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May 12, 2014
By David Helfand
The Globe and Mail

Liberal arts is the future of work, so why is Canada pushing 'job-ready' skills?

Last month, I sat in a meeting, organized by the Conference Board of Canada, in which academic leaders listened to what people who hire university graduates often find missing in the candidates they interview. From IBM to city managers, and from pipeline companies to NGOs, the refrain was the same: They wanted (and were not finding) people who can communicate effectively and persuasively, people who can collaborate across departments to solve problems, people with emotional intelligence who can transcend age and cultural differences and who possess the resilience to embrace failure as a learning experience. Read more...

April 2, 2014
By Chief Staff
Squamish Chief

Quest student honoured
Tari Ajadi wins national student fellowship award

Tari Ajadi has something to celebrate. Last week, the Quest University student was awarded the 3M National Student Fellowship. The award honours up to 10 fulltime undergraduate students at Canadian institutions who demonstrate outstanding leadership in their lives and in classes. Read more...

April 2, 2014
By David Burke
Squamish Chief

Quest, Squamish ReBuild team up
Students take hands-on approach to learning, help local 'social enterprise'

Neder Grantham-Segal and Kendra Perrin are using hammers and crowbars to dismantle wooden shipping pallets in a backroom at Squamish ReBuild. At first glance, the connection between the sliver-inducing labour and a course on Democracy and Justice at Quest University Canada may seem tangential at best. Read more...

April 1, 2014
Shaw TV

Quest University Canada Tiny Houses on Shaw TV

Quest University Canada students are learning outside of the library. Not satisfied the answer to their question would be in a textbook, two students found a unique way to discover it on their own. Watch TV segment...

March 20, 2014
By Rebecca Aldous
Squamish Chief

The new sound in town
Quest University students unveil online radio station

Being in a Mexican circus isn't a typical job, but it's just the kind of story Jack Zaro wanted to tell. He's one of 25 Quest University students contributing to the newest online radio station in town - Quest Coast Sound. Launched last week, the website includes everything from weekly newscasts to DJs letting loose. Read more...

March 6, 2014
By Ben Lypka
Squamish Chief

Quest men capture bronze
Kermodes place third, look ahead to hosting nationals

For the second straight season, the Quest University Kermodes men's basketball team are recipients of Pacwest Provincial bronze. While it may not be the gold they were hoping for, the team's season isn't over as they received a berth at the CCAA Nationals from March 13 to 15 because they are hosting the event. Read more...

March 2, 2014
By Ben Lypka
Squamish Chief

Quest women win gold
Kermodes women's basketball team win school's first ever Provincial title

Look up at the wall inside the Douglas College gym and you can see dozens of banners from the over 40 years of athletic history at the school. Conversely, the Quest University gym's walls are completely bare - until now. Read more...

February 20, 2014
By Tim Weekes
CBC News

Quest University watches Roz G and Keltie Hanson compete
Squamish-based university students compete in women's halfpipe ski event in Sochi

Students at Quest University in Squamish took a break from classes Thursday morning to watch classmates Roz Groenewoud, also known as Roz G, and Keltie Hanson compete in the first-ever Olympic women's halfpipe ski event in Sochi. Read more...

February 20, 2014
By Chief Staff
Squamish Chief

Groenewoud seventh, Hansen 13th in ski halfpipe
Quest University students, staff pack cafeteria to cheer on their classmates

Quest University student Roz Groenewoud placed seventh in the inaugural Olympic women's ski halfpipe competition on Thursday (Feb. 20) at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Russia. Read more...

February 20, 2014
By Rebecca Aldous
Squamish Chief

Dissecting democracy
Quest students head to Bhutan to study the development of the country's democratic institutions

Anna Obermeier and Elise Scribner are taking on the growing pains of an infant democracy. The two Quest University students left for Bhutan on Sunday (Feb. 16). Six years ago, the landlocked South Asian country held its first election after transitioning from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy. The duo will spend five months working in different social service capacities of the budding democracy. Read more...

February 13, 2014
By Macleans.ca
Macleans OnCampus

NSSE survey shows student satisfaction levels at 33 universities
National Survey of Student Engagement: Canadian results

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) targets first-year and senior-year students with questions about their university experience. In 2013, 27 Canadian schools and 20,795 students took part in the survey, a response rate of 37 per cent. NSSE is designed to measure student engagement and best educational practices, delivering feedback for university administrators. American and Canadian schools are measured on engagement indicators such as effective teaching and a supportive environment, and high-impact practices such as service learning and study abroad. Read more...

February 5, 2014
By David Helfand
The Globe and Mail

We evolve, but the university stands still

Education today provides excellent preparation for a job - in the 19th-century. This is not terribly surprising, as both our curriculum and our modes of delivery were developed in the 19th-century. There's only one problem: We live in the 21st-century. It takes 5 milliseconds to communicate with someone in Europe, not 5 weeks. It takes half a dozen robots to assemble an automobile, not 100 factory workers. Everything has changed - except education. Read more...

February 5, 2014
The International News Magazine

Quest University Canada's Innovative Block Plan And One-Of-A-Kind Elite Athlete Program Supports Olympic Hopefuls Going For Gold

Balancing an Olympic career whilst working towards a university degree is tough. However, for Quest students Rosalind Groenewoud (Roz G) and Keltie Hansen, who are looking for podium spots in women's freestyle skiing this February, balancing the two isn't such an issue. Both students are part of Quest's "Elite Athlete Program", which is structured to accommodate the unique needs of student athletes and is currently the only program of its kind in North America. It's Quest's innovative "Block Plan" that allows these students to pursue excellence in both their education and athletic careers. Read more...

February 3, 2014
By Ben Lypka
Squamish Chief

Elliott named Quest men's soccer coach
Alexander Elliott named as new Kermodes men's soccer head coach

During his playing days, the new men's soccer head coach at Quest University was known for his high-energy, high-intensity style. Read more...

February 3, 2014
By Katherine Long
The Seattle Times Blog

Innovative new BC university turns higher-ed on its head

In recent years, many educators have come to question the very stuff that makes up a large part of a modern-day education - the body of knowledge and facts that students learn and memorize, then regurgitate on tests and exams. Read more...

January 7, 2014
American RadioWorks

This College Breaks the Mold

At Quest University in Canada, there are no departments, no majors and no faculty ranks. Classes are co-taught by a scientist and a humanist. Collaboration and creativity rule. Listen to podcast...

November 21, 2013
By Rebecca Aldous
Squamish Chief

Quest to host international artists
University initiating residency program

Quest University is stepping into the role of the community's artistic and creative incubator. Next year, the university is set to launch an arts residency program, in addition to hosting artists involved in the Vancouver Biennale outdoor art exhibit. The idea is simple, university President David Helfand said. Artists stay at the university for six to 12 weeks and continue their studio work while also teaching a block and possibly hosting community workshops. Read more...

November 8, 2013
CBC News

Private Quest University makes case for intensive learning
Squamish, BC, university has tuition of close to $30,000

Quest University in Squamish, BC has developed a unique program that it says is designed to foster life-long innovative thinkers. The private university is the only one in Canada whose entire curriculum is on the block program, meaning subjects are taught one at a time, in three and a half week blocks. Read more...

October 27, 2013
By Ben Lypka
Squamish Chief

Quest earns silver medal at Provincials
Second place showing marks best finish ever for Kermodes

The Pacwest women's soccer gold medal game in Nanaimo on Sunday (Oct. 27) featured almost everything - chances on both ends, stellar goal keeping and even a wind delay. Read more...

October 22, 2013
By Philip Allmen

Quest University president to speak on education

When Noah Bizer started thinking about college, he knew what he wanted: a big university close to home. Well, he thought he knew. A visit to his cousin at Quest University in Canada quickly changed his mind, and now Bizer is a freshman at the British Columbia college. Read more...

October 22, 2013
By Erin Millar
Canadian University Report 2014: Innovation
Special to The Globe and Mail

The university debate: specialize or be a generalist?

It was one of those beautiful moments of intellectual revelation that undergraduate education is all about. Evan Pivnick was reading Climate Wars by Gwynne Dyer when he realized that climate change wasn't just a problem of science but also of politics. "I used to think about it in an analog way," recalls the University of Victoria political science graduate of his formerly single-channel thinking. All of a sudden, communication theory, psychology, economics and law seemed hugely relevant. "I didn't want to take a narrow look at climate change. I wanted to study the whole spectrum." Read more...

October 17, 2013
By Ben Lypka
Squamish Chief

Quest women qualify for postseason
Women's soccer team sets club record for wins; graduating senior players honoured

The Quest University Kermodes women's soccer team is playoff-bound again, having established a club record for wins after a pair of victories on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 12 and 13). Read more...

October 17, 2013
By Cathryn Atkinson
Pique Newsmagazine

Media magnets

I went to Quest University in Squamish last week at the invitation of Dr. Eric Gorham to speak to his Media and Politics class and answer questions about my experiences in journalism in Britain and Canada over the last (gulp) 28 years. Read more...

October 7, 2013
By Brenda Bouw
BC Business

A Capital Quest

Quest is not the only private post- secondary university in BC, or Canada, but is distinct in being the only private university to operate as both a not-for-profit and without ties to a particular religion. Quest is also the first university in Canada to run on the so-called "block plan," according to Helfand. Based on a program designed by Colorado College in the US in the 1970s, this education model sees students take one class at a time over a three-and-a-half week period instead of juggling three or four courses at a time, as is the case with most other universities. The Quest course load is also different: students graduate with a mixed liberal arts and science degree, a relatively new concept in Canadian post-secondary education. What's more, there are no academic departments at Quest, and it has a strict policy of ensuring there are never more than 20 students in a class. Read more...

August 8, 2013
By Rebecca Aldous
Squamish Chief

Quest to reach 100 employees
University's system being adopted by academies across Canada

By September Quest University will have 100 full-time staff, thrusting it into the top three employer list in Squamish. Read more...

July 25, 2013
By Leslie Anthony
Pique Newsmagazine

Rock of ages
Adult summer program solidifies Quest University's unique educational offerings

Standing atop the Malamute, a massive rock whaleback breaching beside Highway 99 opposite the Stawamus Chief, Quest University geologist Steve Quane hectors a group of clipboard-clutching students - of which I am one - through a series of simple observations. First, of the Chief - its height, sheer face, overhangs and domed flanks; its colour, streaking, and the conspicuous dike cutting top-to-bottom through the entire formation. Next, we examine the smooth rock on which we stand, its wear patterns, swarm of striations, and polished surface. Read more...

July 22, 2013
By Malini Sen
Times of India

Quest for knowledge

Situated on a 60-acre hilltop campus in British Columbia, Quest University Canada is the country's first independent university. Founded in 2002, the university offers only one degree a Bachelor's of arts and sciences. David J Helfand, president and vice-chancellor, talks to Malini Sen about the university's unique model of education. Read more...

July 18, 2013
By Rebecca Aldous
Squamish Chief

Quest's student rate beats out Ivy League school
University expected to hit capacity in 2014

One of Squamish's universities is beating out Ivy League schools as students scramble to enter its doors. This coming school year, 260 new students will sit in Quest University's classes. Part of the institutions' success is ranked on their yield - the number of students offered admission versus those who decide to attend. For the class of 2013, Quest's yield rate hit 65 per cent, 20 per cent above the rate officials anticipated. Read more...

July 8, 2013
By David J. Helfand
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Watering the Roots of Knowledge Through Collaborative Learning

Education has lost its roots - its Latin roots, that is. Educate derives from educatus, past participle of educare, which means "to bring up" or "to rear" and which is related to educere, "to bring out, lead forth" (from ex-, meaning "out," and ducere, meaning "to lead," as in the origin of a duke). Superficially, all may appear to be in order, but in fact this etymological origin is largely antithetical to the prevailing model of higher education. Read more...

April 18, 2013
By Jose Colorado
Macleans OnCampus

Is the block program too demanding?
Investigating why so many Quest students seek counselling

It's 8:35 a.m. on January 24th. I have 25 minutes before class starts, but I already know this day will be a struggle. My eyes are worn out and my hair is greasy and unkempt. I haven't slept right in nearly three days and I'm stressed. The lingering question reappears in my head. Is Quest University's block program. Read more...

March 21, 2013
By Alison Taylor
Pique Newsmagazine

Quest professor turns terrible sleep into passion for study
Dr. Neal Melvin draws crowd for lecture series on sleep science

If he had to choose the worst person in history, Quest professor Dr. Neal Melvin deadpanned that Thomas Edison takes the cake. While he has been widely credited with "inventing" the light bulb - a distinction that really belongs to Humphry Davy - there's no question that Edison improved on that invention, creating a commercially practical, reliable and long-lasting source of light that could be used to lights homes. Read more...

March 20, 2013
By John F. Gray
Huffington Post

Quest University's Untraditional Approach To Education

We don't have to look very far to see that our education system starting show cracks in its traditional foundation. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) such as Coursera, Udacity, and edX are experiencing steady growth. Recently a U.S. bill was introduced that would enable public universities in California to award credit for classes taken online. The digital world isn't the only place bent on disrupting the current system. Read more...

March 14, 2013
By Tanya Foubert
Squamish Chief

Quest hopes to engage more than students
University ranked tops in North America; Helfand eyes greater community ties

Quest University opened with a vision to provide a different kind of undergraduate education that engages students and prepares them for a world where problems are solved across disciplines and through collaboration. Six years later and with two graduating classes under its belt, the postsecondary institution is living up to that mandate by ranking No. 1 in North America for student engagement. Over the next five years, officials hope to continue to expand and see the university improve upon its engagement of the Sea to Sky community as well. Read more...

March 10, 2013
By John French
Pique Newsmagazine

Survey shows high student satisfaction at Quest
New student interest high for next academic school year

Quest University is getting top marks from its small student population. On a distinctly spring day near the end of winter the energy at Quest University was noticeably abundant Saturday, March 9 for the annual preview day held at the campus in Squamish. Read more...

March 2, 2013
By Ben Lypka
Squamish Chief

Quest men's basketball team wins bronze
Kermodes capture first medal in basketball at Pacwest Provincials

The Quest University Kermodes men's basketball team won a grand total of one game last season, this season they won twice in the postseason alone. The team capped off a turnaround season by winning the bronze medal at the Pacwest Provincial championships after defeating Douglas College 103-86 in Victoria on Saturday (March 2). Read more...

February 7, 2013
By Macleans.ca
Macleans OnCampus

How well do Canadian universities follow best practices?
Results from the National Survey of Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) asks first- and senior-year students dozens of specific questions about how they spend their time in and out of the classroom. NSSE is a study of best educational practices and an assessment of the degree to which each university follows those practices. Read more...

View one example [PDF, 876 KB] of a NSSE question, as was posted in the February 2013 Maclean's Magazine.

January 31, 2013
By Josh Dehaas
Macleans OnCampus

Q&A with David Helfand, president of Quest University
Small school in Squamish, B.C. may make you jealous

Quest University, six-years old and growing, is unique in Canadian education. It offers students courses in 3.5-week blocks allowing them to focus all day on a single subject. The school is also set apart in that students explore a single question in the latter half of their four-year Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degrees. The serene campus setting in the Coast Mountains near Vancouver would make just about any student jealous. There is a catch: it's $40,000 when room, board and fees are added. Maclean's has explored Quest before. Here's an update from Ivy League astronomer turned Quest president David Helfand. Read more...

January 18, 2013
By Anne Kallas
Ventura County Star

Alec Loorz of Ventura to receive Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award in Atlanta

At 18, Alec Loorz of Ventura is already an old hand at speaking in front of crowds and receiving honors for his work as founder of Kids vs. Global Warming. But today he will be on a national stage in Atlanta, Ga., where he will be named the first recipient of the inaugural Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award - Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leadership - which recognizes young leaders ages 12-25. Read more...

January 4, 2013
By Gary Kingston
Vancouver Sun

Canada's Roz Groenewoud fierce and fashionable on the superpipe
Calgary freestyle queen will be Canada's gold standard at Sochi Olympics

In the classroom at Quest University in Squamish, she is studious Rosalind H. Groenewoud, the cerebral daughter of a geophysicist. Read more...

November 1, 2012
Times Higher Education

Survival skills tested in the Canadian wilderness
A different approach to undergraduate study at the private Quest University is thriving, finds Erin Millar

They spread out along the riverbank in groups of four or five, gathering information about a proposed run-of-river hydroelectric project. One group uses surveying equipment to sketch a profile of the riverbed. Another photographs and documents species of plants while discussing how the project might affect them. A third group uses an instrument to measure the flow-rate of the river. Read more...

October 22, 2012
By Erin Millar
The Globe and Mail

The great experiment: Quest University's radical step in higher education

I'm blindfolded and barefoot, standing on a cool mossy patch with one arm grasping the trunk of a hemlock tree in a futile attempt to feel somewhat secure. The forest is quiet except for a river flowing nearby. Suddenly the oppressive silence (I'm a dedicated urbanite) is broken by the sound of a slow drum beat seemingly hundreds of metres away. I reluctantly let go of my hemlock and take an uneasy step toward the sound. Read more...

October 21, 2012
By Ben Lypka
Squamish Chief

Quest qualifies for Provincials
Women's soccer team heading to playoffs for third straight year

For the third straight season, the Quest University Kermodes women's soccer team is heading to the postseason. Quest went into Sunday's (Oct. 21) game against the Kwantlen Eagles needing at least a win or a tie and the Kermodes exploded for one of their biggest offensive outbursts of the year, beating the Eagles 3-0. Read more...

October 5, 2012
The Globe and Mail

Transforming the ivory tower: The case for a new postsecondary education system

More students are attending university than ever before, a fact that puts Canada at the top of the world's most educated countries. But what students are finding are overcrowded classrooms and outmoded teaching methods. And when they leave university, they are likely saddled with debt. In this interactive, The Globe and Mail shows the challenges facing postsecondary education and feature the voices of innovators who are trying to come up with solutions. Read more...

October 5, 2012
The Globe and Mail

Education Innovator
David Helfand: One class at a time

David Helfand of Quest University Canada has abandoned traditional university models to offer his students a model that lets them study one course at a time. He says his "block system" increases engagement and critical thinking. Read more...

October 2, 2012
By Marissa Lilly
The Dartmouth

Helfand touts alternative university model

Drawing on his experience as president of Quest University Canada, David Helfand spoke about reforming traditional university models to better focus on undergraduate students and how individuals' brains function in the Rockefeller Center on Monday as part of the "Leading Voices in Higher Education" lecture series. In a packed lecture hall, Helfand said that Quest's goal is to escape the cynical academic culture that commonly defines North American universities. Read more...

September 13, 2012
By Ben Lypka
Squamish Chief

Quest continues steady growth
University sees seven per cent rise in incoming students, prepares for more in future

Dr. David Helfand has a lot to smile about these days. The president of Quest University has witnessed firsthand the growth of the school and that growth has continued into the new fall session, which saw a 156 first-year students enrol - a seven per cent increase over last year's record incoming class. Read more...

June 11, 2012

New Student Residences To Be Built At Quest University Canada

Quest University Canada has begun construction on the first of five new residence units to house the University's rapidly expanding student population. The first new construction since the core campus was completed in 2007, this project marks the next major step in the University's development. Read more...

May 17, 2012

First-year Quest University Student from Calgary Proposes New Solution to One of the United States' Most Vexing Water Management Problems

A first-year Quest University Canada student, Noelani (Olenka) Forde from Calgary, Alberta, likely didn't realize the full impact her course assignment would have when she submitted it to her Earth-Oceans-Space tutor in April 2010. Two years later, the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) has published a paper, co-authored by Forde and her professor Rich Wildman, inspired by that very same assignment. Read more...

April 11, 2012

Quest University Canada Announces New Chancellor
Dr. Daniel R. Birch offers immense depth of experience to the young institution

Quest University Canada is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Daniel R. Birch as the University's Chancellor. The appointment has been confirmed by a unanimous vote of the Quest Board of Governors. Read more...

March 27, 2012
By Erin Millar
Globe and Mail

Quest University takes an unorthodox approach to learning

They gather around tables in groups of four or five, preparing to bid on land that will be auctioned off tomorrow. Some analyze complicated geological maps and manipulate models made of modelling clay, theorizing about ground water patterns. Others sketch on graph paper and scrutinize rock samples in an effort to identify the most promising spots for exploratory oil drilling. Read more...

February 20, 2012
By John French
Pique Newsmagazine

Quest students abandon classroom for tents in Hawaii
Volcano course requires research beside active crater

There are school field trips, and then there are Quest University field trips. A group of five students in a volcanology class took their studies to Hawaii for 11 days between Jan. 19 and 30. The students and Prof. Steve Quane linked up with scientists in Hawaii connected to the United States Geological Survey Group to help with volcano research. Read more...

February 14, 2012
Vancouver Sun

Squamish's Quest University earns top marks in national survey

One of B.C.'s newest universities earned top marks in the latest National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Quest University, which opened in September 2007 in the Squamish Highlands, ranked first in Canada on five measures of educational quality. Read more...

February 14, 2012

Quest University Canada Ranked Number One Among Canadian Institutions By National Survey of Student Engagement
Independent Survey Ranks Universities On Five Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice

Quest University Canada, a university that welcomed its first students in September 2007, has confirmed that its results from the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) place it first in Canada in undergraduate educational quality. NSSE only provides the average scores for Canadian and US schools. While Quest is notably higher than these averages, Macleans.ca 'On Campus' has now revealed the full ranking of scores showing Quest on top in all five of the survey's benchmark categories. Read more...

February 8, 2012
Macleans OnCampus

How students rate their experiences at 62 Canadian schools
Results from the National Survey of Student Engagement

Click on the charts to see results from the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), a study that university administrators pore over each year to find out how their students are learning. Both first and senior-year students have answered questions that illustrate how well their universities performed on the five Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice: level of academic challenge, student-faculty interaction, active and collaborative learning, enriching educational experience, and supportive campus environment. You may be surprised about who's on top. It's not always the same schools that rank highly in the Maclean's University Rankings. Read more...

January 23, 2012

Study of Volcanology Leads Quest University Canada Students to Hawaii
Block Plan approach allows for invaluable field study opportunities across broad spectrum of topics

While most university students are settling back into their campus classrooms after the holiday break, a group of students from Quest University Canada is engaging in a classroom setting like no other. The Volcanology class at Quest is Hawaiibound this month (January 20-30) to explore first-hand how a volcanologist conducts research. The trip is a critical part of Quest's commitment to experiential learning, and is enabled by the fact that Quest operates on a Block Plan schedule. Read more...

January 20, 2012
By Tamar Lewin
New York Times

David Helfand's New Quest

After 35 years at Columbia University, where he was chairman of the astronomy department and co-director of the Astrophysics Laboratory, David J. Helfand is on leave to serve as president of Quest University Canada, a tiny liberal arts college in British Columbia that graduated its first class last spring. It is Canada's only private, secular nonprofit university. Dr. Helfand had his share of crusades at Columbia: he waged a long campaign to have a science class added to the core curriculum (he won); he declined tenure, arguing that senior professors' performance should be reviewed every five years by an ad hoc faculty committee (he won for himself, but Columbia kept the tenure system for everybody else). Read more...

January 3, 2012

Quest University Canada's Robert Knop Part of Nobel Prize-Winning Physics Team

When the 2011 Nobel Prizes were handed out in Stockholm, Sweden on December 11, Quest University Canada's physical science tutor Dr. Robert Knop was there. Knop attended the event to celebrate the awarding of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae". One half of the prize went to Berkeley scientist Saul Perlmutter with whom Knop worked closely in Berkeley during the final analysis that led to the discovery. Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess shared the other half of the prize. Read more...

December 30, 2011
By Chief Staff
Squamish Chief

Quest's Knop shares Nobel glory
Physical sciences tutor helped Perlmutter with expanding-universe research

When the Nobel Prize committee handed out the 2011 prizes on Dec. 11, Quest University's Dr. Robert Knop was there. Knop, a physical science tutor at the Squamish university, attended the ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden as part of the team that won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae, Quest officials said in a statement issued on Wednesday (Dec. 28). Read more...

December 29, 2011
By James Bradshaw
The Globe and Mail

'Block plan' education finds new appeal among universities

A teaching strategy that offers Canadian university students consecutive intensive courses compressed into a few weeks is making inroads at smaller postsecondary schools across the country. Read more...

November 1, 2011

Quest University Canada's Unique Educational Model Underscored in Independent Survey

North American schools are once again combing through results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to understand how students rank their level of engagement in their university studies. This year, both first-year and fourth year students at Quest University Canada completed the survey, and the results were again notably higher than the scores of other universities. Read more...

October 31, 2011
By Chief Staff
Squamish Chief

Survey confirms Quest's 'leading position': Helfand
First-, fourth-year students rate university high in NSSE report

Quest University officials this week expressed delight with the results of the latest National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), characterizing the numbers as confirmation of the school's efforts to provide meaningful student-faculty engagement and, ultimately, prepare them for future success. Read more...

October 31, 2011

John Sollers to give free public lecture at Quest University Canada

Quest University Canada is pleased to welcome Professor John Sollers from the Department of Psychological Medicine in the Faculty of Medical & Health Science at the University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ. Dr. Sollers will give a free lecture on Monday November 14th, 2011 at 7:30pm in the Multipurpose Room at Quest University Canada. This talk is part of Quest's monthly colloquium series speakers. Read more...

September 13, 2011
By Susan Hollis
Pique newsmagazine

Quest enrollment skyrockets
Squamish based liberal arts university attracting Canadian and international students

Its nickname is "the little university that could." And despite getting its start in a flat economy and building slowly - almost to the point of confusion for Sea to Sky residents - Quest University has increased its enrollemt by over 50 per cent. Read more...

September 8, 2011

First Year Enrolment Increases 51% at Quest University Canada

As schools everywhere welcome students back to class this week and celebrate the start of a new year, Quest University Canada in Squamish, British Columbia has an even bigger cause for celebration. The graduating class of 2015 will be significantly larger than its predecessors due to a major increase in enrolment this September. The incoming class in 2011 is 51% larger than last year. Read more...

August 31, 2011

NSSE Rates Quest Well Above Other Canadian and US Institutions
NSSE Survey results reveal high quality undergraduate education

The results of the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) show Quest University Canada's undergraduates are receiving a high quality undergraduate education and are amongst the most engaged in their studies. This is the first time Quest, which welcomed the first students to its unique program in 2007, has taken part in the survey. Read more...

July 11, 2011

Helfand to Serve as Full-Time President at Quest University Canada

The Board of Governors of Quest University Canada announced today that Professor David J. Helfand has agreed to serve as full-time President of the University. Helfand became a Founding Tutor at Quest when he took a leave from his faculty position at Columbia University during the Fall of 2007. For the past three years, he has led the institution on an interim basis, much of the time while commuting to New York. Read more...

May 13, 2011
By Dawn Green
Squamish Chief

It's a small world, after all
Quest U.-based Global Issues Network conference encourages youth to help solve world problems

A contingent of young people from various parts of the world descended on the Quest University campus on the weekend, eager to build on their commitment to making the Earth a better place and to share success stories from around the world. Held from May 6 to 8, the first-ever Canadian Global Issues Network (GIN) conference attracted more than 60 participants from North America and Europe, including students from Howe Sound Secondary. Read more...

May 4, 2011
By Susan Hollis
Pique newsmagazine

The Quest for Knowledge
From the beginning, Quest University was a vision with grand scope and as its first graduating class moves into the real world, the school's founders can finally say they have achieved their goal

No one denies Quest University was a risk. From the outset the small, private, non-profit secular liberal arts university faced enormous obstacles. But as the students of the first graduating class crossed the stage last weekend, those obstacles seemed less daunting and the future bright for a university that chose to break the mould of traditional post secondary education. Read more...

April 30, 2011

Historic Class of 2011 Graduates From Quest University Canada in First-Ever Commencement Ceremony
Graduates took a leap of faith four years ago to embrace the founding vision and help shape a new approach to post-secondary education in Canada

Today, Quest University Canada (Quest) bestowed degrees upon 49 young men and women at the University's very first Commencement Ceremony. Hailing from Canada, Australia, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Germany, Nigeria, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the graduates became firmly entrenched in the University's history books as its inaugural "Class of 2011". Quest, founded four years ago to provide an innovative approach to post-secondary education in Canada, is today the focus of celebration for all that has been accomplished by so many. Read more...

March 18, 2011
By Janet Steffenhagen
Vancouver Sun

Squamish's Quest University looks forward to first convocation
Little-known post-secondary school struggles for name recognition despite high satisfaction marks from students

A small university has been experimenting with a new form of undergraduate education in the Squamish highlands for almost four years, and is now preparing for its first graduation ceremony this spring. It's an occasion many hope will also signal to the world its coming-of-age. Read more...

February 24, 2011
By Ken MacQueen
Macleans OnCampus

The student's Quest
From dirt and dreams to student favourite: what's different about Quest University is pretty much everything

When Celeta Cook of Deseronto, Ont., applied five years ago as a 17-year-old to Quest University, the hilltop site in the coastal mountain community of Squamish, B.C., was little more than dirt and dreams. "I did my preview day in a hard hat and a reflective vest," says Cook, now part of Quest's first grad class this April 30. The library will be finished, she was promised, "it just hasn't been built yet." Far from being put off, she was excited. "All right," she said, "I'll see you guys in September." She was one of 73 students in 2007. There are now about 300, as it builds toward its capacity of 650 - still smaller than most of the high schools the students came from. Read more...


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