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Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies


The following information contains details on our history and the transition from Arts and Atkinson to LA&PS.

Transition Background

The University Academic Plan calls upon the University to ensure that it has the best structure and units to support its priorities, which include:

After many wide-ranging discussions, members of the Senate’s Academic Policy and Planning Committee concluded that merging the Faculty of Arts and the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies would help the University to achieve these priorities. The proposal was subsequently approved by the Senate and the Board of Governors.

Information for former Arts & Atkinson students
York University is committed to ensuring that students formerly part of the Faculties of Arts and Atkinson enjoy a smooth transition to the new Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) or the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE). More >>

Naming the new Faculty
A joint Arts-Atkinson group made up of faculty, staff and student members of the two Faculty Councils, including their Chairs, was struck to recommend governance structures and rules for the new Faculty. Senate Academic and Policy Planning Committee (APPC) referred to this joint group the responsibility for consulting widely about a name… More >>

Consultations proceeded around possibilities for restructuring the Faculty of Arts and the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies. A series of discussion papers and communications provided a focus for consultations about various options. Discussions culminated in a proposal from Senate APPC for the establishment of a new Faculty encompassing programs currently housed in Arts and Atkinson (considered by Senate on April 26, 2007). More >>

Transition management structure
Transition Management Structure More >>

Academic timelines are paramount, providing the critical path for planning; there are parallel timelines to guide the creation of internal administrative structures in the new Faculty and the development of support structures external to the Faculty. More >>

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Need to know more about the transition? Visit our FAQ page.