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B.C.’s next university?

College of the Rockies gets degree granting authority


British Columbia has added another name to its extensive list of degree granting institutions. College of the Rockies (COTR) has been given the go-ahead to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainable Business Practices, president Nick Rubidge announced last week.

The four-year program, that begins in September, combines a COTR diploma in accounting, marketing, or general business, with courses from the arts and sciences. Students will complete online specialization courses in their upper years either through COTR or another institution that has agreed to partner with the college, such as Thompson Rivers University and Athabasca University. Fourth-year courses will contain an applied sustainability focus.

According to the Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Rubidge says that a focus on sustainability is necessary as businesses are increasingly expected to consider the environmental impacts of their operations. “I see the skills of our graduates being used in a whole variety of businesses, not just a niche in environmental business, but in all businesses. All business practices need to start by building a business model that includes sustainability and environmental issues,” he said.

Entering the league of degree granting institutions has been a COTR goal for years. “Becoming a degree-granting post-secondary institution is not an easy task. There are many standards, evaluations and criteria to meet, and the process takes years,” Rubidge said.


B.C.’s next university?

  1. College of the Rockies, along with all other public colleges in BC, has been allowed to offer applied baccalaureate degrees since 2003. This is just the first Bachelor’s degree COTR has put together and is permitted to offer under its own name: for several years students have been taking B.Ed and BSc.Nursing programs at the College, but the actual degree is conferred by the University of Victoria.

    It’s a very big leap from offering a first degree program to becoming a university. Even if COTR had any such ambitions (which it doesn’t), it would take a very long time to achieve this.