Simon Fraser University

Senate considers TechBC

Apr 04, 2002 , vol. 23, no. 7

By Diane Luckow
The academic and administrative organization required to provide degree completion for TechBC students at SFU is under way.

During the March senate meeting, SFU senators discussed at length this new undertaking, passing several motions to clear the way for arranging programs and to provide TechBC students with assurance that they will earn an SFU degree.

President Michael Stevenson made it clear that SFU's funding agreement with the province enables the continuation of the TechBC program without infringing on any of SFU's current degree programs.

Current TechBC students will earn an appropriate SFU degree, but the actual name of the degrees has not yet been established. Graduate students currently enrolled at TechBC will be admitted into appropriate graduate programs at SFU, subject to the usual approval process. At present there are 30 graduate students enrolled at TechBC.

New students already accepted at TechBC for fall 2002 will be accepted as SFU students. SFU intends to continue to offer the TechOne program streams for information technology and interactive arts at the SFU Surrey campus for a period of at least three years, but not more than four.

Discussions during Senate also centered on the ongoing operation of a campus in Surrey.

John Waterhouse, VP-academic, explained that SFU plans a significant presence in Surrey beyond the three-year commitment to TechBC students. He says the agreement with the ministry of advanced education covers rental costs and funding for the ongoing, extra expense of running a satellite campus in Surrey.

For the 2002-2003 academic year, SFU will operate in the current TechBC location in the Surrey Place mall.To learn more about the integration of TechBC students into SFU, visit here.