Capilano College seeks formal accreditation from the United States

    NORTH VANCOUVER, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - A lack of a national post-secondary
accreditation system in Canada is forcing North Vancouver's Capilano College
to seek formal accreditation from the United States. This move reinforces the
institution's ongoing commitment to excellence and works to ensure that the
economy of the communities it serves remains strong.
    "The lack of such a Canadian process is indeed forcing institutions, such
as Capilano, to seek accreditation south of the border," said Capilano
president, Dr. Greg Lee. "The fact that this should be necessary is a national
    The economy of Capilano's vast region is closely intertwined with
programs and activities at its three campuses. The North Shore, Howe Sound and
Sunshine Coast communities also benefit from the $20 million injected annually
by Capilano's international students and from the financial spin-offs
generated by student spending as a whole.
    However, because neither Canada nor British Columbia have a formal system
of post-secondary accreditation, students, and in particular, international
students, have no internationally accepted measure of quality assurance when
attending Canadian institutions.
    "Canada has not brought in any process of quality review at the national
level, nor has it put in place a regionally-based institutional accreditation
system such as that in the United States," stated a 2006 report from the
Canadian Council on Learning. "As a consequence, there is a strong risk that
Canadian institutions, anxious to attract and retain students - especially
from abroad - will turn to American accrediting agencies."
    The longterm and intensive accreditation process began in 2004 when the
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities approved Capilano's
Application for Consideration for Candidacy. This was followed by a
comprehensive self-study. From October 24 to 26, Capilano will host a team
from the NWCCU that will determine its educational effectiveness with a view
toward eventual full accreditation.
    As this process continues, Capilano maintains its pursuit of regional
university designation.
    "We believe that changing our designation to that of a university college
or regional university will provide additional assurances to our students and
potential students that they will continue to receive university-level
programs and degrees with college-quality teaching and support services," Lee
    More information on the evaluation process can be found by following the
Standards and Policies/Operational Policies links at

    Capilano College serves the communities of the Lower Mainland,
Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver,
Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 6,500 students in credit programs each
term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. The
College offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university transfer
courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs,
health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of
student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees,
associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas,
certificates and statements of completion.

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For further information: Shelley Kean, (604) 983-7596

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