The St. Thomas location is set up with a Block Program format, unique in Ontario. Students will spend approximately three weeks learning intensively and completing work on one course, then move onto the next of five for the year.
Algoma’s focus on the undergraduate experience, and the block programming feature is proving to be a winning combination. Myers noted, “I believe that we are providing the best first two undergraduate years of anywhere in Canada – that suits a community that calls itself ‘naturally progressive.’”
Students seem to be in agreement with those positive sentiments. Although a major goal of offering post-secondary education within communities is to give students the financial benefit of living at home, four of those enrolled this year are from outside the immediate area – the block format programming and small-city location were inviting features. Two students on hand for the opening gave the program glowing reviews.
Andrew Gunn expressed his hope that students will get involved in the community and that the community will also get involved with the university in ways such as establishing a bursary for students.