Understanding Canada’s affiliated and federated colleges

January 14, 2016

Canada is not unique in having PSE entities made up of two or more affiliated institutions, writes Moira MacDonald, but these affiliations do have especially deep roots in the country’s history of higher education. This history goes back to a time when Canadian universities were largely considered "an initiative of religious groups seeking a place to train the next generation of clergy in communities big and small.” Today, however, there are many advocates who argue for the unique benefits of affiliated colleges, which can often offer students the recognition of a degree from a major institution while preserving the modest class sizes and professor-student interaction of smaller institutions. University Affairs