Faculty Closure - University of Manitoba
The University of Manitoba undertook an Academic Structure initiative to reduce the number of faculites in the university from 20 to 13. The rationale was for cost effectiveness in tough budgetary/cutback times, but also was an attempt to modernize the university. Unfortunately, with this initiative the Faculty of Human Ecology was closed.
- June 2015 announcement from the University of Manitoba regarding the new locations for Human Nutritional Sciences, Family Social Sciences and Textile Sciences within the University, as well as the closing of the Faculty of Human Ecology effective July 1, 2015.
Click here to view MAHE's Position Statement (Document last updated 04-March-2013).
MAHE members may view an internal document summarizing the situation at the University of Manitoba, MAHE's current activity, and areas of concern by logging into the Member area. (Document last updated 18-November-2014).
In addition to developing the position statement, MAHE has had meetings with the Deans of Human Ecology and Education, as well as the Vice President Academic and Provost. Letters were sent to :
- Dr. Barnard (see letter)
- Dean Mandzuk and Dean Sevenhuysen (see letter)
- Dr. Keselman (see letter).
- Presentation for Academic Restructuring (see presentation)
- Presentation for MWI AGM (see presentation)
In 2013, the University sent out letters for a fundraising campaign suggesting alumni leave a legacy to the university. As an alumnus our 2011-2013 President, Debora Durnin-Richards sent a letter to Dr. Barnard in response.
In July, 2013, a meeting was held with Dean Trevan of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and a follow-up letter was sent in August. (see letter)
Town Hall Forum on the Future of the Faculty
A very successful, well-attended Town Hall Forum was held October 25, 2013 in conjunction with the annual MAHE conference. There were many people involved in the faculy restructuring campaign who spoke at the Forum, including the following:
- Debora Durnin-Richards, Past President of MAHE
- Lynda Lowry, Chief Operating Officer of the Food Development Centre
- Arlene Skull, Principal of Gordon Bell High School
Media reports on the restructuring:
- Home Economists Fear Demise of University Program (Manitoba Cooperator, October 30, 2013)
- Home Economists Defend University Program (Western Producer, November 8, 2013)
- U of M Merger of Faculties On Track (Winnipeg Free Press, November 26, 2013)
- The Wreck of Home Ec (Winnipeg Free Press, February 1, 2014)
After the faculty is dismantled what happens to annual dues and designation?