Steenkamp on West Shore post-secondary business case

Royal Roads University President Philip Steenkamp was interviewed by CBC News about the business case being developed to expand post-secondary education opportunities for students on the West Shore.

Here’s an excerpt from CBC News:

Dr. Phillip Steenkamp told All Points West host Robyn Burns that long commutes to and from Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay—where the University of Victoria and Camosun College are located—as well as the high cost of living in those cities are barriers to higher education.

‘That doesn't really give students the opportunity to live at home and go to college or university as well, which is what students typically need to do in order to afford education,’ Steenkamp said.

‘The other thing is West Shore families are younger than the provincial average and many of them are also first generation… to go onto university.

‘We need to do more to provide access to those students as well.’

This story first appeared on CBC News.