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February 19, 2009

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Under a new pilot program, the first of its kind in B.C., students can earn a college and university degree concurrently. Inspired by a model in Oregon, SFU and Douglas College are designing an undergraduate program that co-admits applicants.

Students will be able to move easily between the institutions while pursuing a 60-credit Associate of Arts from Douglas and/or a 120-credit Bachelor of Arts from SFU. Douglas College credits will count towards their SFU degree. Registrants fill out one online application and do not have to apply to move from college to university.

SFU and Douglas College will initially offer an undergraduate degree in arts and social sciences; then in the sciences. Both institutions hope to be ready for an initial cohort of 75 students by late 2009.

"We expect this arrangement to create flexible options, and we look forward to expanding the program if the pilot is successful," says Jon Driver, VP-academic at SFU. "The real winners are the students," adds Jan Lindsay, VP-education, Douglas College. "This will help them be better prepared for a successful transition to a university environment."

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