June 25, 2012 - Laurentian University’s Board of Governors unanimously approved a balanced budget of $132.1 million for 2012-2013, as well as a multi-year budget until 2017-18 aligned with the outcomes identified in the University’s five-year Strategic Plan. The budget was presented to the Board of Governors after a broad consultation process, seeing over 300 students, faculty and staff in Sudbury and Barrie weigh in over 16 different sessions.
“We have aligned our budget with the university’s key goals and aspirations and are investing in high quality academic programs, research excellence and student supports,” said Dominic Giroux, President and Vice-Chancellor of Laurentian University. “We are focused on achieving the outcomes set out in our strategic, academic and research plans.”
Some of the notable investments include:
The plan calls for enrolment growth of 1,150 students by 2017-18, and the university will do so while raising the average entry grade even higher, from 81% to 83% and continuing to diversify and grow its international student population.
Barrie operations will see an increased investment of $0.8M in 2012-13, including 3 new faculty members to support program expansion and a new Associate Vice-President, Administration and External Relations. The University has pledged $14M towards a new campus in downtown Barrie, a pledge which has been matched by the City of Barrie.
The approved budget includes significant investments in faculty and staff renewal. Key 2012-13 hires include a Canada Research Chair in Geochemistry, a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology, a Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety, 20 other faculty hirings, more full-time counselors, an additional technologist in the Bharti School of Engineering, the Executive Director of the School of Mines, additional staff in Sudbury for security, marketing and capital projects, additional administrative and student recruitment support in Barrie.
“We are one of the few Canadian universities in a strong financial position,” offered Laurentian Vice-President of Administration, Carol McAulay. “We have balanced budgets projected for at least the next six years, we have a solvent pension plan and low long-term debt ratios. This allows us to move forward with so many game-changing investments. It’s an exciting time to be at Laurentian.”
November 6, 2013 – Conservation biology, increasing threats to habitat, and the growing list of species at risk are all on the agenda—alongside ethical and philosophical aspects of extinction—at a unique international symposium to be held at Laurentian University this month.
October 25, 2013 – Former College Boréal President and long-time leader in the Greater Sudbury community Gisèle Chrétien will be awarded an Honourary Doctorate at Laurentian University’s Fall Convocation October 26. A Laurentian graduate in Nursing with a Master ‘s degree in education, Mrs. Chrétien has been active in education and training in Ontario, and was a key contributor in the establishment of Collège Boréal.
September 4, 2013 – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne today cut a ceremonial ribbon to officially launch the Laurentian University School of Architecture, the first school of architecture to open in Canada in 45 years.
August 28, 2013–Laurentian’s strategic plan aspiration for organizational excellence is showing measurable progress in the latest employee engagement survey. The results of the bi-annual survey measuring 20 drivers of employee engagement were released to faculty and staff this week, with progress reported in all 20 areas.
August 22, 2013 – Media and all members of the Sudbury community are invited to take part in the Laurentian University School of Architecture’s inaugural lecture series, “Visions in Canadian Design.” The series is being launched in conjunction with the official opening of Canada’s newest school of architecture on September 4th, 2013.
August 6, 2013 – The Laurentian University School of Architecture is pleased to be welcoming the charter class of students for the Fall 2013 launch of Canada’s newest architecture school.
July 29, 2013 – Single sculler Carling Zeeman of Laurentian University pulls off a dramatic finish to earn a silver medal for Canada on Sunday at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria.