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Senate in brief


Principal's report

In his report to Senate, Principal Daniel Woolf wished students and faculty the best of luck with end-of-term papers and exams. He also thanked Queen’s staff for their contributions, adding that Staff Appreciation Day will take place Monday, December 5. All are encouraged to come out to the day’s events.

Other updates included:

• The John Orr Award Dinner, held November 19 in Toronto, honouring former Principal Tom Williams;
• Federal and provincial government relations;
• The centenary meeting of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, held last month in Montreal;
• The recent Military and Veteran Health Research Forum, hosted by Queen’s and the Royal Military College of Canada;
• A book called Academic Reform by Ian Clark and others that discusses policy options for undergraduate education in Ontario.

Provost’s report

Provost Alan Harrison submitted a written report to Senate.

He also responded to a question from the floor asking for more details about the Vice-Principals’ Operations Committee. He noted that the committee allows the university’s vice-principals to meet regularly, so that decisions that might have been taken by an individual vice-principal will now be informed by structured conversation. It will help ensure that when a decision is made, other areas of the university that might be affected are both informed and have an opportunity to comment on it and can share in the decision-making process.

Other reports requested by Senate

Interim University Registrar Teresa Alm provided an oral update on university enrolment. She reported that undergraduate enrolment is on target with the enrolment plan. Compared to last year, actual full-time enrolment across all years has increased by 500 students. The School of Graduate Studies has experienced growth, but remains slightly below enrolment targets. In the School of Business, MBA enrolment is on target, and Master of Management programs show significant growth. International students make up 5 per cent of the undergraduate student population and 20 per cent of the graduate student population. The official enrolment report for the 2011-12 academic year will be submitted to Senate in January.

Question period

A discussion was held in response to Senator Morelli’s questions about the suspension of admissions to the Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) program. Dean of Arts and Science Alistair MacLean, Principal Woolf and Provost Harrison responded to Senator Morelli’s questions. University lawyer Diane Kelly also clarified that the decision to suspend enrolment to the program was within Dr. MacLean’s authority as the faculty dean.

Reports of committees

Senate unanimously approved the Queen’s University Academic Plan 2011. For details, see the Queen’s News Centre story.

Senate also approved the elections to Senate committees.

Senate received for information reports from the Senate Operations Review Committee and the Senate Orientation Activities Review Board.

Reports of Faculties and Affiliated Colleges

Orientation reports were submitted to Senate for information by the Faculty of Education, the School of Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Law and the School of Medicine.


A motion regarding the official grading system of the university carried. Senate has asked its Academic Procedures Committee (SCAP) to report on the provisions they have implemented regarding the new grading practices.

A motion regarding university processes surrounding the suspension or cancellation of enrolment to programs was tabled until the January Senate meeting.

Communications and reports submitted to Senate

The Research report and Exit Poll 2011 survey results were submitted to Senate for information. For more information about the Exit Poll 2011 results, see the Queen's News Centre story.

The minutes of the meeting will be posted to the University Secretariat website.

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