regular meeting of the Concordia University Senate, held December 1, 2000
Dr. Lowy said that an advisory committee on science and technology has
recommended that the federal funding agencies support indirect costs of
research; if this is implemented, it would be worth $2.5M per year to
Concordia, assuming we maintain the same level of research.
Irene Whittome and Suong Van Hoa have been named Concordia University
Research Fellows for 2001.
Operating budget, 2000-2001: Chief Financial Officer Larry English
reported that although a $3M deficit was forecast, this figure has been
adjusted to $1.7M. Items that increased expenditures included a budget
deficit in Fine Arts, the costs of the 25th anniversary celebrations,
and $3M in expenses incurred by the recent successful capital campaign.
Items that improved the financial position were an infusion of funding
by the Quebec government, and lower than anticipated costs of the early
retirement programs. He supplied documentation for the latest budget figures
and projections. He also explained implementation of the new funding formula,
which recognizes actual costs and specifically targets funding (although
administrators have taken issue with the weighting of certain disciplines).
The budget for this year was approved.
Administrative fee: Last year, the Concordia Student Union negotiated
postponement of a $3-per-credit addition to the administrative fee that
now stands at $9 per credit. Provost Jack Lightstone moved that Senate
recommend to the Board that this postponement be maintained for the next
year, 2001-2002. Carried.
Curriculum changes: Major curriculum changes, undergraduate and
graduate, were passed without discussion.
Search procedures: The resolutions that came out of Senates
discussion of the rules and procedures included evaluation of the incumbent
(which, if favourable, would obviate a search), a two-term limit with
a possible short-term extension, and no reduction of full-time faculty
representatives on search committees. These resolutions were carried with
little discussion and will be forwarded to the Board of Governors. Lightstone
said that the task force would work quickly to recommend evaluation procedures,
as three decanal terms come to an end in May 2001.
Next meeting: January 19.