Proposal to Consider Closure of the Bachelor of Physical & Health Education (BPHE) Program

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

Commitment to Students

No matter what the outcome is, the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies along with the Faculty of Arts and Science commits the following:

  • No effect on current students, or students that started in 2016.
  • Keep the unique experience of SKHS students.
  • Keep emphasis on experiential learning (e.g. new internship coordinator).
  • Keep strong social science/socio cultural stream of courses (e.g. two new faculty members).
  • Better use of faculty complement; better use of current strengths.


  • The Dean ensured that there were opportunities for affected individuals and groups to provide input into the decision; both the Dean and the Director of SKHS discussed the possible options with students, donors and alumni as shown above;
  • The Dean reviewed all external and internal review reports (Appendix E, F, and G);
  • The Dean reviewed alternatives to temporarily suspending admissions to the program such as increasing advertising, hiring faculty that meet the accreditation requirements and changing curriculum to meet the needs of the industry;
  • The Dean ensured that the decision would not impede any current full-time or part-time students path to completion of their degree;
  • The Dean reviewed any implications to the community if admissions were suspended and determined that no impact was anticipated;
  • The Dean ensured that any decision would have no effect on other academic and non-academic units at Queen’s, since no other departments cross-list Physical and Health Education courses outside of SKHS; and
  • The Dean analyzed the impact a closure might have on the equity goals of the Academic Unit / Faculty / University and ensure that these goals would continue to be met since no tenured or tenure-track faculty members or staff members in SKHS will lose their positions; all full-time employees will continue to work in support of the School’s growing Kinesiology and Health programs.


Step 1 – Senate Update

  • Provide a verbal update to Senate and present consideration of closure

Step 2 - Consultations

  • Conduct Student Consultations
  • Conduct Staff, Faculty, Alumni and Community Stakeholder Consultations

Step 3 – Complete Proposal

  • Incorporate new information presented during consultations

Step 4 – Arts and Science Faculty Board Vote & Update

  • January 27, 2017
  • The results of this vote will determine next steps

Opportunities to Provide Input

1. Impact of a program closure on postgraduate opportunities. Facilitated by Cathy Keates, Director of Career Services.

  • Thursday, November 10th 5:30 – 6:30 pm

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):

  • Thursday, November 17th 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 23rd 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 24th 5:30 – 7:00 pm

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

  • November 14th, 2016
    book appointments through:
    Jacquie Jamieson
    Executive Assistant to Interim Dean Gordon E. Smith

 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



University Secretariat
*for questions or concerns about the Policy and Procedures for the Closure of Academic Programs

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