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College changes name in time for fall classes

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The BUC will soon stop at Don Burke's desk.

The Salvation Army William and Catherine Booth College should soon be known as Booth University College (BUC).

Proposed legislation is now before the legislature to change the name of the 28-year-old private downtown school and former Bible college.

There are university colleges in Alberta and Ontario, faith-based private schools that offer a handful of university programs, said Burke, Booth's president. Manitoba's University College of the North, however, is public.

"The 'university' is an adjective describing the level of education offered here," he said.

An aide to Advanced Education Minister Diane McGifford confirmed the province has agreed to the change in status, which is being brought forward as a private member's bill by NDP Burrows MLA Doug Martindale.

A Canada-wide training centre for Salvation Army members, Booth has about 500 students, or about 250 full-time-equivalent students.

Booth needs a minimum of 500 students to seek membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, said Burke, who is actively aiming for membership.

As part of its upgrade to a university college, he said, Booth now requires its students to have the same entrance standards as the University of Manitoba, such as requisite high school courses and minimum marks.

U of M, in turn, has amended its admission standards so that future Booth graduates in arts, business administration and social work can apply to U of M's faculty of graduate studies. Students who entered under Booth's old entrance requirements are considered for grad schools on a case-by-case basis, Burke said.

Burke hopes the name change can be official in time for the start of fall classes.

nick.martin@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 3, 2010 B3

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