After a successful 30-year partnership with ElderCollege, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is reassessing its approach to continuing education to align with its mandate and community needs. The university plans to suspend infrastructure support, including facilities, accounting services, technology support, and registration systems for ElderCollege from December 31, 2023. Despite this, VIU is committed to providing logistical support as ElderCollege explores alternative program delivery options.
The decision is a response to significant shifts in the post-secondary environment, particularly influenced by the challenges posed by the pandemic. VIU, as a public institution, aims to evaluate all aspects of its operations for efficiency and explore new models and best practices for continuing education.
While acknowledging the disappointment this news may bring to ElderCollege participants, VIU remains steadfast in its commitment to lifelong learning. Dr. Michael Quinn, Provost and Vice-President Academic, expressed pride in the partnership with ElderCollege since 1993. However, he highlighted the necessity to adapt to changes in the educational landscape and evaluate operations for effectiveness.
VIU extends its gratitude to ElderCollege participants, the ElderCollege Board, and instructors for their dedication and contributions over three decades, enriching the community with their time and expertise. As VIU looks to the future, it aims to share more information about continuing education offerings in the coming months, ensuring alignment with provincial mandates and learner needs of all ages.