Colleges

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In the first week of October, the three college deans hosted town halls to provide more detail on the roles and responsibilities of the colleges, share progress to date and introduce new college staff. If you were unable to attend, please see the recaps below:

The establishment of the University of Alberta’s three new colleges is a key element of the operating model. The colleges will serve as integrators and accelerators, creating economies of scale, and reducing the administrative burden once borne by faculties and departments. While preserving faculty identity, the colleges will leverage teaching and research strengths to students’ and society’s benefit, lead multidisciplinary research focused on global challenges, and foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

The colleges bring together 13 faculties organized around shared disciplinary concerns:

Each college will be led by a collegial council of deans and implemented by a college dean. Faculties within the colleges will preserve their unique identity and history, with faculty deans having authority over all academic decisions and budget(s).

Campus Saint-Jean, Augustana, and the Faculty of Native Studies remain as stand-alone faculties to preserve and enhance their connections to key communities and partners. 

Administrative and academic services within the colleges, faculties, and departments

The colleges will provide common academic services for their respective faculties, and where specialized services and administrative needs are integral to academic programming, colleges and faculties will provide these services under the direction of a general manager who works closely with the college and faculty deans to provide strategic advice and operational leadership.