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Interim President's Friday Message

Updated on Aug 21
Tags: students, all updates

Dear members of the University community,

Maximum accreditation for the Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program

Last week, the Faculty of Nursing – and indeed the entire University and province – received some positive news. Based on a site visit and a subsequent evaluation, the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) has granted the maximum seven-year accreditation to the Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (CNPP) jointly offered by the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. In addition to the Program, both our Faculty of Nursing’s Educational Unit and the Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Nursing’s Education Unit received accredited status.

Pilot accreditation for nurse practitioner programs began in 2020. As a result of participating in this pilot, the CNPP is the first program in Saskatchewan and one of the first nurse practitioner programs in Canada to receive this accreditation, which affirms excellence in nurse practitioner education.

In its accreditation letter, CASN recognized the strength of the nurse practitioner program and the units that deliver it. This strength stems from the hard work and vision demonstrated by many at the University and SaskPoly, including Regina- and Saskatoon-based faculty, staff, and leaders such as former Dean Dr david Gregory and current Interim Dean Dr Robin Evans. Through excellent faculty hires, quality teaching, and high-impact research that is making a difference in our healthcare system, our Nursing program has grown and matured over the past decade – proving its value to the people of the province.

Congratulations and thanks to all involved!

Reminder - Masks/face coverings become mandatory on U of R campuses on Tuesday 1 September

In my message last week, I noted that effective Tuesday 1 September, non-medical masks/face coverings will be mandatory at the University of Regina in all public and shared spaces where two-metre physical distancing may be difficult to maintain (washrooms, hallways, classrooms, laboratories, studios, shared offices and workspaces, stairwells, elevators, etc.). Until that date, the use of masks/face coverings remains strongly recommended in these areas.

As well, we continue to encourage students, faculty, staff and members of the public to come to campus only if absolutely necessary – both now and as the Fall 2020 term gets under way.

The Health, Safety and Wellness team has prepared comprehensive information and guidelines regarding masks/face coverings and their usage on our campuses. It includes guidelines on recommended types, where they are required, and how to properly put on, wear, and remove them.

Please review this information in advance of 1 September. In conjunction with other measures including proper hand hygiene and physical distancing, masks/face coverings are an important means of reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission and infection.

Thank you in advance for making the health and safety of others both in our University community and beyond our first priority.

Virtual town hall – Friday 28 August at 1:30 pm

The next virtual University town hall will take place Friday 28 August at 1:30 p.m. The tentative agenda includes updates on:

    • Air quality in University buildings for Fall 2020;
    • Student recruitment and enrolment; and
    • Phase 3 of the return to research plan.

As with the past town halls, I encourage you to attend, and to ask questions about any items of concern. For those who are unable to attend, the session will be recorded.

A thank-you to students

In recent messages to campus, I have thanked various groups who have worked hard to keep the University's central activities of teaching and research running during the pandemic. Today I wish to thank our students.

I had the opportunity to speak with a number of you earlier this week at a virtual town hall session held by the University of Regina Students’ Union. As I and other members of the University Executive Team answered your questions about the Fall 2020 term, I was struck by a number of things.

I was impressed by the commitment URSU President Gurjinder Singh Lehal and other members of the URSU executive demonstrate toward their fellow students. Gurjinder, it is a pleasure to work with you and your colleagues to advance the work of students, faculty and staff. You represent the best of our University.

Also apparent at the town hall was the degree to which our students are committed to having the best possible academic experience under circumstances that are not ideal. As students, you are well aware of the constraints the pandemic has placed upon everyone, and you have demonstrated a great deal of patience and resilience since the teaching and learning environment at our University changed so dramatically in mid-March. The past several months have been challenging for you, and I want to thank you for the grace with which you continue to navigate these circumstances.

That said, I know you are concerned about a number of things. You are concerned about the quality of the academic experience you will have in Fall 2020 and beyond. You are concerned about your physical health and safety, and that of your family and friends in the wider community. And you are concerned about the mental health impacts the pandemic may be having on you and others.

Please know that as individuals and as a collective, the University of Regina supports you. Countless faculty and staff have been working behind the scenes to ensure that as you undertake your coursework for Fall 2020 – at a distance in the vast majority of cases - your personal and academic wellbeing will remain our utmost priority.

Like every one of you, I look forward to the day when it is safe to welcome large numbers of students, faculty, staff and members of the public back to our campuses for all of the academic, cultural, social, and recreational activities that have been the traditional hallmarks of the university experience.

But I need to be frank: I do not know precisely when it will be. That day will arrive, and hopefully sooner rather than later. In the meantime, thank you for your patience, your commitment to the University of Regina, and your efforts to safeguard the health of our provincial, local, and University communities.

I wish you all the best as you prepare for the Fall 2020 term.

Sincerely,

Thomas Chase

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor