Augustana signs historic agreement with Battle River School Division
Posted on June 24, 2011 by Tia Lalani
Representatives of UAlberta’s Augustana Campus and Battle River School Division signed a partnership agreement on June 24.
Few Alberta communities the size of Camrose can boast that they have a University campus and a school division office located within their city borders.
But since Camrose is lucky enough to have both, it makes sense for them to work together whenever possible for the benefit of students, staff and the community. That’s the premise behind a historic new agreement signed by representatives of the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta and Battle River School Division on Friday, June 24.
In one of his last acts as Dean of Augustana, Dr. Roger Epp joined BRSD Board Chair Cheryl Smith and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Larry Payne in signing the first such Memorandum of Understanding to be created in this area.
“I don’t know why no one else is doing this,” says Dean Roger Epp. “Only two months separates what we do and we never talk to each other, let alone think about what knowledge we can transfer back and forth and how we can benefit each other.”
“We’ve always had a good working relationship with Augustana,” says Ms. Smith. “It’s a great pleasure to formalize that relationship and consider even more ways in which we can work together. It’s going to be great for our community”
“Augustana is a gem,” adds Dr. Payne. “I’m very pleased to make a commitment to working even closer together with this wonderful institution in the future.”
According to Dean Epp, the school division has already provided exceptional opportunities for Augustana students. “Our music students, for example, were put in places where their learning starts to be meaningful,” he said, referring to university student community service-learning placements in Battle River schools.
The Memorandum of Understanding outlines ways in which the two organizations might offer future educational partnerships that are mutually beneficial, such as successful programs such as Reading University, which will return this summer to Augustana campus. This year will see the largest cohort of third-grade students who require reading support.
Other partnerships could include, for example:
- Providing practicum placements in Battle River schools for Augustana students in the Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Education program;
- Creating for-credit opportunities at the Augustana campus for exceptional grade 12 students;
- Provision of summer learning opportunities, including Reading University, on the Augustana campus;
- joint recruitment and cultural / educational support of international students;
- collaboration in athletics;
- collaboration in the performing arts;
- collaboration in professional development of staff;
- collaboration in environmental sustainability initiatives;
- mutual support in the event of emergency response and business recovery;
- sharing of expertise with respect to pedagogy, educational technology and the high school to university student transition.
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