Wilfrid Laurier’s board of governors will soon go over a report with information about cutting programs. Various members of Laurier’s faculty staff were against the action and were not showing support.

Wilfrid Laurier's board of governors will soon go over a report with information about cutting programs. Art by Neha Sekhon

Wilfrid Laurier’s board of governors will soon go over a report with information about cutting programs. Art by Neha Sekhon

According to The Record, the action will include the termination of up to 19 programs at Wilfrid Laurier University. Faculty association president, Robert Kristofferson, provided details about a poll that allowed members to vote for or against the action. Up to 85% of the association’s 1,000 members did not show support. Faculty members of the liberal and arts councils at the Laurier Waterloo campus were amongst those that were not supportive. Members of the liberal arts and social sciences councils at the Brantford campus were also against the action. The only faculty members that were supportive of the decision were those working under business and science.

Kristofferson touched on some of his experience concerning the situation. According to The Record Kristofferson said “The whole process has I think been very destructive to morale. In fact, in my 20 years of teaching at a university, I have never seen a process so thoroughly upset people and so thoroughly affect morale.”

In addition, faculty member, Mary-Louise Byrne was able to provide some insight about the possible cut of programs. According to The Record, Byrne mentioned that the university was trying to manage funding. Final decisions about the program cuts are still pending.