College bails out UBCO students

Okanagan College has stepped up to the plate to help accounting students at UBCO after that school announced they were cutting three critical fourth-year courses from next year’s curriculum.

The college already offers the same courses as part of their business program, and Heather Banham, Dean of the Okanagan College School of Business, says they’ll do what they can to accommodate the students.

“In order to accommodate the students who are seeking accounting as a career, we’re going to make sure that any student who has the requirements of those courses towards the UBCO management degree plus meet their accounting degree requirements at the same time, that there’s room available to take the courses with us,” she says.

The details still need to be worked out, but Banham says the classes will be offered in both the fall and winter semesters, and possibly this summer if there is enough interest. Another option is through distance education at Okanagan College, but Banham does not encourage that due to the complex topical nature of the courses.

Registration fees associated with enrollment at a college will also be waived for those UBCO students, under what is called a letter of permission.

That system is incorporated across the post-secondary system in British Columbia and allows UBCO to give permission for students to take certain classes at other institutions. Okanagan College would then guarantee that as long as the student passed the course, they would get a transfer credit and not have to meet any of the other application processes.

UBCO students were blindsided earlier this week with news that the three courses would be cut, with the school’s dean of management explaining it was due to their focus on other program options such as Leadership and Management.


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