Academic Restructuring Principles & Objectives

Principles

The Academic Restructuring Working Group (ARWG) will: 

  • Be consultative and transparent in its work, engaging the university community as well as the General Faculties Council and the Board of Governors
  • Act in the best interests of the entire institution
  • Make recommendations that are data-informed and future focused
  • Assess impacts of proposals on equity, diversity, and inclusion, to ensure that proposals do not negatively impact institutional efforts towards EDI
  • Move very quickly in pursuing its objectives, given the university’s current situation

Objectives

The ARWG aims to position the university for future success by:

  • Prioritizing resources for front line teaching and research
  • Supporting more collaboration and interdisciplinarity in research and teaching by broadening disciplinary spans of academic units
  • Creating a leaner, more agile, more coordinated and more strategic organizational structure including its senior academic leadership body, Deans’ Council
  • Making faculties and departments more consistent in size so each has a more balanced voice, stake, and responsibility in institutional strategy and operations
  • Aligning faculty and department support structures to be more efficient, effective, consistent, and student facing
  • Aligning structures of faculties and departments to better support our community, Alberta’s economy and society, and the pursuit of learning and scholarship with global reach
  • Reinforcing its role and academic focus within the differentiated roles and mandates of institutions in Campus Alberta in anticipation of and conjunction with the postsecondary system review
  • Ensuring clear identity, responsibility, and leadership of academic programs to support innovation, relevance, and accreditation requirements

The ARWG also aims to significantly reduce the costs to support the academic mission of the university by:

  • Reducing the number of faculties and departments through consolidation to create economies of scale and reduce duplication of similar programs, courses and services
  • Consolidating functions that support teaching and research in academic units from the department to faculty or central levels, where appropriate
  • Reducing duplication of business functions and creating standardization of roles (in conjunction with the SET initiative)
  • Reducing the number of academics in leadership roles to recruit and support, thereby allowing better training and support for those that remain in those roles and keeping more faculty members engaged in core research and teaching activities