Feb. 8, 2007
Ministry of Advanced Education
LANSBRIDGE UNIVERSITY (B.C.) CLOSURE
Advanced Education Minister
Murray Coell appointed lawyer Deborah Lovett to conduct an inspection of
Lansbridge University’s operations in B.C. on Oct. 30, 2006. The inspector’s
report found that:
- Lansbridge appears to have advertised its
programs without consent under the Degree Authorization Act.
- Lansbridge provided information that could be
considered misleading in documents it submitted in its application to the
degree quality assessment board.
- Lansbridge failed to maintain financial security
as required by the degree authorization regulations and the terms and
conditions of consent.
- Lansbridge failed to comply with the consent
conditions relating to storage and security of student transcripts.
- Lansbridge failed to comply with the condition
that limits a student’s financial obligation to 12 months. The
university’s website and 2005-06 calendar stated that students could
receive a 25 per cent discount on their tuition if the full program amount
was paid in advance.
- Lansbridge failed to comply with the special
condition requiring it to retain an expert acceptable to the degree
quality assessment board.
- The state of Lansbridge’s student files raises
serious questions about administration, admissions standards, credit transfer
criteria and similar issues.
The minister has accepted the
inspector’s recommendations with enhancements, and has:
- Changed the consent period for Lansbridge to
operate in B.C., to a period that terminates effective May 1.
- Ordered Lansbridge not to enrol any new students
before consent ends.
- Ordered Lansbridge to advise its students, in
writing, of the closure date and post this information on its website.
- Ordered Lansbridge to refund tuition paid by
students for financial obligations beyond May 1.
- Ordered Lansbridge to work with its students to
facilitate transfer arrangements to other post secondary institutions.
- Begun the process to appoint a liaison officer
for students to provide further assistance and support by working with
students and other post-secondary institutions to make transfer
arrangements for students who will not have completed their study programs
by May 1.
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