University of Waterloo

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

University of Waterloo

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Affiliated Faculties of Waterloo College

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

1957-

History

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 that the Province of Ontario was investing in post secondary education. At the same time, there was a increase in the demand for university graduates with education in the sciences and technology. Again at the same time, 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 occurences, 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 antipated United Church (St. Paul's College) and Mennonite (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 Waterloo College'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 (now Wilfred Laurier University as a completely separate denominational university in it's original site. In 1967 the Optometry College of Ontario joined the University of Waterloo and became the School of Optometry and Vision Science. Also in 1967 the university founded the world's first kinesiology department and created the Faculty of Mathematics out of the then Department of Mathematics. The university now comprises of 450 hectares of land and 36,000 undergraduate and 5,300 graduate students.

Places

Waterloo, On

Legal status

created through "the University of Waterloo Act", 1959. A new "Act Respecting the University of Waterloo" was passed 10 May 1972.

Functions, occupations and activities

University research
University teaching

Mandates/sources of authority

University of Waterloo Act, 1972

Internal structures/genealogy

The University has a Bicameral governance structure with a Board of Governors and a Senate. The current Chancellor is Tom Jenkins, CEO of OpenText, which is a honorary role elected by members of the senate. The President is the Administrative head, who is assisted by six vice-presidents (General Counsel, Administration and Finance, Academic and Provost, Advancement, University Relations, and University Research), of whom the VP Academic and Provost is the senior Vice-President.

General context

As a denominational college, Waterloo College was not eligible to receive public funding that the Province of Ontario was investing in post secondary education. At the same time, there was a increase in the demand for university graduates with education in the sciences and technology. Again at the same time, 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 occurences, 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.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.

Relationships area

Related entity

Waterloo College (1911-)

Identifier of the related entity

REN RUC 4

Category of the relationship

temporal

Type of relationship

Waterloo College is the predecessor of University of Waterloo

Dates of the relationship

1957-1960

Description of relationship

During the late 1950s, plans were in place to create a non denominational Affialiated Faculties of Waterloo College. In the end Waterloo College backed out of this agreement resulting in the creation of the non denominational University of Waterloo and in the creation of Waterloo Lutheran University.

Related entity

Renison University College (July 9, 2008-)

Identifier of the related entity

REN RUC 3

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Renison University College is the associate of University of Waterloo

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.

Related entity

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

Identifier of the related entity

REN RUC 2

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Renison College is the associate of University of Waterloo

Dates of the relationship

1959-2008

Description of relationship

During the late 1950's, when the University of Waterloo was created, Renison College was one of two already existing denominational colleges to enter into an affiliated (Renison) or Federated (St. Jerome's) agreement with the University of Waterloo

Related entity

Renison, Colonel George Everett Bristol (1918?-1998)

Identifier of the related entity

REN BRC 4

Category of the relationship

associative

Type of relationship

Renison, Colonel George Everett Bristol is the associate of University of Waterloo

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Colonel George Everett Renison received an honorary degree from the University of Waterloo

Access points area

Occupations

Control area

Authority record identifier

REN RUC 1

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

Partial

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

created 28 August 2015
revised 04.06.2016

Language(s)

  • English

Script(s)

Sources

About Waterloo." 2015.Web. <https://uwaterloo.ca/about/>.

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.

"Secretariat and Office of General Council." 2015.Web. <https://uwaterloo.ca/secretariat-general-counsel/>.

"University of Waterlooi." 2015.Web. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Waterloo>.

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