Senators hear presentation on preliminary budget
At its March 29 meeting, Senate received a presentation on the preliminary 2010/11 Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities budget and the integrated plan that will go to Board of Governors April 14 (see story). Comments from Senate will be provided to the board for its consideration.
In other business, associate vice-president (academic) Serge Desmarais, chair of the working group charged with reviewing U of G’s secondary areas of study, provided a preliminary report on draft recommendations, including a recommendation that minors be retained in programs but with a more clearly defined structure and purpose. A final report will go to Senate at its May 31 meeting.
Senators voted to dissolve the Faculty of Environmental Sciences (FES) as an academic administrative unit. The Ontario Agricultural College assumed responsibility for FES in 2006, and when the School of Environmental Sciences was created in 2009, FES underwent further reorganization. With OAC now expanding its activities in environmental sciences, the administrative structure of FES is no longer required.
There is no impact to the existing B.Sc.(Env.) program, and activities formerly sponsored by FES, such as the Hammond Lectures and Café Scientifique, will continue. B.Sc.(Env.) student senator Marena Brinkhurst reported that students support the move.
Senators also voted to refer proposed revisions to Senate bylaws back to the Bylaws and Membership Committee for further consideration and consultation.