uAlberta committee recommends reducing number of faculties

November 28, 2013

A University of Alberta committee tasked to develop recommendations for cost savings amid fiscal constraints has released its final report. The Renaissance Committee, made up of 10 academic staff members, suggests reducing the number of departments and faculties on campus and creating a more “effective and cohesive structure.” There are currently 19 faculties and 65 departments at uAlberta; the report says each faculty should consist of no fewer than 160 members and 4 departments. The committee also suggests creating incentives that encourage staff to retire. The recommendations, which are not binding, have gone to uAlberta’s Association of Academic Staff and the board of governors for consideration and approval. Edmonton Journal