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Senate Briefs
Posted Thursday, January 13, 2011 12:14 PM
Briefs from January 5, 2011 meeting

New Community Recreation and Active Living diploma

A new two-year diploma called Community Recreation and Active Living (CRAL) will be offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, pending approval of the Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE). The program will be offered jointly by the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.

According to the proposal, the purpose of the CRAL diploma is to “tap into the enormous potential of Aboriginal and inner city Winnipeg communities in the area of community recreation and active living.” Working in collaboration with community partners, the CRAL diploma will provide access to meaningful and relevant university courses related to physical activity, sport, recreation, fitness, health by incorporating Aboriginal perspectives that will also be adapted for delivery in the community.
The diploma program will be located at the William Norrie Centre on Selkirk Avenue.

IEAP certificate program to become official

A certificate program that has been piloted at the U of M for the past four years will become official pending approval from COPSE. The Internationally Educated Agrologist Program (IEAP), accredited by the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists (MIA), is currently offered through the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences/Dean’s Office.

The IEAP is a skill-bridging program to facilitate the integration of foreign-trained Agrologists into the Manitoba agriculture sector, through a one-year program of coursework and work experience. The program assists new Manitobans with an agricultural degree, diploma or advanced degrees from outside of Canada to gain formal recognition of their non-Canadian credentials by the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists, to achieve meaningful work in their field, and to help the Manitoba agricultural industry discover new talent in the areas of agronomy, agricultural business and economics, animal science, entomology, food science, plant science and soil science.

Changes to Faculty of Nursing admission regulations

Senate has approved a change in wording to the supplementary regulations regarding admission of applicants from external diploma and degree programs to the Faculty of Nursing. The sentence, “Applicants who would be eligible to register in third or fourth year courses will be considered only if space is available,” has been inserted.

A new requirement has been added to faculty admission as well. Senate approved a proposal by the Faculty of Nursing to add to its provisional admission requirements the full compliance with required immunizations and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification at the Health Care Provider Level (C). Previously these were required only prior to registration in nursing courses.

ICM annual report

An annual report was forwarded by David Collins, vice-provost (academic), on behalf of the academic advisory committee of the University of Manitoba-International College of Manitoba (UM-ICM). The UM-ICM was established in September 2008, to assist international students, recruited by ICM, with their transition to university studies in a Canadian university environment. The teaching and learning supports provided by ICM are designed to ensure that these students will be successful when they transfer to the University of Manitoba. ICM currently has 378 students (including the intake in September, 2010). Graduates who transfer from ICM are still required to meet the admission requirements of their target faculty to gain admission to the University of Manitoba.

Collins also addressed several questions submitted by senate members, including questions about credentials of instructors, and the review process for courses. A detailed report will be forwarded as a follow-up.

New theatre program at College universitaire de Saint-Boniface

A proposal was approved by senate for a new Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre (4-year) at College universitaire de Saint-Boniface. The program presents theatre history, theory and practice as they apply to dramatic literature and the stage arts. Its purpose is to train qualified practitioners for the French language performing arts in Western Canada.

For more information, contact:
Office of the University Secretary
Phone: (204) 474-9593