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The Provost’s Task Force on Enrolment, Retention and Program Renewal was established in October 2012 with the purpose of instigating strategies and actions to improve enrolment and retention, and promote program renewal. The membership of the Task Force was as follows:

  • John Shepherd, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic) – Chair
  • Katherine Graham, Senior Advisor to the President and Provost – Vice-Chair
  •  Suzanne Blanchard, Associate Vice-President (Students and Enrolment), and University Registrar
  • Wallace Clement, Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Jerry Tomberlin, Dean, Sprott School of Business

Wallace Clement stepped down as Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs on June 30, 2014, and was replaced by the incoming dean, Matthias Neufang.

The Task Force submitted its Final Report in February 2015. This Report contains Reports from the five Working Groups that the Task Force created during the 27 months it was in operation:

  • University Panel on the Future Direction of the BA
  • The Working Group on the Undergraduate Student Experience
  • The Working Group on Academic Rules and Regulations
  • The Working Group on Online Learning
  • The Working Group on the Governance, Administration and Resourcing of Interdisciplinary Programs

Since the Final Report was submitted, responsibility for implementing recommendations has transferred as follows:

  • University Panel on the Future Direction of the BA – to the Offices of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and of the Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs
  • Working Group on the Undergraduate Student Experience – to the Office of the Vice-President (Students and Enrolment) and University Registrar
  • Working Group on Academic Rules and Regulations – to the Office of the Vice-President (Students and Enrolment) and University Registrar
  • The Working Group on Online Learning – to the Steering Committee on Online and Blended Learning and the Office of the Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)

The Final Report of The Working Group on the Governance, Administration and Resourcing of Interdisciplinary Programs was accepted by the Provost as a useful resource for faculty and academic units developing new interdisciplinary programs.