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February 8, 2001 Senate Notes



A regular meeting of the Concordia University Senate, held February 2, 2001

Rector’s remarks: Rector Frederick Lowy alerted Senate to the fact that La Presse has reported that as much as $400 million may be cut from grants to education. He said that university administrators across Quebec are waiting for more information, and will vigorously defend their sector.

Exam deferral: To complete the resolution passed at the January 19 Senate meeting, Dr. Lowy reported that the final exam schedule will be known in the week of March 12. He moved that non-graduating students who want to attend the Free Trade Area of the Americas events in Quebec City in April will have until March 23 to apply for an exam deferral. Passed.

Curriculum changes: Changes to graduate-cycle programs were passed without discussion for the John Molson School of Business and the Faculty of Arts and Science. In the case of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, however, considerable discussion resulted from the fact that the School of Graduate Studies could not present the changes in their final form and was asking Senate to approve them in principle. Dean Nabil Esmail and other senators in the Faculty said that two years of work had gone into preparing the 500-page document, that only minor points had been raised by Graduate Studies, and that the changes essentially increase courses from three to four credits without changing their content, thereby bringing the number of credits into line with other engineering schools. The changes were passed.

Interim evaluation of deans: Provost and Vice-Rector Research Jack Lightstone re-presented this document with several possible amendments; others were proposed during discussion, which revolved around the composition of the evaluation committees. As a result, potential membership has been somewhat broadened, student membership has been increased, and the only committee member of the senior administration will be the chair (the Provost). The document, which is aimed at the evaluation of three deans now approaching the end of their first term, was passed. For more details, please consult members of Senate or the secretary, Danielle Tessier.

Next meeting: March 9.