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September 12, 1990
The First Regular Meeting of the Senate of The University of British
Columbia for the Session 1990-91 was held on Wednesday, September 12, 1990
at 8.00 p.m. in Room 102, George F. Curtis Building.
Chancellor  L.
Mr. D. A. Anders
Messages of regret for their inability to attend were received from Dr.
A. P. Autor, Dr. M. A. Boyd, Dr. S. Cherry, Dr. T. S. Cook, Mr. N. A.
Davidson, Dr. G. W. Eaton, Dr. S. W. Hamilton, Mr. M. M. Ryan, Ms. P. F.
Silver, Dr. C. E. Slonecker, Dr. J. Vanderstoep, Dr. W. C. Wright, Jr.
Senate membership
(i)   Declaration of vacancies (University Act, section 35 (6))
Dr. R. J. Gray, representative of the faculty at-large
Ms. T. L. Jackson, student representative of the Faculty of Law
Mr. S. R. Pearce, Lieutenant-Governor in Council appointee
(ii)  Replacements
Dr. J. A. McLean replaces Dr. R. J. Gray as a representative of the
faculty at-large
Ms. Helena Swinkels replaces Mr. Dan Horvat as student representative
of the Faculty of Medicine (this vacancy was declared at the May
(There are no replacements as yet for Ms. Jackson and Mr. Pearce)
(iii)  Introduction of Senators
The Chairman welcomed to Senate all new and returning members. 9811.
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Minutes of previous meetinq
Dr. McLean    )  That the minutes of the Ninth regular
Dr. Scudder   )  meeting of Senate for the Session 1989-90,
having been circulated, be taken as read
and adopted.
Chairman's remarks and related questions
Committee on Race Relations
President Strangway informed Senate that, as indicated at the May Senate
meeting, a Committee on Race Relations was being established. He stated
that the Committee would be meeting as soon as the membership had been
finalized.  The Committee's terms of reference are as follows:
1. To invite students, faculty and staff to share their perceptions
about existing conditions that create or hinder the development of a
fair and equitable climate on campus;
2. To identify ways to foster an awareness among students, faculty and
staff about conditions that contribute to systemic and overt racial
discrimination in the University community;
3. To recommend appropriate educational programs to make all members of
the University community aware of i) the history of Canada as a
multicultural society, ii) the processes by which discrimination
4. To recommend appropriate University policies and procedures to
address racial discrimination.
Predictors of Academic Success at UBC
President Strangway stated that over the past few months a very
extensive study had been conducted in order to evaluate the performance of
first year students.  The following information, prepared by Dr. Birch,
had been circulated:
"In July of this year Walter Sudmant, Manager, Institutional Research
and Planning, completed a study presented under this title. It presents
descriptive statistics and analysis for various measures of academic
performance at the end of students' first year at UBC followed by a more
formal statistical analysis of the current admission criterion as a
predictor of academic success and a study of some possible alternate 9812.
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Chairman's remarks and related questions
Predictors of Academic Success at UBC  (continued)
predictors and criteria. The purpose of the study is to provide
faculties with some practical information on admission cut-offs, the
predictive power of specific courses, and the possibilities for
simplified or more efficient admission criteria.
Following is a sampling of the trends identified, particularly some of
those with potential policy implications:
1. For high school entry into Arts, the percentage of students failing
gradually declines with increasing entry GPA, from a high of over 20
percent, to a constant rate of approximately five percent for
students with entry GPAs above 3.35. The proportion of students
attaining first class standing is virtually zero until the entry GPA
reaches 3.35, after which it increases sharply with higher GPAs.
2. While showing the same general trends as for Arts, the graphs for
Science show a much steeper decline in failure rate with increasing
GPA, as well as a more dramatic increase in the proportion attaining
first class standing at entry GPAs above 3.5, indicating high school
GPA is a stronger predictor in Science than in Arts.
3. The relationship between college entry GPA and academic performance
is less strong. In Arts the failure rate declines with increasing
entry GPA, but less sharply than in the case of high school
admissions, and the significant failure rate persists even among
students with high entry GPAs. Trends for Science and Engineering
are more erratic, indicating the poor predictive power of College GPA.
4. High failure rates at UBC are concentrated among students with low
high school GPAs. This tendency is particularly striking in Science,
where the failure rate is over 40 percent within the lowest GPA
range, whereas among the top 25 percent of students the failure rate
is below two percent.
5. High school GPA can also be used to predict first class standing.
For both Arts and Science students there is a dramatic increase in
the fraction of students attaining first class standing when the GPA
exceeds 3.55. The data also show significantly higher proportions of
first class students among the Advanced Placement and International
Baccalaureate students, however, the numbers of students in these
groups were too small for any definitive conclusions.
6. Admission was simulated calculating entry GPA as the average of
English 12 and the three best grade 12 subjects other than English.
The ability to predict achievement at the end of first year using GPA
calculated this way and GPA calculated using the current method (nine
grade 11 and 12 courses) is virtually identical. Moreover those few
students admitted using the current method who would be excluded
using the four-subject method showed an extremely high failure rate. 9813.
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Chairman's remarks and related questions
Predictors of Academic Success at UBC  (continued)
7. Grade 11 subjects are significantly poorer predictors of university
performance than grade 12 subjects. However, a student with a grade
11 GPA above 3.65 has a very high probability of success.
While these are some of the findings with potential policy implications,
they are by no means the only findings worthy of attention. It may be
that some streamlining of current admissions policies and procedures is
feasible and desirable and can be achieved efficiently without violating
the spirit of current regulations. I would encourage each faculty,
particularly those which admit students directly from high school, to
consider its current practices in the light of the findings presented."
President's Ad Hoc Committee on Specific Learning Disabilities
The following  information,  prepared by Dr.  Birch,  concerning the
establishment of this Committee had been circulated:
"This Committee has been struck. I chair the meetings and it has the
following additional members:
David Measday, Associate Dean, Faculty of Science
Sydney Mindess, Director, CORE Program, Faculty of Applied Science
Lee Swanson, Educational Psychology and Special Education
Graeme Wynn, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts
The Committee is charged with identifying ways in which the University
can assist faculties to respond effectively to the needs of students
with specific learning disabilities. At this stage there is consensus
within the Committee on the following general points:
1. Official University publications could be modified to include an
indication that academically able and academically motivated students
are welcome at UBC - even though they may have specific learning
2. Students with specific learning disabilities should be encouraged to
identify themselves early in their UBC experience and to explore with
advisors what accommodation, if any, might be feasible and desirable
to enable them to achieve according to their potential.
3. Faculties should be able to call upon units like the
Psycho-Educational Clinic in the Faculty of Education for technical
assessment and advice.
4. Students with learning disabilities should be encouraged to discuss
their needs with their professors and professors should be able to
obtain advice concerning those needs and appropriate responses to
them. 9814.
September 12, 1990
Chairman's remarks and related questions
President's Ad Hoc Committee on Specific Learning Disabilities  (continued)
5. Faculties and schools must take responsibility for identifying
alternative means of meeting degree requirements and the appropriate
circumstances for their implementation.
In the course of this term I expect the Committee will refine these
points and make a number of recommendations."
Academic Plan
A copy of the Academic Plan had been circulated.  It was stated that the
document had been submitted in support of the University's requests for
"Access for All" funding.  It was also noted that this academic plan was
the tenth draft of a plan that had resulted from submissions from the
Faculties in the past two years in connection with their budget and
planning submissions within the framework of the "Mission Statement" and
"Strategic Plan".  It was stated that many specific items had already been
approved by Senate and that others would be coming forward in future
months or years, while others were still under discussion in the Faculties
and with the administration.  It was stated that the plan was not meant to
be static or fixed in every detail and that there would be future
"drafts".  Members of Senate were encouraged to submit comments and
Capital Plan
A copy of  the University Capital Plan had  been circulated for
information.  The categories included:
1. Major Capital Projects - 10 years
2. Campaign Projects - funded by fundraising and matching projects
3. Hut Replacement Projects
4. Large Public Works and Renovations Projects.
In addition to the above, there are several buildings planned that will
be self-financing: 9815.
September 12, 1990
Chairman's remarks and related questions
Capital Plan  (continued)
1. National Centres of Excellence (Phase I, Biotechnology - over the
2. Ritsumeikan/UBC House
3. Parking  Garage
Also, detailed studies are underway for an apartment complex for new
faculty members on a cost-recovery basis.
President Strangway informed Senate that a more recent copy of the
Capital Plan would be circulated to members of Senate within the next few
Women's  Issues
President Strangway referred to proposals circulated in the spring
concerning women's issues and informed Senate that the position of a
President's Advisor on Women's Issues would be advertised in the near
Related questions
In response to a query concerning the material circulated on Predictors
of Academic Success at UBC, the President stated that this was an interim
report and that any formal recommendations would be submitted to the
various Faculties for consideration.
The following letter from York University, was received for information:
"The Senate of York University has asked me to convey to you our hope
that the universities might play a positive and unifying role in this
country during the current difficult times. Universities of course
respond to and reflect the present polarizations. Indeed, many of
our members are passionately engaged on various sides of the many
significant issues that now demand solution.
Yet it is important for our institutions to reaffirm commitment to
common purpose. We are obliged to continue discussion of those
subjects about which we may have agreed to disagree. In that spirit,
we would like to urge your Senate or Academic Boards to consider some 9816.
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Correspondence (continued)
explicit  statement  recognizing  the good  faith  of  those  who
participate today, inside and outside the university, in discussion
of the class, gender, racial, cultural and regional dimensions of our
shared solution."
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) Curriculum proposals recommended by the Faculty of Applied Science
(ii)  Curriculum proposals recommended by the Faculty of Arts (pp.9769-70)
(iii) Fire Protection Engineering Program recommended by the Faculty of
Graduate Studies (pp.9770-1)
(iv) Biomedical Engineering - M.Eng. Degree, recommended by the Faculty of
Graduate Studies (pp.9771-2)
(v) Atmospheric Science - M.Sc. Degree, recommended by the Faculty of
Graduate Studies (pp.9772-3)
(vi)  Curriculum proposals recommended by the Faculty of Law (pp.9773-4)
(vii)  Curriculum proposals recommended by the Faculty of Medicine (p.9774)
(viii) Curriculum proposals recommended by the Faculty of Science (p.9774-5)
(ix) Establishment of a Chair in Silvics and Silviculture, and a Chair in
Forest Products Biotechnology, recommended by the Faculty of Forestry
(x)   Curriculum proposals recommended by the Faculty of Education (p.9804)
(xi) Curriculum proposals recommended by the Faculty of Graduate Studies
(xii) M.Sc. and Ph.D. Programs in Health Care and Epidemiology, recommended
by the Faculty of Graduate Studies (pp.9805-6)
(xiii) Revisions to the Master of Science in Nursing Program, recommended by
the Faculty of Graduate Studies (pp.9806-8)
(xiv) Curriculum proposals recommended by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical
Sciences (p.9809) 9817.
September 12, 1990
Financial Statements
Copies of the Financial Statements for the year ended March 31, 1990 had
been submitted to Senate as required under section 31 (2) of the University
Mr. Gellatly, Vice-President, Administration and Finance, was invited to
comment on the various aspects of the Financial Statements. Mr. Gellatly
then highlighted some sections of the report for the information of Senate.
Dr. Resnick asked for an explanation of the fact that expenditures for
administration between 1989-90 had increased by $2.8 million, or a little
over 20%, whereas the increase for academic expenses was approximately 13%
and for the Library only 11%.
Mr. Gellatly responded that some of the administrative units were new,
and drew Senate's attention to page 7 of schedule 2. He pointed out that
some of the units had not existed until the early part of the five-year
period. He noted that the Development Office expense was the operating
budget share of the fund-raising campaign. He stated that in the case of
Information Systems Management, more money had been funded in prior years
from endowment funds whereas this year this expenditure included not only
the budgets from the current fiscal year but also the amount appropriated
for systems development in the preceding years.
Dr. Will, taking up the points raised by Dr. Resnick, reminded Senate
that the matter of disproportionate increases in administration expenses in
relation to those of the Faculties, had been raised two years ago by Dean
Lusztig who asked that Senate be given a report on the gross full time
positions in the various Faculties for the period then reported, i.e. for
the financial year ending March 31, 1988. Senate was informed in the
following  May  that  indeed  the  gross  and  full  time  positions  in 9818.
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Financial Statements  (continued)
administration had increased rapidly in relation to FTE's in the Faculties
but Senate was assured that the build up of administrative positions was
going to level off. Dr. Will also brought attention to the fact that
administration costs in the Library had increased in the neighbourhood of
60%. While not alarmed, he said he was curious about such a large increase.
In response to a query by Dr. Elder, Mr. Gellatly stated that
University-wide memberships were taken out where it made more sense to do it
centrally than in a department, and that the largest single membership was
AUCC in Ottawa.
In response to a query by Dr. Sobrino, Mr. Gellatly stated that the
purpose of the charts was to show comparisons with what was happening at
other major universities.
Dean Marchak expressed concern about the condition of classrooms. Mr.
Gellatly responded that the person to contact concerning this matter was Mr.
Peter Nault in Plant Operations.
Reports of Committees of Senate
Nominating Committee
Dr. Elder, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, presented the
Committee's recommendations for membership on the various committees of
Senate and reported that the Committee had tried to accommodate the
preferences indicated by members in their responses to the request that
members state the committees on which they would like to serve. Dr. Elder
drew attention to the membership of the Committee on Continuing Education
and stated that the Associate Dean of Professional Programs, Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration, should be added as an ex-officio
member. 9819.
September 12, 1990
Reports of Committees of Senate
Nominating Committee  (continued)
Dr. Elder noted that recommendations for student membership on Senate
Committees are made annually and that the current assignments were
approved at the April 18, 1990 meeting of Senate.
In conclusion, Dr. Elder reminded Senate that item 2.3 of the Senate
Procedures, adopted at the April 23, 1986 meeting, states that "Senate
shall elect a Vice Chairman at least annually, who shall chair meetings in
the absence of the president; but in no case shall a vice chairman serve
more than two consecutive terms." The Nominating Committee accordingly
nominated Dean P. A. Lusztig for the position of Vice-chairman.
Dr. Elder     )  That the recommendations of the
Dr. Dennison  ) Nominating Committee be approved.
Student Awards
List of new awards
In the absence of Dr. Cook, Dean McBride presented the report. The
Committee recommended approval of the list of awards, with the exception
of the Van-Tel Credit Union Sadie Mcllwaine Memorial Bursary which is
being withheld pending reconsideration by the Committee.
Dean McBride       ) That the new awards (listed in the Appendix)
Chancellor Peterson ) be accepted subject to the approval of the
Board of Governors and that letters of
thanks be sent to the donors.
Carried 9820.
September 12, 1990
Reports of Committees of Senate (continued)
Tributes Committee
Memorial Minutes
The following memorial statements had been prepared in accordance
with the custom of Senate, in recognition by the University and Senate
of the late William M. Armstrong and Blythe Eagles.
William Armstrong, a leader in the field of higher education in the
province and a former Dean and Deputy President of this university, died
on July 6, 1990.
Dean Armstrong was born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1915, and graduated in
Applied Science from the University of Toronto in 1937.
After ten years in business with the Steel Company of Canada and the
Ontario Research Foundation, he was appointed Associate Professor of
Metallurgy at UBC in 1946. Between 1964 and 1974, he held the positions
of Head of the Department of Metallurgy, Dean of Applied Science, and
Deputy President.
In 1974, Dean Armstrong resigned to become the first Chairman of the
Universities Council of B.C. and was later appointed Executive Director
of the Research Secretariat. Bill Armstrong held impressive
credentials. He played a key role in the formation of TRIUMF, chaired
the board of directors of the Tri Nation body to construct a 144-inch
telescope on the island of Hawaii, and served as a Director of WESTAR.
His honours included an Honorary Doctor of Science from UBC in 1975 and
his appointment as Member of the Order of Canada in 1982.
Dean Armstrong assumed leadership positions in the Engineering
profession, the university community, and this province's educational
system. He played an important role as a member of Canada's Science
Council, the National Research Council, and the Association of
Universities and Colleges of Canada. He was committed to the promotion
of science and research in the nation's interest. He approached every
task as a challenge and an opportunity to improve the quality of life
for all Canadians. As a researcher, an administrator, and a public
figure, Bill Armstrong sought excellence as an overriding priority.
The Senate of this university, to which he gave fourteen years of
dedicated service, wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the family
of William McColl Armstrong.
Dr. Dennison      )  That the memorial statement for
Chancellor Peterson )  William McColl Armstrong be spread
on the minutes of Senate and that
a copy be sent to the relatives of
the deceased.
Carried 9821.
September 12, 1990
Reports of Committees of Senate
Tributes Committee
Memorial Minutes  (continued)
Blythe Eagles, one of the last of the great pioneers of this University,
and a former Dean of Agriculture, passed away on July 13 of this year.
Dr. Eagles was born in New Westminster in 1902. He enrolled in the
Faculty of Arts at UBC in 1918, graduating with the Governor-General"s
Gold Medal in 1922. After Graduate study at the University of Toronto,
he joined the Faculty of Agriculture as an Assistant Professor in 1929,
progressed to Professor and Head of the Department of Dairying in 1936,
and was appointed Dean of Agriculture in 19 49. Dean Eagles held this
last position for 18 years until his retirement in 1967.
Dean Eagles' long academic career was interrupted only once, between
1932 and 193 4, when, as a result of major retrenchment during the
depression, he served as a research chemist with the Powell River Pulp
and Paper Company.
As a young academic Blythe Eagles was an active participant in the Great
Trek campaign and was honoured for his leadership by a special award in
1966. Two years later he received an Honorary Doctor of Science from
his Alma Mater. Dean Eagles' entire life was one of service to this
University. His energies were devoted to the betterment of students,
faculty and the entire academic community. He rarely missed an
opportunity to add his name to every committee, every task force, alumni
group or organization which sought to promote the University.
He was also a pioneer of this province. He grew up along the Fraser
River with his family who had settled there in 1885. During his long
career he commuted daily from the home he built on the shoreline of Deer
Lake in Burnaby, once recalling that no traffic lights impeded his route
to Point Grey.
Blythe Eagles was a noted scholar with an impressive record of research
and publication. He served for twenty years on the Senate and was
active in the B.C. Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society and the
Agricultural Institute of Canada.
A true founder of this University and one of its most beloved and loyal
friends, Blythe Eagles will be long remembered.
To his surviving family the Senate of the University extends its deepest
sympathy. 9822.
September 12, 1990
Reports of Committees of Senate
Tributes Committee
Memorial Minutes  (continued)
Dr. Dennison  )  That the memorial statement for
Dean Richards  )  Blythe Alfred Eagles be spread
on the minutes of Senate and that
a copy be sent to the relatives of
the deceased.
Faculty of Education
Proposal to establish the David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education
It was stated in the material circulated that linguistic and cultural
diversity are features which distinguish Canada from other nations. The
responsibility for cultivating the value of cultural and linguistic
pluralism falls upon the educational system. The David Lam Chair will
focus on the ways in which inter-group relations can be enhanced through
the public school system. It will enable the Faculty of Education to
develop appropriate programs, resource materials and curricula to support
and enhance its multi-ethnic identity.
Dean Sheehan  )  That the proposal of the Faculty of Education
Dr. Birch     )  to establish the David Lam Chair in Multicultural
Education be approved.
Proposal to establish the Dorothy Lam Chair in Special Education
It was explained in the material circulated that children with special
needs, whether in special schools, special classes or mainstreamed in
regular classes, have the right to be educated to the best of their
abilities and in the least restrictive environment possible.  The need for
research  is  substantial  since only  15%  of  all  etiologies can be
identified.  The move toward integration and mainstreaming of exceptional
individuals has consequences for all children.  Systematic studies need to 9823.
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Faculty of Education
Proposal  to  establish  the Dorothy  Lam  Chair  in Special  Education
address the effects of mainstreaming on the intellectual and social
development,  as  well  as  academic  achievement,  of  all  children.
Fundamental questions with respect to exceptionality are multidisciplinary
questions.  The Chair will initiate and coordinate research programs in
the many units already existing in the Faculty of Education and will
develop liaisons with other relevant departments within the University.
Dean Sheehan  ) That the proposal of the Faculty of Education
Dr. Tees      )  to establish the Dorothy Lam Chair in Special
Education be approved.
Proposal to establish a Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Dean Robertson spoke briefly to the proposal. He explained that a
Division of Health Services Research had been created at UBC some years ago
to stimulate scientific enquiries into issues of health, health delivery
systems, ways in which health services could be organized, and ways in which
institutions could respond to the health needs of the population. He stated
that during the ensuing years this group had evolved into a
multi-disciplinary research unit adding to its members from a wide variety
of departments and Faculties, as well as affiliations with universities in
Canada and throughout the world. He noted that UBC investigators who
maintain their primary appointments in a Faculty but who use the division as
a vehicle to facilitate their research, have established an international
reputation for scholarship in studies on health needs and demands, health
policies and the delivery of health services. He also noted that the group
had attracted grants and research awards from a wide variety of agencies
totalling more than $1.5 million annually. Thus, he said, this group
presently functions as a centre,  and the Health Sciences Coordinating 9824.
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Proposal to establish a Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Committee unanimously recommended that the Division be formally established
as the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research.  As such, he stated,
the Centre will continue to be supported by grants and awards,  will
facilitate multi-disciplinary research in health policy and services within
the framework of existing Faculties, and will provide a rich research
environment   for   graduate  programs   offered   through  participating
disciplines.  Included with the proposal were letters of strong support from
the Faculties as well as Directors of related Centres.
Dean Robertson )  That the establishment of the Centre
Dean Hollenberg)  for Health Services Policy Research be
In response to a query by Dr. Patrick, Dr. Birch stated that there was
no standard procedure whereby the Library is asked to comment on the
question of resources, although perhaps there should be.
The motion was put and carried.
School of Architecture
Standing and Promotion - revised Calendar statement
It was stated in the material circulated that the School of Architecture
has introduced courses which can be taken for credit in the spring and
summer terms, and the problem has arisen regarding whether the 65%
average requirement still holds, and whether the grade for the course or
courses can be used to bolster a lower than 65% average in a previous
term. The proposed change maintains the consistency of the 65% average
and all the other rules determining standing and promotion.
Dean Meisen   )  That in the Calendar statement on
Dr. Isaacson  )  Standing and Promotion, after the
words:  "over each term's work", add
the following:  This applies to
courses taken in all terms and sessions.
Carried 9825.
September 12, 1990
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Attendance, Examinations and Advancement - addition to Calendar statement
Dr. McNeill   ) That the following new statement be added
Dean Richards  )  to the Calendar under Attendance, Examinations
and Advancement:  "#8.  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 reserves the right to require a student
to withdraw from the Faculty if that student
is considered to be unsuited to proceed with the
study or practice of pharmacy."
Following a brief discussion the motion was put and carried.
Reports of the Registrar
Spring and Summer Session enrolment, and preliminary enrolment figures for
The report showing enrolment in Spring Session and Summer Session, and
some recent figures for registration in the Winter Session had been
circulated.  In commenting on the Winter Session enrolment the Registrar
stated that enrolment was up by about 4% over last year, made up of a 3%
increase in undergraduate enrolment and an increase of approximately 10%
in graduate enrolment.  The Registrar also reported that international
undergraduate enrolment is approximately 390, which is an increase of
about 45% over last year, and the percentage of international students
among the undergraduates has risen from approximately 1% to 1.7%.  He
noted that the figures for Winter Session enrolment did not include
Extrasessional or Guided Independent Study enrolment.
Dean Lusztig raised a query concerning the quotas for programs admitting
directly from Secondary Schools, and noted that although the quota for the
School of Physical Education and Recreation was listed as 65 for admission
to first year, 212 acceptances had been issued. The Registrar agreed to
report back on this item. 9826.
September 12, 1990
Reports of the Registrar
Spring and Summer Session enrolment, and preliminary enrolment figures for
1990  (continued)
Dean Burns drew attention  to the  admission cut  off  average  for
Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation Medicine and noted that although
the published minimum is 70%, students with a 65% average had been
admitted into Occupational Therapy.  The Registrar agreed to look into
this matter.
Introduction of the new grading system
The Registrar reported that the new grading system approved by Senate in
May 1987 was about to be introduced. In May of 1987 Senate approved a
report of an Ad Hoc Committee on Grades and Grading Practices which had
three essential elements. First, that all grades would be reported and
recorded as percentages rather than the present practice where the maximum
is related to the credit for the course and grades appear on student
transcripts as a mark out of anything from 50 to 450, which can be very
confusing to people in other institutions who are not accustomed to this
particular practice. The second element was that a letter grade ranging
from "F" to "A" should be derived from the numerical percentage grade and
that the letter grade should also appear on the student's transcript. The
third essential element of the report was that the University should do
away with its system of indicating the weight of the course by the unit
system and replace it with credits, so that a unit is equal to two
credits. Senate voted to make these changes but accepted the fact that it
was impracticable to do this until changes were made to the Student
Information System. He stated that those changes were about to be made
and the new system would be introduced effective in the Spring Session
19 91.  He pointed out that there might be computer systems used by 9827.
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Reports of the Registrar
Introduction of the new grading system  (continued)
individuals, Faculties, or Departments which have built into them the old
system of assigning grades out of a maximum which varies with the weight
of the course, and wished to draw attention to the fact that it would be
necessary to revise any such programs.
Sessions and Terms
The following report had been circulated for information:
"At present we have three main sessions: Spring, Summer and Winter
(currently coded 90D, 90G and 90S). Each has two terms. Spring
Session overlaps Summer Session.
We also have sixteen additional sessions:  six GIS sessions; four
Supplemental  sessions  (December,  April  and  Winter);   six Post
sessions (eg. post-Spring Session) and Winter Session Evening (for
some evening sections of regular Winter Session courses).
Proposed Sessions and Terms
Effective May lst, 1991, it is proposed that there should be two
sessions, Winter and Summer.
Winter  Session will  be  essentially  unchanged  from the present
Winter Session and will run from September lst to April 30th the
following year. In September 1991 it will be coded 91W instead of
Summer Session will run from May lst to August 31st and will
replace the old Spring Session and Summer Session. In 1991 this
session will be coded 91S.
Terms:  Each session will be divided into two terms.  There will be
no change for Winter Session.  Courses previously offered in the old
Spring Session will be offered in Term 1 of Summer Session and old
Summer Session courses will be offered in Term 2.
Sessional Evaluation: Every course offered will be considered to
belong in a given session and term (or terms for courses that run for
a full session). However, the actual time during which a course is
offered may cross a session boundary, or even lie completely outside
Other activities which are given their own session in the old system
(eg. supplementals) will be considered to belong to the session in
which they most logically fit. Winter Session evening courses will
not be in a special session. 9828.
September 12, 1990
Reports of the Registrar
Sessions and Terms  (continued)
It will be possible to exclude certain types of course or activity
from normal sessional evaluation at the discretion of the Faculty
concerned (eg. GIS courses, supplementals).
These proposals will be brought to Senate for formal approval as part
of the 1991/92 Academic Year."
The Registrar pointed out that the Calendar for the 1990-91 Academic
Year already makes reference to a Spring Session and a Summer Session and
that it is intended to vary that usage effective April 1991, which could
result in some confusion.  He stated, however, that this matter will be
addressed in what is currently the Spring and Summer Session Calendar,
which will become the Summer Session Calendar.  He noted that there would
be no change in the offerings, the timing of offerings or the way in which
they are presented.
In response to a query, the Registrar stated that a way would be found
to identify the group of courses which used to be in the old Term 1 of
Spring Session and that group which used to be in the old Term 2.
Report from Regent College
The annual report to Senate from Regent College had been circulated for
Other business
Teaching Evaluation
Mr. Lau gave notice of the following motion:
"That Senate establish an Ad Hoc Committee to revise the
administration of teaching evaluations in consultation with the
Faculties and students."
Report of the Tributes Committee - in camera
Emeritus status
Dr. Dennison reported that the committee recommended that the following
be offered emeritus status: 9829.
September 12, 1990
Report of the Tributes Committee
Emeritus status  (continued)
Mrs. Mary Banham
Mr. Donald Brown
Mr. Robin Clarke
Dr. John Ashley Crane
Miss Geraldine Dobbin
Dr. Stephen Drance
Mrs. Helen Elfert
Miss Mary Jackson
Dr. A. Norbert MacDonald
Dr. Kenneth S. Morton
Dr. John M. Norris
Dr. Monty Reitzik
Dr. Harvey D. Sanders
Mr. Douglas Shadbolt
Miss Helen Louise Shore
Dr. J. Harry G. Smith
Mr. Robert c. Steele
Dr. William D. Stewart
Dr. Andrew R. Thompson
Dr. J. Mavis Teasdale
Dr. Stephen C. Thorson
Dr. Fred Weinberg
Dr. Dennison
Dean McBride
- Administrative Librarian 3 Emerita
- Assistant Professor Emeritus of Music
- Associate Professor Emeritus of Architecture
- Professor Emeritus of Social Work
- General Librarian Emerita
- Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology
- Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing
- Assistant Professor Emerita of Zoology
- Associate Professor Emeritus of History
- Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedics
- Professor Emeritus of History of Medicine
- Associate Professor Emeritus of Oral, Medical
& Surgical Sciences
- Associate Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology
and Therapeutics
- Professor Emeritus of Architecture
- Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing
- Professor  Emeritus  of  Forest  Resource
- Associate Professor Emeritus of Visual and
Performing Arts in Education
- Professor Emeritus of Medicine
- Professor Emeritus of Law
- Associate Professor Emerita of Paediatrics
- Associate Professor Emeritus of Medicine
- Professor    Emeritus    of    Metallurgical
) That the recommendations of the Tributes
) Committee concerning emeritus status be
The meeting adjourned at 10.05 p.m.
The next regular meeting of Senate will be held on Wednesday, October
10, 1990.
Chairman 9830.
September 12, 1990
Awards recommended for acceptance by Senate
Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin & Lang Prize in Labour Law - A $500 prize, given
by Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin & Lang, Barristers and Solicitors, is awarded
on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law to a student who achieves high
standing in Law 353 (Labour Law).  (Available 1990/91 Winter Session)
Dr. Stefan Grzybowski Prize - A $200 prize is awarded in honour of Dr.
Stefan Grzybowski to the medical resident who gives the best research
presentation at the UBC Internal Medicine Resident Research Day. It is
given on the recommendation of the Head of the Respiratory Division at VGH
in consultation with the Faculty of Medicine. (Available 1990/91 Winter
Nirmal Hayer Memorial Bursary - A $350 bursary has been endowed in memory of
Nirmal Hayer (B.Com., C.A.) who was killed in a car accident on September
17, 1989 at age 26. The award was established by his wife, Kulvinder Rani
Senghera and his parents, Taru Singh and Harbans Kaur Hayer. The bursary is
awarded to an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration with preference to a student in the Accounting option.
(Available 1990/91 Winter Session)
D. G. Laird and G. Moe Scholarship - A $1,000 scholarship has been
established by Edgar C. Reid (B.S.A.'31, M.S.A.'40) in recognition of the
dedication and encouragement given by Professors Laird and Moe to their many
students. It is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Agricultural
Sciences to an undergraduate or graduate student with preference to a
student in soil or plant biotechnology.  (Available 1990/91 Winter Session)
National Transportation Week B.C. and Yukon Region Scholarship - A $250
scholarship, provided by the National Transportation Week Committee, B.C.
and Yukon Region, is awarded on the recommendation of the Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration to a student in the Transportation and
Logistics option.  (Available 1990/91 Winter Session)
Florence Muriel Smeltzer Scholarship - A $2,000 scholarship has been
established in memory of Florence Muriel Smeltzer by her family. It is
given on the recommendation of the Department of Fine Arts in consultation
with the Department of Visual and Performing Arts to a student with
demonstrated ability in painting.  (Available 1990/91 Winter Session)
Chitose Uchida Memorial Prize - A $250 prize is offered by Dr. M. Uchida in
memory of Chitose Uchida, B.A.'16, the first Japanese-Canadian to graduate
from UBC in Arts. Miss Uchida taught school in Alberta for many years prior
to returning to Vancouver to retire. It is awarded on the recommendation of
the Faculty of Education to a student entering the Bachelor of Education
program with high standing in Arts courses. (Available 1990/91 Winter
University of B.C. Graduate Fellowship Supplement - Awards of up to $3,500
are offered to students with first class standing who are proceeding to
master's or doctoral degrees and who hold major fellowships. The total
value of fellowships held in an academic year may not exceed $18,500.
Recipients are selected by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. (Available
1990/91 Winter Session)


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