RDC, GPRC may not become universities as planned

January 20, 2021
CBC reports that Red Deer College and Grande Prairie Regional College may not transition to universities as previously planned, pending the results of the provincial system review. Reporter Janet French explains that though RDC and GPRC had been granted permission by the previous government to become universities, AB Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides is questioning “[w]hether or not they need to become a university.” CBC reports that the changes would be expensive, and that the colleges would not need to be classified as universities in order to grant degrees. Nicolaides also notes that if RDC is successful in adopting a “polytechnic university” model, they may “shed some of those programs that are needed by the local community, so I think we have to find the right balance.” CBC (AB)