Joint Review of Guelph-Humber Begins

May 16, 2008 - Campus Bulletin

The University of Guelph and Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, will be conducting a routine review of the University of Guelph-Humber as part of on going efforts to ensure and sustain the quality and integrity of educational operations.

“Without a doubt, the University of Guelph-Humber has been a successful venture”, says Maureen Mancuso, the university’s provost and vice-president (academic). “It has been offering classes for six years and will be graduating its third cohort. As part of best practices, it’s important to conduct regular, meaningful and broad reviews of operations and collect feedback on strengths, achievements and concerns. This operational review will be complementary to and separate from the academic program reviews currently under way.””

Michael Hatton, Humber’s vice-president, academic says, “While G-H is a well recognized and respected collaboration, it is timely to look to refinements and improvements.”

The review will be conducted by retired economics professor Ken Grant, who is also a former U of G presidential adviser, and Richard Hook, a former vice president, academic, at Humber. Both were involved with Guelph-Humber at its inception.

Their review will take a broad approach, looking at operational, financial and management structures, as well as processes and procedures. It will consider the efficiency, quality and effectiveness with which Guelph-Humber pursues its mandates. Mancuso and Hatton are asking for assistance from students, faculty and staff in terms of providing feedback and input.

The only post-secondary institution of its kind, Guelph-Humber enables students to earn an integrated university honours degree and college diploma in four years. It was created to address the changes taking place in higher education and the skill shortages in the workplace.

Classes were first offered in fall of 2002, taught by faculty at both institutions. In 2003, Guelph-Humber opened a state-of-the-art $45 million facility on the Humber campus. It now serves about 2,400 students, with application numbers increasing each year.

Since its inception, Guelph-Humber has been held up as a model of innovative education and a successful collaborative venture. It has also been a financial success, meeting enrolment targets and producing balanced operating budgets.

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