Great Plains Col­lege signs agree­ment with Ed­wards School of Busi­ness

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - BY MATTHEW LIEBEN­BERG mlieben­[email protected]­

Stu­dents from south­west Saskatchew­an will have a new op­tion this fall to start their busi­ness stud­ies at the Univer­sity of Saskatchew­an while at­tend­ing class at Great Plains Col­lege in Swift Cur­rent.

Great Plains Col­lege and four other Saskatchew­an re­gional col­leges (Cum­ber­land, North West, North­lands, and Park­land Col­lege) have signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the Ed­wards School of Busi­ness at the Univer­sity of Saskatchew­an.

The agree­ment will al­low stu­dents to com­plete the first year of their four-year Bach­e­lor of Com­merce (B.Comm) pro­gram at one of the five re­gional col­leges.

Mar­garet Schafer, the co­or­di­na­tor of the busi­ness pro­gram at Great Plains Col­lege, felt the agree­ment is sig­nif­i­cant for the col­lege and for stu­dents who want to pur­sue busi­ness stud­ies.

“Be­fore stu­dents had to make a choice and now this might make choices eas­ier for stu­dents,” she said. “They can ap­ply di­rectly to Ed­wards, be able to get their schol­ar­ships and main­tain their seat in the col­lege, and be able to move on in year two. So I think it's a pos­i­tive agree­ment for the col­lege.”

Stu­dents can al­ready take their first-year op­tions for a univer­sity de­gree in agri­cul­ture, arts and sci­ence, ed­u­ca­tion and nurs­ing at Great Plains Col­lege.

This agree­ment will make it pos­si­ble for stu­dents to com­plete the first year of their Ed­wards School of Busi­ness pro­gram at the col­lege through a com­bi­na­tion of face-to-face classes and on­line course work.

“In the past, any­body who wanted to be in the Ed­wards School of Busi­ness had to go di­rectly to Saska­toon and in or­der to start your first year here, they had to be in arts and sci­ence,” she ex­plained.

“So some stu­dents would have to make the choice whether they wanted to be an Ed­wards stu­dent and go to Saska­toon, or start in arts and sci­ence and then ap­ply to Ed­wards. This gives stu­dents the op­tion of ap­ply­ing di­rectly to Ed­wards and be­ing able to at­tend on our cam­pus right away.”

Stu­dents are ad­mit­ted di­rectly into the B.Comm. pro­gram at

Ed­wards School of Busi­ness and they will have ac­cess to 30 credit units of cour­ses dur­ing their first year of study at Great Plains Col­lege.

“If they go with the rec­om­mended year from Ed­wards, they can take three face-to-face classes with us,” Schafer said. “The rest will be on­line. They would be reg­u­lar art classes, so any of our so­cial sci­ence or hu­man­i­ties classes that we of­fer. They could also take a sci­ence if they wanted to. The rest would be on­line from Ed­wards, at least for now. This is some­thing we may ex­plore fur­ther.”

The col­lege will be able to im­ple­ment this me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the use of ex­ist­ing re­sources, and no ad­di­tional staff will be re­quired.

“Our ad­vis­ing will be the same, we'll dis­cuss the pro­gram with the stu­dents, we'll have them reg­is­ter and guide them through their first year,” she said. “So it is not a sig­nif­i­cant change for us.”

This op­tion to start the first year of their Ed­wards busi­ness pro­gram at the col­lege might ap­peal to stu­dents who re­quire a flex­i­ble ap­proach to their stud­ies.

“Some­times peo­ple have things go­ing on and start­ing here would be ad­van­ta­geous for them in that re­gard,” she said.

“They would be in three of our arts classes and so they would have the ben­e­fits of as­sis­tance here and work­ing that way, and kind of learn­ing how to do univer­sity classes. Some stu­dents like on­line learn­ing and so this might fit into some­thing they're happy to do.”

An­other ben­e­fit of this agree­ment will be that stu­dents who start the first year of the B.Comm. pro­gram at the col­lege will al­ready have ac­cess to schol­ar­ships that are avail­able to Ed­wards School of Busi­ness stu­dents.

The next start­ing date for this busi­ness pro­gram is Septem­ber 2019 and the ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line is May 1.

“Ad­mis­sions are done di­rectly with Ed­wards,” Schafer noted.

“Stu­dents can then ap­ply to us as well and be able to work with our ad­vi­sor to help them with reg­is­tra­tion and get them set up.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the B.Comm. pro­gram at Ed­wards School of Busi­ness, visit the busi­ness pro­gram's web­site at www. ed­wards. us­ask. ca/ pro­grams/ un­der­grad/

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