Academic Programs Committee ReportsReport of the Academic Programs Committee
Nov. 16, 2000
Items for Action
New programs and program revisions
1. Minor in Philosophy
The Recommendation and documentation on this proposed Minor is attached. The Academic Programs Committee recommends approval of the following motion:
That Council approve the Minor in Philosophy as described in Appendix One.
2. Honours in Kinesiology
The Recommendation and related documentation from the College of Kinesiology on their proposed Honours program in Kinesiology is attached. The Academic Programs Committee recommends approval of the following motion:
That Council approve the Honours program in Kinesiology, as described in Appendix Two.
Items for Information
Other program proposals
A number of other program proposals have been received by the Committee and are now undergoing review.
College of Arts and Science Double Honours in Geography and another subject
Changes to the programs in Drama
Honours in Womenï¿½s and Gender Studies
College of Agriculture Deletion of several minors
Changes to the Diploma in Agriculture
The Committee expects these proposals will be presented to Council at the December or January meetings.
Nomenclature Report review
The Committee has established a Subcommittee chaired by Linda Suveges to review the 1979 Nomenclature Report. This was the report that established the credit unit system and re-organized course numbering, as well as providing definitions of university terminology such as program and course. The Subcommittee expects to report next March. Any college, department or individual faculty member with concerns or suggestions to make regarding nomenclature issues should contact Professor Suveges (Pharmacy and Nutrition) or any member of the Academic Programs Committee.
ï¿½Majorï¿½ and ï¿½minorï¿½ program changes
In response to questions from colleges, the Committee discussed the difference between so-called ï¿½majorï¿½ and ï¿½minorï¿½ program changes.
The existing definition of a major program change* is as follows. These changes require approval by Council, including review by Council committees:
· a change in the character of the program (for example, direct entry to non-direct entry, four year to five year)
· a change in degree name or program name
· a change in requirements for admission to the program (for example, the pre-admission year)
· a change in requirements for promotion or graduation
· a change in the total number of credit units for an approved degree program
· changes to the majority of courses (structure, content, scheduling)
· when the change will have an impact on other programs or another collegeï¿½s offerings
· when the proposed change requires new resources
· when the preponderance of minor changes warrants consideration as a major change
The existing definition of a minor program change* is as follows. These changes require approval only by Course Challenge:
· substitution of a different course or courses for an existing course or courses in an approved program
· changes to prerequisites (addition, deletion, substitution) or corequisites for programs
· deletion of a requirement within an approved program
· deletion of an existing course
· changes to a course that is required in a program outside the sponsoring unit.
* Academic Programs Committee of Council, Guide for Program Submissions, January, 2000.
One of the Committee's goals is to encourage departments to make necessary changes to programs and courses by limiting the application of major program regulations. Accordingly, the Committee agreed that a number of minor changes submitted at one time need not be considered a major program change. The Committee shall also consider whether proposed changes create a significant impact on other departments or on significant numbers of students.
There may always be some ambiguity about whether proposed changes to programs are major or minor. The Committee agreed that in such cases it shall ascertain the view of the College. Colleges, in turn, should contact the Committee chair or secretary for advice on this matter.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Committee,
Bob Lucas, Chair
Academic Programs Committee of Council
L. Brown, Extension
L. Currie, Library
R. Kushwaha, Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering
G. Hughes, Plant Science
L. Proctor, Curriculum Studies
D. Pennock, Soil Science
S. Reid, Chemistry
N. Senior, Languages and Linguistics
H. Wagg, Sessional Lecturers
S. Shukla, USSU
M. Acharya, GSA
K. Smith, Registrar
P. Melis, Office of the Vice-President (Academic)
M. Evered, Acting Associate Vice-President (Academic)
M. Atkinson, Vice-President (Academic)
P. MacKinnon, President
C. Fornssler, Committee Coordinator (Secretary)