The University of Saskatchewan administrators say in time there will be new full-degree courses offered at the new downtown Prince Albert campus, potentially including the fields of agriculture, business and engineering.
However, the university isn’t ready to say exactly when these degrees will be offered under the one roof at the Central Avenue campus, which is due to open in the fall of 2020.
“We are looking to have a cluster of full degrees in Prince Albert," Vice-Provost of Teaching, Learning and Student Experience Patti Mcdougall told paNOW. “We already have full degrees in sociology and English but now it’s time to start building, and we’re thinking carefully about what more can be done in agriculture and bioresources, engineering and business.”
Courses in ag-bio and education, for example, are already offered in P.A. but only at first-year level.
McDougall stressed that any new courses would have to be sustainable and their "northern strategy" in working with stakeholder across P.A. and the North would help them understand what the needs and demands are, especially in areas of study that fall under certain regulatory bodies.
“Our deans and executive directors of our schools are all seeing what’s happening and that there will be more opportunities," McDougall said. “So they’re beginning a process of thinking about what could be sustained in terms of the population and would that support our needs [as a university] regarding resources needed to train those who in turn train others.”
She said the way the new dentistry program came about for the new campus is an indication of how programming can grow in future. The College of Dentistry will have four dental chairs to start in 2020 with a focus on Northern communities and the elderly, and there are plans to expand to seven chairs.
“I know from the conversations we’re having there will be other news things in P.A.,” McDougall said.
The new single campus will join together existing programs in the Colleges of Nursing, medicine, arts and science, kinesiology, agriculture and bioresources, and pharmacy and nutrition, currently spread over three separate locations in the city.
Most tender applications for the renovation work on Central Avenue are due in May 2019 with a year of construction expected before the doors open after the summer of 2020.
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