UBC changes style guide for press releases, “Dr” now used for those awarded a doctoral degree

December 22, 2020
The University of British Columbia has changed its style guide to use the honorific “Dr” in front of the names of those who had been awarded a doctoral degree. The article says the move was made after an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal questioned whether Dr Jill Biden’s doctoral degree warranted the title. In response, UBC has changed its policy of following the Canadian Press Style Guide and will now include “Dr” in front of the names those who have a doctoral degree. “The question of how media and large institutions should recognize academic credentials, rank and titles while ensuring readability for their audiences has sparked dialogue in recent years,” read the policy. “Some members of the UBC community have also raised this important question—and we’ve been listening.” Western Standard (BC)