University Status Proposed For Algoma
McGuinty Government Supports Increased Opportunity For Aboriginal And Northern Students
Legislation introduced today, if passed, would grant university status to Algoma College in Sault Ste. Marie.
Algoma is currently an affiliate college of Laurentian University and offers degrees in over 30 programs for the North. The school has a special focus on serving Aboriginal students, including offering the only BA program in the Ojibwe Language.
Granting university status would provide Algoma with greater independence to focus on the postsecondary needs of the North. This is part of Ontario's plans to ensure high-quality postsecondary education is available to students in all parts of the province.
- Algoma College was established in 1964 as an affiliate college of Laurentian University and currently has about 1,200 students.
- If passed, this legislation would make Algoma the North's fourth independent university.
“This is an important step forward for Algoma College and an important development for Sault Ste. Marie. It will help improve access to postsecondary education in the North and help the Algoma region's economy grow.”
“Our government recognizes that a degree-granting charter would not only strengthen Algoma College, but would also have a significant, positive impact on our community's economic, cultural, and social landscape. The introduction of legislation that would create an independent Algoma University is a historic event for our city as it would not only greatly improve post secondary education opportunities but symbolize Sault Ste. Marie's recent growth and enhanced capacity to support this new institution.”