In January 2012, President David Barnard began an important conversation with the University of Manitoba community about how we move forward and enhance our commitment to our students, our faculty and staff, and to the community we serve. The Academic Structure Initiative was launched to explore, simplify and improve the current academic structure with the specific goal to identify options for reducing the number of faculties and schools from the current total of 20 to a number closer to the national average of 13 by 2017.
   
 Human Ecology ▶
Faculty of Human Ecology

Throughout its 105 year history at the University of Manitoba, the study of Human Ecology has evolved to reflect the educational and research needs of a changing society. It has grown from being a diploma in Household Sciences at the Manitoba Agricultural College in 1910 to become the School of Home Economics in 1943. In 1970, the School was granted official faculty status and in 1981, the Faculty changed its name to Human Ecology to reflect the diversification of curricula. In 2012, discussions about exploring partnerships between the Faculty of Human Ecology and other faculties were initiated as part of the university’s Academic Structure Initiative.

As a result of the initiative, the Faculty of Human Ecology’s departments will all have joined with other faculties by July 1, 2015.  As such, the Faculty Council and Senate recommended that the Faculty of Human Ecology be closed effective July 1, 2015.  The Board of Governors approved this recommendation on June 23, 2015.

For further information, please see the message from Dr. Joanne C. Keselman, Vice-President (Academic) and Provost (dated June 26, 2015).  Additional details on the departmental moves and the academic structure initiative can be found on this page.
 

Textile Sciences

As part of the University of Manitoba's Academic Structure Initiative (ASI), Senate has approved in principle and recommended to the Board of Governors the merger of the Department of Textile Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, and the Department of Biosystems Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. On March 17, 2015, the Board of Governors approved this recommendation. By bringing together the two departments, the university will strengthen productivity and innovation by generating designs based in engineering that provide solutions to environmental, agricultural, biological and health-related problems. More...

 Family Social Sciences 
As part of the University of Manitoba's Academic Structure Initiative (ASI), Senate has approved in principle and recommended to the Board of Governors the merger of the Department of Family Social Sciences (FSS), Faculty of Human Ecology, and the Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS), Faculty of Health Sciences.  On June 24, 2014, the Board of Governors approved this recommendation. By bringing together the two departments, the university strengthens its leadership role in teaching, research and outreach in family and population health research and education.  More...
 
 Human Nutritional Sciences
As part of the University of Manitoba's Academic Structure Initiative (ASI), on May 14, 2014, Senate approved, in principle, and recommended to the Board of Governors that it approve the joining of the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. On May 20, 2014, the Board of Governors approved this recommendation. As such, effective July 1, 2014, the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences will move to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.  More...
    
Health Sciences ▶

The cluster mechanism was identified as a useful starting point for re-structuring and the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost began working with the health sciences deans and directors to develop a proposal or set of options for this cluster for December 2012 for consideration by our governing bodies.

In November 2012, two options for a more integrated structure in the health sciences were proposed. Following an extensive period of consultation and feedback, the University's Board of Governors approved Senate's recommendation to establish a Faculty of Health Sciences (as outlined in the proposal dated April 2013 and as revised in August 2013).

The new Faculty of Health Sciences will include the Faculties of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and the Schools of Dental Hygiene and Medical Rehabilitation. The vision is to position the University of Manitoba as an international leader in health professions education, research and practice.

For more information on the implementation progress of the Faculty of Health Sciences, please visit the Faculty of Health Sciences transition website.