Series S-018 - Office of the Vice President, Educational Services

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Office of the Vice President, Educational Services

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CA DCA S-018

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  • March 1991 - June 2005 (Creation)
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    Albert Atkinson

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82 cm of textual records

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Albert L. Atkinson joined Douglas College in 1982 as Director, Student Services & Developmental Education. In 1989, he became the Dean of Educational and Student Services, a position he held until 1995, when he was appointed Vice-President, Educational Services. Atkinson was in this role until his retirement in 2004. Atkinson was a member of the Douglas College Foundation (1991) and the Education Council (1994-1995, 1997-1999).

During his 32 years of service at Douglas, Atkinson championed the needs of students with disabilities or who face barriers to education and employment. As such, a bursary was established in his name at the time of his retirement for students engaged in Vocational Education and Skills Training, or VEST, (formerly known as Adult Special Education) programs.

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Blaine Jensen joined Douglas College in June 2004 when he succeeded Albert Atkinson as Vice President, Educational Services. He held this position until May 2015. Prior to arriving at Douglas College, Jensen held administrative positions at the University of Prince Edward Island and the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology.

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Materials were transferred to the Archives from their office of origin. There are no accession records associated with this transfer and it is not known if some materials were later culled from the series by archival staff.

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Series consists of materials created or collected by the Office of the Vice President, Educational Services. This position was established as part of the College's 1995 administrative restructuring, in which a “leaner” organizational model was implemented that included four new divisions: Educational Services, College Development, Instructional Services, and Finance and Administration. The Vice President, Educational Services was responsible for management of Student Services, Developmental Education, International Education, Community Programs, Contract Programs, and Learning Resources, and Admissions and Records. Educational Technology also became an important part of this portfolio.

Materials in this series include meeting agendas, minutes, and supporting documents pertaining to a number of committees associated with Educational Services at the College. (“Supporting documents” encompasses a range of records such as correspondence, memoranda, reports, and ephemera.) The two largest tranches of records in this series are related to the Technology, Planning and Management Committee (TPMC) and the Educational Technology Forum (ETF). The TPMC played an integral role in development of the College’s long-term educational technology plans and priorities, as well as reviewing and approving educational technology capital requests. Al Atkinson was committee chairman from its formation in 1997 until 2004, shortly before his retirement. The TPMC worked closely with the ETF, which was formed in April 1997, replacing the Teaching, Learning & Technology Roundtable. Its mandate was to promote the integration of educational technologies throughout the College and to advise the TPMC on priorities.

Atkinson was the first Vice President, Educational Services (1995-2004). He was succeeded by Blaine Jensen (2004-2015).

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    File-level descriptions of these materials are available through the Douglas College Archives' standalone online database.

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    Description created by James G. in April 2022

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