Last week, Demetrios Nicolaides, Alberta’s minister of advanced education, recommended to the UCP cabinet to give Newman Theological College the ability to grant degrees.
Newman Theological College is a private Catholic theological school, founded in 1969 in Edmonton. The provincial government actually gave it the ability to grant religious degrees in 1969.
Although the Order in Council doesn’t explicitly say this, I assume, this new granting ability will include non-religious degrees. If so, it’ll become the 22nd post-secondary institution in Alberta to be able to grant degrees (applied, undergraduate, and graduate) and the 5th religious institution. Unless you include Concordia, then it’s the 6th.
The other 4 religious post-secondary institutions are Ambrose University in Calgary, Burman University in Lacombe, St. Mary’s University in Calgary, and The King’s University Edmonton.