certificate-credit for Diploma = 4 full credit equivalents

Total credit equivalents required for completion of Certificate in Labour Relations = 4 full credit equivalents

Total credits required for completion of Diploma in Labour Relations (degree-credit + certificate-credit) = 9 full credits

Background:

Significant and fundamental changes in the economy, the workforce and government legislation are having an impact on the trade union movement and management world-wide. Labour and management are being challenged today to examine their roles at various levels, to find ways of remaining successful and working well together in a global workplace driven by increased competition and ever-changing technology.

The new global knowledge economy demands new skills and new attitudes to work. Ongoing learning and teamwork require a culture of labour-management co-operation, and a willingness to find better ways of working more effectively together. The fundamental philosophy of the proposed program is that improved relations between labour and management are fundamental to success in today's economy. The program provides a framework for exploring, challenging and developing new joint approaches to labour-management relations.

Labour Studies programs are offered at a number of universities across Canada. Although The University of Western Ontario is the leading Canadian school in business education, there is not a concentrated program of study offered here that enables labour and management to share perspectives that will permit them to learn how the other operates, and how they can develop more productive and less confrontational relationships.

The Faculty of Social Science, in partnership with The Western Centre for Continuing Studies, proposes remedying this shortcoming by offering a Certificate and a Diploma in Labour Relations. These programs will offer a comprehensive program of study that will enable undergraduate and graduate students, practitioners in the field of labour relations, human resources professionals, union representatives, and management representatives to obtain a solid grounding in the theory of labour relations combined with practical and applied skills that will focus on the development of new models for joint labour-management relationships.

The programs are offered as two distinct, yet related, units. The Certificate may be taken as an intact program; the Diploma will consist of a combination of degree-credit courses and the certificate-credit courses comprising the Certificate. The structure is designed to accommodate the needs of both working professionals and current university students.

Undergraduate students may complete the degree-credit components of the Diploma as part of their degree requirements, then complete the certificate-credit components to obtain the Diploma. Other individuals may complete the Certificate as a distinct entity; those who choose to complete the Diploma may then apply for admission to the Faculty of Social Science to pursue the degree-credit components.

Certificate-Credit Courses

The certificate-credit courses are designed to provide students with practical and applied knowledge and skills to develop and implement joint co-operative relationships between labour and management in the workplace.

LR001: Introduction to Labour Management Relations
(Required for all other certificate courses)
This course provides an overview of the field of labour relations. Participants will examine its history, current status and directions for the future. (36 hours)

LR002: Communications in the Workplace
This course provides a broad-based approach to the impact of communications in the workplace, and within and between organizations. (36 hours)

LR003: Conflict Resolution
This course provides an overview of effective conflict resolution techniques and methods that encourage alternative dispute resolution solutions. (36 hours)

LR004: Collective Bargaining
This course provides an introduction to the collective bargaining process, and enables participants to explore the impact of traditional and interest-based approaches. (48 hours)

LR005: Organizational Culture
This course provides an introduction to why and how businesses and unions operate.
(36 hours)

LR006: Changing Dynamics in the Workplace: The Role of Human Resource Development
An introduction to the planning and implementation of specific issues related to recruitment, retention and training of the people who make up the organization.
(36 hours)

LR007: Introduction to Labour Law
An introduction to current federal and provincial labour and employment law. (36 hours)

LR008: Collaborative Labour-management Relations
(Prerequisite: Completion of all other courses in the Certificate program, or permission of the Director)
This course provides an introduction to the skills and tools required for developing collaborative relationships between labour and management. (36 hours)

3. Undergraduate Sessional Dates

Recommended: That SCAPA approve and recommend to the Senate the undergraduate sessional dates for 2003 as outlined in Appendix 1. [Available in paper copy format from the University Secretariat.]

Background:

The sessional dates for 2003 are submitted for approval. However, revisions to the Guidelines for the Organization of the Academic Year, approved by Senate on March 23, 2001, resulted in some changes to the 2002 sessional dates. The revised Undergraduate Sessional Dates for 2002 are included in Appendix 1 for information.

4. Policy on Prerequisites and Antirequisites

Recommended: That the statement regarding prerequisites be revised to read as highlighted below:

REGISTRATION/COURSE SELECTION (S.99-154, S.01-73b)

Full-time and part-time studies are available...during the course registration period.

Students are responsible for ensuring that their selection of courses is appropriate and accurately recorded, that all course prerequisites have been successfully completed, and that they are aware of any antirequisite course(s) that they have taken. If the student does not have the requisites for a course, and does not have written special permission from his or her Dean to enroll in the course, the University reserves the right to cancel the student's registration in the course . This decision may not be appealed. The normal financial and academic penalties will apply to a student who is dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites.

The final date for registration is the last day of....

Background:

When the PeopleSoft system was introduced it was recognized that UWO no longer had the ability to check on whether or not a student had taken a prerequisite for a course. Consequently, a statement (p. 17 of the UWO 2001 Academic Calendar) was approved by Senate that warned students of the need to take responsibility for checking that they had any necessary prerequisite.

In general this statement appears to have had the necessary effect. However, Associate Deans and Counselling Offices have encountered situations in which a student has either not known, or has ignored, the prerequisite requirement, and remained in a course, failed that course and then demanded, on the basis of the phrase, "will be withdrawn", that the course be removed from their record. It is clear that this was not the intent of the warning statement. The proposed phrasing of the statement allows discretion in relation to the approval or denial of such a request for withdrawal on the basis of not having taken a prerequisite.

The proposed wording also alerts students to the need to recognize antirequisite courses in their record.

FOR INFORMATION

1. Admission Requirements for the Doctor of Medicine Program (S.01-182)

At the September 21, 2001, meeting of Senate the Admission Requirements for the MD program were approved. At the request of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, the following minor revision should be made to the calendar copy:

Only those terms in which at least 5 full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) are taken will be used in the calculation of GPA admission cutoffs.

When students are required to take more than 5 full courses during any Sept. - April academic year because of program requirements, the five best courses will be used in the calculation of GPA admission cutoffs.

Three full or equivalent senior courses (second year and above) must be included in at least one of the two undergraduate years being used to determine compliance with established GPA cutoffs.

2. New Scholarships and Awards

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

General Motors of Canada Limited MBA Scholarship (Faculty of Graduate Studies, Business Administration)

Awarded to a student entering the first year of the MBA program at the Richard Ivey School of Business based on academic achievement (minimum 80% admission average). The scholarship may be held for a second year provided that the recipient maintains an 80% average. A new recipient will not be selected unless the current scholarship holder fails to qualify or graduates. Recipients will be selected by the Richard Ivey School of Business MBA Program Office. Preference for receiving this scholarship will be given to individuals who meet one or more of the following additional criteria: are female, are members of a visible cultural or ethnic minority, have a physical disability, are the first members of their families to attend a university. This scholarship was established by a generous gift from General Motors of Canada.

Value: 1 at $5,000

Effective Date: May 2002

General Motors of Canada Limited HBA Scholarship (Richard Ivey School of Business)

Awarded to a student entering first year of the HBA program at the Richard Ivey School of Business based on academic achievement (minimum 80% admission average). The scholarship may be held for a second year provided that the recipient maintains an 80% average. A new recipient will not be selected unless the current scholarship holder fails to qualify or graduates. Recipients will be selected by the Richard Ivey School of Business HBA Program Office. Preference for receiving this scholarship will be given to individuals who meet one or more of the following additional criteria: are female, are members of a visible cultural or ethnic minority, have a physical disability, are the first members of their families to attend a university. This scholarship was established by a generous gift from General Motors of Canada.

Value: 1 at $900

Effective Date: May 2002

2.b Subcommittee to Review Scholarships (SRS)

In March of 1996, the Scholarship Committee of Senate was disbanded and the newly created Senate Committee on Academic Policy and Awards took assumed part of the responsibility for scholarships and awards. The process for channeling items concerning awards is posted as part of the Academic Handbook (and shown as Appendix 1 of this Report to Senate)

In December 1996, an administrative working group was created to review policies and new and revised awards prior to forwarding them to the appropriate Board or Senate Committee for approval. The group had been formed by the Deputy Registrar and the Associate Secretary of Senate in order to ensure that communication took place among the units which handled the administration of awards, that the proposed wording of awards was vetted to ensure consistency and that the finances and appropriate signatures were in place prior to sending awards on to Board and Senate Committees. The terms of reference and membership of this committee are outlined below:

Subcommittee to Review Scholarships (SRS)

Terms of Reference:

To formulate policy concerning awards for recommendation to the Senate Committee on Academic Policy and Awards (SCAPA)

To review provisions for new graduate and undergraduate awards for recommendation to SCAPA and the Property & Finance Committee of the Board of Governors.

To review revisions to the terms of graduate and undergraduate awards for recommendation to the Property & Finance Committee of the Board of Governors.

Notes:

Composition:

One representative from:

Recommendations from individual faculties are forwarded initially to the Alumni & Development Officer, Stewardship, who consults with the Registrar's Office and the Faculty of Graduate Studies prior to added items to the next SRS agenda. SRS meets on the Tuesday of the week preceding a SCAPA meeting. Contingent on the consensus of the group that an award is ready for the appropriate Board of Governors and/or Senate Committee, the University Secretariat ensures that items are placed on the appropriate agendas. This working group has functioned effectively for five years.