Release Date: March 3, 2005
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U of R, Briercrest College sign agreement on student credits
Today in Caronport, Briercrest College and the University of Regina signed an agreement to enable students from the college to receive advanced credit standing towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Dwayne Uglem, interim president at Briercrest, said the signing of the articulation agreement is a tremendous win for Briercrest College students and for Saskatchewan. 

"Briercrest attracts 750 students from across Canada and the world every year - more than 60 per cent of them from outside of Saskatchewan" said Uglem. "This agreement allows our students to know how their academic work completed at Briercrest will be treated if they stay within the province and study at the U of R. The agreement to grant at least 50 per cent transfer to the U of R Faculty of Arts is an appropriate recognition of how our distinct curriculum shares a common core of courses with a typical university liberal arts program."

Robin Fisher, dean of the U of R's Faculty of Arts, said the agreement will help the Arts faculty meet two of its objectives. "First, it is one of a number of programs that will help us grow, in keeping with our goal of a 20 per cent increase in the next five years," said Fisher. "Second, it will make a university education more accessible to students from an underserved area of Saskatchewan."

Under the agreement, students completing at least their first year and up to four years at Briercrest with an acceptable grade point average - and who meet the required level of proficiency in the English language for entrance to the University of Regina - can transfer up to two years' worth of credits towards any Faculty of Arts degree at the University of Regina.

The college is part of the Briercrest Family of Schools, which was founded as "Briercrest Bible Institute" in 1935 in the village of Briercrest. In 1946, the institute moved to Caronport (15 minutes west of Moose Jaw) and started a residential high school. In 1983, graduate programs were launched under the name Briercrest Seminary. Collectively, the schools serve more than 1,900 students each year, and there are more than 19,000 Briercrest alumni living in 75 countries of the world. Briercrest College prepares students for service to both the church and society, and is the number one source of workers for Christian evangelical churches and para-church organizations in Canada. For more information, please see http://www.briercrest.ca/.

The University of Regina, with more than 12,000 part-time and full-time students, provides a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degrees through its nine faculties and 23 departments. In addition, 12 research centres and institutes enhance a dynamic and growing research program. The University's Faculty of Arts, with about 3,800 students, is founded on a strong belief in the efficacy of the liberal arts and a commitment to social issues. The faculty is large and diverse and offers many different degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For further information see http://www.uregina.ca/arts/.

Additional contact:
Loren John Hagerty, MBA
Vice President of Advancement
Briercrest Family of Schools
Phone: 306.756.3256
Fax: 306.756.5526