Members approved the following:
Closure of the Division of Environmental Engineering & Energy Systems. This follows Council’s October 28, 2015 approval of the closure of the graduate collaborative program in environmental engineering, which has seen declining enrolment in recent years due to the mainstreaming of environmental engineering, allowing students to gain exposure to this topic within their own programs. Students who wish to obtain a collaborative program designation on their transcript are encouraged to participate in the School of the Environment’s collaborative program in environmental studies.
Change to the Faculty’s Probation Policy, which will allow full-time students with a non-repeated session with a weighted session average of 60% or greater while maintaining a minimum 1.50 cumulative GPA to have their academic standing improved by one step. A part-time student would have his or her academic standing improved by one step after having completed the minimum number of sessions required to have grades registered in four or more non-repeated courses with a weighted average of 60% or greater and a CGPA of 1.50. These revisions bring the policy in line with practices in other divisions at U of T and at external institutions.
Curriculum changes for 2016-2017, including a new elective course in chemical engineering as part of the bioengineering minor and a new elective course in materials science and engineering, and a revised session date for the summer 2016 session, which responds to a revision of the summer session dates in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
Members received the following items for information:
Research Committee goals for 2015-2016, which include continuing the Faculty’s >7% year-over-year Tri-Council growth; increasing success rates in Early Researcher Award, Ontario Research Fund, and Canada Foundation for Innovation that exceed Ontario and Canada average rates; and increasing participation, funding levels and success rates in NSERC Discovery Grant, CREATE, Strategic Projects, and Strategic Research Networks.
Scholarships & Awards Committee goals for 2015-2016, including the continued improvement of the e-Portfolio system.
Graduate curriculum update, including new graduate courses in APS, AER, MIE and MSE, and the de-activation of a course in MIE.
Council heard an update on the local and global impact of research and innovation at the University of Toronto by Vivek Goel, Vice-President, Research & Innovation, and
the findings of the Faculty’s Task Force for Mental Health Strategies.
Save the Date
The final Faculty Council meeting is April 12, 2016.
Council documents can be found at