Review Committee of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Toronto School of Theology and its Member Institutions and the University of Toronto, 2013-14: Call for Submissions

PDAD&C #44, 2012-13

To:  PDAD&C 
From:      Cheryl Regehr, Vice-Provost, Academic Programs
Date:  March 14, 2013
Re:  Review Committee of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Toronto School of Theology and its Member Institutions and the University of Toronto, 2013-14: Call for Submissions


Under a Memorandum of Agreement the Toronto School of Theology offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs conjointly with the University of Toronto. The current Memorandum of Agreement between the University of Toronto and the Toronto School of Theology (and its member institutions) was signed in 2004 and will expire June 30, 2014.

In conformity with Clause 25 of the Memorandum of Agreement the University of Toronto and the Toronto School of Theology and its member institutions have appointed three representatives each to the Review Committee. The mandate of the Review Committee is to review experience under the current MOA over the past nine years, report on compliance by the respective parties, consider any changes in the context of the MOA over the course of its current term, assess the degree to which its terms remain appropriate, and make recommendations accordingly. The full terms of reference are provided below.

Call for Submissions:
The Review Committee welcomes submissions from members of the UofT and TST communities. Submissions should be sent to tst.uoft.moareview@utoronto.ca, and are due by April 30, 2013.

Membership:
Prof. Cheryl Regehr, Vice-Provost, Academic Programs, Office of the Vice-President and Provost (Co-Chair)
Prof. Alan Hayes, Director TST (Co-Chair)
Prof. Anne Anderson, President, University of St. Michael's College
Prof. Brian Corman, Vice-Provost Graduate and Dean School of Graduate Studies, Vice-Provost Graduate Education
Prof. Paul Gooch, President, Victoria University
Prof. Sandy Welsh, Vice-Dean Graduate, Arts and Science

Resource:
Dr. Jane E. Harrison, Director Academic Programs and Policy, Office of the Provost

Terms of Reference for the 2013-14 Review of the MOA between the University of Toronto (U of T) and the Toronto School of Theology (TST)

The mandate of the Review Committee is to review experience under the current MOA over the past nine years, report on compliance by the respective parties, consider any changes in the context of the MOA over the course of its current term, assess the degree to which its terms remain appropriate, and make recommendations accordingly. In particular, the Review Committee will:

1. Broadly:
   a. Consider whether the fundamental purposes of the MOA, namely to foster excellence in theological education by ensuring standards of academic quality and behaviour consistent with those of UofT, have been fulfilled in the term of the current MOA. 
   b. Review the specific terms of the current MOA and their implementation. Recommend any changes that are considered warranted.
2. Review matters relating to academic appointments, confirming whether the terms of the MOA in this respect have been honoured and recommending whether any change in those terms is warranted.
3. Review the provisions of Schedule A of the MOA regarding representation on councils and committees, assess their effectiveness in practice, and recommend whether any change in these provisions is warranted.
4. Review compliance with and the effectiveness of Clause 18 and Schedule A, Section 6, of the MOA concerning the oversight of the academic quality of programs and the application of the University of Toronto's Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP) in line with Section 1.4 of the Province of Ontario's Quality Assurance Framework.1
5. Consider whether the current range of conjoint degrees is appropriate and make recommendations concerning which academic programs should be included in any renewed agreement.
6. Consider the experience of the TST member institutions with the UofT Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, the University's academic appeals process, and U of T Code of Student Conduct. Recommend whether any changes in jurisdiction are warranted.
7. Review the computation of grant revenue and expense allocations and make recommendations for any changes to the administrative guidelines set out in Schedule C to the MOA.
8. Review the various accountability requirements of the current MOA, including the requirement for submission of annual report by the Director of TST and by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, report on the extent to which these requirements have achieved the stated goals, and make recommendations for appropriate processes in any renewed MOA to ensure appropriate accountability in the future.
9. Recommend whether, for what period, and on what terms the MOA between the parties should be renewed.

1 Institutional responsibility for quality assurance extends to new and continuing undergraduate and graduate degree/diploma programs whether offered in full, in part, or conjointly by any institutions federated and affiliated with the university. Ontario University's Council on Quality Assurance, Quality Assurance Framework, May 8, 2012.