As the University's highest academic governing body, the UBC Council of Senates voted last week to approve in principle the granting of UBC degrees to Okanagan University College (OUC) alumni holding one or more of the following credentials granted by OUC as the sole granting institution between January 1, 1998, and June 30, 2005:
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Education
- Bachelor of Fine Arts
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Bachelor of Social Work
"This approval-in-principle by the Council of Senates constitutes the next to last step in the approval process," says Lisa Collins, UBC Assistant Registrar. "In September 2006, the Registrar will present a list of candidates for these degrees to the Okanagan Senate and request that the Senate grant the degrees at that time."
Collins added that once the list of candidates for degrees has been approved by the Okanagan Senate, approximately 2,400 eligible alumni will be invited to accept their UBC degrees and become members of the UBC convocation.
"We have more than 5,000 UBC alumni in the Okanagan and look forward to welcoming many new UBC alumni from OUC to add strength to those ranks," says Marie Earl, Associate Vice President, Alumni, and Executive Director of UBC's Alumni Association.
More information will be available in September 2006. At that time, UBC will invite eligible OUC graduates to apply to receive their degrees.
In July 2005, the former OUC ceased operations. At that time, UBC Okanagan was established at the former institution's campus in North Kelowna, and the new Okanagan College was established with campuses in several Okanagan communities, including Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Salmon Arm.
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