Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Agreement between Sask Polytech and the University of Regina’s Paul J. Hill School of Business improves opportunities for students

Agreement means students can earn a diploma and a degree within four years.

October 11, 2016 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina's (U of R) Paul J. Hill School of Business signed an agreement today that allows business students to transfer between institutions.

The agreement provides an opportunity for students in Saskatchewan Polytechnic's two-year Business diploma program to transfer into the third year of the U of R's four-year Bachelor of Business Administration program at Paul J. Hill School of Business to continue their education.

"This collaboration is about building learning pathways for the benefit of our students. Together, we are able to provide students with an amazing educational opportunity," says Dr. Larry Rosia, Saskatchewan Polytechnic president and CEO. "This partnership with the U of R allows students to continue seamlessly on their learning path. In addition, it provides them with a wide and diverse range of perspectives and learning opportunities that will ensure they get the most out of their education."

"The University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have developed and maintained many academic agreements over the years, and all of them have had one goal in mind - to provide our students with the best possible opportunities to access the best possible education," says University of Regina president and vice-chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons. "This most recent agreement continues that tradition, and clearly demonstrates how our two institutions continually find new ways to make high-quality post-secondary education accessible and relevant to Saskatchewan students."

After completing a two-year Business diploma at Sask Polytech, graduates who meet entry requirements will have the opportunity to transfer into a four-year undergraduate degree program at roughly the halfway mark. As a result, students will complete both programs over four years and finish with both a Sask Polytech diploma and a U of R degree.

"This partnership agreement gives students more flexible academic options," said Minister of Advanced Education Bronwyn Eyre. "Increasing opportunities for students and further collaboration between institutions make our post-secondary sector stronger. I congratulate both the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic for creating, and finalizing, this partnership."

"This latest agreement makes it easier for students who begin their business studies at Saskatchewan Polytechnic to transfer to the University of Regina to earn a Hill business degree," says Dr. Andrew Gaudes, Dean of the Hill and Levene Schools of Business. "This is another example of how we co-operate with other post-secondary institutions in our province to leverage our resources and position students for successful careers in Saskatchewan."

Sask Polytech has a number credit transfer options, including entry into degree programs, with a number of universities and colleges across Canada. The U of R has secured, and continues to pursue, transfer articulation agreements with domestic and international post-secondary institutions, allowing for more options and flexibility for transfer students.

About the University of Regina

The University of Regina is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. It now has 200 academic programs, 10 faculties and more than 14,750 students. The University of Regina is well known in several areas, including business, education, engineering, journalism and justice studies, and offers online and distance study programs for people throughout Saskatchewan and across Canada.

About Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 27,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.