Malaspina College (now VIU)

Malaspina’s history is published as an electronic document by the
Media Relations & Publications department. The original work was
produced as a “Challenge ’93′′ project and was researched and written
by Brian Schmidt.
| Publisher:
Marianne van Toor
| Editor:
Bob Lane
| Researcher/Writer: Brian Schmidt |

Read about the genesis!

Apr-93 – an early “Mainly Mal” with a story about theology and computers.

2 thoughts on “Malaspina College (now VIU)

  1. I found this letter to the editor from 2007:

    I don’t understand the argument for university status for Malaspina University-College. Officials from the university-college claim that the hyphenated name is confusing in the world of brand identification and that, as a result, potential students and donors have no idea what such an institution really is.

    The usual definition of a university is an institution for higher learning with teaching and research facilities constituting a graduate school and professional schools that award master’s degrees and doctorates and an undergraduate division that awards bachelor’s degrees.

    Using that definition, the new Malaspina would not be any more identifiable, would it?

    I’m skeptical that a name change will fix anything.

    I’m undoubtedly biased, since I always liked the name “Malaspina College,” which is what it was called when I was hired to teach there in 1969.

    What professional schools are planned?

    What will happen to the rich array of vocational offerings that are so critical for the future? At a time when enrolment is down, shouldn’t the officials look to the present needs of students instead of worrying about name recognition?

    What about the real possibility of tuition increases?

    What about the additional expenses required to properly fund a university library?

    Apparently there are no funds now for additional books for the library.

    Another definition of university that is posted on my refrigerator is this from poet John Ciardi: “A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.”

    We citizens of Nanaimo seem to have fallen into the trap that bigger is better, or that renaming is revitalizing.

    Bob Lane



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