BCIT receives DQAB Exempt Status

On April 27, Minister Andrew Wilkinson approved the institution’s application for Exempt Status for new undergraduate programs following a thorough review by the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) . This represents two important things for BCIT: One is the full recognition of the quality of the institute’s degree programs, and two, a more efficient process for degree approval for BCIT. Read the announcement

New JIBC degree addresses growing complexity in policing

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is accepting applications for its new Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) program that gives prospective recruits a competitive edge by providing the complex skills needed in today’s police officers. “The program is the first of its kind in Western Canada,” said Mike Trump, Dean of the School of Criminal Justice and Security at JIBC. “It was developed to provide the latest techniques and necessary skills to deal with the growing sophistication of crime and the increasing complexity of … Continued

KPU rebrands the university’s Faculty of Health

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Faculty of Community and Health Studies has been renamed the Faculty of Health, a change effective as of April 1. The new name coincides with the faculty’s only non-health-focused program – the Special Education Teaching Assistant program – moving to the Faculty of Arts. Read more….

Kwantlen supports new repayment assistance plan announced this week by the BC premier

BC premier Christy Clark announced this week the Repayment Assistance Plan (RAP) – part of the government’s “Families First” agenda which will include a two-stage RAP coming into effect July 1. The first stage provides payment assistance for the interest portion of the student loan, and the second stage provides payment assistance for the principal portion of a loan. “It’s great to see the governments come together and design a program such as the Repayment Assistance Plan to help those … Continued

Culinary superstars bring medals home to VIU

Vancouver Island University Culinary Arts students have done it again! They won several medals, including grand gold, grand silver and grand bronze, at the 16th annual BC Chefs Hot Competition Live at the Vancouver convention centre as part of the BC Foodservice Expo. The two-day cooking extravaganza included competitors from all levels of cooking in professional, team, apprentice, post-secondary and high school categories. Read more…….

Donors thanked at UFV Changing Lives awards ceremony soiree

By Anne Russell on September 21, 2011 “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” If you were an eavesdropper at the University of the Fraser Valley Changing Lives awards ceremony on Sept 20, you would have heard those words repeated over and over again. This year, the UFV development office, which coordinates all fundraising initiatives at UFV, tried a new cocktail party-style format […]                                Read full story

Communities discuss role of local forests on mid-Vancouver Island at VIU

On Sept. 29, 2011, the Canadian Institute of Forestry, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve, and Vancouver Island University are sponsoring a Community Dialogue Session for local residents in Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville, and Qualicum. The purpose of the session is to discuss and document community perspectives on the roles of local forests in contributing to the wellbeing of local communities. The September 29 session will be held at VIU Nanaimo Campus, Building 356, Room 111, 6pm–9pm. Organizers hope to attract input from … Continued