Western and Fanshawe make sweet love, spawn two programs
By Sarvenaz Kermanshahi
WHERE’S BRENDAN FRASER WHEN YOU NEED HIM? A mummy, looking very non-threatening,
lies in anthropology professor Andrew Nelson’s lab yesterday.
The number of students across Ontario opting for the benefits of collaborative programs between colleges and universities is on the rise.
"The increase in collaborative agreements between colleges and universities has come about as a result of changes in requirements for certain professions and also because of increasing demand from students," said George Granger, executive director of the Ontario Universities Applications Centre. "[The collaborative program] is a very special and unique product that allows the two sectors to work together to the students' benefit," he stated.
Western currently offers two programs of this nature in partnership with Fanshawe College; one in the faculty of information and media studies and another in the school of nursing.
According to Sue Anthony, undergraduate chair at the school of nursing, the partnership with Fanshawe provides nursing students with the broad spectrum of knowledge they require. "Nurses need leadership skills, political awareness, interpersonal communication skills as well as nursing knowledge in order to work in this busy, restructuring health care system," she said.
"The program also allows us to offer a greater range of resources to the students," Anthony added. She explained that an increase in enrollment will be necessary due to the severe nursing shortage, but this can only occur with increased funding.
The number of applicants to the Media Theory and Production program offered jointly by the faculty of information and media studies and Fanshawe rose to over 400 in its second year. As a result, the number of students enrolled in the program this year increased from 40 to 50.
"It seems to be valuable to students to have a post-secondary education that includes both theoretical and practical components," said Dana Morningstar, MTP program co-ordinator for Fanshawe. "It is also beneficial for the media industry to have informed analytical creators who are conscious of the choices they make."
Morningstar said the program will not likely see any further expansion due to space and equipment limitations.
"Providing students with general knowledge and practical application of those ideas will be beneficial to them in the job market," said Dave Ford, VP-education for the University Students' Council.
"While learning all the important scientific information, I am also experiencing the hands on, clinical aspect of nursing, which is essential in producing a well-rounded nurse," said second-year nursing student Kendra Hastie, who is enrolled in the collaborative program.