Of all the schools affected by the provincial budget cuts, few were hit as hard as Mount Royal University. After the cuts, MRU was left with a $14 million budget shortfall, resulting in the suspension of several programs. One of these was the school’s disabilities studies program, which was the only one of its kind in Calgary.
Now, Bow Valley College has decided to offer a disabilities studies program of their own, with classes starting in January.
BVC had previously suspended this program due to low enrolment.
School officials would not comment on whether the reinstatement of the program was due to the suspension of MRU’s disabilities studies program.
The BVC program will be the only school in Calgary to provide training in this field.
Disabilities studies trains students to work and assist people with disabilities. The rate of employment for students graduating from disabilities studies was high with the MRU program before its suspension.
Read about the loss of the MRU program here.