SGS Student Services General Meeting for Graduate Administrators Friday, February 28, 2014 2:00-4:00 p.m. GB 202, Galbraith
AGENDA • Welcome • Update from Systems & Records • Update from Information Systems • Update from the Quality Assurance & Governance Offices • Update from the Post-Doctoral & Doctoral Examinations Office • Update from the Graduate Awards Office • Update from Student Services • Piloting and Implementation of e-Marks • Questions
Update fromStudent Systems & Records Josie Lalonde Associate Director, Student Services
SGS Information Systems Project Updates February 28, 2014
SGS Information Systems • Overview • The team providing infrastructure and support to SGS systems and services which support the graduate community (SGS Drive, Online Application, Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Website, etc.) • Update on two projects • Video Conferencing • Graduate Student Progress Tracker
SGS Information Systems • Video Conferencing For Final Oral Examinations • Cisco TelePresence equipment is being installed in 63 St. George, Room 111 • a 70” digital display and white board • a dedicated computer • an HD video camera • a surround sound system • microphones (wireless and table mics) • Table mounted electrical/video connections • Touch-screen controls • This room is accessible
SGS Information Systems • Video Conferencing For Final Oral Examinations • The room is being renovated (right now!) • Bookshelves have been removed • New electrical and data connections are being installed • A new conference table is arriving (as we speak) • Patching and painting • Next week • Equipment installation and setup • Training of SGS staff • A announcement will be made regarding the official opening of the room • Procedures / protocols will be distributed at that time
SGS Information Systems • Graduate Student Progress Tracker • An interactive web-based tool to help students, supervisors, and grad coordinators track research stream student progress • Provide you a tool to view basic student information and capture progress / committee reports
SGS Information Systems • Graduate Student Progress Tracker • Since we last talked, we have presented and requested feed back at… • Graduate Administrators – Fall 2013 • Academic Administrators – Fall 2013 • Joint Committee of Student Matters and Committee of Program Matters – Fall 2013 • Council of Graduate Deans – Summer / Fall 2013 • Deans of Single Department Faculties – Winter 2013 • Following these, some units have emailed ideas and sample forms
SGS Information Systems • Graduate Student Progress Tracker • We have met with ITS / EASI to ensure • We align with current or planned NGSIS/Kuali projects • We do not duplicate efforts or functionality of current or upcoming systems • We develop a system on which we can build and grow collaboratively • From these consultations, we have started to finalize our requirements
SGS Information Systems • Graduate Student Progress Tracker • Extremely fortunate to receive funding from the government as part of a multi-university grant • We have resources to hire a contract developer to be dedicated to this projects • But the funding comes with some very tight deadlines • March 2013 to September 2013 • Work may continue after this point, but must be funded by SGS • We need to work quickly and may not be able to perform as much consultation as we would like
SGS Information Systems • Graduate Student Progress Tracker • To maximize our opportunity… • Our system will compliment the tracking offered by existing systems • We will focus the requirements on tracking the annual supervisory committee meetings
SGS Information Systems • Graduate Student Progress Tracker • Next Steps… • We will be distributing a link to the requirements as well as wireframes next week • Target: Wednesday March 5, 2014 • We welcome feedback from all but will need to receive it quickly (probably within 1 week) • All feedback will be collected and prioritized • We will integrate feedback where we can where others may need to be deferred for future development
SGS Information Systems • Graduate Student Progress Tracker • Next Steps… • The update requirements will be reviewed by a focus group including students, faculty and staff • The feedback will form the final requirements for the developer • Developer will be hired to perform the work • Development will occur (March 2014 to Aug 2014) • Testing and bug fixes (Aug 2014) • Pilot project in Fall 2014 • Larger scale roll out of the application
SGS Information Systems • Graduate Student Progress Tracker • This is not the end of the conversation, just the beginning • We want to create the foundation on which we can develop the system further after the funding ends
SGS Information Systems • Contact Information • General Support • firstname.lastname@example.org Corey Dales Director, Information Systems email@example.com 416-978-6115
Update from Quality Assurance and Governance Emma Thacker, Governance & Policy Coordinator Lily Yee-Sloan, Communications Officer February 28, 2014
Communications Update • Calendar Production Update • Timing of Calendar Outputs • HTML - June 30 • PDF - July 31 • Calendar Deadlines • Graduate Faculty Membership (GFM) Requests – Feb 28 • Editorial Revisions – Mar 7 (multi-dept Faculties), Mar 14 (single-dept Faculties) • Sessional Registration Notation • Memo, dated November 4, 2013 • Indicates the time a student is expected to be in the program and clarifies the associated minimum degree fee • Inclusion of the notation into 2014/2015 SGS Calendar • You will see it included at calendar proofreading • e.g. Program Length: 3 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)
Governance Update – New Guidelines Termination of Registration Guidelines • Guidelines completed December 2013 • Now posted to the SGS website - Memo sent February 3, 2014 • Guidelines outline the University regulatory framework involving termination and academic progress, provides step-by-step procedures, references and contact information. Termination - Info for Graduate Students: Webpage (and hand out) • Provides overview to explain ‘what is termination of registration’ and outlines the process when facing a potential recommendation for termination. • FAQ section provides information about withdrawal, appeals, mediation and information disclosure. Graduate Courses Guidelines • SGS Working Group currently consulting to update existing document • Revisions will clarify and update • Expected to be completed for Fall 2014
SGS Contact Information Lily Yee-Sloan Communications Officer Phone: 416.978.5015 firstname.lastname@example.org Emma Thacker Governance and Policy Coordinator Phone: 416.946.3427 email@example.com WEB: www.sgs.utoronto.ca
Update from the SGS Post-Doctoral & Doctoral Examinations Office Lisa Haley Post-Doctoral Advisor
Thesis Submission & Graduation • Thesis Submission • New Digital Repository – LAC form not required • T-Space continues to be U of T repository • Thesis submission determines doctoral fees • Graduation • Degree Recommendations & Audits • Diploma Holds • BoD Fees
Postdoctoral Fellows • PDFs: Employees vs. Trainees • Funding Source • Letters • Bargaining with CUPE 3902
Graduate Awards Updates Laura Stathopoulos, Senior Awards Officer School of Graduate Studies
Award Updates • The W. Garfield Weston Doctoral Fellowship Program • 3 Minute Thesis Competition • The JJ Berry Smith Award for Doctoral Supervision • Mitacs Globalink Research Award
The W. Garfield Weston Doctoral Fellowship Program What is it? • An award for top-tier doctoral students who are conducting research travel outside of Canadian in their 3rd or 4th year of study • For research travel of 8 – 12 Months • First 16 Weston Fellows are currently conducting research in over 17 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Value • The value of the Weston Fellowships are $50,000 per student • Up to16 Fellowships will be awarded; distributed across all Divisions Eligibility • Conducting research that will have an impact on Canada and Canadians • Be registered as a full-time doctoral student (from any division) • Be a Canadian citizen • Conduct research outside of Canada (preferably outside North America)
3 Minute Thesis Competition What is it? • A public speaking competition for doctoral students • Students have 3-minutes to present their dissertation research to a panel of non-specialist judges • Divisional heats will take place on March 18, 20, & 21st • U of T Final on Wed. March 26that 7pm • The winner and runner-up will represent the University of Toronto at the provincial final at McMaster University on April 18th Inaugural 2013 Winners: Provincial Final • JasdeepSaggar – 1st Place • Abraham Heifets – 2nd Place
The JJ Berry Smith Award for Doctoral Supervision What is it? • An award recognizing outstanding performance as a doctoral supervisor • Two awards: one in Humanities & Social Science; one in Life and Physical Sciences • Awarded annually to an active graduate faculty member who, over a 15 year period, has demonstrated excellence in supervision by: • inspiring and guiding students to reach excellence in scholarship; • providing an environment that is supportive and stimulating; • enabling students to learn the essential methodologies, concepts and cultures of their discipline; • introducing students to the wider content of the discipline and relevant communities of scholars; • positioning students for future careers both within and outside academe; • fostering a strong sense of academic integrity.
Value • Award Certificate • Name added to plaque housed at the SGS • An SGS Conference or Travel Grant to be awarded by recipient to a current doctoral student Process • Each Faculty forwards nominations to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies • Nominations may be submitted through your local Faculty Dean or Vice Dean Graduate Education • Deadline is April 1st Inaugural Winners • Prof. Brenda Andrews: Molecular Genetics • Prof. Clifford Orwin: Political Science
Mitacs Globalink Research Award What is it? • Travel award for graduate students • Travel to Mitacspartner countries in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey and Vietnam • Project/travel period is approximately 12-24 weeks Value: • Up to $5000 cover travel and accommodation costs • Provided as research grant to the home university supervisor Eligibility: • Registered for full-time studies as a graduate student ( domestic or international) • All academic disciplines are eligible • Have identified host academic supervisor with a faculty appointment at an accredited university in a Mitacs partner country • Compliant with all departmental and Safety Abroad Office guidelines prior to travel Quick facts: • No deadlines - applications accepted any time, sent directly to MITACS • Application assessed based on strength of the research project proposal • Results typically provided in four weeks
Updates from Student Services Don MacMillan Director, Student Services
Science without Borders (CsF)Brazilian Scholarship Program for Doctoral Students
Scholarship Highlights • For Brazilian students entering a doctoral program, primarily in the STEM disciplines. • Provides full international tuition and fees plus a living and travel allowance and health insurance for a maximum of 4 years.
Admission • Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) liaises with the Brazilian government to determine the student’s preliminary eligibility for the scholarship. • Students then apply to U of T on-line using the normal procedures and deadlines. • Student must meet U of T language proficiency requirements and meet all other eligibility requirements.
Admission • If a student receives an offer, it will be conditional upon funding. CBIE liaises with Brazil to finalize the scholarship.
Funding • According to the original terms of CsF scholarship, any student that did not complete the PhD within 48 months would be required to repay the entire amount (Approx. $120,000). • U of T was able to negotiate a full year extension at the expense of the graduate unit. The 5th year extension of funding must be agreed upon in writing before the student receives an offer of admission.
eMarks for SGS Margaret Bura eMarks Team Lead Enterprise Applications and Solutions Integration Josie Lalonde Rodney Branch School of Graduate Studies