After two years of industry research and consultations, the Senate has concluded that the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education programs will be closed to new admissions as of September 2017.
The process began in 2015 when the faculty in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies voted unanimously to consider closure of the program, citing 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, multiple stakeholder groups have been consulted and heard. While the student body did express concerns about closing the program, students also showed interest and understanding for curriculum reform and innovation that parallels current and emerging directions. The consultation process over the past year demonstrated that alumni and community partners are generally supportive of the School and Queen's in closing the program.
Closing a program is never easy, nor do we take the decision lightly. We recognize that changes such as these may have an emotional impact outside of the curriculum. We will continue to support the Physical and Health Education students currently enrolled, and ensure that the appropriate courses and services are available to them, through to graduation.
We look forward to working with all stakeholders, particularly students, as we move forward with an innovative and renewed set of programming within the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies.
Dr. Gordon Smith
Interim Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
Dr. Jean Côté
Director, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies