Remember “Quest University? “Canada’s first independent, not-for-profit, nonsectarian university of the liberal arts and sciences”. Known to most of us as the private university in Squamish, BC, founded by UBC’s former President David Strangway?
Current enrollment: 300 undergraduate students. Tuition cost: $27,000 CAD per year. Room and board ranges from $8,660 to $11,650 per year.
Full disclosure first: Relatives own substantial real estate in the area, hence will keep my personal opinion to myself. But hey, its “success story” is making the rounds!
First, you read about “The promise of Quest University” here, but more seriously, you read about it in a “University Affairs” article by two University Presidents, who are also looking to transform undergraduate education…”quest style”.
What’s the kicker? Well, in 2009, Quest University had the highest NSSE scores in North America.
Remember! you first heard about this (and the NSSE) here.
Doesn’t it remind you of how students in prohibitively expensive private schools manage to do well on SAT tests? But before you get seriously depressed, move to the delicious article by Todd Peddigrew, “The Borg are here, we call them presidents”.
A must read, but I can’t wait to spill the ending:
“Not again. The line must be drawn here! This far, no further!
People who care about real, humane higher education in this country must fight for it, for it is in grave peril. We can no longer pretend that people who talk like Zundel and Deane are not the enemy. Whether they realize it or not, they are monsters and they will destroy us if we let them. Resistance is not futile. But first you have to resist.”