MSVU Senate Minutes -- April 29 2002
Senate, Mount Saint Vincent University
Present: S. Brown (Chair), P. Baker, R. BÃ©rard, I. Blum, S. Boyd, S. Bruhm, B. Casey, W. Doyle, S. Drain, F. French, P. Glenister, C. Hill, B. King, L. Lewis, M. Lyon, J. McLaren, S. Medjuck, D. Nevo, S. Perrott, T. Roberts, L. Steele, L. Theriault, P. Watts, A. Whitewood, J. Woodsworth Regrets: F. Harrington, K. Kienapple, C. Mathieson, L. Neilsen, D. Norris, N. Parsons, E. Rosenthal Guests: W. Cornwall , M. MacMillan, G. Logan, D. O'Connell 1. Approval of Agenda Moved by C. Hill, seconded by S. Boyd the approval of the agenda as amended. CARRIED S. Brown welcomed members of Senate and introduced guests. 2. Approval of Minutes of March 25, 2002 Moved by W. Doyle, seconded by L. Steele the approval of the Minutes of March 25, 2002 as amended. CARRIED 3. Business Arising from the Minutes A report regarding the Canada Research Chairs nomination process was distributed. J. Woodsworth stated that the process for submitting nominations is in accordance to the MSVU Strategic Research Plan and that advertisements for Research Chairs would continue. A Senator asked whether the process for submitting nominations requires reassessment in order that the Chair positions can be filled. S. Brown explained that there was a sequencing process and that the Chair positions are not filled all at once. She indicated that there is also a six-month timeline for approval by Ottawa. She communicated that there is an evaluation of the Chairs Program taking place at the federal level with a number of concerns having been expressed. Whether the time involved for approval is an issue at this level is unknown. CAPP will follow up on Senate concerns at the September Senate meeting. In answer to Senators' questions, S. Brown explained that MSVU has two years to fill the Chair positions and at this point in time the Committee lacks a second nomination. J. Woodsworth commented that MSVU has been allocated four Chairs and that the Committee would like MSVU members to actively approach potential nominees. 4 President's Announcements S. Brown announced that the four Honourary Degree recipients for MSVU's May Convocation are, as follows: Â¡ The Right Honourable Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin Â¡ The Honourable Marion Reid, Former Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island Â¡ Ms. Linda LundstrÃ¶m, Business Woman Â¡ Dr. Judith Gold, Eminent Psychiatrist, Former Chair of MSVU's Board of Governors 5. Question Period There were no questions. 6. Unfinished Business There was no unfinished business. Moved by B. King, seconded by B. Casey to move in camera to conduct the first round of ballots for Honourary Degree candidates. 7. Committee Reports (Standing and Ad Hoc) 7.1 Senate Executive There was no report. 7.2 Academic Appeals L. Theriault reported that the Committee has met to hear an appeal. 7.3 Academic Policy and Planning 7.3.1 Senate Committee on Academic Policy and Planning, Terms of Reference Moved by J. Woodsworth, seconded by P. Watts that the Terms of Reference for CAPP be amended as bolded on page 3 of the original attached to the March 25, 2002 agenda. CARRIED 7.3.2 Notice of Motion: Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning, Terms of Reference S. Brown introduced the Notice of Motion, which will be voted on during the May Senate meeting. 7.3.3 Academic Plan Moved by J. Woodsworth, seconded by S. Medjuck, that Senate adopt the Academic Plan. CARRIED with one opposed and one abstention. S. Brown indicated that the Plan was discussed during the March meeting of Senate at which time Senators were invited to make suggestions for consideration. A revised version of the Academic Plan was subsequently drafted. J. Woodsworth highlighted some of the revisions: Â¡ On page 10, an addition from the Research Committee; Â¡ On page 21, CAPP has included some principles according to which undergraduate and graduate programs will be developed; Â¡ On Pages 28 and 29, the addition of the Research Committee; Â¡ On page 31, a submission from the Students' Union, brought to CAPP; and Â¡ Under the Internationalization section of the Plan, an inclusion entitled, Principles According to Which International Agreements Will Be Sought and Signed. A Senator asked for clarification on what "generating new resources," from page 21 of Principles for Recommending New Programs implied. J. Woodsworth explained that there was potential for generating income from increased student enrolments. 7.3.4 Program In Public Policy Studies Moved by J. Woodsworth, seconded by S. Medjuck, the approval of this program. CARRIED with two opposed (L. Lewis, T. Roberts). J. Woodsworth indicated that CAPP had some reservations about the feasibility of having a new Program in Public Policy Studies when continuing to offer majors in Political Studies and Economics at the same time. CAPP recommended that within two years of the implementation of the new program that there be an assessment to make sure there is sufficient interest demonstrated. There was some concern that students might be drawn away from the existing programs and that it might be difficult to maintain all three. S. Medjuck provided an overview of the program and stated that it is hoped this program will draw new students. L. Lewis expressed concerns about student opportunities to earn income during the summer and whether or not there would be additional expenses incurred if there were internships outside the region. S. Medjuck indicated it was hoped that the internship programs would be paid opportunities but that this may depend on the number of students entering the program. T. Roberts inquired about the possibility of dropping the program or deferring an internship should paid positions not be available. S. Medjuck indicated that the intent is to pursue paid positions but that there is a possibility that the internship could be done at the end of third year or that the equivalent of the 10 weeks could be spread out over the school term a couple days a week. A Senator asked what credential students would receive upon graduation of this program. M. MacMillan responded it would be a Major in Public Policy. 7.3.5 Clinical Associate Designation in the School Psychology Program Moved by M. Lyon, seconded by F. French, the approval of the Terms of Reference for the Clinical Associate Designation in the School of Psychology Program. CARRIED Moved by T. Roberts, seconded by L. Lewis to move session to in camera to discuss confidential business. CARRIED 7.4 Committee on Teaching and Learning There was no report 7.5 Graduate Studies 7.5.1 School Psychology Program changes a) Deletion of courses as program requirements i) GSPY 6823, Developmental Psychology (half unit) ii) One of GSPY 6100, Experimental Research Methods; GSPY 6107, Qualitative Research Methods; GSPY 6170, Research Literacy; GSPY 6150, Independent Study in Research Methods (half unit) iii) Elective: half unit b) Addition of courses as program requirements i) GSPY 6800, Educational Perspectives for the School Psychologist (one unit) ii) GSPY 6824, Perspectives on Diversity (half unit) Moved by M. Lyon, seconded by F. French the addition of these courses as program requirements in the School Psychology Program: GSPY 6800, GSPY 6824 and the deletion of these courses as program requirements: GSPY 6823, one of GSPY 6100, GSPY 6107, GSPY 6170, GSPY 6150 and one half unit elective. CARRIED c) Changes to courses i) GSPY 6810, Consultation, renumbered, renamed, new prerequisite and description: GSPY 6840, Clinical Practice 1, Seminar in School Psychology Consultation Skills (half unit) and GSPY 6841, Practicum (half unit) Moved by M. Lyon, seconded by F. French, the changes to courses GSPY 6810, GSPY 6840 and GSPY 6841. CARRIED ii) GSPY 6811, Psychological Assessment, renumbered, renamed, new prerequisite and description: GSPY 6842, Clinical Practice 2, Seminar in Psychological Assessment (one unit) and GSPY 6843, Practicum (one unit) Moved by M. Lyon, seconded by F. French, the changes to courses GSPY 6811, GSPY 6842 and GSPY 6843. CARRIED iii) GSPY 6812, Therapy I, renumbered, renamed, New prerequisite and description: GSPY 6844, Clinical Practice 3, Therapeutic Interventions in Psychological Practice I (half unit) Moved by M. Lyon, seconded by F. French, the changes to courses GSPY 6812, and GSPY 6844. CARRIED iv) GSPY 6813, Therapy II, renumbered, renamed, new prerequisite and description: GSPY 6845, Clinical Practice 4, Seminar in Therapeutic Intervention in Psychological Practice II (half unit) and GSPY 6846, Practicum (half unit) Moved by M. Lyon, seconded by F. French, the changes to courses GSPY 6813, GSPY 6845, and GSPY 6846. CARRIED v) GSPY 6814, Behaviour, renumbered, renamed, new prerequisite and description: GSPY 6847, Seminar in Strategies for Managing Behaviour Concerns (half unit) and GSPY 6848, Practicum (half unit) Moved by M. Lyon, seconded by F. French, the changes to courses GSPY 6814 and GSPY 6847 and GSPY 6848. CARRIED vi) GSPY 6815, Strategies for Intervention with Learning Difficulties, renumbered, renamed, new prerequisite and description: GSPY 6817, Strategies for Intervention with Learning Difficulties, A Developmental Perspective (half unit) Moved by M. Lyon, seconded by F. French, the changes to courses GSPY 6815 and GSPY 6817 CARRIED vii) GSPY 6821, Neuropsychology, renumbered, renamed, new prerequisite and description: GSPY 6831 Neurodevelopmental & Neuropsychological Issues in Children (half unit) Moved by M. Lyon, seconded by F. French, the changes to courses GSPY 6821 and GSPY 6831. CARRIED viii) GSPY 6819, Internship: new prerequisite and description (one unit) Moved by M. Lyon, seconded by F. French, the changes to courses GSPY 6819. CARRIED d) Deletion of courses i) GSPY 6875, Social Skill Development and Well Being ii) GSPY 6876, The School Psychologist in the Community Context iii) GSPY 6880, Behaviour Analysis in Education iv) GSPY 6881, Practicum in Behaviour Analysis in Education Moved by M. Lyon, seconded by F. French, the deletion of courses GSPY 6875, GSPY 6876, GSPY 6880, and GSPY 6881. CARRIED e) Addition of courses i) GSPY 6824, Perspectives on Diversity (half unit) Moved by M. Lyon, seconded by F. French, the addition of course GSPY 6824. CARRIED ii) GSPY 6849, Advanced Seminar in Psychological Assessment (half unit) Moved by M. Lyon, seconded by F. French, the addition of course GSPY 6849. CARRIED iii) GSPY 6850, Advanced Practicum in Psychological Assessment (half unit) Moved by M. Lyon, seconded by F. French, the addition of course GSPY 6850. CARRIED 7.6 Undergraduate Curriculum Senate agreed to have the Undergraduate Curriculum information items moved to action items. 7.6.1 Undergraduate Curriculum 22.214.171.124 Economics a) Changes to existing courses i. ECON 3324 (one unit): renumbered 3325, new name, description and prerequisites (half unit) ii. ECON 2203 (one unit): renumbered 2204, new name and description (half unit) Moved by S. Medjuck, seconded by M. Lyon, the addition of ECON 3325 and ECON 2204 which replace ECON 3324 AND ECON 2203. CARRIED b) New courses i) ECON 3330, Economic Development (half unit) ii) ECON 3335, Income Inequality (half unit) Moved by S. Medjuck, seconded by M. Lyon, the addition of new courses, ECON 3330 AND ECON 3335. CARRIED 126.96.36.199 Political Studies and Canadian Studies Moved by S. Medjuck, seconded by M. Lyon, to vote approval of new courses POLS/ECON 4444, POLS 3334, and POLS 3344 together and to vote separately on POLS 3399. CARRIED a) New courses i. POLS/ECON 4444, Global Issues Seminar (half unit) ii. POLS 3399, Internship (one unit) Moved by S. Medjuck, seconded by M. Lyon, the approval of, POLS 3399. CARRIED with two opposed (L. Lewis, T. Roberts) and 3 abstained. iii. POLS 3334, Globalization and the Nation State (half unit) iv. POLS 3344, The United Nations and Global Governance (half unit) Moved by S. Medjuck, seconded by M. Lyon, the approval of new course: POLS/ECON 4444, POLS 3334, and POLS 3344. CARRIED Senators expressed apprehension regarding the Internship (POLS 3399). Specifically, they were concerned about the availability of a paid internship and the importance communicating to students that a paid internship cannot be guaranteed. 7.7 Committee on Appointment, Promotion and Tenure or Permanence for Academic Administrators (CAPTPAA) There was no report. 7.8 Committee on Information Technology and Services There was no report. 7.9 Nominations 7.9.1 Senate Committees Election I. Blum reported the Nominations Committee was putting forth a Notice of Motion to be voted on during the next Senate meeting. L. Lewis requested a copy of the Student Judicial Code and asked for clarification as to whether this has a standing Committee of Senate. S. Brown clarified there is no standing committee of Senate for the Student Judicial Code and asked that a copy of the code be forwarded to L. Lewis and that a copy also be made available to Senate in the event further questions arise. 7.10 Library F. French stated that some new programs cut across a variety of departments and are not part of the allocation of library funding. The SLC is looking at recommendations to change the allocation formula.. F. French invited feedback from Senate. He will also investigate ways of obtaining suggestions from faculty via the MSVU Intranet. 7.11 Research and Publications There was no report. 7.12 Student Affairs There was no report. 7.13 Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships L. Theriault reported that the Committee met on April 4th to develop the Entrance Scholarship Program. Both the number of awards offered and the monetary value of some of the awards have been increased. She indicated the President's Scholarship has been raised from a $5000 renewable to a $7000 renewable. The University has offered five awards in this category and at present has received three signed offers. As well, a second category of awards was raised from $4000 to $5000 and a number of renewable $4000 awards were increased. She indicated the $3500 awards remain as is at present and that there were some increases in awards in the 85 and above average category. L. Theriault informed Senators that the total number of scholarship offers has increased from 142 to 181 this year. She indicated there were 293 students applying in the previous year and presently, there are 312 applications received. L. Theriault suggested raising the number of scholarships offered and dollar amounts associated would make the Mount more competitive with other universities and more enticing to some students. A Senator questioned if there is still a reasonable budget for in-house scholarships. L. Theriault responded that there is and that the budget for third and fourth year student awards would not be negatively affected. 7.14 Writing Initiatives Committee There was no report. 7.15 University Research Ethics Board There was no report. 8. Other Reports 8.1 Board of Governors B. Casey reported that A. Whitewood presented an overview of the business plan preparation, which guides the university in setting budgets. She reported that the changes to the scholarship awards were presented to the Board and that modifications to the program were well received. 8.2 Students' Union T. Roberts reported that the new executive would take office on May 1st, 2002. She reported a successful Awards night and thanked both students and faculty for their support. T. Roberts announced that D. O'Connell would replace her as Vice President Academic Affairs. On behalf of Senators S. Brown thanked T. Roberts for her dedication and wished her well in her future endeavours. S. Brown congratulated L. Lewis on being elected the Students' Union President for a second term and for her appointment as Policy Chair of the Nova Scotia Student Advocacy Coalition. 9. New Business 9.1 Honourary Degree Nominations Business conducted in camera. 10. Items for Communication Program changes will be reflected in the University Calendars. All promotional material will communicate the issue raised in item, 188.8.131.52. 11. Adjournment S. Brown thanked J. Woodsworth and C. Mathieson for their contributions to Senate. Moved by R. BÃ©rard to adjourn the meeting at 10:05 p.m. CARRIED.