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Date: August 24, 2005

UVic Bachelor of Commerce Program Gets Ready
For More Students

More students will be able to earn their bachelor of commerce degrees from the University of Victoria, thanks to an expansion taking place at the faculty of business.

Up to 60 more students will be admitted for the term beginning September 2006, increasing the capacity of the program by 33 per cent to 240 students per year from 180. Funding for the expansion is from the provincial government’s 2004 commitment to provide UVic with 1,900 more seats, part of an increase of 25,000 post-secondary seats province-wide by 2010.

“The University of Victoria is growing and it is a natural step to increase the capacity of the business faculty,” says Vice President Academic and Provost Jamie Cassels. “In the last few years, business has had at least three qualified applicants for every available seat in the BComm program. We are now in a position to change those numbers.”

“UVic Business has a unique program and we attract high quality students from around the world,” says Dr. Ali Dastmalchian, dean of the UVic faculty of business. “The increase in our capacity means we can better accommodate our local students and still have room for other national or international students.”

The bachelor of commerce program requires students to complete their general course work during their first two years of undergraduate education and then spend their final two years entirely within their group at the faculty of business. This format allows for integration across subject areas and promotes the building of networks among classmates. Undergraduate students can specialize in entrepreneurship, international business, hospitality management, and management.

The faculty also pre-admits high school students and first-year college students. “Grades are important but not the only criteria,” says Dastmalchian. “A major part of the assessment is based on the students’ leadership abilities and their community involvement and experience.”

For more information on admission criteria, visit bachelor of commerce web pages at www.business.uvic.ca.
Media contacts:
Dr. Ali Dastmalchian (Business) at (250) 721-6422 or dastmal@business.uvic.ca (Dr. Dastmalchian is unavailable Aug. 26 to 29.)
Dianne George (Business Communications) at (250) 721-6411 buscomm@business.uvic.ca

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