Volume 92, Issue 81

Wednesday, March 3, 1999


Four-year BA gets the nod from Senate

Another stabbing punctures downtown

Early exit for Harrison

Argument consumes faculty meeting

Martin's budget includes students

Tan plans for future presidential position


No vacation from campus

Caught on campus

Caught on campus too

Caught on campus again

Four-year BA gets the nod from Senate

By Sabrina Carinci
Gazette Staff

As of September, students in the faculty of arts and the department of philosophy will have the option of enrolling in a program which sits between the bachelors and honours degrees – it is presently known as the four-year general degree.

The proposal, approved by Senate at the end of February, will give students an opportunity to further studies in a program and graduate with a wide perspective of knowledge. This is different than an honours degree in which students graduate with a very highly concentrated and focused education, said John Thorp, chair of the Senate Committee on Academic Policy and Admissions.

"There's a lot of feeling at the university that we shouldn't only be offering bachelors and honours degrees," Thorp said. He added the option to pursue a four-year general degree may also qualify a student to apply to various graduate programs, which is presently only accessible to students who obtain an honours degree.

"We want to create a program that is very attractive – that will add to a student's education in a special way," said Greg Moran, VP-academic at Western. He added the present name of the program does not accurately describe this importance and a new degree name will have to be created.

Moran said the three-year degree will likely not look as attractive once the double cohort, the erasure of Grade 13 which will increase university enrolment, hits Western. "With [the Ontario Academic Credit year] going, some may need a four-year program," he said. Moran added he believes the four-year general program will become fairly popular at Western.

Nick Iozzo, VP-education for the University Students' Council, said the adoption of four-year general programs is a good move for the university to make. "It gives students flexibility – more options," he said.

Jordan Rose, a third-year political science student at Western, did not necessarily share Iozzo's enthusiasm. "It may be misleading for students. They have to pay [an extra] $4,000 for basically the same degree," he said.

Thorp said SCAPA intends to have a general proposal put before Senate for the implementation of four-year general degrees for all programs by the end of the year.

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