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Laurentian inks deal to take over Huntington U’s gerontology program

Current students can remain in the same program, and new students will be admitted in the ordinary course
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Laurentian and Huntington universities have inked an agreement that will see Huntington’s gerontology program housed within the Faculty of Arts at Laurentian beginning this fall.

The two universities negotiated terms after their federated relationship was terminated last week.

The gerontology program will continue to be delivered through online learning. Current students can remain in the same program, and new students will be admitted in the ordinary course, the schools said in a joint media release.

No programs and courses will be taught at Huntington for credit toward a Laurentian degree after the conclusion of this existing term. All students currently enrolled in programs at Huntington will be offered options to graduate through programs and courses offered directly by Laurentian. 

An analysis of each student’s existing program and the options available to them has already been undertaken by Laurentian, the schools said.

Huntington will continue as an independent university and own and operate its buildings on the Laurentian campus, including its residence. A Transition Agreement providing for the transfer of certain utilities and services is being negotiated between the parties, to ensure a smooth and co-operative transition, which may include the continued provision of certain services that the parties determine is beneficial, the press release states.

Both Laurentian and Huntington said they are taking steps to work together to ensure students are assisted through the process.

Students in programs affected by Laurentian’s restructuring are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Joël Dickinson, Dean of Arts, at jdickinson@laurentian.ca to discuss the next steps in their academic path forward. 

Laurentian applicants who may be applying in programs administered by the federated universities can reach out to Liaison Services at info@laurentian.ca.