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Quest, a leading private Canadian university, dramatically reduced tuition fees to increase access for Canadian students

ENTER QUEST UNIVERSITY in Squamish, BC, and you’ll notice right away that this is not your typical post-secondary institution. It is a space where innovation and creative thinking live and breathe. There are no amphitheatres or teaching rooms, just small rooms, each with a large table on board surrounded by 21 chairs.

“From the start, Quest was different,” says Quest board chairman Arthur Willms. “There has always been a lot of interaction between students and teachers and between students. This dialogue creates real-time questioning and creativity with students meeting to discuss the issues.

Quest founder Dr David Strangway, who served as president of UBC for many years, collaborated with other founders from research universities like UBC and McGill. They wanted to move away from the model of enlisting experts to lecture in large theater spaces while students write furiously, hoping what they record will be on the exam. The new model, instead, would be based on the popular adage:

Tell me and I will forget,
Teach me and I remember
Involve me and I will learn.

This innovative approach to post-secondary education started as an experiment, but today Quest is one of Canada’s most prestigious higher education institutions, ranking number one in eight categories among all Canadian universities in the world. ” 2018 National Student Engagement Survey.


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While Quest offers a degree: a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree, the degree allows students to choose specializations that lead to a tailored education. Each student is invited to determine their own specialization or “question”.

“During the entire period that they are developing their key question, they are always challenged by their professors and fellow students, just as they would in a graduate program,” said Willms. “They say graduate school is where you really own your education for the first time, but here it has been from the start.”

Quest’s mission to reinvent liberal arts and undergraduate science has manifested itself in an innovative philosophy and a new curriculum that empowers learners to take ownership of their education in new ways.

“We believe in teaching skills that work in the real world,” says Willms. “We believe in preparing students for whatever activities they choose, from graduate studies to professional programs, and from traditional careers to independent paths. We provide an environment of intellectual rigor and personal enrichment, where students help design their own education and delve deeper into the topics they are passionate about.

The next innovation was that instead of six or seven courses at a time, Quest designed a block program, so that students could study one subject at a time intensively for 3.5 weeks before moving on to one. new material.

“This allows students to focus on the topic at hand instead of dividing their time between lessons,” Willms explains.


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From this was born the Leaders in Elite Athletics and Performance (LEAP) program, a unique program that supports students who have already started their careers and gives them the freedom to simultaneously pursue their education and professional development. To qualify for the program, which includes a substantial scholarship, students must be an elite or sponsored athlete or be an accomplished artist.

Today, Quest’s LEAP program welcomes a number of Olympic-level athletes, as well as a film actor, an international speaker, and World Cup champion mountain bikers and skiers.

This year, 46% of Quest students are from the United States, 30% are Canadian and 24% are from 22 other countries. “We want to make post-secondary education more accessible to Canadian students, our natural audience,” said Willms. “In light of this goal and the pressure COVID is exerting on potential learners, we are pleased to announce a 40% tuition reduction at Quest, the largest tuition drop among private institutions in Canada. “

Starting in fall 2022, the tuition fees for students who are Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be adjusted from $ 35,000 to $ 21,000, and those who receive Quest Financial Aid will also see their individual scholarship amounts ( scholarship, prize, scholarship) adjusted proportionally.

“We looked at a number of factors when reviewing our tuition fees: affordability, the Sea-to-Sky community in which we live and work, and of course the financial impacts of the pandemic,” adds Willms. “We want to make Quest education more accessible to Canada’s next generation of leaders. “


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Quest has also introduced a new brand and new strategy that deliver a sharp and innovative look to propel Quest into the wider college market for years to come. The new logo retains the idea of ​​the mountain in the original logo but links it more deeply to Squamish by representing Siám ‘Smánit (otherwise known as Stawamus Chief Mountain).

“The leader represents resilience, strength and endurance, and the cracks in the rock represent how you can learn Quest, how you can chart your own path and develop your own education program for yourself,” explains Willms.

Ready to explore a new future at Quest? Prospective students are encouraged to book meetings with university admissions counselors to learn about the many possibilities for scholarship and scholarship applications, Quest’s innovative educational program, government loan programs and procedures. of request.

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