UPEI to provide degree pathway for Holland College Sport and Leisure Management grads

Students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Dr. Dany MacDonald is chair of Applied Human Sciences at UPEI

The following is released by the University of Prince Edward Island and Holland College.

The University of Prince Edward Island and Holland College have formalized a degree pathway for graduates of the Holland College Sport and Leisure Management program. Students will study two years at Holland College and two years at UPEI, earning a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

“This is an exciting new way for the province’s post-secondary schools to provide a unique learning experience,” said Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, president and vice-chancellor of UPEI. “Providing a Kinesiology degree pathway for Sport and Leisure Management graduates allows them to expand their career options in exciting directions, including teaching and research. It’s a perfect partnership with limitless opportunities for students.”

“We are very pleased to strengthen the relationship between our two institutions with the formalization of this pathway,” said Michael O’Grady, vice president of innovation, enterprise and strategic development at Holland College. “It gives our graduates another option to complete their education in Prince Edward Island.”

UPEI’s Department of Applied Human Sciences will accept the Sport and Leisure Management diploma courses as transfer credits of up to 60 credit hours to enter the Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) in the third year. Diploma graduates will be required to have a minimum of 70 per cent average to be admitted, and must complete at least 20 courses (60 credit hours) at UPEI to earn their degree.

“A graduate who demonstrates excellent practical skills and solid academic grounding will be very successful in the workplace,” said Wyatt Inman, instructor of Sport and Leisure Management at Holland College.

“Agreements such as this give Island students more options to complete their post-secondary education,” said Dr. Kathy Gottschall-Pass, interim dean of Science at UPEI.

“This agreement with UPEI is ideal for me. It allows me to stay on the Island to further my education and to maintain relationships and connections I’ve already made in the industry,” said Christopher Williams, who graduated from the Sport and Leisure Management program in the spring of 2017 and entered the Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) program at UPEI the following fall. “The agreement provides Island students, and all students who come to the Island, with an opportunity to stay on PEI for the remainder of their schooling, which will hopefully encourage them to stay here beyond graduation.”

UPEI and Holland College have partnered on a number of transfer and articulation agreements to provide degree pathways to graduates of specific college programs. For more information, see the complete list at UPEI’s Programs and Courses site.

The Sport and Leisure Management program at Holland College has three areas of specialization in the sport, leisure, and recreation industry. For more information about the program, visit hollandcollege.com, email info@hollandcollege.com, or call 1-800-446-5265.

The University of Prince Edward Island prides itself on people, excellence, and impact and is committed to assisting students reach their full potential in both the classroom and community. With roots stemming from two founding institutions—Prince of Wales College and Saint Dunstan’s University—UPEI has a reputation for academic excellence, research innovation, and creating positive impacts locally, nationally, and internationally. UPEI is the only degree granting institution in the province and is proud to be a key contributor to the growth and prosperity of Prince Edward Island.

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