New program to bridge gap between economic theory and practice

A new master’s program in economics, approved Friday by the UWindsor Senate, aims to provide students with skills in applying economic theory to policy decisions in industry and government.

The Master of Applied Economics and Policy will place a special emphasis on preparing graduates to utilize data to improve the efficacy of government policies and business projects. In proposing the program, economics faculty noted that the slow recovery since 2008 from recession continues to challenge policy makers.

“Economists have not been able to put forward effectively good economic policies to deal with these challenges and their theories are far behind our economic reality,” said the proposal brief submitted to Senate. “There is increasing need both from the private sector and the public sector—in particular, from the emerging economies—that requires professionals with a strong economic background and policy-making skills.”

The 16-month program will begin admitting students in fall 2105. See the entire document on the Senate website.

Women’s Studies renamed to reflect expand in focus

Senate approved a change in the name of the women’s studies program to “Women’s and Gender Studies.” The name change reflects a shift in the field and welcomes trans-identified students.

Dean of Engineering to represent Senate on Board of Governors

Senate elected Mehrdad Saif, dean of the Faculty of Engineering, to complete the term of Beth Daly as representative on the UWindsor Board of Governors. That tenure will end August 31.