The UBC Senate meets monthly to discuss and vote on academic matters pertaining to the university. What goes on in the Senate chambers can often feel overwhelming or dull to the average student, and the dockets posted before every Senate meeting can be long and tedious to read. Here's what to expect at the May 2018 Senate meeting.
Annual Committee Reports
A number of Senate committees do not regularly submit items to approval for Senate, including those for Academic Building Needs, Library, Teaching & Learning and the Council of Senates Budget Committee’s Subcommittee for the Vancouver Campus. Each May, the chairs of these committees present information to Senate about their activities in the preceding twelve months. A report on student discipline and academic standing is also given.
The UBC Association of Professors Emeriti is proposing the creation of a formalized college structure for retired faculty members via the Provost's office. The goals for the new college would include academic participation and contribution as well as scholarly output.
Quality Assurance Process Audit
The BC Ministry for Advanced Education, Skills and Training engages in "periodic audits of internal program review policies and processes at public post-secondary institutions." Ahead of a visit to UBC’s Vancouver campus in the fall, a group of administrators has prepared an institutional profile which will be presented to Senate for endorsement.
Jakob Gattinger is a fourth-year applied science student, and a student member and vice-chair of the UBC Vancouver Senate, as well as the chair of the Senate Agenda Committee.