Camosun College is a community college located in Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The college has two campuses and Interurban, with a total enrollment of ~20,000 students. Camosun College provides contract training for local business; the Lansdowne campus provides university transfer and access programs, as well as career and vocational programs in the fields of the arts, business and human services. The Interurban campus delivers programs in the trades, business and exercise education, access programs; the college hosts a student paper, The Nexus. The enabling legislation is the Institute Act; as of the 2013–14 fiscal year, Camosun had more than 19,000 full-time and part-time students between its Lansdowne and Interurban campuses. About 1,000 Aboriginal students from 50 First Nations including Métis and Inuit groups, over 1,100 international students from 60 different countries attend the college each year; the roots of the college began in 1914 when the Young Building was built as Victoria's first Normal School on part of a 3-hectare plot belonging to the Hudson's Bay Company, now part of the Lansdowne Campus.
The school's enrollment at the time was about 275. During the Second World War, the Young Building was converted into a military hospital. In 1946, the building was returned to its original function as an educational institution shared between the Normal School and Victoria College, which were united in 1956. In 1967, the Normal School and Victoria College moved to the site of the Gordon Head Campus of the University of Victoria and the Institute of Adult Studies was established by the Greater Victoria School Board; the Institute of Adult Studies was located in what is the Ewing Building, was the first centre in Canada to offer daytime courses for adults wishing to upgrade to high school graduation. Local interest in a community college grew, on October 9, 1970, Victoria residents voted in favour of establishing a college. Plans for "Juan de Fuca" College were followed; the provincial government formally approved the college on October 27, 1970. In 1971 the college councillors voted on a name change, "Camosun" was chosen, as it had been an early name for Victoria.
It is a Lkwungen name for an area of Victoria where different waters meet and are transformed. By September 1971, the final steps toward the realization of a college were taken when Camosun and the BC Vocational School merged to become BC's ninth community college; the trade-mark with the words'Camosun College' was filed with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office Canadian Trade-marks database on 2008-02-22. Camosun College enrolled its first students in September 1971 when it opened as a two-year institution offering university transfer and upgrading courses to the residents of southern Vancouver Island. In 2014, the college had a budget of $105 million; the Lansdowne campus is located in Saanich, on the corner of Lansdowne and Foul Bay Roads, overlooking the city of Victoria and the Olympic Mountains. Each semester, the Lansdowne campus hosts students enrolled in university transfer, college preparatory and access programs as well as career programs in arts, business and human services.
The campus facilities are surrounded by tree-lined grounds. The Alan Batey Library, opened in 1991, is located prominently in the centre of the campus; the Dental Health Education Centre, opened in 1990, stands opposite the Library. The newest facility on campus is the Wilna Thomas Building with its adjoining Cultural Centre; the Isabel Dawson building is the centre for most student services including information and registration, academic advising, financial aid, disability support services, international student services and the career resource centre. The Fisher building houses the campus bookstore and cafeteria, as well as classrooms and offices for nursing, physics and other disciplines; the Paul Building and Richmond House provide space for classrooms and offices. The Child Care Centre looks after about 25 children on campus. In the southeast corner of the campus the Dunlop House is a heritage building which houses the Hotel and Restaurant Management program's student-operated restaurant.
In contrast to all the facilities on campus, the 1914 Young Building with its clock tower and Italian Renaissance architecture, sits on the south-west corner of the campus and is an historic city landmark. Camosun College's music program and the Victoria Conservatory of Music have shared a building on the Lansdowne campus since 1991. Opened in September 2012, Camosun's medical imaging facility offers a two-year program in medical radiography technology; the Interurban campus is located in a rural Saanich setting 15 minutes from downtown Victoria. Students attend classes at Interurban focused on trades, business or access programs; the campus is surrounded by natural woodland and walking trails. Located next to Interurban Road, the Campus Centre provides information about Camosun programs and services; the building houses registration, the career resource centre, academic advising, counselling and alumni employment services, the bookstore, fitness centre, Student Society offices and a number of administrative offices, meeting rooms and classrooms.
On the courtyard side of the building the clock-tower faces a pole carved for Camosun by Richard Hunt, as part of the 1994 Commonwe
Simon Fraser University
Simon Fraser University is a public research university in British Columbia, with three campuses: Burnaby and Vancouver. The 1.7 km2 main Burnaby campus on Burnaby Mountain, located 20 km from downtown Vancouver, was established in 1965 and comprises more than 30,000 students and 950 faculty members. The Burnaby campus is on the territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Kwikwetlem First Nations. Undergraduate and graduate programs at SFU operate on a year-round, three-semester schedule, it is the only Canadian university which competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. SFU was the first Canadian research university with U. S. is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. To date, SFU faculty and alumni have won 43 fellowships to the Royal Society of Canada, three Rhodes Scholarships and one Pulitzer Prize. Simon Fraser University was founded upon the recommendation of a 1962 report entitled Higher Education in British Columbia and a Plan for the Future, by John B.
Macdonald. He recommended the creation of a new university in the Lower Mainland and the British Columbia Legislature gave formal assent on March 1, 1963 for the establishment of the university in Burnaby; the university was named after a North West Company fur trader and explorer. The original name of the school was Fraser University, but was changed because the initials "FU" evoked the profane phrase "fuck you". In May of the same year, Gordon M. Shrum was appointed as the university's first chancellor. From a variety of sites that were offered, Shrum recommended to the provincial government that the summit of Burnaby Mountain, 365 meters above sea level, be chosen for the new university. Architects Arthur Erickson and Geoffrey Massey won a competition to design the university, construction began in the spring of 1964; the campus faces northwest over Burrard Inlet. Eighteen months on September 9, 1965, the university began its first semester with 2,500 students; the campus was noted in the 1960s and early 1970s as a hotbed of political activism, culminating in a crisis in the Department of Political Science and Anthropology in a dispute involving ideological differences among faculty.
The resolution to the crisis included the dismantling of the department into today's separate departments. The school's original coat of arms was used from the university's inception until 2006, at which point the Board of Governors voted to adapt the old coat of arms and thereby register a second coat of arms; the adaptation replaced two crosslets with books after some in the university asserted the crosses had misled prospective foreign students into believing SFU was a private, religious institution rather than a public, secular one. In 2007, the university decided to register both the old coat of arms and the revised coat of arms featuring the books. In 2007, a new marketing logo was unveiled. SFU's president is Andrew Petter, whose term began on September 1, 2010. Petter succeeded Dr. Michael Stevenson, who held a decade-long post as president from 2000 to 2010. In 2009, SFU became the first Canadian university to be accepted into the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Starting in the 2011-2012 season, SFU competed in the NCAA's Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference and has now transitioned all 19 Simon Fraser Clan teams into the NCAA.
SFU has the highest publication impact among Canadian comprehensive universities and the highest success rates per faculty member in competitions for federal research council funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. In 2007, the University began offering dual and double degree programs by partnering with international universities, such as a dual computing-science degree through partnership with Zhejiang University in China and a double Bachelor of Arts degree in conjunction with Australia's Monash University. On September 9, 2015, SFU celebrated its 50th anniversary. Over its 50 years, the university educated over 130,000 graduates. There are eight faculties at Simon Fraser University: In the academic year 2010–11, SFU had 29,697 undergraduates, with 14,911 of them being full-time and 14,786 part-time; the university has grown in recent years achieving an alumni population of over 100,000. It had 3,403 staff.
In fall semester 2012, 4,269 International students enrolled, making up 17% of the undergraduate student body, one of the highest among Canadian universities. The majority of these international students come from South Korea. SFU's undergraduate student union is known as the Simon Fraser Student Society; the university enrolls over 5,000 graduate students in a wide range of full-time and part-time academic programs. International students constitute 20% of the graduate student population as a whole and 30–40% in science and technology areas. A Graduate Student Society advocates for graduate students at the university. SFU offers non-credit programs and courses to adult students; as of 2016, SFU Continuing Studies offers more than 300 courses and 27 certificate and diploma programs delivered either online or part-time from SFU's downtown Vancouver or Surrey campus. Continuing Studies manages a part-time degree completion program, called SFU NOW: Nights or Weekends, for wo
University Canada West
University Canada West is a private, for-profit, university in British Columbia, Canada. It was founded in 2005 by the former president of the University of Victoria. UCW was purchased in 2008 by the Eminata Group and in 2014 sold to Global University Systems, its present owners. Based in downtown Vancouver, the university offers undergraduate and post-graduate programs in business and management. University Canada West was founded as a for-profit university by David Strong, the former president of the University of Victoria, a group of investors, it was intended to cater to British Columbian students, turned away from the province's public universities as well as the Asian Pacific market and had projected an eventual enrollment of 3000 students. The establishment of the university marked the first time in British Columbia that a for-profit institution had been authorized to use the designation "university," the result of the province's enacted, controversial Degree Authorization Act. UCW was approved in 2004 and opened its doors in 2005 in the former Blanshard Elementary School in Victoria, British Columbia.
It offered undergraduate degrees in commerce, geography and economics and a Masters degree in business. However, the geography and economics programs were dropped. In an effort to expand its program offerings, UCW bought Victoria College of Art in 2006; the intention was to start a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree. However, after the takeover, enrollment at the art college dropped drastically from 150 students to 12; the university subsequently withdrew its request to the British Columbia Degree Quality Assessment Board for approval for the new degree. UCW opened a second campus in Vancouver in 2008; that year the university was sold to the Eminata Group. At the time of the sale, it was reported that UCW was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and struggling to attract students. Faced with declining enrollment at its Victoria campus, the university closed the site in February 2011. At the time of its closure the Victoria campus had only 24 students enrolled in academic degree programs; the announcement of the imminent closure was made one day after the deadline for a tuition refund had passed.
The students were given the option of transferring to UCW's Vancouver campus. However, some students interviewed on CBC News said their preferred college was unwilling to transfer their UCW course credits, they could not afford moving to Vancouver. In March 2012, a two-part investigative feature in the British Columbian paper The Province reported on student complaints at UCW and two other Canadian colleges owned by Eminata. In October of that year, the Hindustan Times published an article reporting on interviews with over 30 students, graduates and former teachers and employees of UCW who "alleged that it a university only in name, that many of them were duped." The article noted that the university "vehemently" denied the allegations that the students were misled about the value of UCW degrees saying that it had many students who secured positions in industry and government, both in Canada and abroad. At the time of the article's publication 90% of UCW's students were from India. Earlier that year, when student complaints about UCW had begun to surface, India's Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University pulled out of a Memorandum of Understanding with UCW to jointly run an MBA exchange programme.
UCW's founder David Strong had been replaced as the university's president in December 2009. He was succeeded by Verna Magee-Shepherd, a former acting president of British Columbia Institute of Technology. Magee-Shepherd resigned in March 2012, four months Arthur Coren was named UCW's new president and vice-chancellor. Coren was the dean of Kwantlen Polytechnic University's business school. Emirata sold University Canada West to the Netherlands-based company Global University Systems in November 2014 at which time it had 400 students enrolled in its in-person and online programs. According to a 2017 interview with Coren in The PIE News, the university's enrollment had increased since 2014 with 80% of its students coming from outside Canada. UCW had 52 graduates in the class of 2018. Of these, 23 were from India and the Far East, 10 from Canada, 7 from Africa, 4 from the Middle East, 4 from Europe, 4 from Central and South America; the majority of the graduates were on the MBA program. Earlier sited on two floors of an office building on Melville Street in downtown Vancouver, the university relocated in 2014 to the nearby London Building where it occupies five floors.
The 10-storey London Building is located at 626 West Pender Street and was built in 1912 for the London and British North American Company. In line with the bicameral system at many other Canadian universities, the governance structure of UCW is composed of an Academic Council and a Board of Governance; the Board of Governance oversees the strategic direction of the university including its fiduciary and financial responsibilities. It is composed of two members nominated by Global University Systems, the university's president, a minimum of four members external to both the university and its owner; as of 2018, the Board of Governance was chaired by Alfred Morris. He serves on the Board of Directors at two other institutions owned by Global University Systems, Arden University and University of Law; the Academic Council oversees policies. It is composed of representatives from the university's staff, faculty and alumni. Although UCW does not receive public funds, the British Col
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Kwantlen Polytechnic University is a public degree-granting undergraduate polytechnic university in British Columbia with campuses in Surrey, Richmond and Langley. KPU is one of the largest institutions by enrolment in British Columbia with a total of 20,000 students and 1,400 faculty members across its four locations, encompassing the Metro Vancouver district. KPU provides undergraduate and vocational education including bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, certificates and citations in more than 120 diverse programs; the school operates as an undergraduate polytechnic university and functions as a vocational and technical school offering apprenticeships for the skilled trades as well as diplomas in vocational education for skilled technicians and workers in support roles in professions such as engineering, business administration, medicine and criminology. Kwantlen Polytechnic University was founded as Kwantlen College in 1981 as a response to growing need for expanded vocational training across the Fraser Valley.
In 1995, it became a university college. In 2008, the provincial government announced its intention to amend the University Act to appoint Kwantlen University College a polytechnic university; the legislation renaming the university college to university received royal assent on May 29, 2008 and KPU began operation as Kwantlen Polytechnic University on September 1, 2008. KPU became a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada on October 24, 2008. In affiliation with KPU include: the International Association of Universities, the Colleges and Institutes Canada, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Canadian Bureau for International Education, the Canadian University Press; the Globe and Mail Canadian University Report ranked KPU among the top post-secondary institution relative to enrolment across Canada, earning numerous grades in the "A to B Range" in categories such as quality of teaching and learning, career preparation, student satisfaction and information technology.
Published in Maclean's magazine, the National Survey of Student Engagement listed KPU among the top Canadian institutions relative to student participation, educational practices, quality of education. Kwantlen College was formed in 1981 by separation from Douglas College. There were more than 200 suggestions in a contest to name the new South Fraser region college; the winning entry "Kwantlen" was submitted by Stan McKinnon. "Kwantlen" comes from the name of the Kwantlen First Nation in whose traditional territory the university is located. Chief Joe Gabriel of the Kwantlen First Nation gave permission for the college to use the Kwantlen name. Following a provincial government initiative designed to increase access to degree programs in British Columbia that begun in 1988, five community colleges were granted authority to offer baccalaureate degrees; these five institutions— Cariboo, Fraser Valley, Kwantlen and Okanagan—were renamed university colleges. They offered degrees under the aegis of one or more of the three provincial universities.
In 1995, they were awarded the authority to offer degrees in their own right. In 1995, the province of British Columbia enacted legislation changing the institution's name to Kwantlen University College. In 2005, Kwantlen University College began a campaign to convince elected officials at the municipal and provincial levels, various key community leaders, to support its efforts to become a university. Removing "college" from its official name would require approval from the government of British Columbia. In its case for the university status, Kwantlen's administrators claimed the change to Kwantlen University would: Enhance Kwantlen's ability to help British Columbia become the best educated, most literate jurisdiction in North America. In 2007, Murray Coell, Minister of Advanced Education and Minister responsible for Research and Technology was joined by special advisor Geoff Plant, to release the Campus 2020 report that recommends Kwantlen University College become Kwantlen University. On April 22, 2008, British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell announced that Kwantlen would become Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
On April 22, 2008, the provincial government announced its intention to amend the University Act to make Kwantlen a polytechnic university, in recognition of its "versatility in providing academic and horticultural training." The legislation renaming the University College to University received royal assent on May 29, 2008. On October 24, 2008, KPU became a member of the Association of Colleges of Canada. Although the AUCC is not an official government accreditation body, its standardized membership benchmarks and requirements for members serves to ease a student's ability to transfer from undergraduate to graduate programs across Canada and the world. KPU campuses are all in British Columbia's Lower Mainland and in: Surrey at Newton Town Centre, in the City Centre. Richmond, and Langley. Note: Wikipedia Commons has a gallery of KPU's campuses - Commons:Kwantlen Polytechnic University. KPU Tech known as KPU Cloverdale is the newest of the four KPU campuses, opening in April 2007; the new Cloverdale campus replaced the aging Newton campus facilities which had served as the home for trades training since Kwantlen's inception.
The new Cloverdale building is certified as an LEED Gold building and houses KPU's Trades & Technology programs, which include appliance servicing, automotive servicing, farriery, masonry and warehousing
Columbia International University
Columbia International University is a Christian institution of higher education located in Columbia, South Carolina. CIU began in 1923; the original purpose was to provide a two-year course of study in biblical studies for local mill workers. By 1927, the decision was made to convert the school into a college and begin offering bachelor's degrees in Bible. A location in downtown Columbia was established and the first dean of the college was chosen; the school continued to grow and required a new campus. The college was relocated in 1960 to its present facility on Monticello Road, it was during the 1960s that the institution’s longest serving president, Robertson McQuilkin, son of the first dean of Columbia Bible College, was inaugurated. During this period, the institution changed its name to Columbia Bible College and Seminary; the name was changed yet again in 1994 to Columbia International University to highlight the growing educational mission as well as to demonstrate a commitment to preparing students from all parts of the world for global Christian service.
CIU has five colleges: the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Counseling, the College of Education, the College of Intercultural Studies, the Seminary & School of Ministry. Because of the knit nature of the institution and the emphasis on Christian education and biblical studies regardless of major, many of the colleges share faculty members; the undergraduate division of CIU is the oldest constituent division of the university. The college is headed by a Dean and possesses faculty from a variety of academic competencies, including English, music and ancient languages, psychology and various others. While it offers majors in various disciplines, all students must take several core competency courses in biblical studies as a part of general education requirements; the Graduate School exists as a complement to the undergraduate programs available. The main focus of the school is offering courses leading to degrees in education, though there is a large postgraduate counseling program; the Graduate School offers terminal degrees in education: an Ed.
D. and an Ed. S.. These advanced degree programs are led by program coordinator Dr. Brian Simmons, author of multiple works on education and former president of Association of Christian Schools International; the CIU seminary exists for the purpose of training students who desire to pursue a vocation in full or part-time Christian ministry either in a congregational setting, in parachurch organizations or as a missionary. Students at the seminary are not required to hold a particular denominational affiliation to attend, though they must meet all the other requirements for attendance at CIU. Students must assent to CIU's doctrinal standard for candidacy for a degree. In addition to two master's degree programs, the seminary offers a doctoral degree and a certificate of graduate study; as an institution of higher education, CIU’s primary emphasis is on its academic programs. Like most other Christian colleges, the traditional academic emphasis has been placed on the humanities and liberal arts rather than natural sciences, in addition to strong emphasis on ministerial and biblical studies at the undergraduate level.
This is evidenced by the fact that there are undergraduate majors relating directly to ministerial skills but no programs in the sciences. A Business & Organizational Leadership major was added in 2012. CIU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for its undergraduate and graduate programs and is listed as a Level V school, meaning that it offers three or fewer doctoral degrees. CIU is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education with its next ten year review in 2019; the seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada to award the Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Ministry. The Graduate School is accredited by the South Carolina Department of Education to offer graduate degrees in early childhood and elementary education leading to certification as a teacher in State of South Carolina. CIU offers online degrees and other degrees that are a hybrid of on-campus and online courses.
The structure of this program has the clear advantage of permitting the student to obtain a degree but without relocating closer to the campus or leaving full-time employment. One obvious disadvantage would be that the student only has limited interaction with other students and the faculty; some courses are offered on-campus as one-week intensives at CIU's main campus in Columbia or at CIU's extension sites in Atlanta and Korntal, Germany. Like most evangelical schools and many seminaries, CIU does have doctrinal affirmations and lifestyle standards which all students are expected to affirm as a part of admission. There are seven doctrinal points which students must assent to as a part of their admission to and candidacy for a degree from CIU; these are biblical inspiration, natural separation of humanity from God, salvation by grace through faith in Christ, the historical doctrine of the Trinity, the bodily resurrection of Christ from the dead, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the believer, the evangelical mandate to witness to the gospel of Christ.
Additionally, the doctrine of Premillennialism is held by the school, but students are not required to adhere to this doctrine. CIU requires all teaching faculty
College of New Caledonia
The College of New Caledonia is a post-secondary educational institution that serves the residents of the Central Interior of British Columbia. This region has a population of about 145,000, it encompasses three school districts: #28, #57, #91. CNC operates six campuses in Prince George, Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Mackenzie and Vanderhoof. CNC offers small class sizes, not in excess of 37 students, as mandated by their faculty agreement. CNC has an approximate annual system-wide enrollment of 5,000 students in health sciences, university studies, career access and continuing education; the college was established in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada in 1969 as a successor to the B. C. Vocational School; the College was called "New Caledonia," a name given to the region by the early explorer, Simon Fraser. The first convocation of 37 graduates took place in 1971. CNC has since expanded by opening up campuses across central British Columbia; the College of New Caledonia's Arms, Supporters and Badge were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on June 4, 1996.
CNC in Prince George occupies four buildings: the main campus, Technical Education Centre, Nicholson campus, the John A. Brink Trades & Technology Centre; the Prince George campus's recreation department provides a full-size gym, weight room, bouldering wall, squash courts, yoga classes. These services are free to attending students; the Prince George campus is the headquarters of the CNC Students' Union. CNC's Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs are accredited by The Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada; as of 2014, graduates of both programs have had a 100% pass rate on the National Dental Assisting Examining Board exam. The Quesnel campus is located at 100 Campus Way, Quesnel, B. C. In 2011, construction began on an additional building meant to provide trades and technical training services; the completed building was named the West Fraser Tech Centre in 2013. The building earned the Governor General's Award for Architecture in 2012, is home to about 250 trades students in programs such as machinist/millwright, electrical and power engineering.
CNC's Lakes District campus in Burns Lake has offered a variety of community-focused educational programs since 1976. The campus has gained worldwide attention for its work in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; the college operates a campus in Mackenzie offering academic, professional development, general interest courses and programs. They operate the Mackenzie WorkBC Employment Services Centre in partnership with the government of British Columbia; the Nechako region is served by campuses in Vanderhoof. Credits can be transferred to University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, Thompson Rivers University, University of Northern British Columbia, Royal Roads University toward a four-year degree; the College of New Caledonia and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design have created a Fine Arts program. Students can take basic first year courses at the CNC campus in Prince George transfer to the Emily Carr campus in Vancouver for the final three years.
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