The future of the University of Guelph’s Kemptville and Alfred campuses are one step closer to being decided, as government-requested reports on their feasibility have been completed. The full report contains several recommendations for the Alfred campus, but ends with only one feasible option for Kemptville’s future:
“(It is recommended) the Government of Ontario enter into negotiations with the Municipality of North Grenville to transfer the ongoing management and operation of the Kemptville College Campus to the Municipality with the eventual divestiture of the lands and buildings known as the Kemptville Campus from the Government of Ontario to the Municipality of North Grenville in order to renew and redevelop the Campus into an educational and multi-purpose community hub that meets the needs of eastern Ontario; and that financial support be provided by the Government of Ontario to assist with the management and transfer.
The provincial government states the next steps for each institution will be announced by the end of January, 2015, and says it is working to ensure that “all impacted students who are currently enrolled will have an opportunity to complete their program and that their studies will not be interrupted.”
“Our review of the reports will be guided by four principles, ” says a government press release. “First, the path forward must take into consideration the needs of both current as well as prospective students at each campus. Second, it should consider the economic and fiscal impact on the communities and the province. Third, it should create an environment that encourages agricultural education and continues to support French-language students. And fourth, although next steps for each campus may be different, each institution will be treated with equal importance in government decision making going forward.”