A consultants’ report, commissioned by the provincial government, on the future governance of Memorial University’s Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campus in Corner Brook, has major implications for Memorial University and will be reviewed and discussed at Memorial University.
The report prepared by European consultants John Davies and John Kelly was completed in September 2006 and released publicly by the provincial government on April 27, 2007. The report considers several options, all designed to provide increased autonomy for Grenfell College.
Grenfell College is currently an integral part of Memorial University, offering 11 bachelor programs at the undergraduate level to about 1,300 students. It also has an expanding range of research and scholarly activities. Since its beginning, Grenfell has been a university-level institution, offering full degree programs from 1988 onwards.
The consultants consider a number of options and express their preference for the option that sees Grenfell become the province’s second university, with its own president, vice-presidents and operating structure, as well as a separate budget and a separate academic governing body (Senate).
The proposal suggests the two universities could be named Memorial University (St. John’s) and Memorial University (Corner Brook). The consultants also recommend that both universities share a common governing Board of Regents, making the two institutions part of a proposed new Memorial University of Newfoundland “system.”
In its press release of April 27, 2007, the provincial government has indicated that it “supports a preferred option that will give the college increased university status, within a single Memorial University system. Over the coming months, government will work with the Memorial University Board of Regents on the recommendations of the study.”
Memorial University’s president, Axel Meisen, says that the university’s administration and Board of Regents are presently reviewing the 178-page report to determine how best to respond to it. He explained that the report will be tabled in the University’s Senate at its May 8 meeting and the Board of Regents will discuss the matter at its May 22 meeting, following consideration by the board’s executive committee.