Senate met in person on June 2, 2023. Here are the highlights:

Class of 2023 Spring Graduates Approved

Senate approved the spring graduation of 3,194 undergraduate and 688 graduate students, for a total of 3,882 students. With the 2023 winter graduates, the class of 2023 is already over 5,200 strong and will easily surpass 6,000 with the fall lists.

The spring Convocation celebrations will be held over 15 ceremonies in the Fieldhouse from June 12-16, 2023.

Spring 2024 Convocation Date Change

Senate approved a change in the Spring 2024 Convocation dates originally scheduled from June 10–14, 2024, to June 17–21, 2024. The modification will allow more students to graduate, particularly those writing deferred final exams.

New Program Approval and Major Modifications

New Program Approval

  • Senate approved a new Master of Biotechnology program. The proposed program will enable entrepreneurial biotechnology activity and promote the conversion of life-science knowledge into usable applications and employment prospects. The program will commence in Fall 2024.

Major Modifications

  • Senate approved the introduction of the collaborative specialization in Cybersecurity to the MENG in Infrastructure Protection and International Security, to take effect in Fall 2023.

Governance of Graduate Curriculum Approvals

Senate voted to accept recommendations presented by the Senate Quality Assurance and Planning Committee (SQAPC) regarding the transfer of curriculum approvals from the Graduate Faculty Board to the disciplinary Faculty Boards.

Faculties will be required to revise their constitutions to support the transfer of graduate curriculum approvals. In addition, an Ad Hoc committee will be formed to assess the potential impact of the transfer of approval authority on other areas of University governance and to propose solutions as needed.

Final Assessment Reports and Executive Summaries

Senate approved the Final Assessment Reports and Executive Summaries of the Undergraduate Program in Engineering Physics, and the Master of Social Work, which arose from cyclical program reviews based on recommendations from SQAPC.

The approved items will be forwarded to the Ontario Universities’ Council on Quality Assurance, reported to Carleton’s Board of Governors, and posted on the website of Carleton University’s Office of the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic).

Senator Spotlight: Kathleen Moss

Kathleen Moss is an Adjunct Research Professor and Contract Instructor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Her research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning using innovative, practical teaching strategies, studying education from a social context, mentorship roles in undergraduate courses, and the role of innovation in education. She has recently developed a new sociology course called “Teaching Sociology to High School Students,” which provides students with the unique opportunity to deliver interactive lectures to high school classes. Learn more about Kathleen.

Reminder: Senate Meeting Schedule 23/24

The Senate Meeting Schedule for the 2023/24 calendar is now posted on the Senate website. All meetings will be held in the newly renovated Senate room in Pigiarvik (formerly Robertson Hall) on the 6th floor from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm unless otherwise indicated.