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Wednesday,  September   14,   1983.
The First regular meeting of the Senate of The University of British Columbia for
the Session 1983-84 was held on Wednesday, September 14, 1983 at 8:00 p.m. in Room
102, George F. Curtis Building.
Present: President K. George Pedersen (Chairman), Chancellor J. V. Clyne,
Dr. R. H. T. Smith (Academic Vice-President), Dr. R. A. Adams, Dr. W. E. Benjamin,
Dean D. R. Birch, Mrs. M. F. Bishop, Mr. T. S. Blasco, Dr. T. H. Brown, Rev. P. C
Burns, Dean P. T. Burns, Mr. G. D. Burnyeat, Dr. K. O. L. Burridge, Dr. D. J. Connor,
Dr. T. S. Cook, Dr. J. Dahlie, Dr. J. D. Dennison, Miss S. M. Dickinson, Mr. E. Dixon,
Mrs. S. Dodson, Dr. D. Donaldson, Dr. A. J. Elder, Dr. R. M. Ellis, Mr. D. B. Fields,
Dean C. V. Finnegan, Mr. H. J. Franklin, Dr. A. M. Hickling, Ms. S. J. Holmes, Mrs. P.
Jones, Dr. W. M. Keenlyside, Dr. R. F. Kelly, Mr. P. S. Kendall, Dean R. W. Kennedy,
Dean W. D. Kitts, Dr. A. Kozak, Dean P. A. Larkin, Dr. L. M. Lavkulich, Dr. D. S.
Lireman, Dean P. A. Lusztig, Mrs. A. Macdonald, Ms. C. E. McAndrew, Mr. M. A.
McCann, Dr. A. J. McClean, Mr. D. Mclnnes, Dr. J. M. McMillan, Mr. J. F. McWilliams,
Dr. W. R. Morford, Mr. P. Nishihama, Miss J. H. Querie, Miss A. H. Rahme, Dr. J. F.
Richards, Dean B. E. Riedel, Mr. D. J. Rimek, Dr. V. C. Runeckles, Dr. G. G. E.
Scudder, Dr. J. G. Silver, Dr. C E. Slonecker, Mr. J. B. Smith, Dr. R. A. Spencer, Dr. P.
Suedfeld, Dr. O. Sziklai, Dr. P. R. Tennant, Mr. M. B. Thompson, Dr. A. Van Seters,
Miss C L. V. Warren, Mr. B. E. S. Waugh, Dean W. A. Webber, Dean R. M. Will,
Dr. D. LL. Williams, Mr. S. Williams, Dr. M.   D. Willman, Dr. J. L. Wisenthal.
Observer:  Mr. J. A. Banham
Messages of regret for their inability to attend were received from Dean G.   S.
Beagrie, Dr. G. D. Bellward, Mr. W. H. Birmingham, Mrs. E. D. Fulton, Mr. J. Kulich,
Dr. D. Lupini.
President's remarks
In chairing his first meeting of the U.B.C. Senate, the President made the
following comments. He stated that he and his wife were extremely pleased to be
associated with U.B.C. and that he had always had a great regard for the University of
which he is an alumnus. He commented on the quality of the University and its
contributions to the province, the country and the world, and expressed the hope that in
spite of very difficult times it would be possible, with collaboration, to make it a better
President Pedersen further commented that it is essential that all of the
constituent parts of the University commit themselves to seeking the common goal of 8038.
Wednesday,  September  14,   1983.
President's remarks (continued)
ensuring that the University will be a place of high quality scholarship. He informed
Senate that, in his view, his task and the task of his fellow administrators was to create
a set of conditions that would allow the University to enhance professors because, in the
final analysis, professors are the University and they carry with them an overwhelming
responsibility. In addition, he stated that administrators are here to assist students to
learn to ask the sort of high quality questions that are a university education.
The President went on to say that the Senate had a specifically important charge
and that is to ensure that the University offers a high quality academic program and
fosters a research environment that is without parallel in Canada. He hoped that
members of Senate would recognize that they are members of an important body of the
University and that they would take their responsibilities seriously.
In commenting on the financial resource difficulties facing the University he
assured Senate that although he regarded the challenge as extremely formidable it was
not hopeless. He viewed these difficulties as a challenge to which he could personally
respond but noted that he could not, nor would he be expected to, do so alone. The
challenge facing the University would require a concerted effort and a concerted
commitent on the part of everyone at the University.
He reminded Senate of the necessity for cooperation with the Board of Governors
in meeting the challenges of the University, and introduced Mr. David McLean, the
newly elected Chairman of the Board of Governors, to make a few comments to Senate.
Statement by the Chairman of the Board of Governors
Mr. David McLean read to Senate the following statement:
"The 1983-84 academic year presents many changes and many challenges.
You have a new President and Chairman of Senate, a man whom the Board of
Governors feels is eminently well qualified to address the problems and the
challenges at U.B.C. 8039.
Wednesday,  September   14,   1983.
Statement by the Chairman of the Board of Governors (continued)
"After outstanding careers at both S.F.U. and the University of Victoria, he is
uniquely poised and experienced to not only deal with our problems, but to usher in
a new era of cooperation among the three universities in seeking solutions to our
mutual problems. The Board, in a weak moment, requested me to assume the
Chairmanship so the University has both a new Board Chairman and President -
Chancellor Clyne being the only steady influence left.
Changes in leadership bring great opportunities to implement new ideas and to
perhaps look at relationships from a new perspective. It is in that regard that I
am here tonight.
The Board of Governors and the Senate have very clearly defined roles by Statute.
The Board has ultimate financial responsibility, among other things, and the
Senate the responsibility to ensure academic standards are met and maintained.
There are, however, many gray areas where one can questions where the Board's
responsibility and the Senate's overlap. An example would be where the Board,
wishing to reduce expenditures and balance a budget, would have to ask Senate to
reconsider or delay a new program's implementation.  There are many more.
As we begin this new academic year, with its many problems and challenges, I
want you to know that the Board pledges itself to improve the relationship
between the Board and the Senate by ensuring a free flow of communication and
ideas. I have no doubt whatsoever that we are all motivated by the same goals
and objectives to ensure The University of British Columbia maintains a great
educational system - always striving for those qualities of excellence that
established U.B.C. as Canada's most outstanding university.
We are living in difficult times - as a businessman I have personally experienced,
both as a member of many corporate Boards, as a lawyer and as a business owner -
the most devastating economic consequences of the recession that has been
sweeping the world. It has left large businesses in shambles and small businesses
bankrupt and totally devastated. Universities are not immune from these
In the 1983-84 academic year, we face very serious financial problems. Our
funding is short, and many sacrifices will have to be made. At the same time, this
will germinate new opportunities.  Let me cite a few examples:
(a) Encourage financing from sources other than government. Perhaps we have
relied too heavily on government funding, and we must now look to the
private sector for more support e.g. PAPRICAN (they will pay the operating
costs of a new research facility on campus).
(b) Careful scrutiny of need versus cost. We must carefully consider the cost of
new programs balanced against their most pressing academic need and set
(c) Efficient mobilization of existing resources. It is a time to mobilize our
resources more efficiently - both staff and physical resources - both of
which we have in abundance. There is no room for inefficiencies that a
booming economy lets you get away with - we must now pause and carefully
consider how best to use more limited resources. 8040.
Wednesday,  September  14,   1983.
Statement by the Chairman of the Board of Governors (continued)
"If we face this challenge realistically, the result will be improved morale and job
satisfaction, and a general pride in what can be accomplished with maximum
utilization of existing resources.
I would like to leave you with these thoughts on behalf of the Board:
(1) We welcome the opportunity to work with the Senate in facing problems and
finding their solutions in the coming year.
(2) We are excited about your new President and his administration - they are
all first class people, with many new and diverse talents.
(3) We are committed to academic excellence, and will not sacrifice the quality
of education at U.B.C, but seek always to enhance it.
(4) We are holding out our hand of friendship. We seek a new spirit of
cooperation between the Board and Senate to see this institution we all love,
flourish and prosper."
Senate membership
Declaration of vacancies
As required under section 35 (6) of the University Act, the following vacancies
were declared:
Dr. J. J. R. Campbell - Faculty representative at-large
Dr. R. F. Gray - Faculty representative at-large
Dr. R. W. Kennedy - Faculty of Forestry representative
Dr. R. H. T. Smith - Faculty representative at-large
Dr. R. Stewart - Faculty of Graduate Studies representative
Dr. W. E. Benjamin replaces Dr. J. R. Campbell
Dr. R. M. Ellis replaces Dr. R. Stewart
Dr.  J. M. McMillan replaces Dr. R. H. T. Smith
Dr. V. C. Runeckles replaces Dr. R. F. Gray
Dr. 0. Sziklai replaces Dr. R. W. Kennedy
Ex-officio members
Dean R. W. Kennedy, Faculty of Forestry (replacing Dean Gardner)
Dr. R. H. T. Smith, Academic Vice-President (replacing Dr. Shaw)
Dr. Arthur Van Seters, Principal, Vancouver School of Theology (replacing
Dr. J. P. Martin) 8041.
Wednesday,  September   14,   1983.
Minutes of previous meeting
Dr. Elder )        That the minutes of the Ninth regular meeting of
Mr. Nishihama  )       Senate   for   the   Session   1982-83,   having   been
circulated, be taken as read and adopted.
It was noted that a new course, Medical Genetics 434 (Ife) Population Genetics had
been omitted from Appendix B', page 8035, of the May 18, 1983 minutes. This should
have appeared in the listings for the Faculty of Medicine.
The motion, with the above amendment, was put and carried.
Business arising from the Minutes
Student membership on the Nominating Committee (P.8008)
Dr. Wisenthal   )        That   the   Senate   Nominating   Committee,   in
Mr. Fields )        consultation  with  student  members  of   Senate,
review the matter of elections of students to the
Nominating Committee and recommend to
Senate a procedure that can be adhered to
consistently in the future.
Dr. Wisenthal stated that twice over the last few years Senate had felt obliged to
set aside procedures for filling student vacancies on the Nominating Committee. He
felt that it was bad policy to suspend existing procedures in an ad hoc way. On the
other hand Senate should make certain that there was a full complement of students
on the Nominating Committee. The intent of the motion, therefore, was to invite the
Nominating Committee to work out a procedure from which Senate would not need to
depart in future.
The motion was put and carried.
Undergraduate Scholarships (P.8030)
The Agenda Committee had recommended that two motions by Dean Lusztig be
dealt with after the report of the Committee on Student Awards.    Dean Lusztig
pointed out, however, that one of the motions had no bearing on the report; it was
therefore agreed that the first of the two motions on the agenda could be discussed at
this point.
Dean Lusztig   ) That  Senate  Committees  be   instructed  not  to
Dr. Dahlie ) implement   policy   changes   unless   such   policy
changes    have    previously    been    approved    by
Carried 8042.
Wednesday,  September   14,   1983.
From the Board of Governors
Notification of approval in principle of Senate recommendations - subject, where
applicable, to the proviso that none of the programs be implemented without formal
reference to the President and the formal agreement of the President; and that the
Deans and Heads concerned with new programs be asked to indicate the space
requirements, if any, of such new programs.
(i) Proposal of the Faculty of Applied Science that in September 1983, the number of
students admitted to first year engineering be limited to 450 students; and that
the number of students admitted from outside the Faculty to second year be
limited to approximately 100 students.  (P.8003, April 20, 1983 Minutes)
(ii)     Course changes recommended by the Faculty of Applied Science. (P.8034)
(iii) The establishment of the Alumni Chair in Marketing recommended by the Faculty
of Commerce and Business Administration. (P.8027)
(iv)     Course change recommended by the Faculty of Dentistry. (P.8034)
(v) New courses and course changes recommended by the Faculty of Education.
(vi)     Course change recommended by the Faculty of Law.   (P. 8034)
(vii) New course and course changes recommended by the Faculty of Medicine.
(viii) New course recommended by the School of Physical Education and Recreation.
(ix) New courses and course and program changes recommended by the Faculty of
Science.  (P.8035-6)
Prizes, Scholarships and Bursaries
Mr. McWilliams )      That the new awards (listed in the Appendix) be
Dr. Silver )      accepted subject to the approval of the Board of
Governors and that letters of thanks be sent to
the donors.
Annual Financial Report
As requested under section 31 (2) of the University Act, the Board of Governors
had forwarded to Senate copies of the Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended
March 31, 1983. 8043.
Wednesday,  September   14,   1983.
Reports of Committees of Senate
Admissions Committee
School of Nursing - Promotion and Graduation
The committee recommended approval of the following Calendar statement:
Although satisfactory academic performance is prerequisite to
advancement, it is not the sole criterion in the consideration of the
suitability of a student for promotion or graduation. The faculty reserve the
right to require a student to withdraw from the School if considered to be
unsuited to proceed with the study or practice of nursing.
Dr. Dahlie    ) That    the    proposed    Calendar    statement    on
Dr. Adams   ) suitability for promotion and graduation  in the
School of Nursing be approved.
School of Nursing - increase in transfer units for R.N, students
The committee recommended approval of the following proposal:
For students entering as registered nurses a maximum of fifteen (15) units of
course work completed at other institutions may be transferred provided
such work meets all the requirements of the University and the School of
It was explained in the material circulated that the increase from 6 to  15
units  will   allow   the  student   to  complete   the   following   courses   outside   the
U.B.C. Math 203 (1.5 units) may be taken as transfer credit through most
community colleges and the Open Learning Institute.
U.B.C. N. 304 (1.5 units) Introduction to Nursing Research may be taken as
transfer credit through the Open Learning Institute - APST 450.
Upper level electives, a total of 9 units in 3rd and 4th year BSN, may be
taken through Guided Independent Study, Centre for Confinuing Education,
U.B.C. However, permitting the student to transfer in 15 units offers a
wider choice through the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University,
and the Open Learning Institute providing such courses are transferrable to
Dr. Dahlie   ) That the proposed increase in transfer units for
Dr. Adams  ) R.N. students be approved.
Carried 8044.
Wednesday,  September  14,   1983.
Reports of Committees of Senate (continued)
Appeals on Academic Standing
Annual Report
The   following   annual   report  of  the  committee  had  been  circulated  for
"Under its terms of reference the Committee is required to make an annual report
to Senate.  Clause 2.07 of the terms of reference states:
"The report shall state the number of appeals heard, their disposition, and the
general nature of the appeals, and shall draw the Senate's attention to any
other matters of general significance in the University which have arisen out
of the Committee's work."
This report covers the period April I, 1982 to March 31, 1983. During that period
the Committee heard five appeals. The Committee convened to hear a sixth
appeal, but the appellant did not appear and did not thereafter pursue the appeal.
The Committee denied three of the appeals that it heard, and allowed the other
two in part.
In the first of the three appeals that the Committee denied in toto it was alleged
that fair and reasonable procedures had not been followed in reaching a decision
that a student be required to withdraw from a graduate program; in the second
that fair and reasonable procedures had not been followed in deciding that a
student should not be permitted to proceed directly to a higher year of study; and
in the third that, in violation of the faculty's own procedures, fhe nature of the
final examination in one of the student's courses had not been made clear at the
beginning of the session. In all three cases the Committee found that the
allegations were not substantiated on the evidence presented to it, and the appeals
were therefore denied.
Two of the appeals were allowed in part. In one the appellant was a student in a
professional faculty who, in the course of her studies, came into contact with
members of the public. She appealed against a decision that she had acted in an
inappropriate way in relation to one of the people with whom she had had to deal.
The Committee found that in two respects there was no evidence on which the
faculty could have come to a decision that the student's conduct had in fact been
inappropriate. The Committee directed that the student's standing should be reassessed, the ill-founded findings be ignored, and that a notation of the
Committee's decision be put into the student's file. However the Committee
denied the appeal so far as the student sought to have a paper re-read by someone
outside the faculty. The Committee found on the evidence presented to it that
there was no justification for such an extraordinary step being taken. In the
second appeal which was allowed in part, the Committee found that a student had
not been clearly afforded a full opportunity to make a protest to the Dean, an
opportunity which is provided for in the Calendar (see the 1983-84 University
Calendar at page 16, column I), and directed that the Dean re-hear the student's
protest. The Committee, however, dismissed the student's appeal so far as it
challenged the faculty's decision that a course the student had taken could not be
counted towards her degree. 8045.
Wednesday,  September   14,   1983.
Reports of Committees of Senate
Appeals on Academic Standing
Annual Report (continued)
"By its terms of reference the Committee is required to draw to the attention of
Senate any issues arising from appeals which may be regarded as being of general
significance to the University. This year's appeals again illustrate the obvious
proposition that it saves considerable difficulty for both faculties and students if
faculties have in place well-known and fair procedures, and if in fact those
procedures are followed. There are three more specific matters which the
Committee would draw to the attention of Senate.
1. Two of the appeals heard this year raised the question of the nature of the
operation of the right to protest to the Dean which was referred to on page 16 of
the 1983-84 Calendar. (The same question arises in the case of a protest to a
department head, a possibility which is also referred to in the Calendar). In one
appeal the Committee decided that in order to properly entertain an appeal a
Dean need not go through the process of holding a judicial or quasi-judicial
hearing. On the other hand, whatever the procedure followed, a student should be
afforded the opportunity of putting his or her case in reasonable detail. This
would be of particular importance if the student wished to put before the Dean
material that he or she alleges was not considered, or was not considered properly,
at the lower levels. If anything, a Dean should err on the side of caution of
ensuring that the student's case is put as fully as is reasonably possible. That
would go far towards eliminating the risk of the decision being attacked on
procedural grounds.
2. In one appeal, part of the evidence on which a faculty relied were reports made
to the faculty by students whose names were not disclosed to the Committee and
who did not give evidence before it. The Committee was able to find on other
direct evidence presented to it that the allegations of the faculty were in fact
well-founded.  In its decision on the appeal the Committee commented as follows:
"If the concerns of the faculty rested on the evidence of the unidentified
students alone, the Committee doubts very much if the Faculty would be
justified in acting on that evidence without giving the appellant the
opportunity of challenging it. It is quite possible that the students may be in
error as to what happened, or as to what inference to draw from the events
that did take place."
The Committee appreciates the difficulty in which a faculty may be placed if it
receives information that is relevant to a student's academic standing in the
University, but the informant wishes to remain anonymous. If, however, the only
evidence is from anonymous sources the Committee's general view is that in most
cases it would be impossible to act on that evidence alone because the person
against whom the evidence was given ought to have an opportunity to challenge
that evidence.
3. In one of the appeals the issue arose as to whether on a re-read a student's
mark could be lowered, or whether, if it was to be raised, the mark awarded could
be the average of the original mark and the higher mark obtained on a re-read. 8046.
Wednesday,  September   14,   1983.
Reports of Committees of Senate
Appeals on Academic Standing
Annual Report (continued)
"The Committee took the view that a mark ought not to be lowered on a re-read,
and that if the mark was raised it should be raised to the mark actually obtained
on the re-read. This is an issue to which Senate and the faculties may wish to give
further consideration, and establish clear rules.
The Chairman suggested that the Deans should take item 3 of the report
under advisement.
Recommendation re Combined Degrees
Dr.  McClean  presented  the following  recommendation of the committee
concerning Combined Degrees:
"I.        Recommendation
The Committee on Appeals and Academic Standing recommends to Senate that
the Senate request faculties offering "combined degrees" to re-assess and to
report on the philosophy underlying those degrees, particularly with a view to
deciding if it is appropriate to require that the work in the second of the degrees
needs to be completed at this university.
II.       Reasons for the Recommendation
Under its terms of reference the Committee is required to draw to Senate's
attention any issues that arise on appeals which may be of general significance in
the university. In an appeal which was heard in July, 1983 the issue of the basis for
the awarding of combined degrees arose, and the committee decided it ought to
draw the question to the attention of the Senate. As the appeal arose in the 1983-
84 academic year the committee would normally have reported to Senate on the
question when it made its annual report concerning that year, that is, either in
May or September 1984. However, the committee thought the question of the
combined degrees should be drawn to Senate's attention now so that if Senate
wishes to act it can do so without delay.
The Committee understands that at present the university offers three sets of
combined degrees:
I.   B.Com-LL.B.
"Completion of the pre-Commerce year, of the first three years in the
Commerce and Law option (of which the last two years must be spent in
residence) in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, and of
three complete years in the Faculty of Law are required for the combined
degrees B.Com., LL.B. Students must meet the admission requirements of
the Faculty of Law. Courses in Commerce may not be taken concurrently
with courses in Law. The B.Com. degree will be awarded on completion of
the Second Year in the Faculty of Law either at this University or at the
University of Victoria." (1983-84 University Calendar at page 92) 8047.
Wednesday,  September  14,   1983.
Reports of Committees of Senate
Appeals on Academic Standing
Recommendation re Combined Degrees (continued)
"2.   B.Sc-D.M.D.
"Students who have completed the third year in one of the approved degree
programs of the Faculty of Science at U.B.C. and the first two years in the
Faculty of Dentistry at U.B.C. and who have completed ALL the course
requirements of the degree program may be eligible for the appropriate
B.Sc. degree." (1983-84 University Calendar at page 100)
3.   B.Sc. - M.D.
"Students who have completed the third year in one of the approved degree
programs of the Faculty of Science at U.B.C. and the first year in the
Faculty of Medicine at U.B.C and who have completed ALL the course
requirements of the degree program may be eligible for the appropriate
B.Sc. degree."  (1983-84 University Calendar at page 182)
In the appeal which the committee heard in August the student had completed in
the Faculty of Commerce all the courses required in the Commerce portion of the
Commerce Law option. He then did his first year of Law at Queen's University
and his second year of Law at McGill University. On completion of his second
year at McGill he applied for a Commerce degree from this university. The
Faculty of Commerce refused to recommend him for the degree on the ground
that the current regulations require that in order to obtain a Commerce degree on
the basis of the combined B.Com. - LL.B program the student must complete the
second year of Law either at this university or at the University of Victoria (see
the University Calendar, 1983-84, page 92). The Committee on Appeals on
Academic Standing dismissed the student's appeal against the decision of the
Faculty of Commerce, taking the view that the current regulations were indeed
Even though it was decided to dismiss the appeal, the committee thought that the
appeal did give rise to some issues of a general nature which Senate might wish
the faculties in question to reconsider. For example, the appellant in the case
argued that there is a substantial similarity in curriculum and standards in all
common law faculties in Canada, and that as between the law faculties there is a
fairly routine recognition by one faculty of work done in another. He argued
therefore that in substance fhe work which he had done at Queen's and McGill was
not different from the work which he might have done in his first two years of law
either at the University of British Columbia or at the University of Victoria. It
was therefore his submission that the university ought to give recognition to that
The Committee on Appeals and Academic Standing has of course only the
jurisdiction to apply the current rules and regulations of the university. It
therefore had no authority to pass on the merits of the argument put forward by
the appellant, nor indeed did it have before it all of the information and
arguments which could no doubt be made if the point was going to be given
consideration. Nonetheless it felt that the case raised sufficient question about
the philosophy underlying combined degrees that it ought to suggest to Senate that
the faculties in question be asked to reassess the regulations concerning them." 8048.
Wednesday,  September   14,   1983.
Reports of Committees of Senate
Appeals on Academic Standing
Recommendation re Combined Degrees (continued)
Dr. McClean   ) That  Faculties offering "combined degrees" be
Dr. Hickling    ) required to reassess and report to Senate, by the
February 15, 1984 meeting, on the philosophy
underlying those degrees, particularly with a
view to deciding if it is appropriate to require
that the work in the second of the degrees needs
to be completed at this University.
Following a brief discussion the motion was put and carried.
Budget Committee
Dr. Scudder presented the following report:
"At its meeting on February  17,  1982 Senate expanded the terms of reference of the
Senate Budget Committee to include the following:
"To make recommendations to the President and to report to Senate regarding
academic planning and priorities as they relate to the preparation of the
University budget."
In March 1983, the Committee made a preliminary report to Senate on this aspect of
its terms of reference. That reporf dealt with two questions, the nature of
universities in general and the nature of The University of British Columbia in
particular. Subject to minor modifications, Senate endorses the general thrust of the
views expressed in the report. Those views, as modified by Senate, may be
summarized as follows:
1. Universities exist to preserve, expand and disseminate knowledge.
2. The University of British Columbia:
(i)       is a major Canadian, and in some disciplines a major world university;
(ii) is affected by its Canadian and British Columbian setting (including, in the
latter, its place in the educational system of the province);
(iii) has, in light of its history and achievements, a claim to some preeminence in
research, graduate work, professional study and development. That claim
does not deny, but if anything, underlines the crucial role played in the
university by the Faculties of Arts and Science.
The present report, building on the premises accepted by Senate, sets out some
proposals for an academic plan for the university. It will be obvious that much of
what is contained in these proposals is not new. In its day to day operations the
university must of necessity be concerned with such things as the nature, quality and
costs of its academic activities. On several occasions in the past, it has taken a
comprehensive look at the way in which it operates. The present proposals are, of
course, prepared while the university faces major financial probems, and that no
doubt has had some effect on them. Nevertheless we have tried to take a long term
view, and to suggest a framework within which the university might operate,
whatever its financial circumstances happen to be.
This report is really a continuation of the report which was approved by Senate in
March 1983. We will therefore on occasion refer back to the March report as if it and
this report were part of the same document. The March report (see Appendix) was
divided into two main parts: 8049.
Wednesday,  September   14,   1983.
Reports of Committees of Senate
Budget Committee (continued)
"I.        The Role of Universities.
II.      The Role of The University of British Columbia.
We therefore start this report with heading III.
III.    Academic Plan
3.01 Whether it is in a period of expansion or retrenchment the university needs
an overall academic plan. That plan should be developed in light of the views
contained in parts I and II on the role of universities in general and of The University
of British Columbia in particular. In a period of expansion, the existence of a plan
should enable the university to expand in a way which is in its best long term
academic interests. In a period of retrenchment, the existence of a plan should
enable the university to act in a way which does the least damage to its major
academic objectives.
3.02 The first and fundamental step in working out an academic plan is to decide
in what areas the university should carry on its activities. We refer to the major
academic activities that the university should be engaged in as "core" activities, and
discuss them further in paragraph 3.03. The university must also pay due regard to a
number of other factors. These include quality, cost, special value to Canada or
British Columbia, and uniqueness in the province. These are discused further in
paragraphs 3.04 and 3.08. Assuming that the major elements that go into the
formulation of an academic plan have been identified, the first step in its
implementation would be to make a preliminary assessment of priorities on the basis
of what are "core" activities. That assessment would then need to be modified, and in
many cases no doubt considerably modified, by reference to the factors that will be
discussed in paragraphs 3.04 and 3.08. All of this cannot be done according to any
rigid formula, and will involve the exercise of much fine judgment. In paragraphs
3.10, 3.1 1 and 3.12 we discuss some of the nuances that we think are involved in that
process. Finally, in paragraph 3.13, we note three matters which in a sense may be of
an ancillary nature, but which nonetheless we regard as being important.
3.03 The academic activities with which the univeristy might concern itself can
be classified into three groups. This classification needs to be done on the basis of
the substantive activities themselves, and not simply by reference to the various units
into which the university is organized for administrative purposes. The three groups
of activities are not mutally exclusive, and some allowance must be made for
"shading" between them.  The three groups are:
(1) Core academic activities. These are activities which would be regarded as core at
any modern major university, or which would be considered core at The University
of British Columbia because of the special nature of this university. Prima facie
one would include within core activities interdisciplinary programs whose
components are themselves core.
(2) Core related activities. These are activities which (a) lay a necessary foundation
for core academic activities, or (b) build on a foundation laid by one of the core
academic activities, but which do not in themselves develop major new concepts. 8050.
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"(3) Non core activities. These are activities which would not fall into either group (I)
or (2). We suspect that if there are any such activities being carried on at present
in the university, they must be few in number.
3.04 Quality. An academic plan should, of course, stress the need to maintain
and strengthen the quality of any work which the university does. It should identify
on what basis and by whom judgments about quality are to be made.
With respect to the university's role in preserving and disseminating knowledge, the
quality of students admitted, the quality of teaching offered to them, the
performance of students and the reputation of graduates are all indications of how
well the university is doing its job. The success of the university in preserving and
expanding knowledge may be judged by the quality of its graduate program, the
research and publication of its faculty, the ability of its faculty to acquire research
support, and the general reputation of the university in other academic quarters and
in the community generally.
In general the responsibility for ensuring the quality of academic work lies with
departments, faculties, the Senate and the Office of the President. As a matter of
course the faculties should be monitoring the quality of work which they do. This
may be supplemented from time to time by the reviews which the university
undertakes of departments or programs. These reviews are available to Senate, and
enable it to make judgments about the quality of work being done. Equally, the
Office of the President, relying on the reports from Deans and on the reviews, should
have available to it the material needed for making judgments about quality.
3.05 Cost. In all spheres of its activities the university should continue to ensure
that its work is being done at the minimum possible cost, consistent with quality.
This requires not only a monitoring of the operation of academic units, but also
monitoring of the non-academic operations of the university.
3.06 Enrolment. The university is on record as wishing to restrict its enrolment
to 27,500. That should be reconsidered, even if only to confirm that it represents a
desirable policy. If it does, decisions then need to be made about the ultimate effect
of that policy on the various academic activities of the university.
A number of approaches may be taken to the question of limiting enrolment. Prima
facie one might start with the premise that the province should seek to provide a
place to all qualified students who wish to pursue their studies, and that each of the
three universities should offer a full range of programs so that a student has the
opportunity to study wherever he or she wishes to do so. However, even if that
premise be accepted, it needs to be modified by reference to a number of
(1) Should enrolment at, say, one of the universities be allowed to escalate without
control, and that of the ofher two to remain relatively low? Or should there be a
policy of maintaining some relative balance, though not necessarily in enrolment,
among the three institutions.
(2) It may be argued that quality is affected, and adversely affected, by excessive
enrolment. In some programs, at least, it may therefore be desirable to limit
enrolment to protect quality. 8051.
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Budget Committee (continued)
"(3) The resources, financial and otherwise, may not be available to cater to all
qualified students who may wish to enrol. At least two consequences flow from
(a) It may not be feasible to offer parallel programs at all three universities in
certain areas.
(b) Within each university it may be necessary to put an enrolment restriction
on particular programs.   This has been done in many areas of this university.
(4) Arguments may be made for limiting enrolment on the ground that there is no
"need" for all the graduates in a particular program. It is notoriously difficult, if
not impossible, to measure accurately future needs. If that be so, there is an
obvious danger in limiting enrolment by attempting to make predictions about the
future. It may therefore be better to allow the "marketplace" to establish an
acceptable equilibrium rather than by imposing enrolment limitations. We
recognize however that in this there is a danger for the university. If it devotes a
major portion of its resources to a particular program when enrolment is high, it
will have to be prepared to reconsider its allocation of resources if enrolment
drops and, so far as can be judged, is going to remain at a lower level in the
foreseeable future. This will require careful preplanning so that any reallocation
of resources that is needed, can in fact be made.
On occasion, instead of being faced with a question of limiting enrolment, the
university may have to deal with areas of academic activity where enrolment appears
to be low. if this occurs in areas which are core, or where the need appears to be
great for graduates, efforts should be made to increase enrolment. On the other
hand, it may be necessary to either reduce support to reflect low enrolment, or
indeed to consider the elimination completely of all or part of the particular program.
3.07 Special Value to Canada or British Columbia. It seems that the university
should be particularly concerned with academic activities that are of special value to
Canada or to the province. We have already given as examples programs or
disciplines that are related to natural resources.
3.08 Uniqueness. If a program offered by The University of British Columbia is
the only such program offered in the province that is an added reason for retaining
and, if need be, strengthening it.
3.09 In paragraphs 3.10, 3.1 I and 3.12 we consider in a preliminary way how the
various matters we have just discussed may be combined to make specific decisions.
We again underline that this cannot be done according to any rigid formulas, and that
none of the matters we refer to can be read in an absolute sense in isolation from the
other factors that need to be taken into account. In the end specific decisions will
involve a fine balancing of all relevant consideration.
3.10 (I) In the case of core academic activities the university should not only
retain those activities, but should, even in a period of financial retrenchment, be
prepared to expand existing activities, or develop new ones where that is judged to be
necessary to the essential functioning of the university. It must be realized that this
will require a reduction in resources allocated to some other activity of the
university. 8052.
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Budget Committee (continued)
"(2) Even though The University of British Columbia is an older institution
than the other two universities, in many areas of its activities it has not yet been able
to allocate to them all of the resources that they require. A conscious effort
therefore needs to be made to preserve and strengthen activities that are already of a
high quality, and to improve in areas where the quality is lower than it ought to be.
(3) If enrolment in an area of core activity appeared to be low, prima facie
efforts should be made to increase it. A suggested approach to a perceived "high"
enrolment is set out in paragraph 3.06 (4).
(4) Special value to Canada or British Columbia, or uniqueness, are simply
added reasons for retaining or developing core activities of the university.
(5) Despite the very strong presumption in favour of retaining and
developing core activities, there could be cases where the university should consider
contracting, or even eliminating completely, an activity otherwise regarded as core.
For example, if the quality and enrolment in an existing program were low, if costs
were high and alternative programs were offered at other institutions, one might
argue that it would be better for this university to eliminate the program completely.
3.11 (I) In the case of core related activities, the university should retain
existing activities, but as a general principle should consider with great care any
proposals to add new activities of this type. That would be particularly the case
where the proposed activity builds on, rather than lays the foundation for a core
(2) If the quality of any existing core related activity is poor, consideration
should be given to improving its quality.
(3) If enrolment in a core related activity is perceived to be high, the
university should be more prepared to reduce enrolment than it would be in the case
of core activities. Moreover, if enrolment in a core related activity were low over a
longish period of time then a case could well exist for reducing the support for such
(4) Special value to Canada or British Columbia, or uniqueness, would be
reasons for retaining and strengthening any core related activity.
(5) The university ought to be prepared, more than in the case of core
activities, to reduce or even eliminate core related operations. For example, if the
quality and enrolment in a particular program were low, and the costs were high, the
program might be reduced or even eliminated completely, and this even though there
were not alternative programs being offered in the province.
3.12 (I) The university should not have any non core activities, even in times of
financial abundance. Therefore, even if there is no financial inducement to do so, the
university should consider whether it wishes to continue to work in non core activities
should such exist.   If anything, there should be a presumption against its doing so. 8053.
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Budget Committee (continued)
"(2) A non core activity's continued existence at the university could,
however, be justified. For example, this might be done on the basis of high quality
and low costs, high enrolment, and the lack of any other similar program in the
3.13 Assuming   that   an   academic   plan   is  developed   following   the  suggested
guidelines, there are three matters which in a sense are of an ancillary nature, but
which are nonetheless of importance:
(1) The procedures we have proposed exclude by implication either expansion or
retrenchment by pro rata increases or reductions in the allocations of resources.
Decisions must be made by reference to some set of principles which have been
agreed on in advance of making specific decisions.
(2) The social and human impact of any reorganization of the work of the university
cannot be ignored. Attention will therefore need to be paid to the effect of
reorganization on faculty, staff and students. Equally, the effect of the alteration
of academic activities on students who might have been planning to attend the
university will have to be borne in mind.
(3) Any plan that is developed can not be excessively rigid. Some allowance must be
made for flexibility in its application, and, without planning ad nauseam, the
university needs to reconsider from time to time the general structure of any plan
that it adopts.
IV.   Implementation
4.01 ln   the   time   available   to   us   we   have   not   been   able   to   give   proper
consideration to the implementation of the principles which we suggest should form
the framework of any academic plan adopted by the university. In any event, we
doubt if we could draw up any implementation scheme without some reasonable
consultation within the university. In this respect therefore we do no more than
state what are probably two self-evident principles. First, if the university should
accept our proposals as providing a framework for an academic plan, it should then
immediately set to work to apply those principles to the situation in which it
currently finds itself. Second, whatever the exact process of implementation, it
needs to be done with the due involvement of the academic bodies of the university,
in particular the faculties and the Senate."
Dr. Scudder       )        That Senate accept the academic plan outlined in
Dr. Wisenthal    )        item III of the report.
Committee on Extracurricular Activities
Thursday, Noon-Hour Lectures
Miss Warren, Chairman of the Committee, presented the following report
for information: 8054.
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Reports of Committees of Senate
Committee on Extracurricular Activities
Thursday Noon-Hour Lectures (continued)
"Violations, despite numerous appeals and restatements of Senate Policy, of
scheduling lectures, laboratories, and seminars in the 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
period on Thursdays, have continued over the past two years.
For the information of Senate two print-outs covering the 1981-82 and 1982-83
academic years show sections of courses officially conducted during the Thursday
These violations have created conflict and frustration for students wishing to
engage in athletic, recreational, and cultural events on the campus. Even more
difficult has been the practice of unofficially changing course times to Thursday
noon-hour, often after a class "vote" or professorial decree.
It is viewed, therefore, because this time of year marks the commencement of the
1983-84 Winter Session under a new administration and because the preservation
of this two hour period free from either officially or unofficially scheduled classes
is important, that Faculties be reminded by Senate and the President of the
directive of Senate that lectures, laboratories, and seminars NOT be scheduled on
Thursdays between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m."
Nominating Committee
The   Committee   nominated   the   following  persons  to  fill  vacancies  on   Senate
Academic Building Needs
Dr. V. C. Runeckles
Dr. 0. Sziklai
Dean R. W. Kennedy
Appeals on Academic Standing
Dr. J. M. McMillan
Dr. V. C. Runeckles
Dr. R.M. Ellis
Extracurricular Activities
Dr. W. E. Benjamin
replaces Dr. R. Stewart
- replaces Dr. R. H. T. Smith
- replaces Dean J. A. F. Gardner
replaces Dr. J. J. R. Campbell
replaces Dr. R. F. Gray
- replaces Dr. J. J. R. Campbell
- replaces Dr. J. P. Martin 8055.
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Reports of Committees of Senate
Nominating Committee (continued)
Liaison with Post-Secondary Institutions
Dr. W. E. Benjamin - replaces Dr. R. F. Gray
Student Awards
Dr. R. M. Ellis - replaces Dr. J. J. R. Campbell
Dr. O. Sziklai - replaces Dean J. A. F. Gardner
Standards in English
Dr. A. Van Seters - replaces Dr. R. Stewart
Dr. Richards   ) That   the   recommendations  of  the  Nominating
Dr. Kelly ) Committee be approved.
Committee on Student Awards
Mr. McWilliams presented the following report which had been circulated:
" Introduction
The Senate Committee on Student Awards was established in November, 1979 to
advise the Director of Awards and Financial Aid on matters of policy relating to
fellowships, scholarships exhibitions, bursaries and prizes. In addition to
developing recommendations for the consideration of Senate and providing advice
to the Director of Awards and Financial Aid, the Committee has, on occasion,
reviewed student grievances and has screened award descriptions that contained
restrictions which may be discriminatory. This report updates information
contained in the Committee's last report (February 1982) and outlines new topics
of discussion.
Items Reported for the Information of Senate
1. Academic Award Transcripts
Effective May I, 1983, academic "university" awards received by a student
subsequent to the 1974/75 academic year will appear on the student's transcript.
The transcript will show the session in which the award was held and the name of
the award.
2. Graduate Academic Awards
Effective April I, 1982, the administrative arrangements regarding academic
graduate awards were changed. The Faculty of Graduate Studies has now assumed
responsibility for adjudication and notification of University Graduate
Fellowships, including the Killam and MacMillan Family awards. Minor awards for
graduate students are jointly administered, with the Faculty of Graduate Studies
accepting responsibility for selection, and the Awards Office responsibility for
notification of winners. 8056.
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Committee on Student Awards (continued)
"3.       Award Disbursement Levels
With the exception of "prizes", most cash awards are disbursed in two instalments
(October and January). Awards in the amount of $100 or less were previously
disbursed in one instalment in the first term. Effective September I, 1983, the
one disbursement limit was increased to $300.
4. Academic Awards for Students Carrying Less Than a Full Program
In most cases, undergraduate academic awards are restricted to students enrolled
in a full program of studies for their particular year and faculty. The Senate has
approved in principle, extension of the University Scholarship Program to those
students carrying between 80% and 99% of a full load, subject to funding.
Unfortunately, to date, the additional funding to support the extension of this
program has not been forthcoming.
5. Timing of Awards Announcements
At the present time, the Awards Office completes the adjudication of most
academic awards by the end of December. The Committee has reviewed the
matter and has recommended that the process be speeded up to enable
adjudication of academic awards to be completed by mid-November. In addition,
during the coming year, the Committee will be reviewing the timing of
announcement of Entrance Awards (from Grade XII), with particular reference to
the policy requiring most scholarship applicants to write the B.C. Government
Scholarship Examinations.
6. Award Descriptions
The Committee, has at the request of Senate, reviewed the terms of certain
awards which were felt to be discriminatory in nature. Awards which appear to be
potentially controversial have been circulated to the Committee in advance of
presentation to Senate. In one instance, the Committee has recommended that an
application be made to the Supreme Court to vary the terms of a will.
7. Appeals
The Committee considered two appeals from students regarding their eligibility to
hold awards. In one instance the Committee supported the appeal, and in the
second case, it was denied.
The Committee requests that Senate receive the foregoing for information.
Recommendation to Senate Regarding the University Scholarship Program
In the spring of 1976, the Board of Governors requested a comparison of
scholarship support for male and female undergraduates. On a global basis, it
appeared that male students received a higher average award, however, on closer
analysis,  it became apparent  that  this was a  result of greater availability of 8057.
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Committee on Student Awards (continued)
"private funds in what were then male-dominated faculties such as Forestry, Law,
Engineering, and Medicine. On a faculty by faculty basis, there was no significant
difference between awards for males and females. What the report did show,
however, was a major discrepancy in the proportion of students receiving awards
in various faculties.
In an effort to reduce the apparent inequity, the University Scholarship Program
was initiated in 1977/78. In the first year, awards were made to undergraduate
students who were continuing in a full undergraduate program. Students in the top
5% of each eligible year and faculty were assured of receiving a minimum of $250
in scholarship support. Approximately $100,000 in University budget funds was
allocated to this program. The balance of the funds came from private awards
which were not designated as to any particular discipline. This new program filled
in the gaps where there were no designated awards in certain disciplines and
"topped-up" scholarships which were below established minimums.
In 1978/79, the program was expanded to ensure a minimum of $500 for the top
6% and $250 for the next 2%. The University budget commitment increased to
approximately $200,000. In the first year, the impact of this increase was
significantly underestimated and budget commitment was exceeded. The program
remained essentially the same for 1979/80, however, the top limit was reduced to
In 1981/82, additional University funds in the amount of approximately $125,000
were made available to bring the total University commitment to $325,000. This
enabled the value of award categories to be increased to $750 for the top 3%,
$600 for the next 2%, and $300 for the next 2%. In 1982/83, the upper limit of the
program was increased to $950. The lower limits remained to $600 and $300
respectively. The following table indicates the development of the University
Scholarship Program.
1982/83 (Preliminary)
Undergraduate Scholarships
Total $
University Contribution
to University Scholarship
$100,000 (est.)
♦In 1978/79, the impact of increasing the value and limits of the University
Scholarship Program was badly underestimated and actual expenditures for
University funds considerably exceeded the budget item. 8058.
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Committee on Student Awards (continued)
"In 1980/81, as a result of a discussion in the Senate Committee on Awards, the
formula was amended. Originally, the concept was to ensure that each student in
the selected category received at least a minimum value of award. The
University Scholarship Program established the floor levels for each group. In
1980/81 the practice was changed so that students who were in receipt of
designated awards in excess of the floor could also be eligible to receive a
University Scholarship of a limited amount. This policy, known as the "150%
Rule" was in effect for 2 academic years on a trial basis and was discontinued on
the advice of the Committee in 1982/83. The 150% Rule allowed a student who
was in receipt of a designated scholarship (made on the recommendation of the
faculty) and who was in the top 7% of his/her class to receive University
Scholarship funding above and beyond the value of the award categories as
established for the appropriate academic year. For example, a student who had
one or more designated scholarships with a total value of $750, and who was in the
top 3% of his/her class, could receive an additional $375 in University Scholarships
bringing the total of the academic awards held to $1,125 or 150% of the $750
upper limit for University Scholarships. The 150% Rule was established as a result
of objections raised by the professional faculties that the original program
provided a disincentive to private donors to support academic awards. When the
program was discontinued, it was estimated that the "cost" of the 150% Rule was
approximately $35,000 and that these funds could better be used to increase the
limits of the University Scholarship Program. As a consequence in 1982/83, the
upper limit of the program was increased from $750 to $950. Taken to the
extreme under the University Scholarship Program, it would be possible that a
faculty with generous private support (i.e. its students in the top 7% all had
academic awards in excess of the University Scholarship Program limits) would
receive no undesignated funds. The undesignated funds would, instead, be used to
ensure that all faculties received at least the minimum levels of support.
The "150% Rule" was in place for 1981 and not in place for 1982. Unfortunately,
there are a number of variables at work which make clear comparison difficult.
The dollars per full-time student for short programs such as Dental Hygiene,
Librarianship, Social Work (and Education to the extent that the one year teacher
program students are included) are misleading since the University Scholarship
Program does not provide for the top students completing the final year of study
unless they are continuing in the next year in an undergraduate or professional
program. The total scholarship figures include a number of specialized awards
such as the Sherwood Lett Scholarship and a number of affiliation awards which
are not related to any particular discipline, so some considerable fluctuation can
occur from year to year. Finally, we have made an effort to offer more
scholarships to students entering first year from Grade XII and many of these are
from funds considered under the University Scholarship Program. (In 1981, first
year students received approximately $150,000 in scholarships while in 1982, the
figure was $232,000). What is clear is that a considerable discrepancy exists
between the dollars per full-time student from faculty to faculty with the
professional schools generally receiving more support. The change in policy
provided additional university scholarship funds per full-time student for 10
faculties and reduced it for 9 faculties. Professional schools were included in both
groups.  The data is inconclusive. 8059.
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Reports of Committees of Senate
Committee on Student Awards (continued)
"The Senate Committee on Student Awards has discussed the 150% Rule on a
number of occasions and has reviewed the impact of the program. This review led
to a recommendation that the program be discontinued at the conclusion of the
1981/82 academic session. The Committee has reviewed the program from both
sides of the fence and wishes to obtain the perspective of Senate on the matter.
The Committee wishes to recommend the following for the approval of Senate:
"That  Senate  approve  the  distribution  of  undergraduate  funds within the
University Scholarship Program as presently in effect."
The Chairman noted that the proposal of the committee was at variance with the
proposal by Dean Lusztig. He therefore ruled that if the proposal of the committee
received the support of Senate it would be unnecessary to consider Dean Lusztig's
motion. However, if the motion were to be defeated Dean Lusztig's motion would be
Mr. McWilliams stated that he would deal with the report in two parts; the first
part being those items reported to Senate for information.
Mr. McWilliams     )   That the items reported for the information of
Miss Warren )   Senate be received.
Mr. McWilliams    )   That     Senate     approve     the     distribution    of
Dr. Burridge )   undergraduate    funds    within     the    University
Scholarship Program as presently in effect.
Mr. McWilliams spoke to the motion emphasizing the various points made in the
In reply to a query, Mr. Hender, Director of Awards and Financial Aid, stated that
there were a number of definitions of full-time students and the Awards Office had
for a number of years reserved scholarships essentially for full program students as
opposed to full-time, which is generally considered 80% or more. In the case of the
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration the figure would be 977 students
who are taking a full load as opposed to the number of students who are taking 80% or
more of a load which is a much larger figure. 8060.
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Reports of Committees of Senate
Committee on Student Awards (continued)
In reply to a query concerning the discrepancy between the number of full-time
students in the Faculty of Law and the number quoted by the Awards Office as full-
time, the Registrar explained that the recent practice of the Faculty of Law had been
not to insist on a 15 unit program. Anyone taking less than 15 units would not be
counted as a full program student.
Some members expressed the opinion that the current distribution of scholarship
funds was unfair in that those Faculties who were able to attract money from outside
donors were being penalized by receiving less money from the University Scholarship
Fund. It was felt that this system discouraged donors since their efforts to assist
more students in a particular Faculty were being negated.
Other members were of the opinion that the current policy was quite satisfactory
since the money that a student would have received from the University, had he not
received money from a donor, could be transferred to another student. The student
receiving the donation would not be deprived in any way in that if the donation were
less than what the student would have received from the University, the University
would make up the difference.
Dr. Spencer commented that requiring 100% of the normal program was too
inflexible and that he would like some consideration given to those students who are
just short of a full unit load.
Dr. Tennant      ) That    this    matter   be    referred    back    to   the
Dr. Silver )        committee.
Carried 8061.
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Faculty of Medicine
Proposal to change the name of the Department of Pharmacology
Dean Webber     )       That     the     name     of     the     Department     of
Dr. Lirenman    )      Pharmacology be changed to the Department of
Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
It was stated in the material circulated that the name of a department should
reflect function, and the inclusion of "Therapeutics" in  the name recognizes that
members  of  the  Department  undertake  consultation,   teach,  and  do  research   in
Therapeutics as a discipline.   The Department is also responsible for the only course
devoted to therapeutics.
The motion was put and carried.
Strategic Planning
A  document   entitled   "A   Proposal   for   Strategic   Planning",   prepared   by   the
Universities Council of British Columbia, had been circulated for information.    Under
the heading "The Proposal" it was stated that the purpose of the paper was to outline,
for discussion and response, a proposal for a strategic planning project that will assess
the University System, identify its goals, document its needs, and establish guidelines
and policies for administration based on an improved understanding of:
1. Current programs and offerings of the system.
2. Future trends in post-secondary education.
3. The   aspirations   of   the   individual    universities,   and   the   Ministry   of
Universities within the University System as a whole.
4. The desirable and achievable goals.
5. The availability, appropriation, and management of resources.
6. The  desired relationship between the component parts of the University
7. Useful strategies, policies and procedures.
8. The cooperation required. 8062.
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Strategic Planning (continued)
The Universities Council, as initiator of the project, would convene a meeting to
discuss guidelines for the planning procedure and format. Because involvement was
vital to the process, the meeting should include representatives of the Council, the
universities, the Ministry and the Treasury Board. Under the agreed guidelines the
three universities would each prepare a long-range or strategic plan. These plans
together with input from the Ministry and Treasury Board would be incorporated into
the B.C. System Plan. It was stated that the foregoing work would result in the
preparation of a document which will record background data, descriptions, forecasts,
rationale, conclusions and recommendations as a long-range framework within which
shorter term objectives may be met.
The President commented that, at the invitation of the Universities Council, he
had attended a meeting earlier in the summer at which the matter of long-range
planning in connection with higher education and university education had been
considered. The proposal was accepted in principle and there had been considerable
discussion about the procedures and mechanics of long-range planning. Dr. Kenneth
Strand, a former President of Simon Fraser University, had been invited to assume the
administrative responsibility of doing the necessary planning. Dr. Strand had already
had some discussions with the universities and the Ministry. President Pedersen stated
that he was personally optimistic that this proposal, if taken seriously, would be of
benefit to the universities as a whole.
Senate was reminded that planning in the post-secondary system in the province
had been advocated in independent reports for some time. It was suggested that a
comprehensive, well articulated response to the U.C.B.C. initiative by the University
would be to its advantage. 8063.
Wednesday,  September  14,   1983.
Report of the Registrar on Spring Session Enrolment
The report of the Registrar on Spring Session Enrolment for 1983 was received for
Report of the Registrar on Summer Session Enrolment
The report of the Registrar on Summer Session Enrolment for 1983 was received
for information.
Report of the Tributes Committee (in camera)
Memorial Minute
The  following  memorial statement had been prepared in accordance with  the
custom of Senate in recognition by the University and the Senate of the late Stuart
Donald Cavers.
In Memoriam
Stuart Donald Cavers
1920 - 1983
Stuart D. Cavers, Professor of Chemical Engineering, died in Vancouver on May 27,
1983 at age 62.  He had been a faculty member at U.B.C. for 27 years.
Student Cavers was born in Vancouver, did his early schooling at Queen Mary
elementary and Lord Byng secondary schools and in 1942 graduated with a Bachelor of
Applied Science (Honours) from U.B.C in Chemical Engineering. After two years as
a Junior Engineer at Comineo Limited in Trail, B.C. he returned to U.B.C. and
completed a M.A.Sc. degree in 1946. From 1946-47 he was an Instructor in the
Department of Chemistry at U.B.C. He then attended the California Institute of
Technology from 1948-50 gaining a Ph.D. in 1951.
Dr. Cavers was appointed an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the
University of Saskatchewan in 1950, and made Associate Professor in 1951. In 1955
he left this position to join the B.C. Research Council in Vancouver. During the
following year he did some part-time lecturing at U.B.C. in the Department of
Chemical Engineering. In 1956 he joined the same department as a full-time
Associate Professor. He was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1964 and served as
Acting Head of Chemical Engineering in 1965-66.
Throughout his subsequent career at U.B.C, Professor Cavers played an active role in
university affairs and in the community. His preparation of lectures and participation
in committee work were always characterized by meticulous care, thoroughness and
enthusiasm. He cared deeply about the university and his students and was extremely
conscientious in fulfilling his duties. 8064.
Wednesday, September  14,   1983.
Report of the Tributes Committee
Memorial Minute (continued)
Professor Cavers' research interests were primarily in the area of liquid-liquid
extraction, and his many contibutions are well summarized in his chapter in the
Handbook of Solvent Extraction which appeared recently.
Professor Cavers was a member of Senate from 1968-75 serving on the Agenda,
Nominating and Curriculum standing committees and on ad hoc committees on
Examination Policies, the Role and Organization of Senate, and Degree Programs for
Part-time Students. He was also a member of many university committees and was
held in high esteem for his thoroughness, good judgment and good nature.
Professor Cavers was also active in the Association of Professional Engineers of B.C
and the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering. He was especially well known
for a series of annual articles in "Chemistry in Canada" detailing employment
statistics and trends for B.A.Sc. graduates in chemical engineering.
A "Stuart Cavers Memorial Scholarship Fund" has been established through the U.B.C.
Awards Office in honour of Professor Cavers and in recognition of his deep interest in
students and scholarships.
Senate extends deepest sympathy to his wife Geraldine and their four children.
Dean Larkin      )
Dr. Slonecker   )
That the memorial statement for Stuart Donald
Cavers be spread on the minutes of Senate and
that a copy be sent to the relatives of the
Emeritus status
Dean Larkin reported that the committee recommended that the following be
granted emeritus status:
Dr. C. A. Brockley
Mr. M. H. Bullock
Dr. J. J. R. Campbell
Mr. J. de Bruyn
Miss S. A. Egoff
Dr. M. M. Hoffman
Mr. J. C. Lawrence
Dr. J. Leja
- Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering
- Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing
- Professor Emeritus of Microbiology
- Associate Professor Emeritus of English
- Professor Emerita of Librarianship
- Professor Emeritus of Medicine
- Assistant Professor Emeritus of History
- Professor Emeritus of Mining and Mineral
Process Engineering
Mr. N. L. Paddock
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry 8065.
Wednesday,  September  14,   1983.
Reports of the Tributes Committee
Emeritus status (continued)
Mr. G. Piternick - Professor Emeritus of Librarianship
Dr. G. A. Smith - Professor Emeritus of Education
Mr. F. A. Gornall - Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
and Science Education
Mrs. A. G. Savery - Senior Instructor Emerita of English
Dr. M. W. Steinberg - Professor Emeritus of English
Dr. L. Tyhurst - Associate Professor Emerita of Psychiatry
Dean Larkin )  That    the    recommendations   of   the   Tributes
Chancellor Clyne )  Committee    concerning    emeritus    status    be
Honorary Degrees
Dean Larkin reminded Senate that the Tributes Committee would be pleased to
receive nominations for possible honorary degree recipients and that these should be
submitted to the Tributes Committee, Ceremonies Office, not later than October I,
The meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.
The next regular meeting of Senate will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 1983.
Chairman 8066.
Wednesday,  September   14,   1983.
New Awards recommended to Senate
Astra Pharmaceuticals Canada Ltd. Book Prize - A prize consisting of books to a
value of $100 has been made available by Astra Pharmaceuticals Canada Ltd. It will
be awarded annually to a post-graduate student in the Cardiology Training Program of
The University of British Columbia. The award will be made on the recommendation
of the Faculty of Medicine, in consultation with the Cardiology Specialty Training
Committee. This award will be made to a resident who exhibits proficiency in Acute
Care Cardiology.
Parrel I T. Braidwood Awards - In recognition of the contribution of Darrell T.
Braidwood, Q.C, to the profession of law, the law firm of Sutton Braidwood will
make tuition awards to a student who is entering the second year in the Faculty of
Law and to a student entering the thrid year in the Faculty of Law, who have
achieved first quartile standing and are adjudged to have the promise of the highest
standards of integrity, courtesy and dedication to the law as exemplified by
Mr. Braidwood in his professional practice as a Partner of Sutton Braidwood from
1945 to 1980.   (This award will be made available in the 1983/84 Winter Session.)
British Columbia Lung Association Fellowship - A fellowship in the amount of $9,000
has been made available by the British Columbia Lung Association. This award will
be made on the recommendation of the School of Rehabilitation Medicine, to a
doctoral student who is qualified and licensed to practice physiotherapy in British
Columbia and who has demonstrated academic potential and scientific interest in
pulmonary rehabilitation. Although the award will not automatically be renewed, the
recipient will not be precluded from holding the award in subsequent years. The
award will be offered for a three-year period commencing in 1983/84. (This award
will be made in the 1983/84 Winter Session.)
Bull, Housser & Tupper Service Scholarship - The firm of Bull, Housser and Tupper,
Barristers and Solicitors, will provide a scholarship for students proceeding from
second to third year of studies in the Faculty of Law. The scholarship consists of an
opportunity for employment with the firm in the summer between second the third
year of study in the Faculty. (This award will be made available in the 1983/84
Winter Session.)
Criminal Procedure Prize - A prize of $300, donated by members of the Faculty of
Law with an interest in Criminal Procedure, and a copy of the book entitled Criminal
Procedure: Canadian Law and Practice, by Atrens, Burns and Taylor donated by
Butterworths Limited, will be awarded either to a graduating student or a student
entering the final year, who has demonstrated promise in the area of Criminal
Sybren Hendrick de Jong Memorial Scholarship - A scholarship in the amount of $250
has been established by family and friends of Sybren H. de Jong who taught for thirty
years at U.B.C. The award will be made to the student obtaining the highest standing
in Civil Engineering 251 (Engineering Surveying). (This award will be made available
in the 1983/84 Winter Session.) 8067.
Wednesday,  September   14,   1983.
New awards recommended to Senate (continued)
Herbert R. Fullerton Fellowship - The Herbert R. Fullerton Fellowship, established
with a gift from the Real Estate Council of British Columbia honouring the first
Chairman of the Council, is awarded annually to a deserving student who is taking the
Urban Land Economics Graduate Program in the Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration. The award will be made on the recommendation of the Faculty.
(This award will be made available in the 1983/84 Winter Session.)
Wolfgang Gerson Scholarship in Architecture - A scholarship in the amount of
approximately $850 has been made available by friends and colleagues of Wolfgang
Gerson, who retired after 33 years of teaching at both The University of British
Columbia and the University of Manitoba Schools of Architecture. The award will be
made to an outstanding student entering the graduate program in Architecture and
proceeding to an M.A.S.A. degree. (This award will be made available in the 1983/84
Winter Session.)
Carma Israel Memorial Bursary - A bursary of $100, established as a memorial to
Carma Israel by her sister Katherine Leshgold, will be awarded annually to an
undergraduate student who has need for financial assistance and has a good academic
standing.   (This award will be made available in the 1984/85 Winter Session.)
Harold Lauer B'nai B'rith Foundation Bursary - Two bursaries in the amount of $500
each have been made available by the late Harold Lauer. The awards will be made to
students who would be unable to attend university without financial assistance. (This
award will be made available in the 1983/84 Winter Session.)
Faculty of Law Prize in Constitutional Law - A prize of $300 has been provided by
the Faculty of Law for a student who obtains high standing in Constitutional Law.
The prize may be shared.
Faculty of Law Prize in Contracts - A prize of $300 has been provided by the Faculty
of Law for a student who obtains high standing in Contracts Law. The prize may be
Jessie Grant McGregor Memorial Bursary - A bursary in the amount of $300 has been
established by the mother, family and friends of Jessie Grant McGregor, a graduate
of The University of British Columbia. These funds will be used to assist a needy
undergraduate student majoring in History or English at this University. (This award
will be made in the 1984/85 Winter Session.)
Finlay A. Morrison Scholarship - A scholarship in the amount of approximately $1,000
has been endowed by Alpha Pharmaceutical Supplies Limited to honour Dr. Finlay A.
Morrison's many years of service to the Faculty and to the profession of Pharmacy,
and to mark his continuing interest in Pharmaceutics and Pharmacy Administration.
The award will be made to the student entering fourth year in the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences and obtaining the highest standing in Pharmaceutics and/or
Pharmacy Administration in the preceding 3 years of the program. (This award will
be made available in the 1983/84 Winter Session.) 8068.
Wednesday,  September  14,   1983.
New awards recommended to Senate (continued)
Rogers Bereskin & Parr Prize in Industrial and Intellectual Property - A prize in the
amount of $300 has been offered by Rogers Bereskin & Parr of Toronto, Ontario, and
will be offered to the student obtaining the highest marks in Law 345 (Industrial and
Intellectual Property) or otherwise exhibiting exceptional academic ability in this
area of the law. The award will be made on the recommendation of the Faculty.
(This award will be made available in the 1983/84 Winter Session.)
Social Work Faculty Bursary Fund - This fund was initiated in 1983 through faculty
contributions in recognition of sixteen years of distinguished service by Dr. George M.
Hougham as Director of the School of Social Work. Income from the fund provides
bursary support for one or more social work students. (This award will be made
available in the 1985/86 Winter Session.)
Vancouver Bar Association Prize in Legal Writing - Prizes to a total of $1,000 have
been made available by the Vancouver Bar Association. The awards will be made on
the recommendation of the Faculty for outstanding achievement in the first year
Legal Writing Program.


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