A regular meeting
of the Concordia University Senate, held October 6, 2000.
Centraide: The meeting began with an appeal for generosity during
this annual campaign for local charities by Concordia Centraide campaign
co-chair Bill Curran (Director of Libraries) and Yvon Bellefeuille, one
of 60 executives loaned by their employers to Centraide.
Dot com: Provost Jack Lightstone told Senate that since Quebec
law does not yet recognize digital distance education, a legal entity
called econcordia.com has been created to embrace Concordias electronic
teaching activities outside the province.
Performance contract: Over the summer, a document was prepared by the
senior administration to satisfy a request from the Minister of Education
for a description of each universitys goals and priorities. The
document, called Contrat de performance entre lUniversité
Concordia et le Ministère de lEducation, 31 aout 2000,
was duly sent to Quebec. The university was subsequently told that it
met Ministry requirements and Concordia would get another $5 million in
addition to the operating funds already anticipated. However, the Concordia
Students Union has objections to this document, such as economies that
they feel are reflected in additional fees to students and an emphasis
on corporate involvement. During a long discussion described by Dean Martin
Singer as Alice-in-Wonderland, student senators put forward
a motion that would attach the universitys mission statement to
the document, while Lightstone and Rector Frederick Lowy reminded Senate
that the document was drawn up in a specific context and had already served
its purpose. Singer and other faculty senators said that they did not
want to revisit the document, and there was no voting on the motion.
Degree nomenclature: In 1992, Concordia led the way in introducing
a gender-neutral degree nomenclature. Students could already choose between
English and French names; after much debate, they were given the right
to choose baccalaureate or magisteriate over Bachelors and Masters
and doctorate for Doctor of. The 1992 innovation was provisional. At this
Senate meeting, with no debate at all, the choice of gender-neutral degree
nomenclature became a permanent Concordia policy.
Next meeting: November 10.