Renison University College

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

Renison University College

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Renison College

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

July 9, 2008-

History

Name and status of Renison College changed on July 9. 2008 by an act passed by the Ontario Legislature. In 2005 the College added a fourth building named the Academic Centre, followed by the east side expansion in 2013 and a new building for the English Language Centre in 2015. In addition to Social Development Studies, East Asian Studies, Religious Studies and a Bachelor's of Social Work degree, Renison University College also offers an online health focused Master's of Social Work degree.

Places

University of Waterloo
Waterloo, On.

Legal status

Charter under the Ontario Corporations Act., 1953.
University of Waterloo Act,1972

Functions, occupations and activities

University teaching and research
Credit and non-credit English as a second language instruction
Non-credit language instruction
Co-ed university residence.
Anglican Chaplaincy for UW/WLU

Mandates/sources of authority

University of Waterloo Act,1972
Corporations Act (Ontario), s. 300

Internal structures/genealogy

Renison University College is affiliated with the University of Waterloo. The Chancellor is Mr.Manfred Conrad, founder of the Cora Group Inc., and a founding member of Communitech, as well as a philanthropic leader in the Kitchener Waterloo community. He has held this post since May 7, 2016. Previously the Chancellor was the Rev. Ralph D. Spence. The Chancellor is usually a community leader, a strong supporter of the college and/or is in Episcopal orders. The main governing body is a volunteer Board of Governors, which includes representatives from the University of Waterloo, from the Renison student body, residence, faculty and staff, community members and representatives from the Anglican Dioceses of Niagara and Huron. The Principal reports to and is hired by the Chancellor and the Board of Governors. The Principal is responsible for the academic units (East Asian Studies, English Language Institute, Social Development Studies, School of Social Work, Humanities and institutes and centres (non-credit courses) An Administrative Dean is responsible for administrative and non-academic units (Library, Registrar, Advancement and Alumni Affairs, Residence and Student Life, Finance, Marketing, Chaplaincy and Administration.) Degree granting status is held abeyance to the University of Waterloo with the exception of degrees in theology and religion.

General context

In 1953, Waterloo College (now Wilfred Laurier University) appointed Gerald Hagey as the first lay (non Lutheran Pastor) president. He spent much of his tenure trying to fix the college's financial challenges. As a denominational college, Waterloo College was not eligible to receive public funding from the Province of Ontario which at the same time was investing heavily in post secondary education. Also at this time, there was a increase in the demand for university graduates with education in the sciences and technology and universities in Ontario were trying to meet an increased demand for post secondary education which was anticipated as the first cohort of the post World War II "baby boomers" became old enough to enroll in post secondary education. In step with these occurrences, and following the lead of other denominational colleges at the time, notably McMaster University and Assumption College (a founding college of the University of Windsor), Waterloo College envisioned the "Waterloo College Associate Faculties", a non-denominational science faculty affiliated with Waterloo College. From the beginning Renison College planned to be affiliated with the new institution, along with St. Jerome's College (now St. Jerome's University), and anticipated United Church (St. Paul's College) and Mennonite Church (Conrad Greble College) colleges. Anticipating growth,the Affiliated Faculties purchased a 183 acre plot of land on what is now University Avenue. At the last minute, The Evangelical Lutheran Synod backed out of it's planned affiliation with the Affiliated Faculties, leading to a flurry of activity which lead to the creation of the University of Waterloo as the degree granting institution and Waterloo Lutheran University as a completely separate denominational university in it's original site. Renison College opened in a house at 193 Albert Street. In May 1961, the University of Waterloo offered Renison College 5 acres of land adjacent to the land where it was anticipated that other new church residences and St. Jerome's College would build. In addition the College purchased 1.5 acres against future growth. As part of the affiliation agreement, the college's degree granting abilities would be held in abeyance to the University of Waterloo with the exception of theology and religious studies degrees. During the early years of the college, then principal Wynn Rees anticipated the importance of Renison College moving away from the liberal arts, paving the way for current Renison University College specialties such as Social Work, Social Development Studies and East Asian Studies. In the 1990's the college starting offering English as a second language courses in anticipation of increased need from international students. Due to it's evolving nature, it's name and status changed in July 2008 to Renison University College.

Relationships area

Related entity

Board of Governors Renison University College (2008-)

Identifier of the related entity

REN RUC 6

Category of the relationship

hierarchical

Type of relationship

Board of Governors Renison University College

is controlled by

Renison University College

Dates of the relationship

2008

Description of relationship

The Board of Governors is the Governing Body of Renison University College

Related entity

Academic Council. Renison University College (2008-)

Identifier of the related entity

REN RUC 16

Category of the relationship

hierarchical

Type of relationship

Academic Council. Renison University College

is controlled by

Renison University College

Dates of the relationship

2008-

Description of relationship

The Academic Council of Renison University College is the body at Renison University College which fulfills policy and planning functions and deal with academic matters, such as faculty regulations and procedures, curriculum, academic standards, and program development.

Related entity

Renison College (January 14, 1959-July 9, 2008)

Identifier of the related entity

REN RUC 2

Category of the relationship

temporal

Type of relationship

Renison College

is the predecessor of

Renison University College

Dates of the relationship

2008

Description of relationship

On July 9th, 2008, Renison College changed it's name and status to Renison University College.

Related entity

University of Waterloo (1957-)

Identifier of the related entity

REN RUC 1

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

University of Waterloo

is the associate of

Renison University College

Dates of the relationship

2008

Description of relationship

During the late 1950's, when the University of Waterloo was being created, Renison College was one of two denomination colleges to become an affiliated or federated college of the University of Waterloo. In July 2008, due to it's evolving academic nature and status, Renison College became Renison University College.

Access points area

Subject access points

Place access points

Occupations

Control area

Authority record identifier

REN RUC 3

Institution identifier

Renison University College

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAAR (CPF) - International Standard Archival Authority Record For Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, 2nd ed., Canberra: International Council on Archives,
2004.

Status

Final

Level of detail

Full

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created August 24, 2015
revised August 28, 2015
revised 04.06.2016

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Web. Renison University College. 08-26-2015 https://uwaterloo.ca/renison/about-us/history.

Cuthbert Brandt, Gail. Bold and Courageous Dreams : A History of Renison University College, 1959-2009. [Eds. Renison University College and Gail Cuthbert Brandt Waterloo, Ont.; Waterloo, Ont.]: Waterloo, Ont. : Renison University College, 2008.

"Organizational Chart." Organizational chart. October 2013 2013.Web. 08-26-2015 https://uwaterloo.ca/renison/sites/ca.renison/files/uploads/files/organization_chart_-_revised_october_2013.pdf.

"Our History."Web. http://www.sju.ca/about-sju/discover-sju/our-history.

"Renison University College." 2 August 2015 2015.Web. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renison_University_College.

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