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Friday October 20, 2017

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Professor Editorial

The Death of a Great Education in B.C.

It is much more than a sad day for students here at Capilano University. On June 8 the Senate Budget Advisory Committee after a three week review came to the conclusion that more than 10 departments will be cut due to their supposed lack of fitting into to the university’s plan and lack of funding, which is ironic, as when questioned University President Kris Bulcroft stated that the university doesn’t have a unified vision yet… which is compounded by an odour of administrative bloat that is being whitewashed by the Board

This spells the end of creativity, transparency, accountability, and technological innovation here at Capilano University. I have been a student here at Capilano University on and off for 7 years and received a 3 yr. associate of arts with a concentration in Psychology Degree in 2012 from the University. My original plan was to transfer to SFU and receive my bachelor’s degree in psychology, but due to the breadth of excellent courses offered at Capilano and the compassionate and caring student and faculty community I felt compelled to stay as they made me feel at home from day one.

Consequently, I felt the need to enroll for another semester as I didn’t want to be just another student number at one of the larger universities such as SFU or UBC. This turned out to be the best thing that happened to me as I took Comp 301: The Digital Life with Jason Madar and it inspired me to follow my passion and my talent to become a network security analyst (as I currently do small business and home network PEN Testing and my psychology skills have greatly helped). After getting into this field I felt the need to grow my programming and web development skills, and as luck would have it they offer both first year computer programming as well as interactive design (both programs have a remarkable reputation).

This previous semester I was taking a web design course offered by the computer science department taught by Joseph Fall (Comp 165) and found that I have a great passion for this as well... if it wasn't for the selection and eclectic offerings here at Cap I may never have realized my potential... but after discovering this and then subsequently learning of their cancelation I felt as if someone had just punched me after promising to have my best interest at heart. I felt betrayed by the administrators who are telling me what I want and how I should learn, instead of asking the students and faculty for their collective opinion. Chalk up another win for the McDonaldization of education and the dehumanization of public universities…

My main point for writing this editorial is to demonstrate what inspired me was the quality of the education and the passion of the instructors, which made me want to develop a project that was non-profit and based around Capilano's great student and faculty community, and I did, it is a student based Craig’s List/E-bay hybrid where students can post resumes, look for jobs, sell household items and textbooks, as well as blog with other students and faculty in the Capilano community. Joseph Fall was not only a great instructor, but he even gave up his personal time to develop a supplementary program to teach sever side web programing in order to deploy our final projects for the class .Joseph Fall and Jason Madar inspired me to start up a computer science club at the university that is open to anyone, where we give tutorials on everything from basic computing to new technologies and support the notion of information being free and ultimately a tool to empower everyone.

The instructors Joseph Fall, Jason Madar, and all the other excellent professors I have had to privilege to meet over the years (way too many to list, but all played a crucial role in shaping my academic career) inspired me to follow my passion and believe that I could, and would succeed in the industry of my choice. Their love for the subject matter and enthusiasm for genuinely wanting students to learn and do their best was greatly felt and appreciated, and I consider all of them mentors and I am forever grateful, even if the University Board of Governors isn't.

I must note that this is eerily familiar to the situation that happened to VCC in 2006 were I was a student at the time. The administration, after a funding cut from the government decided to go in a different direction and cut many valuable programs from the curriculum and instead focus on health sciences making it a cookie cutter diploma mill. I ask that anyone who believes that B.C is a great province, and its residents deserve a top notch education to speak up against these cuts and sign a petition or express your opinions and concerns to anyone who will listen…

 
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