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From the Board of Governors meeting of November 26, 2015

Enterprise Risk Management Project


The Board received a final report from Grant Thornton on the Enterprise Risk Management project (ERM).

The Audit and Risk Oversight Committee received its first risk reports from risk owners at its December 2, 2015 meeting.

Collective Agreements with Faculty and Technicians Ratified

NSCAD University’s Board of Governors has ratified collective agreements for its faculty and technician bargaining units at its meeting on Thursday, November 26.

The two agreements, for FUNSCAD Unit I, representing faculty and librarians, and FUNSCAD Unit II, representing technical, library and gallery staff, were ratified by the union memberships on October 28.

The new agreements cover the period from January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018, and include salary increases of one per cent in the first year, one per cent in the second year, and a half per cent in the first half of the third year. The new collective agreements essentially roll over all other provisions of the current collective agreements, set to expire Dec. 31, 2015.

Lydon Lynch Functional Space Program

The Board of Governors approved the recommendation of the Financial and Physical Resources Committee to approve Lydon Lynch’s proposal to work with ECS to prepare a functional space program for the NSCAD Port and Academy campuses and a design plan for moving three programs from Fountain to the Port in 2016.  Lydon Lynch’s plan also encompasses a study of the Fountain Campus which will assist with monetizing the campus when it goes to market. 

Enrolment Update


The Board of Governors received an enrolment report from Associate Vice President University Relations and the Acting Associate Vice President Student Experience and Registrar. 

The report detailed some of the admission challenges and the actions undertaken by both the Admissions Committee and the University. The report also addressed the issue of the relevance of its Academic programs and stated in every division there is currently a review of all program offerings which is accompanied by a 5-year enrolment plan. 

t was further noted there is a decline in the number of high school graduates each year in most regions of Canada. To augment enrolment actions have been taken to recruit further afield while still focusing on recapturing the Nova Scotia market share and expand enrolment from Ontario, Western Canada and the Prairies. The presenters spoke to the investment the University is making in recruitment and its work with other stakeholders and partnerships.

Vice-Chair Julia Rivard-Dexter  

Citing the demands of her growing business along with a young family, Julia Rivard-Dexter submitted her resignation from the Board of Governors at its November 26th meeting.

Serving as one of two alumni representatives since 2010, Julia has been a roll-up-your-sleeves governor. One of her major accomplishments during her five-year tenure was shepherding the Strategic Framework 2015-2020 through countless consultation sessions with NSCAD stakeholders through to its approval by the Board of Governors last February.

“I am very sad to step down but with business ramping up and running full speed I just can’t come up with the extra hours,” said Julia, who paid tribute to fellow board governors, NSCAD staff, faculty and students.  “I continue to be committed to the success of NSCAD locally and on the international stage and feel confident that we’re in a good place with great leadership.”

NSCAD proposes move away from flat-fee tuition


With a desire to bring fairness to NSCAD’s tuition system, NSCAD University’s Board of Governors considered a one-time market adjustment for tuition at its meeting on Thursday, November 26. However, the meeting was adjourned before a decision was made.

Approximately 50 NSCAD students and representatives of the Canadian Federation of Students greeted NSCAD Board Governors as they arrived for the meeting at 4 pm, engaging them in conversation and waving creative, handmade placards. Then, after waiting outside the meeting room, they entered and lined the perimeter as they listened to presentations. However, when asked to leave the meeting as per governance meeting protocol so the board could discuss further, they refused, and the meeting was subsequently adjourned, at approximately 7:45 p.m.

Business Deferred

The November 26th Board meeting was adjourned without all business being addressed.  The following agenda items were deferred:
    •     Tuition Market Adjustment – Debate and Motion;
    •     Report from SUNSCAD;
    •     President’s Report; and
    •     Dr. Ann-Barbara Graff – Academic Planning and Program Review.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Board of Governors is scheduled for February 18, 2016. 


2015/16 Meetings Schedule

Agendas are set and circulated seven days prior to each meeting.

To advance an issue to the Board or address the Board, please contact Kathy Connor, Executive Assistant Governance at kconnor@nscad.ca or 494-8168. Items must be received for consideration a minimum of 10 days prior to the meeting date.


Board of Governors


September 17, 2015

AGM - September 17, 2015

November 26, 2015

February 18, 2016

March 31, 2016

May 12, 2016

June 23, 2016



Governance & Human Resources Committee


September 9, 2015

November 16, 2015

January 14, 2016

March 9, 2016

May 10, 2016

June 16, 2016


Advancement Committee


September 2, 2015

November 18, 2015

January 28, 2016

March 2, 2016

April 20, 2016

June 8, 2016


Financial & Physical Resources Committee


August 27, 2015

November 5, 2015

February 9, 2016

March 3, 2016

April 7, 2016

May 3, 2016


Audit & Risk Management Committee


September 1, 2015

December 2, 2015

February 10, 2016

April 6, 2016

June 15, 2016

  All Committees may schedule special meetings as needed.

Board News


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AGM 2014 Review and Reports


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Board briefs April 2014

Board briefs  March 2014

Board briefs  February 2014

                       For news items prior to 2014, please go to our Archives

Contact Information

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2014–2015 Annual Report


We are pleased to present NSCAD University’s 2014–2015 Annual Report. The report is inspired by NSCAD's Strategic Framework and its four pillars: Nurture, Curiosity, Steward and Connect.