Douglas College gets new status

Douglas College has been named a receiving institution by the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT), highlighting a change in how post-secondary students are moving between schools.

In the past, the vast majority of students in B.C. moved one way, from colleges like Douglas to research universities such as Simon Fraser or UBC. But a recent study by the provincial government showed that while 4,000 students moved from colleges and institutes to research universities in 2007/08-2008/09, nearly as many students—3,300—moved in the opposite direction.

To reflect the new reality, Douglas College’s status has changed from sending institution to both sending and receiving institution in BCCAT’s B.C. Transfer Guide. Students can now use the guide to determine how courses from universities and other colleges transfer to Douglas.

Douglas is now a receiver for Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Langara College. Capilano University, Simon Fraser University and other institutions will be added to the list in the months ahead.

“The path to completing your education is no longer a one-way street,” said Scott McAlpine, president of Douglas College. “More and more students are deciding to complete their education at college, or are returning to college to do post-degree studies. The change in our status underscores the new trend in student mobility and the need to streamline the process for students.”

Douglas offers six programs for graduates with bachelor’s degrees seeking to further their education, including two new post-degree diplomas in sales and accounting.

McAlpine points out that many students come from universities to colleges because they prefer the smaller class sizes and more one-on-one contact with instructors.

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