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					                          College of Graduate Studies & Research

                                           December 2006
                          Holiday Greetings and Best Wishes for a
                              Happy and Healthy New Year!
                                      Table of Contents
          1. From the Dean’s Office
                 CGSR’s Second Multi-Year Plan
                 A Profile of Master’s Degree Education in Canada
          2. From the Associate Dean’s Office
                 An Update on New Programs
          3. Awards and Scholarships
                Upcoming Awards in January, 2007
          4. Programs
                 Changes to the CGSR Website
                 Follow-up on Workshop for Grad Chairs and Secretaries
                 The Bridge Program, UBC
          5. Admissions and Registration
                International Credentials Workshop, January 18th, 2007
                Spring and Summer Registration Begins March 5th, 2007
                Registration Error Codes Explained
                TextArea Edit Function on GSIS
          6. Convocation
                Documents about Degree Completion
                Release of Withheld Theses
          7. Information and Events of Interest
                 Beat the Blah’s Social, January 12, 2007
                 CIHR Workshop on Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples
                 English Pronunciation and Writing Courses
                 Congress 2007

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CGSR’s Second Multi-Year Plan

By October 15th of 2007 (10 months from now), the College will need to submit its plan for the
University‘s second planning cycle. Whereas the first plan was written by the Dean with the assistance
of the Executive Committee, the second plan needs to be developed in consultation with the members
of the College. This is as much a more desirable process as it is a practical one--the new Dean will
only have been ―on the job‖ for 3 months before the plan must be submitted.

The consultation process commences with an invitation to Graduate Chairs to discuss with their
colleagues what CGSR can and should do within the various ‗themes‘ identified as ―institutional
imperatives‖ in the document The Second Integrated Planning Cycle: Emerging Trends and Themes.
This document identifies a theme as ―an area of strategic focus in which investment in a set of
programmatic or administrative activities will yield strong returns against the goals and values
contained in the President‘s Strategic Directions statement and in the Foundational Documents.
Investment does not mean merely the allocation of new resources—that will likely be the least
important sense in which investments will be made. Investment here implies bending the institution‘s
current resources toward the identified areas, working on academic programs and administrative
procedures to advance their cause, and devoting precious time to their realization. It means depriving
other areas and initiatives of attention and being prepared to concentrate institutional energy for an
extended period on a limited range of initiatives.

―The themes incorporate the broad areas in which there appears to be strong consensus on the need
for action. These themes are intended to foster cross-college and unit collaboration as well as to
support decision-making as colleges and units put together their plans for the Second Planning Cycle.
The themes support and build on Strategic Directions and Foundational Documents; they are meant to
elaborate on these priorities and to focus attention on critical areas where investment will reap real
dividends. ―

Please discuss with your colleagues the themes below in the context of graduate education and
forward, by January 31st, ideas and suggestions which could be incorporated into our 2nd Multi-Year
Plan directly to the Dean. A compilation of suggestions will be prepared and circulated for a meeting of
Graduate Council in February.

For your information, the institutional imperatives or themes (with areas of emphasis within themes) are
listed below; a more complete description will be available shortly at

        Enhance Student Life
             1. Experiential Learning.
             2. Student Services.
             3. E-Learning.
             4. Technology..

        Practice Effective Enrolment Management
               1. International and Out of Province Recruitment.
               2. Retention
               3. Viable Enrolments.

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        Accelerate Research Momentum
              1. Research Achievement.
              2. Graduate Student Support.
                     3. Support for Research Centres.

        The Engaged University
              1. Engaged Learning.
              2. Engaged Scholarship.
              3. The University in the Provincial Economy.

        Enhance Aboriginal Programming and Scholarship
             1. Achievement and Support Programs.
             2. Research Partnerships.
             3. Academic and Cultural Programs
             4. Aboriginal Faculty and Staff.

        Champion Faculty Recruitment and Retention
             1. Recruitment.
             2. Start-Up.
             3. Retention.

        Build a High-Performance Organization
               1. Service quality.
               2. Quality of Work Life.
               3. Stewardship.

        Innovate and Focus
              • Curriculum changes
              • New programming
              • Program elimination
              • Streamline processes
              • New revenue possibilities


A Profile of Master’s Degree Education in Canada

The following is the Executive Summary of an article prepared for the Canadian Association for
Graduate Studies, addressing trends and developments with respect to Master’s degrees. The link
to the complete study is

The master‘s degree, as a component of graduate education, has emerged from the shadow of the PhD.
It is receiving increasing attention both from researchers and academic authorities eager to discover and
promote its specific benefits, and from critics pointing out its flaws. This attention has been fuelled by the
recent transformations in the nature of master‘s level education both in Canada and around the world:
changes in the way universities are responding to elements such as the labour market, the academic
funding environment, global trends, student needs, public perceptions, and the shifting demographics of

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graduate students. What is clear in all of this is that master‘s education can be many things to many
people, and this immense diversity of purpose and design is both its greatest strength and its biggest

The current study examines master‘s education in Canada by placing it within an international context
and examining national and regional trends and challenges. A literature review was conducted to identify
global developments. Interviews were conducted with representatives of graduate studies offices and
with program directors in Canadian universities to identify emerging issues related to master‘s degree
programs. The study also identifies a number of innovative programs in Canada to exemplify the main
trends in master‘s-level education. Finally, quantitative data from Statistics Canada on Canadian
master‘s programs were analyzed. The findings provide insight into the state of master‘s program
enrolment and funding, and the demographic characteristics and employment status of master‘s
students in Canada.

Probably the most significant global trend is the proliferation of professional programs. These programs
are aimed at students who wish to enter a particular field directly after graduation or who want to
enhance their professional credentials, and they are increasingly being designed with explicit input from
industry and professional organizations. Stakeholders‘ perceptions of master‘s programs around the
world are important: while the master‘s degree was frequently seen as merely a bridge to the PhD,
particularly in the natural sciences and engineering, this perception is beginning to change with the
growing recognition in several countries of the value of master‘s-level training to both students and
employers. In many European countries, the Bologna process introduced master‘s-level education with
the aims of increasing student mobility and of providing professional and academic degrees whose
value is recognized throughout Europe.

The emergence of multi-disciplinary, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary programs has been identified
as one of the most significant changes in master‘s education in the international context. These
programs reflect the growing need for students with multiple competencies and diversified knowledge.
While it is true that many master‘s programs narrow their focus to a very particular specialization,
graduates of these programs are expected to have, in addition to their technical knowledge, strong
professional competencies and research based skills. Therefore, in traditionally research oriented
programs, emphasis is being put on professional development, ethics and other non-technical courses,
while professional and vocational programs are becoming more likely to include research training.

In many ways, Canadian master‘s education is following international trends such as the growth of
multidisciplinary and professionally oriented programs with new requirements for completion. However,
international developments are not having a direct impact on the establishment of programs in Canadian
universities, which generally are responding to perceived needs in the local environment for professional
or research skills that require special training.

Using data from Statistics Canada for 1994-2003, this report highlights some important trends. The
major development of greatly increased enrolment in master‘s programs, particularly since 1999, is
perhaps the most obvious and is also evidenced by the growth in new master‘s programs in universities
across Canada. Driving this demand is the need for highly-skilled graduates in professionally-oriented
disciplines such as business and management, architecture, engineering, mathematics, and computer
and information sciences. Education and humanities disciplines have seen decreases in master‘s-level

The predominance of women in undergraduate and master‘s-level education is a relatively new
development, which started in the mid 1990s. Over 6% more women than men are now enrolled in
Canadian master‘s programs. There is also a regional element to this trend: the ratio of women to men
in master‘s programs is greater in British Columbia and the Atlantic provinces than elsewhere in

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Full-time master‘s-level study continues to predominate in Canada, and there are indications that it will
increase, as fewer part-time students are enrolling in master‘s degree programs. This is the case for all
fields except the business- and education-related fields, most probably because a higher proportion of
students in education and business have already joined the workforce and are re-entering the academic
world for professional development. The emphasis on career prospects is probably less of a priority for
students in the liberal arts and sciences disciplines.

Another development is related to the increase in the number of international students enrolling in
Canadian master‘s programs. Their enrolment growth rates far exceed those of Canadian students, and
40% of the women enrolled in master‘s programs in Canada have international student status.
International students are more likely than the national average to enrol in programs with a professional
orientation, such as business, science and technology, and are less likely than the national average to
enrol in programs related to the humanities, arts, health or education.

Data on master‘s graduates from Canadian universities and postsecondary institutions were examined
in order to determine their demographic features. The number of master‘s graduates has increased by
36% since 1994, with a spike in growth since 1999. There are more women graduates than men. There
are more graduates aged between 25 and 29 at graduation than graduates of any other age group.
About 12% of master‘s degrees were conferred to international students, and there was a greater
increase in the graduation rates of international students relative to Canadian students.

Two-thirds of the students that graduated from master‘s programs obtained their degrees from
institutions in Ontario or Quebec. Regional data also revealed that, after Ontario and Quebec, the
Western provinces produce the most graduates.

The data also suggested that demand for master‘s-level education is growing strongly in Alberta and
Nova Scotia, which experienced the greatest rates of growth in graduation. It was found that there are
more professionally oriented degrees conferred (near 70% in 2003) than liberal arts and sciences
degrees. Professionally-oriented degree programs include those in business and management,
education and engineering. A similar division can be seen in the US data.

Representatives from Canadian universities are optimistic about the current and future state of
Canadian master‘s programs. According to them, master's-level education is strong in Canada, and
Canadian universities have, and will continue to have, a strong tradition of research-based master's
degrees. At the same time, professional master‘s degrees are playing an increasingly important role in
the Canadian workplace by responding to increased expectations and demands from employers.

Canadian universities face some important challenges, including funding for both programs and
students. Despite a high completion rate at the master‘s level, reducing time to completion was identified
as very important. Also important is to bring Canadian institutions together to increase the recognition of
Canadian master‘s education, particularly the professionally oriented and non-thesis master‘s programs.
It is becoming increasingly urgent to develop more stringent certification processes for non-thesis

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An Update on New Programs

Notices of Intent are in the hands of Planning Committee for new MSc, MA and PhD programs in
Vaccinology and Immunotherapeutics (V&I), for a PhD in Economics, and for MSc and PhD
programs in Health Sciences, College of Medicine. The V&I proposal has passed the Joint
Committee and is now at the Executive Committee. The V&I program is interdisciplinary, and will
be administered initially out of CGSR, while a School is being developed. The intent is to begin the
V&I programs in the Fall of 2007.

A new PhD in Economics is now in the hands of the PhD Committee. The intent is to start the
program with up to 6 PhD students in Fall 2007.

The MSc and PhD in Health Sciences are College of Medicine intradisciplinary research-based
programs and will displace the current programs in the clinical areas of Surgery and Pathology; for
the time being the Biological Psychiatry program will remain distinct. Surgery and Pathology have
been given a one-year opening of the moratorium to admit students while the new MSc and PhD
programs go through approval, then these two programs will be deleted.
The hope is to have the new programs up and running in Fall 2007.

Yet another new program coming through the health sciences is a Master's in Speech Language
Pathology, an interdisciplinary program with the School of Physical Therapy, Department of
Languages and Linguistics, and Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education.

You may be aware of recent informational session for the School of Environment. When this
School is established, it is expected that new graduate programs (covering six proposed strands)
that will come out of this School. These programs will be very much interdisciplinary, and hopefully
the School will be in place to administer the programs from the outset.

As well, a Notice of Intent has gone to the Planning Committee of Council for a School of Public
Policy. Graduate programs will come out of this school, initially at the Master's level, but soon after
that at the PhD level. An innovation from this School may be joint degree programs, eg. a MPP and
a MA (Political Studies, Economics, Sociology, Law) in a concurrent programming arrangement.

There is much happening, and I will keep you informed. Regardless, the second term is going to be
a busy one as we process many new programs. Exciting times for CGSR and the University!

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Upcoming Awards in January 2007

   CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship – deadline to our office is January 10, 2007

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   NSERC USRA (Undergraduate Student Research Awards) Competition – deadline to our office
    is January 15, 2007. (Check with department for internal deadline)

   Dean‘s Scholarship Program – deadline to our office is January 18, 2007

   Alumni Association Post-Graduate Scholarship – deadline to our office is January 23, 2007

   Robert P. Knowles Scholarship – deadline to our office is January 31, 2007

   International Council on Women‘s Health Issues – deadline to our office is January 31, 2007

   John Larson Cancer Research Award – deadline to our office is January 31, 2007

   Breast Cancer Action Saskatchewan Scholarship – deadline to our office is January 31, 2007

   Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies – deadline to ACUNS is January 31,

    To check for these awards and many more go to our website and search our awards searchable
    database at

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Changes to the CGSR website.

You will have noticed some changes to the CGSR website. The tabs across the top of the home
page have been replaced by the sliding menu box. Another change is the addition of the search
feature on the Policies and Procedures page. We would like to receive your feedback – is the new
format easy to use or do you prefer the previous design? Please send any comments to .


Follow-up on Workshop for Graduate Chairs and Graduate Secretaries

Thanks to those who attended the Graduate Chairs and Graduate Secretaries Workshop earlier this
month. We hope you found it useful and informative. You can look for modifications to the
Progress Report forms in the next short while, the result of some of the discussion. As always, your
feedback is welcome. If you have any comments, ideas for the next year, agenda items or
suggestions for the best time of year to hold the Workshop, please contact Irene or Muriel , We really hope to hear from those who are in
the first year of their positions. Would an orientation especially for first year people be helpful and,
if so, when is a good time to hold it?

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The Bridge Program, UBC

University of British Columbia announces The Bridge Program, a fellowship-funding program for
graduate students, post-docs, and practitioners. Their mission is to link public health, engineering,
and policy research to develop creative, evidence-based prevention measures for public,
environmental and occupational health issues. For more information, please refer to their website,

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International Credentials Workshop, January 18th, 2007

You are invited to attend a workshop on evaluating international credentials on Thursday, January
18th, 1 to 4 pm. The workshop will cover topics such as understanding the basics of international
school systems and the evaluation of transcripts. The workshop is open to staff and faculty. If you
wish to attend, please email before January 12, 2007.


Spring and Summer Registration Begins March 5, 2007.

Students will be able to register for their 900-level research classes (992, 994, 996) as well as other
course work for the Spring and Summer Terms (200705, 200707) after that date.


Registration Error Codes Explained
Ever wonder what those registration remarks on PAWS really mean? An explanation of
the common registration error messages is on the Registration web page at


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TextArea Edit function in GSIS
As you are aware TextArea edit functionality has been added to GSIS. There has been a very
favourable response to the new functionality.

Since the initial roll out, two additional buttons have been added.

The two new buttons are:

     : Copy from Word – this functionality is necessary because of some copy issues from MS Word
to MS Explorer. To Use: Highlight and copy what you want to copy in Word. Then to paste the text
into Explorer – click on this button and the text will be pasted in so that the hard returns are kept.
Unfortunately, the conversion puts in double spacing in some areas (same problem in email
messages, if you paste into email from Word). Another solution: use Fire Fox browser.

      : This is the FULL SCREEN function – this expands the textarea to full screen so you can
more easily see what you are working on. To Use: Click on the button to expand the textarea and
then click (toggle) the button again to reduce the area back to its original size. DO NOT CLICK
BACK on your browser – the text will be lost. You must reduce the text area back to its original size
so you can see the original page and save the text. TEST this functionality first, some older
versions of Explorer do not like this – does not put the buttons on the top.

As you can guess, there is a bit of bug fixing that needs to take place. There is lots of variation in
browsers and so you will have to do some trial and error stuff to what works for you.

Let me know if you have any major problems.

Douglas Dombrosky

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Documents about Degree Completion

A letter indicating a completion of degree (A Certificate of Degree) is a transcript document ordered
via the Transcript Order Form for which there is a charge of $5.00. The Certificate of Degree is not
available from Student Central. It is available only after the student has actually graduated, after
the Convocation Ceremony. If students want a letter indicating that they have completed all of the
requirements of their degree and will be able to graduate, but haven't yet graduated (say they
finished in April but are graduating in October because of one deferred examination in June), they
should be directed to Tammy Morrison in SESD,


Release of Withheld Theses

If a student has withheld his or her thesis for one year, it automatically releases 365 days from the
day of submission. If the student and supervisor wish to withhold for a longer term (usually a patent
or paper pending), the supervisor must send an email to the Dean (with a concurring email from the
student) that they wish to do so. The email must stipulate the reason for the hold and a reasonable
expectation of time, the number of months to finish the patent process, for example.

This email has to get to the Dean with a cc to Tammy Morrison before the 365 days are up or the
thesis will automatically release. The reason you need to cc Tammy is that she has access to the
administrative part of the site.

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                       The College of Graduate Studies & Research
                         thanks the members of Graduate Council
                                and the Graduate Secretaries
                           for all their hard work in the past year.

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                       Educational Session
   CIHR’s Guidelines for Health Research Involving Aboriginal
     University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
                     Friday, January 12, 2007
                       9:00 am to 12:00 pm
                          Location: tba

8:45 am – 9:00 am
                             Light Refreshments and Coffee upon arrival
9:00 am - 9:10 am
                             Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 am – 10:15
am                           CIHR Aboriginal Guidelines
                             Doris Cook, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
10:15 am - 10:30             Refreshment Break
10:30 am – 11:30             The Role of the REB in Reviewing a Proposal Involving
am                           Aboriginal Research
                             Barbara McGillivray, Past-President, NCEHR;
                             University of British Columbia
11:30 am - 12:30             Case Study
pm                           Barbara McGillivray, Past-President, NCEHR;
                             University of British Columbia
12:30 pm                     Adjournment

                         This workshop is open to faculty and graduate students.
                          If you wish to attend, please email

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English Pronunciation and Writing Courses

Develop your speaking and listening or writing and grammar skills for work, daily life, or to enhance
your university studies. Students can use our language laboratory and library, which have books,
cassette tapes, magazines, and TOEFL and CanTEST preparation materials.
                        Pronunciation Course
                        Thursdays, 7–9 p.m. (10 weeks)
                        January 11 to March 15, 2007
                        • understand the English sound system and important features (stress,
                        rhythm, pronunciation)
                        • practise your pronunciation and receive individual feedback
                        • learn ways to continue improving your pronunciation on your own

                        Graduate-level Writing Course
                        Mondays and Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m., plus individual tutorial times to be
                        Winter: January 15 to March 14, 2007
                        This class is suitable for graduate students and visiting scholars. Class
                        participants will develop and practise skills for writing proposals, research
                        papers, and theses.

For more information on these or other courses or to register contact us at:

                                         The Language Centre
                                      University of Saskatchewan
                                           Saskatoon, Canada
                                            tel 306.966.4351
                                            fax 306.966.4356


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U of S to host 2007 Congress of the Humanities.

The University of Saskatchewan will host the 2007 Congress of the Humanities and Social
Sciences. Canada‘s largest annual academic meeting will be held in Saskatoon from May 26 to
June 3, 2007

The nine-day Congress 2007 is expected to attract over 5,000 delegates.
―It will be the centerpiece of our U of S centennial celebrations,‖ President MacKinnon said.
―This major national event will showcase our university, our city and our province and will have
long-term economic, social, cultural and educational benefits to Saskatoon and the province as
a whole.‖

Congress is hosted in co-operation with the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social
Sciences, an umbrella organization of 68 scholarly associations and 72 post-secondary
institutions, and comprising more than 30,000 scholars, students and practitioners across

The Congress 2007 theme is ―Bridging Communities: Making public knowledge – Making
knowledge public.‖ Through a series of academic and cultural events on campus, the congress
will place special emphasis on women, equity issues, Saskatchewan‘s Aboriginal heritage, and
U of S partnerships with Aboriginal Peoples.

―The congress will showcase our scholarly excellence and it‘s also an opportunity to increase
our outreach and engagement with our local community,‖ said Congress 2007 academic
convener Hans Michelmann, noting that the public will be invited to attend some of the lectures,
cultural events and the largest annual book fair in Canada.

The delegates, whose average length of stay will be three days, will present scholarly papers,
listen to prominent speakers, and take in a wide range of cultural and artistic events arranged
specifically for Congress.

For more information, please see This is an excerpt from
Kathryn Warden‘s recent article. The Congress Website is

The URL for the Congress 2007 newsletter is:

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