Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of February 25, 2008
Newman College begins to phase out baccalaureate degree
Million plus deficit prompts programs, potential staff cuts
By LASHA MORNINGSTAR
“We are actually a graduate school as opposed to a baccalaureate.”
- Bryn Kulmatycki
“It is a program developed mainly to serve the internal needs at Newman,” said Kulmatycki, “and has been developed by our accrediting agency out of the United States. They are aware we have it but they do not sanction undergraduate programs.
“We could apply for provincial funding, but that would be very slow and a timeline might be somewhere between seven to 10 years and we can’t wait that long.”
The president noted that other institutions in Edmonton such as St. Joseph’s College are already providing some of the programs Newman offers and that “the certificate programs could be picked up by various groups such as The Providence Centre.”
Kulmatycki underlined Newman will “work hard with each of our students currently involved in all of our programs to make sure their program is not compromised and that they are not being disenfranchised in any way. We are not going to abandon them.
“We are in the middle of negotiations with St. Joseph’s College to see what they can do to help us with our baccalaureate students.”
Talks are also in progress with other institutions, said the president.
The loss of programs also means staff cuts – “professional staff, support and admin staff, all along the line.
“Any time you are doing reorganization, there will be reason for staff to be apprehensive and anxiety will set in,” agreed Kulmatycki. “When you are making these types of decisions — they are very difficult decisions — sometimes we have to make them to insure the future of your organization. This is going to be a difficult time until this is all sorted out.”
The president said he could not comment on who would lose their jobs because, “right now there are too many unknowns to really be specific.”
The timeline for the changes is not set.
“I am not sure how quickly we can pull this off but it will be sooner rather than later, “ said Kulmatycki.
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