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[Meeting minutes of the Senate of The University of British Columbia] 1970-03-04

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Wednesday, March 4, 1970
A special meeting of the Senate of The University of British Columbia
was held on Wednesday, March 4, 1970 at 8:00 p.m. in the Board and Senate
Room, Administration Building.
Present: President W. H. Gage (Chairman), Dr. A. E. Aho, Deputy
President W. M. Armstrong, Dr. C. S. Belshaw, Mr. C. B. Bourne, Dr. C. A.
Brockley, Dr. D. G. Brown, Dr. T. H. Brown, Mr. F. J. Cairnie, Mr. C. M.
Campbell Jr., Dr. S. D. Cavers, Dr. J. D. Chapman, Dr. R. M. Clark,
Dean G. F. Curtis, Dr. C W. J. Eliot, Dean J. A. F. Gardner, Dr. D. F.
Hardwick, Mr. R. W. Jacobs, Dr. R. F. Kelly, Dr. J. M. Kennedy, Dr. D. T.
Kenny, Dr. W. D. Kitts, Mrs. J. MacD. Lecky, Dean S. W. Leung, Miss E. K.
McCann, Dr. A. J. McClean, Dean Helen McCrae, Dr. M. F. McGregor,
Mr. K. R. Martin, Dr. B. N. Moyls, Dr. J. M. Norris, Mr. E. O'Brien,
Dean V. J. Okulitch, Mr. R. F. Osborne, Dr. R. A. Restrepo, Dr. I. Ross,
Dr. R. F. Scagel, Dean N. V. Scarfe, Dr. A. D. Scott, Dean M. Shaw,
Dr. J. H. G. Smith, Dr. J. K. Stager, Mr. B. Stuart-Stubbs, Dr. H. V.
Warren, Dr. W. A. Webber, Dean P. H. White, Dr. W. E. Willmott, Mr. E.
Wood, Dr. W. D. Young.
Observers: Mr. J. A. Banham, Miss D. Hopper, Mr. T. A. Myers,
Mr. P. Thompson.
Messages of regret for their inability to attend were received from
Mrs. A. Brearley, Mr. D. M. Brousson, Dr. M. F. Clarke, Mr. A. Dobrey,
Dean W. D. Finn, The Hon. E. D. Fulton, Dr. W. C. Gibson, Dr. R. F. Gray,
Mr. I. F. Greenwood, Dr. N. A. Hall, Dr. S. Israels, Mrs. W. T. Lane,
Dean B. E. Riedel, Mr. D. R. Williams.
The special meeting was held for the purpose of continuing the discussion of recommendations in the Long-Range Objectives Committee Report.
Dean Scarfe  )    That the meeting be adjourned no later than
Dr. McGregor )     10:00 p.m.
The first item on the Agenda was recommendation 8.  Dr. Norris said
that as this was in three sections he proposed to move each section 5221
Recommendation 8(a)
Dr. Norris  )
Dr. Aho     )
Wednesday, March 4, 1970
"That each programme should include in its
hirst year a course, or partial course,
providing an introduction to the discipline."
Dr. Norris stated that some Faculties were already following such
practices but the committee hoped to bring to the attention of Senate
a proposition which because it seemed so obvious was overlooked.  It was
felt that the university should provide students with some degree of
guidance in the early part of a discipline.
In amendment:
Mr. Stubbs  )
Mr. O'Brien  )
That the words "and to the bibliographic
controls oh its literature" be added.
The Librarian stated that satisfactory lectures had been given on
the matter in one or two hours.
The Chairman explained that Faculties are asked to consider the
possibility of implementing the recommendation but are not required to
do so if the recommendation seems inappropriate.
The amendment was carried.
The motion as amended was carried.
Recommendation 8(b)
Dr. Norris  )
Dr. Belshaw )
"That all programmes should include explicit
provision h°i the improvement oh writing and
verbal skills, through tutorial papers,
discussion groups and oral examinations". 5222
Wednesday, March 4, 1970
It was explained that this section of the recommendation represented
a goal towards which the university should be aiming.
The motion was put and carried.
Recommendation 8(c)
Dr. Norris  )     "That the last two years oh each programme
Dr. Belshaw )    should encourage a measure oh independent study
by the student, and include tutorial work, as
well as hoimal lectures".
Dr. Norris explained that this was simply a proposition to give
larger scope for independent study as the student matures.
It was felt by some members of Senate that because of the numbers
involved in some Faculties it was impossible to do this.
In amendment:
Dr. Norris      ) That the words "That where possible the last
Dr. Belshaw    ) two years..." be inserted at the beginning oh
the motion.
After further discussion the motion as amended was carried.
Recommendation 9
Dr. Clark       ) "That an assessment oh classes given in
Dr. Belshaw    ) residence be made by Senate as soon as possible,
and that a decision be made as early as possible
whether to continue the experiment, to terminate
it, or to enlarge it into a system oh residential
collegiate instruction.
Dr. Clark stated that this was a recommendation that had the unanimous support of the Long-Range Objectives Committee but they had been
unable to do sufficient research to provide a strong backing for it. A 5223
Wednesday, March 4, 1970
Recommendation 9 (cont'd)
number of students in residences had been asked for their opinions and
generally these were favourable. One argument against it had been
that students regard residence as their home and object to classes
being held there if outsiders would be brought in.  In the report of the
Faculty of Arts on this subject it was stated that the Department of
English had given classes in residences and reaction to the experiment
was unfavourable.
After further discussion it was agreed that there was insufficient
evidence for Senate to vote on this recommendation.
Dr. Webber      ) "That recommendation 9 be reherred to the
Mr. Osborne    ) Faculty oh Arts h°i *acn haither action as
that FaculXy ^eela it is justihied."
The motion to refer was carried.
Recommendation 10
Dr. Norris    ) "That a boaid oh university instruction be
Mr. Wood       ) created, consisting oh acknowledged good
teachers, who would arrange hoi instruction
in university teaching in each department,
school or haculty in co-operation with a
committee oh the acknowledged good teachers
in each discipline.    Attention should be paid
in the instruction to educational psychology
and to classroom and laboratory instruction
techniques.    In principle, such instruction
ought to be compulsory hor all Ph.d. students
who intend to engage in university teaching.
It should be optional hor all teaching members
oh departments.    They will have an incentive
to take some instruction, since teaching is to
be carehully assessed as a ground hor promotion.
It was generally agreed by Senate that the board of instruction was
not the best method of improving teaching and that the following motion 5224
Wednesday, March 4, 1970
be substituted for recommendation 10:
Dr. Chapman )
Dr. Norris  )
"That departments, Schools and Faculties be
strongly urged:
(a) to develop ways oh improving the ehh^ct-
iveness oh both teaching and learning in
the programmes they ohhcr.
(b) to ahhord hoimal opportunities hoi
graduate students to develop teaching and
learning skills in keeping tucth -tneiA
prohessional education and training."
Following further discussion the motion was put and carried.
Mr. Cairnie )
Mr. O'Brien )
Dr. Moyls   )
Dean Scarfe )
In amendment:
Dean White )
Dr. Kelly  )
"That the Faculties report to Senate in the
Spring oh 1971 with respect to the actions
initiated to improve the quality oh teaching."
"That Senate approve the principle that teaching
undertaken by graduate students be assigned to
them and supervised with their own prohessional
education and training in mind, and not the
stahhing requirements oh departments in the
That the words "but that in the implementation
oh this principle care be taken that the
quality oh undergraduate education shall not
be impaired.", be added.
A query was raised as to whether in the process of giving graduate
students instruction for teaching they would receive payment.
Dr. Norris said that the Long-Range Objectives Committee had in
mind something less complicated than a teaching assistantship. 5225
Wednesday, March 4, 1970
Dr. Belshaw )     "That the motion be tabled and reherred to a
Mr. Osborne )     committee consisting oh dr. Norris  , dr. Belshaw,
dr. Moyls and dean White hoi clarification."
Recommendation 11
Dr. Norris said this recommendation concerned the assessment of
teaching.  It was the opinion of the committee that it was possible
to improve on methods of assessment.  It was stated that the model
mentioned in this recommendation was no longer used in the English
Department.  In the light of objections Dr. Norris suggested that the
resolution take the following form:
Dr. Norris )      "That  each department, School or Faculty
Dr. Clark  )      develop techniques h°i the assessment oh
teaching, through methods appropriate to the
discipline; and that such assessments be considered as relevant data to be used hor purposes
oh rewarding good teaching."
The Chairman said he would bring the matter to the attention of the
Committee of Deans.
The motion was put and carried.
Dr. Eliot asked Senate to join him in offering the President congratulations and very best wishes for his forthcoming birthday, and
expressed the hope that the warm friendship, integrity and wise judgement
he had shown the University for many years would be with us for many
years to come.  Senate responded with a prolonged ovation to which the
President briefly replied.
The meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.


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