As the University looks ahead to the next academic year, it is prioritizing course offerings that are required for degree programs, that reach as many students as possible and that are cost-efficient to operate. This approach helps focus resources to ensure the long-term financial health of the institution.
In line with this approach, the decision has been made to close U of G’s First Year Seminar (FYS) course offerings at the end of the winter 2023 semester. Currently, there is no expected return date. This decision will not affect students’ ability to complete their degree programs.
First Year Seminars are small, specialized interdisciplinary courses available to first-year students only.
In 2009, the courses were suspended due to budget constraints. A $2-million gift from an external donor enabled the courses to be restored in 2011. Since fall 2020, FYS courses have been funded entirely by University reserves at a cost of about $500,000 per year. In its current fiscal position, the University is no longer able to fund courses solely from reserves.
U of G remains committed to excellence and creativity in teaching and student learning. Students will continue to have opportunities for small group, problem-based and experiential learning across the University.
This decision in no way reflects the value of First Year Seminar courses and their positive impact on students, or the excellent work of the FYS director and instructors. The University hopes to offer these unique courses again when a consistent method of funding can be secured.