MacEwan University, named for a former lieutenant governor of Alberta, was founded as a community college for health care and social workers in 1971; the ﬁrst classes were held in a local high school. Today, it has grown to accommodate more than 19,000 full-time and part-time students. It offers nine four-year bachelor’s programs and two applied bachelor’s degrees, as well as 40 diploma and certificate programs. There are two major research centres: the Institute of Asia Paciﬁc Studies and the Centre of Applied Learning and Innovative Business Education and Resources. The school also emphasizes small class sizes and individualized learning.
“I believe that education is transformational,” says Deborah Saucier, who is wrapping up two years as president. “Education provides opportunities for our graduates to thrive in the workplace and allows our students to develop their careers. We foster citizen leaders and further contribute to the community.”
The main downtown campus—set over six city blocks—is home to most of the action. The contemporary design offers open spaces and lots of study spots. A second-level walkway connects the buildings, with the exception of the residence. Allard Hall, a purpose-built space, provides classrooms, performance areas and state-of-the-art technology for programs in the visual, performing and communication arts. Step off campus and you’re surrounded by bars, cafés, restaurants and shopping in downtown Edmonton.
• Design: In this program, students focus on visual communication design or user experience design to solve communication problems. The program balances practice-based, hands-on research with theory-driven coursework.
• Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music: Students zero in on their passion for jazz, pop and rock ’n’ roll, and can major in composition or performance.
• Commerce: Students concentrate on the basics in the first two years before specializing in one of seven majors in the final two years; features small classes and real-work experience through case studies and co-op.
• Stress: In this course, students discuss the effects of stress on the physiology of the body and the psychology of the mind, and consider the beneficial effects of stress, how personality is related to feelings of stress and methods of coping with stressors.
• Indigenous and Postcolonial Feminisms: This course explores critical feminist issues and activism through a range of postcolonial theoretical and standpoint orientations; covers historical and contemporary issues and theories.