Douglas College

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Douglas College
Type Public university
Established 1970
President Dr. Kathy Denton [1]
Provost Dr. Thor Borgford [2]
Academic staff
Students 24,000[3]
Location New Westminster, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
49°12′13″N 122°54′46″W / 49.2036°N 122.9128°W / 49.2036; -122.9128 (New Westminster campus)
Campus Urban (New Westminster), Suburb (Coquitlam)
Colours      Black
Athletics Douglas College Royals
Affiliations ACCC, CBIE, CUP
Mascot Roary
Douglas College logo.svg
David Lam Campus
David Lam Campus

Douglas College is a public college institution in British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1970, the college serves some 16,000 credit students, 8,500 continuing education students and 3,000 international students each year. Douglas offers bachelor's degrees and general university arts and science courses, as well as career programs in health care, human services, business and the creative arts.[3]


The college is named after the former Governor of British Columbia, Sir James Douglas, and the David Lam campus is named after the 25th Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.


The college has two campuses: the New Westminster and the David Lam Campus in Coquitlam.[3]


Douglas offers 11 bachelor’s degrees:

  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Business Administration
  • Physical Education and Coaching
  • Performing Arts
  • Child and Youth Care;
  • Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Social Work

International education[edit]

Each year, 3,000 international students from over 90 countries take for-credit courses at Douglas College, accounting for roughly 12.5 percent of the student population.


The student newspaper The Other Press has been in print since 1976, making it one of British Columbia's oldest continuously run student publications. It is a member of Canadian University Press.


Varsity sports teams at Douglas College are known as the Royals; the mascot is a lion named Roary. The Royals compete in men’s and women’s basketball, curling, golf, soccer, volleyball as well as men’s baseball and women’s softball. The Royals are members of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) and the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC).


In January 2012, Global's 16x9 news magazine aired a story alleging large scale fraud at Douglas College's Chinese partner campuses. Some faculty members complained that some Chinese students were unable to speak basic English upon graduation.[4] They alleged mass scale fraud whereby students were guaranteed to pass their courses through various methods such as black market answer sheets, progressively easier make-up exams, and grade tampering. Robert Buller, a former Dean of Commerce and Business alleged Douglas College President Scott McAlpine said "he needed plausible deniability and he wanted to see and hear nothing" when approached about the issue.[4] Since then, Douglas College and the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education completed an independent review of the situation.[5] The Ministry released a report in November 2012 stating that British Columbia's Degree Quality Assessment Board found "no evidence of academic dishonesty or fraud in the conduct of Douglas College."[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Senior Management Team (SMT) - Douglas College".
  2. ^ "Senior Management Team (SMT)". Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "About Douglas College - Douglas College".
  4. ^ a b "Global News - Latest & Current News - Weather, Sports & Health News". Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  5. ^ Douglas College orders review of China programs | Vancouver Sun Archived February 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  6. ^ "Degree Authorization". Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2013.

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