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April 23, 2007
The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada recognizes the unique and important mission of First Nations University of Canada. Following a lengthy review of issues at FNUniv., especially with respect to university governance, AUCC has placed FNUniv. on probationary membership.
AUCC is especially concerned about the issue of university autonomy – particularly the independence of the FNUniv. board from direct government interference and intervention. But AUCC emphasizes that students at FNUniv. do not need to be concerned that their degrees will no longer be recognized.“Students at FNUniv. do not need to worry about the quality of their degrees,” said AUCC president Claire Morris. “This does not change the academic relationship that exists between FNUniv. and the University of Regina, which is based on a federation agreement between the two institutions. It does not impede the ability of FNUniv. to offer degree programs, as it does currently, approved by the University of Regina.”
AUCC remains hopeful that the governance issues at First Nations University can be resolved successfully. The Association is a voluntary membership organization representing 91 universities and university degree granting colleges across the country. It is not an accrediting body.
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