Academic Committee 1965-2007
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The standing committee on Academic Affairs was established on October 1, 1965 at the behest of the President of the University of St. Jerome's College. Its mandate was to advise the President on what the college may be failing to do for its students - a broadly-based mandate that would include such issues as counselling of students, initiation practices, absenteeism, new course proposals, student awards and publicity of college activities. The initial members of the Committee were Rev. Z. Ralston, C.R., Dean; Professor Ruth Levitsky and Mr. P.E. Dembski. In November, 1966 the Committee requested that an additional lay member be appointed. The request was approved. The work and recommendations of the Committee were reported at monthly faculty meetings.
In September, 1969 the terms of reference for the Academic Committee were revised. Its new mandate was to be an advisory body concerned with the academic welfare of the college community. All matters related to the quality of teaching and learning in the college could come within its jurisdiction and because it was going to be concerned with both teaching and learning, at least one member of the Committee would be a student (on the advice of the Student Council). The number of members on the Committee remained at four.
In March, 1970 a new Academic Committee was established to take effect as of July 1, 1970. The new committee was an advisory body to the Dean, who was its Chairman. It was comprised of 5 members, 4 of whom were faculty, both full-time and part-time, 2 of these elected by the faculty assembly and 2 nominated by the Dean, plus one student. The student member was selected from a list of 3 nominated by the Student Council.. The purpose of this new committee was to watch over and direct the internal academic affairs of the college and the college's academic relations with the University of Waterloo. It was responsible for the viability, interest and content of courses and programs. Other ancillary matters also fell under its jurisdiction such as the library, faculty-student relations, academic personnel extension, recommendations regarding student awards and scholarships, the compilation of a faculty handbook, as well as any other problems brought before it by the Dean.
In September, 1971 the President's Council was re-constituted and re-named College Council. At this time new standing committees for the college were established. The Academic Committee was given the responsibility for considering questions of academic planning and priorities such as encouraging different disciplines to think together on relations with the University of Waterloo, on service teaching and on the possibility of unique college offerings. Membership on the Committee included the Dean, department chairmen (as defined by the Dean), and one student from the Council appointed by the Steering Committee.
In July, 1977 membership on the committee was changed to include 2 students; in October, 1983 one staff member elected by the staff members of College Council was added; and in September, 1996 the membership was revised to comprise the Dean, the Registrar, the Librarian, departmental chairpersons (as defined by the Dean), and 2 students from the Council appointed.
The Academic Committee is now under the aegis of St. Jerome's University Senate Council. Membership is made up of:
1)all Academic Department Chairs;
2)Ex-officio members: Vice-President Academic and Dean; Associate Dean; Registrar (non-voting); and the Librarian;
3)Two student representatives (non-voting).
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This series includes notices of meetings for the Academic Committee; meeting agendas; minutes of the meetings; reports from and to the Committee; correspondence and memoranda; academic course changes and new course proposals; academic statistics, standards and practices; academic grant proposals and approvals; policies and procedures regarding faculty and staff; recommendations and approval of student awards; and some financial records. Also included are minutes of meetings and reports for St. Jerome's College President's Council, College Council, for the Undergraduate Affairs Group at the University of Waterloo, and for Faculty only meetings.
The records are arranged chronologically.
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- St. Jerome's University
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- Approx. 96 cm. of textual records
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- Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
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- SJU Archives
- Location of Original:
- 2-1-3-B3; 2-1-3-B4; 2-1-3-B21; 2-1-3-B22; 2-1-3-B23; 2-1-4-C17
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St. Jerome's University is located in Waterloo, Ontario, and is situated in the University of Waterloo. It was founded as St. Jerome's College in 1865 by the Congregation of the Resurrection. In 1959, it was granted university status and changed its name to the University of St. Jerome's College. It has been federated with the University of Waterloo since 1960. In 1998, the name was officially changed to St. Jerome's University.