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Upcoming Academic Terms: Info and Plans

Interim President's Friday Message

Updated on Apr 9
Tags: students, all updates

Continuation of remote teaching and learning for remainder of Winter 2021 term

On Wednesday 7 April, the University announced that in-person teaching and learning will remain suspended for the duration of the Winter 2021 term. The final week of classes will take place remotely.

The decision to complete the term by remote delivery came as mounting COVID-related infection and hospitalization rates in the city are a serious concern.

I want to express my regret and appreciation to the instructors and approximately 600 students affected by this. I know this is not the way you had hoped to complete your in-person courses and labs. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

As we look to the Spring-Summer and Fall terms, health and safety remains our first priority. We will continue to monitor the rapidly changing trajectory of the pandemic in Saskatchewan.

As of today, our previously announced plans for the Spring-Summer term are unchanged, with a limited number of low-density in-person courses taking place. Should those plans need to be changed because of the pandemic, however, we will do so in a timely manner, keeping the University community well-informed throughout.

Plans for a transitional Fall 2021 term that sees a carefully managed reopening of our campuses will be released next week.

In the meantime, I wish everyone – students, faculty, and staff – the best as we complete the term and the academic year.

Provincial budget

On Tuesday this week, the provincial government released its 2021-2022 budget. As noted in my message to campus that day, the government’s four-year base funding commitment provides Saskatchewan’s postsecondary institutions with stability in our operating budget grant revenues. It also provides additional funding for two years so the University can develop new revenue streams to assist in long-term post-pandemic economic recovery.

With this funding commitment – but also with the knowledge that the University continues to face challenges in light of rising costs – we continue developing our institutional 2021-2022 budget for the Board’s consideration in early May.

Opportunities to view students’ work

Viewing students’ final projects is always a highlight of the Winter term, and this year is no exception. Because we cannot gather in person as in the past, Faculties have found creative ways for students to display their work and their talents. Here are a few you will enjoy experiencing.

The Faculty of Media, Art and Performance’s visual arts department has organized an online reception and exhibition entitled Surfacing, Without Haste. It takes place at 7:00 p.m. this evening, Friday 9 April, to celebrate the artwork created by the department’s graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) students to complete their programs of study. The celebration includes a digital tour of the exhibition, artist talks, and prizes. You may register here. The students are also holding an online sale of their work to help offset exhibition costs. You may view and purchase the artwork here.

Likewise, a virtual edition of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s Project Day will be held tomorrow, Saturday 10 April, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Project Day is a conference-style presentation of the fascinating capstone projects graduating students design to fulfill the requirements of their degrees. Details for those wishing to attend may be found here.

And those wishing to see some of the University’s most talented graduate students compete in the annual 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition may do so here. Congratulations to the participating students who skilfully summarized their complex work in three minutes for a general audience – and good luck to winner and Master of Education student Whitney Blaisdell who will now represent the University of Regina at the 3MT Western Regional Competition on 13 May.

Congratulations to all of these students – and to the many others completing their programs of study this term.

Quick notes

  • ... a feature story on the University website highlights a collaboration between the Registrar’s Office, Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Business Administration to pilot a transfer credit project that will benefit students admitted to the University from other postsecondary institutions. Thank you to everyone involved in this initiative that will save money for students while helping them progress through their programs.