The College for Interdisciplinary Studies (CfIS) underwent an external review in the fall of 2010 with the goal of determining the appropriate structure and direction for CfIS.
Dr. David Farrar, Provost and VP Academic, released the External Review Committee Report stemming from this review on January 3, 2011. On September 3, 2011 he released a memo outling the future evolution of CfIS. However, following the successful transfer of CfIS research units to Faculties in 2012, there is no strong rationale for the continued existence of CfIS. In response to the external reviews of CfIS and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and the consultations that followed with the Deans of Applied Science, Arts, Medicine, and Science, the Senate agreed with the Provost’s recommendations that graduate programs be transferred to Faculties and CfIS closed.
Here are the key milestones of this transition:
January 03, 2011 CfIS External Review Committee Report
March 07, 2011 CfIS Redux: A Strategic Plan for Interdisciplinarity at UBC
September 13, 2011 Announcement of new leadership and direction for CfIS
February 15, 2011 UBC Senate Motion to change CfIS’ mandate and structure
March 14, 2012 UBC Senate Motion to transfer IAR and SCARP
May 02 2012 UBC Senate Motion to transfer HELP and CAE