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Senate queries Navitas potential partnership

Senate queries Navitas potential partnership

A university proposal to partner with private international college Navitas to provide an alternative first-year pathway for some international students garnered further discussion from university Senators at the governing body’s regular meeting Friday.

Off-site book storage on temporary hold

Off-site book storage on temporary hold

The move of some materials at The D.B. Weldon Library to a storage and retrieval facility is on hold, following concerns from faculty members, President Alan Shepard told members of the Board of Governors Thursday.

Senate questions Library collections plan

Senate questions Library collections plan

Western Libraries faced questions from Senators having difficulty with the way the university plans to turn the page on traditional ways of housing its collection in favour of a long-planned renovation to library physical space and an expanded digital collection.

Senate sets pass/fail threshold for Ed

Senate sets pass/fail threshold for Ed

Aspiring teachers in the Faculty of Education will need higher marks to progress and graduate from Western’s two-year Bachelors of Education program.

Senate OK’s second look at Convocation process

Senate OK’s second look at Convocation process

Two longstanding groups charged with overseeing Convocation – the Convocation Board and Honorary Degrees Committee – will work together to propose improvements to the process surrounding the biannual event.

Hibbert tapped as Acting Dean of Education

Hibbert tapped as Acting Dean of Education

Veteran Education researcher and administrator Kathy Hibbert has been named Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education, for a term that runs Oct. 1-June 30, 2020, Andrew Hrymak, Provost and Vice-President (Academic) announced this week.

Senate bids farewell to senior leaders

Senate bids farewell to senior leaders

University Senators said their farewells to President Amit Chakma and other departing senior leaders Friday during the governing body’s final meeting until fall.

Senate hears of ongoing cyber-challenges

Senate hears of ongoing cyber-challenges

Every day, Western firewalls turn back an average of 630,000 attempted cyber-attacks on the network – ranging from phishing attempts to brute force attacks that could otherwise compromise the university’s systems and accounts.

Budget gets Senate approval, moves to Board

Budget gets Senate approval, moves to Board

Western is putting forward an operating budget of $792.2 million, a plan that includes drawing $14 million from reserves to help make up a forecast 2.2-per-cent drop in revenues.

Senate OK’s student sick self-report

Senate OK’s student sick self-report

Students will be allowed to self-report absences twice in a school year without getting a doctor’s note, university Senate decided Friday.

Entrance standards continue to remain high

Entrance standards continue to remain high

Western expects incoming students in September to have high school graduating averages no lower than 83.5 per cent. That threshold, similar to last September’s, will continue to make Western’s admission standards one of the highest in the country.

Provost: Tuition cuts to pack a budget punch

Provost: Tuition cuts to pack a budget punch

Lower base spending will have to take place at Western – both institutionally and at the unit level – as the impact of tuition rollbacks ripples through campus budget planning, Andrew Hrymak, Provost and Vice-President Academic, told university Senate Friday.

Faculty employment equity ‘making gains’

Faculty employment equity ‘making gains’

Western continues to move in the right direction in carrying out its commitment to employment equity in faculty hiring, Karen Campbell, Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy and Faculty), told university Senate Friday.

Provost: Closing decisions ‘not made lightly’

Provost: Closing decisions ‘not made lightly’

Weather-related university closings – like weather forecasting itself – is not an exact science, Andrew Hrymak, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), told university Senate Friday.

Trosow: Time to do some things differently

Trosow: Time to do some things differently

Sam Trosow is “walking on air” following news of his appointment to Western’s Board of Governors. Yet, having served as a member of Senate for two terms, he is well aware of the occasional moments of tension between the university’s bicameral governing bodies.

Western gives nod to preferred name use

Western gives nod to preferred name use

Western students who use a name other than their legal name will soon be allowed to use that preference on everything from campus email to their diploma. It is a move, university officials say, that promotes a more inclusive community. “This is an issue that has been...

Some Sunday mid-terms to return

Some Sunday mid-terms to return

Sunday mid-term exams will be reintroduced, for just three weekends per term, during an 18-month trial period that will start during this winter term.

Senate OKs freedom of expression policy

Senate OKs freedom of expression policy

A second draft of Western’s proposed freedom of expression policy, dated Oct. 23, received unanimous approval from Senate Friday. The policy now goes to the Board of Governors on Nov. 29.

Broughdale, UWOFA and Freedom of Expression – Senate, Oct. 19

Broughdale, UWOFA and Freedom of Expression – Senate, Oct. 19

The large student gathering that took place on Broughdale Avenue at the end of September, during what has come to be known as “FoCo,” was among the chief topics of discussion at the October session of Senate, with issues of student safety, communal efforts towards solutions and the “protection” of Homecoming emerging as main concerns.