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 THE  UNIVERSITY  OF  BRITISH  COLUMBIA
Vancouver Senate Secretariat
Senate and Curriculum Services
Enrolment Services
2016-1874 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
www.students.ubc.ca/senate
Vancouver Senate
MINUTES OF DECEMBER 12, 2007
Attendance
Present: Dr. R. Windsor-Liscombe (Vice-Chair), Ms. L. M. Collins (Associate Secretary), Dr.
P. Adebar, Mr. T. Ahmed, Mr. J. Aulakh, Dr. J. D. Berger, Dr. G. Bluman, Dean M. A. Bobinski,
Dr. J. Brander, Dr. E. Dean, Dr. J. Dennison, Dr. W. Dunford, Dean B. Evans, Vice-President D.
Farrar, Dr. S. Farris, Dr. D. Fielding, Dr. C. Friedrichs, Ms. M. Friesen, Dean N. Gallini, Mr. C.
L. Gorman, Dr. D. Griffin, Dr. P. G. Harrison, Dr. R. Harrison, Dr. R. Irwin, Dean M. Isaacson,
Dean M. Isman, Ms. J. Khangura, Ms. W. King, Dr. B. S. Lalli, Mr. T. Leaver, Mr. P. H. Lee, Mr.
D. Leung, Mr. R. Lowe, Dr. M. MacEntee, Dr. P. Marshall, Dr. W. McKee, Mr. W. McNulty, Mr.
A. Mohan, Principal L. Naismith, Mr. R. Pan, Dr. D. Paterson, Dean S. Peacock, Mr. L. Powell,
Mr. G. Rawle, Ms. E. Rennie, Dean J. Saddler, Dr. J. Sarra, Ms. A. Shaikh, Dean C. Shuler,
Dean R. Sindelar, Dr. R. Sparks, Dr. B. Stelck, Ms. M. Tee, Dr. J. Thompson, Dr. S. Thorne,
Dean R. Tierney, Dr. M. Upadhyaya, Dr. D. Weary, Dr. R. A. Yaworsky, Dr. J. Young.
Guests in Attendance: Mr. A. Arida, Dr. G. Mackie, Ms. D. Robinson, Dr. W. Pue, Dr. D.
Sylvester.
Regrets: President S. J. Toope (Chair), Mr. B. J. Silzer (Secretary), Dr. B. Arneil, Dr. N.
Banthia, Prof. C. Boyle, Mr. P. Brady, Ms. S. Brkanovic, Dr. M. Bryson, Dr. H. Burt, Dr. L.
Chui, Ms. D. Diao, Dr. S. Grayston, Dr. L. Gunderson, Dr. R. Helsley, Mr. A. Ionescu, Dr. S. B.
Knight, Dr. A. McAfee, Dr. T. McDaniels, Dr. A. McEachern (Chancellor), Dr. D. McLean,
Dean D. Muzyka, Dr. J. Plessis, Dr. P. Potter, Dr. K. Russell, Mr. B. Simpson, Dean G. Stuart,
Mr. R. Taddei, Mr. H. Tse, Dr. P. Ward, Dr. R. Wilson.
Recording Secretary: Associate Secretary Ms. L. M. Collins.
Call to Order
Vice-Chair Dr. Windsor-Liscombe chaired the meeting in the absence of the President.
Vol. 2007/2008
74
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Senate Membership, continued
Senate Membership
NEW MEMBER
Dr. Barbara Evans, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies replaced Dean pro tem. Ann Rose as an
ex-officio member of the Senate
REGISTRAR AND SECRETARY TO SENATE
Dr. Windsor-Liscombe was pleased to draw attention to the recent announcement that Mr. Brian
J. Silzer, Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar, had been reappointed for
a term ending June 30, 2009.
Minutes of the Previous Meeting
Mr. McNulty ~j     That the minutes of the meeting of November
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Mr. Leung )     14, 2007 be adopted.
Carried.
Report from the Vice-President, Academic & Provost
GRADUATE STUDENT INITIATIVES
Vice-President Farrar submitted a report on recent initiatives related to graduate education.
Highlights were as follows:
1. New Leadership: UBC had welcomed Dr. Barbara Evans as Dean of the Faculty of Graduate
Studies.
2. The Ministry of Advanced Education had announced that it would fund 2500 new graduate
student spaces in the province over a four-year period beginning July 1, 2007. UBC's share
was to be 1250 spaces. Most of those seats were valued at $20 000 each, with most new revenue slated for transfer to the Faculties for support of graduate students and graduate programs.
3. The new seats were targeted toward provincial priorities including: Life Sciences, Technology, Clean Technology, Natural Resources, Aboriginal Students, Asia-Pacific Studies, and
Science & Engineering in Business. Nonetheless, it was expected that all Faculties would
participate in this provincial initiative. Seats would be allocated to Faculties by the Graduate
Task Force in consultation with Faculties in light of data about enrolment and the perfor-
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Report from the Vice-President, Academic & Provost, continued
mance of graduate programs as demonstrated through the measures suggested in the draft
Academic Planning Template.
4. Pacific Century Graduate Scholarships: new $10 000 scholarships funded by the provincial
government for the period from 2007 to 2011. The total value to UBC over the first four
years of this program was to be $5.7 million.
5. In June 2007, the Ministry of Advanced Education had announced a $10 million expansion
of the MITACS Internship Program. This funding launched ACCELERATE BC - BC's
Graduate Research Internship Program, expanding it to include all university Faculties and
disciplines. 650 new internships were to be offered in the province between 2007 and 2011.
6. Graduate Support Initiative (GSI): a new system for funding graduate students. This initiative would maintain previous levels of funding, while also offering greater flexibility and
wider eligibility. The GSI was to gradually replace the Ph.D. Tuition Award Program and
was to be worth a minimum of $10.8 million once fully implemented in 2012.
7. Ph.D. Tuition Award was to be phased out over a five-year period ending August 31, 2012.
During this period, students registered in a graduate program by September 30, 2007 would
retain their eligibility for the existing tuition award.
From the Board of Governors
The Senate received for information confirmation that the following recommendations of the
Vancouver Senate had been approved by the Board of Governors as required under the University Act Sections 37 (1) (i) (o) and 38:
Senate Meeting of November 14, 2007
1. Curriculum proposals from the Faculties of Arts and Commerce & Business
Administration
2. Reorganization of the School of Social Work and Family Studies in the Faculty of
Arts
3. Reorganization of the Department of Theatre, Film, & Creative Writing in the Faculty of Arts
4. New student awards
5. Establishment of the UBC-RenDa Summer Program in Buddhist Studies
Academic Policy Committee
Committee Chair Dr. P. G. Harrison presented the reports.
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Academic Policy Committee, continued
ACADEMIC CONCESSION POLICY
Dr. Harrison presented a proposed revision to the Academic Concession Calendar entry
approved by Senate on October 18, 2006. The policy had been brought to Senate on September
19,2007 and was referred back to the Academic Policy Committee for further consultation. That
consultation had been completed. The most recent draft had been enhanced to include additional
circumstances that may warrant the granting of academic concession, such as conflicting responsibilities and unforeseen events. The Committee was of the opinion that the policy had benefited
greatly from input from students and others and was pleased to recommend approval.
Dr. P. G. Harrison       ~j     That Senate approve the revised policy
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Dr. Marshall /    regarding Academic Concession.
Carried.
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND POPULATION HEALTH
The Committee submitted the following report:
We note that December 2007 was the deadline given to the Faculty of Medicine by the
Senate for submission of a final proposal for the establishment of a School of Public and
Population Health. The Faculty has informed the Committee that, although much
progress has been made, they are not yet ready to seek final approval and would appreciate more time. The Committee agrees that additional time would allow the Faculty to
bring forward a more successful proposal and as such recommends to Senate as follows:
Dr. P. G. Harrison       ~i     That the approval in principle granted by the
Dr. Sparks /    Senate on 19 September 2007 to the Faculty of
Medicine for a School of Public and Population
Health — and which is to expire on 31
December 2007 — be extended to March 2008.
Carried.
Dr. Harrison clarified that "March 2008" was to be interpreted as the March 2008 meeting of the
Vancouver Senate.
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Admissions Committee, continued
Admissions Committee
Committee Chair Dr. Berger presented the reports.
BC PROVINCIAL EXAMINATIONS AS ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
The Committee had circulated a proposal to modify UBC Vancouver's admission requirements
such that British Columbia high school students would no longer be required to write provincial
examinations other than those required for high school graduation. For students choosing to
write an optional provincial examination, the examination grade would only be used if it
improved the student's admission average.
Dr. Berger reminded Senators that this item had appeared on the November 14, 2007 Senate
meeting agenda for information. A decision was taken not to consider the proposal for approval
at that time to allow additional time for discussion between the University and the Ministry of
Education. Dr. Berger reported that those discussions had concluded and that the recommendation of the Admissions Committee remained unchanged.
Upon request by Dr. Berger, the Chair recognized Mr. Andrew Arida, Associate Director, Enrolment, and Ms. Deborah Robinson, Associate Registrar, Student Recruitment, Admissions &
Awards. Mr. Arida gave a presentation on the use of provincial examinations in making admission decisions. He gave an overview of the current provincial examination requirements in BC
high schools, the history of BC provincial examinations, and the process undertaken to reach the
recommendation that UBC Vancouver modify its admission requirements. Mr. Arida reiterated
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Admissions Committee, continued
that UBC could not use provincial examination results in calculating admission averages while
at the same time making timely admission decisions that were fair to all applicant groups.
Dr. Berger ~i     That Senate approve the changes to the
Dr. Sparks /    admission statement for applicants following
the British Columbia secondary school
curriculum; and
That the Admissions Committee be directed to
monitor the implementation of this policy
change and report back to the Senate on this
matter not later than the May 2008 meeting of
the Senate.
DISCUSSION
Dr. Young, noting that acceptance of the motion would imply acceptance of Option C in the
report, stated that he would prefer that the Senate instead adopt Option B or a variation thereof.
Option B entailed maintaining the requirement that students write four grade 12 provincial
examinations, but not using the examination mark in the calculation of the admission average in
the first instance. Under Option C, BC students would not need to write provincial examinations
other than those required for high school graduation. Dr. Young was hopeful that the arrangement adopted by the Senate would address the relatively narrow range of courses that BC students could currently present for admission.
Dr. Dunford acknowledged that the current admission process was problematic, but was of the
opinion that Option C was not the preferred solution. He suggested that the University consider
other types of applicant skills assessment that demonstrate a strong correlation with student academic performance at the post-secondary level. He mentioned other admissions models, such as
admitting a larger first-year class and substantially reducing the numbers thereafter or conducting applicant interviews. He suggested that the University should only consider removing the
examinations once a suitable replacement had been identified.
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Admissions Committee, continued
Dr. Bluman spoke against the motion. He noted that Dean Tierney had raised concerns about the
impact of online courses on learning. Dr. Bluman added that student grades for online courses
were typically much higher compared to classroom courses. Dr. Bluman suggested that departments and the Senate Curriculum Committee ought to be consulted about the impact of a sudden
increase in admission averages for BC applicants. He noted that Langara College required that
students either write the Mathematics 12 provincial examination or take a placement test, even
though Langara did not require the provincial examination as an admission requirement. Dr. Bluman pointed out that eligibility for the President's Entrance Scholarship was based on final high
school grades. He suggested that, given that school-based marks averaged five percent higher
than examination marks, the removal of the examination requirement could cause a budgetary
problem for the University. He suggested that the Student Awards Committee and the Council of
Senates Budget Committee ought to be consulted about budgetary impact. Dr. Bluman's recommendation was that the Senate postpone consideration of the motion to allow time for further
study, the collection of input from faculty, and analysis of economic impact.
Responding to the suggestion that the Senate postpone its decision, Dr. Berger stated that an
immediate Senate decision was desirable because students in semestered schools would need to
make decisions about their January provincial examinations.
Dr. Dennison asked whether the Admissions Committee had explored the potential use of measures other than provincial exams as admission requirements. Dr. Berger stated that the four
options considered by the Committee were outlined in the report. He added that the University
could decide to require a standardized test like the SAT, or could explore other alternatives in the
longer term. Dr. Dennison recalled an extensive debate approximately 10 years earlier about
whether UBC should develop its own standardized admission tests. The idea had been rejected
on fiscal grounds.
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Admissions Committee, continued
Dr. Berger stated that he felt that there were two distinct issues related to provincial examinations: (1) the use of examinations as post-secondary admission requirements and (2) the role of
provincial examinations in maintaining uniform standards across the secondary school system.
He encouraged Senators to focus their consideration on the former issue because the latter issue
was primarily the responsibility of the Ministry of Education.
In response to a question, Ms. Robinson stated that acceptance of the motion would open the
door for Faculties to consider which high school courses they require for admission. Echoing Dr.
Young's comments, she noted that people often complain about the narrow range of courses that
BC students may present for admission. In response to a question from Dean Tierney about the
impact of the proposed policy on students choosing to write optional examinations, Ms. Robinson clarified that the blended examination and classroom marks would only be used if the effect
on the student's admission average was positive. In response to a question about awards eligibility, Dr. Berger stated that the Ministry of Education would still require students to write examinations if they wished to be considered for scholarships awarded by the secondary school
system. The examinations would not be required for UBC scholarships. Ms. Robinson noted that
one important purpose of awards was to influence applicant behaviour, and that provincial examination marks arrive too late to be used to award scholarships early enough to attract top students.
She indicated that Enrolment Services was in discussions about how to move the awards process
earlier in the application cycle.
Dean Tierney asked whether, instead of creating a new standardized test, the University could
make better use of predictive data on student academic performance.
In response to a question from Dr. Thorne about the disadvantages of Option B, Ms. Robinson
stated that Option B meant asking students to write examinations that would not be used to calculate admission averages, and that this might discourage students.
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Admissions Committee, continued
In response to a question from Dr. Dunford, Mr. Arida stated that most secondary schools in the
province were semestered, with the exception of Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, and
Burnaby schools, which were mostly linear with a few semestered courses.
Ms. Rennie asked whether the Committee had considered ways to address the problem of grade
inflation and discrepancies between public and private school grading. Dr. Berger stated that,
while there were options available to the university, further conversations with the Ministry of
Education would need to occur.
A student noted that, four years earlier, he had received a guaranteed offer of admission from the
University of Toronto significantly earlier than the UBC offer. He stated that it would have been
more risk-averse for him to accept the earlier offer.
Dr. Brander stated that the decision to recommend Option C to the Senate had been contentious
among members of the Admissions Committee, with several members voting against. He stated
that he had voted in favour with some reservations. He stated that his most serious reservations
related to significant discrepancies in grading between BC high schools that were likely to grow
with the discontinuance of provincial examinations. Drawing attention to the second part of the
motion regarding monitoring implementation, he stated that the Committee would need to
address this issue among others. He added the opinion that examinations should be required for
UBC scholarships as well as those offered by the Ministry of Education.
Dr. Paul Harrison summarized the discussion as confirming that current admission processes
were not optimal. He stated that no admissions process was perfect, but that the current process
selected students who succeed in most cases. He was doubtful that UBC would be able to identify an admission process that would address all of the inequities between applicants. He
expressed disappointment that the recommendation had been derived from a need to react to a
changing competitive recruitment environment where universities were struggling to attract the
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Admissions Committee, continued
same students. He noted that the group that first considered the issue was an advisory committee
to the Vice-President, Academic & Provost and that the group had been constituted quite differently than would have been a sub-committee of the Admissions Committee. Dr. Harrison was
disappointed that the group had restricted its exploration to a narrow mandate, and hoped for
broader work in future on how to implement a richer applicant evaluation scheme.
AMENDMENT
Dr. P. G. Harrison       ~i     That the second part of the motion beginning
Dr. MacEntee /    with "That the Admissions Committee... " be
deleted and replaced with the following:
That the Admissions Committee be directed to
undertake a review of UBC's undergraduate
admission policies with a view to determining
their efficacy in meeting the goals of Trek 2010
and the UBC Academic Plan and report back to
the Senate not later than the danuary 2009
meeting of the Senate with recommendations on
any necessary changes.
DISCUSSION ON THE AMENDMENT
Dean Isaacson expressed the view that accepting the amendment and the main motion would be
premature. He expressed support for a review of admissions policies, but preferred that the status
quo remain in place until such time as the review had been completed. He asked whether there
were serious disadvantages related to delaying a decision by 12 months. Dr. Berger responded
that, while leaving the status quo in place would not create a crisis, recruitment and enrolment
trends would continue during the interim period and that Enrolment Services had expressed concern that UBC would find itself in a less competitive position. Dr. Bluman suggested that the
adoption of Option B could ameliorate this situation.
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Admissions Committee, continued
Dean Tierney stated that he planned to abstain from voting. He was concerned that the University's messaging to students was unclear and unfair to students who would need to make decisions in the middle of their grade 12 year.
The amendment
was put and carried.
MOTION TO DIVIDE
Dean Isaacson ~i     That the portion of the motion directing the
Mr. Ahmed /    Admissions Committee to conduct a review be
divided from the main motion for separate
consideration.
The motion to
divide was put and
carried.
DISCUSSION ON MAIN MOTION TO APPROVE CHANGES TO THE ADMISSIONS
STATEMENT
Dr. Dunford agreed with Dean Tierney's point about changing requirements in mid-year and suggested that the Senate reject the main motion and keep the status quo for the time being.
Dr. Griffin stated described the status quo as inequitable for students, and expressed concern
about the University attempting to assume the government's responsibility to maintain standards
in secondary education.
Dean Gallini pointed out that the goal was to make early offers that would not be rescinded. She
agreed that it would be very difficult to make early offers while still maintaining the examination
requirement. She expressed support for either Option B or Option C, as well as for exploring
options for fuller admission criteria.
Dr. Brander expressed a preference for Option B.
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Admissions Committee, continued
MOTION TO AMEND
Dr. Brander ~i     That the main motion be amended to read,
Dr. Bluman /     "That the Senate adopt Option B as described
in the report on BC Grade 12 Provincial
Examinations for a period of two academic
years."
DISCUSSION ON MOTION TO AMEND
A Student Senator noted that, under Option B, a student could simply write their name on a provincial exam paper before walking out.
Dr. MacEntee was not convinced that any of the four options would solve the problem. He suggested that the University maintain examinations and postpone any other decisions until the
Admissions Committee had a fuller discussion. He expressed the opinion that even an interim
arrangement to remove the examination requirement would be difficult to rescind later.
The motion
amend was put and
failed.
The main motion to
approve changes to
the admission
statement was put
and failed.
MOTION TO DIRECT THE ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE
By consent, the motion was amended to read as follows (modified text in bold):
Dr. Harrison ~i     That the Admissions Committee be directed to
Dr. MacEntee /    undertake a review of UBC's undergraduate
admission policies with a view to determining
their efficacy in meeting the goals of Trek 2010
and the UBC Academic Plan and report back to
the Senate not later than the December 2008
meeting of the Senate with recommendations on
any necessary changes.
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Carried.
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Curriculum Committee
Committee Chair Dr. Marshall presented the reports.
NEW AND CHANGED CURRICULUM
Please see also Appendix A: Curriculum Summary.'
Dr. Marshall ~i     That the new and changed courses and
Mr. McNulty /    programs brought forward by the Faculties of
Applied science, Arts, Graduate Studies (Arts),
Law, and Science be approved.
Carried.
CERTIFICATE CONSULTATION PROCESS
The Curriculum Committee provided for information the following update on the approval process for certificate programs:
[T]he Committee has discussed the issue regarding consultation for certificate programs
raised by the Senator for the Faculty of Science at the last meeting of Senate. The Committee agrees that consultation with affected academic units is important for the integrity of our certificate offerings and other programs, both academic and otherwise.
As such, the Committee has directed that all new certificate programs are to be held to
the same standard for consultations currently expected for academic programs such as
degrees, specializations, and courses. The Committee hopes that this will resolve the
issue raised.
Award for Dean Michael Isaacson
The Senate offered its congratulations to Dean Michael Isaacson on his recent BC Innovation
Council's Chairman's Award for Career Achievement in recognition of his continued contributions to the advancement of BCs scientific and engineering communities.
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Nominating Committee
Dean Isaacson presented the report.
SENATE COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP ADJUSTMENTS
Dean Isaacson ~i     That the Senate approve the revisions to the
Mr. Gorman /    membership of Committees of Senate as
recommended by the Nominating Committee.
Carried.
Student Awards Committee
Committee Chair Dr. Bluman presented the reports.
GRADUATE SUPPORT INITIATIVE (GSI) AWARDS GUIDELINES
The Committee had circulated proposed guidelines for the Graduate Support Initiative (GSI)
Awards. Dr. Bluman noted that the Committee had first intended to seek Senate's approval of the
guidelines at the present meeting, but that several deans had requested an opportunity to provide
more input prior to approval. Dr. Bluman indicated that the guidelines would come back to the
Senate for approval by February 2008. He explained that the GSI Awards would gradually
replace the Ph.D. tuition award over a four-year period and gave an overview of GSI Award eligibility criteria.
NEW AWARDS
See also Appendix B: New Awards.'
Dr. Bluman ~i     That Senate accept the awards as listed and
Dr. R. Harrison /   forward them to the Board of Governors for
approval; and that letters of thanks be sent to
the donors.
Carried.
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Report from the Vice-President, Academic & Provost, continued
Tributes Committee
Committee Chair Dr. Thorne presented the report.
CANDIDATES FOR EMERITUS STATUS
Dr. Thorne -\     That Senate approve the list of individuals for
Dr. Dennison /    emeritus or emerita status, as recommended by
the Tributes Committee.
Ad Hoc Committee on Writing and Communication Skills
Committee Chair Dr. Paul Harrison presented a request for a deadline extension.
Dr. P. G. Harrison       ~i     That the reporting deadline of the Ad Hoc
Dr. Marshall /    Committee on Writing and Communication
Skills be extended from December 2007 to
March 2008.
Carried.
Report from the Vice-President, Academic & Provost
ORAL REPORT ON STUDENT EVALUATION OF TEACHING
Vice-President Farrar gave a brief report on the implementation of the May 2007 Senate Policy
on Student Evaluation of Teaching. He stated that the University Module referred to in the policy
had been implemented in most courses on the Vancouver campus, with some courses requiring a
temporary exemption. He noted that the Faculty of Applied Science had been at first unable to
implement the University Module for logistical reasons, but planned to implement beginning in
January 2008.
Vice-President Farrar stated that he would advise the UBC community in January about a plan
to evaluate Term 1 data in partnership with the Office of Planning and Institutional Research and
the Office of Applied Research and Evaluation Services. The Vice-President indicated that there
would be opportunities to provide feedback, including a public forum and at least one further
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report to the Senate as implementation evolved. He noted that the Term 1 data would not be made
available to the community. Vice-President Farrar thanked the Alma Mater Society for encouraging its members to participate in a thoughtful and responsible manner.
In response to a question from Dr. Young about the response rate, Vice-President Farrar indicated
that it had varied across the Faculties. He cited as an example the Faculty of Science, which had
implemented an online system and where the response rate compared favourably to the previous
paper system at 65 percent. Dr. Bluman was encouraged by this estimated response rate.
Dean Isaacson noted some concern about the six questions in the University Module. He stated
that deans and department heads are responsible for preparing promotion and tenure files, and
that it may be useful to consult them with the goal of making minor refinements. He was encouraged to hear how the process was evolving and looked forward to further updates.
Reports from the Affiliated Theological Colleges
REPORT FROM ST. MARK'S COLLEGE
As representative of St. Mark's College, Dr. Dennison had circulated for information a report on
the activities of the College. He expressed the opinion that all affiliated colleges should make
periodic reports to the UBC Senate.
Upon recognition by the Chair, Dr. David Sylvester, President, Corpus Christi College gave a
brief overview of the programs and activities of Corpus Christi, a private, not-for-profit college.
200 FTE students were enrolled in an undergraduate arts and humanities program, and courses
were transferable to institutions across Canada. Approximately 60 percent of Corpus Christi students chose to complete their degrees at UBC.
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Adjournment
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. The following regular meeting of
the Senate was scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 2008.
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Appendix A: Curriculum Summary, continued
APPENDIX A: CURRICULUM SUMMARY
FACULTY OF APPLIED SCIENCE
COURSES
APSC 481 (3)
EECE 405 (3)
EECE 484 (3)
PROGRAMS
Academic Performance Evaluation
Course Enrolment Restrictions
FACULTY OF ARTS
COURSES
AFST350(3/6)D
ASIA 441 (3/6) D
CLST 319 (3)
HIST 495 (3)
MUSC 128 (3)
MUSC 323 (3)
PUNJ 401 (3)
PUNJ 402 (3)
PROGRAMS
Dual Degree Program in Arts and Science
FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES
COURSES
PSYC 512 (3)
SOWK 699 (0)
FACULTY OF LAW
PROGRAMS
Change of name from Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) to Juris Doctor (J.D.)
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FACULTY OF SCIENCE
COURSES
BIOL 417 (3)
PHYL 398 (3)
PHYL 399 (3)
PHYL 498 (3)
PHYL 499 (3)
CHEM 340 (3)
ATSC 490 (3)
ENVR 490 (3)
EOSC 321 (3)
EOSC 490 (3)
PSYC 398 (3)
PSYC 399 (3)
PSYC 498 (3)
PSYC 499 (3)
PROGRAMS
Dean's Office Calendar Entry
Cellular and Physiological Sciences
Psychology
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Appendix B: New Awards, continued
APPENDIX B: NEW AWARDS
Javier O. ARAGON Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Research: A $2,000 scholarship is offered by
Husayn and Britta Moody, in memory of his father-in-law and her father, Javier O. Aragon, to a graduate
student in the Faculty of Medicine who is engaged in cancer research. Preference is given to a doctoral
student researching cancers of the lung, liver, colon or brain. The award is made on the recommendation
of the Faculty of Medicine in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies. (First award available
for the 2008/09 Winter Session)
CA Education Foundation Peter Stanley Scholarship: A $1,200 scholarship is offered to a full-time
student entering fourth year in the Accounting Option of the Sauder School of Business. The recipient
must be continuing with the Accounting Option, have a high academic standing, express intent to
become a Chartered Accountant, and be deserving of financial assistance. The award is made on the recommendation of the School. (First award available for the 2008/09 Winter Session)
ChemEd 2005 Bursary in Chemistry Education: Bursaries totalling $1,250 have been endowed by the
organizers of ChemEd 2005, a chemistry education conference which was held at UBC. The bursaries
are offered to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Program who have satisfied
the entrance requirement of a Major or Concentration in Chemistry and plan to pursue teaching in Chemistry Education at the secondary school level. Recipients must be in good academic standing and in need
of financial assistance. (First awards available for the 2008/09 Winter Session)
Lorraine DOUGLASS Prize in Real Estate Law: Prizes totalling $1,000 have been endowed for students who have obtained high academic standing in any course or seminar in Real Estate Law with preference given to those students who have demonstrated excellence in condominium law. The awards are
made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law. (First awards available for the 2008/09 Winter Session)
Beans JUSTICE Memorial Scholarship in Architecture: A $1,600 scholarship has been endowed by
family, friends and colleagues in memory of B. (Beans) Geoffrey Clive Justice, a founding partner in the
architectural firm of Downs Archambault & Partners, for a student in the Master of Architecture or Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture Programs. Beans' legacy is a simple one: observe life with a perceptive eye, appreciate the spirit of place, seek beauty and delight in all things natural, let humour
prevail. The award is made on the recommendation of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. (First award available for the 2008/09 Winter Session)
KITZEL Award in Agroecology: A $500 award is offered to a fourth year student in the B.Sc. (Agroecology) Program who has demonstrated a strong sense of professionalism and community spirit and an
understanding of the importance of, and a personal commitment to, primary agriculture. The award is
established in honour of the Kitzel Family who, since 1977, have hosted at their dairy farm in Surrey,
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Appendix B: New Awards, continued
B.C. over 3,000 students and researchers from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. The award is
made on the recommendation of the Faculty. (First award available for the 2008/09 Winter Session)
Peter M. LANSDORP Bursary: Bursaries totalling $1,000 have been endowed by Dr. Peter M. Lans-
dorp through his company, Tetramerics Biotechnology Inc., for students in any year or faculty who are in
need of financial assistance to begin or continue their postsecondary education. (First awards available
for the 2008/09 Winter Session)
George E. LOVESETH Award in Geological Sciences: Awards totalling $4,300 have been endowed
by George E. Loveseth (B.A.Sc. 1958) to support and recognize undergraduate students registered in the
final year of Geological Engineering or Honours Geology. The awards are made on the recommendation
of the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences. (First awards available for the 2008/09 Winter Session)
Ernest K. MURAKAMI Scholarship in Medicine: Scholarships totalling $1,000 have been endowed
in honour of Ernest K. Murakami (B.A. 1953, M.D. 1958) for students in the M.D. Program participating
in an Infectious Disease elective. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine. (First awards available for the 2008/09 Winter Session)
PRO BONO Law of B.C. Award: A $1,000 service award is offered by Pro Bono Law of B.C. to recognize a student entering third year in the Faculty of Law who is in good academic standing and has demonstrated community service through pro bono work. The award is made on the recommendation of the
Faculty. (First award available for the 2008/09 Winter Session)
Richard SPLANE Doctoral Scholarship: A $2,500 scholarship has been endowed to recognize and
honour Dr. Richard Splane's work as a distinguished Social Policy and Social Work academic and
Professor Emeritus at UBC. Dr. Splane's initial contribution to the endowment principal has been
matched by the Faculty of Arts. The award is made on the recommendation of the School of Social
Work, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, to a doctoral student doing research in the
area of social policy. (First award available for the 2008/09 Winter Session)
Previously-Approved Awards With Changes in Terms or Funding Source:
Award 01421 - Natalie and James LOH International Student Award - (revised description) Awards
totalling US$30,000 are offered by Natalie and James Loh and intended for international undergraduate
students in any year or faculty. The awards, adjudicated on the basis of academic merit, potential for
leadership and community service, are granted to students from Hong Kong, China or Singapore, with a
preference for students who graduated from Wan Yah College or St. Stephen's Girls' College, both based
in Hong Kong. The awards are made by the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Awards in consultation with the International Student Initiatives Program.
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How amended: Financial need has been removed as a criterion and the terms have been clarified to
indicate that, if there are potential candidates from the two preferred schools, they can be considered
whether they are international, Canadian, or Permanent Residents.

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