The University of Guelph and Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning will conduct joint reviews of academic offerings and service agreements at the University of Guelph-Humber.
The reviews are intended to improve the efficiency, quality and effectiveness of the Guelph-Humber partnership, which was initiated nearly 20 years ago.
Last fall, Deloitte Consulting conducted an operational review of the Guelph-Humber partnership including strategic alignment, governance and financial performance. Among its recommendations was a more thorough review of Guelph-Humber’s academic offerings and service agreements.
Two separate review committees, chaired jointly by U of G and Humber leaders, have been created.
Cate Dewey, U of G’s interim associate vice-president (academic) and Gina Antonacci, Humber’s associate vice-president (academic), will head an academic advisory committee to examine programs, admission requirements and enrolment projections, and create a development plan.
Ray Darling, University registrar, and Jason Hunter, Humber’s vice-president (student services and community engagement), will review and revise service agreements to reflect best practices, delivery and cost, and determine whether new areas of service should be created or shared differently.
Both committees will seek input and feedback from students, faculty and staff.
The first postsecondary institution of its kind in Ontario, Guelph-Humber enables students to earn an integrated university honours degree and college diploma in four years. It was created to address changes taking place in higher education and skill shortages in the workplace.
Classes began in 2002, and a year later, Guelph-Humber opened a state-of-the-art $45-million facility on the Humber campus. Programs have since been expanded and added, and budget and enrolment targets exceeded.
Guelph-Humber now serves nearly 5,000 students, taught by faculty from both U of G and Humber Institute. Since its inception, Guelph-Humber has been held up as a model of innovative education and a successful collaborative venture.