The University of Calgary has suspended admission to its collaborative degrees at Red Deer College.
The decision affects U of C students enrolled in the bachelor of arts program majoring in sociology and psychology and the bachelor of science program majoring in psychology who attend RDC.
“We are very disappointed with the University of Calgary’s decision,” said college president Peter Nunoda.
“Under these difficult circumstances, we are committed to working with the U of C and with our current students in the affected programs to ensure all students can successfully complete their degrees.”
While new students are not being accepted by U of C to begin classes at RDC in fall 2020, more than 100 current students who are attending RDC will be able to complete their degree at the college.
Red Deer College will continue to accept applications from new students who are able to complete the first two years of a bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees and then complete their degrees by transferring to another post-secondary institution.
For the past two decades, collaborative degrees have provided RDC students the opportunity to complete their studies in Red Deer, while receiving their degree from a partner institution, such as U of C.
Students enrolled in other collaborative degrees at RDC are unaffected, says the college.
“We know there is a demand for degree programs to be offered in central Alberta. We look forward to creating more opportunities for students as we begin to offer our own degrees as Red Deer University,” said Nunoda.
Red Deer College is moving swiftly to complete proposals to offer its first bachelor degrees in arts, education, science (majoring in biological sciences) and business administration, said Nunoda.
Depending on government approvals, students could begin classes in these degrees at Red Deer University as early as September 2021.
* This story was corrected with new information provided by Red Deer College at 9:10 a.m. on Nov. 28.