In making her decision the Dean noted that the decline in enrolment numbers is compromising the School’s goal to provide a solid, challenging, fulfilling program to all students and to have a strong cohort of students contributing to the academic culture of the programs.
The School of Religion will continue to offer a full complement of theology courses until August 2015 in order to ensure that full-time students currently enrolled in the programs will be able to fulfill the requirements of their degrees as planned. Furthermore, the School will work individually with part-time students to forge a plan for their studies.
The School of Religion is not considering suspending admissions to the undergraduate program in Religious Studies or the MA in Religious Studies.
A temporary suspension of admissions will give the School the time it needs to explore alternative opportunities to keep theological studies at Queen’s. The planning work has begun. Although it is in its early stages, already the School is considering innovations to foster academic engagement with theology through the development of a Centre that will create learning opportunities for a broad range of audiences.