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ERIC Number: EJ930493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0318-9090
Degree Completion for Aboriginal People in British Columbia: A Case Study
Price, Ruth; Burtch, Brian
Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education, v36 n1 Spr 2010
This article presents a case study of a First Nations educational initiative in British Columbia. Simon Fraser University's (SFU) Integrated Studies Program created two unique adult education programs in response to a request from the Aboriginal-operated Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT); this request involved the two institutions establishing a partnership and then collaboratively developing degree-completion programs for Interior Salish peoples living on their traditional lands, which surround NVIT's Merritt campus. The Aboriginal Community Economic Development (ACED) Program and the Aboriginal Community Economic Development and Business Studies (ACED-Bus. Studies) Program were successfully offered at NVIT over a four-year time frame. A student's completion of either program resulted in the conferring of a Bachelor of General Studies degree from SFU The ACED program curriculum (2002-04) was designed to enhance Native student knowledge of Aboriginal community economic development, while that of the ACED-Business Studies program (2004-06) added business administration courses to the overall mix. Both programs were offered in a face-to-face format at the Merritt campus, and both were a collaborative effort. Implications for establishing and sustaining Aboriginal-focused post-secondary education are identified and discussed in this article, as are the barriers to post-secondary education faced by Aboriginal students and the authors' challenges as non-Aboriginal people engaged in programming across cultures. Additionally, reflections on these initiatives are offered and linkages to key literature on the issue of Aboriginal post-secondary education are identified. (Contains 8 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada