On June 24, 2009, the University of Manitoba’s Senate passed a motion that will make graduate studies much more accessible to Providence graduates.
In 1978, Providence College was chartered by the province of Manitoba to grant Arts degrees. Despite receiving this charter, it has often been difficult for Providence grads to enter graduate studies at the University of Manitoba. Up to the present, the Faculty of Graduate studies maintained a list of schools with acceptable degrees. Providence was not on the list. Providence graduates generally had to complete a second Bachelors degree to enter graduate studies.
The motion that was passed changes the minimum requirements for admittance into the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The new regulations state that the Faculty of Graduate Studies will recognize four-year undergraduate degrees from “Canadian institutions empowered by law to grant degrees.” This includes Providence College.
The changes to these regulations have very positive implications for Providence students. Dr David Johnson, Provost at Providence, said, “Providence graduates are now able to get the educational recognition they deserve. Bachelors degrees from Providence are now more valuable to all students.”