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Should Queen’s Dissolve the Senate Committee on Creative Arts and Public Lectures? (16 May 2013)

By Mark Jones, posted 16 May 2013. A notice of motion buried in the 330-page April agenda for Queen’s Senate would have Senate dissolve the Committee on Creative Arts and Public Lectures (SCCAPL) at the end of May (see appendix to this … Continue reading

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Queen’s Senate Urges GSEC to Rescind New Times-to-Completion Policy (30 April 2013)

Based on an email sent by Samantha King to campus lists, 2 May 2013: On Tuesday, April 30, Senate passed the following motion on Times to Completion for graduate students at Queen’s. Several speakers spoke passionately and convincingly in favour … Continue reading

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New Draft for Academic Plan on Virtualization and Online Learning (18 April 2013)

The Senate Academic Planning Task Force (SAPT) has posted its second draft for Queen’s Academic Plan on Virtualization and Online Learning.  The first draft was posted on March 22.  For comments on the first draft, see here.

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Ariel Salzmann, An Open Letter to Dean Brouwer and the School of Graduate Studies (4 April 2013)

As sent to Dean Brenda Brouwer and copied to community lists, 4 April 2013.  Posted by permission. This year the Department of History made a valiant effort to recruit an exceptional graduate student. The student  applied to our Ph.D. program … Continue reading

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Mark Jones, Clarification of the “Course Variants” Motion (31 March 2013)

The Curriculum Committee (CC) in the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) has circulated a memo to Undergraduate Chairs about “course variants” (see appendix, below).  The memo refers to a motion I brought before the Faculty Board (FB) in December: … Continue reading

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Gradgrind: Queen’s Cuts Time Allowances for MAs, PhDs (19 March 2013)

By Mark Jones; posted 19 March 2013. Yesterday a message to graduate students announced a new policy on Time Limits for Completion of Programs.  

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New Questions about Online Learning (26 February 2012)

Some recent articles and studies raise serious questions about the uses of online learning in college and university (updated 4 May 2013):

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