Volume 13, Number 14  March 24, 2006

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Additions to U of S academic offerings get Council approval

University Council, over the past two months, has approved a number of additions to the academic offerings at the U of S, as well as one deletion.

On March 16, Council endorsed to an interdisciplinary Master of Public Health program that was identified as a priority in the Integrated Plan and has been in the works since late 2004.  The first students taking the two-year non-thesis degree are expected in September, and all will already have undergraduate degrees in various areas.

At the same meeting, Council approved a BA Three-year, Four-year and Honours in Northern Studies as well as a Minor in Northern Studies.  In presenting the motion, Planning Committee Chair Beth Bilson said Northern Studies is unique in the province and will take advantage of the University’s connection to the University of the Arctic.  The program will consist of seven UArctic courses as well as courses from other departments.

A certificate program in Indigenous Peoples Resource Management was also given Council approval.  Designed for aboriginal land managers, the certificate covers management, environmental and legal issues related to land and resource management.

Bilson pointed out Council is not usually asked to approve certificate programs, but this one includes University credit courses that she said provide “pathways for students to proceed further in University studies.”  Funded by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the first intake of students in expected in May.

At its Feb. 23 meeting, approval was given to the establishment of a third category of Master of Physical Therapy, this one with a clinical or practicum requirement.  The others are thesis and project programs.

And finally, Council agreed March 16 to delete the Master of Science in Marketing as a result of its D rating in the Systematic Program Review of Commerce programs.  The Planning Committee reported the college is currently developing a proposal for a new MSc program within the Department of Management and Marketing.

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