MacEwan University is the newest member institution of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
Membership was approved by AUCC’s board of directors and members late last month and took effect immediately, making MacEwan the 95th member of the association of universities and degree-granting colleges.
Based in Edmonton, MacEwan University was founded in 1971 as Grant MacEwan Community College. It became an accredited degree-granting institution in 2004 and Alberta’s sixth university in 2009. In the 2010-2011 academic year, it had almost 14,000 full-time students enrolled.
“AUCC membership opens up a number of important doors for the university – and for our students and graduates,” said MacEwan President David Atkinson.
Janet Paterson-Weir, provost and vice-president, academic, added that the AUCC membership will allow MacEwan to move ahead with certain programs, such as a bachelor of social work degree; the Alberta College of Social Workers requires institutions who offer social work degrees to be AUCC members. She said AUCC membership will also help MacEwan in its bid to become a member of Canadian Interuniversity Sport for its athletic teams.
In welcoming MacEwan as a member, AUCC President Paul Davidson said, “We look forward to working with the leadership, faculty, staff and students of MacEwan University to advance higher education.”