What’s Happening This Month in Senate?

Trevor Ritchie | Contributor

Trevor Ritchie | Contributor

On October 25, UNBC’s Senate met, with most the meeting being devoted to changes in a number of courses and programs. These program and course changes will be focused on changing prerequisites for courses and streamlining the process for new and current students.

Changes are being made to the Developmental Standard Teaching Certificate program at the Haida Gwaii campus. This program is meant to bridge into the Bachelor of Education program and focuses on Indigenous languages. The main changes to the online course calendar are to add a section on Professional Education for Skidegate Haida, and removing several courses that are no longer being offered. The general coursework requirements for the program are not being changed.

The biochemistry program is proposing changes to the program prerequisites. For lower division requirements, the main change reduces the options for acceptable kinds of math classes for the program, with the program now only accepting MATH 100 and MATH 101 for entry into the program, instead of allowing for MATH 105, 150 or 152 to be used in combination with other math classes.

The ENGR 210 course is proposing to have its co-requisite course changed from CHEM 200 to ENGR 220, while the ENSC 417 Designing Solutions in Environmental Engineering course is being re-branded as ENGR 417 Engineering Design V. The prerequisites for the new ENGR 417 course remain the same as they were for ENSC 417.

Significant changes were made to the UBC/UNBC Joint Environmental Engineering Program in terms of the courses that are completed at UBC for the program. Proposed changes to the courses taken at UBC include the addition of the CIVL 403 Engineering Economic Analysis and the CIVL 409 Municipal Engineering courses, with a change to the CIVL 402 course to make it become a three-credit course. The course numbers provided are for informational purposes only, and the calendar continues to note that students should refer to the UBC calendar for the official requirements and UBC’s course numbers for those required courses. The program is also proposing to include FSTY 345 Wood Materials Science as an elective course in the program, with a requirement that the elective be taken before heading to UBC for those two years of the program.

The final major change to the academic programs at UNBC will be a change in the application deadline for the Bachelor of Education program, with the new proposed date to be January 15 of the year that students wish to apply to. The current application deadline of March 15 is seen as too late in the academic year, and that students who are offered acceptance to UNBC’s program have already accepted offers to other programs by that point in the year.

Several scholarships are also being changed or created with the approval of Senate this month. The Canada 150 Anniversary International Scholarship is being changed to clarify that international students enrolled in the English Language Studies program are not eligible to receive the scholarship until they have completed that program and been accepted into a UNBC undergraduate degree program. The scholarship is also being amended to note that there is a finite number of these scholarships each year, and that the full three years of renewal may not be available for students.

It has been proposed that the Youth in Care Tuition Waiver at UNBC be suspended, effective this year. The removal of this program is being proposed due to the provincial government providing similar grants on a province-wide basis, and removing the UNBC program prevents duplication of program services and funding for students. This suspension would only apply to new students, with current students in the waiver program not being affected by the change.

Senate is being informed of two new scholarships that have been approved by the Senate Committee on Scholarships and Bursaries. The Inspiring Women Among Us award would provide financial assistance to female identified students who are facing significant challenges or financial barriers, and who are studying at the Quesnel campus. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, but the applicants have to provide a statement outlining why they feel they are eligible for the award.

Finally, the Paul Madak Award is being brought to Senate after being approved by the Senate Committee on Scholarships and Bursaries. This award is specifically for Aboriginal students, and would be available for a full or part-time Aboriginal student who demonstrates financial need and satisfactory academic standing. These scholarships must still be approved by the Board of Governors before becoming available for students.