SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
MEETING OF MAY 12, 2003
1. Senate Membership
In acknowledgement of their service to Senate, the Chair expressed thanks and presented the following Senators whose term of office expire on May 31, 2003 with a Certificate of Appreciation: Sameh Al-Natour, Brynn Bourke, David Brokenshire, Danny Chen, Carlos Garcia, Britta Jensen, Michelle Kemper, Kate Phipps, Taira Poletz, Azam Tyab, Joel Warren (Student Senators), and Ross Hill, Margaret Jackson, John Jones, Judith Zaichkowsky, Larry Weldon (Faculty Senators). An expression of appreciation was also extended to re-elected Senators Clement Apaak, Peter Grimmett, and Paul Percival for their continued service on Senate.
2. Labour Dispute
The Chair reported that settlements with CUPE and Poly Party have been ratified by the membership. The Chair reiterated that negotiations had taken place under a very difficult mandate for both the Union and the administration and he wished to express his appreciation to the Unions and their negotiating teams and executives. He also wished to express the highest respect in welcoming the memberships back to campus and stressed that the Administration would do what it could to restore the collegial environment that existed prior to the recent dispute.
3. Annual Report – Senate Appeals Board (Paper S.03-51)
The above-noted report was received by Senate for information.
4. Final Report of the SFU Surrey Long Term Planning Committee (Paper S.03-52)
Senate approved the following motions with respect to the SFU Surrey campus:
1. Senate approved and recommended approval to the Board of Governors that, subject to the provision of adequate capital and operational funding by the Provincial Government, SFU should have a continuing presence in Surrey.
2. Senate approved in principle the recommendation that all Faculties should establish a presence in Surrey.
3. Senate approved and recommended approval to the Board of Governors the establishment of the School of Interactive Arts and Technology within the Faculty of Applied Sciences, effective May 30, 2003. The School will be responsible for the existing undergraduate and graduate offerings of the Program in Information Technology and Interactive Arts at Surrey. The new School will continue to develop its existing concentrations in Interactive Arts, Interaction Design and Performance & Media Art, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as a new concentration in arts and design technology. New undergraduate and graduate offerings in information technology will also be developed and administered in partnership with the Schools of Computing Science and Engineering Science.
4. Senate approved in principle the recommendation that the Faculty of Business Administration should develop a degree program at SFU Surrey with a concentration in the Management of Technology as part of its undergraduate program, thereby permitting students to access a complete BBA degree at the Surrey campus.
5. Senate approved in principle the recommendation to provide new and/or enhanced academic programming opportunities at the SFU Surrey campus by the Faculty of Education in any or all of their four program areas of Graduate, Field, Professional and Undergraduate.
6. Senate approved the recommendation to establish credit and community outreach activities through the Office of Continuing Studies at the SFU Surrey campus.
7. Senate approved the recommendation to establish an ad hoc Steering Committee reporting to SCUP, to coordinate the implementation of the SSLTPC recommendations and the academic program activities at the SFU Surrey Campus.
The membership of the Steering Committee will be as follows: Associate Vice-President, Academic (Chair), Dean of Applied Sciences or designate, Dean of Arts or designate, Dean of Business Administration or designate, Dean of Continuing Studies or designate, Dean of Education or designate, Dean of Science or designate, University Librarian or designate, Director of the School of Computing Science or designate, Director of the School of Engineering Science or designate, Director of the School of Interactive Arts and Technology or designate, SFU Surrey Campus Director, Director, Academic Planning (Secretary), a graduate student appointed by the AVP, Academic, an undergraduate student appointed by the AVP, Academic.
Due to the evolving nature of the SFU Surrey campus, the membership of the ad hoc Steering Committee will be reviewed (and potentially revised) no later than June 2005.
The terms of reference for the Steering Committee will include inter alia: the development of a longer-term vision and comprehensive academic plan for the Surrey campus; the engagement of the university community in the ongoing planning and implementation process for the Surrey campus; further planning to provide the necessary infrastructure for the Surrey campus including, for example, student services, space, library resources, and technology; investigation of additional program and pedagogical opportunities for the Surrey campus.
8. Senate approved a general recommendation to the Steering Committee that student services be improved, including increased access to counselling and academic advising.
5. Annual Report – Senate Committee on University Priorities (Paper S.03-53)
Senate received the above noted report for information.
6. Graduate Curriculum Revisions – (Paper S.03-54)
Senate received information that the Senate Graduate Studies committee, acting under delegated authority, approved the curriculum revisions as follows:
a) Faculty of Applied Sciences
i) School of Communication
New courses: CMNS 857-3 and CMNS 858-5 – Selected Topics in Communication Studies
b) Faculty of Business Administration
New course: BUS 759-4 Special Topics; Change in credit hours: BUS 999 from 0 to 4 credits, BUS 898 from 0 to 12 credits
7. Election Report (Paper S.03-55)
Senate received a report with respect to the results of student and faculty elections to Senate and the Board of Governors for information.
8. Date of the Next Regular Senate Meeting The next regularly scheduled meeting of Senate is Monday, June 2, 2003.