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[Meeting minutes of the Senate of The University of British Columbia] 1931-12-16

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Wednesday, December 16th, 1931
The second regular meeting of the Senate of The
University of British Columbia for the session 1931-32 was
held on Wednesday, December 16th, 1931, at 8:00 p.m., in
the Board Room.
Present: President L. S. Klinck (in the Chair), Dean
F. M. Clement, Dean R. W. Brock, Dean D. Buchanan, Mr.
E. A. Lloyd, Mr. J. M. Turnbull, Mr. H. F. Angus, Dr. A. H.
Hutchinson, Mr. J. N. Harvey, Dr. Frank P. Patterson, Mr.
E. C. Hayward, Mr. G. W. Clark, Rev. Dr. W. H. Vance, His
Honour F. W. Howay, Dr. G. G. Sedgewick, Mr. Sherwood Lett,
Mr. H. T. Logan, Mr. A. E. Lord, Dr. Evlyn F. Farris, Dr.
C. Killam, Mr. Sydney Anderson, The Most Rev. A. U. de
Pencier and Mr. Lyle A. Atkinson.
Mr. Lord    )
Mr. Anderson) That the minutes of the first
regular meeting of October 21st, 1931,
be taken as read, and adopted.
Expressions of regret at their inability to attend
the meeting were received from Mrs. Beatrice Wood and
Rev. Canon Sovereign.
Notices of Appointment of Committees and Representatives
Committee on Calendar
Mr. J. M. Turnbull, Convenor
Dr. A. H. Hutchinson
Mr. E. A. Lloyd
Dr. E. Farris
Miss A. B. Jamieson
Committee on Suggested Plans for Improvement of the
Matriculation Examinations
Dr. D. Buchanan, Convenor
Dr. J. G. Brown
Mr. G. W. Clark
Dr. A. H. Hutchinson
Dr. G. G. Moe
Dr. G. G. Sedgewick
Mi 33 A. B. Jamieson 170.
Wednesday, December 16th, 1931
Representatives on Committee to report on the entire
system of the Administration of Student Affairs
Mr. A. E. Lord
Mr. Sydney Anderson
Committee to look into the question of whether
Geography was approved as a Matriculation Option
Dr. W. H. Vance, Convenor
Dr. D. Buchanan
Dr. R. W. Brock
Faculty representative on Inter-Fraternity Council
Dr. A. F. Barss
A  communication was   received   from  the   Secretary  of
the   High   School   Teachers*   Section   of   the   British  Columbia
Teachers'   Federation   stating  that  Mr.   George   Clark,   of
King  George   High  School,   had  been  elected   representative
of   the   High   School   Principals   and  Assistants   on   the
University  Senate.
Letters   from  the  Board  of  Governors  were   read  giving
approval   to   the   following   recommendations   of   Senate:
In   reference   to   the   Khaki   University   Scholarship
awarded   to   the   late   Albert   Edward   Coles,   and   the
LeRoy Memorial   Scholarship  awarded  to   the   late
Horace   Austin  McEwen.
Acceptance   of   grant   of   $800.00   made   by  the   Summe r
Session   Students'   Association  to   the  University
Library for   the   purchase   of   standard  books   for
Summer   Session  and   Extra-sessional   Classes.
New Methods   Courses   in  High   School  Biology,
Agriculture   and   Commercial   Subjects   for   Teachers-in-
Training. it
Wednesday,   December   16th,   1931
That the name of the Department of Economics,
Sociology and Political Science be changed to
Economics,   Political   Science,   Commerce   and  Sociology.
Establishment   of   a  Department   of   Home   Economics   and
approval   of   courses   for   the   Third   Year   in  Home
Economics   in   the   session   1931-52  as   submitted by
Senate .
That authorization be given to conduct a seven weeks'
course with Home Economics students next spring
should Faculty and Senate so decide.
(Fees would not be charged for these courses and the
cost of instruction would be paid out of the Vote
for instructors in Home Economics.)
The Chairman stated that this matter would be dealt
with at a later date by the Faculty and a report
thereon made to Senate after a Head of the Department of Home Economics had been appointed.
Calendar announcement re two scholarships for
returned soldiers.
The Board of Governors informed Senate that the
recommendation urging the importance of making provision
in the regular annual appropriation for the Library for
the purchase of new books had been referred to the budget
committee and would be considered when the estimates for
the fiscal year 1932-35 were being taken up.
President's reports:
(a) For the academic year ending August 51, 1950
(b) For the academic year ending August 31, 1931.
Dr. Sedgewick     )
Archbishop de Pencier) That the report of the President for the academic year
ending August 31, 1950, be re- •*
ceived and filed with the
Senate records.
Dr. Vance )
Dr. Killam) That the report of the President for
the academic year ending August 51,
1951, be received and considered.
t* 172.
Wednesday, December 16th, 1931
Enquiry was made as to the apportionment of cost of the
Summer Session and as to the disposition of the surplus
shown in the report of the Director of the Summer Session,
which formed a part of the President's report.  Dean
Buchanan, as Director of the Summer Session, explained the
various items of cost, and the Chairman stated that the
surplus had been voted to the Library for the purchase of
new books.
Dr. Killam)
Dr. Vance ) That the report be filed.
A letter from the President, together with letters
from Dean Clement and Dean Buchanan, re availability of
professors in Agriculture for instruction in Arts and
Science were read for the information of Senate.
Dr. Killam)
Mr. Harvey) That the letters be received and filed.
Mr. Lord )
Mr. Lett ) That copies of each of these letters
be sent to members of Senate.
From the Faculties
Dr. Sedgewick)
Mr. Clark    ) That item No. 7 be deferred until
item No. 10(a) is being considered.
From the Faculty of Arts and Science:
Recommended that Miss Margaret B. Dick
who has completed her course be granted
the Social Service diploma.
Dean Buchanan)
Mr. Angus    ) That the recommendation be approved.
Carried * 173.
t   *
Wednesday, December 16th, 1931
Resolution of the Faculty of Agriculture
That we request that Senate study the
academic training of rural High School
teachers in relation to rural life and
to the fitting of Rural High School
students for occupations that most of
them might follow.
Dean Clement)
Mr. Lloyd   ) That the communication be received
and considered.
Dean Clement)
Mr. Lloyd   ) That a committee of Senate be
appointed to study the academic
training of High School teachers
in relation to rural life.
Dr. Vance   )
Judge Howay ) That the Chair appoint the committee,
Reports of Committees
On Suggested Plans for the Improvement of the
Matriculation Examinations	
The report from the Faculties in reference to suggested plans for the improvement of the Matriculation
Examinations, presented at the last meeting of the Senate,
had been considered by the committee, and amendment suggested.
The report from the Faculties:
The examination system would be continued, but
would be modified in the following ways:
(a) There would be appointed to the Examination
Board a member of Faculty who had had
special training and experience with respect to educational measurements and
stati sties.
(b) All matriculation papers would be set by
professors of the University, and would be
carefully perused and checked by the high
school inspectors prior to the first
meeting of the Examination Board. »
Wednesday, December 16th, 1931
(c) The person setting a paper would be given
notification at least one month before the
paper is due for perusal at Victoria.
(b) and (c) deleted by Arts and Agriculture
The  matriculation   examinations   need  not   be
the   same   as  those  taken  by  candidates   for  the
school-leaving  certificate.      Responsibility
for   the   setting  and   marking   of  examinations
that  are   designed   only  for   candidates   for
the   school-leaving  certificate   would  belong
to   the   Department   of   Education,   not
University.     Marks   received
inations  would  not   receive
to   the
for   such  exam-
matriculati on
In addition to the usual mat
inations there would be give
lation candidates a standard
gence test. This test would
the examination week in June
supervised by the regular su
a test would be of great use
out of those candidates leas
university work. Candidates
examination averages of from
55   percent  may  be   refused.
riculation  exam-
n   to   matricu-
ized   intelli-
be   given   during
,   and  would  be
pervisors.      Such
in   the   sifting-
t  fitted  for
with subject-
50 percent to
admission to the University (passed by Arts
and Agriculture)
matriculation standing  (passed by Applied
S c i e n c"e~)
if their score on the list is below the
minimum level.
These tests will not count on the Matriculation results.  The records of these
tests will be compiled and used for
education studies, (passed by Applied Science
(f) Each examination booklet would be marked by
at least two examiners in those subjects in
which there are two or more examiners.  In
such cases no one examiner would mark all
the questions.
(g) The rank of the matriculation candidate
among his class-mates of the school, as computed from the combined evidence from his t
Wednesday, December 16th, 1931
^^ several years of high school work, would
be taken into careful consideration if he
were found to be in one of the following
1.  The failures.
^ 2.  Those who were being considered for
scholarship awards.  (Evidence of
this kind would be used in consider-
v ing the qualifications of scholar-
■■ * ship candidates only when compari
sons were being made between students
l coming from the same high school.)
Further Recommendations
1.  A committee would be appointed to study the
fluctuations of the percentages of failure
^ at the matriculation examinations, in order
that ways and means of obtaining greater
consistency might be found.  Comparisons
*, would be made between subjects, as well as
between years.
^mW 2.  A committee would be appointed to study the
* problems involved in the apportionment of
matriculation credit among the various
subjects.  (e.g., Should the Chemistry paper
M. and the French Grammar paper each be given
the same portion of matriculation credit,
» considering the fact that the total high
school time allotted for Chemistry differs
^ from the total amount of time allotted for
French Grammar?)
The report of the Senate Committee:
"The Committee is of the opinion that it is not
4 advisable to consider the question of admission to
the University by the accrediting system at the
*C present time for the following reasons:-
i (1) The Faculties at present oppose accrediting
because it is not yet clear to them that
i accrediting would not result in lowering the
v Matriculation standard. 176.
Wednesday, December 16th, 1931
(2) The Committee understands that further investigations are to be set in motion by the
Department of Education, and it would be advisable to await results of such investigations ."
On the Faculties' report, the following action
was taken:
(a) approved
(b) amended to read "That Matriculation papers
be set only by persons approved by the
Matriculation Board."
(c) deleted, on account of the fact that this is
the present arrangement.
(d) deleted
(e) deleted and the following substituted:
"(1) That an intelligence test be given to
all students entering the first year
of the University, early in the Fall
term, with the object of ascertaining
the correlation of tests of this type
and the Matriculation results.
(2) That, with the consent of the Department of Education, a comparison be
made of the confidential reports of
Principals of High Schools on the
Matriculation candidates, and the
Matriculation results of those candidates, with a view to ascertaining the
degree of correlation between the two."
(f) deleted on account of its impracticability.
(g) that consideration of this section be deferred until the degree of correlation of
Matriculation results and Principals'
reports on candidates be ascertained.
Further recommendati ons ,-
1. Approved, and following added:
"That this committee be asked to study the
advisability of the objective type of
examinations in the Junior Matriculation
exarainati ons."
2. Approved. 177.
Wednesday,   December   16th,   1951
The   report   of   the   Committee,   with   reference  at  each
step   to   the   report   from  the   Faculties,  was   considered
section by   section  and   adopted.
Dean Buchanan!
Mr. Clark
That section (e) (l) be reconsidered .
Mr. Logan)
Mr. Angus) That section (e) (1) as amended be
referred back to the Faculties for
their consideration.
Dean Buchananj)
Mr. Clark
That the report of the Committee,
as amended, be adopted, with the
exception of (e) (1) - referred
to the Faculties.
Dr. Sedgewick)
Dean Buchanan) That the communication from the
Faculties with reference to
accredited High Schools be received and filed.
On  Honorary   Degrees
Report   received  at  meeting   on  October   26th  and
referred   to   the  next   regular   meeting   of   Senate.
"The   Committee   of  Senate   on  Honorary   Degrees
met   on   October   20th   and   in  addition   to   a
general   report   of   progress,   wishes   to
recommend   that   the   honorary   degree   of   Doctor
of  Laws  be   conferred   on Mr.   Herbert  Marler,
Canadian Minister   to   Japan,   on  the   occasion
of   Mr.   Marler's   next   visit   to   Canada."
In  amendment   to   the  motion  for   the   adoption   of   this
Mr.   Lett )
Archbishop   de   Pencier)
That   action   on   the   recommendation   of   the   Committee 'r
idnesday, December 16th, 1931
I- 7
Amendment Lost
be deferred; to be placed
on the agenda of Senate at
the option of the
Pre 3 ident.
Original motion put to vote and carried,
On Geography as a subject of the Matriculation
 Examinati ons	
The Committee reported that according to
the minutes of Senate of November 5th, 1930, the
introduction of Geography as a Matriculation
option was approved.  Accordingly a letter was
sent to the Deputy Minister of Education requesting him to circularize the High Schools.  A reply
was received from him stating that he would be
pleased to comply with the request.
Dr.   Vance )
Dean   Buchanan)   That   the   report   be   received.
Courses  given   in  the   various   Faculties   with  number   of
students   registered   in   each,   Session   1931-52,   -
Statement   presented.
Mr .
That a committee of Senate be appointed by the Chair to consider the information contained in these statements
and report to Senate prior to the
introduction of the report of next
year's Calendar Committee with a view
to enabling Senate to eliminate those
courses for which there is no necessity
or substantial public demand and for
the purpose of enabling Senate to make
suitable recommendations to the Board
of Governors.
A memorandum was received from the Rhodes Trustees
in reference to the recognition of Canadian Universities
by the Council of Legal Education.
__ 179.
Wednesday,   December   16th,   1931
Mr. Logan)
Mr. Angus) That the Secretary be instructed to
write to the Secretary to the Council
of Legal Education and inquire if our
University is on the list; and if not,
to take such steps as are necessary to
place it on.
A   letter   from  the   Provincial   Parent-Teacher  Federation
Executive   re   Home   Economics   course   was   read.
Dr. Killam )
Judge Howay) That the communication be received
and filed.
A card conveying Christmas greetings and best wishes
for a happy and prosperous New Year to members of Senate
was received from the Students' Council.
Dr. Vance )
Seconded unanimously) That the Secretary send a
suitable acknowledgment to
the Students' Council.
The   Ceremonies  Committee   submitted  for  approval   a
specimen of a proposed new form of diploma for Arts degrees.
Mr. Clark    )
Dean Buchanan) That consideration of the recommendation of the Ceremonies Committee re the proposed new form of
diploma for Arts degrees be held
over to the next meeting on
December 31st.
Judge Howay)
Dean Brock ) That we adjourn.


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