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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald news Second Section November 1973 Pages 13-24 seemed so stupid to start all over again She instead went south Naivety student's undoing Present credit transfer policy a 'really sad situation9 here By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer isn't for students it's for claims a disappointed young woman who suddenly discovered she would have to leave Alberta to attend un- iversity. Nancy Hudson entered a two-year outdoor recreation program at the Lethbridge Community College assuming she would be able to transfer to the University of Lethbridge upon graduating from LCC. It didn't work out that way. She completed her two-year LCC program last spring and then attempted to receive two years credit for it toward the four-year U of L physical education degree. No such luck. Other than possible partial credit for two recreation ac- tivity courses she received no credit for any of the courses she had received credit for at the college. She admits she is partially to blame for her predicament. Naive and a bit awe-struck when enrolling at the college syndrome many students go through when they first enter a post-secondary in- Miss Hudson didn't think to check the transferability of the courses she was about to take. when the inability of college students to transfer to the university received publicity at the college arid in the media. Miss Hudson was enjoying the college program at the time and decided to obtain her diploma in out- door recreation whether she receiv- ed credit for the courses at the un- iversity or not. This fall she enrolled at the U of L in physical education but became disillusioned with studying courses that made use of the same textbooks as were used in courses she already received credit for at LCC. Bitter suggestion seemed so stupid to start all over again so I quit and now I'm going to go to a university in the she says. Nine universities in the Northwestern United States will give LCC students in some programs 1 or two years credit toward a un- iversity degree. The amount of credit varies with each university's Fine print The LCC calendar of courses has a paragraph informing students that transfer of credits received for courses taken at the college sole- ly at the discretion of the receiving She didn't notice the paragraph and administrators and counsellors at LCC failed to inform her of the transfer possibilities for graduates of the course during her first year in the program so she never realized she would face transfer problems until well into her second she says. The director of student services at LCC says his department doesn't get chance to see every student when they enrol at the Jim MacNeil says is that students are attending the LCC to take courses in their field of interest for the purpose of gaining employment upon graduation. Less than five per cent of the students entering LCC express an interest in transferring to a univer- he explains. She discovered she would receive very little or no credit at the U of L for the LCC courses last winter But she prefers to take her univer- sity education in Lethbridge because is very expensive to go to univer- sity in the Miss Hudson bitterly suggests the U of L and LCC administrators must begin working together for the benefit of students. The present situation is she says. She will be pleased to-learn that the administrators from both in- stitutions have been meeting regularly during the past few months to develop some type of transfer system for some courses in the near future. The U of L does not now have a transfer arrangement with the college. In LCC has been un- able to establish a transfer system with any of the Alberta universities. Even though the college has not established a transfer system with the University of 10 students have received from IVi to two years credit in the U of A school of business for two-years credit at LCC. The U of does as other univer- evaluates courses in colleges and technical institutions to deter- mine if they meet the same stan- dards that Is required of a similar university its assistant registrar says. Ray McHugh says once the courses are the two educational institutions develop a transfer arrangement so any student completing the courses will automatically have the credit transferred to the U of L degree program. That is the type of arrangement LCC and the U of L are attempting to develop he says. Some in Alberta cities that don't have have credit transfer arrangements with the U of L so that students can take the first one or two years of their degree in their home town. Mr. McHugh says it has not been necessary to establish a similar arrangement with LCC because this city is also the home of a university. The U of L does waive the stan- dard university entrance re- quirements for LCC graduates if the student is recommended by the college and had successfully com- pleted an LCC program that re- quired a high school diploma for ad- mission. Miss Hudson senior matriculation entrance but opted to enrol at LCC because she was offered a two- year tuition scholarship to par- ticipate in an extra-curricular ac- tivity No regrets Because she didn't know about the transfer LCC appeared to her to be the institute to attend. Other than the inability to transfer she has no regrets about attending LCC. loved college she said. The transferring of course credit from one post-secondary institution to another certainly isn't restricted to LCC and the U of L. It is a provincial concern. Not only to educational but also to the department of advanced education. The department is developing a policy of guidelines on student transferability to ensure that students have the opportunity to transfer from one post-secondary in- stitute to another. The policy is expected to be in effect by Jan. 1974. presidents of both in- stitutes have claimed in interviews with The Herald that they are ing in establishing a transfer arrangement between LCC and the U of L. Nancy Hudson con- tinues to make arrangements to leave Alberta to gain a university education. Board won't pay tab for driver education By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The Lethbridge public school board Tuesday rejected a proposal that it sponsor the entire cost of driver education programs now being taught in its two high schools. A Lethbridge Collegiate In- stitute report on its driver education program recommended that the school board provide greater finan- cial assistance to those students who cannot afford the fee now being charged for enrolment in the program. The school board is now sponsoring of the it costs to the program to each student. LCI will have trained 273 drivers by the end of theyear. George LCI driver-training told trustees Tuesday that there is as great a need for driver training among the students who can't afford the program fee as there is among students enrolled in the program. According to the LCI 67 students wanted to take the course but couldn't afford the fee. He claimed Lethbridge hasn't felt the traffic problems of major cities. But as this city it will need better-trained drivers and the time to train them is he suggested. board should consider putting it into the school curriculum as soon as he said. The trustees agreed that there is a need for driver training in this but didn't feel the present driver educa- tion courses should receive additional funding. Trustee Doug Card suggested the car part of our and driver training is but there is a limit as to how much the education dollar should be used to sup- port it. Trustee Carl Johnson said if students can afford to drive a car or their parents can afford to allow them to drive a car then they can also afford to pay the fee. cost of driver training is really peanuts compared to the cost of operating the he said. He said he knew that the city has kinds of donkey but claimed the situation will only improve when the provincial govern- ment takes the initiative to make driver education com- pulsory in Alberta. Trustee Al Mont disagreed with the other trustees. He suggested it was up to the schools to meet the needs of students and driver training was one of these needs. He also disagreed with schools providing a program that could not be taken by some students because of cost. Mr. Mont claimed it was another example of only economic cream of the being able to take full advan- tage of the academic system. George director of said the school board is now spending a year on driver training in its two high schools and if the program was made available to more students the cost would increase substantially. A full-time instructor would have to be hired if driver was included in the curriculum. The driver training programs are now being taught outside regular classroom hours. O. P. super- told the board it would cost at least another to expand the driver training program. The LCI report also recommended that the number of high school course credits could be increased from two to three for driver training and that the school in- form the public of the pur- poses and benefits of taking a driver education course. The trustees referred the recommendations to the superintendent for further study on what action might be taken. School board briefs City committee should pursue summer project The community summer .school proposal for the Lethbridge Collegiate In- stitute should be under the jurisdiction of the city com- munity services department rather than the public school trustees decided Tuesday. LCI administrators developed the program to utilize its facilities all year round and to provide learning experiences on a voluntary basis in outdoor fine recreation and academic courses. In public school trustees delayed decision on the proposal and separate school trustees favored the proposal providing it didn't cost them anything. Early this month the city community services advisory committee expressed an interest in operating the proposed program. The public school board Tuesday decided to encourage the city to pursue the propos- ed program because it would avoid additional costs and pre- vent duplication of summer programs npw being offered by the city's community ser- vices department. The city now uses the school under a joint-use agreement with the public school board and would only have to expand its programs while the public board would have to organize and staff a whole new program if it chose to ad- minister the summer school. A public school board spon- sored special photography project at the Senator Buchanan. Elementary School was a success during its first year of operation in the 1972-73 school trustees were in- formed Tuesday. A report on the presented to trustees at their regular showed that of the 60 students who enrolled in the project successfully completed it. the end of the everyone who participated in the project was thoroughly cognizant with operation of all parts of the 35 m.m. camera used and the terminology in- volved in taking a The report enthusiasm for the project was definitely positive. A number of parents responded on their own as to the excellent opportunity offered their The report also indicated that boys involved in the pro- ject were more competent with the camera than girls and were also more interested in pursuing photography further. CHEQUES BEST FORM OF GIFT CERTIFICATE Rights under law must be explained to public The Lethbridge branch of the Alberta Human Rights and Civil Liberties Association is proceeding quietly and cautiously in its campaign to inform the public of their rights under the law. must have credibility with the and with the courts and says Gordon education professor at the University of Lethbridge who is president of the local association. He said in an interview peo- ple have to respect and trust the realizing it is not made up.of a of Since the organization was formed a year Lethbridge citizens haven't indicated that such a service is but Dr. Campbell said it will take awhile before the organization is well-known. Every he has a need for a civil liberties because in every there are abuses of human and Lethbridge is no exception. He said the group hasn't been vocal because most of the complaints it has handled have been minor. And the few complaints received which could have caused some controversy have on to be Dr. Campbell said. Most of the people who need help in asserting their rights are often inarticulate and afraid to cause any trouble. For people in this the association maintains a telephone line which makes it as easy as possible for people to state their case. The phone number is adver- tised daily in the classified section of The Herald. Cheques make better Christmas presents than gift says Sally federal consumer affairs consultant. Policies on the refund of an unused portion of a gift cer- tificate vary from no problem to no way in city stores. Mrs. Merchant says a cheque is the easiest way to avoid any dis- putes. way people should give gift certificates is to give a cheque and the recipient can spend it She says it is foolish to give certificates for one establishment because it may not carry what the recipient of the gift wants or needs. Despite the fact certificates are Mrs. Merchant fully supports retailers who offer credit but not cash on the unused portion of a certificate. If the store's policy is that's their she says. you can't honestly expect a retailer not to know where he stands on his If you strike a deal to spend you are committed to spend it. She says it is not cricket for one party to unilaterally opt out of the bargain. One legal opinion is that the gift certificate is like any other contract and that unless it specifies that a cash refund will be there is no obligation to make one. Depending on the Lethbridge shoppers can ob- tain certificates for which ab- solutely no cash refund will be certificates for which a certain portion will be return- ed in cash if desired or ones that are virtually identical to cash and can be redeemed almost in their entirety. A. provincial consumer af- fairs official says he sym- pathizes with smaller stores which insist on redeeming the certificate for credit but not cash. One thought is that stores should publicize their policy on certificates. public should be warned before Christmas if they have to buy goods for the full a consumer told The Herald. Research centre set for tenders Tenders will be called in January for construc- tion of the million research and agriculture information centre at the Lethbridge Research Station. Ed station said construc- tion is expected to start in March after a one- month delay in the tender call because of changes in the heating plant. The new located directly north of the Biology Building south of the Old Coaldale will house both the Alberta and Canada Departments of Agriculture for Southern Alberta. The Lethbridge Research Station is already the largest centre outside of the main complex in Ottawa. When combined with the provincial department of it will be the largest information and research centre in Canada. Foreign students get aid Language class approved A special three-year language program for foreign- speaking students in the Lethbridge public school system is expected to begin in January following its approval by public school trustees Tuesday. Trustees agreed tb finance of the project that is designed to assist students for whom English is a second language and to eliminate some of the problems they face when attempting to communicate in an unfamiliar language. The provincial government has agreed to sponsor of the project's three-year budget. A survey of principals and teachers this school year in- dicates there are 65 students in public schools who would benefit from the project. Most of the students includ- ed in the survey are Chinese or Indian Public school officials es- timate the project will serve only about 90 to 40 students in January because about one- third of the .parents involved wouldn't allow their children to be transferred to another school half way through the school year. The language program will be taught in three schools. The school system hasn't chosen the schools to be used in the but one will be an elementary another a junior high school and the third a high school. Students in the program will be taken from their regular classes daily for one hour of special instruction in English that will emphasize the development of elementary reading skills. The teacher chosen to instruct the language program will travel between the schools to be used in the pro- ject ;