May 21, 2003: College receives expanded degree-granting authority

      May 20, 2003
      Contact: Dr. Greg Lee
      Tel: 604.984.4925

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—The provincial government has recognized the quality and comprehensiveness of Capilano College’s programs with an announcement May 16 authorizing the institution to independently grant four applied degrees.

      While the College has offered baccalaureate degrees in partnership with B.C.’s Open University for more than a decade, this latest move means that Capilano College will now offer Business Administration, Tourism Management, Jazz Studies, and Music Therapy degrees in its own name.

      “It’s a great step forward,” said College president, Dr. Greg Lee. “We applaud the vision of Minister Bond and the current government for recognizing the validity and necessity of colleges to be able to offer alternate choices to students in British Columbia.”

      Capilano College first requested consideration for employment-based baccalaureate degrees in the early 1990s. With today’s announcement, it has become the first college in British Columbia to confer degrees since new legislation last year expanded degree-granting authority.

      “By this action, it is clear that the provincial government is recognizing the diversity of learner needs in B.C.,” Lee said. “With flexible programming and a high standard of teaching, colleges really are the model for education in the 21st century.”

      The government’s announcement came just in time for 16 Capilano College students who have been eagerly anticipating being in the first graduating class to receive a Capilano College degree. On Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m., they will make history when they walk across the stage of the Sportsplex during spring convocation and become the proud recipients of a Capilano College bachelor degree.

      “These degrees will compliment and enhance the certificates, diplomas and associate degrees already offered by the College,” Lee added. “They will offer a credential that reflects the already established quality of the applied education students receive at the College and will enable us to better serve our students in the years to come.”

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      For more information, please contact Dr. Greg Lee at 604. 984.4925.