Closure of the Bachelor of Physical & Health Education (BPHE) Programs

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

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.