Polytechnic university status sought for Red Deer College

Date Posted: October 23, 2015

Stardate: 21513.13

Hello Student Body of 2015/2016!

Thank you for participating in our Students’ Association Fall Council election and our bi-election for the office of Vice President College Affairs.

The races were close, with every vote counting toward the final result. I am incredibly excited to begin working with our 2015-2016 Students’ Association Council and our Vice President College Affairs.

What does the Vice President College Affairs do, you may ask?

The Vice President College Affairs primarily acts as a student voice on all academic matters at Red Deer College. Students’ Association Vice President College Affairs assists students with non-academic and academic appeals, sits on Academic Council and related committees, and chairs our Mental Health Committee.

I am confident that Ben Fleury, our recently elected Vice President College Affairs, has the heart and dedication to work well within the office to which he has been elected.

On that note — stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks regarding our Mental Health initiative!

As the Mental Health Initiative is student-run and student-led, we will need students to contribute and provide input on what they would like to see out of our Mental Health initiative. To get involved on the Students’ Association’s Mental Health committee, shoot Ben an email at sardc-vpca(at)rdc.ab.ca .

Now, time for an update on a big-picture project. I’m sure you’ve probably heard about Red Deer College’s ambition to gain degree-granting status.

The Board of Governors (kind of like a school board, for the College) has decided that the President of the College (not me, sadly) will be advocating for polytechnic university status for Red Deer College.

As this is a huge step for Red Deer College to even consider taking, the student voice is extremely important when it comes to considering the College’s potential transition to polytechnic university status.

You may be wondering what a polytechnic university is or how it will affect the future of Red Deer College. Red Deer College
On October 27, President Joel Ward will be presenting to students providing an overview of what the polytechnic university model will mean to students. The session will consist of a short presentation by Ward, followed by an opportunity for Q&A and feedback in the Forum. The session will take place Tuesday, October 27 in the Margaret Parsons Theatre (Room 1400) at 2 p.m.

I look forward to seeing you there!

As always, feel free to contact me anytime at sardc-president(at)rdc.ab.ca or stop by the office for a quick chat.


Article Author: Maryanne McGrath, SA President

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