Fonds F-205 - Kelowna School of Resource Management fonds

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Kelowna School of Resource Management fonds

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  • Architectural drawings
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  • 1977 - 1979 (Creation)
    Kelowna School of Resource Management

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32 cm of textual records
3 architectural drawings

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(1978 - 1979)

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The Kelowna School of Resource Management (KSRM) was a proposed school that Simon Fraser University intended to establish in British Columbia's Interior, offering an undergraduate degree program based on core courses in natural and social sciences and in techniques of resource management and planning. The project was never realized.

Planning began in 1977 as part of SFU's response to the provincial government's Commission on University Programs in Non-Metropolitan Areas (Winegard Commission). The province's degree-program approval authority at that time – the Universities Council of British Columbia (UCBC) – gave approval in principle to SFU's proposal in early 1978. By August the university had appointed John M. Munro (then SFU's Dean of Arts) as the School's first Director, and KSRM began recruiting faculty. The curriculum was designed to provide undergraduate instruction for third- and fourth-year students who had already completed their first two years at community colleges in the province or at other universities. KSRM was to begin operations in September 1979, using facilities on the campus of Okanagan College.

In February 1979 UCBC reversed its earlier decision and rejected the proposal, citing several factors: lack of professional infrastructure at SFU; the employability of graduates; the professional qualifications of graduates; the need for a permanent building; and the financial requirement of $1 million annually. SFU contested each point of the rationale but was unable to overturn the decision. All planning activities were discontinued and the School dissolved. Its Director, Professor Munro, returned to SFU's Department of Economics and Commerce; in June 1979 he became SFU's Vice-President, Academic.

Custodial history

The records were in the custody of the School's director, John Munro. Upon dissolution of the School, the files appear to have moved with Munro to the Office of the Vice-President, Academic when he became VP. Subsequently the records were put in storage with a number of other closed series as a group of "Special Project Files" under the control of Academic Planning Services. In this form they were transferred to the Archives in 1994.

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The fonds consists of records made or received by the Director in the course of planning for the establishment and operations of the School. Activities documented include curriculum planning and development; management of the program-approval process; research and site visits to other universities with comparable programs; liaison with other SFU departments, other educational institutions, government and the Kelowna community; recruitment and appointment of School faculty and the hiring of the Director; dissemination of program information to students and media relations; budget and facilities planning; and the activities of SFU's Interior Programming Committee. Record types include correspondence and reports; course proposals, curriculum outlines, drafts and commentaries; brochures, leaflets, program descriptions, reports and studies from other universities; a labour-market survey and related documentation (contract, correspondence, reports); planning committee meeting minutes and supporting papers; position advertisements, lists of faculty candidates, applications, CVs, search committee minutes and working papers; program brochures; budget proposals, projected budgets and notes; space planning reports, studies, and architectural drawings; and press releases, news clippings, and other publicity material.

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The records formed part of a larger body of files under the control of Academic Planning Services which were appraised and transferred to the Archives in 1994 through a one-time Unscheduled Records Disposal (URD 083-94). This transfer was part of a larger project the Archives undertook to appraise, schedule and dispose of records that had accumulated in the University Records Centre through the 1980s and early 1990s.


The fonds consists of 44 files arranged alphabetically following the creator's original order. Because of the small volume of files, the fonds was arranged without series.

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      Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files may be restricted as required by law. Files marked 'pending review' must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release, and as a result of the review access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the archivist for more details.

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      A file list is available. The School's original file index is available as file 1 (F-205-0-0-0-1).

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      Other records relating to the Kelowna School of Resource Management can be found in the fonds of the Vice-President, Academic (F-200); see series 3-6-8 (Faculties. Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies. Master of Resources Management Program).

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      All accessions have been processed as of February 2006. No further accruals are expected.

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      Architectural drawings are found in files 30 (2 drawings, file F-205-0-0-0-30) and 31 (1 oversize architectural drawing, F-205-0-0-0-31).

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      Financial assistance for the arrangement and description of these records and production of this finding aid was generously provided by Simon Fraser University's Office of the Vice-President, Academic (October 2005).

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      Finding aid prepared by Richard Dancy (February 2006).

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