AAU backs UPEI in dispute with province over degree legislation

November 18, 2010

The Association of Atlantic Universities is siding with the University of Prince Edward Island in a dispute with the PEI government, which will introduce an act to allow other post-secondary institutions in the province to grant degrees. The AAU has written to PEI's advanced learning minister with its concerns. Dalhousie University president Tom Traves asked why the province feels the need to risk the reputation of quality institutions that already exist in PEI. A Holland College official says he welcomes new PSE institutions as long as they offer different programs. The college does not have any immediate plans to start offering degrees; its sole focus is expanding its diploma programs. CBC