UPEI considers combining arts faculty departments

April 22, 2013

Big changes could be coming for the University of Prince Edward Island's arts faculty if a proposed move to reduce the number of arts departments goes through. UPEI is reportedly proposing to combine the departments into 4 clusters (humanities, liberal studies, social sciences, and languages and literature) and reduce the number of department chairs to 4. UPEI's political science chair says faculty and support staff have serious concerns about the damage that type of change would do to the university's reputation. A UPEI spokesman says the proposed merger won't impact the quality of the education students receive. He says the focus is looking at departmental administrative structures, and there has been no mention of modifying courses or making significant program changes. Charlottetown Guardian (April 19) | Charlottetown Guardian (April 20)