MacEwan University is the largest transfer-in post-secondary institution in Alberta. It offers nine baccalaureate degrees, two applied degrees and more than 40 diploma and certificate programs. The university’s five faculties and schools offer programming in fine arts and communications, health and community studies, liberal arts and sciences, nursing, and business.
Hundreds of noncredit professional and personal development courses are offered on a part-time basis in addition to programming for university and college preparation and English-as-a-Second-Language courses. During the 2014-2015 academic year, 19,606 full- and part-time students were registered in credit programs.
|Grant MacEwan University|
|Motto||Latin: Discendo Floremus|
Motto in English
|Through learning we flourish|
|Location||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Campus||Urban/Suburban 39 acres (16 ha)|
|Total learners||43,064 total learners served (2010/11)|
|Colours||Maroon & White|
Established in 1971 as Grant MacEwan Community College, the institution was named after Dr. J.W. Grant MacEwan, author, educator and former lieutenant governor of Alberta. The college was established by the Government of Alberta to fill a perceived need for college-level programs that focused on career development. Initial educational offerings included one and two-year certificate and diploma programs.
In 1988 the college was granted approval to offer university transfer credit. In 2004, MacEwan became an accredited degree-granting institution offering its first baccalaureate degrees. On September 24, 2009, the institution became Alberta’s sixth university and was officially renamed Grant MacEwan University. In September 2013, the university officially rebranded itself as "MacEwan University" for all public communication and marketing purposes; legally, the name remains Grant MacEwan University.
Five people have held the position of President of MacEwan University:
MacEwan University is an undergraduate institution divided into five schools and faculties:
As of 2016, the university offers nine baccalaureate degrees, two applied degrees and more than 40 diploma and certificate programs, in a variety of delivery formats, including full-time, part-time, online and distance.
MacEwan University considers itself to be a student-centered institution with a focus on teaching. The university states it “provides student-focused instruction in a warm and supportive atmosphere." It also says, "We focus on teaching, so our students can focus on learning. It’s been a cornerstone of who we are for more than 40 years. And we continue to build on that reputation.”
MacEwan University offers many scholarships, awards, and bursaries to program students pursuing post-secondary education. In the 2015/2016 academic year, the Student Awards Office managed the distribution of $8.4 million dollars, from internal and external sources, to over 6,000 students.
MacEwan University's sports teams are known as the Griffins. Men's and women's sports include: basketball, hockey, volleyball, soccer, cross country, curling and golf. The Griffins compete in the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference (ACAC), against 16 other post-secondary institutions in Alberta as well as in the Canada West conference of U Sports. Student-athletes on all teams are expected to meet academic requirements and adhere to sport-specific athletic requirements.
In 2011, MacEwan’s athletic department submitted an application to Canada West Universities Athletic Association in an effort to transfer to the national U Sports level of competition. MacEwan University was admitted as a probationary member in 2013.
As of 2017, MacEwan University has two campuses. City Centre Campus (CCC) is the largest of the campuses, currently spanning six city blocks in downtown Edmonton. The Alberta College Campus (ACC) is also located downtown.
In its early years, MacEwan operated out of a number of small store-front-style campuses in Edmonton. The facilities included Old Scona School (10523 - 84 Avenue), the Workmen's Compensation building (10048 - 101A Avenue), and the former Dominion Store in Cromdale (8020 - 118 Avenue), with offices and administration located in the Canada Trust building (10150 - 100 Street). In 1988, Don Getty's provincial government committed $100 million for the construction of the City Centre Campus which, at the time, was Alberta Advanced Education and Technology's largest single capital project in its history.
In September 2009, MacEwan University's Board of Governors approved a plan to move all of the university’s operations—spread across four campuses at the time—to the main City Centre Campus. The first step of this consolidation was taken with the opening of the University Service Centre in April 2011. Construction for the new Centre for the Arts and Culture began in 2014 on the west end of the City Centre Campus, with a scheduled opening in the fall of 2017. The university’s South Campus, located in Mill Woods, closed in 2014, with all of its programs relocated to City Centre Campus. The Centre for the Arts and Culture (CAC) campus was located on the west end of the city in West Jasper Place. CAC closed in 2017 when MacEwan relocated the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications to Allard Hall at City Centre Campus.
City Centre Campus houses the majority of MacEwan University’s degree programs. The campus is also home to university courses, diplomas and certificates in health, human services and business. Most of the university’s administration is located at City Centre Campus as well. The south entrance to the main complex is contained within the centremost of the three groups of concrete spires, which also contains a public clock.
The main complex consists of a long grouping of structures stretching from east to west: the 105 Street Building (Building 5), the 106 Street Building (Building 6), the 107 Street Building (Building 7), and the Christenson Family Centre for Sport and Wellness (Building 8). Between each of these buildings is grouping of four concrete spires which gives the campus its distinctive look. Each of these groupings of towers forms a terminating vista both when viewed from the north or the south, interrupting the streets after which the buildings are named. The towers which terminate 107 Street also feature public clock between the spires on the south face. The section of 108 Street to the south of the campus is known as "Capital Boulevard" and runs to the Alberta Legislature Building seven blocks to the south where it forms another terminating vista. A pedway over 109 Street connects these buildings to the Robbins Health Learning Centre (Building 9, 2007) and the University Service Centre above the parkade (Building 10, 2011). Another pedway connects Building 9 to Allard Hall (Building 11, 2017).
MacEwan Residence is a 13 story building and the only building not connected by pedway. In addition to a bicycle storage room, a hockey equipment storage room is also available for resident use.
The Christenson Family Centre for Sport and Wellness is home to a pool, gymnasium and fitness centre. The Griffins, MacEwan University's athletic organization, compete in intercollegiate sports within the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and the Canada West conference of U Sports.
In June 2000, the government of Alberta assumed control of the formerly private Alberta College. Alberta College was then incorporated as a MacEwan campus. Alberta College is only 1 km from the City Centre Campus, and houses academic upgrading, music and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.
The Centre for the Arts and Communications (formerly known as Jasper Place Campus) was located in Edmonton's west end on the north east corner of 156 Street and 100 Avenue. The Centre for the Arts and Communications (CFAC) housed several creative programs in arts and cultural management, design, fine art, communications, music, theatre arts and theatre production, including MacEwan University's Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music.
In the fall of 2017, all CFAC programs and operations were relocated to a new building located on MacEwan's City Centre Campus. The building is approximately 430,000 square feet in size and connect via pedway to the Robbins Health Learning Centre.
MacEwan University's intentional focus on teaching has garnered praise, including multiple 'A' grades in the annual Globe and Mail Canadian University Report in categories including quality of teaching, the academic reputation of faculty, overall student satisfaction, and academic support services. MacEwan has also received many high scores on the National Survey of Student Engagement.