Mathematics, physics, music among dozens of program cuts at Laurentian university
SUDBURY -- It's an agonizing day for staff and students at Laurentian University, as the school released a list of dozens of programs being cut as part of the school's insolvency process.
The cuts are wide ranging and include traditional programs such as math and physics, as well as more unique programs such as midwifery and the French language program in outdoor adventure leadership. Laurentian estimates 10 per cent of students will be affected by the cuts, not including those at federated universities.
"We further anticipate that 44 graduate students will be impacted by program closures," the university said.
A full list of programs being cut is available at the end of this story.
In all, LU said 58 undergraduate programs will be closed and 107 will remain open. Of those, 34 English-language programs have been cut and 24 French-language programs closed. Eleven graduate programs are being cut, while 33 will remain open.
In a news release Monday, the school administration said they targeted programs with fewer students.
"Last week, the Laurentian University Academic Senate voted in favour of a series of program closures that have had historically low enrolment," the release said. "This will allow the university to restructure its operations, enabling a financially sustainable future."
The goal is to offer courses better tailored to what most students want to learn, the release said.
"The university can also further align its financial resources to ensure that all of its remaining programs are fully supported," the school said.
Six members of the university's Senate were elected to the Senate Mediation Committee on Feb. 9 and took part in the court-supervised review of programs and make recommendations.
"At a special in-camera session of the academic senate last week, the Senate Mediation Committee provided their peers with the result of their review on programs to be closed," the release said. "The recommendations of Laurentian and the committee were approved by Senate."
Will be able to complete their programs
In a message to students Monday, Laurentian said most undergraduates will be able to complete their programs.
"If you are studying in a program that is being impacted by these changes, detailed plans are available for each of you which provide a pathway to degree completion," the message said.
"For most of you, this will mean you will be able to complete the degree program which you started, with closed programs being 'taught out' for existing students, but closed to new registrations. For a small number of students, Laurentian will assist you in transitioning to a related program."
Graduate students will more likely be affected, since some of their programs may be taught by faculty who are being laid off.
"Support will be provided to those who are impacted by program closures and whose primary supervisor may no longer hold a position at the university," the message said.
"Given the differential impact that graduate students might experience, depending on your progress to degree completion, both group and individual academic advising sessions will be available ... Laurentian will also offer assistance to facilitate a transfer to a graduate program at another university if required, or if that is what you prefer."
Applicants in affected programs can reach out to Liaison Services to plan their next steps at firstname.lastname@example.org. Options exist for all Laurentian students, and support is available to help students navigate their academic options.
Students in affected programs are encouraged to reach out to their deans and other leaders to discuss the next steps in their academic path forward:
• Dr. Joël Dickinson, Faculty of Arts, at email@example.com
• Dr. Tammy Eger, Faculty of Graduate Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Dr. Ginette Roberge, Faculté d’éducation, at email@example.com
• Dr. Patrice Milewski, Faculty of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Dr. Dean Millar, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture, at email@example.com
• Dr. Céline Larivière, Faculty of Health, at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Dr. Michel Delorme, Faculty of Management, at email@example.com
List of discontinued English language programs
BA 4 years Concurrent education (Primary-Junior)
BSc 4 years Concurrent education (Primary-Junior)
BFA – Music
BFA - Music Performance
Civil Engineering (first 2 years)
Concurrent Education - Pro year (Primary-Junior)
Major Restoration Ecology
Radiation Therapy - Michener
Web Data Management
Workplace and Labour Studies
List of discontinued French language programs:
Droit et politique
Éducation – intermédiaire/supérieur
Études de l'environnement
Littérature et culture francophone
Nursing – Boreal
Outdoor Adventure Leadership (FR)
Promotion de la santé
Science du language
List of discontinued graduate programs:
Maîtrise - Histoire – essai
Maîtrise - Histoire – thèse
Maîtrise - Sociologie – essai
Maîtrise - Sociologie – thèse
Masters - Experimental Psychology
Masters - History – essay
Masters - History – Thesis
Masters – Humanities
Masters – Physics
Masters - Sociology - essay
Masters - Sociology – thesis
This story has been updated to clarify it was the French outdoor adventure leadership. program that was part of the cuts, not the entire outdoor adventure leadership program.