Transition team takes over
Now that Council has endorsed the University’s restructured outreach and engagement efforts, a transition team will work to ensure the necessary financial, structural and human resource changes happen as smoothly as possible.
Of major concern is the process of disestablishing the Extension Division by July 1, 2007 but according to Provost Michael Atkinson, Council’s April 20 decision “removes a lot of uncertainty and will allow us to proceed in the best interests of the University and the individuals involved.”
The transition team, headed by Barrie Dubray, assistant provost integrated planning and analysis, will be in large part a communication conduit between administration and the Extension Division, said Atkinson. The team will also provide support as Extension’s activities and programs are reassigned to the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education (CCDE) “because it’s important this new unit get off on the right foot with the colleges.”
The provost added that the contracts of all term Extension employees have been extended to Dec. 31 or beyond in an effort to maintain continuity of programming through the period of change.
Other major changes to take place are the establishment of the CCDE on July 1 and Council approval of a detailed proposal for the New Learning Centre, which is scheduled to open Jan. 1, 2007. Atkinson said the transition team will oversee the development of budgets for the two new entities and it is expected to report to Council on its progress by September.