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[Meeting minutes of the Senate of The University of British Columbia] 1992-11-18

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Vancouver Senate Secretariat
Senate and Curriculum Services
Enrolment Services
2016-1874 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Present: President D. W. Strangway (Chair), Chancellor L. R. Peterson, Vice-President D. R. Birch, Mr.
S. Alsgard, Mr. D. A. Anderson, Mr. J. A. Banfield, Mr. D.'A. C. Boulton, Dean pro tem. M. A. Boyd,
Ms. E. Brady, Dr. D. M. Brunette, Professor P. J. Bryden, Mr. B. D. Burgess, Dr. D. G. A. Carter,
Professor E. A. Carty, Dr. R. L. Chase, Dr. T. S. Cook, Mr. N. A. Davidson, Dr. K. Dawson, Dr. J. D.
Dennison, Mr. W. F. Dick, Mr. D. A. Dyment, Dr. G. W. Eaton, Miss C. J. Forsythe, Mr. M. A. Fuoss,
Mr. E. B. Goehring, Dean M. A. Goldberg, Dean J. R. Grace, Dr. S. E. Grace, Dr. R. D. Guy, Dr. S.
W. Hamilton, Rev. J. Hanrahan, Dean M. J. Hollenberg, Dr. M. Isaacson, Dr. J. G. T. Kelsey, Mr. O.
C. W. Lau, Mr. D. K. Leung, Dr. S. C. Lindstrom, Mr. D. Makihara, Dean M. P. Marchak, Dean B. C.
McBride, Dr. H. McDonald, Dean J. H. McNeill, Mr. W. B. McNulty, Dean A. Meisen, Mr. J. A.
Olynyk, Dr. L. Paszner, Ms. B. M. Peterson, Dr. C. Price, Dr. P. Resnick, Mr. A. J. Scow, Dr. G. G. E.
Scudder, Dr. R. A. Shearer, Dean N. Sheehan, Mr. C. M. Sing, Dr. C. E. Slonecker, Dr. R. C. Tees,
Mr. G. A. Thom, Dr. A. Van Seters, Dr. J. M. Varah, Dr. D. A. Wehrung, Dr. R. M. Will, Dr. D. Ll.
Williams, Mr. E. C. H. Woo, Ms. N. E. Woo, Dr. W. C. Wright, Jr.
Regrets: Mr. J. D. Adler, Dr. A. F. J. Artibise, Dr. A. P. Autor, Mr. S. W. Baumber, Dean C. S. Binkley,
Dr. S. Cherry, Dr. M. M. Klawe, Dr. D. M. Lyster, Dr. J. A. McLean, Dr. A. G. Mitchell, Dr. R. J.
Patrick, Professor R. S. Reid, Dean J. F. Richards, Mr. M. M. Ryan, Dean C. L. Smith, Dr. L. de
Sobrino, Dr. L. J. Stan, Mr. M. Sugimoto, Dr. W. Uegama, Dr. J. Vanderstoep, Mr. L. Waldman.
Senate membership
i.      Declaration of vacancy (University Act, section 35(6))
Mr. Yuri Fulmer, student representative at-large
ii.      Replacement
Ms. Elise Brady replaces Mr. Fulmer as a student representative at-large
Mr. Jerry A. Olynyk replaces Ms. Bentsen as student representative of the Faculty
of Arts
Minutes of the previous meeting
Dr. Tees l        That the minutes of the second regular meeting
Mr. Woo j        of Senate for the Session 1992-93, having been
circulated, be taken as read and adopted.
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Business arising from the Minutes
President Strangway referred to a discussion which had taken place at the previous
meeting about a Board of Governors issue concerning contractual agreements between the
A.M.S. and the University administration. A letter from the University administration to
the A.M.S., with a proposed discussion paper attached, was circulated at the meeting for
information. A response from the A.M.S. concerning the proposed discussion paper was
also circulated at the meeting. Dr. Will stated that he had no objection to there being a
discussion providing the discussion was for informational purposes and did not proceed
to any motion.
Martin Ertl, President of the A.M.S., was invited to speak. Mr. Ertl explained to Senate
that, essentially, the issue that was causing a problem for the A.M.S. was the
philosophical position that Dr. K. D. Srivastava expressed to him at a meeting on
September 28. He stated that there had been some ongoing problems between the A.M.S.
and the University over the last few years, specifically with regard to the Student Union
Building and the Aquatic Centre. However, despite some strong disagreements, amicable
and productive negotiations had been conducted, until Dr. Srivastava informed the
A.M.S. that the University was no longer in favour of, and was philosophically opposed
to, any future contractual arrangements between the University and the A.M.S.
Mr. Ertl stated that there were a number of other issues related to the main philosophical
issue, namely the matter of paying for the cost of utilities and custodial services for
commercial operations run by the A.M.S. in the Student Union Building. He stated that
although the University administration argue that it is unfair that the University has to
pay those costs, it does have a legal obligation to provide those services. Agreements
signed in 1966 and 1968 relate to the Student Union Building and in those agreements the
A.M.S. agreed to pay for the capital costs of the areas of
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the Student Union Building occupied by the A.M.S. The A.M.S. also agreed to let the
University have the use of Brock Hall and the Annex, which had been paid for by the
students, as a consideration for the provision by the University of utilities etc., in future
years. Mr. Ertl stated that perhaps a more compelling reason why the University should
pay for these costs was the dedication, time and effort, shown by students throughout the
University's history in building the campus. He said that students, along with alumni and
faculty, had taken an extremely active role in building the university, not only in terms of
physical buildings but in terms of spirit, programs, services, and commitment to the
University. Basically, the A.M.S. was asking the University to reciprocate that
commitment to the students. On behalf of the A.M.S. Mr. Ertl thanked Senate for the
opportunity of stating the views of the A.M.S. on this issue.
President Strangway invited Acting Vice President Bernard Sheehan to explain the
University's position on this matter. Dr. Sheehan explained that the material circulated
attempted to address some of the questions relating to the issues raised. He noted that the
President's covering letter attached to this material indicated that the University was
clearly interested and enthusiastic about negotiating on any issues that the A.M.S. felt
were important.
Dr. Sheehan drew Senate's attention to the proposed discussion paper which described
some of the background, including answers to a number of specific questions. It was
noted on page 1 of the discussion paper that the A.M.S. had asked students to comment
on the perception that "The University administration is now effectively telling the
students "Thanks for your time and money, but we'll run things without you from now
on." Subsequently, the A.M.S. circulated a petition for
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presentation to the Board of Governors. Dr. Sheehan stated that the University
administration had read the petition and agreed with both the preamble and the three
specific points of the petition, and that the institution could be proud of the past
contributions of the A.M.S.
However, in order to come to grips with the issue of the proposed expansion of the north
side of the Student Union Building, the University had set out the following principles
under which it would like to continue its discussions. These principles are to be submitted
to the November 19 Board of Governors meeting.
1. The Board of Governors is the senior bodyin the University for decision making. It
assigns to the administration the management of the University's resources and it
responds to recommendations from the administration about budgets and
2. Within this context the Board approves all facility development and operating
budgets and holds the University administration accountable for these facilities and
their budgets, both operating and capital.
3. Accountability in the public sector requires that individual managers be
accountable ultimately through to the Board (with major input from advisory
bodies where this is appropriate).
4. The University must not be expected to provide to commercial services subsidy
(hidden or otherwise) from taxpayers, student tuition, or grants from government
revenue. This applies to all such operations whether owned by the University (e.g:
ancillaries) or by AMS or any other body.
Dr. Sheehan stated that point 4. was the one which had caused the most difficulty in
negotiations between the A.M.S. and the University. He said that it was not so much a
question of the legality of who should pay for the overhead costs but the fairness of it.
Because of current financial constraints the University had to decide whether the cost of
operating the Student Union Building was justifiable when the money could be used to
hire instructors or to put more money into libraries or student aid.
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In asking for clarification of the University's position, Father Hanrahan referred to the
philosophical difference with regard to future relations between the A.M.S. and the
University administration, and noted that this was not simply a matter of a financial
Dr. Sheehan responded that the University had a pragmatic situation before it and was
interested in trying to resolve the pragmatic question. He stated that there was no change
in any contractual arrangements between the University and the A.M.S. and assumed that
the relationship between the University and A.M.S. would evolve as long as discussions
continued in accordance with the principles outlined in the discussion paper.
In response, Mr. Ertl stated that the pragmatic question was secondary to the larger
philosophical issue that the A.M.S. was seeking to resolve; the larger issue being what role
is the A.M.S. gong to take on the campus? Mr. Ertl stated that contractual agreements
with the University, such as the lease on the Student Union Building, had allowed the
A.M.S. to provide a wide variety of services and programs for students and it would be
very hampered if the University refused to enter into any future contractual agreements.
Dr. Shearer noted that one of the University's conditions in agreeing to the north side
expansion of the Student Union Building is that the A.M.S. commercial businesses pay
their full costs, and that Mr. Ertl had stated that this was a violation of the contractual
agreement with the University. He asked if it was the University's position that this
condition was not a violation of that contractual agreement.
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Dr. Sheehan responded that he did not know whether the University had a legal position
on that issue. He stated that there was no legal discussion with respect to the commercial
activities that are sub -leased properties but said there was a difference of perception as to
whether it was reasonable for the University to subsidize to the extent of $200,000 when
the University was faced with a variety of other demands on those funds.
Mr. Ertl stated that as far as the costs for A.M.S. operations were concerned, the 1966
lease clearly mentions A.M.S. commercial operations, and that even though the University
might be displeased with the lease today it could not contend that the University did not
anticipate A.M.S. commercial activities when they signed the lease.
In response to a request made at the previous Senate meeting, Dr. Grace, Chair of the
Senate Library Committee, read to Senate the following statement on the situation facing
the Library:
As a result of a projected 1 million dollar short-fall in the serials portion of the
acquisition budget, the Senate Library Committee is once again discussing the
erosion of the Library's Collections Budget. The University Librarian has informed
the Senate Library Committee that the Library is facing a cancellation of serials
subscriptions totalling $1 million by the summer of 1993 (a much higher figure
than that recorded in our 22 April 1992 Report to Senate) which represents
approximately 25% of serials subscriptions. In the November issue of UBC Library
News, Dr. Jeffreys, Assistant University Librarian for Collections, outlines
background, causes and consequences.
This crisis in our acquisitions budget can be attributed to the following factors:
1. The small increase in the 1991-92 Library Collections budget which did not
allow for inflation.
2. A rise in journal subscription rates of up to 30%.
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3. The fall in the Canadian dollar.
4. Continued institutional and professional demand for scholarly publications.
5. The increasing trend towards "for-profit" publishing of scholarly journals.
Several ways of addressing this situation are possible and all should be considered.
However, the mandate of the Senate Library Committee - "to make rules for the
management and conduct of the Library" (University Act 36-L) - directs the Senate
Library Committee's attention to the status, use and distribution of the Library
Collections budget. Therefore, as Chair of the Committee, I wish to take this
opportunity, in response to Dr. Robert Will's question at the October 1992
meeting of Senate, to inform Senate that there is a "crisis" facing serials
acquisitions and to remind Senate of the Motion passed at its 22 April 1992
meeting: "that Senate urge the Board of Governors to increase the Library's
acquisitions budget, from the current 2.1% of the University's operating budget,
by annual increments of .1% for the next two years, beginning in 1992-93, in
order to restore the budget to its 1987-88 level of 2.3%."
I want to assure Senate that the Senate Library Committee views this prospective
cancellation of serials as a serious and urgent matter. We are meeting regularly to
monitor the situation and, more importantly, to formulate guidelines for the
"management and conduct" of the Library's response to it. We are discussing the
general erosion of the Collections budget, the division of the budget among serials,
monographs and electronic material, and the process of consultation that must
take place with faculty and staff before serials subscriptions are cancelled.
On this occasion, the Senate Library Committee would like to make the following
requests of Senate:
1. That Senate Committees such as the Curriculum Committee and its New
Programs Subcommittee and the Budget Committee address the Library's
2. That Senators who have comments or advice regarding this crisis for the
Senate Library Committee submit these to the Committee Chair, and
3. That time be set aside at the January or February meeting of Senate for a
full discussion of the Library's Collections budget.
In response to a query, Dr. Grace stated that the policy for the division of the acquisitions
budget that the Library has been operating under was similar to but not
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Chair's Remarks and Related Questions
quite the same as that recommended by Senate in 1986. The division that has been in
practice is two-thirds for serials and one-third for monographs. Dr. Grace noted that a
third factor in this situation is the various electronic materials that the Library is and
should be acquiring. The Committee had not yet been able to decide just exactly how that
tri-part acquisition should be made because sometimes the electronic media is relative to
serials and sometimes it is relative to monographs.
Dr. Grace informed Senate the the Library had established four task groups, each of
which is looking at a specific aspect of the Library organization and how it does its
various tasks, and that members of the Senate Library Committee were meeting
individually with these groups as they begin to discuss what can be done in terms of cost
recovery as well as the advantages of doing things differently. Dr. Wehrung, Chair of the
Senate Budget Committee, informed Senate that the Committee would be discussing the
operations of the Library at one of its upcoming meetings.
Chair's Remarks and Related Questions
President Strangway informed Senate that a news release had been put out by the Minister
of Advanced Education, Training and Technology to the effect that Ms. Shirley Chan
from City Hall and Mr. Thomas Berger would be replacing Mr. A. Johal and Mr. R. I.
Nelson as members of the Board of Governors. The President wished to go on record that
Mr. Johal and Mr. Nelson had served the University incredibly well and effectively.
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Candidates for Degrees
In response to a query regarding tuition fees, the President stated that two years ago the
Board of Governors had made a decision as to what the three-year tuition increments
were going to be but that the University had been asked to roll back the fees last year for
one year only. In acceding to that request, the Board of Governors had indicated that the
original 1992-93 tuition fee would be the base for 1993-94.
Candidates for Degrees
Lists of candidates for degrees, as approved by the various Faculties and Schools, were
made available for inspection by Senate members prior to the meeting.
Dr. Birch, i        That the candidates for degrees and diplomas,
Dean McBride i       as approved by the Faculties and Schools, be
granted the degree or diploma for which they
were recommended, and that the Registrar, in
consultation with the Deans and the Chairman
of Senate, make any necessary adjustments.
Election of Chancellor
Senate was informed that Mr. Robert H. Lee had been elected Chancellor by acclamation
for the three-year term commencing June 1, 1993.
Reports of Committees of Senate
Dr. Resnick presented the report in the absence of the Chair of the Committee, Dr.
Sobrino. The Committee recommended approval of curriculum proposals from the
Faculty of Law.
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Reports of Committees of Senate
Dr. Resnick
Professor Bryden
That the proposals of the Faculty of Law be
Dr. Will, Chair of the Committee, presented the following report:
Membership of ad hoc Committee on the Environment for Teaching
At its meeting of October 21, 1992, Senate agreed to the establishment of an ad
hoc Committee on the Environment for Teaching.
The Nominating Committee recommends the following membership:
Mr. J. A. Banfield
Mr. M. A. Fuoss
Dr. S. E. Grace
Dr. S. W. Hamilton
Dr. J. G. T. Kelsey
Mr. O. C. W. Lau
Dr. S. C. Lindstrom
Dr. G. G. E. Scudder
Dr. W. Uegama
Vacancies on Senate Committees
The Nominating Committee nominates the following persons to fill vacancies on
Senate Committees:
Appeals on Academic Standing
Mr. D. Makihara - replacing Mr. Y. L. Fulmer
Curriculum Committee
Ms. E. Brady - replacing Mr. Y. L. Fulmer Mr. J. A. Olynyk - to fill vacancy
Student Appeals on Academic Discipline
Mr. D. Makihara - replacing Mr. J. Skorpil
Dr. Will l        That the recommendations of the Nominating
Mr. Thom J        Committee be approved.
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Committee on Student Awards
Committee on Student Awards
Dr. Cook, Chair of the Committee, presented the report.
Dr. Cook l        That the new awards (listed in Appendix A) be
Dean McBride J       accepted subject to the approval of the Board
of Governors and that letters of thanks be sent
to the donors.
Faculty of Arts
It was stated in the material circulated that the Faculty of Arts will identify the leading
students in each year of its undergraduate programs and place the designation 'Dean's
Honour List' on their transcripts. The designation will be awarded to the top 5% of
students taking 18 credits or more in each year of the undergraduate degree program.
Dean Marchak l        That the proposal of the Faculty of Arts to
Dr. Tees J        institute a Dean's Honour List be approved.
A proposal that a representative from the School of Family and Nutritional Sciences be
added to the Faculty of Arts membership had been circulated. Dean Marchak explained
that the School is now an administrative unit within the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences,
which is already represented in the Faculty of Arts, but since the School offers a B.A.
program in Family Science it is appropriate that the School also be represented.
Dean Marchak l        That a representative from the School of
Dr. Tees i       Family and Nutritional Sciences be added to
the Faculty of Arts membership.
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School of Rehabilitation Medicine
School of Rehabilitation Medicine
The following proposed change in membership of the School Council had been circulated
(change in bold):
The Council shall consist of the following members:
a) The Dean of the Faculty of Medicine or the Dean's nominee;
b) The President or the President's nominee;
c) The Director of the School of Rehabilitation Medicine;
d) The Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies or the Dean's nominee.
It was stated in the material circulated that the development of a graduate program
warrants membership on the Council by the Dean of Graduate Studies or the Dean's
nominee. This change would be in keeping with the membership of the Faculties or
Councils of other academic units. The other changes reflect the use of gender neutral
language in keeping with the policy of the University.
Dean Hollenberg l        That the proposed change in membership of
Dr. Slonecker i        ^e School Council be approved.
It was stated in the material circulated that in the thirty years since the School was
officially established, the health care disciplines of occupational therapy and
physiotherapy have changed markedly. What began as an academic unit, housing
combined diploma programs whose graduates most often worked under the supervision
of the physician, has now evolved into distinct and independent health care professions.
The members of these professions frequently practice autonomously and while remaining
committed to the benefits of interdisciplinary practice, they view their role in care as that
of independent team members. While occupational therapists and
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School of Rehabilitation Medicine
physiotherapists often work with physicians they are not physicians, and the nature of
their practice is not medical in that the practice of medicine, by statute, is reserved for
physicians and surgeons. In contemporary usage, the terms 'medical' and 'medicine' have
come to be associated with those holding the degree Doctor of Medicine or its equivalent.
Use of the term 'medicine' in the School's name is thus technically inaccurate and
Further, there exists within the Faculty of Medicine a Division of the Department of
Medicine whose members concern themselves with physical medicine and rehabilitation.
This practice specialty is known as Physiatry, and the unit is known as the Division of
Rehabilitation Medicine. While faculty in the School share common interests with this
Division, the two units are and always have been distinct, and the common features of
their name has created confusion over the years. Often, the general public does not
appreciate this distinction, and difficulties with misdirected mail and telephone
communications have been commonplace. Both units are in agreement that the current
name of the School is misleading and inaccurate, and should be changed.
Today occupational therapy and physical therapy are influenced more than ever before by
research and a dedication to practice based on scientific principles. During the past three
decades, each of these professions has made substantial commitments to scholarship and
research, and numerous graduate programs have evolved at the magistral and doctoral
levels. Physical therapy is now basing its practice substantially on movement science,
while occupational therapy practice is evolving from occupation science. Both professions
continue to derive and apply information from the life
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Report on Enrolment 1992-93
sciences and humanities. Physical therapy and occupational therapy, along with
vocational rehabilitation, rehabilitation nursing, and a few other professions, are often
referred to collectively as rehabilitation sciences. There are several academic units in
North America that use this term as a descriptor when two or more of the rehabilitation
professions are housed in the same administrative unit.
In summary, since it is misleading to refer to the School as a medical enterprise, and since
the School's mission is decidedly one of preparation and knowledge development in the
area of health sciences/rehabilitation rather than in medicine, it seems appropriate at this
time to change the name of the School to that proposed. If this name change is approved,
the recently approved M.Sc. degree in Rehabilitation Medicine would be retitled to M.Sc.
in Rehabilitation Sciences.
Dean Hollenberg l        That the proposal to change the name of the
Dean Goldberg i        School of Rehabilitation Medicine to the
School of Rehabilitation Sciences be approved.
Report on Enrolment 1992-93
The report on enrolment for 1992-93 was circulated for information.
Student Exchanges and Education Abroad Programs
A report on student exchanges and Education Abroad Programs had been circulated for
information. In response to a query by Dean Marchak, Dr. Birch stated that the document
related to Education Abroad Programs and not to programs like the Ritsumeikan
University program. He explained that the guidelines constituted a basis on which Senate
approves the institutions with which the University will establish a relationship with
Education Abroad Programs.
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Student Exchanges and Education Abroad Programs
The Registrar informed Senate that he chairs a Committee on Education Abroad Program.
He explained that there are two different agreements with Ritsumeikan University, one
being an Education Abroad agreement under which one or two students per year are
exchanged. There is also a separate agreement under which approximately 100 students
come to UBC, which is not an Education Abroad Program agreement.
Dr. Tees stated that the Academic Policy Committee presented to Senate in April 1990 the
Guidelines for Education Abroad Programs, outlined in Appendix 4 of the document
circulated, and that it did call for faculty participation through a small committee to be
chaired by the Registrar. He did not, however, understand the status of Appendix 2 "UBC
Principles for Negotiating with International Universities" which had not been seen by the
Academic Policy Committee at any time during the Committee's discussions on Education
Abroad Programs.
After further discussion Dr. Birch stated that Appendix 2 "UBC Principles for Negotiating
with International Universities" should not have been included in the material circulated.
Dean Marchak suggested that since the information in Appendix 2 had not been agreed to
by Senate, a statement regarding the principles for negotiating with international
universities ought to be brought to Senate for discussion.
In response to a query by Ms. Brady regarding the exchange program with the University
of California, the Registrar explained that the agreement that UBC has with the
University of California requires that an equal number of students be exchanged.
However, in the first three years of the program, the number of students going from UBC
to the University of California exceeded by a considerable number those coming from
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Faculty of Science
California to UBC. Since then there has been a flow of students from California to UBC
which is about right for the ongoing health of the program but it is insufficient to redress
the earlier imbalance of the first three years when there were very few student from the
University of California. The University of California has therefore refused to take any
students this year from UBC and it will probably take until the end of next year to get the
numbers back into balance.
Faculty of Science
It was stated in the material circulated that the proposed name change will reflect a
broader interest than just fisheries, and also that it will attract a broader range of
potential donors. It was noted that the change was supported by faculty members in the
field and by the University's advisors in fundraising for this particular project. Funding
for the Chair has reached almost $840,000, half from gifts and half from provincial
matching funds.
Dr. Birch i        That the proposal to change the name of the
Dean McBride i        Chair in Fisheries Oceanography to Chair in
The Ocean Environment and its Living
Resources be approved.
Faculty of Medicine
A proposal to change the name of the Department of Biochemistry to the Department of
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and to change the name of the Department of
Anesthesiology to the Department of Anaesthesia, had been circulated.
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Faculty of Forestry
It was explained in the material circulated that the inclusion of "Molecular Biology" with
"Biochemistry" in the departmental name better reflects the nature of the disciplines
represented in the research and teaching programs of the Department. After appropriate
consultations, the Dean of Science wrote to assure the Dean of Medicine that the Faculty
of Science would not object to changing the name of the Department of Biochemistry to
the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
It was also explained that in April of this year, the head of the Department of
Anesthesiology pointed out that in Canadian English the appropriate departmental name
should be the Department of Anesthesia and not the Department of Anesthesiology, and
requested that the title be changed.
Dean Hollenberg l        That the proposal to change the name of the
Dr. Slonecker i        Department of Biochemistry to the
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology, and to change the name of the
Department of Anesthesiology to the
Department of Anaesthesia be approved.
Faculty of Forestry
Following reviews of the Department of Forest Resources Management and the
Department of Harvesting and Wood Science, the Dean of the Faculty of Forestry
recommended that six faculty members who deal with harvesting and forest operations be
transferred to the Department of Forest Resources management. Both Departments and
the faculty members themselves support the reorganization. In response to this
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Faculty status for the UBC School of Nursing
reorganization, the remaining faculty members in Harvesting and Wood Science met and
proposed that the name of the department be changed to the Department of Wood
Science. This proposal was subsequently approved by the Faculty.
Dr. Birch i        That the proposal to change the name of the
Dr. Guy i        Department of Harvesting and Wood Science
to the Department of Wood Science be
Faculty status for the UBC School of Nursing
Professor Carty presented the proposal recommending that the School of Nursing be
granted Faculty status. In speaking briefly to the background information circulated,
Professor Carty stated that in 1919 Nursing was the first health profession at UBC. It was
made a Department along with several engineering departments in the Faculty of Applied
Science. In the early 1950's the Department became a School within the Faculty of
Applied Science and has continued in that position in a positive and effective way. One of
the reasons for proposing a change at this time is that Dr. Willman is retiring after fifteen
years as the Director of the School of Nursing, and as the search begins for her
replacement the School has been examining its accomplishments to date and its goals for
the future. The proposal is one of the outcomes of that examination.
Over the past few years the School has grown to nearly 1,000 students in both the
undergraduate and graduate programs. It is the only School that offers a full range of
programs for the largest group of health professionals in the province and it faces many
issues as the health care system is changing. The School has been effective in its
relationship with the community and its relationship with the University through its
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Director, but it can be difficult when the Dean of Applied Science is asked to speak on
behalf of the School. With respect to this representation it is important to know that
under the current arrangement a nurse could never be Dean of the Faculty of Applied
Science. In order that the School might speak more effectively for itself in the wider
community as well as in the University community, the School is asking that Senate
approve this proposal for Faculty status which would provide the opportunity to have a
nurse lead its own discipline.
Professor Carty l        That the recommendation that the School of
Dean Meisen i        Nursing be granted Faculty status be approved.
Dean Meisen stated that it was with a mixed sense of regret and pride that he seconded
the motion. Dean Meisen said he would regret seeing the School of Nursing leave the
Faculty of Applied Science as it had been a valuable contributor to the administrative
affairs of the Faculty, particularly in connection with tenure and promotion
considerations where its able Directors had provided valuable insights into certain fields
of professional practice. On the other hand he said that he was very proud to see the
School of Nursing being considered for Faculty status. He noted that the School was a
well recognized leader in nursing research and said that it would come as no surprise to
anyone within the Canadian nursing community to see the School of Nursing become a
Faculty. Dean Meisen stated that the University should be very proud of the role which
the School of Nursing has played since the founding of the University. He felt that giving
Faculty status to the School would enhance the visibility of UBC's nursing program and
would be well received outside the University.
Dr. Will noted that there were several other schools on campus that might also want
Faculty status, and therefore there should be a set of criteria that Senate could consider
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relevant to moving a school to the status of a Faculty. On examining the proposal, Dr.
Will stated that he could not find anything in it that was particular to Nursing that would
allow Senate to say yes to Nursing but later to say no to another School. In his view, the
reasons listed in the proposal, such as size and the offering of graduate programs, could
apply to any School. Dr. Will suggested that there probably should be a committee to
look into the organization of all Schools, in accordance with the mandate of the
University Act, before Senate considers the request of the School of Nursing.
Dr. Resnick stated that the crucial issue as far as he was concerned was the governance of
the institution. The granting of Faculty status to any unit would automatically increase
representation on the Senate and the Dean would automatically serve on the Senior
Appointments Committee. Senate should therefore ask itself, in terms of the very
disproportionate size of Faculties, what the implications would be if Nursing were to
constitute itself as a Faculty. The implications of this in the Health Sciences would be that
there would be four Faculties, four Deans, and eight members on the Senate, while large
Faculties like the Arts and Science have only one Dean and two faculty members. It would
also mean that on the Senior Appointments Committee the Health Sciences would have
four voices where Arts and Science have only one. Dr. Resnick also suggested that since
there are natural divisions within each of the large Faculties, opening the door to
expansion along these lines could lead to very strong arguments for splintering these
Faculties into two or three pieces. He though that the proposal needed a lot more careful
attention and discussion than it was going to get in the course of this meeting.
Dr. Dennison commented on some of the broader issues, stating that a Faculty is a very
significant unit in the University. He said that it does, of course, have budgetary
independence, and it does present another Dean on the Committee of Deans. Dr.
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noted that the last time a Faculty was established was the Faculty of Dentistry in 1964 so
it was difficult to say what procedures were followed at that time. However, it was
known that a feasibility study had been done in 1956 and that there were several years of
discussion regarding budgetary implications before the Faculty was established.
Dr. Dennison also cited the Faculties of Education and Commerce and Business
Administration which had come from units within the University, and pointed out that in
each case there were several years of evolution to becoming a Faculty as well as a great
deal of discussion. Dr. Dennison felt that there should be a procedure that one goes
through to look at other options before one decides to create a Faculty. In conclusion, he
stated that it may well be that the School of Nursing should become a Faculty but that a
process for establishing Faculties should be developed before a decision is made on the
proposal from the School of Nursing.
Dr. Tees agreed that a committee should look at this proposal in terms of university
governance and organization with the terms of reference focussing clearly on criteria used
to evaluate and to make decisions concerning Faculties and Schools.
Dr. Birch said that it was appropriate that members of Senate should be convinced of the
merits of the proposal before making a commitment. Dr. Birch stated that he was satisfied
on the merits of this matter, and noted that the criteria for Schools which had been
established by Senate were essentially the criteria for Faculties in that there are
independent degree programs which by and large differentiates a School from a
Department. As far as the evolution of the School was concerned, Dr. Birch noted that the
School of Nursing had had 73 years of evolution which was considerably more than any
of the other schools on campus. Dr. Birch agreed that it was difficult to use size as a
criterion but noted that the operating budget within the School of Nursing is significantly
larger than that of any other school and larger than at least one Faculty. He also noted
that the effective budget,
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UBC Degree Programs offered in collaboration with University College of the Cariboo and Okanagan University
including that of the affiliated Vancouver Hospital School of Nursing, takes it beyond the
Faculties of Dentistry, Forestry and Law in scale, and that its student enrolment is larger
than those four units and the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Birch suggested that if
members of Senate were not satisfied, it would be appropriate to refer the matter to the
Senate Academic Policy Committee to recommend the process by which this matter be
considered. Dr. Williams stated that guidelines could be established which various entities
would appear to fit, and therefore there would be no reason not to establish something.
He said that he was more concerned with establishing the optimum Faculty for UBC, not
necessarily whether the School of Nursing fits the criteria for a Faculty. He suggested that
the question to be addressed was what would be the best model for UBC. Perhaps the
University should be considering whether units such as the newly named School of
Rehabilitation Sciences would naturally fit together with the School of Nursing in a new
Faculty rather than considering whether the School of Nursing by itself satisfies the
criteria to be a Faculty.
Dr. Shearer l        That this matter be referred to the Senate
Dean Boyd i       Academic Policy Committee to advise Senate
a) how this matter should be considered
and if it should be referred to another
committee, and
b) the terms of reference of that
After further discussion, the motion
was put and carried.
UBC Degree Programs offered in collaboration with University College of the
Cariboo and Okanagan University College
A report on the status of UBC degree programs with the University colleges had been
circulated for information. Highlights of the report are listed below:
1.  Enrolment has increased each year and now includes 627 students in the third and
fourth years of UBC's B.A. and B.Sc. programs at the two University Colleges. The
inclusion of 85 elementary teacher education students at the University College of
the Cariboo takes the total to 712.
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2. The presence of degree completion opportunities has had a dramatic effect on first
and second year enrolment in academic (university transfer) programs. These now
total almost 5,500 students in the two University Colleges.
3. In four years we have progressed from general B.A. and B.Sc. programs through a
reasonable range of UBC majors to distinctive majors, appropriate to the region,
and now under consideration for approval.
4. The University Colleges have had no difficulty providing (and recruiting) a large
number of highly qualified instructors in Arts and Science. Staffing has been much
more difficult in Education, a field not previously represented in the Colleges.
5. The Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology has established
advisory committees to deal with definition of a mandate for the University
Colleges and with issues of governance. Resolution of these and other matters are
clearly prerequisite to University College autonomy in the granting of
baccalaureate degrees. (The agreements governing UBC's joint ventures with the
University College anticipated autonomous degree granting by those institutions at
some point between five and ten years from initial implementation of the
Report of the Tributes Committee (in camera)
Dr. Dennison, Chair of the Committee, presented the report recommending that the
following be invited to accept honorary degrees at the 1993 congregation ceremonies:
Nesta Mary Ashworth - Vice-President, TEAL B.C. and Member, National
Advisory Committee, China-CIDA Project
Charles B. Bourne - Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, awarded the
John E. Read Medal in International Law, former UBC professor and
advisor to the UBC President
Jean Sutherland Boggs - Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, officer of
the Order of Canada, former Director of Canada's National Gallery
Noam Chomsky - Ferrari P. Ward Professor of Linguistics, M.I.T., John
Locke Lecturer, Oxford, Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study,
Minnie Croft - Member of the Royal Family of the Skedans-Haida Nation,
Gold Feather Award for outstanding work in First Nations communities
George Henry Erasmus - Order of Canada, Honorary Doctorate of Laws,
Queens University, co-chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal
Maureen Forrester - Contralto, Teacher and Consultant, Order of Canada
and many national and international awards for singing
L. Yves Fortier, Q.C. - Officer, Order of Canada, Canada's Ambassador
and permanent representative to the United Nations, New York
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• William Carleton Gibson - Former UBC Professor and Head, Department of
the History of Medicine and Science, former member of UBC Senate, Chair
of the Universities Council of B.C., Chancellor, University of Victoria
• Norman B. Keevil - Mining Man of the Year, Businessman of the Year,
Distinguished Service Award, key leadership roles in mining
• Pyong Hwoi Koo - The Order of Industrial Service Merit Gold Tower,
International President and Korean Committee Chair of the Pacific Basin
Economic Council
• Thurgood Marshall - Former Solicitor General of the United States and
Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court
• Gerard Pelletier - Journalist, labour and social activist, politician and
• Oscar Peterson - Canadian musician, Companion of the Order of Canada,
Chevalier in the Order of Quebec, twelve citations as Jazz Pianist of the
Year, Grammy awards, and ten Honorary doctorate degrees from Canadian
• Carl R. Woese - Professor of Biology, Biophysics and Microbiology,
University of Illinois, prominent researcher in molecular approaches to the
study of analysis and evolution
• Peter E. Wrist - President and Chief Executive Officer, Pulp and Paper
Research Institute of Canada
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Dr. Dennison
Dean McBride
Dr. Cook
Dr. Resnick
That the recommendations of the Tributes
Committee concerning honorary degrees be
That the recommendations be considered
The motion to approve the
recommendations of the Committee was
put and carried.
Dr. Dennison reported that there were two more names to add to the list of
recommendations for emeritus status presented at previous meetings:
• Mrs. Lois M. Bewley - Professor Emerita of Library, Archival and
Information Studies
• Dr. Gordon Westgate - Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus of Surgery
Dr. Dennison
Dean Marchak
That the recommendations of the Tributes
Committee concerning emeritus status be
The meeting adjourned at 9.45 p.m.
Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of Senate will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 1992.
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Appendix A
Appendix A
Phil SINANAN Memorial Bursary for Creative Writing - An $800 bursary has been
endowed by family and friends in memory of Dr. Phil Sinanan. The bursary is offered to a
graduate or undergraduate student in the Department of Creative Writing. (Available
1992/93 Winter Session.)
STIKEMAN Elliot and Carswell Scholarship in Tax Law - A $1,000 scholarship is offered
by Stikeman Elliot, a Canadian law firm, and Carswell, a Canadian publisher. The award
is made to an outstanding student in tax law on the recommendation of the Faculty of
Law. (Available 1992/93 Winter Session.)
Nora May VINT Bursary - A $900 bursary has been endowed through the estate of Nora
May Vint. The award is offered to a student in Medicine. (Available 1992/93 Winter
GLAXO Canada Doctor of Pharmacy Fellowship - A fellowship of $25,000 disbursed
over a 20 month period is offered by Glaxo Canada Inc. to a student entering the Doctor
of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program. The candidate chosen will demonstrate the potential
for contribution to the practice of clinical pharmacy. The award is made on the
recommendation of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in consultation with the
Faculty of Graduate Studies. (Available 1992/93 Winter Session.)
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Appendix B
Appendix B
New courses
LAW 493 (2-4)d
LAW 494 (2-4)d
LAW 399 (2)
Directed Research (enrolment restricted)
Directed Research (enrolment restricted)
Law Review Credit
All courses numbered 412 - 492 carrying a unit value of (2-3) be altered to
(2-4) and those carrying a unit value of (3) be altered to (4).
That in courses 495 and 496 the words "A student will receive credit for no
more than two projects of Directed Research" be deleted.
Revised statement (p.177 1991-92 Calendar): "A student must undertake,
in either second or third year, at least one independent research project and
submit a substantial paper (or series of papers) embodying the results of this
research. This obligation usually will be satisfied within the seminar
program but students may fulfil this obligation by completing a project, for
at least four credits, under 493, 494, 495 or 496 Directed Research."


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