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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Agenda- February 27 2024


February 27, 2024

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. – videoconference

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Suggested Start Time

1.     Call to Order

2:30 p.m.

2.     Agenda (M)

3.     Chair’s Remarks

2:35 p.m.

4.     Inquiries and Communications

·       COU Academic Colleague Report* (Alyson King)

2:45 p.m.

5.     Provost’s Remarks (Mary Bluechardt)

(a)  Senior Academic Administrator Search Update

2:55 p.m.

6.     Student Success* (Mary Bluechardt)

3:05 p.m.

Committee Reports


7.     Undergraduate Studies Committee (Mary Bluechardt)

a)    Major Program Modifications* (M)

(i)    Bachelor of Education - Intermediate/Senior and Primary/Junior

(ii)   Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Educational Studies Advanced Entry

(iii) Program Name Change – Bachelor of Science in Physics - Nanotechnology and Clean Energy Specialization

(iv) Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice – Victimology & Victim Studies specialization and Policing in Society specialization

(v)   BA and BSc in Psychology – Cognitive and Brain Sciences specialization

(vi) BEng Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and Management programs – Artificial Intelligence Specialization

b)  Major Program Modification and Minor Program Adjustment* (M/I)

(i)    Bachelor of Health Science in Kinesiology

(ii)   Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics Engineering

3:15 p.m.

8.      Graduate Studies Committee (Ted Christou)

(a)  Major Program Modifications* (M)

(i)    Master of Arts and Master of Education in Education programs and Education in the Digital Age Graduate Diploma program

3:55 p.m.

9.     Research Committee

(a) Research Committee Update (Jennifer Freeman)

(b) Research Metrics* (Jennifer Freeman & Sarah Thrush)

4:10 p.m.

10. Consent Agenda:

(a)  Minutes of the Meeting of January 23, 2024* (M)

(b)  Minor Program Adjustments from USC* (I)

(i)              Indigenous Studies Minor

(ii)             BSc and BA in Psychology - Affective Science and Mental Health specialization

(iii)           Developmental Psychological Science specialization

(iv)           Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Laboratory Science program and Medical Laboratory Science Bridge program

(v)             Bachelor of Science in Nursing-Collaborative Nursing program and RPN to BScN Bridge program

(c)   Minor Program Adjustments from GSC* (I)

(i)              Master of Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

(ii)             Master of Financial Data Analytics

(iii)           Graduate Diploma in Police Leadership

(iv)           Master of Science in Nursing

(d)  2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Schedule* (I)

(e) Conferral of Posthumous Degree to Robert Farkas, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science* (M)


4:25 p.m.


11. Other Business

(a)  Land acknowledgement for March Academic Council meeting

4:25 p.m.

12. Termination (M)

4:30 p.m.


Lauren Turner, University Secretary

*Documents attached            (C) Consultation          (D) Discussion          (I) Information          (M) Motion