Academic Programs Committee Reports
AGENDA ITEM NO: 12
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS COMMITTEE
FOR INFORMATION ONLY
|PRESENTED BY:||Trever Crowe, Chair, Academic Programs Committee|
|DATE OF MEETING:||Dec. 14, 2006|
|COUNCIL ACTION:||For information only|
1. February holiday
As requested at the November Council meeting, the Academic Programs Committee has discussed the impact of the additional statutory holiday proposed for the third Monday in February. In 2007, the proposed holiday would fall on Monday, Feb. 19, which is the Monday after the Mid-Term Break.
The Committee was informed that the University would be required to close on that day and all classes would be cancelled. Instructors would not be allowed to hold any classes.
The Committee noted that the Registrar investigated whether an extension of the term would be possible, so that instructors of MWF courses would not miss instructional time. In 2007, it is not possible to gain a Monday at the beginning of the term, because this would be on Monday, Jan 1. Extending the term to cover the loss of a MWF teaching day would require an extension of two additional days, so that instead of ending on Monday, April 9, classes would end on Wednesday, April 11. Such an extension would require additional changes in the examination schedule and the evening class examination schedule. The Academic Programs Committee agreed such changes would be too disruptive to the whole university community.
The Committee agreed that instructors of MWF classes would be advised to revise their course outlines for this year to accommodate the new holiday. In the next year, 2008, and in most subsequent years the Mid-Term Break will be scheduled on the same week as the new February holiday.
2. Music program changes.
At its Sept. 20, 2006 meeting, the Academic Programs Committee approved the attached changes to the programs in Music. The Committee delayed in reporting these changes to Council pending their review by the College of Education. We have now received assurance that the College of Education finds these changes acceptable (see email attached).
These program changes are intended to correct misalignments in the existing program and to establish fairness in credit unit values with expectations of students and of instructors. Course content is being revised to align and package core skills into appropriate courses. The credit unit value of the Music programs will be a more standard value for a four-year program. SPR had identified a number of gaps in the program which are now addressed by the musicianship courses. As well, the department has doubled the amount of time for instruction in ear training and the program changes will allow instruction to proceed in a more integrated way.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Committee,
Trever Crowe, Chair
|Trever Crowe (Chair)||Agricultural & Bioresource Engineering|
|Alec Aitken (Vice-Chair)||Geography|
|Francois Messier (Vice-Chair)||Biology|
|Gordon Hill||Chemical Engineering|
|Chary Rangacharyulu||Physics & Engineering Physics|
|Fred Remillard||Pharmacy & Nutrition|
|Elaine Hulse||Sessional Lecturer|
|David Hannah||Associate Vice-President, Student & Enrolment Services|
|Kelly McInnis||Director, Student Record Services and Registrar|
|Pauline Melis||Director of Institutional Planning|
|Cathie Fornssler, Secretary||Office of the University Secretary|
From: Len Haines [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, November 20, 2006 9:35 AM
To: Gerald Langner
Cc: Helen Aikenhead; Fornssler, Catherine
Subject: Combined Program Revisions
You'll be pleased to learn that the motion to delete EMUS 428.3 Coral Techniques passed at Friday's Education faculty meeting. Also, all the associated prerequisite changes to EMUS courses resulting from MUS course changes passed.