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 June 13, 1984
The Law
UBC's Spring Congregation, spread
over six ceremonies instead of the
usual three, went off smoothly May 30
and 31 and June 1, with a record
3,811 eligible for degrees. Retiring
chancellor f. V. Clyne (above, right)
received honorary degree of Doctor of
Laws. Sworn in as new chancellor was
Robert Wyman shown here with Dr.
Clyne. Shown at right is Corporal
Ronald William Thurston of the
RCMP, who received a Bachelor of
Laws degree.
UBC joins Toronto,
McGill to research
artificial intelligence
UBC is joining with two other
universities in a major national effort to
enhance Canada's role in the fiercely
competitive international computer
The privately-sponsored Canadian
Institute for Advanced Research is
financing research in artificial intelligence
and robotics at UBC, the University of
Toronto and McGill University.
Aim of the project is to produce robots
that can sense their environment, make
decisions on the basis of sensory
information, and carry out actions based
on their decisions. A parallel activity is to
investigate the social impact of such
machines on society.
Each of the three universities has a
different emphasis in artificial intelligence.
McGill and UBC will concentrate on
fundamental research needed to develop
"smart" robots. The University of Toronto
will be more concerned with incorporating
this basic knowledge into machines.
The institute's goal is to pull the three
groups together into one critical mass of
experts for a national program. It is also
negotiating with other Canadian scientists
who are now part of the U.S. effort in
artificial intelligence to return to Canada
as part of the Canadian team.
Although located in different cities,
academics taking part in the project will
use the instrument that is at the heart of
the venture — the computer — to
communicate with each other.
They will also be in close contact with
Canadian industry.
The disciplines involved include
neurosciences, electrical engineering,
computer science, psychology, physiology
and mechanical engineering.
The institute has brought together a
number of UBC scientists in the psychology
and computer science departments,
centering on the visual recognition and
processing work in the Laboratory for
Computation Vision.
UBC already has an international
reputation in this area. (See April edition
of Scientific American.)
Leader of the UBC group is Dr.
Raymond Reiter, professor in the computer
science department. He and Drs. Alan
Mackworth, associate professor in the
computer science department, Robert
Woodham, associate professor in the
Faculty of Forestry and computer science
department, and Anne Treisman in the
psychology department, are fellows of the
The salary of the four will be paid for
five years by the institute, freeing them of
all administrative and teaching
responsibilities so they can work full time
on the project.
Also associated with the project are Drs.
Daniel Kahneman, professor in the
psychology department and William
Havens, assistant professor in the computer
science department.
Institute president Dr. Fraser Mustard
said Japan now is making massive efforts to
close in on the Americans, the
international leaders so far in artificial
intelligence and robotics research.
The former vice-president for health
sciences at McMaster University said other
countries with research programs in the
field are Germany, France, the U.K.,
Sweden and the Netherlands.
"The Americans and the Japanese do not
have an insurmountable lead," Dr.
Mustard said.
"There is such a large amount of basic
information that must be uncovered that
Canada or some other country could
become a major contender in the
industry," he said.
Dr. Mustard said the institute would
sponsor research into the social and
cultural impact of artificial intelligence
within the next year.
The project formally gets under way July
1 and the national budget for the first year
is $1.3 million.
The institute is a non-profit corporation
formed in 1980. It is interested in
promoting research in areas not adequately
covered by other funding agencies.
New V-P
UBC's Board of Governors has approved
the appointment of David McMillan of
Toronto as UBC's vice-president,
development and community relations,
President K. George Pedersen announced
on Friday, June 8.
Mr. McMillan, 38, will assume
responsibility for UBC's fund-raising,
communications and community relations
activities when he takes up his post at UBC
on July 1, President Pedersen said.
"I am very pleased that we have been
able to attract to this important
administrative position an individual who
has gained extensive background in the
areas of fund-raising and community
development," President Pedersen said. "I
feel confident that he will make a
significant contribution in his areas of
responsibility, which are of growing
importance in the light of the challenges
faced by the University."
Mr. McMillan, who is currently
executive vice-president of the Canadian
Direct Marketing Association of Toronto,
was national coordinator for the federal
Progressive Conservative Party's national
direct mail fund-raising campaign from
1975 to 1979.
In 1979 and 1980, Mr. McMillan was
director of the legislative secretariat of the
Office of the President of the Privy Council
during the government of Prime Minister
Joe Clark.
He organized the first national
ecumenical Christian Festival, held in May,
1982, in Ottawa, and more recently was
executive director of fund-raising for the
Markham-Stouffville Hospital in a
campaign that raised $5 million.
Mr. McMillan graduated from Glendon
College of Toronto's York University in
1970 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. UBC Reports June IS, 1984
Cuts must be selective or quality will suffer
Continuation of across-the-board budget
cuts to reduce the University's operating
budget base will only lead to "across-the-
board mediocrity in the University," UBC's
Senate was told at its May meeting.
This observation about what it described
as "variable shared reductions" in the
University budget was one of six
conclusions set out in the report of the
Senate budget committee, which assists the
president in the preparation of the UBC
Zoology professor Dr. Geoffrey Scudder,
who chairs the Senate committee, said it
was that group's view that the budget for
1984-85 was the last time the University
can afford "variable shared reductions" as
a means of reducing the operating budget
Any further budget reductions, the
committee said in its report, must be
"selective," and certain academic activities
"must be strengthened and allowed to
develop; others will need to be curtailed."
Budget reductions must be selected
according to the Senate's Academic
Planning and Priorities Statement,
approved in March, 1983 (see below). The
committee's report adds that UBC should
take the view that "without adequate
funding it is better for us to do fewer
things well than to maintain all units with
the inevitable fiscal uncertainty."
The University, the report said, needs to
develop an academic plan, a process in
which Senate must be involved. "The
Senate budget committee therefore
proposes to formulate specific advice to the
president on long-term academic priorities
within the University."
The Senate committee, in the body of its
report, outlines the effects of the 1984-85
budget reduction, including curtailment of
enrolment in programs in Commerce and
Education already announced.
There will be a major increase in   class
size in Law, the report says, in addition to
a reduction in the number of electives and
a shift of more responsibility to "clinical"
(honorary lecturers) appointments.
Reductions in the Faculties of Arts and
Science will not only affect their own
students but those in many professional
programs as well, since these faculties
provide a substantial amount of service
Even though extreme caution was
exercised in reducing the budgets of these
two core faculties, "there will be
elimination of many course options,
increased class size and crowding in
laboratories and tutorials."
The committee also noted "with some
concern" the withdrawal of "Programs of
Distinction" in the Faculties of Arts,
Commerce and Graduate Studies.
In March, 1983, UBC's Senate approved
an Academic Planning and Priorities
Statement prepared by its budget
committee, which included statements on
the nature of universities in general and
the nature of UBC in particular. It is this
statement which will serve as the basis for
the formulation by the Senate budget
committee of specific advice to President
George Pedersen on long-term academic
priorities for the University (see story
above).  What follows are the second and
third sections of the statement, which deal
with the rote of UBC and an academic
2.01 UBC is a major Canadian, and at
least in some disciplines, a significant world
university. To retain that status is in itself
a laudable objective; if work is going to be
done it should so far as possible be
excellently done. In the Canadian context.
British Columbia, a major province, ought
to have a major university. Equally, British
Columbia, with all of its external iinks,
particularly with the Pacific, should have a
university whose international standing is
recognized. And in the long run quality
will beget quality. If the university has an
excellent reputation it will attract first-class
faculty and students who themselves will
add to its stature. That can only benefit
the province and its people.
2.02 However high it sets its sights UBC,
like any other university, cannot, nor ought
it attempt to, do all the things that a
university might do. Conversely, it may be
required on occasion to do things that
perhaps a major university would not wish
to do. There are a number of possible
factors which need to be balanced in
deciding in general terms the role that
UBC should undertake.
2.03 UBC, in common with any
university, could never possibly pursue all
aspects of knowledge. It will always have
difficulty in funding properly even those
things that it decides it wishes to
undertake; even in the best of financial
circumstances choices will have to be made
that should be related to some thoughtfully
developed system of priorities.
2.04 UBC will always be affected, quite
properly, by its Canadian and British
Columbia setting. It is only to be expected,
for example, that there should be a strong
emphasis in this institution on disciplines
related to all aspects of natural resources.
A university situated in British Columbia
has both the opportunity and the
obligation to work in those fields. That
does not mean, however, that the
university can afford to develop an
excessively parochial mind. That would
result in the university failing to develop
the knowledge and expertise which society
rightly expects the university should
provide to it. All disciplines, whatever their
local setting, are universal in nature, and a
university forgets that truth at its peril.
2.05 UBC is part of the system of
education of the province of British
Columbia. It must, therefore, have due
regard to its relationship to the other
universities, to the community colleges, to
other institutions of higher learning, and to
the schools. It may lay claim, however, in
light of its history and in light of its
achievements, to some pre-eminence in
research, graduate work and professional
studies. That claim does not deny, but if
anything underlines the central role played
in the university by the Faculties of Arts
and Science. The work that they do is not
only at the heart of any concept of the
university in general, but it is also an
essential foundation for research, graduate
work and professional study.
2.06 Whatever specific work the
university undertakes, it must do in a
proper academic environment, that is an
environment that is conducive to producing
the quality of mind that we think
universities should produce. This is
particularly difficult in a large nonresidential institution. Such a setting may
impose limitations which can never be
totally overcome. It is clear, however, that
some thought needs to be given to ways in
which that necessary academic
environment may be fostered. It should
obviously be fostered in the classroom. It
may be fostered through smaller classes,
special lectures, the forming of academic
clubs, or making a more imaginative
academic use of the fact that 4,000
students do reside on campus. It is also
possible that the university should be on
guard against a narrowness of academic
endeavor, and that it should look more
closely at the broadening of the experience
of its students, both within and outside
their own disciplines.
3.01 Whether it is in a period of
expansion or retrenchment the university
needs an overall academic plan. That plan
should be developed in light of the views
contained in parts I and II on the role of
universities in general and of The
University of British Columbia in
particular. In a period of expansion, the
existence of a plan should enable the
university to expand in a way which is in
its best long-term academic interests. In a
period of retrenchment, the existence of a
plan should enable the university to act in
a way which does the least damage to its
major academic objectives.
3.02 The first and fundamental step in
working out an academic plan is to decide
in what areas the university should carry
on its activities. We refer to the major
academic activities that the university
should be engaged in as "core" activities,
and discuss them further in paragraph
3.03. The university must also pay due
regard to a number of other factors. These
include quality, cost, special value to
Canada or British Columbia, and
uniqueness in the province. These are
discussed further in paragraphs 3.04 to
3.08. Assuming that the major elements
that go into the formulation of an
academic plan have been identified, the
first step in its implementation would be to
make a preliminary assessment of priorities
on the basis of what are "core" activities.
That assessment would then need to be
modified, and in many cases no doubt
considerably modified, by reference to the
factors that will be discussed in paragraphs
3.04 to 3.08. All of this cannot be done
according to any rigid formula, and will
involve the exercise of much fine
judgment. In paragraphs 3.10, 3.11 and
3.12 we discuss some of the nuances that
we think are involved in that process.
Finally, in paragraph 3.13, we note three
matters which in a sense may be of an
ancillary nature, but which nonetheless we
regard as being important.
3.03 The academic activities with which
the university might concern itself can be
classified into three groups. This
classification needs to be done on the basis
of the substantive activities themselves, and
not simply by reference to the various units
into which the university is organized for
administrative purposes.   The three groups
of activities are not mutually exclusive, and
some allowance must be made for
"shading" between them. The three groups
(1) Core academic activities. These are
activities which would be regarded as
core at any modern major university,
or which would be considered core at
The University of British Columbia
because of the special nature of this
university. Prima facie one would
include within core activities
interdisciplinary programs whose
components are themselves core.
(2) Core-related activities. These are
activities which (a) lay a necessary
foundation for core academic activities,
or (b) build on a foundation laid by
one of the core academic activities, but
which do not in themselves develop
major new concepts.
(3) Non-core activities. These are activities
which would not fall into either group
(1) or (2). We suspect that if there are
any such activities being carried on at
present in the university, they must be
few in number.
3.04 Quality. An academic plan should,
of course, stress the need to maintain and
strengthen the quality of any work which
the university does. It should identify on
what basis and by whom judgments about
quality are to be made.
With respect to the university's role in
preserving and disseminating knowledge,
the quality of students admitted, the
quality of teaching offered to them, the
performance of students and the reputation
of graduates are all indications of how well
the university is doing its job. The success
of the university in preserving and
expanding knowledge may be judged by
the quality of its graduate program, the
research and publication of its faculty, the
ability of its faculty to acquire research
support, and the general reputation of the
university in other academic quarters and
in the community generally.
In general the responsibility for ensuring
the quality of academic work lies with
departments, faculties, the Senate and the
Office of the President. As a matter of
course, the faculties should be monitoring
the quality of work which they do. This
may be supplemented from time to time by
the reviews which the university undertakes
of departments or programs. These reviews
are available to Senate, and enable it to
make judgments about the quality of work
being done. Equally, the Office of the
President, relying on the reports from
Deans and on the reviews, should have
available to it the material needed for
making judgments about quality.
3.05 Cost. In all spheres of its activities
the university should continue to ensure
that its work is being done at the minimum
possible cost, consistent with quality. This
requires not only a monitoring of the
operation of academic units, but also a
monitoring of the non-academic operations
of the university.
3.06 Enrolment. The university is on
record as wishing to restrict its enrolment
to 27,500. That should be reconsidered,
even if only to confirm that it represents a
desirable policy. If it does, decisions then
need to be made about the ultimate effect
of that policy on the various academic
activities of the university.
A number of approaches may be taken
to the question of limiting enrolment.
Prima facie one might start with the
premise that the province should seek to
provide a place to all qualified students
who wish to pursue their studies, and that
each of the three universities should offer a
full range of programs so that a student
has the opportunity to study wherever he
or she wishes to do so. However, even if
that premise be accepted, it needs to be
modified by reference to a number of
(1) Should enrolment at, say, one of the
universities be allowed to escalate
without control, and that of the other
two to remain relatively low? Or should
there be a policy of maintaining some
relative balance, though not necessarily
equality in enrolment, among the three
(2) It may be argued that quality is
affected, and adversely affected, by
excessive enrolment. In some programs,
at least, it may therefore be desirable
to limit enrolment to protect quality.
(3) The resources, financial and otherwise,
may not be available to cater to all
qualified students who may wish to
enrol. At least two consequences flow
upon that:
(a) It may not be feasible to offer
parallel programs at all three
universities in certain areas.  •
(b) Within each university it may be
necessary to put an enrolment
restriction on particular programs.
This has been done in many areas
of this university.
(4) Arguments may be made for limiting
enrolment on the ground that there is
no "need" for all the graduates in a
particular program. It is notoriously
difficult, if not impossible, to measure
accurately future needs. If that be so,
there is an obvious danger in limiting
enrolment by attempting to make
preductions about the future. It may
therefore be better to allow the
"marketplace" to establish an
acceptable equilibrium rather than by
imposing enrolment limitations. We
recognize however that in this there is a
danger for the university. If it devotes
a major portion of its resources to a
particular program when enrolment is
high, it will have to be prepared to
reconsider its allocation of resources if
enrolment drops and, so far as can be
judged, is going to remain at a lower
level in the foreseeable future. This will
require careful preplanning so that any
reallocation of resources that is needed,
can in fact be made.
On occasion, instead of being faced with
a question of limiting enrolment, the
university may have to deal with areas of
academic activity where enrolment appears
to be low. If this occurs in areas which are
core, or where the need appears to be
great for graduates, efforts should be made
to increase enrolment. On the other hand,
it may be necessary to either reduce
support to reflect low enrolment, or indeed
to consider the elimination completely of
all or part of the particular program.
3.07 Special Value to Canada or British
Columbia. It seems obvious that the
university should be particularly concerned
with academic activities that are of special
value to Canada or to the province. We
have already given as examples programs
or disciplines that are related to natural
3.08 Uniqueness. If a program offered
by The University of British Columbia is
the only such program offered in the
province that is an added reason for
retaining and, if need be, strengthening it.
3.09 In paragraphs 3.10, 3.11 and 3.12
we consider in a preliminary way how the
various matters we have just discussed may
be combined to make specific decisions.
We again underline that this cannot be
done according to any rigid formula, and
that none of the matters we refer to can be
read in an absolute sense in isolation from '
the other factors that need to be taken into
account. In the end specific decisions will
involve a fine balancing of all relevant
3.10 (1) In the case of core academic
activities the university should not only
retain those activities, but should, even in
a period of financial retrenchment, be
prepared to expand existing activities, or
develop new ones where that is judged to
be necessary to the essential functioning of
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See BUDGET REPORT UBC Reports June 13, 1984
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to faculties
Three proposals from a Senate ad hoc
committee calling for the inclusion of
numerical averages on student transcripts
have been referred to UBC's 12 faculties
for consideration and comment.
A motion to refer the proposals, made
by Arts Dean Dr. Robert Will at the May
meeting of Senate, was approved following
presentation of the ad hoc committee's
report by Prof. Robert A. Adams
(Mathematics), assistant dean of Science.
The committee's proposals were that:
1. Sessional averages (for each Winter
Session) and cumulative averages (for all
courses taken at UBC) should be included
on students' transcripts, and should be
based on unit-weighted marks for all
courses attempted, except courses for
which no marks are normally given.
2. A single cumulative average should
cover all of a student's undergraduate
studies at UBC. A new cumulative average
should be begun when a student enters a
graduate faculty.
3. Numerical marks should be given to
all students registered in a course, whether
or not a final examination has been
written. The "DNW" (Did Not Write)
mark should not be used.
Prof. Adams said the one thing that
emerged from a questionnaire to UBC
faculties was  "almost unanimous
agreement .   . that averages would be
useful and should be included on student
transcripts." He added that his own faculty
(Science) had dissented.
He said UBC's present system of
awarding first class, second-class, pass or
failure standing did not generate enough
information to enable a grade point
average to be assigned. The committee's
proposal, therefore, called for an average
to be computed on the marks students
obtained in courses.
Dean Will, who addressed himself only
to the first recommendation before making
his motion to refer, said he was not
convinced that numerical averages were
necessary and added that he couldn't
imagine any purpose for a cumulative
He said his faculty had approved
elimination of the DNW notation because
it was unfair that students who remained
in a course up to the end and did not write
the exam were given the same notation on
their record as a student who attended
class for only the first three weeks of the
University year.
He added that it was  "very bad" if the
average included a course for which the
student received only five or 10 marks out
of 150, "if indeed the intention is that you
have to send in some mark if a student
misses the last date for withdrawing (from
a course) by one or two days.
"As a result, the average won't be
representative, because they'll be taking
four courses in which they may get high
B's, but they'll get a C average because of
the five or ten marks awarded in one
He said another consequence of the
proposal would be that students would be
assigned a failure status if they decided a
course isn't for them, "but if they know
that by just sticking with the course and
doing some mediocre work, they'll do so in
order to buoy up their average.
"They may not intend or be able to pass
(the course), but they'll get 40 marks
instead of five...Averaging is not
meaningful if there is a zero or a five or a
ten or some flunk fluke mark (on the
record)." If the average is to be computed,
he added, it should be on the basis of
completed courses.
James Varah heads
Computer Science
Prof. James Varah has been named head
of UBC's Department of Computer
Science. He has been acting head of the
department since last July.
Prof. Varah, who joined the UBC
faculty in 1971, is an internationally known
scholar in the areas of numerical
computation, particularly numerical linear
algebra and the solution of partial
differential equations.
UBC's student-operated radio station,
CITR (FM 102, Cable 100), has a new
station manager. She's Carleton
University graduate Candace Kerr,
standing, who succeeds Sonia Mysko,
currently travelling in Europe, who
has looked after the station's day-today operations since it was granted an
FM license in 1981.
'Can Lit' marks
25th birthday
"Canadian Literature," UBC's quarterly
journal of criticism and review, celebrated
its 25th birthday last week with the
publication of issue No. 100.
The issue, enlarged to more than 375
pages, includes prefaces by recently retired
Governor-General Edward Schreyer, former
Canada Council chairman Mavor Moore
and UBC President K. George Pedersen, as
well as articles by such well-known
Canadian authors as Clark Blaise, Henry
Kreisel, Margaret Laurence, Dorothy
Livesay, Eric Nicol and James Reaney.
A hard-cover edition of the issue,
entitled Canadian Writers in 1984, will be
issued by the University of British
Columbia Press this month.
In an editorial in the anniversary
edition, the journal's current editor, Prof.
William New of UBC's English
department, says that while Canadian
Literature is by no means the longest-lived
of Canadian magazines,   "it is the oldest
critical quarterly to have taken Canadian
writers and writing as its sole topic;..."
Prof. New also pays tribute to George
Woodcock, editor of the journal for its first
18 years. "It was his editorial skills which
built the magazine . . ., his judgments
which so personally affected its contents,
and his critical expectations which have so
markedly touched the recent course of
Canadian criticism."
The 25th anniversary edition of the
journal is available at UBC s Bookstore or
at Canadian Literature's office, Room 213,
Ponderosa Annex 3, at 515 a copy.
Kyle Mitchell heads
Alumni Association
Kyle Mitchell, a senior partner of
Dunhill Personnel Consultants Ltd., is the
new president of the Alumni Association of
UBC. Mr. Mitchell, a 1965 Commerce
grad and a 1966 Law grad, succeeds Mike
Grad Centre taken
over by University
UBC's associate vice-president for
student services, Dr. Neil Risebrough, says
he is optimistic that problems associated
with the operation of the Thea Koerner
Graduate Student Centre will be resolved
before the 1984-85 winter session begins in
The University administration took over
management of the centre early in "May
from the Graduate Student Society (GSS),
which has had responsibility for running
the building under an agreement between
the society and the University signed in
Dr. Risebrough said the University took
action because of a financial deficit of
about $100,000 owing to the University by
the GSS.
"The 1982 agreement," Dr. Risebrough
said, "made it clear to the GSS that the
University would not assume any financial
responsibility with respect to the
"We have attempted over the past year
and a half to work closely with the GSS to
eliminate the deficit. Since the GSS took
over responsibility for the operations of the
building in 1982 there has been a
continuous increase in the deficit for which
there is no historical precedent."
The Graduate Student Centre remains
open for the use of GSS members,
although no food or beverage service is
provided. Catering for functions is being
provided by UBC's Department of Food
Shortly after the University took over
management of the centre, President
George Pedersen appointed a four-member
committee charged with recommending a
future management structure for the centre
and methods by which the existing deficit
can be eliminated and how the centre can
function in future on a sound financial
Members of the committee are the two
current student members of the Board of
Governors, David Frank and Don
Holubitsky, physics department head Dr.
David Williams and Dr. James Richards,
associate dean of the Faculty of
Agricultural Sciences, who is serving as the
committee's chairman.
The president has asked the committee
to report by July 15 so that new procedures
can be in place by Sept. 1.
The Graduate Student Centre adjacent
to the Faculty Club was built in the early
1960s with a gift of $400,000 from Dr.
Leon Koerner. A $750,000 addition, built
with funds borrowed by the University, was
added in 1971.
The loan is being repaid through a $14
assessment paid annually by each graduate
student enrolled at the University. It will
be repaid by 1987.
School of Audiology
gets $42,550 grant
UBC's School of Audiology and Speech
Sciences has received a grant of $42,550
from the Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward's
Foundation for partial support for studies
in hearing, speech and language.
The money will be for a computer for
research in developing new hearing devices
and for implementing "synthetic" speech
systems, used in talking machines for the
handicapped. It will also be used for
analysis of language used by children and
other communication problems.
Emeritus report rejected
Proposals to alter the criteria for
granting emeritus status to retired
members of the UBC faculty were rejected
by the University Senate at its May
The proposals, contained in a report
from Senate's tributes committee, called
for the award of emeritus status  "only to
those deemed worthy of special recognition
by the University by virtue of their
distinguished teaching or scholarly
achievement or long service to the
University or the community."
Graduate studies Dean Peter Larkin, in
presenting the committee's proposals to
Senate, said it was anticipated that faculty
deans would nominate individuals for
emeritus status to the tributes committee,
which would, in turn, make
recommendations to Senate.
In speaking to the motions, Dean Larkin
said it has been UBC's practice to award
emeritus status   "quite freely," and that the
title was related to the fact that many of
the "perks" of retirement were associated
with it in the form of parking privileges
and library cards.
He said it was the view of the tributes
committee that UBC would be well advised
to revise the way in which emeritus status
was awarded "to limit it to the very few of
our outstanding and distinguished
colleagues on the occasion of their
A number of senators opposed the
proposals and made the following points.
•  It would be difficult to decide
whether an individual merited emeritus
status on the basis of distinguished
teaching, given that the methods of
identifying outstanding teaching at UBC
are imprecise.
• The method proposed for nominating
individuals would generate a great deal of
documentation at a time when UBC is
already "awash in paper" and has
diminishing resources for such a task.
• Promotion to a higher rank is the
basic component of the incentive system at
UBC and the prospect of being granted
emeritus status on retirement is not likely
to change attitudes while a faculty member
is active.
• Many people who give satisfactory but
not outstanding service over a long period
would be unnecessarily disappointed at not
being granted emeritus status, something
that would be "divisive rather than
• UBC's present practice of giving
emeritus status freely is not meaningless
because it lets others know the individual is
retired and is no longer teaching or
carrying previous responsibilities. Those
deprived of emeritus status would have no
title at all at the University.
The tributes committee's
recommendations were defeated by a
substantial margin, as was an amendment
that would have had the effect of granting
emeritus status automatically to full
UBC's president and Senate chairman
George Pedersen said at the conclusion of
the debate that he assumed Senate wished
the tributes committee to continue to
consider the question of the granting of
emeritus status. A senator said that in
doing so the committee should consider the
possibility of abolishing emeritus status.
Industry Liaison Officer appointed
Prof. James Murray of the Department
of Geological Sciences, a 20-year member
of the UBC faculty, has been appointed
Industry Liaison Officer for the University.
Dr. Murray's appointment was
announced by Dr. Peter Larkin, UBC's
associate vice-president, research, who said
that the University was hoping to
encourage closer liaison with industry.
"The University, as a resource, should be
more accessible to local industry. Industry,
as entrepreneurs, should be more
approachable from the University," Dr.
Larkin said.
He said Dr. Murray would give advice to
industry on specialized research at UBC,
explain University policies and procedures
that are relevant to consulting and
contracting, and otherwise facilitate
industry-University relations.
"Initially, we will just be feeling our
way," said Dr. Larkin,   "but I feel that
because of the importance of technology to
the future economic well-being of the
province this liaison is critical."
He emphasized that Prof. Murray would
also be conveying industry's needs to the
"He will explain the facts of business life
to University personnel and give advice on
who might develop what invention."
Dr. Murray also will be responsible for
giving advice to both parties on suitable
government aid programs, will assist in the
presentation of appropriate cases for
funding, and will maintain a liaison with
the B.C. Science Council's Innovation
Office. UBC Reports June 13, 1984
Calendar Deadlines
For events in the weeks of July 8 and 15,
material must be submitted not later than
4 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. Send notices
to Information Services, 6328 Memorial
Road (Old Administration Building). For
further information, call 228-3131.
Cancer Research Seminar.
Recent Developments in the Biology of Acute
Lymphocytic Leukemia of Childhood: New
Directions for the Future. Dr.   led Zipf,
Pediatrics, University of Calgary, and   director.
Southern Alberta Pediatric Oncology Program.
Lecture Theatre, B.C. Cancer Research Centre,
601 W. 10th Ave.  12 noon.
Immunology Group Seminar.
HLA - Provinces Francaises. Dr. Francine
Decary, assistant medical director. Ottawa Red
Cross Centre. Salon C, Faculty Club. 8 p.m.
Education Lecture.
Educational Technology for Pre Service
Training at Hyogo University of Teacher
Education. Dr. Tatsumi Ueno. Hyogo University
of Teacher Education. Hyogo, Japan. Seminar
Rooms A and B, Ponderosa Annex G. 4:30 p.m.
Summer Film Series.
Reuben, Reuben. Shows at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.
on June 20, 21 and 23 (no show Friday).
Admission is $2. Auditorium, Student Union
Building. 7:30 p.m.
Medical Genetics Seminar.
Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Prof. Peter Beighton,
Human Genetics, University of Capetown, South
Africa. Parentcraft Room. Grace Hospital.
1 p.m.
Student Recital.
Music of Krumpholtz, Faure, Albrechtsberger,
Dodgson, Honegger and Lewis. Rhonda Guild,
flute, and Alison Hunter, harp. Recital Hall,
Music Building. 8 p.m.
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Summer Film Series.
Local Hero. Shows at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. on
June 28, 29 and 30. Admission is $2.
Auditorium. Student Union Building. 7:30 p.m.
University closed for fuly 1 Canada
Day holiday.
Frederic Wood Theatre.
Opening night of Alan Ayckbourn s plav
Bedroom Farce performed bv Stage Campus '84.
Continues until July 14. For ticket information,
call 228 2678 or drop by Room 207 of the
Frederic Wood   Theatre. 8 p.m.
Summer Film Series.
The Right Stuff  Shows at 8 p.m. on July 5. 6
and 7. Admission is $2. Auditorium, Student
Union Building. 8 p.m.
Walking tours
UBC's Department of Information Services offers
free guided walking tours of the campus at 10
a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.   Tours
can be geared to a group's particular interests.
'To book a tour, call 228 3131. At least one
day's notice is appreciated.
Nitobe Garden hours
The Nitobe Japanese Garden, located adjacent
to the Asian Centre on West Mall, is open from
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, until
Frederic Wood Theatre
Stage Campus '84 presents the play Dreaming
and Duelling June 13 to 23 at the Frederic
Wood   I heatre. For ticket information, call
228 2678. Curtain time is 8 p.m.
Immediate full- and part-time positions
available in professionally staffed campus
daycare. Daycare features a stimulating activity
program and considerable flexibility in
scheduling. Open to children 18 months to three
vears. Contact Christine McCaffcry at 271 2737.
Toddler summer school
Full   and part-time positions available now at
Canada Goose Daycare on campus. The facility
offers a flexible, stimulating learning
environment for young children. Open to
children 18 months to. 3 years (will take 16'/£
months). Call 228-5403, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lost and Found hours
During the summer UBC's Lost and Found,
located in Room 208 of Brock Hall, will be open
the following dates from 9 to 11 a.m.
JUNE:  18, 25, 27. JULY: 4, 9,  11.  16, 18. 23,
25. 30. AUGUST: 1, 8, 13.  15, 20. 22. 27. 29.
Telephone number for the Lost and Found is
NITEP reunion
To celebrate 10 successful years of the Native
Indian  Teacher Education Program a reunion
day is planned for Saturday. July 7. The day's
activities include a pot luck brut.cb at 11 a.m.
in the lounge of UBC's Scarfe B Hiding,
continuing through to a bam; hi and dance in
the Student Union Building. Past and present
students, graduates. (oordinators. sponsor
teachers, instrut tors, school administrators,
Indian Band representatives, relatives and
friends are invited.   1 ickc-ts for the banquet and
dance ($22 per person) must be ordered by June
29 from Patti McMillan at 228-5240.
French, Spanish and Japanese
conversational classes
Three week intensive programs begin July 3 and
23. Evening Japanese program starts July 3 also.
For more information or registration, contact
Language Programs and Services. Centre for
Continuing tlducation, at 222 5227.
Host Families wanted
Interesting cultural experience for families who
can provide accommodation for graduate
students from The People's Republic of China.
These students will be attending an English
orientation program at UBC prior to enrolling
in MBA or MSc programs across Canada. Room
and board, $648. July 8    Aug. 25. Prefer
families close to UBC. Contact Pat. 222-5274,
Tuesday or Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Library tours
Guided tours of Main and Sedgewick Libraries
will be given  Tuesday through Friday, July 3 -6,
al 10:30 a.m..  1:30 and 4 p.m. Meet in the
Main Library entrance. The tours last about 45
Budget report
the university. It must be realized that this
will require a reduction in resources
allocated to some other activity of the
(2) Even though The University of
British Columbia is an older institution
than the other two universities, in many
areas of its activities it has not yet been
able to allocate to them all of the resources
that they require. A conscious effort
therefore needs to be made to preserve and
strengthen activities that are already of a
high quality, and to improve in areas
where the quality is lower than it ought to
(3) If enrolment in an area of core
activity appeared to be low, prima facie
efforts should be made to increase it. A
suggested approach to a perceived  "high"
enrolment is set out in paragraph 3.06 (4).
(4) Special value to Canada or British
Columbia, or uniqueness, are simply added
reasons for retaining or developing core
activities of the university.
(5) Despite the very strong presumption
in favor of retaining and developing core
activities, there could be cases where the
university should consider contracting, or
even eliminating completely, an activity
otherwise regarded as core. For example, if
the quality and enrolment in an existing
program were low, if the costs were high
and alternative programs were offered at
other institutions, one might argue that it
would be better for this university to
eliminate the program completely.
3.11  (1) In the case of core related
activities, the university should retain
existing activities, but as a general
principle should consider with great care
any proposals to add new activities of this
type. That would be particularly the case
where the proposed activity builds on,
rather than lays the foundation for a core
(2) If the quality of any existing core
related activity is poor, consideration
should be given to improving its quality.
(3) If enrolment in a core-related
activity is perceived to be high, the
university should be more prepared to
reduce enrolment than it would be in the
case of core activities. Moreover, if
enrolment in a core-related activity were
low over a longish period of time then a
case could well exist for reducing the
support for such activity.
Continued from Page 2
(4) Special vaiue to Canada or British
Columbia, or uniqueness, would be reasons
for retaining and strengthening any core-
related activity.
(5) The university ought to be prepared,
more than in the case of core activities, to
reduce or even eliminate core-related
operations. For example, if the quality and
enrolment in a particular program were
low, and the costs were high, the program
might be reduced or even eliminated
completely, and this even though there
were not alternative programs being
offered in the province.
3.12 (1) The university should not have
any non-core activities, even in times of
financial abundance. Therefore, even if
there is no financial inducement to do so,
the university should consider whether it
wishes to continue to work in non-core
activities should such exist. If anything,
there should be a presumption against its
doing so.
(2) A non-core activity's continued
existence at the university could, however,
be justified. For example, this might be
done on the basis of high quality and low
costs, high enrolment and the lack of any
other similar program in the province.
3.13 Assuming that an academic plan is
developed following the suggested
guidelines, there are three matters which in
a sense are of an ancillary nature, but
which are nonetheless of importance:
(1) The procedures we have proposed
exclude by implication either expansion
or retrenchment by pro rata increases
or reductions in the allocation of
resources. Decisions must be made by
reference to some set of principles
which have been agreed on in advance
of making specific decisions.
(2) The social and human impact of any
reorganization of the work of the
university cannot be ignored. Attention
will therefore need to be paid to the
effect of reorganization on faculty, staff
and students. Equally, the effect of the
alteration of academic activities on
students who might have been planning
to attend the university will have to be
borne in mind.
(3) Any plan that is developed can not be
excessively rigid. Some allowance must
be made for flexibility in its
application, and, without planning ad
nauseam, the university needs to
reconsider from time to time the
general structure of any plan that it
4.01   In the time available to us we have
not been able to give proper consideration
to the implementation of the principles
which we suggest should form the
framework of any academic plan adopted
by the university. In any event, we doubt if
we could draw up any implementation
scheme without some reasonable
consultation within the university. In this
respect therefore we do no more than state
what are probably two self-evident
principles. First, if the university should
accept our proposals as providing a
framework for an academic plan, it should
then immediately set to work to apply
those principles to the situation in which it
currently finds itself. Second, whatever the
exact process of implementation, it needs
to be done with the due involvement of the
academic bodies of the university, in
particular the faculties and the Senate.
Oriental night
helps library
UBC raised almost $10,000 for support
of its Asian Studies Library as a result of
an Oriental Night staged at the Robson
Square Cinema on April 14.
The largest single donors to the fund-
raising event were the Mitsui Canada
Foundation and the Vancouver Chinatown
Lions Club. Some 50 individuals also made
contributions to the evening of
entertainment sponsored by the UBC
Library and Sing Tao newspaper,
Vancouver's Chinese-language journal.
Those who attended the event heard a
selection of Japanese and Chinese music
and saw dancing and a martial arts
Funds raised by the event will be used to
purchase material for the UBC Asian
Studies Library, housed in the Asian
Centre, regarded as one of the leading
libraries of its kind in North America.


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