Preliminary Scenarios — ARWG Interim Report

Based on an extensive review of possible options, the Academic Restructuring Working Group (ARWG) developed three scenarios of a more collaborative, efficient, and nimble university for consideration by the community. Presented in the ARWG Interim Report, released on September 21, 2020, each scenario represents a distinct philosophical approach and can still be refined and modified through community consultation.

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A revised proposal has been presented to the university community for the third phase of consultation, and the ARWG expects to bring a final proposal before GFC and the Board in December for approval.

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Below, you can find details about the proposals contained in the interim report.

Scenario A – Health Sciences Consolidation


Health Sciences Scenario: FoMD, Arts, Science, Engineering, ALES, Education, Business, Law, Augustana, CSJ, and Native Studies remain unchanged. Nursing, School of Public Health, Rehabilitation Medicine, Pharmacy, and KSR are consolidated into a new Health Sciences faculty.

  • Limited to minor faculty-level changes (only consolidating the health sciences other than Medicine and Dentistry).
  • Focussed primarily on department consolidation.
  • Offers opportunities for interdisciplinary professional education.
  • Common configuration among U15.
  • This option is the least disruptive to most of the existing faculties, but realizes the smallest savings.

Scenario B – Tri-Agency Alignment


Tri-Agency Alignment Scenario: CSJ, Augustana, and Native Studies remain unchanged. A Health and Medical Sciences division includes FoMD, Rehabilitation Medicine, Pharmacy, School of Public Health, Nursing, and KSR. A Natural and Applied Sciences division includes Science, Engineering, and ALES. A Social Sciences and Humanities division includes Arts, Education, Business, and Law.

  • Major consolidation of faculties into three large divisions, broadly organized by tri-agency areas.
  • Organization around tri-agencies is familiar and offers many opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in research and teaching.
  • By creating a division which contains existing faculty, we retain faculty identity and status--something we heard was important--and also gain the greatest cost efficiencies.
  • The division structure enables new forms of academic integration and collaboration, realizes administrative economies of scale, and reduces the number of academic leadership positions.
  • The three small community-oriented faculties sit outside this structure as stand-alone faculties.
  • This option is the most disruptive to the current organization and how it operates, but offers the greatest potential savings and greatest academic opportunities.
  • All faculties are impacted.

Scenario C – Consolidation and Shared Division


Consolidation Plus Shared Division Scenario. FoMD remains unchanged. Three new faculties include a consolidated Arts & Science faculty, a Health Sciences Faculty (which consolidates Nursing, School of Public Health, Rehabilitation Medicine, Pharmacy, and KSR), and an Applied Sciences faculty (which consolidates Engineering and ALES). A new shared division includes the Education, Augustana, Business, CSJ, Law, and Native Studies faculties.

  • A hybrid division model.
  • Six professional and community-based faculties (Education, Business, Law, CSJ, Augustana, Native Studies) are consolidated into a shared division.
  • The remaining current faculties are consolidated into four divisions organized on disciplinary lines (Applied Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences, and Medicine and Dentistry).
  • Medicine and Dentistry remains intact, given its significant size as is.
  • This option requires significant changes to our operating model; realization of academic benefits is not clear.