Sudbury, April 12, 2021 — Last week, the Laurentian University Academic Senate voted in favour of a series of program closures that have had historically low enrolment. This will allow the University to restructure its operations, enabling a financially sustainable future.
As a result, Laurentian’s academic offerings will now be better tailored to the programs that most of our students gravitate towards. The University can also further align its financial resources to ensure that all of its remaining programs are fully supported.
Six senators had been elected to the Senate Mediation Committee on February 9 for the purpose of actively participating in the court-supervised mediation to review and make recommendations as to Laurentian’s proposed changes to academic program offerings. 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 recommendations of Laurentian and the Committee were approved by Senate.
At a high level, the changes to the academic offerings package includes the following :
- 58 undergraduate programs to be closed and 107 to remain open
- 34 English-language programs closed
- 24 French-language programs closed
- 11 graduate programs to be closed and 33 to remain open
We anticipate that approximately 10% of undergraduate students (excluding those studying at the federated universities) will be affected in some way by these program adjustments. We further anticipate that 44 graduate students will be impacted by program closures.
For most students, particularly if they are close to completion, this will mean they will be able to complete their degree making use of all or parts of the modules in terminated programs, either through course substitutions at Laurentian or through letters of permission. No new students will be admitted to these programs. For a small number of students, Laurentian will assist them in transitioning to a related program or another institution.
Applicants in affected programs can reach out to Liaison Services to plan their next steps at firstname.lastname@example.org. Options exist for all of Laurentian students, and support is available to assist students navigate those 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
Laurentian will continue to update its community on next steps in its restructuring on a forward moving basis.
For all the the latest information about the CCAA proceedings, visit https://www.laurentianu.info.
List of discontinued English language programmes
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 programmes
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 programmes
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