Review of the Role of the Colleges on the St. George Campus

Overview

As noted in the 2008 Statement on the Roles of the Constituent and Federated Colleges, “The college system is one of the distinctive features of the St. George campus… The Colleges are key contributors in enabling student engagement, success and satisfaction with their university experience.” Every undergraduate student pursuing a U of T degree in the Faculty of Arts & Science is a member of a college. Students pursuing U of T degrees in other Faculties have varying but generally more limited connections to this distinctive feature of the St. George campus.

Review and academic planning activities are an essential element of ensuring that the University of Toronto provides the highest quality academic opportunities and supports for our students. These activities provide critical opportunities to reflect together and prepare to address future opportunities and challenges.

In this spirit of continuous improvement, I am launching a Review of the Role of the Colleges on the St. George Campus. This review will consider how individuals and organizational units across multiple communities can best work together in support of common goals around student experience, academic programming, and student success. These communities include U of T’s Constituent Colleges (Innis, New, University and Woodsworth), the three universities federated with U of T (Victoria University, Trinity College and University of St. Michael’s College) and their undergraduate arts colleges, the Faculty of Arts and Science, as well as other Faculties and institutional offices on the St. George campus.*

The Review of the Role of the Colleges will be guided by a Steering Committee and supported by five working groups: (1) Reviews, Academic Planning and Academic Change; (2) Student Experience; (3) Recruitment, Admissions and Enrolment Planning; (4) Residences; and, (5) Resources. Working groups will be convened by January 2020 and submit final recommendations to the Steering Committee in the Fall of 2020.

The Steering Committee will be Chaired by the Vice-President & Provost, and include the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science, the President or Provost of a Federated University, a Constituent College Principal, a faculty member of the Faculty of Arts & Science, and one member of a Professional Faculty. The Chairs of each of the working groups will serve as resource persons.

Each working group will have representation from the Provost’s Division or other Institutional Offices, the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Constituent and Federated Colleges, and other members of the University of Toronto community as appropriate. The working groups will undertake consultation with students, staff, faculty and academic administrators in carrying out their work. Working groups will confirm or develop principles to guide future decision-making, and propose changes to policy and procedure, as appropriate, potentially including updates to relevant sections of the Administrative Procedures of the St. George Colleges (2008).


* In the context of this Review, “Institution” or “institutional” refers to the University of Toronto and the three Federated Universities. “Entities” refers to the four institutions and their respective Faculties, Divisions, and constituent and federated Colleges, with special focus on the Colleges and the Faculty of Arts and Science. With the exception of the points about graduate and other first-entry divisions, the assumption is that for-credit offerings are in partial fulfilment of Honours Bachelor of Arts and Honours Bachelor of Science degrees through the Faculty of Arts & Science.

Steering Committee

Structure

The Steering Committee will:

  • Coordinate the work of the five working groups and ensure their activities support the following broad goals of the Review:
    • To consider the extent to which goals and commitments are consistent across the entities, and identify the areas of greatest convergence and divergence
    • To clarify what each of the four federated universities most seeks from the others to assist in the achievement of its vision and mission
    • To clarify the role the constituent and federated colleges might play in achieving those visions and missions
    • To consider the extent to which the shared goals and priorities articulated in the Statement on the Roles of the Constituent and Federated Colleges continue to resonate
  • Receive reports of the five working groups
  • Synthesize the work of each group

Membership

  • Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost (Chair)
  • Melanie Woodin, Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science
  • Charlie Keil, Principal, Innis College
  • Mayo Moran, Provost and Vice Chancellor, Trinity College
  • Chris Damaren, Director, UTIAS, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
  • John Magee, Professor, Department of Classics and Centre for Medieval Studies, Faculty of Arts & Science
  • Support: Daniella Mallinick, Director, Academic Programs, Planning & Quality Assurance; Tomas Flecker, Special Projects Officer

Working Groups


Questions about the Review of the Role of the Colleges on the St. George Campus can be sent to provost@utoronto.ca.