March 20, 2003

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Surrey concerns
During a lengthy information session about long-term planning objectives for the Surrey campus, senators voiced concerns about how to meld programs at Surrey with those of the Burnaby and Harbour Centre campuses. President Michael Stevenson noted that the Surrey campus offers an opportunity to expand SFU's diversity with an increased range of research and an increased complement of faculty, staff and graduate students, all within a very short time-frame.

Admission targets approved
Senators approved several admission targets, establishing spaces for 650 students for the summer 2003 semester and 3,760 for September 2003. These targets include fewer unfunded full-time equivalent students (FTE) than were enrolled last year as the university moves to reduce its unfunded FTEs while preventing grade point entrance requirements from soaring. Dean of student services and registrar Ron Heath noted that the number of non-B.C. Grade 12 applicants for next fall has almost doubled over previous years. He says these applications come from Ontario students who are hedging their bets in case they don't obtain entry into Ontario universities, which face a doube cohort entrance in September. Since these students have not yet received their final grades, Heath doesn't know how many will actually qualify for entrance and accept a position at SFU but says he doubts their numbers will be significant.

New standard set
Senate approved a change to the minimum admission standard for associate degree students entering SFU from a B.C. college or university college. Effective in fall 2004, the admission grade point average will be set at .25 GPA points less than that required for regular transfer students. Currently, such students are accepted with a 2.0 GPA. Also approved was a motion to recommend an increase from 7 per cent to 10 per cent in the admission target for international students over the next three years. The target is based on the funded FTE undergraduate student enrollment.

Women's studies doctoral program passes
A proposal to establish a PhD program in women's studies also passed. Only York University currently offers a PhD program in women's studies.

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