March 22, 1999: Distance education partnership allows College graduates to obtain a university degree without leaving home

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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      March 22, 1999
      Contact: Richard Longworth
      Business Administration instructor
      (604) 984-1788


      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)--Capilano College graduates will benefit from a unique and exciting partnership agreement that will be signed via videoconferencing at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24 with distance education leader Athabasca University (Alberta). This understanding will provide degree completion opportunities via distance education to Capilano College alumni in specified fields of study.

      Graduates will be admitted into the University's Bachelor of Administration, Bachelor of Professional Arts (Communication Studies), and Bachelor of Science (Computing and Information Systems) degree programs with advance credit toward their degree. This will reduce the time it takes to complete the credential, attained entirely at a distance through home-study.

      Capilano College president, Dr. Greg Lee, is encouraging graduates and students to continue their education to their own personal and professional advantage.

      "This partnership will allow our graduates to advance their education and enhance their opportunity for promotion without leaving their current jobs," Lee says. "This improved access will also bring more diversely qualified people into the workplace.

      "Capilano College is committed to the lifelong learning concept," he adds. "This agreement with Athabasca University upholds our mission to enable student success in a chosen career, in the pursuit of knowledge, and in contributing effectively as responsible citizens."

      Athabasca University's vice-president Academic, Alan Davis, explains how distance education will allow Capilano College diploma-holders in identified fields of study to upgrade their education to degree level without leaving the workplace or their communities.

      "The required courses are self-paced, and completed through home-study, "he says. "This will permit students to set their own study schedules -- study where and when they can -- and will provide ample time to complete each course and a degree. This flexibility provides access for many people who might have been prevented from completing a university degree in the past due to the demands of their work, scheduling difficulties, and geographic location."

      John Potts, dean of Business, Human Services, and International Programs, believes the flexibility of distance learning will make the partnership attractive to Capilano College graduates and other Vancouver area residents who are changing careers, re-entering the workforce, and interested in pursuing a university education on a part- or full-time basis at a distance.

      "By offering innovative programs and delivery methods, Capilano College and Athabasca University are meeting a growing need of the global community," he says.

      BACKGROUND

      Capilano College's main campus is in North Vancouver, nestled in a natural setting on the slopes of the North Shore. The College also has regional campuses in Squamish and Sechelt that serve the communities of Howe Sound and the Sunshine Coast. The College serves 6,500 full-time credit students and 7,000 non-credit students annually. It is well-known for its wide range of program offerings: university transfer; career and vocational programs; career and academic preparatory courses; English as a second language; continuing education; and contract services. From certificates to diplomas, associate degrees, and degrees offered in conjunction with partner universities, Capilano College is committed to enabling student success.

      Athabasca University provides a university education at a distance using a variety of delivery methods, including home-study, classroom instruction, videoconferencing, telecourses, computers, and the Internet. Currently serving more than 15,000 students, the University strives to remove traditional barriers to attaining a university education. Specializing in distance education since 1972, Athabasca University now offers more than 450 home-study courses at the undergraduate level, master's level courses, bachelor's and master's degrees, university certificates, and diplomas, all at a distance.