At this time last year, the Dean of Arts and Science announced to the Arts and Science Faculty Board and to Senate that she was considering suspension of admission to the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education Program, followed by the official announcement in March 2016 that admission was temporarily suspended. This initiated consultations with a broad base of stakeholders – students, faculty, staff, alumni and the wider community – on the program’s future.
Since that time, the faculty in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies have voted unanimously to consider closure of the program, and have cited the need to undertake curriculum reform that will align physical education within the Kinesiology and Health Studies programs, taking into account shifting directions in these important fields of study. Since that time as well, multiple stakeholder groups have been consulted and heard. While the student body has expressed concerns about closing the program, students have also shown interest and understanding for curriculum reform and innovation that parallels current and emerging directions. The consultation process over the past year has also demonstrated that alumni and community partners are aligned with the School in support of moving to close the program.
Following from that consultation process, and taking into account the wishes of the School, I am recommending the closure of the Physical and Health Education program. While recommending a program closure is never easy, in doing so, I want to ensure all students that the School and the Faculty will ensure that everyone will be able to complete their current academic program, and that we will continue to support the Physical and Health Education students, and ensure that the appropriate courses are available to them, through to graduation.
I would draw Faculty Board’s attention to the Senate Regulations on Program Closure, which can be found on the website of the University Secretariat. Feedback and questions on the process itself should go directly to the Office of the University Secretariat. To summarize, however, this announcement, and an upcoming one I shall make to the Senate, are the first stage of the closure process. This will be followed by further consultations with the relevant stakeholders, including already scheduled sessions on the impact of a program closure on postgraduate opportunities, curriculum changes and remodeling. I look forward to working with all stakeholders, particularly students, on ensuring that other appropriate venues for feedback and consultation are available, as we move forwards with an innovative and renewed set of programming within the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies.
Finally, I emphasize that in the forthcoming consultation period, I am looking to students to participate and play an active role in the planning process. As Interim Dean of the Faculty, I take this opportunity to emphasize that you will be supported, and to assure you that your voices will be heard.
Dr. Gordon Smith
Interim Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
No matter what the outcome is, the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies along with the Faculty of Arts and Science commits the following:
As a result of these considerations, and particularly considering the research direction the School wishes to head and the improvements to the student learning experience it would afford, faculty members in the School have unanimously agreed that the School should close the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education Program and focus on its strengths and resources within the Kinesiology and Health Studies programs.
Step 1 – Senate Update
Step 2 - Consultations
Step 3 – Complete Proposal
Step 4 – Arts and Science Faculty Board Vote & Update
1. Impact of a program closure on postgraduate opportunities. Facilitated by Cathy Keates, Director of Career Services.
2. Possible curriculum changes in HLTH & KINE if a program closure for Phys Ed is approved. Facilitated by SKHS Director and Undergraduate Chair. These sessions are open to all students in SKHS (HLTH/PHE/KIN):
3. Through Student Leaders:
4. Review of options and input received with Student Leaders (ASUS and PHEKSA)
5. One-on-One consultations with the Dean of Arts and Science
6. Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science to provide rationale and comment on the future of the program please email the Dean of the Faculty Arts and Science email@example.com.
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