TRU closes two regional centres, local leadership concerned about access to in-person education

December 1, 2020
Thompson Rivers University has announced the closure of its current Clearwater and Barriere continuing education facilities, citing low enrolment and unused rental space. CBC reports that leaders in the regions are concerned that the university may be breaching the Thompson Rivers University Act, which requires TRU to provide educational services to the region. Additionally, Jack Keough, the executive director of Yellowhead Community Services, reports that TRU has been cutting courses at the Clearwater location and that the courses have been deteriorating since the retirement of its coordinator four years ago. Keough has called for government intervention to restore services to rural communities. TRU says that it is meeting the mandate by offering courses in other forms, adding that it will rent other short-term spaces in Clearwater and Barriere for in-person courses. CBC (BC)