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Transcript of Kwantlen British Columbia Canada

5th Annual Conference on Research in University Colleges

Bachelor of Arts Degrees: A Development and Implementation Odyssey

Robert FlemingAssociate Vice President, LearningKwantlen University CollegeSurrey, BC, Canada

Who Are we?

Where Are we?

What Is Our Mandate?

History and Mandate

In 1970 Douglas College was formed to serve 15 locations in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada

History and MandateIn 1981 Douglas College was splitone half remained Douglas and the other became Kwantlen College

Kwantlen retained 4 campuses: Surrey, Newton, Richmond and Langley

History and MandateIn 1995, Kwantlen was designated a University College and given degree granting status by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education

Kwantlens mandate was to provide comprehensive programming: from Trades and Vocation programs to Applied Degrees

In addition to offering the first 2 years of general university study and existing college programs, Kwantlen began offering 4 year undergraduate degrees

The first degrees were in Business, Nursing, and Design

Current Program OfferingsKwantlen currently offers well over 100 programs in addition to 10 four-year undergraduate degrees

We are Canadas largest University Collegeapprox. 17,000 students10,000 FTEsOver 800 faculty and 500 staff

Degree AreasNursingApplied PsychologyInterior DesignGraphics DesignFashion DesignApplied JournalismEntrepreneurial LeadershipBusiness AdministrationInformation TechnologyCommunity Criminal Justice

Current Mandate

Kwantlen offers comprehensive programming ranging from trades and vocational programs to baccalaureate and applied masters degrees

Over 75% of our programs, including those in the trades areas, ladder into degree programs

A new trades campus is planned for Cloverdaleopening in 2006

Expanding Our Mandate

Expanded MandateThe BC Ministry of Advanced Education determined that Kwantlen would not be restricted to offering only Applied Degrees

Anticipated demographic pressure for access to post secondary education over the next 10 years requires more degree programs in our region

Demographic Pressure

British Columbia faces significant challengesover the next decade in providing access to quality post-secondary education for B.C. students and expanding the capacity of its post-secondary sector. The South Fraser region in particular, where Kwantlen is located, is in critical need of new access opportunities given demographic characteristics of the areas (At Our Doors: The Demand for Post-Secondary Education in the Fraser Region of Southwestern B.C.).

Demographic PressureAdditional FTE Enrollment Demand From 2003 Levels

Source of Demand20112016North Fraser3,4004,200South Fraser10,50012,700Total Fraser Region13,90016,900

Labour Market PressureRecent occupational projections on theMinistry of Advanced Education website, those of May 2003, show that 72 per cent of the projected job openings in BC over the next decade will require some form of post-secondary education. In contrast, only 66 per cent of employment in 2001 required post-secondary education (Our Doors 19).

Shortage of Student SeatsBetween the years 2002/03 to 2003/04, 1149 to 1179 students who began their studies at Kwantlen applied to B.C. universities for degree completion. Of these qualified applicants, 65.9% to 70% were made offers of acceptance and 78% to 80% of these applicants followed through with registration.

Program SelectionKwantlen has focused on Bachelor of Arts Degree programs for the following reasons

High student demandEmployer demandRelatively low resource and delivery costsFaculty expertiseExternal Accreditation

Existing Bachelor of Arts Degrees

Bachelor of Arts, Applied PsychologySignificant emphasis on research, practicum, statsOver 80% of our graduates who apply are accepted at Grad School

Bachelor of Arts, Community Criminal JusticeEmphasis on research, practicum, statsLaunched in September, 2004

New B.A. Degrees: Fall, 2005Bachelor of Arts degrees with majors and minorsMajor and Minor in CriminologyMajor and Minor in PsychologyMajor in General StudiesMinors in English and History Double Minor

Program Structures

B.A. Curriculum FrameworkStudents will achieve a B.A. degree at Kwantlen by completing a minimum of 120 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, plus a minimum grade of C in all required courses.

In addition to satisfying all the essential requirements listed, students must complete at least 65 of the 120 credits in arts subjects, and at least 45 credits at the upper levels.

B.A. Curriculum Framework: Essential Requirements6-credit writing requirement including ENGL 1100 and one of either ENGL 1202 or 1204 to be completed within the first 60 credits taken

A minimum 9-credit (3 courses) quantitative requirement, at least 6 credits of which are to be completed within the first 60 credits taken To be listed as quantitative for the purposes of the Bachelor of Arts degrees, courses must have quantitative reasoning, or formal reasoning, or scientific reasoning as a basic principle in their primary subject matterAt least 3 credits of the above 9 quantitative credits must be taken from courses offered by the Faculty of Science

B.A. Curriculum Framework: Essential Requirements24-credit breadth requirement, consisting of a minimum of one 1000-2000 level course in at least four separate social science or humanities disciplines outside of the main program area and one 3000-4000 level course outside the main area of study. These may include UNIV 1001, a first-year foundational course, and UNIV 4001, a fourth year capstone course.

Second language to grade 11 or 6-credit post-secondary language requirement to be completed within the first 60 credits. Students who can demonstrate competency in a second language may have this requirement waived.

B.A., MajorsFollow the Curriculum Framework

Required courses specific to the major

30 upper level credits in the area of the major

B.A., Major in General Studies

Follow the Curriculum Framework

A selection of courses from and between departments of most interest to student

Coherent program: Themes, Topics, Skills

Each individualized program must have prior approval of advisor

B.A., MinorsFollow the Curriculum Framework Required courses specific to each distinct minor15 upper level credits in the minor area 18 upper level credits in the minor area for an extended minor Preferred for teachable subject areas by most education programs

B.A., Double MinorFollow the Curriculum Framework Required courses specific to each distinct minor15 - 18 upper level credits in each of the two areas of the minors total 30 - 36 credits

Admissions and Registration Protocols

Admission: Kwantlen StudentsTo be admitted to year one of the B.A. program new and continuing students must meet the following criteriaB in ENGL 12 (or equivalent) C in Principles of Math 11 (or equivalent)

Students who do not meet the criteria may be admitted to a Qualifying Studies Year as non-program studentsAcademic upgrading in writing and/or quantitative skills coursesStudents may enroll in university courses that do not require B.A. level writing and quantitative skillsUpon successful completion of the Qualifying Year, students are guaranteed admittance to the BA program

Admission: Transfer StudentsTransfer students must meet the same general and program-specific entrance criteria as Kwantlen students

Guaranteed student FTE allocations are limited by Memorandum of Understanding with specific transferring institutions

Registration: Kwantlen StudentsProgram students get registration priorityGuaranteed seats for full-time students onlyRegistration order is determined by CGPA

In future, the criteria are likely to includePreset CGPA to be admitted to the B.A. program

Registration: Transfer StudentsFollow the same protocols as the existing Kwantlen program students until the transfer institutions FTE allocation for B.A. program students is depleted

Additional transfer students can register as new students

We are exploring dual registration options with institutions in our region

Development and Implementation Process and Timeline

TimelineActivitiySpring-Summer2003B.A. Degree Advisory Group established under the leadership of Dr. Bob Brown, former Dean of Arts at Simon Fraser University

Consultations with students, faculty, staff, and the community regarding viability and curriculum

Draft a Curriculum Framework discussion paper

September 2003Submission of Curriculum Framework paper to the internal Kwantlen community

Fall 2003Series of open forums and meetings with stakeholdersRevisions to the Curriculum Framework

B.A. Degree Implementation Committee structure established: Curriculum;Admissions, Registration and Enrollment; Human Resources; Library;Marketing; Counseling and AdvisingSpring-Summer 2004B.A. Degree Implementation Committees meet and continue do so throughout the year

Curriculum Framework prepared for submission to internal governance authorities: Degree and Program Assessment Committee (DPAC),Educational Council, Board of Governors

April 2004Curriculum Framework approved by DPAC

Degree Proposal Writing Group starts developing the required Notices of Intent (NOIs) and Full Program Proposals (FPPs)May 2004Curriculum Framework approved by Education Council and the Board of Governors

Consultations with other colleges and universities

Requests for letter of comment f